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,
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.


Comments about A Hymn To God The Father by John Donne

  • Don KubickiDon Kubicki (7/6/2019 6:35:00 PM)

    All have sinned or so they say, but no one says why.(Report)Reply

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  • stevi navinskey (12/28/2018 6:47:00 PM)

    that was a realy good speech(Report)Reply

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  • Karabo mokoena (5/12/2018 9:25:00 PM)

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  • Tenure (1/30/2018 11:54:00 AM)

    Good love it is amazing and awesome love it love it love it(Report)Reply

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  • Ur suck (11/28/2017 6:07:00 PM)

    I hate this song please fix microsoft this sucks i suck ducks(Report)Reply

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  • Richard Wlodarski (10/9/2017 1:28:00 PM)

    An absolutely stunning poem! Confessing to all his mortal sins. And being forgiven. And then, to confess to his fear of death. Not only is he forgiven, but he sees the light of Jesus. And his fear is gone. In Soul's Journey - Parts I - V, I write about my near death encounter with Jesus. So poems like this totally resonate with me.(Report)Reply

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  • Ben Sasser (7/16/2017 8:40:00 PM)

    Nice poem, (Report)Reply

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  • Walterrean Salley (11/16/2016 6:03:00 PM)

    (A Hymn To God The Father - Poem by John Donne.)

    Wilt thou forgive that sin which I have won
    Others to sin, and made my sin their door?
    ...
    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.

    Gives me goose bumps. A prayer of penitence. Donne, conscious of his spiritual state, and his responsibility to God, seeks all forgiveness in preparation of his final moments of life- whenever that might have been. A prayer applicable to all. Well penned.(Report)Reply

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  • 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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  • 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

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  • * 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

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  • Shahzia BatoolShahzia 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

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  • Pranab K ChakrabortyPranab 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

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  • 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

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  • Kelvin Karani (6/28/2012 9:11:00 AM)

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

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  • 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

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  • aMan BloomaMan Bloom (6/28/2010 1:24:00 PM)

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

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  • 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

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh 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

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  • 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

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 14, 2001

Poem Edited: Monday, May 14, 2001


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