As due by many titles I resigne
My selfe to thee, O God, first I was made
By thee, and for thee, and when I was decay'd
Thy blood bought that, the which before was thine;I am thy sonne, made with thy selfe to shine,Thy servant, whose paines thou hast still repaid,
Thy sheepe, thine Image, and, till I betray'd
My selfe, a temple of thy Spirit divine;Why doth the devill then usurpe on mee?
Why doth he steale, nay ravish that's thy right?Except thou rise and for thine own worke fight,Oh I shall soone despaire, when I doe seeThat thou lov'st mankind well, yet wilt'not chuse me,And Satan hates mee, yet is loth to lose mee.
- John Donne II
- This poem is about how Donne laments how he was created to be with God and betrayed himself instead. He implores God to step in and save in because he can't do it alone. This poem is characterizing man's inability to have self-control.