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dren to thee, to this village, where there are houses now standing empty, one of which thou mayeft have at a reasonable rate: provifions alfo are there cheap and good; and that which will make thy life more happy is, thou wilt be fure there to live by honest neighbours, in credit and good fashion.
Now was Chriftian fomewhat at a ftand; but prefently concluded; If this be true which this gentleman hath faid, my wifeft courfe is to take his advice; and with that he thus farther fpake.
Chr. Sir, which is my way to this honeft man's house?
World. Do you fee yonder high hill?
Chr. Yes, very well.
World. By that hill you must go, and the first house you come to is his.
So Chriftian turned out of his way, to go to Mr. Legality's house for help: but behold, when he was got now hard-by the hill, it seemed fo high, and also that fide of it which was next the way-fide did hang fo much over, that Chriftian was afraid to venture farther, left the hill fhould fall on his head; wherefore there he ftood ftill, and knew not
1 Chriftian, by the advice of Mr. Worldly Wiseman, sets out for the village of Morality by the way of Mr. Legality's houfe. This is what St. Paul means by falling from grace, Gal. v. 4, "Whosoever of you are justified by the law, ye are fallen from grace."
what to do. Alfo his burden now seemed heavier to him than while he was in his way. There came also flashes of fire out of the hill, which made Chriftian afraid that he fhould be burned: here therefore he did fweat and quake for fear. Now he began to be forry that he had taken Mr. Worldly Wifeman's counfel.
Upon this he faw Evangelift coming to meet him; at the fight of whom he began to blush for shame. So Evangelift drew nearer and nearer; and, coming up to him, looked upon him with a severe and dreadful countenance, and thus began to reason with Christian. What doft thou here, Chriftian? faid he at which words Chriftian knew not what to answer; wherefore he stood speechless before him. Then faid Evangelist farther, Art not thou the man whom I found crying without the walls of the city of Deftruction?
Chr. Yes, dear Sir, I am the man.
Evan. Did not I direct thee the way to the little wicket-gate?
Chr. Yes, dear Sir.
Evan. How is it then that thou art fo quickly turned afide? Thou art now out of the way.
Evangelift meets Chriftian at Mount Sinai, and sharply reproves him for turning out of the way. This is doing the work of an Evangelift, to fhew the danger of Legality, which not only robs the Chriftian of his comforts, but would rob God of his glory.
Chr. I met a gentleman as foon as I had got over the Slough of Defpond, who perfuaded me that I might, in the village before me, find a man who could take off my burden.
Evan. What was he?
Chr. He looked like a gentleman, and talked much to me, and got me at last to yield; fo I came hither: but when I beheld this hill, and how it hangs over the way, I fuddenly made a ftand, left it fhould fall on my head.
Evan. What faid that gentleman to you?
Chr. Why, he asked me whither I was going; and I told him.
Evan. And what faid he then?
Chr. He afked me if I had a family; and I told him but, faid I, I am fo loaded with the burden which is on my back, that I cannot take pleasure in them as formerly.
Evan. What faid he then?
Chr. He bid me with speed get rid of my burden. I told him it was eafe that I fought: and, faid I, I am therefore going to yonder gate, to receive farther direction how I might get to the place of deliverance. So he faid that he would fhew me a better way, and fhorter, and not attended with fo many difficulties, as the way, Sir, that you fet me in. The way, said he, which I will direct you, leads to a gentleman's house who has skill to take off these burdens: fo I believed him, and turned