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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of King James the First.  1847.
A Hymne to God the Father
II. John Donne
WILT thou forgive that sinne where I begunne,
Which was my sinne, though it were done before?
Wilt thou forgive that sinne, through which I runne,
And do runne still, thou still I do deplore?
    When thou hast done, thou hast not done,        5
      For I have more.
Wilt thou forgive that sinne which I have woune
Others to sinne? and made my sinne their doore?
Wilt thou forgive that sinne which I did shunne
A yeare or two, but wallowed in a score?        10
    When thou hast done, thou hast not done,
      For I have more.
I have a sinne of feare, that when I have spunne
My last thred I shall perish on the shore:
But sweare by thyselfe that at my death thy sonne        15
Shall shine as he shines now and heretofore;
    And having done that, thou hast done—
      I feare no more.

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