Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Ash Wednesday

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 by 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.

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.

---John Donne

2 comments:

TGWWS said...

Amen, Donne. That was one good thing, incidentally, that Sayers introduced me to.

healthily sanguine said...

Lent is always my time to take a break from worrying about being single, because who wants to start dating during Lent anyway? :)