The Newer Vainglory

Francis, Newer Vainglory

“The Newer Vainglory “

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 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 honours me.

Thank God, I am not as these rigid fools,

Even as this Pharisee

 

Alice Meynell 

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