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.

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