John Donne

(24 January 1572 - 31 March 1631 / London, England)

A Hymn To God The Father - Poem 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,
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Comments about A Hymn To God The Father by John Donne

  • Rookie - 0 Points Drew Wilson (10/30/2015 8:33:00 PM)

    The last line is wrong. It states I have no more I fear no more also makes since. But there are critics that say he could be talking about his wife that died. Her last name as More before he married her. This poem was written 6 years after her death. The last line can very easily have two meanings. I have no more sin or lost love? (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 45,623 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (6/28/2014 4:16:00 AM)

    Love and submission to god and forgive of sins wonderful poem and much liked. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 37,059 Points * Sunprincess * (11/9/2013 8:28:00 PM)

    I hope God has forgiven John of all his sins... amazing
    I hope he forgives me of my past, present and future sins.. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,483 Points Shahzia Batool (6/28/2013 12:18:00 AM)

    a celebrated poem which shows Donne totally different from his love poems... depicting the last moments' fears of the consequence of sins he has been committing, so earnest he looks in his demand/request of forgiveness...Donne is EVERYMAN here! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,138 Points Pranab K Chakraborty (6/28/2013 12:11:00 AM)

    It's musing with such a classical tune, the sin already been diluted by the essence of virtue. Fantastic beauty of construction yet vibrating loudly through the nerves...... I feel the quality of creation which brings an piece of art beyond the particular timing zone. Thanks to PH.............................................................. Pranab k c (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Carlos Echeverria (6/28/2012 10:58:00 AM)

    Donne seeking forgiveness for that which he was born into and continues to propagate-original sin. His writing is so brilliant, that his guilt is palpable. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 16 Points Kelvin Karani (6/28/2012 9:11:00 AM)

    I fear no more! Awesome poem! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sw33t h3@rT (6/28/2010 9:46:00 PM)

    I enjoyed the ending of this poem but definetly appreciated it a little more once i re-read it (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points aMan Bloom (6/28/2010 1:24:00 PM)

    This is classic trash that has done the world more harm than good. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 192 Points Joseph Poewhit (6/28/2010 3:06:00 AM)

    Highlights nicely, with humility, at the ending, of having GODS son as our savior for our weak failings in life's lusts. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 15,816 Points Ramesh T A (6/28/2010 2:11:00 AM)

    He has not said what sin he has committed! But poem is going on well! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michael Pruchnicki (6/28/2009 11:30:00 AM)

    John Donne was a metaphysical poet who delighted in creating word-play in his poetry. Has no one noticed the double and triple meaning he gives the past tense of the verb DONE? Read the poem aloud and you might be surprised and pleased by his clever use of one word to denote himself (DONNE) and action he must take to redeem himself in the eyes of GOD THE FATHER! Donne's persona (which we can take to be John Donne himself) questions GOD about his sin that he still commits on a regular basis though he's sorry! Second stanza Donne admits that he has led others astray, even though he quit for a year, he's spent twenty years wallowing in like a pig in a sty. The final stanza asserts his fear that he will die and be damned, but he expects the grace of GOD THE FATHER to shine on him through the intercession of GOD in the form of JESUS CHRIST!

    Note the final line of each stanza - from FOR I HAVE MORE to I FEAR NO MORE! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mimzy Sue (10/10/2008 2:09:00 PM)

    well written, loved it..... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 5 Points Kyle Hamp (6/28/2008 10:52:00 PM)

    a touching write. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Vidyadhar ... (3/3/2008 6:58:00 PM)

    good poem............... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,097 Points Peter Stavropoulos (6/28/2007 8:37:00 AM)

    'Shall shine as he shines now, ..'
    'thy Son' is John Donne's muse. A great poem. The devout sinner in one of his finest moments. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dimitris(Jimmy) Psachos (6/28/2007 1:50:00 AM)

    Well, this is how personal prayer repulses your evil notions.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Philip Record (9/20/2005 4:20:00 PM)

    I think this is a pure, honest prayer. The only certainty of the promise will
    materialise upon our demise-so we end up rationing our faith over a lifetime! ! (Report) Reply

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