John Donne for John Donne Day (3)

Posted by Kendall Harmon

When all is done, the hell of hells, the torment of torments, is the everlasting absence of God, and the everlasting impossibility of returning to his presence...to fall out of the hands of the living God, is a horror beyond our expression, beyond our imagination.... What Tophet is not Paradise, what Brimstone is not Amber, what gnashing is not a comfort, what gnawing of the worme is not a tickling, what torment is not a marriage bed to this damnation, to be secluded eternally, eternally, eternally from the sight of God?
--From a sermon to the Earl of Carlisle in 1622

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Posted March 31, 2012 at 9:15 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Pageantmaster ن wrote:

My favorite for its play on words is this:

A hymn to God the Father

i.

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.

ii.

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.

iii.

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.

April 1, 9:27 am | [comment link]
2. Teatime2 wrote:

We sang this hymn today at an interval during the reading of the , Passion! It was about when you could hear the sniffling begin in the congregation, myself included. I was surprised to hear a manly man admit to one of the priests on the way out that he can’t help but get teary at the Palm Sunday service. Indeed.

April 1, 3:38 pm | [comment link]
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