The Shepherd Boy’s Song

He that is down needs fear no fall      He that is low, no pride;He that is humble ever shall      Have God to be his guide. I am content with that I have,      Little be it or much;And Lord, contentment still I crave,      Because Thou savest such. Fullness to such a burden is       That go on […]

Who Would True Valour See

Who would true Valour see Let him come hither; Who would true Valour see      Let him come hither; Who would true Valour see      Let him come hither; One here will Constant be,      Come Wind, come Weather. There's no Discouragement, Shall make him once Relent, His first avow'd Intent,      To be a […]

Upon Time and Eternity

Eternity is like unto a Ring. Time, like to Measure, doth it self extend; Eternity is like unto a Ring. Time, like to Measure, doth it self extend; Measure commences, is a finite thing. The Ring has no beginning, middle, end. ~ John Bunyan

Upon the Begger

He wants, he asks, he pleads his poverty, They within doors do him an alms deny. He wants, he asks, he pleads his poverty, They within doors do him an alms deny. He doth repeat and aggravate his grief, But they repulse him, give him no relief. He begs, they say, Begone; he will not […]

Upon the Whipping of the Top

Tis with the whip the boy sets up the top, The whip makes it run round upon its toe; Tis with the whip the boy sets up the top, The whip makes it run round upon its toe; The whip makes it hither and thither hop: 'Tis with the whip the top is made to […]

Upon the Vine Tree

What is the vine, more than another tree? Nay most, than it, more tall, more comely be. What is the vine, more than another tree? Nay most, than it, more tall, more comely be. What workman thence will take a beam or pin, To make ought which may be delighted in? Its excellency in its […]

Upon the Thief

The thief, when he doth steal, thinks he doth gain; Yet then the greatest loss he doth sustain. The thief, when he doth steal, thinks he doth gain; Yet then the greatest loss he doth sustain. Come, thief, tell me thy gains, but do not falter. When summ'd, what comes it to more than the […]

Upon the Swallow

This pretty bird, O! how she flies and sings, But could she do so if she had not wings? This pretty bird, O! how she flies and sings, But could she do so if she had not wings? Her wings bespeak my faith, her songs my peace; When I believe and sing my doubtings cease. […]

Upon the Sun’s Reflection upon the Clouds in a Fair Morning

Look yonder, ah! methinks mine eyes do see Clouds edged with silver, as fine garments be; Look yonder, ah! methinks mine eyes do see Clouds edged with silver, as fine garments be; They look as if they saw that golden face That makes black clouds most beautiful with grace. Unto the saints' sweet incense, or […]

Upon the Skilfull Player of an Instrument

He that can play well on an instrument, Will take the ear, and captivate the mind He that can play well on an instrument, Will take the ear, and captivate the mind With mirth or sadness; for that it is bent Thereto, as music in it place doth find. But if one hears that hath […]

Upon the Sight of a Pound of Candles Falling to the Ground

But be the candles down, and scattered too, Some lying here, some there? What shall we do? But be the candles down, and scattered too, Some lying here, some there? What shall we do? Hold, light the candle there that stands on high, It you may find the other candles by. Light that, I say, […]

Upon the Sacraments

Two sacraments I do believe there be, Baptism and the Supper of the Lord; Two sacraments I do believe there be, Baptism and the Supper of the Lord; Both mysteries divine, which do to me, By God's appointment, benefit afford. But shall they be my God, or shall I have Of them so foul and […]

Upon the Pismire

Must we unto the pismire go to school, To learn of her in summer to provide Must we unto the pismire go to school, To learn of her in summer to provide For winter next ensuing. Man's a fool, Or silly ants would not be made his guide. But, sluggard, is it not a shame […]

Upon the Lord’s Prayer

Our Father which in heaven art, Thy name be always hallowed; Our Father which in heaven art, Thy name be always hallowed; Thy kingdom come, thy will be done; Thy heavenly path be followed By us on earth as 'tis with thee,             We humbly pray; And let our bread us given be,             From […]

Upon the Lark and the Fowler

Thou simple bird, what makes thou here to play? Look, there's the fowler, pr'ythee come away. Thou simple bird, what makes thou here to play? Look, there's the fowler, pr'ythee come away. Do'st not behold the net? Look there, 'tis spread, Venture a little further, thou art dead. Is there not room enough in all […]

