• The tears of the compassionate are sweeter than dewdrops falling from roses on the bosom of the earth. Shut not thine ear, therefore, against the cries of the poor, neither harden thine heart against the calamities of the innocent.

    Robert Dodsley, Philip Dormer Stanhope Earl of Chesterfield (1795). “The Œconomy of Human Life: Translated from an Indian Manuscript, Written by an Ancient Bramin. To which is Prefixed, an Account of the Manner in which the Said Manuscript was Discovered. In a Letter from an English Gentleman Now Residing in China to the Earl of E****..”, p.48