Coals of Fire. By a Lancashire Spinner. “In sending food to the starving weavers of Lancashire, we are heaping coals of fire on the head of England.” – Speech at the Meeting of the New York Chamber of Commerce, Dec., 1862.
If heaping burning coals of fire,
On England’s head be your desire,
And coals of fire take form of victuals,
Vast be your furnaces and kettles;
Increased the number of your stokers,
And much enlarged the size of pokers.
Whate’er the motives be which led
Your generations hearts to send us bread,
Impulsive alms when freely given,
Are quite acceptable to heaven;
Money from unreflective sinners
Will give our wives and children dinners;
And charity, what heart can doubt it,
Excels philosophy without it.