In the Beginning
81
Oh Thou, who Man of baser Earth didst make,
And ev'n with Paradise devise the Snake:
For all the Sin wherewith the Face of Man
Is blacken'd---Man's forgiveness give---and take!


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Vedder's note: Omar's reasoning has carried him so far that he cannot believe he is a mere irresponsible agent, nor can he persuade himself that he is entirely responsible. He therefore concludes that he is both free and fated, and this conclusion leads to the "Pardon Giving and Pardon Imploring Hands."