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THIS WORLD TO THAT WHICH IS TO COME.
PART I.-WHEREIN ARE DISCOVERED THE MANNER OF HIS SETTING OUT, HIS
PART II.-WHEREIN IS SET FORTH THE MANNER OF THE SETTING OUT OF
AND SAFE ARRIVAL AT THE DESIRED COUNTRY.
THE AUTHOR'S APOLOGY
FOR HIS BOOK.
WHEN at the first I took my pen in hand,
And thus it was: I, writing of the way
About their journey, and the way to glory,
Like sparks that from the coals of fire do fly.
Well, so I did; but yet I did not think
Neither did I but vacant seasons spend
From worser thoughts, which make me do amiss.
Thus I set pen to paper with delight,
And quickly had my thoughts in black and white.
It down; until at last it came to be,
For length and breadth, the bigness which you see.
Well, when I had thus put my ends together, I show'd them others, that I might see whether They would condemn them, or them justify;
And some said, Let them live; some, Let them die : Some said, John, print it; others said, Not so: Some said, It might do good; others said, No.
Now was I in a strait, and did not see
For, thought I, some I see would have it done,
I further thought, if now I did deny
If that thou wilt not read, let it alone;
May I not write in such a style as this?
In such a method too, and yet not miss
My end, thy good? Why may it not be done?
You see the ways the fisherman doth take