A Hymne to God the Father

Wilt thou forgive that sinne where I begunne
     Which is my sin, though it were done before?
Wilt thou forgive those sinnes, through which I runne,
     And doe them still: though still I doe deplore?
          When thou hast done, thou hast not done,
                         For I have more.

Wilt thou forgive that sinne by which I wonne
     Others to sinne? and, made my sinne their doore?
Wilt thou forgive that sinne which I did shunne
     A yeare, or two: but wallowed in, a score?
          When thou hast done, thou hast not done,
                         For I have more.

I have a sinne of feare, that when I have spunne
     My last thred, I shall perish on the shore;
Sweare by thy selfe, that at my death thy Sunne
     Shall shine as it shines now, and heretofore;
          And, having done that, Thou hast done,
                         I have no more.

John Donne, 1633.

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