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TALK WITH GOODWILL.

First, Thou must abhor his turning thée out of the way; over the gate there was written, "Knock, and it shall be yea, and thine own consenting thereto; because this is to reject opened unto you," Matt. vii, 7. the counsel of God for the sake of the counsel of a Worldly He knocked, therefore, more than once or twice, saying, Wiseman. The Lord says, "Strive to enter in at the strait gate," Luke xiii. 24, the gate to which I send thee; t for strait

May I now enter here? Will he within is the gate which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find

Open to sorry me, though I have been

ni. it," Matt. vii. 13, 14. From this little wicket-gate, and from

An undeserving rebel? Then shall I

Not fail to sing his lasting praise on high. the way thereto, hath this wicked man turned thee, to the bringing of thee almost to destruction; hate, therefore, his

At last there came a grave person to the gate named Good. turning thee out of the way, and abhor thyself for hearkening who was there,

will, who asked to him.

Secondly, Thou must abhor his labouring to render the and whence he cross odious unto thee; for thou art to prefer it before the came, and what treasures of Egypt, Heb. xi. 25, 28. Besides, the King of glory he would

have. hath told thee, that he that will save his life shall lose it. And

Cur. Here is he that comes after him, and hates not his father, and mother, a poor burdened and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his

sinner. I come own life also, he cannot be his disciple, Mark viii. 35; John xii. from the city of 25; Matt. x. 39; Luke xiv. 26. I say, therefore, for man to Destruction, bat labour to persuade thee that they shall be thy death, without am going to which, the truth hath said, thou canst not have eternal life; Mount Zion, that this doctrine thou must abhor.

I may be deliver Thirdly, Thon must hate his settiug of thy feet in the way ed

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the that leadeth to the ministration of death. And for this thou

wrath to come;

WWW must consider to whom he sent thee, and also how unable that I would therefore, sir, since I am informed that by this gate person was to deliver thee from thy burden..

is the way thither, know if yor are willing to let me in. He to whom thou wast sent for ease, being by name Legality, Good. I am willing with all my heart, said he, and with is the son of the bond-woman which now is, and is in bondage that he opened the gate. with her children, Gal, iv. 21-27, and is, in a mystery, this so when Christian was stepping in, the other gare him a Mount Sinai, which thou hast feared will fall on thy head. Now, pull. Then said Christian, What means that? The other if sbe with her children are in bondage, how canst thou expect told him a little distance from this gate, there is erected a by them to be made free? This Legality, therefore, is not able strong castle, of which Beelzebub is the captain; from whence to set thee free from thy burden. No man was as yet ever rid both he and they that are with him shoot arrows at those that of his burden by him, no, nor ever is likely to be; ye cannot be come up to this gate, if haply they may die before they can enter justified by the works of the law; for by the deeds of the law, in. Then said Christian, I rejoice and tremble. So when he was no nan living can be rid of his burden. Therefore, Mr. Worldly got in, the man of the gate asked him who directed him Wiseman is an alien, and Mr. Legality is a cheat; and for his thither.

'Civility, notwithstanding his simpering looks, he is but a CHR. Evangelist bid me come hither and knock as I did; sperite, and cannot help thee. Believe me, there is nothing and he said that you sir, would tell me what I must do. httail this noise th t thou hast heard of these sottish men, but Good. An open door is set before thee, and no man can a des gn to beguile thee of thy salvation, by turning thee from shut it. the way in which I had set thee. After this, Evangelist called Car. Now I begin to reap the benefit of my hazárds. aloud to the heavens for confi mation of what he had said; and Good But how is it that you came alobe? with that there came words and fire out of the mountain, un. CHR. Because none of my neighbours 'saw their danger, as I der which poor Christian stood, which made the hair of his

saw mine. fesh stand up. The words were thus pronounced, "As many as Goop. Did any of them know of your coming? are of the works of the law are under the curse ; for it is writ. Chr. Yes, my wife and children suw me at the first, and ten, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things called after me to turn again; also some of my neighbours which are written in the book of the law to do them," Gal. iii. stood crying and calling after 'me to return; but I put my 10.

fingers in my ears, and so came on my way. Now Christian looked for nothing but death, and began to Good. But did none of them follow you, to persuade you to cry out lamentably; even cursing the time in which he met with Mr. Worldly Wiseman; still calling himself a thousand Chr. Yes, both Obstinate and Pliable; but when they saw fools for hearkening to his counsel. He also was greatly that they could not prevail. Obstinate went railing back, but ashamed to think that this gentleman's arguments, flowing Pliable came with me a little way. only from the flesh, should have the prevalency with him so Goop. But why did he not come through? far as to cause him to forsake the right way. This done, he Chr. We indeed came both together until we came to the applied himself again to Evangelist, in words and sense as

Slough of Despond, into the which we also suddenly fell. And follows,

then was my neighbour Pliable discouraged, and would not Chr Sir, what think you? Is there any hope ? May I now venture farther. Wherefore getting out again on the side next go back, and go up to the wicket-gate? Shall I not be aban. his own house, he told me I should possess the brave country

doned for this, and alone for him; so he went his way, and I came mine, he after
sent back from Obstinate, and I to this gate.
thence ashamed ? Good. Then said Goodwill, Alas, poor man! is the celestial
I am sorry I have glory of so little esteem with him, that he counteth it no
hearkened to this worth running the hazard of a few difficulties to obtain it?
man's counsel; but C.R. Truly, said Christian, I have said the truth of
may my sin be for.

