Graham Midgeley (ed.), The Miscellaneous Works of John Bunyan, Vol. 6: The Poems
XLVIThe Boy and Watch-maker
- 1361 This Watch my Father did on me bestow,
- 1362A Golden one it is, but 'twill not go,
- 1363Unless it be at an Uncertainty;
- 1364But as good none, as one to tell a Lye.
- 1365 When 'tis high Day, my Hand will stand at nine;
- 1366I think there's no man's Watch so bad as mine.
- 1367Sometimes 'tis sullen, 'twill not go at all,
- 1368And yet 'twas never broke, nor had a Fall.
- 1370 Your Watch, tho it be good, through want of skill,
- 1371May fail to do according to your will.
- 1372Suppose the Ballance, Wheels, and Spring be good,
- 1373And all things else, unless you understood
- 1374To manage it, as Watches ought to be,
- 1375Your Watch will still be at Uncertainty.
- 1376Come, tell me, do you keep it from the Dust?
- 1377Yea wind it also duly up you must.
- pg 249Critical Apparatus1378Take heed (too) that you do not strain the Spring;
- 1379You must be circumspect in ev'ry thing.
- 1380Or else your Watch, were it as good again,
- 1381Would not with Time, and Tide you entertain.
- 1383 This Boy an Emblem is of a Convert;
- 1384His Watch of th'work of Grace within his heart.
- 1385The Watch-maker is Jesus Christ our Lord,
- 1386His Counsel, the Directions of his Word.
- 1387Then Convert, if thy heart be out of frame,
- 1388Of this Watch-maker learn to mend the same.
- 1389 Do not lay ope' thy heart to Worldly Dust,
- 1390Nor let thy Graces over-grow with Rust.
- 1391Be oft renew'd in th' Spirit of thy mind,
- 1392Or else uncertain thou thy Watch wilt find.