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Keeping a Holy Lent

March 6, 2016

 If you are seeking to make your Lenten journey more meaningful, sometimes one can't top old advice that has stood the test of time. Here's Robert Herrick's words on how to keep a True Lent from three and a half centuries ago.

A True Lent
Robert Herrick (1591–1674)



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 to fast an hour,
Or ragg’d to go, 
Or show
A downcast look, and sour?

No! ’t is a fast to dole
Thy sheaf of wheat,
And meat, 
Unto the hungry soul.

It is to fast from strife,
From 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.

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