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As so I penned It down, until at last it came to be,

For length and breadth, the bigness which you see.
            – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress, Apology for his Book

 

Dark as pitch.
            – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress, pt. I

 

The name of the Sloughwas Despond.
            – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress, pt. I

 

He that is down needs fear no fall He that is low, no pride.
            – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress, pt. II

 

Saint abroad, and a devil at home.
            – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress, pt. I

 

Every fat (vat) must stand upon its bottom.
            – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress, pt. I

 

Know, prudent cautious self-control Is wisdom’s root.
            – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress, pt. II

 

Nae man can tether time nor tide.
            – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress, pt. II

 

It beareth the name of Vanity Fair, because the town where it is kept is “lighter than vanity.”
            – John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress, pt. I

 

John Bunyan, (it is said) published on this date9/28/1678, his famous Pilgrim’s Progress. 

(Note: It was licensed in February but may well not have been published till September.)

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We live in three worlds;

The real, the imaginary, and the dream.

The real has nuts and bolts and such,

And quit clutters our lives with lint.

The imaginary we can fill day or night,

With things we like to invent.

But the world of dreams is different,

It’s neither tangible nor created by us.

It opens without our behest,

And closes again without fuss.

It is peopled by friends know long ago,

Or by strangers, strangers who came at night.

Dreams mix-up our acquaintances,

Until, though out of place, seem right.

Dreams can scare us into awakening,

So glad the cliff or lion scene,

Was not quit completed, or is so

The lion wasn’t even mean.

Or dreams can send us into a humorous world,

Where logic can go or stay,

And we ‘waken ourselves laughing,

And wonder why it’s colored this way.

Oh, we live in three worlds here and now.

The real, the invented, and dreams.

But in the one we control least of all,

Is the one famous for its night-time themes.  -eab,  2/1996

 

 Written while pastoring the Bible Holiness Chapel in Olerichs, South Dakota

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