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THAT WHICH IS TO COME,
DELIVERED UNDER THE
Similitude of a Dream:
WHEREIN IS DISCOVERED
THE MANNER OF HIS SETTING OUT, HIS DANGEROUS JOURNEY,
AND SAFE ARRIVAL AT THE DESIRED COUNTRY.
THE AUTHOR'S APOLOGY
FOR JIIS BOOK.
WHEN at the first I took my pen in hand
And race of saints, in this our gospel day,
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
Thus, I set pen to paper with delight,
Well, when I had thus put mine ends together, I shewed 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 Which was the best thing to be done by me: At last I thought, Since you are thus divided, I print it will, and so the case decided.
For, thought I, some, I see, would have it done,
I further thought, if now I did deny
For those which were not for its coming forth,
If that thou wilt not read, let it alone;