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John Donne (1572–1631).  The Poems of John Donne.  1896.
 
Divine Poems
A Hymn to God the Father
 
I.
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,        5
          For I have more.
 
II.
Wilt Thou forgive that sin which I have won
  Others to sin, and made my sin 1 their door?
Wilt Thou forgive that sin which I did shun
  A year or two, but wallowed in a score?        10
    When Thou hast done, Thou hast not done,
          For I have more.
 
III.
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        15
  Shall shine as he shines now, and heretofore;
    And, having done that, Thou hast done;
          I fear no more.
 
Note 1. l. 8. 1650, my sins [back]
 
 
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