Graham Midgeley (ed.), The Miscellaneous Works of John Bunyan, Vol. 6: The Poems
- 1113 What barren, here! in this, so good a soyl?
- 1114The sight of this doth make God's heart recoyl
- 1115From giving thee his Blessing. Barren Tree,
- Critical Apparatus1116Bear Fruit, else thine End will cursed be!
- 1117 Art thou not planted by the water side?
- 1118Know'st not thy Lord by Fruit is glorifi'd?
- 1119The Sentence is, cut down the barren Tree:
- 1120Bear Fruit, or else thine End will cursed be!
- 1121 Hast not been dig'd about, and dunged too,
- 1122Will neither Patience, nor yet Dressing do?
- 1123The Executioner is come, O Tree,
- 1124Bear Fruit, or else thine End will cursed be!
- 1125 He that about thy Roots takes pains to dig,
- 1126Would if on thee were found but one good Fig,
- 1127Preserve thee from the Axe: But barren Tree,
- Critical Apparatus1128Bear Fruit, or else thine End will cursed be!
- 1129 The utmost end of Patience is at hand,
- 1130'Tis much if thou much longer here doth stand.
- 1131O Cumber-ground, thou art a barren Tree,
- 1132Bear Fruit, or else thine End will cursed be!
- 1133 Thy standing nor thy name will help at all,
- 1134When fruitful Trees are spared thou must fall.
- 1135The Axe is laid unto thy Roots, O Tree!
- 1136Bear fruit, or else thine End will cursed be!
237. Poem XXXIII. The theme of the Barren Fig-tree is treated fully by Bunyan in his awakening sermon, The Barren Fig-Tree or the Doom and Down-fall of the Fruitless Professor (1673). Luke 13: 6–9 is the scriptural source of the parable and much of the imagery.
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