Repentance Is Quite Different from Regret

Music: Voluntarie.
By William Byrd. Performed by John Sankey.

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Repentance is quite different from regret.
One can feel regret for many years,
Self-castigating to familar tears,
Having just the grace not to forget.
However, to repent must mean to change.
After the regret must come the will,
So resolute it conquers every hill,
However much one would reduce its range.
Actions only can forgiveness gain.
No thought alone can treat the inner wound
And save the soul that would remain entombed,
Held hostage by its fear of healing pain.

Copyright by Nicholas Gordon

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