'Tis in New England under such advance,
Receives there so much loving countenance,
As to be trimm'd,
new clothed, and deck'd with gems
That it may shew its features and its limbs
Yet more; so comely doth
my Pilgrim walk,
That of him thousands daily sing and talk.
If you draw nearer home, it will appear
My Pilgrim knows no ground of shame or fear:
City and country
will him entertain
With, Welcome, Pilgrim; yea, they can't refrain
From smiling, if my Pilgrim be but by,
shews his head in any company.
Brave gallants do my Pilgrim hug and love
Esteem it much, yea, value it above
Things of a greater bulk: yea,
Say, My lark's leg is better than a kite.
Young ladies, and young gentlewomen too
Do no small kindness to my Pilgrim shew
Their cabinets, their
bosoms, and their hearts,
My Pilgrim has, 'cause he to them imparts
His pretty riddles in such wholesome
As yields them profit double to their pains
Of reading; yea, I think, I may be bold
To say, some prize
him far above their gold.
The very children that do walk the street,
If they do but my holy Pilgrim meet,
Salute him will, will wish
him well, and say,
He is the only stripling of the day.
They that have never seen him, yet admire
What they have heard of him, and much desire
To have his
company, and hear him tell
Those pilgrim stories which he knows so well.
Yea, some who did not love him at the first,
But call'd him fool and noddy, say they must,
Now they have
seen and heard him, him commend
And to those whom they love they do him send.
Wherefore, my Second Part, thou need'st not be
Afraid to shew thy head; none can hurt thee,
but well to him that went before,
'Cause thou com'st after with a second store
Of things as good, as rich,
For young, for old, for stagg'ring, and for stable.
But some there be that say, He laughs too loud;
And some do say, His head is in a cloud.
Some say, His
words and stories are so dark,
They know not how, by them, to find his mark.
One may, I think, say, Both his laughs and cries,
May well be guess'd at by his watery eyes.
are of that nature, as to make
One's fancy chuckle, while his heart doth ache.
When Jacob saw his Rachel
with the sheep,
He did at the same time both kiss and weep.
Whereas some say, A cloud is in his head,
That doth but shew how wisdom's covered
With its own mantles,
and to stir the mind
To a search after what it fain would find.
Things that seem to be hid in words obscure,
but the godly mind the more allure
To study what those sayings should contain,
That speak to us in such a cloudy strain.
I also know a dark similitude
Will on the fancy more itself intrude,
And will stick faster in the heart and
Than things from similes not borrowed.
Wherefore, my book, let no discouragement
Hinder thy travels. Behold, thou art sent
To friends, not foes; to
friends that will give place
To thee, thy pilgrims, and thy words embrace.
Besides, what my first Pilgrim left conceal'd,
Thou, my brave second Pilgrim, hast reveal'd;
left lock'd up, and went his way,
Sweet Christiana opens with her key.