Poetry, VOLUME 10

Lent – Seven of our Favorite Poems

Lent poems

As the season of Lent is rapidly approaching, here are 7 of our favorite poems …
(Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday)

Madeleine L’Engle, Gerard Manley Hopkins, T.S. Eliot, George Herbert and MORE….

Lent
Robert Herrick

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.

 

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