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neither remember, nor orderly talk of any of thofe fweet refreshments that he had met with in the way of his pil grimage. But all the words that he spake fill tended to difcover that he had horror of mind, and heart-fears that he fhould die in that river, and never obtain entrance in a the gate. Here alfo, as they that stood by perceiving, he was much in the troublesome thoughts of the fins that he had committed, both fince and before he began to be pilgrim. It was alfo obferved that he was troubled with apparitions of hobgoblins and evil spirits; for ever and anon he would intimate fo much by words. Hopeful there fore here had much ado to keep his brother's head abov water; yea, fometimes he would be quite gune down, and then ere a while he would rife up again half dead. Hope ful did alfo endeavour to comfort him, faying, Brother, fee the gate, and men standing by to receive us; but Chrif tian would answer, 'Tis you, 'tis you that they wait for; you have been hopeful ever fince I knew you; and fo have you, faid he to Chriftian. Ah, brother, faid he, furely, if I was right, he would now rife to help me, but for my fins he nath brought me into the frare and left me. Then faid Hopeful, My brother, you have quite forgot the text where it is faid of the wicked, There is n Pfal. 33.4.5 bands in their death, but their frength is firm they are not troubled as other men, neitber are they plagued like other men. Thefe troubles and diftreffes that you go in these waters are no fign that God hath forfaken you, but are fent to try you, whether you will call to mind that which heretofore you have received of his goodness, and live upon him in your diftreffes.
Chriftian delivered from his fears in death.
Then I faw in my dream, that Chriftian was in a mufe a while. To whom allo Hopeful added thefe words, Be of good cheer, Jefus Chrift maketh thee whole: And with that Chriftian brake out with a loud voice, Oh, I fee him again! and he tells me, When thou paffeft thro' the waters I will be with thee, and through the rivers they hall not overflow thee. Then they both took courage, the enemy was after that as still as a tone until they gone over. Chrian therefore prefently found ground to stand upon, and fo it followed that the rest of the river was but thallow; but thus they got over. ́
Now upon the bank of the river, on the. The angels do ther fide, they faw two fhining men again, wait for them fo
Now, now took how the holy pilgrims fiue,
foon as they are who there waited for them: Wherefore bepaffed out of this ing come out of the river, they faluted world. them, faying, We are miniftring fpirits
fent forth to minifter to thofe that fhall be heirs of falvation. Thus they went along toward the gate Now you mult note that the city flood upon a mighty hill, but the pilgrims went up that hill with ease, becaufe they had thefe two men to lead them up by the arms; they had likewife left their mortal garments behind them in the river; for though they went in with them, they came out without them. They therefore went up through the region of the air, fweetly talking as they went, being comforted because they fafely got over the river, and had such gleri cus companions to attend them.
The talk that they had with the fhining ones was about the glory of the place, who told them, that the beauty and glory of it was inexpreffible. There, faid they, is mount Zion, the heavenly Jerufalem, the innumerable company of angels, and the fpirits of juft men made perfect. You are going now, faid they, to the paradife of God, where in you fhall fee the tree of life, and eat of the never-fad ing fruits thereof; and when you come there, you skall have white robes given you, and your walk and talk fhall be every day with the King, even all the days of eternity, There you fhall not fee again fuch things as you saw when you were in the lower region upon the earth, to wit, Sor row, ficknefs, affliction, and death, for the former things are paffed away. You are now going to Abraham, Ifaac, and Jacob, and to the prophets, men that God hath taken away from the evil, to come, and that are now refting upon their beds, each one walking in his righteoufnefs. The men then asked, What must we do in the holy place? To whom it was answered, You must there receive the comforts of all your toil, and have joy for all your forrow; you mult reap what you have fown, even the fruit of all your prayers and tears, and fuff rings for the King by the way: In that place you must wear crowns of gold, 1 John 3. 2 and enjoy the perpetual fight and vision of the Holy One, for there you all fee him as he is. There alfo you fhall ferve him con.inually with praife, with fhouting, and with thankfgiving, whom you detire to ferve in the world, though with much difficulty,
because of the infirmity of your flefh. There your eyes: hall be delighted with feeing, and your ears with hearing the pleasant voice of the Mighty One. There you fhall. Enjoy your friends again, that are gone thither before you; and there you shall with joy receive even every one that fol lows into the holy places after you. There alfo you shall be cloathed with glory and majefty, and put into an equipage fit to ride out with the King of Glory. When he hall come with found of trumpet in the
louds, as upon the wings of the wind, you 1 Theff. 4. 13.: hall come with him; and when he shall 14, 16, 17. it upon the throne of judgment, you fhall
it by him; yea, and when he fhall pafs fentence upon all the workers of iniquity, let them be angels or men, you hall have a voice in that judgment, because they were his and your enemies. Also, when he fhall again return to the city, you fhall go too with found of trumpet, and be be ever with him.
