George Herbert on Lent

George Herbert: Lent

 

Welcome dear feast of Lent: who loves not thee,

He loves not Temperance, or Authority,

 But is composed of passion. 

The Scriptures bid us fast; the Church says, now: 

Give to your Mother, what you would allow 

To every Corporation.

 

It ‘s true, we cannot reach Christ’s fortieth day; 

Yet to go part of that religious way, 

Is better than to rest: 

We cannot reach our Savior’s purity; 

Yet are bid, Be holy ev’n as he. 

In both let ‘s do our best.

 

 

Who goes in the way which Christ has gone, 

Is much more sure to meet with him, than one 

Who travels the by-ways: 

Perhaps my God, though he be far before, 

May turn, and take me by the hand, and more 

May strengthen my decays.

  

 

Yet Lord instruct us to improve our fast 

By starving sin and taking such repast 

As may our faults control: 

That ev’ry man may revel at his door, 

Not in his parlor; banqueting the poor, 

And among those his soul.

 

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

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  • Bror Erickson

    That is a poem one needs to read a few times, excellent! Should maybe go look for more of his work. Or your book on Him. Is it in your little trailer book section. I know it is expensive but it might sell a couple copies if you advertised it there.

  • Bror Erickson

    That is a poem one needs to read a few times, excellent! Should maybe go look for more of his work. Or your book on Him. Is it in your little trailer book section. I know it is expensive but it might sell a couple copies if you advertised it there.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Thanks, Bror. That was the first one I did, based on my dissertation. It’s out of print, though it is in most academic libraries and can sometimes be found as a used book.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Thanks, Bror. That was the first one I did, based on my dissertation. It’s out of print, though it is in most academic libraries and can sometimes be found as a used book.


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