Pliable; and if I should also say the truth of myself, it will given ?

appear there is no betterment betwixt him and myself. 'Tig Evan. Then said true, he went back to his own house, but I also turned aside to Evangelist to him, go into the way of death, b ing persuaded thereto by the carnal Thy sin is very argument of one Mr. Worldly Wiseman. great, tor by it thou GOOD. Oh ! did he light upon you? What I he would have hast committed had you seek for ease at the hands of Mr. Legality! They are two evils; thou both of them a very cheat. But did you take his counsel ?

hast forsaken the CHR. Yes, as far as I durst. I went to find out Mr, Legality, way that is good, to tread in forbidden paths. Yet will the until I thought that the mountain that stands by his house man at the gate receive thee, for he has good will for 'men; would have fallen upon my bead: wherefore there I was forced only, said he, take heed that thou turn not aside again, Jest to stop

Good. That mountain has been the death of many, and will thou "perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a ittle," Psa. ii 12. Then did Christian address himselt to he the death of many more; it is well you escaped being by it

dashed in pieces. go back; and Evangelist, after he had kissed him, gave him one smile, and bid him God-speed, so he went on with haste, Cer. Why truly I do not know what had become of me there, neither spake he to any man by the way; nor if any asked had not Evangelist happily met me again as I was musing in him would he vouchsafe them an answer. He went like one the midst of my dumps; but it was God's mercy that he came

to me again, for else I had never come hither. But now I am that was all the while treading on forbidden ground and could by no means think himself safe, till again he was got in the come, such a one as I am, more fit indeed for death by that way which he had left to follow Mr. Worldly Wiseman's conn- mountain, than thus to stand talking with my Lord. But, oh, sel; 60 in process of time, Christian got up to the gate. Now what a fax our is this to me, that yet I am admitted entrance here.

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Good, We make no objections against any, notwithstanding it, is the gospel. Now, whereas thou sawest, that as soon as all that they have done before they come hither : they in no the first began to sweep, the dust did so fly about, that the wise are cast out, John vi. 37. And, therefore, good Christian, room could not by him be cleansed, but that thou wast almost come a little way with me, and I will teach thee about the way choked therewith; this is to show thee that the law, instead of thou must go. Look before thee; dost thou see this narrow cleansing the heart (by its working) from sin, doth revive, way? That is the way thou must go. It was cast up by the Rom. vii. 9, put strength into, 1 Cor. xv. 56, and increase it in patriarchs, prophets, Christ and his apostles, and it is as the soul, Rom. v. 20, even as it doth discover and forbid it, for straight as a rule can make it, this is the way thou must go. it doth not give power to subdue. Again, as thou sawest the

CHR. But, said Christian, are there no turnings nor wind. damsel sprinkle the room with water, upon which it was ings by which a stranger may lose his way?

cleansed with pleasure; this is to show thee, that when the Good. Yes, there are many ways abut down upon this, and gospel comes in the sweet and gracious influences thereof to they are crooked and wide; but thus thou mayest distinguish the heart, then, I say, even as thou sawest the damsel lay the the right from the wrong, the right only being straight and dust by sprinkling the floor with water, so is sin vanquished narrow, Matt. vii. 14.

and subdued, and the soul made clean through the faith of it, Then I saw in my dream, that Christian asked him farther, and, consequentiy, fit for the King of glory to inhabit, John if he could not help him off with his burden, that was upon hi 3; Eph. v.

8; Acts xv. Rom. X 25, 26; XV. 13. back. For as yet he had not got rid thereof, nor could he by I saw moreover in my dream, that the Interpreter 100k him any means get it off without help.

by the hand, and had him into a little room, where sat two He told him, “As to thy burden, be content to bear it, until little children, each one in his own chair. The name of the thot comest to the place of deliverance; for there it will fall eldest was Passion, and the name of the other Patience. Pasfrom thy back of itself."

sion seemed to be much discontented, but Patience was very Then Christian began to gird up his loins, and to address quiet. Then Christian asked, "What is the reason of the dis. himself to his journey. So the other told him, that by that he content of Passion ?" The Interpreter answered, “The governor was gone some distance from the gate, he would come at the of them would have him stay for his best things till the beginhouse of the Interpreter, at whose door he should knock, and ning of next year; but he will have all now; but Patience is he would show him excellent things. Then Christian took willing to wait." his leave of his friend, and he again bid him God-speed.

