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A Hymn to God the Father
by John Donne (1572-1631)


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 has not done, 
          For I have more. 

Whilt 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 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 have spun 
  My last thread, I shall perish on the shore; 
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. 

I have a sin of fear, that when I have spun 
  My last thread, I shall perish on the shore; 
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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