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1. Wanderings of a Pilgrim under the Shadow of Mont

Blanc.

1 Vol. 12mo. Cloth, 50 Cents. “A peculiar charm is lent to these impassioned descriptions of some of nature's most noble handiwork, by the constant religious feeling blending with a poet's devotion to nature. The “vale of Chamouny,' Geneva," “the Alps," and " Mont Blanc," are pictured to our mind's eye in their most sublime beauty. And not only mountains, and towering crags. and cataracts, are described, but the personal intercourse of the author with some European men, who are towering like mountains above the bigotry and darkness of their age and country-such men as Merle D'Aubigne, Dr. Gaussen, and the Genevese reformers of the nineteenth century.”

2. Wanderings of a Pilgrim in the Shadow of the Jungfrau

Alps.

i Vol. 12mo. Cloth. 50 Cents. “ Highly picturesque in its details, and written with a religious eloquence which becomes the profession of the writer."

" There is an exuberance of fancy, a peculiar glow, in the language of Dr. Cheever, which gives a charm to his written productions possessed by few.”'

3. Wanderings of a Pilgrim in Mont Blanc and the Jung

frau Alps.
2 Vols. in 1. 12mo. Cloth. $1.

4.
A Defence of Capital Punishment.

5. The Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, in New-Eng.

land, in 1620. Reprinted from the original volumes, with historical and local illustrations of

Providence, Principles and Persons.

i Vol. 12mo. Cloth. $1. “This is a very interesting volume."

“ Is full of striking passages which we should love to copy, and tho chap ters on the first New-England Meeting House, and the first deaths and buria's are written in a strain of surpassing eloquence and beauty."

6. Dr. Cheever's Lectures on Bunyan. Lectures on the Pilgrim's Progress, and on the Life and Times of

John Bunyan. 1 Thick 12mo. Vol. Cloth. $1 25. “We know of nothing in American literature more likely to be interesting and useful than those Lectures. The beauty and force of their imagery, the poetic brilliancy of their descriptions, the correctness of their sentiments, and the excellent spirit which pervados them, must make their perusal a feast to all of the religious community."

ON THX

PILGRIM'S PROGRESS,

AND ON

THE LIFE AND TIMES

OT

JOHN BUNYAN,

BY

REV. GEORGE B. CHEEVER.

SEVENTH EDITION.

NEW YORK:
JOHN WILEY, 161 BROADWAY,

AND 13 PATERNOSTER ROW, LONDON.

HARVARD COLLEGE

LIBRARY

Grati

Entored according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1844,

BY WILLIAM OSBORN, In the Clerk's office of the District Court of the Southern District of New.York

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PREFACE.

This work attempts to trace the footsteps of a great circumnavi. gator in the Divine Life, somewhat as an open boat might follow in the wake of the ships of Columbus into a New World. And yet it is not new, but as old as the Grace of God in the heart of sinful man; and now, so many have crossed the sea, and prepared charts and maps of their passage for the use of others, that there is scarcely a league, over which some compass has not been drawn, or into which some fathoming line has not been let down ; though there is scenery still hidden, and there are depths never yet sounded, nor ever will be, inasmuch as the grace of God in the heart of man is unfathomable; and in sailing over this ocean, we can often do no more than cry out with the Apostle Paul, O the depths! There is always much that is peculiar with every individual mind in crossing this sea; and likewise in following the traces of so experienced and wise a navigator as Bunyan, every individual will find something new to remark upon ; so that these lectures, though on an old subject, will not necessarily be found common-place, or monotonous, or superfluous.

It ought probably to be mentioned that a former essay by the author, printed in the North American Review, has been, in one or two of these lectures, worked up anew. A greater space also is occupied by that division of the work on the life and times of Bunyan, than was originally contemplated; but in the Providence of God, Bunyan himself, in his own lifetime, furnished as much matter for profitable meditation and instruction, as his own Pil. grim, in his beautiful Allegory Of course the first division is

more particularly biographical and historical; the second more meditative and expository.

The world of Christian Pilgrims may in general be divided into two classes, the cheerful and the depressed ; those who have joy in the Lord, and those whose joy is overborne and kept down by cares and doubts, unbelief and many sins, fallings by the way and broodings over them. Indeed, there is a sad want, in our present christian experience, of that joy of the Lord, which is our strength; and to give the reasons for this would by itself require a volume. There must be more of this joy, and it must be more habitual, if the church of Christ would be strong to convert the world, would be prepared to teach transgressors the way of the Lord, so that sinners may be converted unto him ; for that is the meaning of the Psalmist, taking what is individual, and applying it, as we must, to the church universal, as the source of her power.

The importance of this joy for the strength of the church is manifest not only from the fifty-first Psalm, but from those re. markable words of our Blessed Lord to his disciples, These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. The Saviour's own joy! What a depth of blissful meaning is contained in these words, as the portion of his people! It is not a doubting, weak, depressed piety, that is here recognized.

And yet there is provision in the same gospel for those who do not attain to this joy. There is mention made of those, whose hands hang down, and of the feeble knees; and the arrangements made in the gospel for the sustaining and comforting of such do show that there will always continue to be, more or less, in the christian race, and in the christian church, hands that hang down and feeble knees.

Now it is at once a proof of the wisdom of the delineations of christian character in the Pilgrim's Progress, and a source of the usefulness of that book to all classes, that it is not a picture of ab.

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