Hymn On Almsgiving From The Koran
by Amherst D. Tyssen
How blest is he, whose honest toil
Provides for all his needs,
His infant children duly trains,
His aged parents feeds.
Whose outlay, balanced ne'er beyond
His income's bounds to spread;
A surplus saves for those who lack
The power to earn their bread.
The orphans of his kindred first
Demand his earnest care,
And next the blind, or deaf and dumb,
Or maimed his bounty share.
In rend'ring alms of fruit and corn
He chooseth portions good;
Small merit theirs, who meanly give
Their own rejected food.
And When with dole-fund spent he hears
The needy's piteous call,
Tho' void his purse, his heart is full,
He speaks kind words to all.
Oh, surely they who thus through life
Sweet mercy's path have trod,
A recompense hereafter reap
Of blessings from our God.