Friday, February 27, 2009

A Cry for Forgiveness

Tucked away in long-forgotten manuscripts and dusty tomes are some of the best examples of Christian writing ever produced. These precious prayers, prose, and poems by godly men and women of the past often lie undiscovered except by a few scholars. One of my goals is to bring some of these lost treasures back into the light of day, not only for my own spiritual encouragement but hopefully for others to also discover and enjoy.

Today's selection is a hymn by one of my favorite poets, John Donne. Although the word choice may seem pretty archaic, take the time to read the words slowly and carefully. See if you can identify with his cry for forgiveness and his faith that forgiveness will be given.


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’ve 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.

--from John Donne's Devotions by John Donne



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