Weekends are for Worship: Confession of Sin

If you have read very much on this blog you know I have an affinity for the writings from the past. Nothing against contemporary authors, (I read them too) it’s just the depth of the older writers that grabs me.

Some time ago, I read this poem by John Donne. Donne (pronounced “dun”) was an Anglican minister during the reign of King James I of England. He was born, raised, and educated as a Catholic, but after a thorough study of theology, he renounced the Catholic faith of his childhood and joined the Anglican church. He was certainly one of the most gifted wordsmiths of his time, as this poem shows. This piece really touched me. Hope it blesses you as well.

A Hymn to God the Father

Wilt Thou forgive that sin where I begun,
Which is 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 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;
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.

– John Donne, 1623

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