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Poem on a theme by Robert Herrick

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Poem on a theme by Robert Herrick

                                 Is it a farce to lean on Lent
                                 to receive the black ash Cross
                                 on our foreheads, to walk

                                 home in humble pride alive 

                                 to people's puzzlement;

                                 to look forward to Holy Week

                                 not to correct our weak wills?

                                 Is it false to keep a True Lent

                                 to tell others it is our intent  

                                an unholy act to practice?

                                Is it to quit the dish of our 
                                failings , to fill our hearts with 

                                sanctimony , to have pride 

                                in our many dreadful duties?               

                               Is it to conpete for favour on our 

                               Lenten voyage of spiritual quest 

                               to show the comedy of our worth?

                              Is it to mock materialism that God 

                              provides by putting it upon others

                              to show its limitation in our lives?

                              Is it to show false humility for our 

                             road of rights not our responsibility, 

                             to apologise for the flesh of Christ

                             in case it so offends our fellows?

                            It is to keep a True Lent by the boon 

                            of Jesus Christ's Resurrection?

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