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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 Kubicki 7/6/2019 6:35:00 PM

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

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

    that was a realy good speech 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 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 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. Reply

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  • Ben Sasser 7/16/2017 8:40:00 PM

    Nice poem, 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.
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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? 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. Reply

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  18. 18. Come Up From The Fields, Father
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  38. 38. Father I Hardly Knew
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  40. 40. Sonnet Xx: Lawrence, Of Virtuous Father
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  41. 41. My Father, With His Arthritic Hands
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  44. 44. Father & Son
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  45. 45. (719) Father (Sunday Prayer)
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  46. 46. (715) Father-You Are My All
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  47. 47. Father....Who Are You?
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  48. 48. (695) Teach Us Father
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Father Poems

  1. You Are Old Father William

    "You are old, father William," the young man said, "And your hair has become very white; And yet you incessantly stand on your head -- Do you think, at your age, it is right? "In my youth," father William replied to his son, "I feared it might injure the brain; But, now that I'm perfectly sure I have none, Why, I do it again and again." "You are old," said the youth, "as I mentioned before, And you have grown most uncommonly fat; Yet you turned a back-somersault in at the door -- Pray what is the reason for that?" "In my youth," said the sage, as he shook his grey locks, "I kept all my limbs very supple By the use of this ointment -- one shilling a box -- Allow me to sell you a couple?" "You are old," said the youth, "and your jaws are too weak For anything tougher than suet; Yet you finished the goose, with the bones and the beak -- Pray, how did you mange to do it?" "In my youth," said his fater, "I took to the law, And argued each case with my wife; And the muscular strength, which it gave to my jaw, Has lasted the rest of my life." "You are old," said the youth, "one would hardly suppose That your eye was as steady as every; Yet you balanced an eel on the tend of your nose -- What made you so awfully clever?" "I have answered three questions, and that is enough," Said his father. "Don't give yourself airs! Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff? Be off, or I'll kick you down stairs.

  2. Memory Of My Father

    Every old man I see Reminds me of my father When he had fallen in love with death One time when sheaves were gathered. That man I saw in Gardner Street Stumbled on the kerb was one, He stared at me half-eyed, I might have been his son. And I remember the musician Faltering over his fiddle In Bayswater, London, He too set me the riddle. Every old man I see In October-coloured weather Seems to say to me: "I was once your father."

  3. Father Death Blues

    Hey Father Death, I'm flying home Hey poor man, you're all alone Hey old daddy, I know where I'm going Father Death, Don't cry any more Mama's there, underneath the floor Brother Death, please mind the store Old Aunty Death Don't hide your bones Old Uncle Death I hear your groans O Sister Death how sweet your moans O Children Deaths go breathe your breaths Sobbing breasts'll ease your Deaths Pain is gone, tears take the rest Genius Death your art is done Lover Death your body's gone Father Death I'm coming home Guru Death your words are true Teacher Death I do thank you For inspiring me to sing this Blues Buddha Death, I wake with you Dharma Death, your mind is new Sangha Death, we'll work it through Suffering is what was born Ignorance made me forlorn Tearful truths I cannot scorn Father Breath once more farewell Birth you gave was no thing ill My heart is still, as time will tell.

  4. My Father

    was a truly amazing man he pretended to be rich even though we lived on beans and mush and weenies when we sat down to eat, he said, "not everybody can eat like this." and because he wanted to be rich or because he actually thought he was rich he always voted Republican and he voted for Hoover against Roosevelt and he lost and then he voted for Alf Landon against Roosevelt and he lost again saying, "I don't know what this world is coming to, now we've got that god damned Red in there again and the Russians will be in our backyard next!" I think it was my father who made me decide to become a bum. I decided that if a man like that wants to be rich then I want to be poor. and I became a bum. I lived on nickles and dimes and in cheap rooms and on park benches. I thought maybe the bums knew something. but I found out that most of the bums wanted to be rich too. they had just failed at that. so caught between my father and the bums I had no place to go and I went there fast and slow. never voted Republican never voted. buried him like an oddity of the earth like a hundred thousand oddities like millions of other oddities, wasted.