Excerpt from Stepping Westward
In the anthologies of the nineteenth century, and perhaps in some of those of the twentieth, one is apt to find a poem by George Canning, entitled The Friend of Humanity and the Needy Knife-grinder. It is a cheerful and witty ﬂing at certain philanthropists of his day, members of the so-called long-haired school of philanthropy. (i may add that I have seen many philanthropists, but never one with long hair.) The whole poem is delightful, but I am concerned with only one line of it. The philan thropist, meeting the knife-grinder on the road, uncorks the vials of his sympathy, and while pre paring to pour it out, begs the knife-grinder to tell his sorrowful and tragic story. The man replies.
About the Publisher
Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com
This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more