Giving to the poor is true charity.
All other giving expects a recompense.
Though men may declare it a good path, gathering gifts is bad.
Though they decree it denies one heaven, giving gifts is good.
Men of good birth graciously give,
Never uttering the wretched excuse, "I have nothing."
How unpleasant a beggar's pleading can become,
Until one sees his face, so sweetly pleased.
Great indeed is the power acquired through austerity to endure hunger.
But greater still is the power of those who relieve the hunger of others.
Relieving the ravaging hunger of the poor
Is the most secure use of a rich man's wealth.
The fiery scourge called hunger never touches
The man who shares his daily meal with others.
Is it because they are unaware of the joys of giving
That hard-hearted men waste their wealth by hoarding it?
More bitter than even a beggar's bread is the
Meal of the miser who hoards wealth and eats alone.
There is nothing more bitter than death;
Yet even death is sweet when charitable giving is impossible.
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