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Chr. 'Twas well for you, I am sure it fared far otherwise with me. I had for a long Season, as soon almost as I entred into that Valley, a dreadful Combate with that foul Fiend Apollyon: Yea, I thought verily he would have killed me: especially when he got me down, and crush'd me under him, as if he would have crush'd me to pieces. For as he threw me, my sword flew out of my hand; nay he told me, He was sure of me: but I cryed to God, and he heard me, and delivered me out of all my troubles. Then I entred into the Valley of the shadow of death, and had no light for almost half the way through it. I thought I should have been kill'd there, over and over: but at last, day broke, and the Sun rose, and I went through that which was behind with far more ease and quiet.

Moreover I saw in my dream, that as they went on, Faithful, as he chanced to look on one side, saw a man whose Name is Talkative, walking at a distance besides them (for in this place there was room enough for them all to walk:) He was a tall man, and something more comely at a distance than at hand: To this man, Faithful described. addressed himself in this manner:

Talkative

described.

Faith. Friend, Whither away? Are you going to the Heavenly Country?

Talk. I am going to the same place.

Faith. That is well: Then I hope we shall have your good company.

Talk. With a very good will, will I be your companion. Faith. Come on then, and let us go together, and let us spend our time in discoursing of things that are profitable.

Talk. To talk of things that are good, to me is very acceptable; with you, or with any

Faithful and
Talkative

enter discourse.

other; and I am glad that I have met with those that incline to so good a work. For to speak the truth; there are but few that care thus to spend their time (as they are in their travels) but chuse much rather to be speaking of things to no profit, and this hath been a trouble to me.

Talkative's dislike of bad discourse.

Faith. That is indeed a thing to be lamented; for what thing so worthy of the use of the tongue and mouth of men on Earth, as are the things of the God of Heaven?

Talk. I like you wonderful well, for your sayings are full of conviction; and I will add, what thing is so pleasant, and what so profitable, as to talk of the things of God:

What things so pleasant? (that is, if a man hath any delight in things that are wonderful) for instance: If a man doth delight to talk of the History, or the Mystery of things, or if a man doth love to talk of Miracles, Wonders or Signs, where shall he find things recorded so delightful, and so sweetly penned as in the holy Scripture?

Faith. That's true: but to be profited by such things in our talk should be our chief design.

Talk. That is it that I said; for to talk of such things is most profitable, for by so doing, a man may get knowledge of many things as of the vanity of earthly things, and the benefit of things above: (thus in general) but more particular, By this a man may learn the necessity of the New Birth, the insufficiency of our works, the need of Christ's righteousness, &c. Besides, by this a man may learn what it is to repent, to believe, to pray, to suffer, or the like: by this also a man may learn what are the great Promises and Consolations of the Gospel, to his own comfort. Further, by this a man may learn to refuse false Opinions, to vindicate the truth, and also to instruct the ignorant.

Talkative's fine discourse.

Faith. All this is true, and glad am I to hear these things from you.

Talk. Alas, the want of this is the cause that so few understand the need of Faith, and the necessity of a work of Grace in their Soul, in order to eternal Life, but ignorantly live in the works of the Law, by which a man can by no means obtain the Kingdom of Heaven.

Faith. But by your leave, heavenly knowledge of these is the gift of God; no man attaineth to them by humane industry, or only by the talk of them.

O brave Talkative.

Talk. All that I know very well. For a man can receive nothing except it be given him from Heaven; all is of Grace, not of works: I could give you an hundred Scriptures for the confirmation of this. Faith. Well then, said Faithful: what is that one thing, that we shall at this time found our discourse upon?

Talk. What you will: I will talk of things heavenly, or things earthly; things Moral, or things Evangelical; things sacred, or things prophane; things Talkative. past, or things to come; things foreign, or things

O brave

at home; things more essential, or things circumstantial; provided that all be done to our profit.

Faith. Now did Faithful begin to wonder, and stepping to Christian (for he walked all this while by himself) he said to him, but softly, what a brave companion have we got! Surely this man will make a very excellent Pilgrim.

Faithful beguiled by Talkative.

Chr. At this Christian modestly smiled, and said, this man with whom you are so taken, will beguile with this tongue of his twenty of them that know him not. Faith. Do you know him then?

than he

Chr. Know him! Yes, better than he knows himself.

Faith. Pray what is he?

Christian makes a discovery of Talkative, telling Faithful who he was.

Chr. His name is Talkative, he dwelleth in our Town; I wonder that you should be a stranger to him, only I consider that our Town is large.

Faith. Whose Son is he? and whereabout doth he dwell.

Chr. He is the Son of one Say-well, he dwelt in Pratingrow, and he is known of all that are acquainted with him, by the name of Talkative in Prating-row, and notwithstanding his fine tongue, he is but a sorry fellow.