Upon the Flint in the Water

This flint, time out of mind, has there abode, Where crystal streams make their continual road. This flint, time out of mind, has there abode, Where crystal streams make their continual road. Yet it abides a flint as much as 'twere Before it touched the water, or came there Its hard obdurateness is not abated, […]

Upon the Fish in the Water

The water is the fish's element; Take her from thence, none can her death prevent; The water is the fish's element; Take her from thence, none can her death prevent; And some have said, who have transgressors been, As good not be, as to be kept from sin. 2. The water is the fish's element: […]

Upon the Disobedient Child

Children become, while little, our delights! When they grow bigger, they begin to fright's. Children become, while little, our delights! When they grow bigger, they begin to fright's. Their sinful nature prompts them to rebel, And to delight in paths that lead to hell. Their parents' love and care they overlook, As if relation had […]

Upon the Bee

The bee goes out, and honey home doth bring, And some who seek that honey find a sting. The bee goes out, and honey home doth bring, And some who seek that honey find a sting. Now would'st thou have the honey, and be free From stinging, in the first place kill the bee. Comparison. […]

Upon the Barren Fig-Tree in God’s Vineyard

What, barren here! in this so good a soil? The sight of this doth make God's heart recoil What, barren here! in this so good a soil? The sight of this doth make God's heart recoil From giving thee his blessing; barren tree, Bear fruit, or else thine end will cursed be! Art thou not […]

Upon Over-Much Niceness

Tis much to see how over nice some are About the body and household affair, Tis much to see how over nice some are About the body and household affair, While what's of worth they slightly pass it by, Not doing, or doing it slovenly. Their house must be well furnished, be in print, Meanwhile […]

Upon Fire

Who falls into the fire shall burn with heat; While those remote scorn from it to retreat. Who falls into the fire shall burn with heat; While those remote scorn from it to retreat. Yea, while those in it, cry out, O! I burn, Some farther off those cries to laughter turn. Comparison. While some […]

Upon Apparel

God gave us Cloaths to hide our Nakedness, And we by them, do it expose to View. God gave us Cloaths to hide our Nakedness, And we by them, do it expose to View. Our Pride, and unclean Minds, to an excess, By our Apparel we to others shew. ~ John Bunyan

Upon a Snail

She goes but softly, but she goeth sure, She stumbles not, as stronger creatures do. She goes but softly, but she goeth sure, She stumbles not, as stronger creatures do. Her journey's shorter, so she may endure Better than they which do much farther go. She makes no noise, but stilly seizeth on The flower […]

Upon a Sheet of White Paper

This subject is unto the foulest pen, Or fairest handled by the sons of men. This subject is unto the foulest pen, Or fairest handled by the sons of men. 'Twill also show what is upon it writ, Be it wisely, or nonsense for want of wit, Each blot and blur it also will expose […]

Upon a Penny Loaf

Thy price one penny is in time of plenty, In famine doubled, 'tis from one to twenty. Thy price one penny is in time of plenty, In famine doubled, 'tis from one to twenty. Yea, no man knows what price on thee to set When there is but one penny loaf to get. Comparison. This […]

Upon a Lowering of Morning

Well, with the day I see the clouds appear, And mix the light with darkness everywhere; Well, with the day I see the clouds appear, And mix the light with darkness everywhere; This threatening is, to travellers that go Long journeys, slabby rain they'll have, or snow. Else, while I gaze, the sun doth with […]

Upon a Looking Glass

In this see thou thy beauty, hast thou any, Or thy defects, should they be few or many. In this see thou thy beauty, hast thou any, Or thy defects, should they be few or many. Thou may'st, too, here thy spots and freckles see, Hast thou but eyes, and what their numbers be. But […]

The Spirit of Prayer

Wouldst thou have that good, that blessed mind, That is so much to heavenly things inclin'd Wouldst thou have that good, that blessed mind, That is so much to heavenly things inclin'd That it aloft will soar, and always be Contemplating on blest eternity. That mind that never thinks itself at rest, But when it […]

The Sinner and the Spider

I am a man, and in God's image made, I have a soul shall neither die nor fade, Sinner. What black, what ugly crawling thing art thou? Spider. I am a spider——————- Sinner. A spider, ay, also a filthy creature. Spider. Not filthy as thyself in name or feature. My name entailed is to my […]

