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were going into another place to fhew them forethisg alfe: But James faid to his mother, Pray bid them stay little longer, for this is a curious fight: do they turned again, and flood feeling their eyes with this fo pleasant a profpect,
A ter this they had them into a place where did hang gold n anchor, fo they bid Chriftiana take it down; for, faid they, you thall have it with you, for it is of abfolute neceffity hat you fould, that you may lay hold of that within the veil, and and tedia in c le you thould meet with turbulent weather: So they were glad thereot. Then they took them, and had the » to the mount upon which Abraham our Father had offered up faac his Son, and fhewed them the altar, the wood the fire, and the knife, for they remain to be teen to this very day. When they
hac feen it, they held up their hands and bleffed themfelves, and fand, Oh! what a man for love to his Maner, and for denval to himself, was Abraham! After they had thewed them all these things, Prudence took
them into a dining room. where food a Prudence's vite pair of excellent virginals; fo fhe played ginals. upon them, and turned what the had thew
ed them into this excellent fong, faying,
Eve's apple we have fhew'd to you,
O that be you aware:
An anchor you received have,
But let not this fuffice,
Ur til with Abram you have
Your beft of, facrifice,.
Now about this time one knocked at the
Mr. Great heart door; fo the porter opines, and behold
came now afresh
ago he had flain
He brings a token from bis Lord wwith bit.
Mr. Great heart was there
but when he
was come in hat joy was there! for it into their minds, low but a little wate old Grim Bloodymant the giant," and hid delivered them from the ins.
Then faid Mr Great-heart to Chriftiana and Mercy My Lord has tent each of sea a bottle of wine, and alio fome parched COLD,
orn, together with a couple of pomegranates; he also fent he boys fome figs and raifins, to refresh you in your way. Then they addreffed themselves to their jou ney, and rudence and Piety went along with them When they me at the gate, Chriftiana asked the porter it any of late ent by. He said, No, only one lome time fince, who fo told me, that of late there had been a great robbery mmitted on the King's highway as you go; but, laid , the thieves are taken, and will fhortly be tried for their ves. Then hriftiana and Mercy were afraid; but Matnew faid, Mother, fear nothing as long as Mr. Great art is to go with us, and to be our conductor.
Then faid Chriftiana to the porter, Sir, I am much obli ed to you for all the kingnofles that you have thewed to e fince I came hither, and,alio that you have been to lovg än, kiad to my children; I know not how to gratify our kindness: Wherefore, pray, as a token
I my respects to you accept of this fmall The porter's
thy garments be always white, and let thy Seed want o ointment. Let Mercy tive and not die, and let not her works be few. And to the boys he faid, Do you fly youthil lufts, and follow after godliness with them that are ave and wite; so shall vou put gladness into your mother's cart, and obtain praise of all that are fober-minded. So hey-thanked the porter, and departed.
Now I faw in my dream, that they went forward until hey were come to the brow of the hill, where Piety, be Thinking he felf, cried out Alas! I have torgot what I ntended to beltow upon Chriftiana and her companions; will go back and fetch it ; to the ran and fetched it. When he was gone, Chriftiana thought he heard in a grove, a ttle way off on the right hand, a moft curious and melce ious note, with words much like these :
Through all my life thy favor is
So trankiy fhow'd to me,
That in thy boule for evermore
And liftening ftill, the thought fhe heard another anfw
For why? the Lord our God is good;
His truth at all times firmly flood,
Song 2. 11, 12.
So Chriftian afked Prudence what it w that made thofe carious notes: They ar faid fhe, our country birds; they fing thofe notes but fe dom, except that it be in the fpring, when the flowers a pear, and the fun fhines warm, and then you may he them all day long. I often, faid fhe, go to hear them we also oftentimes keep them tame in our houfe: They a very fine company for as when are are melancholy; all they make the woods and groves, and folitary places, place defirous to be in.
