The Beggarly Boy

The Beggarly Boy.

The Beggarly Boy is a poor child selling matches in the street. A parable written about how people don't always act in their best interest, in spite of help offered to them. The author continues to expand upon this theme and gives a warning how people reject salvation through Jesus Christ.

The CHEAP REPOSITORY TRACTS were written to counteract the immoral influences in society, such as Thomas Paine's Rights of Man, in the late 1700's. Hannah More was the principal author, but there were others, mostly related to the Clapham Sect. The tracts were sold as monthly issues consisting of a ballad, a moral tale and a Sunday reading. Many were a multi part story, which explained how everyday people can live better lives through industry and good moral behavior.

A quote from the story:

"It has been remarked in the story, that the same gentleman who made this great offer to the beggarly boy, threw him down a shilling in token of his liberality, for which the lad never thought of thanking him, but merely grew proud upon it, as well as conceited of his own cleverness in catching hold of the piece. What a very mean spirit was this; and yet is not this the very spirit in which worldly-minded men receive the temporal blessings thrown down to them by their heavenly Father? If a little worldly wealth is cast by a bounteous Providence into their lap, they immediately grow haughty in consequence of it, and like this boy, they take to themselves credit for the ability they have shown in the manner of getting possession of it: many men, for instance, if they get a good crop, or a good year's trade, are as full of themselves, and as thoughtless of Him who is the giver of it, as this boy was; nor are they at all encouraged by God's providential goodness to look up to him for the further blessings of the gospel."