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Wouldst thou be in a Dream, and yet not sleep?
Or wouldst thou in a moment laugh and weep?
Wouldst thou lose thy self, and catch no harm?
And find thy self again without a charm?
Wouldst read thy self, and read thou knowest not what,
And yet know whether thou art blest or not,
By reading the same Lines? O then come hither,
And lay my Book, thy Head, and Heart together.

JOHN BUNYAN.

A. The

+ Isa. 64. 6. Luke 14. 33. Ps. 38. 4. Hab. 2. 2. Acts 16. 31. His Out-cry.

THE

Pilgrim's Progress:

Goal.

In the Similitude of a

DREAM.

S I walked through the Wilderness of this World, I lighted on a certain Place where was a *Den: and I laid me down in that place to sleep: And as I slept I dreamed a Dream. I dreamed, and behold, I saw a Man +cloathed with Rags, standing in a certain place, with his Face from his own House, a Book in his hand, and a great Burden upon his Back, I looked, and saw him open the Book, and read therein, and as he read he wept and trembled, and not being able longer to contain, he brake out with a lamentable Cry, saying, * What shall I do? In this plight therefore he went home, and refrained himself as long as he could, that his Wife and Children should not perceive his Distress, but he could not be silent long, because that his trouble increased: wherefore at length he brake his mind to his Wife and children; and thus he began to talk to them. O my dear Wife, said he, and you the Children of my Bowels, I your dear Friend am in my self undone, by reason of a burden that lieth hard upon me: moreover I am for certain informed, that this our City will be burned with • This World. Fire from Heaven, in which fearful overthrow, both

*Acts 2. 27.

*

He knows no way of escape as yet.

my self, with thee my Wife, and you my sweet Babes, shall miserably come to ruin; except (the which †yet I see not) some way of escape can be found, whereby we may be delivered. At this, His Relations were sore amazed; not for that they believed that what he had said to them was true, but because they thought that some frenzy Distemper had got into his Head: therefore, it drawing towards night, and they hoping that sleep might settle his brains, with all haste they got him to Bed; but the night was as troublesome to him as the day; wherefore, instead of sleeping, he spent it in sighs and tears. So when the morning was come, they would know how he did; he told them worse and worse; He also set to talking to them again, but they began to be hardned. They also thought to drive away his distemper by harsh and surly carriages to him: Sometimes they would deride, sometimes they would chide, and sometimes they would quite neglect him wherefore he began to retire himself to his Chamber to pray for, and pity them; and also to condole his own misery; he would also walk solitarily in the Fields, sometimes reading, and sometimes praying; and thus for some days he spent his time.

#

Carnal Physick for a sick Soul.

Now, I saw, upon a time, when he was walking in the Fields, that he was (as he was wont) reading in this Book, and greatly distressed in his Mind; and as he read he burst out, as he had done before, crying, *What shall I do to be *Acts 16. 30, saved?

31.

I saw also that he looked this way, and that way, as if he would run; yet he stood still, because (as I perceived) he could not tell which way to go, I looked then, and saw a man named Evangelist, coming to him, and asked, Wherefore dost thou cry? He answered, Sir, I perceive by the Book, in my hand, that I am condemned to die, and after that to come to Judgment, and I find that I am not willing to do the first, nor table to do the second.

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22.

Heb. 9. 27.
Job 26. 21,

+ Exod. 22.

14.

Then said Evangelist, Why not willing to die; since this Life is attended with so many Evils? The Man answered, because I fear that this burden that is upon my back, will sink me lower than the Grave;

and I

*

shall fall into Tophet. And, Sir, if I be not fit to go to Prison, I am not fit to go to Judgment, and from thence to Execution; and the thoughts of these things make me cry.

Isa. 30. 33.

+ Conviction

Then said Evangelist, if this be thy Condition, why standest
thou still? He answered, because I know not
whither to go.
Then he gave him a †Parchment
Roll, and there was written within, * Fly from the
Wrath to come.

of the necessity of flying.

* Mat. 3. 7.

The Man therefore read it, and looking upon Evangelist very carefully, said, Whither must I fly? Then said Evangelist, pointing with his Finger over a very wide Field, Do you see yonder Wicket-Gate? The Man said, No*; Then said the other, Do you see yonder tshining Light? He said, I think I do. Then said Evangelist, Keep that Light in your Eye, and go up directly thereto, so shalt thou see the Gate; at which when thou knockest, it shall be told thee what thou shalt do.

* Mat. 7. Psal. 119.105. 2 Pet. 2. 29. + Christ, and the way to him cannot be found without the word.

* Luke 14. 16.

So I saw in my Dream, that the Man began to run; now he had not run far from his own Door, but his Wife and Children perceiving it, began to cry after him to return; but the man put his Fingers in his Ears, and ran on crying, Life, Life, Eternal Life so he loooked not behind him but fled towards the middle of the Plain.

+ Gen. 19. 17.
* They that
fly from the
wrath to
come, are a

gazing stock
to the world.

+ Jer. 20. 10.

* Obstinate and Pliable follow him.

The Neighbours also came out to see him run, and as he ran, some mocked, others threatned, and some cried after him to return; And among those that did so, there were two that were resolved to fetch him back by force. *The Name of the one was Obstinate, and the Name of the other Pliable. Now by this time the Man was got a good distance from them; but however they were resolved to pursue him; which they did, and in a little time they overtook him. Then said the Man, Neighbours, Wherefore are you come? They said, to perswade you to go back with us; but he said, that can by no means be? You dwell, (said he) in the City of Destruction, (the place also where I was born) I see it to be so; and dying there, sooner or later, you will sink

lower than the Grave, into a Place that burns with Fire and Brimstone; be content good Neighbours, and go along with me. *What, said Obstinate, and leave our Friends and our Comforts behind us!

* Obstinate.

+ Christian.

* 2 Cor. 4. 18.

†Yes, said Christian (for that was his name) because, that all, which you shall forsake, is not *worthy to be compared with a little of that that I am seeking to enjoy ; and if you will go along with me, and hold it, you shall fare as I my self; for there where I go is fenough and to spare; Come + Luke 15. 17. away, and prove my Words.

Obst. What are the things you seek, since you leave all the world to find them?

*

I Pet. I. 4.

Chr. I seek an Inheritance, incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away; and it is laid up in Heaven, tand safe there, to be bestowed, at the time appointed, on them that diligently seek it. Read it so, if you will, in my Book.

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Heb. 11. 16.

Obst. Tush, said Obstinate, away with your Book; will you go back with us, or no?

Chr. No, not I, said the other; because I have laid my hand to the *Plow. * Luke 9. 62. Obst. Come then, Neighbour Pliable, let us turn again, and go home without him; there is a Company of these Craz'd-headed Coxcombs, that when they take a Fancy by the end, are wiser in their own Eyes than seven men that can render a

reason.

Pli. Then said Pliable, don't revile; if what the good Christian says, is true, the things he looks after are better than ours; my heart inclines to go with my Neighbour.

Obst. What! more fools still? Be ruled by me, go back; who knows whither such a brain-sick fellow will lead you u? Go back, go back, and be wise.

* Christian and Obstinate

Chr. Nay, but do thou come with thy Neighbour, Pliable, there are such things to be had which I spoke of, and many more Glories besides; if you believe not me, read here in this Book; and for the truth of what is exprest therein, behold all is confirmed by the blood of him that made it.

pull for Pliable's Soul.

+ Heb. 9. 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.

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