John Bunyan: The Pilgrim’s Progress
(1.osa julkaistu 1678 ja 2.osa 1684)
”Thus far did I come laden with my sin;
Nor could aught ease the grief that I was in,
Till I came hither; what a place is this!
Must here be the beginning of my bliss?
Must here the burden fall from off my back?
Must here the strings that bound it to me
Blest cross! blest sepulchre! blest rather be
The Man that was there put to shame for
“The hill, though high, I covet to ascend;
The difficulty will not me offend,
For I perceive the way to life lies here.
Come, pluck up, heart, let’s neither faint nor fear.
Better, though difficult, the right way to go,
than wrong, though easy, where the end is woe.”
“Where am I now? Is this the love and care
of Jesus, for the men that pilgrims are,
Thus to provide that I should be forgiven,
And dwell already next door to heaven?”