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FROM THIS WORLD TO THAT WHICH IS TO COME.
IN THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM.
As I walked through the wilderness | lieth hard upon me; moreover, I of this world, I lighted on a cer-am certainly informed that this our
tain place where was city will be burnt with The Jall.
This world. a den,* and laid me fire from heaven; in down in that place to sleep; and which fearful overthrow, both my, as I slept, I dreamed a dream. I self, with thee my wife, and you my dreamed, and behold, I saw a man sweet babes, shall mi- He knows no clothed with rags standing in a cer serably come to ruin, way of escape tain place, with his face from his except (the which yet as yet. own house, a book in his hand, and I see not) some wey of escape can a great burden upon his back, Isa. be found, whereby we may be deIxiv. 6; Luke xiv. 33; Psa. xxxviii. livered. At this his relations were 4. I looked, and saw him open the sore amazed; not for that they bebook, and read therein; and as believed that what he had said to read, he wept and trembled; and them was true, but because they not being able longer to contain, thought that some phrensy distemhe brake out with a lamentable cry, per had got into his head; theresaying, “Whát shall I do?" Acts fore, it drawing towards night, and ii. 37; xvi. 30; Hab. i. 2, 3. they hoping that sleep might settle In this plight, therefore, he went his brains, with all haste they got
restrained himself as him to bed. But the night was as long as he could, that his wife and troublesome to him as the day : children should not perceive his wherefore, instead of sleeping, he distress; but he could not be silent spent it in sighs and tears. So when long, because that his trouble in the morning was come, they would creased. Wherefore at length he know how he did. He told them, brake his mind to his wife and chil-1 Worse and worse: he also set to dren; and thus he began to talk to talking to them again; but they them. O my dear wife, said he, began to be hardened. They also and you the children of my bowels, thought to drive away Carnal physic I, your dear friend, am in myself his distemper by harsh for a sick soul. undone by reason of a burden that and surly carriage to him: some* Bedford jall, in which the author was a
times they would deride, sometimes prisoner for conscience sake.
they would chide, and sometimes