Of Man by Nature

By John Bunyan 1628–1688 John Bunyan
LXI. Of Man by Nature
From God he's a Back slider,
Of Ways, he loves the wider;
With Wickedness a Sider,
More Venom than a Spider.
       In Sin he's a Confider,
A Make-bate, and Divider;
Blind Reason is his Guider,
The Devil is his Rider.

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Poet John Bunyan 1628–1688


SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

Subjects God & the Divine, Religion

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John Bunyan, author of the immortal allegory The Pilgrim's Progress (1678, 1684), was born in 1628 in Elstow, near Bedford, to Thomas Bunyan and his second wife, Margaret Bentley Bunyan. Not much is known about the details of Bunyan's life; his autobiographical memoir, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners (1666), is concerned with external events only as they impinge upon spiritual experience. His family was humble though . . .

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SUBJECT God & the Divine, Religion


SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

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