THE second great Puritan writer of England was John Bunyan.
But yet," says Bunyan himself, "notwithstanding the meanness and inconsiderableness of my parents, it pleased God to put it into their hearts to put me to school, to learn me both to read and write.
Bunyan mentions that above twenty thousand cartloads of wholesome instructions had been thrown in here without effect.
This very neat and spacious edifice is erected on the site of the little wicket gate, which formerly, as all old pilgrims will recollect, stood directly across the highway, and, by its inconvenient narrowness, was a great obstruction to the traveller of liberal mind and expansive stomach The reader of John Bunyan will be glad to know that Christian's old friend Evangelist, who was accustomed to supply each pilgrim with a mystic roll, now presides at the ticket office.
who didst not refuse to the swart convict, Bunyan
, the pale, poetic pearl; Thou who didst clothe with doubly hammered leaves of finest gold, the stumped and paupered arm of old Cervantes; Thou who didst pick up Andrew Jackson from the pebbles; who didst hurl him upon a war-horse; who didst thunder him higher than a throne
Like Dante or Bunyan
, he has a revelation of another life; like Bacon, he is profoundly impressed with the unity of knowledge; in the early Church he exercised a real influence on theology, and at the Revival of Literature on politics.
On the very next Friday after this "dreadfullest fight that ever was seen," as Bunyan
says in Pilgrim's Progress, there were great doings in the little schoolhouse on the hill.
Sometimes, when much excited with his subject, he had an odd way - compounded of John Bunyan
, and Balfour of Burley - of taking his great quarto Bible under his arm and pacing up and down the pulpit with it; looking steadily down, meantime, into the midst of the congregation.
Maggie ran in an instant to the corner of the room, jumped on a chair, and reached down from the small bookcase a shabby old copy of Bunyan
, which opened at once, without the least trouble of search, at the picture she wanted.
Tom received the compliment with becoming modesty, and began to look as affable as was consistent, as John Bunyan
says, "with his doggish nature.
Sir William Ashton is a mask for a vulgar temptation, Ravenswood Castle a fine name for proud poverty, and the foreign mission of state only a Bunyan
disguise for honest industry.
, and others appear to have been exercised in their minds more than we: they were subjected to a kind of culture such as our district schools and colleges do not contemplate.