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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
The Widow with the Two Mites
George MacDonald (1824–1905)
HERE much and little shift and change,
  With scale of need and time;
There more and less have meanings strange,
  Nor with our reason rhyme.
Sickness may be more hale than health,        5
  And service kingdom high;
Yea, poverty be bounty’s wealth,
  To give like God thereby.
Bring forth your riches; let them go,
  Nor mourn the lost control;        10
For if ye hoard them, surely so
  Their rust will reach your soul.
Cast in your coins, for God delights
  When from wide hands they fall;
But here is one who brings two mites        15
  And yet gives more than all.
She heard not, she, the mighty praise
  Went home to care and need:
Perhaps the knowledge still delays,
  And yet she has the meed.        20

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