Friday Poetry: John Bunyan

Hello my fellow readers.

I hope you all have exciting bank holiday plans this weekend.

My chosen poem this week is also one of my all time favourite hymns because I just love the words, especially “Hobgoblin, nor foul fiend.”

John Bunyan was a Puritan preacher and writer best known for The Pilgrim’s Progress. Bunyan also spent three years fighting for the Parliamentarian army.

 

Who Would True Valour See

 

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 Pilgrim.

 

Who so beset him round,

With dismal Stories,

Do but themselves Confound;

His Strength the more is.

No Lyon can him fright,

He’l with a Gyant Fight,

But he will have a right,

To be a Pilgrim.

 

Hobgoblin, nor foul Fiend,

Can daunt his Spirit:

He knows, he at the end,

Shall Life Inherit.

Then Fancies fly away,

He’ll fear not what men say,

He’ll labour Night and Day,

To be a Pilgrim.

 

John Bunyan

 

Happy Weekend.

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