For forty days the Lord abstain'd,
(The subtle tempter near)
And greatly every bait disdain'd,
Self — aw'd and self — severe.
5 This is the pattern that I set,
To keep the flesh in awe;
I will not gross desires abet,
Withdraw, soul fiend, withdraw.
The fiend withdrew, the Angels came,
10 And worship'd at his feet;
"O great Jehovah, word and name
"How cou'd that cursed serpent dare,
15 "Thine honour to offend?"
Says Christ, a little while forbear,
'Tis for a glorious end.
O may I keep the body cool,
By fasting on my knees;
And follow strict religion's rule,
20 Those days the church decrees.
Keep, keep intemp'rance far away,
'Tis duty and 'tis love;
Or how shall I my breast display,
To nest my Saviour's dove.