Two men went up to pray; and one gave thanks,
Not with himself -- aloud;
With proclamation, calling on the ranks
Of an attentive crowd.
"Thank God, I clap not my own humble breast,
But other ruffians' backs;
Imputing crime -- such is my tolerant haste --
To any man that lacks.
"For I am tolerant, generous, keep no rules,
And the age honors me,
Thank God, I am not as these rigid fools,
Even as this Pharisee."
Friday, April 29, 2011
by Alice Meynell