Better to be a beggar in freedom,” he cried out, “than to be forced into compromises against my conscience.
The landays in I Am the beggar of the World are sung only when men are absent.
I am the beggar of the World is a book of poems, war reportage, and photographs.
In an interview, Liang said, “Air should be the most valueless commodity, free to breathe for any vagrant or beggar.”
The title I Am the beggar of the World is drawn from a landay that reads in full: In my dream, I am the president.
How can I say, has Selwyn made a will, leaving his wife a beggar?
In reply he offers me, as if I were a beggar, employment for my sons.
If you sit beside the beggar who perished at your gates, what will you say to him if he should refer to matters such as these?
Though I thank you heartily all the same; it would be a shame at my age to be a beggar.
Wherever he showed his teeth, they must have said to themselves, ‘What a beggar that would be to bite!’
c.1200, from Old French begart, originally a member of the Beghards, lay brothers of mendicants in the Low Countries, from Middle Dutch beggaert "mendicant," of uncertain origin, with pejorative suffix (see -ard). Cf. Beguine. Early folk etymology connected the English word with bag. Form with -ar attested from 14c., but begger was more usual 15c.-17c. The feminine form beggestere is attested as a surname from c.1300. Beggar's velvet was an old name for "dust bunnies." "Beggers should be no choosers" is in Heywood (1562).
"reduce to poverty," mid-15c., from beggar (n.). Related: Beggared; beggaring. Figurative use by 1640s.