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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
John Donne
 
79. To CHRIST
 
WILT thou forgive that sinn, where I begunn, 
  Which is my sinn, though it were done before? 
Wilt thou forgive those sinns through which I runn 
  And doe run still, though still I doe deplore? 
    When thou has done, thou hast not done,         5
              For, I have more. 
  
Wilt thou forgive that sinn, by which I'have wonne 
  Others to sinn, and made my sinn their dore? 
Wilt thou forgive that sinn which I did shunne 
  A yeare or twoe, but wallowed in a score?  10
    When thou hast done, thou hast not done, 
              For I have more. 
  
I have a sinn of feare that when I have spunn 
  My last thred, I shall perish on the shore; 
Sweare by thy self that at my Death, thy Sonne  15
  Shall shine as he shines nowe, & heretofore; 
    And having done that, thou hast done, 
              I feare noe more. 
 
 
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