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JOHN BUNYAN'S ADVERTISEMENT
TO THE READER.
SOME say the PILGRIM'S PROGRESS is not mine,
Infinuating as if I would shine
It came from mine own heart; fo to my head,
Manner and matter too were all mine own,
Also for this, thine eye is now upon,
, 17 they 26 E.5
THE metit of Mr. John Bunyan's History of
the Holy War is so universally known and acknowledged by Christians of all denominations, thát to bestow any encomium upon it here would be both absurd and unnecessary; all Mr. Bunyan's productions, particularly the following History of the Holy War, and his Pilgrim's Progress, have met with general approbation; few compositions have been fo well received, and fewer indeed have kept their ground so long.
Such being therefore the great fame and merit of this work, it was presumed a New Edition, at this time, would be highly acceptable to all lovers of intrinsic worth; it was therefore determined to present the public, as soon as possible, with the defired acquisition, and it was further resolved, as the Writings of this great Author are for the chief part allegorical and figurative, to fübjoin fuch neceffary Notes, as may not only explain those paffages which appear dark, but point out the feveral beauties of the Author, and shew, in a full and clear manner, the fpiritual end and design of the work itself. Likewise, by these Notes and illustrations readers will be induced to pay greater attention, and consequently from this New Edition, derive greater benefit and entertainment.
This Edition will likewise be found the most complete of any now extant, several inaccuracies being removed, and many observations added;
it is also presumed that from its size, it will be far preferable to its gigantic or diminutive rivals, it being certainly more adapted for convenience, than any hitherto offered to the public.
It is the duty of all, possessed of capability, to rescue from oblivion the valuable productions of every excellent author.---And no author deserves attention more than the present, which is proved by the high estimation in which his compositions are held, and the great fpiritual benefits which have resulted from them.---We trust therefore that our present labour will meet with that general satisfaction from the public, which the former Editions, without even the benefit of explanatory notes, have so eminently experienced ; it is however necessary to observe, that no additions or fúperfluous comments is made, which is not abfolutely requisite, in order that readers should attend more closely, and understand more clearly the doctrinal, practical, experimental, and moral design of this truly pious and wonderful Writer,
The great popularity and utility of this most excellent composition, sufficiently evince the absolute necessity and propriety of a re-publication, and on account of the particular accuracy and illustrative notes of the present Edition, there is little doubt, but through these evident advantages it will have an indisputable claim to superiority, and consequently find a place in the Library of every christian family.
Το Τ Η Ε
"IS strange to me, that they that love to tell
Things done of old, yea, and that do excel
Of stories I well know there's divers sorts,
Some will again of that which never was,
But, readers, I have fomewhat else to do,
The town of Mansoul is well known to many,
The Scriptures: That Mansoul and her wars anatomize. (a)
Then lend thine ear to what I do relate
(a) The quick’ning Spirit gives light and life through the word.
When Mansoul trampled upon things divine,
Let no man, then, count me a fable-maker,
I saw the Prince's armed men come down
I saw the colours waving in the wind,
I saw the battering-rams, and how they play'd
I saw the fights, and heard the captains shout,
I heard the cries of those that wounded were
Indeed the captains did not always fight, But when they would moleft us day and night; They cry, Up, fall on, let us take the town, Keep us from fleeping, or from lying down.
(a) Here follows the blessedness of experimental religion. See Mr. TIMOTHY PRIESTLEY's New EXPOSITION OF the BIBLE.