“I will lead the blind by a way they do not know, In paths they do not know I will guide them I will make darkness into light before them And rugged places into plains These are the things I will do, And I will not leave them undone.” —Isaiah 42:16
John Milton Ducks Charles II, August 27, 1660
unhill Fields Cemetery in London contains the earthly remains of many prominent dissenters or “non-conformists” of England’s history. As an almost unknown historic site to most people, among the two thousand or so markers, Bunhill’s tombs include those of John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim’s Progress, John Owen, renowned Puritan theologian and chaplain to Oliver Cromwell, novelist Daniel Defoe, George Fox, who is considered the father of “Quakerism,” Isaac Watts, the father of English hymnody, and Susannah Wesley, the twenty-fifth child in her family and mother of nineteen, including the preachers and hymn-writers John and Charles. Along with Bunyan, perhaps the most universally known denizen of Bunhill is John Milton, the Puritan poet, political polemicist, civil servant, and historian of the 17th century—the author of Paradise Lost.
John Milton (1608-1674)