Monk’s Pause at Mid-Day

Have I missed it?

And the day half-done

Coming to the board

A light repast

And looking at the progress won.

Must give thanks

‘Neath fullest light

For strength and health

Thus far.

But judgment also comes.

Have I been steward wise

Of time and talent

Truth and trust

‘Neath my star?

And have I helped another

Gain new ground?

Fed his need?

Fostered peace?

There’s time yet

Let charity abound.

(Priorities of the sixth-hour chant.)

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