The Operation of Faith

The word of faith unto me pardon brings, Shows me the ground and reason whence it springs: The word of faith unto me pardon brings, Shows me the ground and reason whence it springs: To wit, free grace, which moved God to give His Son to die and bleed, that I might live This word […]

The Necessity of a New Heart

Now wouldst thou have a heart that tender is, A heart that forward is to close with bliss; Now wouldst thou have a heart that tender is, A heart that forward is to close with bliss; A heart that will impressions freely take Of the new covenant, and that will make The best improvement of […]

The Fowls Flying in the Air

Methinks I see a sight most excellent, All sorts of birds fly in the firmament: Methinks I see a sight most excellent, All sorts of birds fly in the firmament: Some great, some small, all of a divers kind, Mine eye affecting, pleasant to my mind. Look how they tumble in the wholesome air, Above […]

On the Rising of the Sun

Look, look, brave Sol doth peep up from beneath, Shows us his golden face, doth on us breathe; Look, look, brave Sol doth peep up from beneath, Shows us his golden face, doth on us breathe; He also doth compass us round with glories, Whilst he ascends up to his highest stories. Where he his […]

On the Cackling of a Hen

The hen, so soon as she an egg doth lay, (Spreads the fame of her doing what she may.) The hen, so soon as she an egg doth lay, (Spreads the fame of her doing what she may.) About the yard she cackling now doth go, To tell what 'twas she at her nest did […]

On Promising Fruitfulness of a Tree

A comely sight indeed it is to see A world of blossoms on an apple-tree: A comely sight indeed it is to see A world of blossoms on an apple-tree: Yet far more comely would this tree appear, If all its dainty blooms young apples were. But how much more might one upon it see, […]

Of Uprightness and Sincerity

Wouldst thou be very upright and sincere? Wouldst thou be that within thou dost appear, Wouldst thou be very upright and sincere? Wouldst thou be that within thou dost appear, Or seem to be in outward exercise Before the most devout, and godly wise? Yea, art thou thus when no eye doth thee see But […]

Of the Rose Bush

This homely bush doth to mine eyes expose A very fair, yea, comely ruddy rose. This homely bush doth to mine eyes expose A very fair, yea, comely ruddy rose. This rose doth also bow its head to me, Saying, Come, pluck me, I thy rose will be; Yet offer I to gather rose or […]

Of The Mole in the Ground

The mole's a creature very smooth and slick, She digs i' th' dirt, but 'twill not on her stick; The mole's a creature very smooth and slick, She digs i' th' dirt, but 'twill not on her stick; So's he who counts this world his greatest gains, Yet nothing gets but's labour for his pains. […]

Of the Love of Christ

The love of Christ, poor I! may touch upon; But 'tis unsearchable. O! there is none The love of Christ, poor I! may touch upon; But 'tis unsearchable. O! there is none Its large dimensions can comprehend Should they dilate thereon world without end. When we had sinned, in his zeal he swore, That he […]

Of the Going Down of the Sun

What, hast thou run thy race, art going down? Thou seemest angry, why dost on us frown? What, hast thou run thy race, art going down? Thou seemest angry, why dost on us frown? Yea, wrap thy head with clouds and hide thy face, As threatening to withdraw from us thy grace? O leave us […]

Of the Fly at the Candle

What ails this fly thus desperately to enter A combat with the candle? Will she venture What ails this fly thus desperately to enter A combat with the candle? Will she venture To clash at light? Away, thou silly fly; Thus doing thou wilt burn thy wings and die. But 'tis a folly her advice […]

Of The Boy and Butterfly

Behold, how eager this our little boy Is for a butterfly, as if all joy, Behold, how eager this our little boy Is for a butterfly, as if all joy, All profits, honours, yea, and lasting pleasures, Were wrapped up in her, or the richest treasures Found in her would be bundled up together, When […]

Of Moses and His Wife

This Moses was a fair and comely man, His wife a swarthy Ethiopian; This Moses was a fair and comely man, His wife a swarthy Ethiopian; Nor did his milk-white bosom change her sin. She came out thence as black as she went in. Now Moses was a type of Moses' law, His wife likewise […]

Of Man by Nature

From God he's a backslider, Of ways he loves the wider; From God he's a backslider, Of ways he loves the wider; With wickedness a sider, More venom than a spider. In sin he's a considerer, A make-bate and divider; Blind reason is his guider, The devil is his rider. ~ John Bunyan

