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WITH A PREFACE, LIFE OF THE AUTHOR,

AND EXPLANATORY NOTES.

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This Work was first published in numbers, handsomely printed, in the years 1794, 1795. It has been several times republished since.

J.S.

PRE FACE

TO THE

PILGRIM'S PROGRESS.

The high estimation in which the Pilgrim's Progress has been held for much above a century sufficiently evinces its intrinsic value ; and there is every reason to suppose that it will be read with admiration and advantage for ages to come ; probably till the consummation of all things.

The pious Christian, in proportion to “ his growth in grace, and in the knowledge of our “Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,” derives more and more instruction from repeated perusals of this remarkable book; while his enlarged experience and extended observation enable him to unfold, with progressive evidence, the meaning of the agreeable similitudes employed by its ingenious author: and even the careless reader is fascinated to attention, by the simple and artless manner in which the interesting narrative is arranged. Nor should this be represented as a mere amusement; for it has been observed by men of great discernment and acquaintance with the human mind, that young persons, having perused the Pilgrim as a pleasing tale, often retain a remembrance of its leading incidents, which, after continuing perhaps in a dormant state for several years, has at length ger

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