Then I saw that one came to Passion, and brought him a Then he went on till he came at the house of the Interpreter, bag of treasure, and poured it down at his feet; the which he where he knocked over and over. At last one came to the door, took up and rejoiced therein, and withal laughed Patience to and asked who was there.

scorn, But I beheld but a while, and he had lavished all away, Cur. Sir, Here is a traveller who was bid by an acquaintance and had nothing left him but rags. of the good man of this house to call here for his profit; I would CHR. Then said Christian to the Iuterpreter, Expound this therefore speak with the master of the house.

matter more fully to me. So he called for the master of the house, who, after a little INTER. So he said, These two lads are figures-Passion, of time, came to Christian, and asked him what he would have. the men of this world, and Patience, of the men of that which

Chr. Sir, said Christian, I am a man that am come from is to come: for as here thou seest, Passion will have all now, the city of Destruction, and am going to Mount Zion; and I this year, that is to say, in this world; so are the men of this was told by the man that stands at the gate at the head of this world; they must have all their good things now; they cannot way, that if I called here, you would show me excellent things, stay till the next year, that is, until the next world, for their such as would be helpful to me on my journey.

portion of good. That proverb, "A bird in the hand is worth INTER. Then said the Interpreter, Come in; I will show two in the bush,” is of more authority with them, than all the thee that which will be profitable to thee. So he commanded Divine testimonies of the good of the world to come. But as his man to light the candle, and bid Christian follow him ; so thou sawest that he had quickly lavished all away, and had he had him into a private room, und bid his man open a door; presently left him nothing but rags, so will it be with all such the which when he had done, Christian saw the picture of a men at the end of this world. very grave person, hang up against the wall: and this was the CHR. Then said Christian, Now I see that Patience has the fashion of it: it had eyes lifted up to heaven, the best of books best wisdom, and that upon many accounts.

1. Because he in its hand, the law of truth was written upon its lips, the stays for the best things. 2. And also because he will have world was behind its back; it stood as if it pleaded with men, the glory of his, when the other has nothing but rags. and a crown of gold did hang over its head.

INTER. Nay, you may add another, to wit, the glory of the CUR. Then said Christian, What meaneth this?

next world will never wear out; but these are suddenly gone. INTER. The man whose picture this is, is one of a thousand. Therefore Passion had not so much reason to laugh at Patience, He can say in the words of the apostle, “ Though ye have ten because he had his good things at first, as Patience will have thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers; to laugh at Passion, because he had his best things last; for for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. first must give place to last, because last must have his time to My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ come; but last gives place to nothing, for there is not another be formed in you," 1 Cor. iv, 15; Gal. iv. 19. And whereas thou to succeed: he therefore that hath his portion first, must needs seest him with his eyes lifted up to heaven, the best of books in have a time to spend it; but he that hath his portion last, must his hand, and the law of truth writ on his lips, it is to show have it lastingly: therefore it is said of Dives, “ In thy lifetime thee, that his work is to know, and unfold dark things to thou receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil sinners, even as also thou seest him stand as if he pleaded with things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented," men. And whereas thou seest the world is cast behind him, Luke xvi. 25. and that a crown hangs over his head; that is to show thee, Chr. Then I perceive it is not best to covet things that are that slighting and despising the things that are present, for the now, but to wait for things to come. love that he hath to his Master's service, he is sure in the INTER. You say truth. for the things that are seen are tem. world that comes next to have glory for his reward. Now, said poral, but the things that are not seen are eternal, 2 Cor. iv. 18. the Interpreter, I have showed thee this picture first, because But though this be só, yet since things present and our fleshly the man whose picture this is, is the only man whom the Lord appetite are such near neighbours one to another; and again, of the place whither thou art going hath authorized to be thy because things to come and carnal sense are such strangers one guide, in all difficult places thou mayest meet with in the way; to another, therefore it is, that the first of these so suddenly wherefore take good heed to what I have showed thee, and fall into amity, and that distance is so continued between the bear well in thy mind what thou hast seen, lest in thy journey second, Rom. vii. 15-25. thou meet with some that pretend to lead thee right, but their Then I saw in my dream, that the Interpreter took Christian way goes down to death.

