Shrove Tuesday

Today is Shrove Tuesday, a day of confession and penance to kick off the Lentan season that begins tomorrow (Ash Wednesday). Unfortunately in our culture it has become a day for sinful indulgence (Mardi Gras). However, in keeping with the original spirit of the day, here is a medieval poem to focus our minds on the coming season of Lent, and the glorious arrival of Eastertide in April.

The Corpus Christi Carol
Anonymous

Lulley, lully; lully, lulley;
The falcon hath born my mak away.

He bore him up, he bore him down;
He bore him into an orchard brown.

In that orchard there was a hall,
That was hanged with purple and pall.

And in that hall there was a bed;
It was hanged with gold so red.

And in that bed there lieth a knight,
His wounds bleeding day and night.

By that bed's side there kneeleth a may,
And she weepeth both night and day.

And by that bed's side there standeth a stone,
'Corpus Christi' written thereon.

Comments

Anonymous said…
"Unfortunately in our culture it has become a day for sinful indulgence (Mardi Gras)."

Thats because our culture sucks and needs Easternization. ;-)