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Ash Wednesday: Lent Begins

posted by Diana Butler Bass

A poem to begin your Lenten observance from one of my favorite Anglican poets.  May you hunger and thirst this season for a closer connection with God and a deeper love of neighbor.  

“Lent” by Christina Rossetti (c. 1886)
It is good to be last not first,
   Pending the present distress;
It is good to hunger and thirst,
   So it be for righteousness.
It is good to spend and be spent,
   It is good to watch and to pray:
Life and Death make a goodly Lent
   So it leads us to Easter Day.


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Jean Wise

posted March 9, 2011 at 9:29 am


I was not aware of this poem and read it aloud as part of my morning devotions. Thank you for sharing and starting my Lenten season out in peace.



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Jesus Ebooks

posted May 23, 2012 at 9:51 am


A great poem. I hope I can read more of such poems especially Bible poems. Great one.



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Margaret Feinberg

posted February 18, 2013 at 11:38 pm


Diana, what a beautiful poem and reminder!



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charmingdate

posted April 17, 2013 at 10:30 pm


Thank your for your sharing !



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charmingdate

posted April 17, 2013 at 10:34 pm


Nice to be here and see your post!



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