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THE

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PILGRIM’S PROGRESS,

IN TWO PARTS,

BY JOHN BUNYAN:

WITH A PREFACE, LIFE OF THE AUTHOR,

AND EXPLANATORY NOTES.

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This Work was first published in numbers, handsomely printed, in the years 1794, 1795. It has been several times republished since.

J.S.

PREFACE

TO THE

PILGRIM'S PROGRESS.

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The high estimation in which the Pilgrim's Progress has been held for much above a century sufficiently evinces its intrinsic value; and there is every reason to suppose that it will be read with admiration and advantage for ages to come ; probably till the consummation of all things.

The pious Christian, in proportion to “ his growth in grace, and in the knowledge of our “Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,” derives more and more instruction from repeated perusals of this remarkable book ; while his enlarged experience and extended observation enable him to unfold, with progressive evidence, the meaning of the agreeable similitudes employed by its ingenious author: and even the careless reader is fascinated to attention, by the simple and artless manner in which the interesting narrative is arranged. Nor should this be represented as a mere amusement; for it has been observed by men of great discernment and acquaintance with the human mind, that young persons, having perused the Pilgrim as a pleasing tale, often retain a remembrance of its leading incidents, which, after continuing perhaps in a dormant state for several years, has at length ger

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minated, as it were, into the most important and seasonable instruction; while the events of their own lives placed it before their minds in a new and affecting point of view. It may therefore be questioned, whether modern ages have produced any work which has more pronioted the best interests of mankind.

These observations indeed more especially apply to the first part of the Pilgrim's Progress; as that is complete in itself, and in all respects superior to the second. Yet this also contains many edifying and interesting passages: though, in unity of design, in arrangement of incident, and in simplicity of allegory, it is not comparable to the other. Indeed the author, in his first effort, had nearly exhausted his subject; and nothing remained for his second attempt but a few detached episodes to his original design: nor could any vigour of genius have wrought them up to an equal degree of interest. It must, however, be allowed, that Mr. Bunyan here, in some instances, sinks below himself, both in fertility of invention, force of imagination, and aptness of illustration: nay, he occasionally stoops to a puerile play of fancy, and a refined nicety in doctrine, which do not well accord to the rest of the work. Yet the same grand principles of evangelical and practical religion, which stamp an inestimable value on the first part, are in the second also exhibited with equal purity, though not with equal simplicity: and on many occasions the author rises superior to his disadvantages, and introduces characters and incidents which arrest the attention, and deeply interest the heart of every pious and intelligent reader.

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