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In Sonnet IV Donne is aware of death coming in the form of illness. He rails at mankinds weakness and sinful nature and speaks of being lost to the joy of Heaven. He ends this sonnet by saying you can die as you are and be lost, or you can be washed in the blood of the Lamb (Jesus) which will turn you white again (pure, redeemed, forgiven) and spend eternity with the Lord.
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