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A Hymn To God The Father

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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.
John Donne
Monday, May 14, 2001
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LEVI 11 January 2021
Many Thanks
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Gregory Tuck 27 September 2020
I have always cherished this short poem, encompassing as it does, and in beautiful terms, the issues of original sin and Redemption.
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K booker 21 September 2020
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stevi navinskey 28 December 2018
that was a realy good speech
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Karabo mokoena 12 May 2018
This is marvelous and great ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????I can dwell on it
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Tenure 30 January 2018
Good love it is amazing and awesome love it love it love it
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Richard Wlodarski 09 October 2017
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.
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Ben Sasser 16 July 2017
Nice poem,
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Walterrean Salley 16 November 2016
(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.
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Drew Wilson 30 October 2015
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?
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