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PILGRIM’S PROGRESS

IN MODERN ENGLISH

EDITED WITH INTRODUCTION AND NOTES

BY

JOHN MORRISON, M.A., B.D.

PRINCIPAL, GENERAL ASSEMBLY'S INSTITUTION

CHURCH OF SCOTLAND MISSION

London

Macmillan and Co., Limited

New York: The Macmillan Company

1896

All rights reserved

GLASGOW : PRINTED AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS

BY ROBERT MACLEHOSE AND CO.

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NOTES,

· 149

INDEX TO NOTES,

- 166

General

12-17-03

INTRODUCTION

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JOHN BUNYAN, the author of The Pilgrim's Progress, was born in 1628 and died in 1688. Thus he lived through the stirring times

of the Civil War, the Republic of Cromwell, and the Restoration of the Stuart Kings; and he died just before their final overthrow in the Revolution of 1688. Bunyan himself served a short time as a soldier, although where and on which side is not known; but, in any case, the great allegory reflects very little of the warfare, the party-strife and political v ups and downs of the century. It was also the time of Milton and Dryden, Butler and Marvell ; but The Pilgrim's Progress is as much outside the formal literature of the period as it is outside its political history.

These things are so, because The Pilgrim's Progress is a story about no one man and of no one age. The pilgrin called “Christian” is not a fakir or ascetic, as the Indian youth is apt to suppose; he is every ordinary Christian man, engaged at his every-day trade or profession, who is trying earnestly, all the time, to know about God, to do everything in Christ's spirit, and, in short, to live so that he may reach heaven at last. And the Progress, we may add, does not mean the advance

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