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11 UG (Unter Grund)

 Bartle Library

Bartle Library, Binghamton University, New York


Some period of time after I had been dispatched from life, there came toward me a person, as it seemed, out of place.


He had on him a cloak with wide sleeves of an excellent azure color, far more lustrous than any I had ever seen. His under-apparel was green, and so was his hat, being in the form of a turban, exquisitely made, and not so vast as the Turkish turbans; and the locks of his hair came down below the brims of it.


A reverend man was he to behold. He came in a boat which was gilded in the form of a cross.


When he was within a stone’s throw, signs were made that I should come forth to meet him upon the water, which I presently did.


When I was within six yards of him, he called to me to stay, and not to approach farther, which I did obey. And thereupon the man whom I before described stood up, and with a loud voice asked, “Are ye Christian?”


I answered, “I was some time ago” fearing the less, because of the cross I had seen on the boat. At which answer the said person lifted up his right hand toward paradise.


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