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 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 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 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 […]

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 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 […]

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 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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

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   […]

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 […]