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Wherein is Discover'd
By JOHN BUNYAN
2dditions of New Cuts.
Licensed and Entred according to Order.
The Author's Apology for his Book. WHEN
HEN at the first I took my Pen in Hand,
Thus for to write, I did not understand That Kay all should make a little Book
1 Ia fuchs Mode Nay, I had undertook
To make anothia; which, when almost done,
And thus it was I wijding of the Way
prove ad Infinitun, and cat out, Rook that I already am about.
I did, but yet I did dot think w to all the World my Pen and Ink h a Mode, I only thought to make new not what : Nor did I undertake Chereby to please my Neighbours ; no not I, I did it my own self to gratify.
"Neither did I but vacant Seasons spend In this my Scribble ; Nor did I intend But to divert myself in doing this, From worser Thoughts which make me do amiss. Thus- I fet Pen te Paper with Delight, And quickly had my Thoughts in black and whit For having now my Method by the End, Still as I pulpd, it came; and fo I penn'd
It down, until it came at last to be
Well, when I had thus put my Ends together,
Now I was in a Straight, and did not see Which was the best Thing to be done by me: At last I thought, since ye are thus divided, I print it will, and so the Cafe decided
For thought I, fome I fee would have it done, Though others in that Channeldo not run ; To prove then who advised for the beft, Thus I thought fit to put it to the Teft.
I farther thought, if now I did deny Those that would have it, thus to gratify. I did not know but hinder them I might Of that which would to them be great Delight; For thofe which were not for it's coming forth,
faid to them, Offend you. I am loth: Yet since your Brethren-pleased with it be, Forbear to judge, "till you do further fee. | "If that you will not read it, let it alone, Some love the Meat, fome love to pick a Bones Yea, that I might them better moderate, I did too with them thus expoftulate !
May I not write in such a Stile as this? In fuch a Method too, and yet not miss My End, thy Good? why may it not be done? Dark Clouds bring IVaters, when the bright bring none; Yea, dark or bright, if they their Silver Drops Caufs to descend, the Earth, by yielding Crops,