A Hymn to God t…

John Donne, by Isaac Oliver (died 1622). See s...

John Donne, by Isaac Oliver (died 1622). National Portrait Gallery, London  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

by John Donne, the English poet, satirist, lawyer and priest

CONFESSIONS

English: The Garden of Eden by Jacob Savery

English: The Garden of Eden by Jacob Savery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Forgive me the sins of my youth grown to adulthood as my imperfections seem to have been cast in stone;

Forgive me the insults heaped on my fellowmen through this malodorous mouth with a mind of its own;

Forgive me for withholding a treasury of love from the storehouse of my heart big enough for the world;

Forgive me for ignoring the teachings of the master with which I could have better saved my soul;

Forgive me for stepping on handmaidens who made my life all the sweeter and richer;

Forgive me for the times I neglected to aim further, reach higher, be wiser;

Forgive me for this life I wrongfully carved out of the garden of Eden;

Forgive me

but enter me still into thine heaven.

© Millicent Danker
30 March 2013