The poor


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those who are destitute of property; the indigent; the needy. In a legal sense, those who depend on charity or maintenance by the public.
- Franklin.

See also: Poor

References in classic literature ?
The same difficulty occurs, should it ever happen that the poor compose a smaller part of the people than the rich, but from their superior abilities acquire the supreme power; for this is what they call an oligarchy; it should seem then that our definition of the different states was not correct: nay, moreover, could any one suppose that the majority of the people were poor, and the minority rich, and then describe the state in this manner, that an oligarchy was a government in which the rich, being few in number, possessed the supreme power, and that a democracy was a state in which the poor, being many in number, possessed it, still there will be another difficulty; for what name shall we give to those states we have been describing?
Proof of this is that, when he saw the poor Marionette being brought in to him, struggling with fear and crying, "I don't want to die
Or, to place it in a clearer light, we moderns are to the antients what the poor are to the rich.
In like manner are the antients, such as Homer, Virgil, Horace, Cicero, and the rest, to be esteemed among us writers, as so many wealthy squires, from whom we, the poor of Parnassus, claim an immemorial custom of taking whatever we can come at.
Tears had fallen on that honest, insensible face,--tears of late repentance in the poor, ignorant heathen, whom his dying love and patience had awakened to repentance, and bitter prayers, breathed over him to a late-found Saviour, of whom they scarce knew more than the name, but whom the yearning ignorant heart of man never implores in vain.
And oh, the poor chil'en, and the baby;--my old heart's been most broke for 'em, time and agin
He looks askance at the lady who waits in the shop, and ties up the cards again in their envelope of whitey-brown paper, and hands them to the poor widow and Miss Clapp, who had never seen such beautiful things in her life, and had been quite confident that the man must give at least two guineas for the screens.
The buyers and sellers, too, many of them, looked not much better off than the poor beasts they were bargaining about.
Dear friends," she began, raising her voice a little, "you have all of you been to church, and I think you must have heard the clergyman read these words: 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor.
I took the poor man with my niece back to my home in Auvergne, where, unfortunately, I lost him some months later.
My feet they are sore, and my limbs they are weary; Long is the way, and the mountains are wild; Soon will the twilight close moonless and dreary Over the path of the poor orphan child.
The few friends of the poor mother took every precaution in preparing her to receive the dreadful remains.