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

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II. Of the Sufferings of Christ

  • XIII
  • 74The God of Grace beholding Man so vile, Ezek. 16. 6, 7, 8
  • 75To tumble in his gore and wicked vice:
  • 76Did yet vouchsafe upon poor man to smile, 1 Cor. 6. 20
  • 77And buy him to Himself with heav'nly price.
  • pg 7XIV
  • 78'Tis wonderful to think that God on high Isa. 57. 15
  • 79Should set on man so much his Heav'nly Love: Psal. 8. 4
  • 80That for him he should give his Christ to die,
  • 81To bring his Soul from Hell to Heaven above.
  • XV
  • 82When man had made of Sin an heap so great Gen. 6. 5, 6, 7
  • 83And weighty, that it made the world to quake: 1 Pet. 2. 24
  • 84God did his Son Christ with this burthen break, Mar. 14. 34
  • 85Which made his very Soul and body shake.
  • XVI
  • 86For why, the weight of Sin which he did bear Isa. 53. 5, 10
  • 87What time he in our stead stood before God: Isa. 52. 14
  • 88It did his Precious Soul and Body teare,
  • 89Because his Father Scourg'd him with his Rod.
  • XVII
  • 90The Wicked Sin'd, the Just did bear the blame, 1 Pet. 3. 18
  • 91Here is the Myst'ry of the Gospel-love: Heb. 12. 3
  • 92That Christ for us should bear the cursed Shame, Eph. 4. 8
  • 93And Wrath (that we deserved) from above.
  • XVIII
  • 94The pains he bore were more than we can think, Luke 22. 44
  • 95Which by his bloody sweat and wounds we see: Mat. 26. 42
  • 96For he the Cup of Gods Wrath up did drink, Gal. 3. 13
  • 97That he us bondslaves by it might set free.
  • XIX
  • 98Its plain enough, for though he was most strong, Heb. 1. 3
  • 99So that he could the World make and uphold: 1 Cor. 15. 2, 3, 4. 5
  • 100Yet did our Sins this blessed Christ so wrong
  • 101That he to death for them sometime was sold.
  • pg 8XX
  • 102The Rocks did rend, the earth did shake full sore, Mat. 27. 51, 52
  • Critical Apparatus103The Sun that shone, was all amaz'd to see Luke 23. 44
  • Editor’s Note104The Son of God upon the Cross to roar; Psal. 22. 1
  • 105Which clearly speaks his grief full sad to be.
  • XXI
  • 106Besides his Father from him hid his face, Mat. 27. 46
  • Critical Apparatus107Which most of all did wound his tender heart: Isa. 53. 10
  • 108Thus was our Christ in miserable case
  • 109When he for our accursed Sins did smart.
  • XXII
  • 110Sweet Jesus though our Sins to us be Light
  • 111That we can carry them with pleasure, yet Prov. 10. 23
  • 112They made thee groan, and did thee sorely fright, Luke 23. 46
  • 113Before the Spear with thy heart Blood was wet. Joh. 19. 34
  • XXIII
  • 114Thy sorrows were as great, as great could be Isa. 53. 3
  • 115For all were set against thee for our Sin: Psal. 22. 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
  • 116Both Heav'n and Hell, Death, and the Devil, he
  • 117Left no means unassav'd thy Soul to win. Mar. 4. 3, 4, &c
  • XXIV
  • 118But here's thy love, and eke our comfort great, 2 Tim. 1. 10
  • 119Thou didst Triumphantly orecome them all: Heb. 2. 14, 15, 16
  • 120Though in thy work thou hadst a bloody sweat,
  • 121Yet thereby we are kept from fatall fall. Hos. 13. 14
  • XXV
  • 122Now Heaven and Earth, yea Death and Hell are thine, 1 Cor. 3. 21, 22, 23. Tit. 1. 2
  • 123To do with them, as thou most wise seest best:
  • 124And thou hast promis'd Glory shall be mine, Luke 22. 30
  • 125And all things here shall for thy sake be blest. Rom. 8. 28
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  • 126Why should I then fear Sin, or Death, or Hell, Rom. 8. 33, 34, 35, &c
  • 127Or Wrath, or Devil, with his Firie Darts?
  • 128Let them fear these who for Sin Christ do sell,
  • 129And care not for his blood to cleanse their hearts.

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Critical Apparatus
103 Sun] Son 1661
Editor’s Note
8. 104. to roar: to cry out in pain. This word was still in common usage with 'weep', and without the more restricted animal associations which it now has.
Critical Apparatus
107 Isa. 53. 10] Isa. 5. 10 1661 (The emendation provides the text of nearest numerical similarity which is relevant)
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