02 March 2012

Poems for Lent (7): ‘Lent’ by Christina Rossetti

Patrick Comerford

My choice of a Poem for Lent this morning is ‘Lent,’ a short poem written about 1886 by the English poet Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894).

We are more likely to associate Christina Rossetti with Christmas rather than Lent because her poem ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ has become one of the best-loved and most popular Christmas carols.

Lent, by Christina Rossetti

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.

Canon Patrick Comerford is Lecturer in Anglicanism and Liturgy, the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, and a canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

1 comment:

Jean said...

Not trying to be too clever and never too obscure the simple verse of Christina Rossetti touches the heart and is very much my choice.