MEN AND WOMEN TOO
men and women too, all the world unspotted,
they might fortify the heart against life's stress,
Composed such prayers as still comfort us and bless.
none has stirred in me such deep emotions
that the priest recites at Lententide devotions,
words which mark for us that saddest season rise
often to my lips, and in that prayer lies
Support ineffable when I, a sinner, hear it:
Lord my life, avert Thou from my spirit
idle melancholy and ambitious sting,
hidden snake, and joy in foolish gossiping.
let me see, O God, my sins, and make confession,
that my brother be not dammed by my transgression,
quicken Thou in me the breath and being of
fortitude and meekness, chastity and love."