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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
165. A Hymn to God the Father
 
John Donne (1573–1631)
 
 
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.
 
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 wallow’d in a score?        10
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        15
  Shall shine as He shines now and heretofore:
And having done that, Thou hast done;
      I fear no more.
 

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