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A Litany

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FATHER of Heaven, and Him, by whom
It, and us for it, and all else for us,
Thou madest, and govern'st ever, come
And re-create me, now grown ruinous:
My heart is by dejection, clay,
And by self-murder, red.
From this red earth, O Father, purge away
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Adeeb Alfateh 21 July 2019
O Son of God, who, seeing two things, Sin and Death, crept in, which were never made, By bearing one, tried'st with what stings The other could Thine heritage invade; O be Thou nail'd unto my heart, And crucified again; Part not from it, though it from Thee would part, But let it be by applying so Thy pain, Drown'd in Thy blood, and in Thy passion slain. great poem great 10++++++++++++++++++++
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Brett White 14 June 2018
Absolutely beautiful and expansive in its scope. Kudos post-mortem Mr. Donne; I am of the firm opinion that God is very merciful indeed to those who beautifully exalt His Glory.
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Susan Williams 14 June 2018
He wrote this after leaving the Catholic church and joining the Church of England. The differences between the two spiritually disturbed him. In each of the the nine-line stanzas (following an ababcdcdd rhyme scheme) , Donne examines parts of the Catholic liturgy and the nature of the Trinity, the Virgin Mary, the Angels, and some of the saints of the church, and how they relate to his own sins and desires. [ e-notes com/topics/ a litany ]
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Edward Kofi Louis 14 June 2018
Kill us not! ! But, let us live with the truth. Thanks for sharing.
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Robert Murray Smith 14 June 2018
It certainly is a litany.
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