John Donne

A Hymn to God the Father

Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun,
        Which is my sin, though it were done before?
Wilt thou forgive that sin through which I run,
        And do run still, though still I do deplore?
                When thou hast done, thou hast not done,
                        For I have more.

Wilt thou forgive that sin by which I have won
       Others to sin? and made my sin their door?
Wilt thou forgive that sin which I did shun
       A year or two, but wallowed in a score?
               When thou hast done, thou hast not done,
                       For I have more.

I have a sin of fear, that when I have spun
       My last thread, I shall perish on the shore;
Swear by thyself, that at my death thy Son
       Shall shine as he shines now and heretofore;
               And, having done that, thou hast done,
                       I fear no more.


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