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THE MANNER OF HIS SETTING OUT, HIS DANGEROUS JOURNEY,
JAMES NISBET & CO., 21 BERNERS STREET.
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
And race of saints, in this our gospel day,
About their journey, and the way to glory,
Like sparks that from the coals of fire do flv
Well, so I did; but yet I did not think
Thereby to please my neighbour: no, not I;
Neither did I but vacant seasons spend
From worser thoughts which make me do amiss.
And quickly had my thoughts in black and white;
Still as I pulled, it came; and so I penned
For length and breadth, the bigness which you see.
For, thought I, some, I see, would have it done,
I further thought, if now I did deny
Of that which would to them be great delight.
I said to them, Offend you I am loath,
If that thou wilt not read, let it alone;
Some love the meat, some love to pick the bone.