Holy Sonnets - Sonnets 13-16 Summary & Analysis

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Sonnet 13 is presumably addressed to God, as the speaker opens by announcing, "Thou hast made me, and shall thy work decay?" (1). After asking for "repair" (2) in his last hours, the speaker notes that he is very close to death and therefore terrified of what lies ahead. The sestet returns to speaking directly to God, as the speaker says that only God's grace can save him and make him "rise again" (10). Satan enters the final four lines of the poem as the speaker agonizes over how he is so tempted by Satan that he cannot be left alone without God for more than one hour.

Sonnet 14 details the speaker's wishes to be able to express his grief over his imminent death. However, he cannot do so as his "sighs and tears" have already been "spent" (1-2). His previous mourning was "idolatr[ous]" (5), and the...

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