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A Hymn to God the Father

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Wilt Thou forgive that sin where I begun,Which is 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 wonOthers to sin? and made my sin their door?Wilt Thou forgive that sin which I did shunA year or two, but wallowed 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 spunMy last thread, I shall perish on the shore;Swear by Thy self, that at my death Thy SonShall shine as he shines now and heretofore;And, having done that, Thou hast done,I fear no more.

- John Donne, 1623