Faith. Well, he seems to be a very pretty man.

Chr. That is to them that have not through acquaintance with him, for he is best abroad, near home he is ugly enough: your saying that he is a pretty man, brings to my mind what I have observed in the work of the Painter, whose Pictures shew best at a distance, but very near, more unpleasing.

Faith. But I am ready to think you do but jest, because you smiled.

Chr. God forbid that I should jest, (though I smiled) in this matter, or that I should accuse any falsly; I will give you a further discovery of him. This man is for any company, and for any talk; as he talketh now with you, so will he talk when he is on the Ale-bench; And the more Drink he hath in his Crown, the more of these things he hath in his mouth: Re

ligion hath no place in his heart, or house, or conversation; all he hath lieth in his tongue, and his Religion is to make a noise therewith.

Chr.

Mat. 23.

1 Cor. 4. 2. Talkative talks but does not.

His House
is empty of
Religion.

He is a stain
to Religion.
Rom. 2. 24,
25.
The Proverb
that goes of
him.

Faith. Say you so! then am I in this man greatly deceived. Deceived! you may be sure of it. Remember the Proverb, They say, and do not: but the Kingdom of God is not in Word, but in Power. He talketh of Prayer, of Repentance, of Faith, and of the New birth: but he knows but only to talk of them. I have been in his Family, and have observed him both at home and abroad; and I know what I say of him is the truth. His house is as empty of Religion, as the white of an Egg is of savour. There is there neither Prayer, nor sign of Repentance for sin Yea, the brute in his kind serves God far better than he. He is the very stain, reproach and shame of Religion to all that know him; it can hardly have a good word in all that end of the Town where he dwells, through him. Thus say the common People that know him, A Saint abroad, and a Devil at home. His poor family finds it so, he is such a churle, such a railer at, and so unreasonable with his Servants, that they neither know how to do for, or to speak to him. Men that have any dealings with him, say, it's better to deal with a Turk than with him, for fairer dealing they shall have at their hands. This Talkative (if it be possible) will go beyond them, defraud, beguile, and over-reach them. Besides, he brings up his Sons to follow his steps, and, if he finds in any of them a foolish timorousness, (for so he calls the first appearance of a tender conscience) he calls them fools and blockheads, and by no means will employ them in much, or speak to their Commendations before others. For my part I am of opinion, that he has, by his wicked life caused many to stumble and fall, and will be, if God prevents not, the ruin of many more.

Men shun to

deal with him.

Faith. Well, my Brother, I am bound to believe you; not only because you say you know him, but also because like a Christian, you make your reports of men. For I cannot think that you speak these things of ill will, but because it is even so as you say.

Chr. Had I known him no more than you, I might

perhaps, have thought of him as at the first you did: Yea, had he received this report at their hands only that are enemies to Religion, I should have thought it had been a slander. (A lot that often falls from bad mens mouths upon good mens names and professions :) But all these things, yea, and a great many more as bad, of my own knowledge I can prove him guilty of. Besides, good men are ashamed of him, they can neither call him Brother nor Friend; the very naming of him among them, makes them blush if they know him.

Faith. Well, I see that saying and doing are two things, and hereafter I shall better observe this distinction.

The

of Religion.

The Carkass

James 1. 27.

see ver. 2, 3, 24, 25, 26.

Chr. They are two things indeed, and are as diverse, as are the Soul and the Body: For as the Body without the Soul is but a dead Carkass; so Saying, if it be alone, is but a dead Carkass also. Soul of Religion is the practick part. Pure Religion and undefiled before God and the Father, is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the World, This Talkative is not aware of, he thinks that hearing and saying will make a good Christian: and thus he deceiveth his own Soul. Hearing is but as the sowing of the Seed; talking is not sufficient to prove that fruit is indeed in the heart and life; and let us assure our selves, that at the day of Doom men shall be judged according to their fruit. It will not be said then, Did you believe? but were you Doers, or Talkers only? and accordingly shall they be judged. The end of the world is compared to our Harvest, and you know men at harvest regard nothing but fruit. Not that any thing can be accepted that is not of Faith: But I speak this to shew you how insignificant the Profession of Talkative will be at that day.

See Matth.

14. 25.

Lev. II.

Deut. 14.

Faith. This brings to my mind that of Moses, by which he describeth the Beast that is clean. He is such an one that parteth the hoof, and cheweth the Cud; not that parteth the hoof only, or that cheweth the Cud only. The Hare cheweth the Cud, but yet is unclean because he parteth not the hoof. And this truly resembleth Talkative: he cheweth the Cud, he seeketh knowledge, he cheweth upon the Word, but

Faithful convinced of the

badness of Talkative.

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