A HYMN TO GOD THE FATHER - George Herbert Poems

 
 

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A HYMN TO GOD THE FATHER

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.