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The Labyrinth of the World and the Paradise of the Heart (1901)

THE
LABYRINTH OF THE WORLD
AND THE
PARADISE OF THE HEART

 

BY
JOHN AMOS KOMENSKY
(COMENIUS)

 

EDITED AND TRANSLATED BY
COUNT LÜTZOW

Member of the Bohemian Society of Sciences, and of the Bohemian Academy;
formerly Deputy for Bohemia in the Austrian Parliament; Author of
"A History of Bohemian Literature," "Bohemia: an Historical
Sketch," "Prague" (Mediæval Towns Series)
 

NEW YORK
E. P. DUTTON & CO.
1901

"Nevzali jsme ssebou
Nic, po vsem veta
Jen bibli Kralickou
Labyrint sveta.
"

 

"Nothing have we taken with us,
Everything is lost;
We have but our bible of Kralice,
Our 'Labyrinth of the World.'"

Song of the Bohemian Exiles.

 

Printed in Great Britain

CONTENTS

Page

11
53
55
On the Causes of this my Pilgrimage through the World
59
The Pilgrim obtains Impudence as a Guide
61
Falsehood joins Them
64
The Pilgrim receives a Bridle and Spectacles
66
The Pilgrim views the World from on High
69
Fate distributes Vocations
74
The Pilgrim beholds the Market-place of the World
77
The Pilgrim beholds the State of Matrimony
89
The Pilgrim examines the Order of the Tradesmen
99
The Pilgrim beholds the Fate of the Men of Learning, at first generally
114
The Pilgrim comes among the Philosophers publicly
129
The Pilgrim studies Alchemy
146
The Pilgrim beholds the Rosicrucians
150
The Pilgrim studies Medicine
157
The Pilgrim beholds Jurisprudence
160
The Pilgrim witnesses the Promotion of Masters and Doctors
163
The Pilgrim beholds the Estate of Priesthood
166
The Pilgrim beholds the Christian Religion
171
The Pilgrim beholds the Order of the Magistrates
187
The Estate of Soldiery
198
The Estate of the Knights
204
The Pilgrim finds Himself among the Newsmen
209
The Pilgrim beholds the Castle of Fortune, and firstly, the Entrance to It
212
The Pilgrim beholds the Ways of the Wealthy
216
The Ways of the Voluptuous in the World
220
The Ways of the Great of the World
226
Fama ferme vulgi opinione constat
229
The Pilgrim begins to despair and to quarrel with his Guides
235
The Pilgrim beholds the Palace of Wisdom, the Queen of the World
239
How the Pilgrim was impeached in the Palace of Wisdom
241
Solomon, with a Large Multitude, comes to the Palace of Wisdom
247
The Pilgrim beholds the Secret Judgments and the Government of the World
250
Solomon discloses the Vanities and Deceits of the World
265
Solomon is deceived and misled
268
Solomon's Company is dispersed and captured, and perishes by Terrible Fashions of Death
271
The Pilgrim desires to flee from the World
274
The Pilgrim finds his Way Home
277
The Pilgrim receives Christ as his Guest
280
Their Betrothal
283
The Pilgrim is as one transformed
293
The Pilgrim is ordered to enter the Invisible Church
295
The Light of the Inward Christians
300
The Liberty of those Hearts that are devoted to God
305
The Regulations of the Inward Christian
308
Everything is light and easy to the Hearts that are devoted to God
315
The Holy Ones have Abundance of Everything
318
The Safety of those who are devoted to God
321
The Godly have Peace on all Sides
325
The Godly have Constant Delight within their Hearts
332
The Pilgrim beholds the Christians according to their States
334
The Death of Faithful Christians
339
The Pilgrim beholds the Glory of God
341
The Pilgrim is received into God's Household
343
The End of All
345