Pause for Prayer: TRINITY SUNDAY

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The language and phrasing in this prayerful poem take a little work
but it's worth the effort. A choral interpretation of the same text
follows below.

Batter my heart, three-person'd God
By John Donne
Batter my heart, three-person'd God, for you
As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;
That I may rise and stand, o'erthrow me, and bend
Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new.
I, like an usurp'd town to another due,
Labor to admit you, but oh, to no end;
Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend,
But is captiv'd, and proves weak or untrue.
Yet dearly I love you, and would be lov'd fain,
But am betroth'd unto your enemy;
Divorce me, untie or break that knot again,
Take me to you, imprison me, for I,
Except you enthrall me, never shall be free,
Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.
Richard Nance's powerful choral interpretation of Donne's Sonnet 14,
Batter My Heart Three-person'd God


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