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When my nature is inclined to prayer & fasting
I say that all my desires are gained
Alas that that ablution is destroyed by wine
And that fasting is made null by half a measure of wine

F4 95

And much as Wine has play'd the Infidel,
And robb'd me of my Robe of Honour--Well,
I wonder often what the Vintners buy
One half so precious as the stuff they sell.

HA 93

When my mood inclined to prayer and fasting,
I said that all my salvation was attained;
Alas! that those Ablutions are destroyed by my pleasures,
And that Fast of mine is annulled by half a draught of wine.

Nic 162

Lorsque ma nature m'a paru disposée à la prière et au jeûne, j'ai un instant espéré que j'allais atteindre le but de tous mes désirs; mais, hélas! un vent a suffi pour detruire l'efficacité de mes ablutions, et une demi-gorgée de vin est venu mettre à néant mon jeûne.

P 365

When to fasting and prayer late my nature inclined was,
Methought, sure, attained the whole wish of my mind was:
Alack, for the fast with a half-draught avoided,
The ablution annulled with a letting of wind was.

Th 624

To prayer and fasting when my soul inclined,
Methought attained the wishes of my mind;
Alas! a half wine-draught annulled the fast,
And my ablution a mere waft of wind.

Wh 180

To prayer and fasting when my heart inclined,
All my desire I surely hoped to find;
Alas! my purity is stained with wine,
My prayers are wasted like a breath of wind.

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