A Hymn to God the Father

By John Donne
Read by Simon Russell Beale

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 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.

Credits

This poem is in the public domain.

"A Hymn to God the Father" film is a collaboration with the Sunday Times as part of Simon Russell Beale’s My Lockdown Journal series.