by the hand, and led him into a place where was a fire burning Then he took him by the hand, and led him into a very large against a wall, and one standing by it, always casting much parlour, that was full of dust, because never swept; the which water upon it, to quench it; yet did the fire burn higher and after he had reviewed it a little while, the Interpreter called hotter. for a man to sweep. Now, when he began to sweep, the dust Then said Christian, What means this? began so abundantly to fly about, that Christian had almost The Interpreter answered, This fire is the work of grace that therewith been choked. Then said the Interpreter to a damsel is wrought in the heart; he that casts water upon it to extin. that stood by, " Bring hither water and sprinkle the room;" guish and put it out is the devil : but in that thou seest the the which when she had done, it was swept and clear.sed with fire notwithstanding burn higher and hotter, thou shalt also pleasure.

see the reason of that. So then he had him about to the other Cab. Then said Christian, What means this?

side of the wall, where he saw a man with a vessel of oil in his INTER. The Interpreter answered, This parlour is the heart hand, of the which he did also continually cast, but secretly, of a man that was never sanctified by the sweet grace of the into the fire. gospel. The dust is his original sin and inward corruptions, Then said Christian, What means this? that have defiled the whole man. He that began to sweep at The Interpreter answered, This is Christ, who continually, first is the law; but she that brought water, and did sprinkle with the oil of his grace, maintains the work already begun in

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the heart; by the means of which, notwithstanding what the remains to me nothing but threatenings, dreadful threatening s devil can do, the souls of his people prove gracious still, 2 Cor. fearful threatenings of certain judgment and fiery indignation, xii. 9. And in that thou sawest, that the man stood behind which shall devour me as an adversary. the wall to maintain the fire; this is to teach thee, that it is CHR. For what did you bring yourself into this condition ? hard for the tempted to see how this work of grace is main- Man. For the lusts, pleasures, and profits of this world; in tained in the soul.

the enjoyment of which I did then promise myself much de. I saw also thatthe Interpreter took him again by the hand, light; but now every one of those things also bite me, and and led him into a pleasant place, where was built a stately gnaw me, like a burning worm. palace, beautiful to behold ; at the sight of which Christian was Car. But canst thou not now repent and turn ? greatly delighted. He saw also upon the top thereof certain Man. God hath denied me repentance. His word gives me persons walking, who were clothed all in gold.

no encouragement to believe; yea, himself hath shut me up in Then said Christian, May we go in thither?

this iron cage; nor can all the men in the world let me out. Then the Interpreter took him and led him up toward the Oh eternity, eternity! how shall I grapple with the misery door of the palace; and behold, at the door stood a great com. that I must meet with in eternity! pany of men, as desirous to go in, but durst not. There also INTER. Then said the Interpreter to Christian, Let this sit a man at a little distance from the door, at a table-side, man's misery be remembered by thee, and be an everlasting with a book and his ink-horn before him, to take the name of caution to thee. him that should enter therein; he saw also that in the door. CHR. Well, said Christian, this is fearful! God help me to way stood many men in armour to keep it, being resolved to watch and be sober, and to pray that I may shun the cause of do to the men that would enter what hurt and mischief they this man's misery. Sir, is it not time for me to go on my way could. Now was Christian somewhat in amaze. At last, when now? every man started back for fear of the armed men, Christian INTER. Tarry till I shall show thee one thing more, and then saw a man of a very stout countenance come up to the man thou shalt go on thy way. that sat there to write, saying, Set down my name, sir; the

So he took Christian by the hand again, and led him into a which when he had done, he saw the man draw his sword, and chamber, where there was one rising out of bed; and as he put a helmet upon his head, and rush toward the door upon put on his raiment he shook and trembled. Then said Chris. the armed men, who laid upon him with deadly force; but the tian, Why doth this man thus tremble? The Interpreter then man, not at all discouraged, fell to cutting and hacking most bid him tell to Christian the reason of his so doing. So he fiercely. So after he had received and given many wounds to began, and said, This night, as I was in my sleep, I dreamed, those that attempted to keep him out, Matt. xi. 12; Acts xiv. and behold, the heavens grew exceeding black; also it thun. 22, he cut his way through them all, and pressed forward into dered and lightened in most fearful wise, that it put me into the palace; at which there was a pleasant voice heard from an agony. So I looked up in my dream, and saw the clouds those that were within, even of those that walked upon the top rack at an unusual rate; upon which I heard a great sound of of the palace, saying,

a trumpet, and saw also a man sitting upon a cloud, attended

with the thousands of heaven; they were all in flaming fire; Come in, come in;

also the heavens were in a burning flame. I heard then a great Eternal glory thou shalt win.

voice, saying, "Arise, ye dead, and come to judgment." And So he went in, and was clothed with such garments as they. with that the rocks rent, the graves opened, and the dead that Then Christian smiled, and said, I think verily I know the

were therein came forth; some of them were exceeding glad, meaning of this.

and looked upward; and some thought to hide themselves Now, said Christian, let me go hence. Nay, stay, said the In. under the mountains. Then I saw the man that sat upon the terpreter, until I have showed thee a little more, and aft er that

cloud open the book, and bid the world draw near. Yet there thou shalt go on

was, by reason of a fierce flame that issued out and came before thy way.

