Seven Works of Corporal Mercy

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Seven Works of Corporal Mercy to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, to clothe the naked, visit prisoners, visit the sick, harbour strangers, bury the dead—of Spiritual Mercy, to convert sinners, instruct the ignorant, counsel the doubtful, console the afflicted, bear wrongs patiently, forgive injuries, pray for the living and the dead
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. weorc; Ice. verk, Ger. werk; further conn. with Gr. ergon.

Usage

In literature:

Are there no duties but the seven corporal works of mercy, Miss Lambert?
"Heriot's Choice" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
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