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8/26/08

A Hymn To God The Father - John Donne

Read this the other night to an artist's group I am active in. As my art is poetry, and poetic-related writing, I have been reading samples of my own work. This month I did again, but also, introduced the group to John Donne, one of the greatest English language poets and a great man of faith. He died in 1631, and, for the nonreader of poetry, is left for freshman literature classes to read.

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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