Selected Poetry of John Bunyan (1628-1688)
from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services,
University of Toronto Libraries
© 2005, Ian Lancashire for the Department
of English, University of Toronto
Index to poems
Children become, while little, our delights,
When they grow bigger, they begin to fright's.
(Upon the Disobedient Child, 1-2)
- Of Man by Nature
- The Pilgrim
- Upon Apparel
- Upon the Disobedient Child
- Upon the Vine-tree
- Upon Time and Eternity
Notes on Life and Works
John Bunyan was born at Elstow, near Bedford, and baptized Nov. 30, 1628, the son of a tinker, and like his father a tinker. He joined joined the parliamentary forces in the English civil war in 1644. On leaving, he married in 1646 a pious woman whose only dowry was two books, The Plain Man's Pathway to Heaven and Lewis Bayly's The Practice of Piety. They had four children. In 1657 Bunyan joined the Baptist church and became an unlicensed preacher. For refusing to conform, he was jailed from 1660 to 1672. During his Imprisonment he wrote and in 1666 published both Grace Abounding, one Of the best autobiographies ever produced, and The Holy City. Released in 1672, licensed at last for preaching, Bunyan was again imprisoned for six months in 1675. Afterwards he turned to write The Pilgrim's Progress (1678), the best-read book in English until the twentieth century. Other books follows: Life and Death of Mr. Badman (1680), The Holy War (1682), and The Pilgrim's Progress, part 2 (1684). He died of complications from a chill on August 31, 1688, and was buried in Bunhill Fields.
- Bunyan, John. Grace abounding to the chief of sinners, 1666 (Menston: Scolar Press, 1970; PR 3329 G1 1666A Robarts Library). Also the edition by Roger Sharrock (London: Oxford University Press, 1966; PR 3329 G1 1966 Robarts Library).
- --. Christian behaviour; The Holy City; The resurrection of the dead, ed. J. Sears McGee (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987; BR 75 .B7A6 1987 Robarts Library)
- --. The pilgrim's progress, part 1, 1678 (Menston: Scolar Press, 1970; PR 3330 A1 1970 Robarts Library). Also The pilgrim's progress, ed. N. H. Keeble (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984; PR 3330 A2K43 1984 Robarts Library).
- --. The life and death of Mr. Badman: presented to the world in a familiar dialogue between Mr. Wiseman and Mr. Attentive, ed. James F. Forrest and Roger Sharrock (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988; PR 3329 .L1 1988 St. Michael's College Library PR 3329)
- --. The holy war made by Shaddai upon Diabolus for the regaining of the metropolis of the world: or, The losing and taking again of the town of Mansoul, ed. Roger Sharrock and James F. Forrest (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1980; PR 3329 H1 1980 Robarts Library)
- --. The Poems, ed. Graham Midgley (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1980; BR 75 B7 A25 1980 Erindale College)
- Forrest, James F., and Richard Lee Greaves.
- John Bunyan: a reference guide (Boston, Mass.: G.K. Hall, 1982; Z 8131 F67 1982 Robarts Library)
- Greaves, Richard L. “Bunyan, John (bap. 1628, d. 1688).” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Ed. H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. Oxford: OUP, 2004.
- Griffith, Gwilym Oswald.
- John Bunyan (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1927; PR 3331 G75 1927 Robarts Library)
- Harrison, Frank Mott. A bibliography of the works of John Bunyan (London: Oxford University Press for the Bibliographical Society, 1932; Z 8131 H3 Robarts Library)
Given name: John
Family name: Bunyan
Birth date: 1628
Death date: 31 August 1688
father: Thomas Bunyan
mother: Margaret Bunyan
wife: Elizabeth Bunyan
son: John Bunyan
son: Joseph Bunyan
son: Thomas Bunyan
daughter: Elizabeth Bunyan
daughter: Mary Bunyan
daughter: Sarah Bunyan
Education: Bedford grammar school ?
Religion: Baptist: 1653
Literary period: Seventeenth century
Soldier: 1644 to 1646
Elstow, Bedfordshire: 1628 to 1644
Elstow, Bedfordshire: 1646 to 1655
Bedford: 1655 to 1660
Bedford jail : 1660 to 1672
Bedford: 1672 to 1688
Illness: Consumption: 1655
Cause of death: Fever
Buried at: Mr. Strudwick's vault, Bunhill Fields, Finsbury
First RPO edition: 1999