After a Spanish Proverb: Dorothy Parker


Oh, mercifullest one of all,
Oh, generous as dear,
None lived so lowly, none so small,
Thou couldst withhold thy tear.

How swift, in pure compassion,
How meek, in charity,
To offer friendship to the one
Who begged but love of thee!

Oh, gentle word, and sweetest said!
Oh, gentle hand, and first
To hold the warm delicious bread
To lips burned black of thirst.

Dorothy Parker

After A Spanish Proverb

This is a particularly sharp piece from Dorothy Parker. I expect all of us have had the experience, with ‘lips burned black of thirst’, of being offered ‘warm delicious bread’ or other equally unhelpful aid.

However, I think the proverb she was thinking of was probably:

To offer friendship to one who is looking for love, is like giving bread to someone dying of thirst.

About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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