Give With Prudence:a Victorian view of charity

A victorian view of giving!

"I see, Mamma," said little Jane,

"A beggar coming down the lane;

O,let me give him(may not I?)

This cheesecake and some currant pie."

"Your charity I much approve,

And something you may take him, love;

But let it be some bread and cheese,

Much better than such things as these.

"By giving sweetmeats to the poor,

Who never tasted them before,

We spoil the good we have in view,

And teach them wants they never knew."

From 'A Child's First Book of Poetry,' 1875

It is to be hoped that our view of charity has somewhat changed!

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