March 24, 2011

To Keep a True Lent

Posted in Lent tagged , at 5:00 am by blync77

Is this a Fast to keep
  The larder lean?
  And clean
From fat of veals and sheep?
 
Is it to quit the dish
  Of flesh, yet still
  To fill
The platter high with fish?
 
Is it a fast an hour,
  Or ragg’d to go,
  Or show
A down-cast look and sour?
 
No:  ‘tis a Fast to dole
  Thy sheaf of wheat
  And meat
Unto the hungry soul.
 
It is to fast from strife
  And old debate,
  And hate;
To circumcise thy life.
 
To show a heart grief-rent;
  To starve thy sin,
  Not bin;
And that’s to keep thy Lent.
 
Robert Herrick, 1591-1679
based on Isaiah 58
Help me, oh God of mercy, to keep a true fast, a true lent.
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