ed in his contemplation, as in other places he is apt to This is a valley that no o y walks in but thofe that : a oilgrim's life. And tho' Chriftian had the bp to it with Apollyon, and to enter with hin in a brisk › as inter, yet mu tel you, that in forme times men have t with angels hore, have found pearls here, and have in place found the words of life.

Did I fay, our Lord had here in former Hosea 12. 4. 5. is his country-houfe, and that he loved

e to wark ? I will add, in this place, and the people that e and trace thefe grounds, he has left a yearly revenue be taithfully paid them at certain featens, for their intenance by the way, and for their farther encourages int to go on pilgrimage.

Samuel Now as they went on, Samuel faid to Mr. Greate art, Sir, I perceive that in this valley my father and A llyon had their battle: But whereabout was the fight, r I perceive that this valley is very large?"

Great-heart. Your father had the battle with Apollyon a place yonder before us, in a narrow ffage juft beyond Forgetful Green. And Forgeful Green, deed that place is the most dangerous place

all these parts; for if at any time pilgrims meet with my brunt, it is when they forger what favors they have crived, and how unworthy they are of them: This is the lace alfo where others have been hard put to it: But more of the place when we are code to it; for I perfuade my elf that, to this day, there remains either fome fign of he battle, or fome monument to teftify that fuch a battle here was fought.

Mercy. Then faid Mercy, I think I am

well in this alley as I have been any where else in all our journey & The place, methinks, fuits with my fpirit.

love to be in such places where there is Humility

no rattling with coaches, nor rumbling fweet grace. with wheels. Methinks here one may,

without much moleftation, be thinking what he is, whence he came, what he has done, and to what the King has called him: Here one may think and break at heart, and melt n one's fpirit, until one's eyes become as he fish-pools of Hefabon. They that go -ightly through this valley of Baca make well; the rain that God fends down from


P. 84.5.6,7+ Song 7. 5. Hafen 2015.

heaven upon them that are here alfo filleth the pools: Thi valley is that from whence alfo the King will give to thei vineyards; and they that go through it hall fing, as Chrif tian did for all he met with Apollyon.

An experiment

of it.

Great heart. It is true, faid their guide I have gone thro' this valley many a time and never was better than when here. I have also been a conductor to feveral pilgrims, an they have confeffed the fame: To this man will I look faith the King, even to him that is poor, and of a contrit fpirit, and that trembleth at my word.

Chriftian and the fiend did fight: Some figns of the bat

ale remain.

Now they were come to the place wher The place where the aforementioned battle was fought Then faid the guide to Chriftiana, he children, and Mercy, This is the place on this ground Christian food, and u there came Apollyon against him: An look, did not I tell you, here is fome o your husband's blood upon these stones t this day: Behold, alfo, how here and there are yet to b feen upon the place fome of the fhivers of Apollyon's bro ken darts: See alfo how they did beat the ground with the feet, as they fought, to make good their places gainst eac other; how alfo, with their bye-blows, they ad fplit th very ftones in pieces: Verily, Chriftian did here play th man, and fhewed himself as ftout as Hercules could, ba he been there, even he him. When Apollyon was bear he made his retreat to the next valley, that is called th valley of the Shadow of death, unto which we fhall com

A monument of

the battle.



Lo, yonder also ftands a monument, o which is engraven this battle, and Chrifti an's victory, to his fame, throughout al ages: So, because it flood just on the way-fide before them they ftepped to it, and read the writing, which word fa word was this:

A Monument of Chriftian's Victory. Part I.

Hard by here was a battle fought,

Moft ftrange, and yet most true:
Christian and Apollyon fought

Each other to fubdue.


The man fo bravely play'd the man,

He made the fiend to Av;

Of which a monument I Rand,
The fame to testify.

When they had paffed by this place, "they came upon the ders of the Shadow of death; and this valley was longer 1 the other, a place alfo moft ftrangely haunted with things, as many are able to teftify: But these women children the better through it, because they had dayt, and because Mr. Great-heart was their conductor. When they were entered upon this valley, they thought they heard a groaning as of dead men; a very great ning. They thought alfo they did hear words of latation, spoken as of fome in extreme torment.-Thefe gs made the boys to quake, the women alfo looked and wan; but their guide bid them be of good com

