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A HYMN TO GOD THE FATHER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun
Last Line: I fear no more.
Variant Title(s): For Forgiveness;to Christ
Subject(s): Forgiveness; Prayer; Religion; Remorse; Repentance; Clemency; Theology; Penitence


I

Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun,
Which was my sin, though it were done before?
Wilt thou forgive that, through which I run,
And do run still: though still I 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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