Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Oh to be a pastor in Chaucer's making (pt 1)

This is from the prologue to The Canterbury tales:

A holy-minded man of good renown
there was, and poor the Parson of the town,

Yet he was rich in holy thought and work.
He also was a learned man, a clerk,

Who truly knew Christ's gospel and would preach it
devoutly to his parishioners, and teach it

Benign and wonderfully diligent
and patient when adversity was sent

For so he proved in great adversity
He much disliked extorting tithe or fee

Nay rather he preferred beyond a doubt
giving to poor parishioners round about

From his own goods and Easter offerings
He found sufficiency in little things

Oh to be a such a pastor
Lord I need thy power!

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