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blood, bones, afhes, and mangled bodies of men, even pilgrims that had gone this way formerly; and while was mufing what fhould be the reason, I efpied a little be fore me a cave, where two giants, Pope and Pagan, dwel in old time; by whofe power and tyranny the men, who blood, bones, afhes, c. lay there, were cruelly put t death. But by this place Christian went without muc danger, whereat I fomewhat wondered; but I have learn ed fince, that Pagan has been dead many a day; and as fo the other, though he be yet alive, he is by reason of age and alfo of many fhrewd brushes that he met with in hi younger days, grown fo crazy and stiff in his joints, tha he can now do little more than fit in his cave's mouth grinning at pilgrims as they go by, and biting his nails because he cannot come at them.
So I faw that Chriftian went on his way; yet, at th hight of the Old Man, that fat at the mouth of the cave he could not tell what to think, efpecially because he fpakt to him, though he could not go after him, saying, You will never mind till more of you be burned. But he held his peace, and fet a good face on't, and fo went by, and eatched no hurt. Then fung Christian,
O world of wonders! (I can fay no less)
Now, as Chriftian went on his way, he came to a little afcent, which was caft up on purpofe, that pilgrims might fee before them; up there, therefore, Chriftian went, and looking forward, he faw Faithful before him upon his jour ney. Then faid Chriftian aloud, Ho, ho, fo ho, ftay, and I will be your companion. At that Faithful looked behind him; to whom Chriftian cried again, Stay, ftay, till I
come to you. But Faithful anfwered, No; I am upon my life, and the avenger of blood is behind me.
At this Christian was fomewhat moved, Chriftian overand putting to all his strength, he got up takes Faithful. with Faithful, and did also over-run him;
fo the last was first. Then did Christian vain gloriously (mile, because he had gotten the start of his
brother; but not taking good heed to his Chriftian's fall feet, he fuddenly ftumbled and fell, and makes Faithful could not rife again until Faithful came to and be go lovinghelp him. ly together. Then I faw in my dream they went very lovingly on together, and had fweet difcourfe of all things that had happened to them in their pilgrimage; and thus Chriftian began.
Chr. My honoured and well-beloved brother Faithful, I am glad that I have overtaken you, and that God has fa tempered our fpirits that we can talk as companions in so pleasant a path.
Faith. I had thought, dear friend, to have had your company quite from our town, but you did get the start of me; wherefore I was forced to come thus much of the way alone.
Chr. How long did you ftay in the city. Their talk abour of Destruction before you fet out after me the country about on your pilgrimage? whence they Faith. Till I could ftay no longer;' for came. there was great talk prefently after you were gone out, that our city would, in a fhort time, with fire from heaven, be burnt down to the ground.
Chr. What did your neighbours talk fo?
Faith. Yes, it was for a while in every body's mouth. Chr. What! did no more of them but you come out to efcape the danger?
Faith. Though there was, as I faid, a great talk thereabout, yet I do not think they did firmly believe it. For in the heat of the difcourfe, I heard fome of them deridingly fpeak of you and of your defperate journey (for fo they called this your Pilgrimage); but I did believe, and do ftill, that the end of our city will be with fire and brimstone from above; and therefore I have made my escape. Chr. Did you hear no talk of neighbour Pliable? D
Faith. Yes, Chriftian, I heard that he followed you til he came to the flough of Despond; where, as fome faid, he fell in ; but he would not be known to have fo done; bu I am fure he was foundly bedaubed with that kind of dirt. Chr. And what faid the neighbours to him?
Faith. He hath, fince his going back, bee How Pliable was had greatly in derifion, and that among a accounted of forts of people; feme do mock and despil when he got him, and fearce will any fet him on work bome. He is now feven times worse than if he ha never gone out of the city.
Chr. But why should they be fo against him, fince the alfo pefpife the way that he forfook?
Faith. O, they fay, Hang him; he is a turncoat! h was not true to his profeffion; I think God has stirred
even his enemies to hifs at him, and mak Jer. 29.11, 19. him a proverb, because he hath forfake the way.
Chr. Had you talk with him before you came out? Faith. I met him orce in the streets, but he leered awa on the other fide, as one ashamed of what he had done fo I fpake not to him.