So he him, a convenient distance betwixt him and them, az betwixt took him by the

the judge and the prisoners at the bar, 1 Cor. xv.; 1 Thess. hand again, and led iv. 18; Jude 15; John v. 28, 29; 2 Thess. i. 7-10; Rev. xx. 11-14; him into a very

Isa. xxvi. 21; Micah vii. 16, 17; Psa. 1. 1-3; Mal. iii. 2.,8; Dan. dark room, where

vii. 9, 10 I heard it also proclaimed to them that attended on there sat a man in

the man that sat on the c.oud, "Gather together the tares, the an iron cage.

chaff, and stubble, and cast them into the burning lake," Matt. Now the man, to

iii. 14, xiii. 30, xxv. 30; Mal. iv. 1. And with that the bottomless look

on, seemed pit opened, just whereabout I stood ; out of the mouth of which very sad; he sat there came, in an abundant manner, smoke, and als of fire, with with his eyes look

hideous noises. It was also said to the same persons, “Gather ing down to the

my wheat into the garner,” Luke iii. 17. And with that I saw ground, his hands ..any catched up and carried away into the clouds; but I was folded together, and

left behind, 1 Thess. iv. 16, 17. I also sought to hide myself, he sighed as if he would break his heart. Then said Christian, but I could not; for the man that sat upon the cloud still kept What means this? At which the Interpreter bid him talk with his eye upon me: my sins also came into my mind, and my

conscience did accuse me on every side, Rom. ii. 14, 15. Upon Then said Christian to the man, What art thou? The man this I awakened from my sleep. answered, I am what I was not once.

CHR. But what was it that made you so afraid of this sight? CHR. What wast thou once ?

Man. Why I thought that the day of judgment was come, Man. The man said, I was once a fair and iourishing pro.

and that I was not ready for it; but this affrighted me most, fessor, Luke viii. 18, both in mine own eyes and also in the

that the angels gathered up several, and left me behind; also eyes of others; I was once, as I thought, fair for the celestial the pit of hell opened her mouth just where I stood. My con. city, and had even joy at the thoughts that I should get science too afflicted me; and, as I thought, the Judge had thither.

always his eye upon me, showing indignation in his counCHR But how camest thou into this condition?

tenance. Man. I am now a man of despair, and am shut up in it, as Then said the Interpreter to Christian, Hast thou con. in this iron cage. I cannot get out. Ob now I cannot !

sidered these things ? CHR. Well, but what art thou now?

CHR. Yes, and they put me in hope and fear. MAN. I left off to watch and be sober ; I laid the reins upon INTER. Well, keep all things so in thy mind, that they may the neck of my lusts ; I sinned against the light of the word, be as a goad in thy sides, to prick thee forward in the way thou and the goodness of God; I have grieved the Spirit, and he is must go. Then Christian began to gird up his loins, and to gone; I tempted the devil, and he is come to me; I have pro address himself to his journey. Then said the Interpreter, voked God to anger, and he has left me; I have so hardened my The Comforter be always with thee, good Christian, to guide heart, that I cannot repent.

thee in the way that leads to the city. So Christian went on Then said Christian to the Interpreter, But are there no his way, saying, hopes for such a man as this? Ask him, said the Interpreter.

Here have I seen things rare and profitable, CHR. Then said Christian, Is there no hope, but you must

Things pleasant, dreadful, things to make me stable be kept in the iron cage of despair ?

In what I have begun to take in hand: Man. No, none at all.

Then let me think on them, and understand Chr. Why, the Son of the Blessed is very pitiful.

Wherefore they show'd me were, and let me be Man. I have crucified him to myself afresh, Heb. vi. 6. I

Thankful, o good Interpreter, to thee. have despised his person, Luke xix. 11. I have despised his righteousness; I have counted his blood an unholy thing; I Now I saw in my dream, that the highway up which Chris have done despite to the Spirit of grace, Heb. X. 28, 29. There. tian was to go, was fenced on either side with a wall, and that Sore I have shut myself out of all the promises, and there now wall was called Salvation, Isa. xxvi. 1. Up this way therature

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did burdened Christian run, but not without great difficulty, was, by all their countrymen, counted too far abort; and tilt because of the load on his back.

therefore their usual way was to make a short cut of it, and lu He ran thus till he came to a place somewhat ascending; climb over the wall as they had done. and upon that place stood a cross, and a little below, in the Chr. But will it not be counted a trespass ag inst the Lord bottom, a sepulchre. So I saw in my dream, that just is Chris. of the city whither we are bound, thus to viv.ate his revealed tian came up with the cross, his burden lovged from off his will? shoulders, and fell from off his back, and began to tumble, and Form, and Hyp. They told him, that as for that, he needed

so continued to not trouble his head thereabout: for what they did they had
du till it came to custom for, and could produce, if need were, testimony that
the mouth of the could witness it, for more than a thousand years.
sepulchre, where CHR. But, said Christian, will it stand a trial at law ?
it fell in, and I

