John Bunyan

Graham Midgeley (ed.), The Miscellaneous Works of John Bunyan, Vol. 6: The Poems

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XXXIIIUpon the barren Fig-tree in God's Vineyard

  • 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!

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Editor’s Note
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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