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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 […]

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 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 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 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 […]

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 […]