Now, while they were thus drawing toward the gate, behold a company of the heavenly bolt came out to meet them; to whom it was faid, by the other too Shining Ones, These are the men that have loved our Lord when they were in the world, and that have forfaken all for his holy name, and he hath sent us to fetch them, and we have brought them thus far on their defired journey, that they may go in and look their Redeemer in the face with joy. Then the heavenly hoft gave a great fhout; faying,
Bleffed are they that are called to the mar. Rev. 19. 9. riage fupper of the Lamb. There came out
alfo at this time to meet them, several of the King's trum-, peters, cloathed in white and fhining raiment, who, with melodious noifes and loud, made even the heavens to echo with their found. Thefe tumpeters faluted Chriftian and his fellow with ten thoufand welcomes from the world; and this they did with fhouting and found of trumpet.
This done, they compåffed them round about on every fide; fome went before, fome behind, fome on the right hand, fome on the left; (as it were to guard them through the upper regions) continually founding, as they went, with melodious noife, in notes on high; fo that the very fight was to them that could behold it, as if heaven itfelf was. come down to meet them. Thus therefore they walked on together;
together; and, as they walked, ever and anon thefe trum peters, even with joyful found, would,. by mixing the mufic with looks and geftures, fill fignifying to Chriftia and his brother how welcome they were into their company and with what gladness they came to meet them: And no were these two men, as it were, in heaven before they cam at it, being fwallowed up with the fight of angels, an with hearing their melodious notes. Here alfo they ha the city itself in view, and thought they heard all the bell therein to ring to welcome them thereto; but, above al the warm and joyful thoughts that they had about the own dwelling there with fuch company, and that for eve and ever. Oh! by what tongue or pen can their gloriou joy be expreffed! Thus they came up to the gate. Now, when they were come up to the gate, ther was written over it in letters of Gold Bieffed are they that do his commandments that they may have right to the tree of life and may enter in through the gates into the city.
Rev. 22. 14.
Then I faw in my dream, that the fhining men bid them call at the gate; the which when they did, fome from abord looked over the gate, to wit, Enoch, Mofes, Elijah, &c to whom it was faid, thefe pilgrims are come from the city of Destruction, for the love that they bear to the King o this place; and then the pilgrims gave in unto them each man his certificate, which they had received in the begin ning; thofe therefore were carried in to the King, who when he had read them, faid, where are the men? To whom it was answered, They are ftanding without the gate The King then commanded to open the
Ila. 26. 9.
gate, That the righteous nation, faid he, that keepeth truth may enter in. Now I faw in my dream, that thefe two men went in at the gate; and lo, as they entered, they were transfigured, and they had raiment put on that fhone like gold. There was also that met them with harps and crowns, and gave them to them, the harps to praife withal, and the crowns in token of honour. Then I heard in my dream, that all the bells in the city rang again for joy; and that it was faid unto them, Enter ye in to the joy of our Lord. I allo heard the men themselves, that they fang Rev. 5. 13. 14. with a loud voice, faying, Bleffing, honour,