Hymn for Lent (Day 9): Wilt thou forgive that sin, where I begun

Today’s installment in the world famous Lenten Hymn-o-rama is a John Donne classic. It’s inspired by the appointed Gospel in the Daily Office lectionary. For variety’s sake, I’ve put the video above the fold this time. The singing is astounding.

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.

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 not 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’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.

Words: John Donne (1573 – 1631)

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