The King’s Highway

Joseph asked Poemen, “How should we fast?”

Poemen said, “I suggest that everyone should eat a little less than he wants, every day.”
Joseph said to him, “When you were a young man, didn’t you fast for two days on end?”
Poemen said, “I used to fast for three days on end, even for a week. But the great hermits have tested all these things, and they found it is good to eat something every day, but on some days a little less. They have shown us that this is the king’s highway, for it is easy and light.”
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