The Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan - Страница 1 из 204


Notes:
1. Legends: = Sidenotes [Bible reference] = Bible references
2. Sections are numbered for future reference. These sections
have been chosen arbitrarily, i.e., {1}, {2}
3. This is 'Part 1', but is a complete work in itself. Bunyan
wrote a sequel ('Part 2') some years after the first part, hence
the 'Parts'.
THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS
From This World To That Which Is To Come
by
John Bunyan
Part One
DELIVERED UNDER THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM BY JOHN BUNYAN
The Author's Apology for his Book
{1} When at the first I took my pen in hand
Thus for to write, I did not understand
That I at all should make a little book
In such a mode; nay, I had undertook
To make another; which, when almost done,
Before I was aware, I this begun.
And thus it was: I, writing of the way
And race of saints, in this our gospel day,
Fell suddenly into an allegory
About their journey, and the way to glory,
In more than twenty things which I set down.
This done, I twenty more had in my crown;
And they again began to multiply,
Like sparks that from the coals of fire do fly.
Nay, then, thought I, if that you breed so fast,
I'll put you by yourselves, lest you at last
Should prove ad infinitum, and eat out
The book that I already am about.
Well, so I did; but yet I did not think
To shew to all the world my pen and ink
In such a mode; I only thought to make
I knew not what; nor did I undertake
Thereby to please my neighbour: no, not I;


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