Chr. Well, at my firft fetting out, I had hopes of thi man ; but now I fear he will perish in the overthrow the city; For it has happened to him ac cording to the true proverb, The dog is turn The dog and the-ed to his vomit again, and the fow that wa washed to her wallowing in the mire." Faith. They are my fears of him too
3 Pet. 2. 22.
but who can hinder that which will be?
Chr. Well, neighbour Faithful, faid Chriftian, let u leave him, and talk of things that more immediately.com cern ourselves. Tell me now what you have met with it the way as you came: For I know you have met with fom things, or elfe it may be writ for a wonder.
Faith Iefcaped the flough that I perceived you fell into and got up to the gate, without that dan Faithful affault- ger; only I met with one whofe name wa ed by Wanton. Wanton, that had like to have done me mifchief.
Chr. 'Tis well you efcaped her net: Jo Gen. 39.11, 12, feph was hard put to it by her, and he ef
caped her as you did; but it had like to have coft him his life. But what did the to you?
Faith. You cannot think (but that you know fomething) what a flattering tongue fhe had; fhe lay at me hard to turn afide with her, promifing me all manner of content, Chr. Nay, he did not promise you the content of a good confcience.
Faith. You know that I mean, that carnal and fleshly
Chr. Thank God you have efcaped her;
the abhorred of the Lord hall fall into her Prov. 22. 14. ditch.
Faith. Nay, I know not whether I did wholly efcape her
Chr. Why, I trow you did not confent to her defire.
remembered an old writing that I had feen, Prov. 5. 5.
I fhut mine eyes, because I would not be bewitched with her looks; Then the railed on me, and I went my way. Chr. Did you meet with no other affault as you came? Faith. When I came to the foot of the
hill called Difficulty, I met with a very He was affaulted aged man, who afked me what I was ? and by Adam the whither bound? I told him that I was a pil- first.
grim going to the celestial city. Then faid
the old man, thou lookest like an honeft fellow; wilt thou be content to dwell with me, for the wages that I fhall give thee? Then I asked him his name, and where he dwelt ? He faid his name was Adam the first, and
that he dwelt in the town of Deceit. Ialk Ephef. 4. 22. ed him then what was his his work, what wages he would give He told, his work was many delights; and his wages, that I fhould be his heir at laft. I farther afked him what houfe he kept, and what fervants he had,? So he told me that his house was maintained with all the dainties in the world, and that his fervants were thofe of his own begetting. Then I afked him how many children he had?
He faid that he had but three daugh- 1 John 2. 16.] ters, The luft of the flesh, the luft of the eyes, and the pride of life; and that I should marry one of them,
if I would.
Then I asked how long time he would have me live with him? And he told me as long as he lived himself.
Chr. Well, and what conclufion came the old man and you to at laft?
Faith. Why at first I found myself somewhat inclinabl to go with the man, for I thought he fpake very fair; bu looking in his forehead, as I talked with him, I faw ther written, Put off the old man with his deeds.
Chr. And how then?
Faith. Then in came burning-hot into my mind, what ever he said, and however, he flattered, when he got m home to his house he would fell me for a flave; fo I bi him forbear to talk, for I would not come near the doc of his houfe. Then he reviled me, and told me, that h would fend fuch a one after me, that should make my wa bitter to my foul. So I turned to go away from hìm; bị just as I turned myfelf to go thence, I felt him take hold my flesh, and give me fuch a deadly twich back, that thought he had pulled part of me after hin felf: This made me cry, O wretched man fo I went on my way up the hill,
Rom. 7. 24.
Now when I got above half way up, I looked behin me, and faw one coming after me, fwift as the wind; he overtook me juft about the place where the fettle ftand Chr. Juft there (faid Chriftian) did I fit down to reft me but being overcome with fleep, I there loft this roll out my bofom.
Faith. But, good brother, hear me out; So foon as th man overtook me, he was but a word and a blow, for dow he knocked me; and laid me for dead. But when I was little come to myfelf again, I asked him wherefore he ferve me fo He said, because of my fecret inclining to Adan the firft; and with that he ftruck me another deadly blo on the breast, and beat me down backward; so I lay s his foot as dead as before. When I came to myself again I cried him mercy; but he faid I know not how to the mercy; and with that he knocked me down again. H had doubtless made an end of me,' but that one camẹ by and bid him forbear.
Chr. Who was that that bid him forbear?
Faith. I did not know him at firft; but as he went b