Father, part of his double interest
Unto thy kingdom, thy Son gives to me,
His jointure in the knotty Trinity
He keeps, and gives to me his death’s conquest.
This Lamb, whose death with life the world hath blest,
Was from the world’s beginning slain, and he
Hath made two Wills which with the Legacy
Of his and thy kingdom do thy Sons invest.
Yet such are thy laws that men argue yet
Whether a man those statutes can fulfil;
None doth; but all-healing grace and spirit
Revive again what law and letter kill.
Thy law’s abridgement, and thy last command
Is all but love; Oh let this last Will stand!
© John Donne
READ MORE POEMS BY THIS POET:
- A Litany
- On The Lady Elizabeth, And Count Palatine Being Married On St. Valentine’s Day
- Holy Sonnet IV: “Oh My Black Soul! Now Art Thou Summoned”
- To Sir Henry Wotton
- Elegy X: The Dream
- A Hymn To Christ At The Author’s Last Going Into Germany
- To The Praise Of The Dead And The Anatomy
- The Flea
- A Dialogue Between Sir Henry Wootton And Mr. Donne