FORM. and Hyp. They told him, that custom, it being of so saw it no more.

long standing as above a thousand years, would doubtless now Then was Chris- be admitted as a thing legal by an impartial judge; and besirles, tian glad

and

said they, if we get into the way, what matter is it which way lightsome, and

we get in? If we are in, we are in : thou art but in the way, who, said with a merry

as we perceive, came in at the gate: and we are also in the

way, that came tumbling over the wall; wherein now is thy heart, "He hath

condition better than ours ? given me rest by

Cur. I walk by the rule of my Master: you walk by the his sorrow, and

rude working of your fancies. You are counted thieves already lite by his death." by the Lord of the way: therefore I doubt you will not be found Then he stood

true men at the end of the way. You come in by yourse'ves still a while to look and wonder, for it was very surprising to without his direction, and shall go out by yourselves without him that the sight of the cross should thus ease him of his burden. He looked therefore and looked again, even till the

To this they made him but little answer; only they bid him springs that were in his head sent the waters down his cheeks,

look to himself. Then I saw that they went ou every man in Zech, xii. 10. Now as he stood looking and weeping, behold his way, without much conference one with another: save that three Ehining Ones came to him, and saluted him with,“ Peace

these two men told Christian, that as to laws and ordinances, be to thee.” So the first said to him, “Thy sins be forgiven they doubted not but that they should as con cientiously do thee,” Mark ii. 5; the second stripped him of his rags, and

them as he. 1 herefore, said they, we see not wherein thuu clothed him with change of raiment, Zech. iii. 4; the third also

differest from us, but by the coat that is on thy back, which set a mark on his forehead, Eph. i. 13, and gave him a roll with

was, as we trow, given thee by some of thy neighbours to hide a seal upon it, which he bade him look on he ran, and that

the shame of thy nakedness. he should give it in at the celestial gate: so they went their way. Che. By laws and ordinances you will not be saved, since Then Christian gave three leaps for joy, and went on singing.

you came not in by the door, Gal. ii. 16. And as for this coat that Thus far did I come, laden with my sin;

is on my back, it was given me by the Lord of the place whither Nor could aught ease the grief that I was in,

I go; and that as you say to cover my nakedness with. Anil Till I came hither : what a place is this !

take it as a token of his kindness to me; for I had nothing but Must here be the beginning of my bliss?

rags before. And besides, thus I comfort myself as I go. Must here the burden fall from off my back?

Surely, think I, when I come to the gate of the city, the Lord Must here the strings that bound it to me crack ?

thereof will know me for good, since I have his coat on my Blest cross! blest sepulchre! blest rather be

back; a coat that he gave me freely in the day that he stripped The Man that there was put shame for me?

me of my rags. I have moreover, a mark in my forehead, of I saw then in my dream, that he went on thus, even until he

which perhaps you have taken no notice, which one of my cune at the bottom, where he saw, a little ont of the way, three

Lord's most intimate associates fixed there in the day that my men fast asleep, with fetters upon their heels. The uame of burden fell off my shoulders. I will tell you, moreover, that I one was Simple, of

had then given me a roll sealed, to comfort me by reading as I another Sloth, and

go in the way; I was also bid to give it in at the celestial gate, of the third, Pre

in token of my certain going in after it; all which things i sumption.

doubt you want, and want them because you came not in at the Christian then

gate. seeing them lie in

To these things they gave him no answer; only they looked this case, went to

upon each other and laughed. Then I saw that they went on them, if peradven

all, save that Christian kept before, who had no more talk but ture he might a.

with himself, and sometimes sighingly, and sometimes com. wake them, and

fortably, also he would be often reading in the roll that one cried, You are like

of the Shining Ones gave him, by which he was refreshed. them that sleep on

I beheld then, that they all went on till they came to the the top of a mas!,

foot of the hill Difficulty, at the bottom of which was a spring. Prov. xxiii. 31; for

There were also in the same place two other ways, besides that the dead sea is

which came straight from the gate: one turned to the left under you, a gulf

hand and the other to the right, at the bottom of the hill; but that hath no bottom; awake, therefore, and come away; be

the narrow way lay right up the hill, and the name of the going willing, also, and I will help you off with your irons. He also

up the side of the hill, is called Difficulty. Christian now went told them, if he that goeth about like a roaring lion, 1 Pet. v. 8,

to the spring, Isa. xlix. 10, and drank thereof to refresh lini. comes by, you will certainly become a prey to his teeth. With

self, and then began to go up the hill, saying, that they looked upon him and began to reply in this sort: Simple said, I see no danger; Sloth said, Yet a little more sleep;

The hill, though high, I covet to ascend; and Presumption said, Every tub must stand upon its own

The difficulty will not me offend; bottom. And so they lay down to sleep again, and Christian

For I perceive the way to life lies here; went on his way.

