Bunyan’s Prison Poem and Comfort in Death

When John Bunyan was in prison in 1665 he wrote a poem called “Prison Meditations Directed to the Heart of Suffering Saints and Reigning Sinners.” Here’s a part of it I thought our readers would appreciate:

5. I am, indeed, in prison now
In body, but my mind
Is free to study Christ, and how
Unto me he is kind.

6. For though men keep my outward man
Within their locks and bars,
Yet by the faith of Christ I can
Mount higher than the stars.

7. Their fetters cannot spirits tame,
Nor tie up God from me;
My faith and hope they cannot lame,
Above them I shall be.

8. I here am very much refreshed
To think when I was out,
I preached life, and peace, and rest
To sinners round about.

9. My business then was souls to save,
By preaching grace and faith;
Of which the comfort now I have,
And have it shall till death.

John Bunyan, Bunyan’s Prison Meditations, vol. 1 (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2006), 66.

Shane Lems
Covenant Presbyterian Church, OPC
Hammond, WI