Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon Thee.@Psalm 86:5
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John Donne (1573-1631)

John Donne (1573-1631).

I have rather the mentioned this hymn for that he caused it to be set to a most grave and solemn tune, and to be often sung to the organ by the Choristers of St. Paul’s [Cathedral] Church in his own hearing, especially at the evening service, and at his return from his customary devotions in that place, did occasionally say to a friend, the words of this hymn have restored to me the same thoughts of joy that possessed my soul in my sickness, when I composed it. And, O the power of Church-music! That harmony added to this hymn has raised the affections of my heart, and quickened my grace of zeal and gratitude; and I observe that I always return from paying this public duty of prayer and praise with an unexpressible tranquility of mind, and willingness to leave the world.

Izaak Walton, Lives, 1670

So Giebst Du Johann S. Bach (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Johann S. Bach (1685-1750)

Wilt Thou forgive that sin, by man 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’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.