1. To Keep A True Lent by 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 ; ‘tis 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.

    Image source: English poem on the Passion of Christ (1620s)

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