To give to the needy alone is charity; All the rest is investment for a return. To receive is bad, even for good cause; And to give is good even if there is no heaven. The mark of the well-born is to give Without uttering the wretched excuse, 'I have nothing.' To be begged is agonizing, till you give And see the smiling face of the beggar. Strong is the strength of enduring hunger, But stronger still is the strength of relieving it. Wiping out the hunger of the have-nots, Is the treasury the haves have deposited their wealth. That dreaded disease called hunger touches not the one Who shares his food by habit. Unaware of the joys of giving, The hard-hearted waste their wealth hoarding it. To eat alone what one has hoarded Is worse than begging. Nothing is worse than death; but even death is sweet If one can't help the poor.