What is the theme of "The Doer of Good" by Oscar Wilde?

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Reading this poem twice is a good idea. If you have no familiarity with the Bible, then the story may not come as easily. This is the difficulty with allusions: if someone is unfamiliar with what is being alluded to, often the message of the writing is lost.

In this case, there are two clues about the subject of the writing. First, the "voice" used sounds like a Biblical passage. For example,

'Why do you look at this woman and in such wise?'

The second clue is that the pronouns are capitalized when referring to the subject of the poem.  The traveler/speaker/observer here is always referred to as...

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