Thomas Moss (minister)
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Thomas Moss (1740–1808) was minister of Brierly Hill, and of Trentham, in Staffordshire. In 1769, he anonymously published a collection of miscellaneous poems, forming a thin quarto, which he had printed at Wolverhampton.
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- Pity the sorrows of a poor old man,
Whose trembling limbs have borne him to your door,
Whose days are dwindled to the shortest span;
Oh give relief, and Heaven will bless your store.
- The Beggar, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
- A pampered menial drove me from the door.
- The Beggar, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). This line originally began, "A liveried servant", and was altered as above by Goldsmith. Forster, Life of Goldsmith, vol. i. p. 215 (5th edition, 1871).