Come, p!uck up henrt, let's neither faint nor fi ar,

Better, though difficult, the right way to go. Yet was he troubled to think that men in that danger should

Than wrong, though easy, where the end is woe. so little esteem the kindness of him that so freely offered to help them, both by awakening of them, counselling of them, The other two also came to the foot of the hill. But when and proffering to help them off with their iron3. And as he they saw that the hill was steep and high, and that there were was troubled thereabout, he espied two men come tumbling two other ways to go; and supposing also that these two ways over the wall on the left hand of the narrow way, and they might meet again with that up which Christian went, on the made up apace to him. The name of the one was Formalist, other side of the hill; therefore they were resolved to go in those and the name of the other llypocrisy. So, as I said, they drew ways. Now the name of one of those way's was Danger, and the up unto him, who thus entered with them into discourse. name of the other Destruction. So the one took the way which

Car. Gent:emen, whence came you, and whither go you? is called Danger, which led him into a great wood; and the other

Form. and Hre. We were born in the land of Vaii-glory, toðk directly up the way to Destruction, which led him in:o a and are going for praise to Mount Zion.

wide field, full of dark mountains, where he stumbled and fell, Cur. Why came you not in at the gate which standeth at and rose no more. the beginning of the way? Know ye not that it is written, I looked then after Christian, to see him go up the hill, where that “ he that cometh not in by the door, but climbeth up some I perceived he fell from running to going, a'id from going to other way, the same is a thi and a robber?" John X. 1.

clambering upon his hands his knees, because of the ste 1). Foru. and llyp. They said, that to go to the gate for entrance ness of the place. Now about the midway to the top of the line

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was a peasant Arbour made by the Lord of the hill for the the sun went down upon Christian ; and this made him again refreshment of weary travellers. Thither, therefore, Christian recall the vanity of his sleeping to his remembr ince; and thus got, where also he sat down to rest him; then he pulled his roll he began again to condole with himself. O thou sinful sleep! out of his bosom, and read therein to his comfort; he also now how for thy sake am I like to be bénighted in my journey! I began afresh to take a review of the coat or garment that was must walk without the sun, darkness must cover the path of given him as he stood by the cross. Thus pleasing himself my feet, and I must hear the noise of the doleful creatures, awhile, be at last fell into a slumber, and thence into a fast because of my sinful sleep! Now also he remembered the story

sleep, which de. that Mistrust and Timorous told him, of how they were frighted tained him in that with the sight of the lions. Then said Christian to himself place until it was again, These beasts range in the night for their prey, and if almost night; and they should meet with me in the dark, how should I shift them? in his sleep his how should I escape being by them torn in pieces ? Thus he roll fell out of his went on his way. But while he was thus bewailing his unhappy hand. Now as he miscarriage, he lift up his eyes, and behold there was a very wassleeping, there stately palace before him, the name of which was Beautiful, came one to him, and it stood just by the highway-side, Rev. iii. 2; 1 Thess. v.7,8. and awaked him, So I saw in my dream, that he made haste, and went forward, saying, “Go to the that if possible he might get lodging there. Now, before he ant, thou slug had gone far, he entered into a very narrow passage, which was gard; consider her about a furlong off the Porter's lodge; and looking very narways and be wise," rowly before him as he went, he espied two lions in the way. Prov. vi. 6. And Now, thought he, I see the dangers that Mistrust and Timorous

with that Chris. were driven back by. (The lions were chained, but he saw not tian suddenly started up, and sped him on his way, and went the chains.) Then he was afraid, and thought also himself to apace till he came to the top of the hill.

go back after them; Now, when he was got up to the top of the hill, there came

for he thought no. two men running amain; the name of the one was Timorous, thing but death was

Juale su and of the other Mistrust; to whom Christian said, Sirs, what's

before him. But the the matter? you run the wrong way. Timorous answered, that

Porter at the lodge,

whose they were going to the city of Zion, and had got up that difficult

name is place: but, said he, the farther we go, the more danger we meet

Watchful, perceivwith; wherefore we turned, and are going back again.

ing that Christian Yes, said Mistrust, for just before us lie a couple of lions in made a halt, as if he way, whether sleeping or waking we know not; and we he would go back, could not think, if we came within reach, but they would pre

cried unto him, say. sently pull us in pieces.

ing, Is thy strength Cur. Then said Christian You make me afraid; but whither so small ?

