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TOGETHER WITH THE LIFE OF MR. BADMAN-PHARISEE AND
PUBLICAN-BARREN FIG-TREE, &c. &c.

BY

MR. JOHN BUNYAN,

CAP

LATE MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL AT BEDFORD,
AUTHOR OF THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, AND OTHER VALUABLE
WORKS, &c. &c.

With Practical and Explanatory Notes.

WIGAN,

PRINTED AND SOLD BY J. BROWN, 2, STANDISHGATE.

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ADVERTISEMENT TO THE READER.

OME say the Pilgrim's Progress is not mine,
Insinuating as if I would shine

In name and fame by the worth of another,
Like some made rich by robbing of their brother:

Or that so fond I am of being sire,

I'll father bastards; or, if need require,
I'll tell a lie, in print to get applause :
I scorn it; John such dirt-heap never was
Since God converted him., Let this suffice
To shew why I my Pilgrim patronize.

It came from mine own heart, so to my head,
And thence into my fingers trickled;
Then to my pen, from whence immediately
On paper I did dribble it daintily.

Manner and matter too were all mine own,
Nor was it unto any mortal known,

Till I had done it.

By books, by wits,

Add five words to it,

Nor did any then,

by tongues, or hand, or pen,
or write half a line;

Therefore, the whole, and every whit is mine.

Also for this, thine eye is now upon,

The matter in this manner came from none

But the same heart, and head, fingers, and pen,
As did the others.

Witness all good men :

For none in all the world, without a lie,

Can say that this is mine, excepting I.

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I write not this of any ostentation,
Nor 'cause I seek of men their commendation;
I do it to keep them from such surmise,
As tempt them will my name to scandalize:
Witness my name, if anagram'd to thee,
The letters make, Nu hvny in a B.

JOHN BUNYAN.

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