Upon Time and Eternity

By John Bunyan 1628–1688 John Bunyan
LXXII. Upon Time and Eternity.
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.

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Poet John Bunyan 1628–1688


SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

Subjects Time & Brevity, Living

Occasions Weddings

Poetic Terms Metaphor, Rhymed Stanza

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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 Time & Brevity, Living


SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

Poetic Terms Metaphor, Rhymed Stanza

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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