The Hymnal 1982 140
Wilt thou forgive that sin, where I begun
- John Donne, 1573-1631
- John Hilton, 1599-1657; Roy F. Kehl, b. 1935; Elizabeth Poston, b. 1905
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.