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 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 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 […]

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 […]

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 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 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 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 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, […]

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 […]