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Permalink 09:21:38 am, by sue Email , 142 words   English (CA)
Categories: British History

The Magic Flute

John Bunyan in Bedford Gaol

Tradition holds that John Bunyan wrote the Pilgrim's Progress in Bedford Gaol, while imprisoned for the crime of holding a religious service not in conformity with the Church of England. Bunyan spent twelve years in Bedford Gaol for that offense, which helps to explain why nonconformists liked to emigrate to America when they could.

To pass away the gloomy hours of imprisonment John took a rail out of the stool that was put in his cell, and with his knife fashioned it into a flute.

The keeper heard the music, and followed it to it's source. Whilst the keeper unlocked the door John quickly put the newly made flute back into the stool.

Each time the jailers heard the music, John would quickly hide his flute, and they never did discover where the mysterious music came from.


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