Keeping a Holy Lent - 18

Image by Mark Rothko

The verse below is the work of poet and preacher John Donne who died in 1631. If you find the syntax a bit difficult, spend a little time with it and you'll come to understand Donne's meaning here.

And for a truly contemporary rendition, listen to Jolly Napier's setting and let this be a prayer for keeping a holy Lent...

by John Donne

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 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.

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Mike J said...

Jolly Napier has a My Space page. http://www.myspace.com/jollynapier

Listen to 145. It is a beautiful song of praise. Thanks for sharing and pointing me to their music.

Celtic Crone said...

One of my two favorite poets - and to hear his unique word music set to musical notes is a treat indeed!

Alexandra said...

Thank you for sharing this truly beautiful prayer.