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THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS
FROM THIS WORLD TO THAT WHICH IS TO COME ;
DELIVERED UNDER THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM :
WHEREIN ARE DISCOVERED,
THE MANNER OF HIS SETTING OUT;
HIS DANGEROUS JOURNEY ;
AND SAFE ARRIVAL AT THE DESIRED COUNTRY :
BY JOHN BUNYAN.
“I HAVE USED SIMILITUDES.” HOSEA, C. XII. V. X.
LONDON: JOHN MAJOR. M.DCCC.XXIX.
FOR HIS BOOK.
W HEN at the first I took my pen in hand,
And thus it was : I, writing of the way
Well, so I did ; but yet I did not think
Neither did I but vacant seasons spend
But to divert myself, in doing this,
Thus I set pen to paper with delight,
Well, when I had thus put my ends together,
Now, was I in a strait, and did not see
For, thought I, some I see would have it done,
I further thought, if now I did deny
If that thou wilt not read, let it alone ;
May I not write in such a style as this?
You see the ways the fisherman doth take
How does the fowler seek to catch his game ? By divers means, all which one cannot name : His guns, his nets, his lime-twigs, light, and bell : He creeps, he goes, he stands ; yea, who can tell Of all his postures? Yet there's none of these Will make him master of what fowls he please. Yea, he must pipe and whistle to catch this, Yet, if he does so, that bird he will miss.
If that a pearl may in a toad's head dwell, And may be found too in an oyster shell : If things that promise nothing do contain What better is than gold, who will disdain, That have an inkling of it, there to look, That they may find it? Now, my little book (Though void of all these paintings, that may make It with this or the other man to take) Is not without those things that do excel What do in brave but empty notions dwell.
Well, yet I am not fully satisfy'd, That this your book will stand, when soundly try'd.