Piety beftorveth By this time Piety was come again; Jomething on fhe laidus Chriftiana, Look here, I han parting. brough a fcheme of all those thing
that thou haft feen at our houfe, upo which thou mayeft look when thou findeft thyfelf forgetful and call thofe things again to remembrance for thy edifica tion and comfort.
Now they began to go down hill into the valley of Hu miliation. It was a fteep hill, and the way was dippery but they were very careful, fo they got down pretty well When they were down in the valley, Piety faid so Chrifti ana, This is the place where your husband met with the foul fiend Apollyon, was where they had the great fight that they had: I know you cannot but have heard thereof But be of good courage as long as you have here Mr. Great-heart to be your guide and conductor, we hope you will fare the better. So when these two had committed the pilgrims unto the conduct of their guide, he went for ward, and they went after.
at the valey of Humiliation.
Great beart. Then faid Mr. Great-heart, We need not be so afraid of this valley, for here is nothing to hurt us, unless we cure it ourselves. It is true, Chriftian cid here meet with Apollyon, with whom he had a fore com
t; but that fray was the fruit of thofe flips that he got his going down the hill; for they that get flips there, uft look for combats here. And hence it is, that this lley has got fo hard a name: For the common people, hen they hear that fome frightful thing has befallen fuch one in fach a place, are of opinion that that place is unted with fome foul fiend or evil fpirit; when, alas! is for the fruit of their doing that fuch things do befall em there.
This valley of Humiliation is of itself as fruitful a place any the crow flies over; and I am per
aded, if we could hit upon it, we might The reason why dfomewhere hereabout fomething that Chriftian was ight give us an account why Chriftian was bejet bere. hardly befet in this place.
Then James faid to his mother, Lo, yon- A pillar with an er ftands a pillar, and it looks as if fome- Infcription on it. ing was written thereon; let us go and
e what it is. So they went and found there written, Let hriftian's flip before he came hither, and the burden that met with in this place, be a warning to those that come ter. Lo, faid their guide, did I not tell you that there as fomething hereabouts that would give intimation of e reafon why Chriftian was fo hard befet in this place? Then turning to Chriftiana, he faid, No difparagement to Chriftian more than to many others whofe, hap and lot it as; for it is cafier going up than down this hill, and that an be faid but of few hills in all thefe parts of the world. But we will leave the good man, he is at reft, he alfo had brave victory over his enemy: Let him grant that dwellh above, that we fare no worfe when we come to be tried ban he
But we will come again to this valley of
Humiliation; it is the best and most useful This valley a iece of ground in all thefe parts. It is a brave place. at ground, and, as you fee, confifleth much
meadows; and if a man was to come here in the fumner-time, as we do now, if he knew not any thing before hereof, and if he alfo delighted himself in the fight of his yes, he might fee that which would be delightful to him. Behold, how green this valley is, also how beautified with Ellies! I have also known many labouring men that have
1 Peter 5. 5.
got good eftates in this valley of Humil tion. (For God refifteth the proud, b gives more grace to the humble); for i deed it is a very fruitful foil, and do bring forth by handfuls. Some alfo ha wifhed, the way to their Father's hou were here, that they might be troubled more with either hills or mountains to over; but the way is the way, and there is an end.
Men thrive in the valley of Humiliation
Now as they were going along, and talking, they elpi a boy feeding his father's theep The boy was in ve mean cloths, but of a fresh and well favoured countenanc and as he fat by himtelt, he fung. Hark, faid Mr Grea heart, to what the shephedr', boy faith; fo they hearkens and he said,
Then faid the guide, Do you hear him? I will dare day this boy lives a merrier life, and wears more of the her called Heart's ease in his bosom, than he that is clad i filk and velvet; but we will proceed in our discourse.
Chrift, when in
In this valley our Lord formerly had hi country houfe; he loved much to be here he loved alio to walk in thete meadows, all
be found the air was pleasant. Befide here a man shall be free from the nont and from the hurryings of this life: A ftates are full of noise and confufion; o ly the valley of Humiliation is that emp and folitary place. Here a man shall not be let and bim