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in remembrance, as you travel along, and especially when you meet with any temptations or dangers, as you must expect in this journey at such a time you ought to reflect on the glorious things you saw in my cave and in the cave of Contemplation, and in so doing you will find great comfort and relief.

So he desired Tender-conscience to refresh himself with such entertainments as his cave afforded, assuring him that though it was plain and homely diet, yet he was heartily welcome to it, and would find the benefit of it as he went up the rest of the hill. Then Good-resolution after the repast was over, renewed his counsel to Tenderconscience, and told him what houses and inns he should use thereabouts in his way, and what he should refuse and avoid, adding many wholesome instructions. length Tender-conscience, full of courage and joy, took his leave, giving him humble thanks for the favours he had done him.

CHAP. IV.

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Tender-conscience is enticed by Spiritual-pride-discovers his error, and soon regains his right path:-Meets Carnal-security, who takes him to his castle--his danger and providential escape from thence.

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conscience was got a pretty distance upward from the cave, he was met by a man whose name was Spiritual-pride; but Tender-conscience knew not his name at first; so the man saluted him in this manner: Hail! thou beloved among the sons of men, thou darling of the King of Heaven, who hast undertaken a great and tedious pilgrimage from the valley of Destruction, towards the region of life and glory; who hast escaped the temp tations of the House of Mirth, and rather chosen to go into the House of Mourning; who hast escaped the path of Danger and Destruction, and hast nobly ventured to ascend up the unpleasant and rugged path of the steep hill Difficulty; and hast entered into the cave of Goodresolution, and seen the glorious things of his cave, and the more glorious things in the cave of Contemplation,

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now I am sent to congratulate thy good success, and to tell thee thy journey is at an end; thou hast all along fought the good fight, thou hast kept the faith, and now thy course is finished, and there is laid up for thee a crown of righteousness: come turn in with me, and I will shew thee thy reward, which is secured for thee, and thou needest not travel or toil thyself any more, but take up thy rest with me.

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Then Tender-conscience was much astonished at the man's words, and wondered how he could tell him so exactly what he had done, and where he had been: and he said within himself, 'Surely this man is a prophet, or greater than a prophet. So he began to be puffed up in his mind, to think how the man called him the beloved among the sons of men, and darling of the King of heaven. Surely,' said he in his heart, "My lot is fallen in goodly places, I have a fair inheritance." So he followed the man, who led him aside out of the path that went directly up the hill, and brought him to an exceeding high tower, whose top was higher than the top of the hill itself; but before they came to the tower, even as they were going along, Tender-conscience cast his eye upon the back of the man, and there he saw written, "Spiritualpride;" so he remembered the counsel of Good-resolution, how, among the rest of his wholesome instructions, he bade him beware of Spiritual-pride, who would certainly meet him on the way, and endeavour to seduce him to the tower of Lofty-thoughts, and when he had got him to the top, would cast him down headlong, and break him to pieces. So Tender-conscience made no more ado, but ran away as fast as he could back to the path again, and so went forward up the hill, rejoicing that he had escaped Spiritual-pride, who, with flattering speeches, and deceitful words, sought to entice him out of the way, and bring him to ruin and swift destruction.

Then I looked after Tender-conscience, and saw that he went a great pace upward, till at length he came to the top of the hill, even to the stage that was built to punish such upon, who should be afraid to go farther on pilgrimage, where Mistrust and Timorous had their tongues bored through with an hot iron, for endeavour

ing to hinder Christian in his journey, as was to be read on the plates that hung before the stage.

Now I saw in my dream, that, as Tender-conscience went along, an old man met him in the way, whose name was Carnal-security, and he spoke to Tender-conscience in this manner; Friend, whence comest thou, and whither art thou going?

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Tender-conscience replied, Sir, I am come from the valley of Destruction, and am travelling toward the heavenly country..

Carnal-sec. Truly you have undertaken a great and hazardous journey, and the perils you have gone through are many but now the worst of your way is past, the rest being pleasant, safe and, easy it is convenient for you to rest yourself a while after your toils, and the wearisome steps you have trodden since you first set forth from your native country; and especially, since you must needs he tired, and quite out of breath, through the extreme steepness of the hill Difficulty, which you last ascended. Therefore, if you please to take up your quarters with me, you shall be heartily welcome, and you will be better strengthened and enabled to go forward on your journey; my house stands not far from this place, and, if you will accept of my offer, I will be your guide to my habitation.

