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BEGGARY
[ Also see Borrowing Charity Debt Gifts Hunger Philanthropy Poverty ]

Beggars must be no choosers.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        Scornful Lady (act V, sc. 3)

Homer himself must beg if he want means, and as by report sometimes he did "go from door to door and sing ballads, with a company of boys about him."
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. I, sec. II, mem. 4, subsect. 6)

Set a beggar on horseback, and he will ride a gallop.
  [Set a beggar on horseback, and he'll outride the Devil.]
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. II, sec. III, memb. 2)

Set a beggar on horse backe, they saie, and hee will neuer alight.
      - Robert Greene, Card of Fancie

To get thine ends, lay bashfulnesse aside;
  Who fears to aske, doth teach to be deny'd.
      - Robert Herrick, No Bashfulnesse in Begging

Better a living beggar than a buried emperor.
  [Fr., Mieux vaut goujat debout qu'empereur enterre.]
      - Jean de la Fontaine, La Matrone d'Ephese

Borrowing is not much better than begging.
  [Ger., Borgen ist nicht viel besser als betteln.]
      - Ephraim Gotthold Lessing, Nathan der Weise
         (II, 9)

The real beggar is indeed the true and only king.
  [Ger., Der wahre Bettler ist
    Doch einzig und allein der wahre Konig.]
      - Ephraim Gotthold Lessing, Nathan der Weise
         (II, 9)

A beggar through the world am I,
  From place to place I wander by.
    Fill up my pilgrim's scrip for me,
      For Christ's sweet sake and charity.
      - James Russell Lowell, The Beggar

A pampered menial drove me from the door.
      - Thomas Moss, The Beggar

I'd just as soon a beggar as king,
  And the reason I'll tell you for why;
    A king cannot swagger, not drink like a beggar,
      Nor be half so happy as I.
        . . . .
          Let the back and side go bare.
      - Old Song,
        Old English Folk Song--Folk Songs from Somerset,
        by Cecil Sharpe

He who begs timidly courts a refusal.
  [Lat., Qui timide rogat,
    Docet negare.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Hippolytus
         (II, 593)

Beggar that I am, I am even poor in thanks, but I thank you; and sure, dear friends, my thanks are too dear a halfpenny.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at II, ii)

It needs not nor it boots thee not, proud queen,
  Unless the adage must be verified,
    That beggars mounted run their horse to death.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (Plantagenet, Duke of York at I, iv)

Not that I have the power to clutch my hand
  When his fair angels would salute by palm,
    But for my hand, as unattempted yet,
      Like a poor beggar, raileth on the rich.
        Well, whiles I am a beggar, I will rail
          And say there is no sin but to be rich;
            And being rich, my virtue then shall be
              To say there is no vice but beggary.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life and Death of King John
         (Bastard at II, i)

I see, sir, you are liberal in offers.
  You taught me first to beg, and now methinks
    You teach me how a beggar should be answered.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice (Portia at IV, i)


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