John Donne

A Hymn To God The Father

John Donne was an English poet, satirist, lawyer and a cleric in the Church of England.






Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun,
  Which was 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 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 wallow'd 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;
  But 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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