Beckett: Poetry – No. 1856, Blessed Are Those Who Repent

This exegetical poem is based on Psalm 32:1-7.


Blessed are those who are forgiven, —
     those sins whom God covers.
Blessed are those to whom grace is given, —
     those whom the Lord recovers.

For when in crumbling depression, —
     through all my inward groaning, —
I thought this the Lord’s repression,
     my misery continually growing.

Yet to the Lord I confessed my sins, —
     not a one did I try to justify.
I said, “With my sins let me begin,”
     and He forgave the sins I decried.

Therefore, let all the saints offer Him prayers
     before the hour of His judgement;
for it shall be like a rush of great waters,
     unable to escape His wrath repugnant.

For God alone is refuge from His wrath, —
     He is our preservation from all danger.
He shall deliver us into the aftermath, —
     surrounding us with His gracious nature.

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