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While he could appeal to the teaching of the Scriptures, he also had to appeal to more self-centered motives, such as the reward the almsgiver would receive from its recipients' willingness to pray for the salvation of their benefactors.
As Gary Harrison, Robin Jarvis, and others have argued, Wordsworth concentrates his objections on the perspective of the almsgiver and not the beggar, and thus the objection overlaps with more conservative strains of argumentation regarding the necessary interdependence of the rich and poor.
John the Almsgiver, patriarch of Alexandria, lamented the Persian conquest of Jerusalem not for one day, not for a week, not for a month, but for a full year.