“A Hymn to God the Father” by John Donne

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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