Of Love to God

When I do this begin to apprehend, My heart, my soul, and mind, begins to bend When I do this begin to apprehend, My heart, my soul, and mind, begins to bend To God-ward, and sincerely for to love His son, his ways, his people, and to move With brokenness of spirit after him Who […]

Of Judgment

As 'tis appointed men should die,       So judgment is the next As 'tis appointed men should die,       So judgment is the next That meets them most assuredly;       For so saith holy text. Wherefore of judgment I shall now       Inform you what I may, That you may see what 'tis, and how […]

Of Holiness of Life

Now, then, if holiness thou wouldst obtain, And wouldst a tender Christian man remain, Now, then, if holiness thou wouldst obtain, And wouldst a tender Christian man remain, Keep faith in action, let that righteousness That Christ fulfilled always have express And clear distinction in thy heart, from all That men by Scripture, or besides, […]

Of Hell and the Estate of Those Who Perish

Thus, having show'd you what I see Of heaven, I now will tell Thus, having show'd you what I see        Of heaven, I now will tell You also, after search, what be       The damned wights of hell. And O, that they who read my lines       Would ponder soberly, And lay to heart […]

Of Heaven

Heaven is a place, also a state,       It doth all things excel, Heaven is a place, also a state,       It doth all things excel, No man can fully it relate,       Nor of its glory tell. God made it for his residence,       To sit on as a throne, Which shows to us […]

Of Godly Fear

Us godly fear delightful unto thee, That fear that God himself delights to see Us godly fear delightful unto thee, That fear that God himself delights to see Bear sway in them that love him? then he will Thy godly mind in this request fulfil. By giving thee a fear that tremble shall, At every […]

Of Death

 Death, as a king rampant and stout The world he dare engage; Death, as a king rampant and stout       The world he dare engage; He conquers all, yea, and doth rout       The great, strong, wise, and sage. No king so great, nor prince so strong,       But death can make to yield, Yea, […]

Of Child with Bird at the Bush

My little bird, how canst thou sit And sing amidst so many thorns? My little bird, how canst thou sit And sing amidst so many thorns? Let me a hold upon thee get, My love with honour thee adorns. Thou art at present little worth, Five farthings none will give for thee, But pr'ythee, little […]

Meditations upon an Egg

The egg's no chick by falling from the hen; Nor man a Christian, till he's born again. 1. The egg's no chick by falling from the hen; Nor man a Christian, till he's born again. The egg's at first contained in the shell; Men, afore grace, in sins and darkness dwell. The egg, when laid, […]

Meditations upon a Candle

Man's like a candle in a candlestick, Made up of tallow and a little wick; Man's like a candle in a candlestick, Made up of tallow and a little wick; And as the candle when it is not lighted, So is he who is in his sins benighted. Nor can a man his soul with […]

Meditation upon the Day Before the Sun Rising

But all this while, where's he whose golden rays Drives night away and beautifies our days? But all this while, where's he whose golden rays Drives night away and beautifies our days? Where's he whose goodly face doth warm and heal, And show us what the darksome nights conceal? Where's he that thaws our ice, […]

Christian Conduct

When understand my meaning by my words,   How sense of mercy unto faith affords   When understand my meaning by my words,   How sense of mercy unto faith affords     Both grace to sanctify, and holy make   That soul that of forgiveness doth partake.     Thus having briefly showed you […]

How Graces Are to Be Obtained

The next word that I would unto thee say, Is how thou mayst attain without delay, The next word that I would unto thee say, Is how thou mayst attain without delay,   Those blessed graces, and that holiness Thou dost with so much godly zeal express   Thy love to, and thy longing to […]

From Mount Gerizzim

Besides what I said of the Four Last Things, And of the weal and woe that from them springs; Besides what I said of the Four Last Things, And of the weal and woe that from them springs;   An after-word still runneth in my mind, Which I shall here expose unto that wind   […]

From Mount Ebal

Thus having heard from Gerizzim, I shall Next come to Ebal, and you thither call, Thus having heard from Gerizzim, I shall Next come to Ebal, and you thither call,   Not there to curse you, but to let you hear How God doth curse that soul that shall appear   An unbelieving man, a […]

A Boy and Watchmaker

Boy:  This watch my father did on me bestow, A golden one it is, but 'twill not go, Unless it be at an uncertainty: But as good none as one to tell a lie. When 'tis high day my hand will stand at nine; I think there's no man's watch so bad as mine. Sometimes […]