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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
A Hymn to God the Father
By John Donne (1572–1631)
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:        5
        For I have more.
Wilt Thou forgive that sin which I have won
  Others to sin, and made my sins their door?
Wilt Thou forgive that sin which I did shun
  A year or two, but wallow’d in a score?        10
When Thou hast done, Thou hast not done;
        For I have more.
I have a sin of fear, that when I’ve spun
  My last thread, I shall perish on the shore;
But swear by Thyself that at my death Thy Son        15
  Shall shine as He shines now and heretofore:
And having done that, Thou hast done;
        I fear no more.

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