Mark shall I fly to be safe? If I go back to my own country, that is iv. 40. Fear not the prepared for fire and brimstone, and I shall certainly perish lions, for they are there: if I can get to the Celestial City, I am sure to be in safety chained, and are placed there for trial of faith where it is, and there; I must venture. To go back is nothing but death: to go for the discovery of those that have none: keep in the midst of forward is fear of death, and life everlasting beyond it: I will the path, and no hurt shall come unto thee. yet go forward. So Mistrust and Timorous ran down the hill, Then I saw that he went on trembling for fear of the lions; and Christian went on his way. But thinking again of what he but taking good heed to the directions of the Porter, he heard heard from the men, he felt in his bosom for his roll, that he them roar, but they did him no harm. Then he clapped his might read therein, and be comforted; but he felt, and found it hands, and went on till he came and stood before the gate where not Then was Christian in great distress, and knew not what the Porter was. Then said Christian to the Porter, Sir, what to do; for hie wanted that which used to relieve him, and that bouse is this ? and may I lodge here to-night? The Porter which should have been his pass into the Celestial City. Here, answered, This house was built by the Lord of the hill, and he therefore, he began to be much perplexed, and knew not what built it for the relief and security of pilgrims The Porter also to do Ai last he bethought himself that he had slept in the asked whence he was, and whither he was going. arbour that is on the side of the hill; and, falling down upon Cur. I am come from the city of Destruction, and am going his knees, he asked God forgiveness for that his foolish act, and to Mount Zion ; but because the sun is now set, I desire, if I then went back to ook for his roll. But all the way he went may, to lodge here to-night. back, who can sufficiently set forth the sorrow of Christian's Port. What is your name? heart ? Sometimes he sighed, sometimes he wept, and often- CAB. My name is now Christian, but my name at the first times he chld himself for being so foolish to fall asleep in that was Graceless: I came of the race of Japheth, whom God will place, which was erected only for a little refreshment from his persuade to dwell in the tents of Shem, Gen. ix. 27. weariness. Thus, therefore, he went back, carefully looking on Port. But how doth it happen that you come so late ? this side and on that, all the way as he went, if happily he might sun is set. find his roll that had been his comfort so many times in his Cur. I had been here sooner, but that, wretched man that I journey. He went thus till he came again within sight of the am, I slept in the arbour that stands on the hill side! Nay, I had, arbour where he sat and slept; but that sight renewedhis sorrow notwithstanding that, been here much sooner, but that in my the more, by bringing again, even afresh, his evil of sleeping sleep I lost my evidence, and came without it to the brow of the unto his mind, Rev. ii. 4.5; 1 Thess. v. 6-8. Thus, therefore. hill! and then feeling for it, and finding it not, I was forced he now went on, bewailing his sinful sleep, saying, O wretched with sorrow of heart to go back to the place where I slept my man that I am, that I should sleep in the day-time! that I sleen, where I found it; and now I am come. should sleep in the midst of difficulty! that I should so indulge Pont. Well, I will call out one of the virgins of this place, the flesh, as to use that rest for ease to my flesh, which the Lord who will, if she likes your talk, bring you in to the rest of the of the hill hath erected only for the relief of the spirits of pilgrims! family, according to the rules of the house. So Watchful, the How many steps have I taken in vain! Thus it happened to Porter, rang a bell, at the sound of which came out of the door Israel; for their sin they were sent back again by the way of of the house a grave and beautiful damsel, named Discretion, the Red Sea ; and I am made to tread those steps with sorrow, and asked why she was called., which I might have trod with delight, had it not been for this The Porter answered, This man is on a journey from the sinful sleep. How far might I have been on my way by this city of Destruction to Mount Zion : but being weary and betime! I am made to tread those steps thrice over, which I needed nighted, he asked me if he might lodge here to-night: so I told not to have trod but once: yea, also, now I am like to be him I would call for thee, who, after discourse had with him, benighted, for the day is almost spent. Oh that I had not slept ! mayest do as seemeth thee good, even according to the law of

Now by this time he was come to the arbour again, where for the house. awhile he sat down and wept; but at last (as Providence would Then she asked him whence he was, and whither he was have it) looking sorrowfully down under the settle, there he going; and he told her. Stre asked him also how he got into the espied his roll, the which he, with trembling and haste, catched way; and he told her. Then she asked him what he had seen up, and put it into his bosom. But who can tell how joyful this and met with on the way; and he told her. And at last she man was when he had gotten his roll again? for this roll was asked his name. So he said, It is Christian; and I have so

much the more a desire to lodge here to-night, because, by what the assurance of his life and acceptance at the desired haven Therefore he laid it up in his bosom, gave thanks to God for I perceive, this place was built by the Lord of the hill for the directing his eye to the place where it lay, and with joy and relief and security of pilgrims. So she smiled, but the water tears betook himself again to his journey. But oh, how nimbly stood in her eyes; and after a little pause she said, I will call

" Hd he go up the rest of the hill! Yet, before he got up, forth two or three more of my family. So she ran to the door,

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