Chrift. Then faid Chriftiana, this relation of Mr. Fearing has done me good: I thought nobody Chriftiana's fen had been like me; but I fee there was fome femblance between this good man and I, only we differed in two things: His troubles were fo great that they brake out, but mine I kept within: His alfo lay fo hard upon him, that he could not Enock at the houses provided for entertainment; but my troubles were always fuch as made me knock the louder.

Mercy's fen


Mercy. If I might alfo fpeak my mind, I must fay, that fomething of him has alfo dwelt in me: For I have ever been more afraid of the lake, and the lofs of a place in paradife, than I have been at the lofs of other things. Of thought I, may I have the happiness to have a habi#ation there, 'tis enough, though I part with all the world to win it.

Matthew's fen


Matt. Then faid Matthew, fear was one thing that made me think I was far from having that within me that accompanies falvation; but if it was fo with fuch a good man as he, why may it not alfo go well with me?

• James's Jen


James. No fears, no grace, faid James Though there is not always grace where there is the fear of hell, yet to be fure there As no grace where there is no fear of God.

Great-beart. Well faid, James, thou haft hit the mark; for the fear of God is the beginning of wildom; and to be fure they that want the beginning, have neither middle nor end But we will conclude our discourse of Mr. Fear ing, after we have fent after him his farewell.

Their farewell about him.
Whilf Mater Fearing thou didst fear
Thy God, and waft afraid

Of doing any thing, while here,"

That would have thee betray'd.

And didft thou fear the lake and pit? *

Would others do fo too!!

For, as for them that want thy wit,

They do themfelves undo.

w I faw that they all went on in their talk; for after


Mr. Great-heart had made an end with Mr. Fearing, Mr. Honest began to tell them of another, but his name was Mr. Self-will. He pretended himself to be a pilgrim, faid Mr. Honeft; but I perfuade myfelf he never came in at he gate that ftands at the head of the way.

Great beart. Had you ever any talk with him about it? Hom. Yes, more than once or twice; but he would al. ways be like himself, felf-willed. He neither cared for han, nor argument, nor example; what his mind prompted im to, that he would do, and nothing elfe could he be jot to.

Great-heart. Pray, what Principles did he hold, for I appofe you can tell?

Hon. He held, That a man might follow the vices as vell as the virtues of the pilgrims; and that if he did both, e fhould be certainly faved.

Great-heart. How! if he had faid, It is poffible for the Seft to be guilty of the vices, as well as ptake of the virfues of pilgrims, he could not much have been blamed ; for indeed we are exempted from no vice abfolutely, but in condition that we watch and ftrive. But this, I perceive, · s not the thing: yet, if I understand you right, your meaning is, that he was of that opinion, that it was allowible fo to be.

Hon. Aye, aye, so I mean, and fo he believed and prac tifed.

Great-heart. But what grounds had he for his fo faying? Hon. Why, he faid, he had the fcripture for his warrant. Great-heart. Pray, Mr. Honeft, prefent us with a few particulars.

Hon So I will." He said, to have to do with other men's wives had been prafiifed by David, God's beloved, and therefore he could do it. He faid, to have more women than one was a thing that Solomon practifed, and therefore he could do it. He faid, that Sarah and the godly. midwives of Egypt lied, and fo did Rahab, and therefore he could do it. He faid, that the difciples went at the bidding of their mafter and took away the owner's afs, and therefore he could do fo too. He faid, that Jacob got the inheritance of his father in a way of guile and diffimulation, and therefore he could fo too.


Great-beart. Highly base, indeed. And are you fure he was of this opinion?

Hon. I have heard him plead for it, bring fcripture for it, bring arguments for it, &c.

Great-heart. An opinion that is not fit to be with any allowance in the world.

Hon. You must understand me rightly: He did not fay that any man might do this: but that thofe that had the virtues of thofe that did fuch things, might also do the fame.

Great-heart. But what more falfe than fuch a conclufion For this is as much as to fay, That becaufe good men here tofore have finned of infirmity, therefore he had allowance to do it of a prefumptuous mind: Or if, because a child by the blaft of the wind, or for that it fumbled at a ftone fell down and defiled itself in mire, therefore he migh wilfully lie down and wallow like a boar therein. Wh could have thought that any one could fo far have been blinded by the power of luft? But what is written must be true: They tumble at the word, being difobedient, where unto they alfo were appointed..

