The Catholic Parish of
Saint John Henry Newman

 Covering most of East Leeds

To Keep A True Lent by Robert Herric

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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 fis ?

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

No; ‘tis a fast to dole
Thy sheaf of wheat,
And meat,
Unto the hungry soul.

It is too fast from strife,
From old debate
And hate;
To circumcise thy life.

To show a heart grief-rent;
To starve thy sin,
Not bi;
And that’s to keep thy Lent

Published Fri 16th Mar 2012 15:55:18

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