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and so brought into the palace; and with this thought, and the pleasant harmony of the music, he was just ready to fall asleep again; but at the same instant there came such a terrible clap of thunder, as was almost enough to have awakened the very dead. At this his heart quaked within him, and the music ceased playing: so he rose from his bed, and, looking out at the windows, he saw the air extremely darkened, saving only some intervals of lightning, which, accompanied with thunder, seemed to threaten the destruction of the world. Poor Tender-conscience wept bitterly when he perceived such a dreadful tempest hanging over his head, and he in a strange place, not half way his journey; this made him very melancholy and pensive, and he burst out into these mournful expressions by himself:

Wretch that I am! what will become of me? Where shall I hide myself from the fierce anger of the Lord? or how shall I escape his heavy displeasure? I doubt I have done amiss in coming into this place, and sleeping away my precious time, which is the reason that God is angry, and thunders in the ears of my soul. Horror and confusion flash through my conscience like lightning: I "I know not what to do, nor where to turn my face for comfort.

Then he looked for his crutch, and could not find it at first, which made him lament grievously; but at last he bethought himself of the bed whereon he slept: so he ran thither, and there found it, to his no small comfort and joy. Then he prepared himself to get down stairs; but just as he was about to go from the window where he stood, there came another clap of thunder, which made the very house to shake; and after the thun ́der he heard a voice whisper him in the ear, and saying, Get thee out of this place, and beware of the woman with the golden cup in her hand, and of all that belong to her, for her ways are the ways of death; sin no more lest a worse thing come unto thee. This made poor

Tender-conscience tremble afresh, so that the joints of his knees smote one against another, and he hastened to go down stairs; at which the music began to play again so sweetly, that he had much ado to leave it; but re

membering the thunder and the lightning, and the voice he heard, he went resolutely down. And as he was going through the hall, he saw a table spread with all manner of dainties, and heard the voices of young men and maidens, as he thought, singing deliciously, which made him again stand still a while to listen to their music. Then came one to him, named Mr. Gluttony, and desired him to sit down and eat what liked him best, telling him withal, that the entertainment he saw there before his eyes was prepared on purpose for pilgrims, and how that many that were travelling toward the city of Zion did call in here, and partook of the dainties this place afforded, it being built for the ease and pleasure of pilgrims: then the young men and maidens seconded Mr. Gluttony in their song, while several instruments of music played to them in concert: And this was their song:

Poor pilgrims here may eat, and drink, and sleep,
Whilst them in safety their good Lord will keep.
Fall to, fall to, poor man, and take your fill,
In nature's pleasure there can be no ill.
In vain our King's indulgent hand supplies,
What peevish man his longing soul denies.

This was enough to have staggered a stouter man than Tender-conscience; and he himself could not have resisted so powerful a temptation, had it not been for the remembrance of the thunder and the voice. Also he called to mind that saying of the holy Jesus, "To do the will of my heavenly father, is both my meat and my drink." So he turned away from Mr. Gluttony, and went apace out of the hall, without giving him one word, though he followed him, and entreated him to sit down and make merry with the good cheer that was before him. Then old Carnal-security met him at the hall-door, which opened into the inner court of the palace; and he took him by the hand, asking him whither he was going in such haste? to whom Tender-conscience replied, I am going forward on my journey.'

Carn. Aye, but tarry and eat first, for you have a long way to walk before you will find another house, and therefore it is not convenient for you to go out fasting from hence, lest you faint by the way.

Tender. It is written, "Man lives not by bread aloné, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."

Carn. This is not applicable to your case, you must not expect to be fed by miracles; meat and drink are appointed for the support of our frail bodies, and therefore it is a foolish preciseness to abstain from eating, when you have absoluté need of it.

Tender. Aye, but I have no such absolute need of eating or drinking either, at this time, it being early in the morning; and I have read in a certain book thus: "Woe to thee, O land, when thy princes eat in the morning; but blessed is the land whose princes eat in due season, for refreshment, and not for riotousness."

Carn. Neither is this saying any way applicable to you; for you are not a prince, but a poor pilgrim, and this is spoke altogether of princes.

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Tender. Yes, I am a prince, and am going to take possession of my crown and kingdom; for we are made kings, and princes, and priests unto God, and we shall reign with him for ever;" and therefore cease to persuade me in this manner, or to retard my journey, for I will go on in the strength of the Lord my God,

Carn. Well, since you are so obstinate, that you will not hearken to my counsel in this point, pray be advised to drink, before you go, at yonder vine where you see · the grapes hang so thick and plump.

Tend. No, neither will I drink in this place, for I remember how I drank of the juice of those fatal grapes, and they intoxicated me, so that I committed folly with. Mrs. Wantonness, and slept away my time, when I should have been going forward on my journey; and I believe you have a design upon me to make me drunk again, or else you would not press so hard.

Now, by this time, as they went on talking together, they came to a fountain of water, clear as crystal, and Mrs. Wantonness was bathing herself in the fountain, who, when she saw Tender-conscience going out of the court with her father, ran out of the fountain and embraced him, and prayed him to tarry a while longer: This was a grievous temptation, and he knew not how to resist it,

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