His fuppofing that fuch may have the godly men's vit tues, who addict themfelves to their vices, is also a delufic as ftrong as the other. It is just as if the dog should fay I have, or may have, the qualities of the child, because lick up its flinking excrements. To eat up the fin of God' people, is no fign of one that is poffeffed with their virtuef Nor can I believe that one, that is of this opinion, can a prefent have faith er love in him. But I know have made fome ftrong objections against him; prithee, what can he fay for himself.


Hon. Why, he fays, to do this, by way of opinion, feems abundantly more honeft than to do it, and yet hold con trary to it in opinion.

Great-heart. A very wicked anfwer: For though to le loofe the bridle lufts, while our opinions are against d things, is bad; yet to fin, and plead a toleration fo to do is worfe; the one ftumbles beholders accidentally, the othe leads them into a fnare.

Hon. There are many of this man's mind, that have no this man's moth, and that makes going on pilgrimage o fo little esteem as it is


Great-heart. You have faid the truth, and it is to be lamented: But he that feareth the King of Paradise shall come out of them all.

Chrift. There are ftrange opinions in the world. I know one that faid, It was time enough to repent when we come o die.

Great-heart. Such are not fo in other matters: That man would have been loth, might he have had a week to run wenty miles in his life, to have deferred that journey to he last hour of that week.

Ha You fay right, and yet the generality of them that count themfelves pilgrims do indeed do thus.

I am, as you fee, an old man, and have been a traveller a this road many a day, and I have taken notice of many things.

I have feen fome that have fet out as if they would drive all the world before them, who yet have in a few days died as they in the wilderness, and fo never got fight of the promifed land.

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I have feen fome that have promifed nothing at first fetting out to be pilgrims, and that one would have thought could not have lived a day, that have yet proved very good pilgrims.

I have feen fome who have run haflily forward, that a gain have, after a little time, run juft as far back again. I have seen some who have spoke very well of a pilgrim's life at first, that after a while have spoken as much against it.

I have heard fome when they firft fet out for paradife,, fay pofitively There is fuch a place, who, when they had been almost there, have come back again, and faid, there is none.

I have heard fome vaunt what they would do in cafe they fhould be oppofed, that have even at a falfe alarm fled faith, the pilgrim's way, and all..

Now, as they were thus in their way, Fresh news of there came one running to meet them, and troubles. faid, Gentlemen, and you of the weaker

fort, if you love li fhift for yourfelves, for the robbers are before you.

Great-beart. Then faid Mr. Great-heart, they be the


Great heart's refolution.

three that fet upon Little-faith heretofore. Well, faid he, we are ready for them; fo they went on their way. Now they looked at every turning when they fhould have met with the villains; but whether, they heard of Mr. Great heart, or whether they had fome other game, they came not up to the pilgrims.

Cbrifiana-wish- Chriftiana then wifhed for an inn to res eth for an inn. fresh herself and her children, because they were weary Then faid Mr. Honeft, there is a little before us, where a very honorable difple one Gaius dwells. So they all concluded to turn in thither, and the rather, becaufe the old gentleman gave him fo good a report. So when they came to the door they went in, not knock ing, for folks ufe not to knock at the door of an inn: Then they called for the mafter of the house, and he came to them; fo they afked if they might lie there that night.

Rom. 16. 23.
They enter into
Gaius's house.

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Gaius entertains

Gaius. Yes, gentlemen, if you be true them, and how: men, for my house is for none but pilgrims Then was Chriftiana, Mercy, and the boys the more glad, for that the innkeeper was a lover of pilgrims So they called for rooms, and they fhewed them one for Chriftiana, her children, and Mercy, and another for Mr. Great-heart and the old gentleman.

Great-beart. Then faid Mr. Great-heart, good Gaius, What haft thou for fupper, for these pilgrims have come far to day, and are weary.

Gaius. It is late, faid Gaius, fo we cannot conveniently go out to feek food; but fuch as we have you fhall be welcome to, if that will content you.

Great-heart. We will be content with what thou haft in the house; forafmuch as I have proved thee, thou art never deftitute of that which is convenient.

Gains's cook.

Then he went down and fpake to the cook, whole name was Taite that which is good, to get ready fupper for fo many pilgrims. This done, he comes up again, faying, Come, my good friends, you are welcome to me, and I am glad that I have a house rtain you; and while fupper is making ready, if let us entertain one another with fome good So they all faid, Content.


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