aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

A loftier theme is in order for today's poetry post

A Hymn to God the Father

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 sins 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've 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.

-- John Donne

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