io they went on a little further, and thought that they the ground begin to shake under them, as if fome holplace was there; they heard alfo a kind of hiffing, as erpents, but nothing as yet appeared. Then faid the 8, Are we not yet at the end of this doleful place? But guide alfo bid them be of good courage and look well heir feet, left haply, faid he, ye be taken in fome foare. Tow James began to be fick, but I think the cause eof was fear; fo his mother gave him fome of that glass pirits that he had given her at the Interpreter's houfe, three of the pills that Mr. Skill had prepared, and the began to revive. Thus they went on, till they came bout the middle of the valley; and then

riftiana faid, Methinks I fee fomething A fiend appears. der upon the road before us, a thing of

h a fhape as I have not feen. Then faid Jofeph, Mother, at is it? An ugly thing, child; an ugly thing, faid - But, mother, what is it like, faid he? 'Tis like I not tell what, faid fhe, and now it is

a little way off: Then faid fhe, it is The pilgrims te enough. are afraid. Well, faid Mr. Great-heart, Let them

I are most afraid keep clofe to me: So the fiend came and the conductor met it; but when it was just come

to him, it vanifhed to all their fights; Then remember Refift the dev they what had been faid fome time ago. and he will flee from you.

Great beart encourages them. lion.

They went therefore on, as being a 'reftethed; but they had, not gone far fore Mercy, looking behind ber, faw, fhe thought, fomething almost like a h and it came a great padding pace after; a it had a hollow voice of roaring and at every roar tha gave it made the valley eccho, and all their hearts to Tave the heart of him that was their guide. So it came and Mr. Great-heat went behind, and put the pilgr all before him. The lion alfo came on apace, and Great-heart addressed himself to give him batlie; but wi he faw that it was determined that refiftance fhould be ma he alfo drew back, and came no farther.

Then they went on again, and their conductor did Before them, till they came to a place where was caft pit before they prepared to go over that, a great mift darkness fell upon them, fo that they could not fee. T faid the pilgrims, alas! now what shall we do? But th guide made anfwer Fear not, itand ftill, and fee what end will be put to this alfo; fo they ftaid there, beca their path was marred. They then also thought that t did hear more apparently the noile and rushing of the e mies; the fire also, and fmoke of the pit, was much ea to be difcerned.-Then faid Chriftiana to Mercy. No fee what my poor husband went though; I have he much of this place, but I never was here before now: p man, he went here all alone in the night; He had n almost quite thro' the way, also these hel Chriftiana now were buly about him, as if they w knows what her have torn him in pieces. Many have husband felt. ken of it, but none can tell what the

ley of the Shadow of death should me until they came into it themselves, The heart knows own bitterness a ranger intermeddled not with its To be here is a fearful thing.

Great-beart This is like doing bufinefs in great wa or like going down into the deep: Thi like being in the heart of the fea, and going down to the bottoms of the mo

Great-beart's weply.

ains: Now it feems as if the earth with its bars were about 1 for ever; but let them that walk in darkness, and have o light, truft in the name of the Lord, and stay upon thei od. For my part, as I have told you already, have one often through this valley, and have been much harder at to it than now I am, and yet you fee I am alive. I ould not boaft, for that I am not my own faviour: But I uft we fhall have a good deliverance. Come, pray fo ght to him that can lighten our darkness, and that can buke not only thefe, but all the fitans in hell.

So they cried and prayed, and God fent light and delierance, for there was now no let in their way; not not here, where but juft now they were flopt with a pit: Yet hey were not got through the valley; fo they. went on ftill, nd behold great finks and lothfome fmells to the great nnoyance of them. Then faid Mercy to Chriftiana, There not fuch pleasant being here as at the gate, or at the Inerpreter's, or at the houfe where we lay laft.

O but, faid one of the boys, it is not fo

ad to go through here, as it is to abide One of the boys ere always; and, for ought I know, one reply. eafon why we must go this way to the house

repared for us, is, that our home might be. made the

weeter to us,

Well, faid Samuel, quoth the guide, thou haft now fpske ike a man. Why, if ever I get out here again, faid the boy, I think I fhall prize light and good way better than ever I did in all my life. Then faid the guide, we fhall be out by and by.

So on they went, and Jofeph faid, Cannot we fee to the end of this valley as yet? Then faid the guide, Look to your feet, for we fhall prefently be among fnares: So they looked to their feet and went on; but they were much troubled with the fnares. Now when they were come among the fnares, they efpied a man caft into the ditch on the left hand, with his fiefh all rent and torn. Then faid the guide, This is one Heedlefs that


going this way; he has lain there Heedless flain great while: There was one Takeheed and Talebeed with him when he was taken and flain; but preferved. The efcaped their hands. You cannot imagine

how many are flain hereabouts, and yet men are fo foolish

« 上一页继续 »