John Donne: A Hymn to God the Father

This poem struck me when I first read it, and many times since. It captures the Christian’s heart so simply and beautifully and has been my prayer. I won’t go on about it – I just wanted to share it.

I
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.

II
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 wallowed in a score?
When thou hast done, thou hast not done,
For I have more.

III
I have a sin of fear, that when I have spun
My last thread, I shall perish on the shore;
But swear by thy self, 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.

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2 thoughts on “John Donne: A Hymn to God the Father

  1. Donne is one of my top 3 poets. “Batter my heart, three-person’d God… ”
    “O more than moon,. Draw not up seas to drown me in thy sphere,.”
    (The other two are Larkin.)

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