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CONCLUSION OF THE FIRST PART.
Now, Reader, I have told my dream to thee,
See if thou canst interpret it to me,
Or to thyself, or neighbour ; but take heed
Of misinterpreting, for that, instead
Of doing good, will but thyself abuse :
By misinterpreting, evil ensues.
Take heed also that thou be not extreme
In playing with the outside of my dream;
Nor let my figure or similitude
Put thee to laughter, or a feud;
Leave this for boys and fools; but as for thee
Do thou the substance of my matter see.
Put by the curtains, look within my veil,
Turn up my metaphors, and do not fail ;
There, if thou seest them, such thoult find
As will be helpful to an honest mind.
What of my dross thou findest here, be bold
To throw away, but yet preserve the gold.
What if my gold be wrapped up in ore ?
None throws away the apple for the core.
But if thou shalt cast all away as vain,
I know not but twill make me dream again.
GO now, my little Book, to every place
Where my first Pilgrim has but shown his face
Call at their door: if any say, Who's there?
Then answer thou, Christiana is here.
If they bid thee come in, then enter thou,
With all thy boys; and then, thou knowest how,
Tell who they are, also from whence they came :
Perhaps they know them by their looks or name :
But if they should not, ask them yet again,
If formerly they did not entertain
One Christian, a Pilgrim ? If they say
They did, and were delighted in his way;
Then let them know, that those related were
Unto him; yea, his wife and children are.
Tell them that they have left their house and home
Are turned Pilgrims ; seek a world to come:
That they have met with hardships in the way
That they do meet with troubles night and day :
That they have trod on serpents, fought with devila s
Have also overcome as many evils :
Yea, tell them also of the next who have,
Of love to pilgrimage, been stout and brave
Defenders of that way; and how they still
Refuse this world, to do their Father's will.
Go tell them also of those dainty things
That pilgrimage unto the Pilgrims brings.
Let them acquainted be too, how they are
Beloved of their King, under his care;
What goodly mansions he für them provides,
Though they meet with rough winds and ewelling tides ;
How brave a calm they will enjoy at last,
Who to the Lord, and to his ways, hold fast
Perhaps with heart and hand they will embrace
Thee as they did my firstling, and will grace
Thee and thy fellows with good cheer and faro
As show well they of Pilgrims lovers are.
But how if they will not believe of me
That I am truly thine? 'cause some there be
That counterfeit the Pilgrim and his name,
Seek, by disguise, to seem the very same;
And by that means, have brought themselves into
The hands and houses of I know not who.
T'is true, some have of late, to counterfeit
My Pilgrim, to their own my title set;
Yea, others half my name, and title too,
Have stitched to their books to make them do:
But yet they, by their features, do declare
Themselves not mine to be, whose e'er they are.
If such thou meet'st with, then thine only way,
Before them all, is to say out thy say
In thine own native language, which no man
Now useth, or with ease dissemble can.
If, after all, they still of you shall doubt, ,
Thinking that you like gipsies go about,
In naughty ways the country to defile ;
Or that you seek good people to beguile
With things unwarrantable--send for me,
And I will testify you Pilgrims bez
Yea, I will testify that only you
My Pilgrims are, and that alone will do.
But yet, perhaps, I may enquire for hiin
Of those that wish him damnned life and limb:
What shall I do, when I at such a door
For Pilgrims ask, and they shall rage the more a?
Fright not thyself, my Book ; for such bugbears
Are nothing else but ground for groundless fears.
• The book seems bere to be represented as fearing, lest it should inquire for a vilgrim of him, that is to say, lest it should invite him to be a pilgrim, wbo would be only proroked by the invitation to "rage the more" against religion and religious persons