Tender-con. Sir, I must confess, your civility is very acceptable to me, and very seasonable at this time; for indeed I am pretty well beat out with travel, and besides it grows towards night: therefore, if you please, I will go along with you.

So they went along together, and the old man had him through a lane on the left-hand of the high-road, which brought him to a stately palace, whose gate stood wide open, and they came into the first court, which was all green, and full of flowers, having several delightful arbours artificially built round it, and a crystal fountain in the middle of the court; there were also beautiful trees planted round it, on whose boughs innumerable birds of several kinds sat chirping and singing with admirable harmony. So, as they walked together across the court, there met him an ancient lady, accompanied

by two beautiful young damsels, on whom she leaned; the name of the lady was Intemperance, and she was the wife of Carnal-security. Now, it seems these two had built this palace to inveigle pilgrims, and seduce them out of their way to the heavenly country; as the palace called Beautiful was built for the relief, comfort, and direction of pilgrims in their journey. But poor Tenderconscience knew nothing of all this. He that had so lately escaped the snare that Spiritual-pride had laid for him, was now caught in the gins of Carnal-security.

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Now I saw in my dream, that the lady Intemperance bid Tender-conscience welcome to her house, and so did the two young damsels that attended her, who were her daughters; the name of the one was Wantonness, and the name of the other was Forgetfulness. Then she desired him to approach nearer the house; so they all walked together through the first court, and came to the entrance of the second; there the lady Intemperance desired them all to sit down, whilst she reached forth several bunches of grapes, which hung down from a vine that covered the place where they sat, and she squeezed them into a golden cup which she held in her hand, and having tasted thereof, presented it to Tender-conscience, bidding him drink it off; so he did accordingly, presently he was intoxicated therewith, and began to dally with Mrs. Wantonness; at which the lady Intemperance and her husband Carnal-security, seemed not to be displeased, but rather to encourage him, by giving him another cup full of the juice of the grapes, which worked so mightily in his weak head, that, having tumbled and dallied a while with Mrs. Wantonness on a bank of sweet flowers, at length he fell asleep in the arms of Mrs. Forgetfulness. Then they caused him to be carried into the palace by two of their servants, and laid on a soft bed, in the best chamber in the whole house, resolving, if possible, to win him by all means to tarry with them, and not to go forward in his journey; to this end they prepared a concert of music, and the musicians were planted out of sight of the bed whereon Tender-conscience lay, yet so as they might be heard as plain as though they had been by his bed-side, but could not be seen by him, if

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he should awake out of his sleep. And they were ordered to play the sweetest airs and most melodious tunes their art could furnish them with, all the while he was asleep, and likewise to keep on playing if he should chance to awake. For it was the nature of these grapes, of whose liquor he had drunk so plentifully, to make some people sleep many years together, others to sleep all their lifetime, and very few had the power to awaken them, especially in a short time; and it was the nature of the music to create dreams in them that slept, pleasing, delightful, and enchanting dreams! And those who died sleeping, were hurried out of the palace to a certain place, where they were tumbled in the lake of Destruction; which lake is at the end of that path which led to the left hand, at the bottom of the hill Difficulty. It is a burning lake, and has burned from the beginning of the world, and will do so for ever and ever. Now this was the end of these poor wretches, who, being seduced into the house of Carnai-security, and having drunk the wine of Intemperance, and committed folly with Wantonness, at length fell asleep with Forgetfulness, who, if they die sleeping, are forthwith cast into the burning lake, "which is the second death."

Now, it came to pass, that, though Tender-conscience slept a great while, being lulled by the sound of such incomparable melody, yet, they having not taken notice of his strong crutch which he had in his hand, nor knowing its secret and wonderful virtues, did not remove it from him. By which means he at length awoke from his sleep, rouzing himself up, and wondering from whence all this delicious harmony might come: for his crutch being in his hand all the while he slept, at length, as he went to turn himself in his sleep, he hit himself a blow on the eyes with the crutch, which awakened him. Then he began to wonder, as I said, where he was, and how The came there, and what music that was; at length he 'called to mind how an old man had invited him into his house very kindly, and how his lady had given him of her wine to drink, and how he had dallied with Mrs. Wantonness, but could not call to mind how he came upon this bed, but concluded that he had been drunk,

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