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CONCLUSION.

Now, Reader, I have told my Dream to thee,
See if thou can'st 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 into a 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 the veil,
Turn up my metaphors, and do not fail.
There, if thou seekest them, such things thoul't find,
As will be helpful to an honest mind.

What of my dross thou findest there, 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.

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THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS

FROM THIS WORLD TO THAT WHICH IS TO COME.

PART II.

DELIVERED UNDER THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM :

WHEREIN IS SET FORTH

THE MANNER OF THE SETTING OUT

OF CHRISTIAN'S WIFE AND CHILDREN

THEIR DANGEROUS JOURNEY ;

AND SAFE ARRIVAL AT THE DESIRED COUNTRY.

“I HAVE USED SIMILITUDES.” HOSEA, C. XII. V. X.

LONDON : JOHN MAJOR. M.DCCC.XXIX.

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