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For your meditation this Ash Wednesday: “Oh my blacke Soule” by John Donne (Holy Sonnet II in the 1633 edition).

Oh my blacke Soule! now thou art summoned
By sicknesse, deaths herald, and champion;
Thou art like a pilgrim, which abroad hath done
Treason, and durst not turne to whence hee is fled,
Or like a thiefe, which till deaths doome be read,
Wisheth himselfe delivered from prison;
But damn’d and hal’d to execution,
Wisheth that still he might be imprisoned;
Yet grace, if thou repent, thou canst not lacke;
But who shall give thee that grace to beginne?
Oh make thy selfe with holy mourning blacke,
And red with blushing, as thou art with sinne;
Or wash thee in Christs blood, which hath this might
That being red, it dyes red soules to white.

Today is Shrove Tuesday, the day just prior to Ash Wednesday. Today is the day just prior to the beginning of Lent.

Have you ever wondered what Ash Wednesday and Lent is all about? Click here to read the post I wrote last year on the subject.

God bless!

P.S. I had pancakes today, as is the custom on Shrove Tuesday. Rather delightful.