Graham Midgeley (ed.), The Miscellaneous Works of John Bunyan, Vol. 6: The Poems
XXIIOf the Fly at the Candle
- 790 What ails this Fly thus desperately to enter
- 791A Combat with the Candle? will she venture
- 792To clash at light? Away thou silly fly;
- 793Thus doing, thou wilt burn thy wings and dye.
- pg 225794 But 'tis a folly her advice to give,
- 795She'l kill the Candle, or she will not live.
- 796 Slap, says she, at it; then she makes retreat,
- 797So wheels about and doth her blows repeat.
- 798 Nor doth the Candle let her quite escape,
- Editor’s Note799But gives some little check unto the Ape:
- 800Throws up her heels it doth, so down she falls,
- 801Where she lies sprawling, and for succor calls.
- 802 When she recovers, up she gets again,
- 803And at the Candle comes with might and main.
- 804But now behold, the Candle takes the Fly,
- 805And holds her till she doth by burning dye.
- 807 This Candle is an Emblem of that Light,
- 808Our Gospel gives in this our darksome night.
- 809The Fly a lively Picture is of those
- 810That hate, and do this Gospel light oppose.
- 811At last the Gospel doth become their snare,
- 812Doth them with burning hands in peices tear.