Father, part of his double interest
Unto thy kingdom, thy Son gives to me,
He jointure in the knotty Trinity
He keeps, and gives me his death’s conquest.
This Lamb, whose death with life the world hath blessed,
Was from the world’s beginning slain, and he
Hat 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 thy 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 that last will stand!
Selection take from: John Donne: A Critical Edition of the Major Works, edited by John Carey; Oxford: OUP, 1990