Let not a thought pass by unchallenged ; hold
It to attention ; note its form and dress.
Though it be as a beggar garbed, and poor,
It may be sent with purpose, all untold
If let to go ; it may have power to bless
Him who invites it through the open door.
The beggar may a traveller’s pack unfold
To fill the room with a strange loveliness
Which in that place was never known before,
And may rekindle fires long dead and cold.
The gorgeous ones that come with pomp and pride,
They take possession and demand their due.
Not thus the visitor that Peter knew,
The Beggar that for beggars lived and died.
Weekly Times 15.6.62