Holy Sonnet XVI: Father

John Donne

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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 deaths conquest.
This Lamb, whose death, with life the world hath blest,
Was from the worlds beginning slain, and he
Hath made two Wills, which with the Legacy
Of his and thy kingdom, doe thy Sons invest.
Yet such are thy laws, that men argue yet
Whether a man those statutes can fulfill;
None doth; but all-healing grace and spirit
Revive again what law and letter kill.
Thy laws abridgement, and thy last command
Is all but love; Oh let this last Will stand!

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  • iveycreamer

    Just read Holy Sonnet XVI: Father and I'm a bit confused. Is the poem trying to say that it's only through grace and love that we can fulfill the laws set forth by Father? Like we can't do it on our own?