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Wherein is Discover'd
The Manner of his Setting out;
His Dangerous JOUR NE Y,

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Safe ARRIVAL at the Defred Coun

By JOHN BUNYAN
Ehe Str and Twentieth Edition,

2dditions of New Cuts.
I bave used Similitudes, Hofea xii. 1

Licensed and Entred according to Order.

LONDON:
Printed by A. W. for J. Clarke, at the
Golden-Ball, in Duck-Lane, 1743.

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,
Before I was aware, I this begun';

And thus it was I wijding of the Way
And Race of Saints in this our Gospel Day.
Feld suddenly into an Allegory
About their journey, and the Way to Glory,
In more than Twenty Things, which I let down
This done, I Twenty more had in my Crown
And they again began to multiply,
Like Sparks that from the Coals of Fire do fly.
Nay then thought I, if that you breed so fast,
I'll put you by yourselves, left you af laft
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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

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It down, until it came at last to be
For length and breadth the Bigness which you see.

Well, when I had thus put my Ends together,
I few'd them ; others, that I might see whether
They would condemn them, or them justifie :
And fome faid, Let them live ; fome Let them die ; .
Some faid, John; Print it; Others said Not ,
Some faid, I might do good.; Others said, No.

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,

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