140. Wilt thou forgive that sin, where I begun

1. Wilt thou forgive that sin, where I begun,
which is my sin, though it were done before?
Wilt thou forgive those sins 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.

2. Wilt thou forgive that sin, by which I 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.

3. I have a sin of fear that when I've spun
my last thread, I shall perish on the shore;
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.

Text Information
First Line: Wilt thou forgive that sin, where I begun
Author: John Donne, 1573-1631
Meter: 10 10. 10 10. 84
Language: English
Publication Date: 1985
Tune Information
Name: DONNE
Composer (melody and bass): John Hilton, 1599-1657 (alt.)
Harmonizer: Roy F. Kehl, b. 1935
Harmonizer: Elizabeth Poston, b. 1905
Meter: 10 10. 10 10. 84
Key: e minor



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