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EVANGELIST DIRECTS THE PILGRIM.

they would quite neglect him. not whither to go. Then he gave Wherefore he began to retire him- him a parchment roll,

Conviction of self to his chamber, to pray for and and there was written the necessity of pity them, and also to condole his within,

Fly from fleeing. own misery; he would also walk the wrath to come,” Matt. iii. 7. solitarily in the fields, sometimes The man therefore read it, and, reading, and sometimes praying : looking upon Evangelist very careand thus for some days he spent fully, said, Whither must I fly? his time.

Then said Evangelist (pointing with Now I saw, upon a time, when he his finger over a wide field), Do you was walking in the fields, that he see yonder wicket-gate? Matt. vii. was (as he was wont) reading in his 13, 14. The man said, No. Then book, and greatly distressed in his said the other, Do you Christ and the mind; and as he read, he burst see yonder shining way to him can.

not be found out as he had done before, crying, light? Psa. cxix. 105; without the “What shall I do to be saved ?!' | 2 Pet. i. 19. He said, word. Acts xvi. 30, 31.

I think I do. Then said Evangelist, I saw also that he looked this Keep that light in your eye, and go way, and that way, as if he would up directly thereto, so shalt thou run; yet he stood still, because (as see the gate; at which, when thou I perceived) he could not tell which knockest, it shall be told thee what way to go. I looked then, and saw thou shalt do. So I saw in my a man named Evangelist coming to dream that the man began to run him, and asked, Wherefore dost Now he had not run far from his thou cry?

own door, when his wife and chilHe answered, Sir, I perceive, by dren, perceiving it, began to cry the book in my hand, that I am after bim to return; but the man condemned to die, and after that put his fingers in his ears, and ran to come to judgment, Heb. ix. 27; on, crying, Life ! life ! eternal life! and I find that I am not willing Luke xiv. 26. So he looked not beto do the first, Job xvi. 21, 22, hind him, Gen. xix. 17, but filed tonor able to do the second, Ezek. wards the middle of the plain. xxii. 14.

The neighbours also came out to Then said Evangelist, Why not see him run, Jer. xx. 10; and as willing to die, since this life is at- he ran some mocked, others threattended with so many evils? The ened, and some cried They that flee man answered, Because I fear that after him to return; from the wrath this burden that is upon my back and among those that gazing-stock to will sink me lower than the grave, did so, there were two the world. and I shall fall into Tophet, Isa. that resolved to fetch him back by xxx. 33. And, sir, if I be not fit to force. The name of the one was go to prison, I am not fit to go to Obstinate, and the name of the other judgment, and from thence to exe- Pliable. Now by this time the man cution; and the thoughts of these was got a good distance from them; things make me cry.

but however they were resolved to Then said Evangelist, If this be pursue him, which they did, and thy condition, why standest thou in a little time they overtook him, still? He answered, Because I know Then said the man, Neighbours,

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HIS DIALOGUE WITH OBSTINATE AND PLIABLE.

7 wherefore are ye come? They said, PlI. Then said Pliable, Don't reTo persuade you to go back with us. vile; if what the good Christian says But he said, That can by no means is true, the things he looks after are be: you dwell, said he, in the city better than ours: my heart inclines of Destruction, the place also where to go with my neighbour. I was born : I see it to be so; and OBST. What! more fools still ! Be dying there, sooner or later you will ruled by me and go back; who sink lower than the grave, into a knows whither such a brain-sick place that burns with fire and brim- fellow will lead you? Go back, go stone: be content, good neighbours, back, and be wise. and go along with me!

CAR. Come with me, neigbour OBST. What! said Obstinate, and Pliable; there are such leave our friends and our comforts things to be had which obstinate pull behind us!

I spoke of, and

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Pliable's CHR. Yes, said Christian (for that more glories besides. was his name) because that all is If you believe not me, read here in not worthy to be compared with a this book; and for the truth of what little of that I am seeking to enjoy, is expressed therein, behold, all is 2 Cor. iv. 18; and if you will go confirmed by the blood of Him that along with me, and hold it, you made it, Heb. ix. 17-21, shall fare as I myself; for there, Pui. Well, neighbour Obstinate, where I go, is enough and to spare, said Pliable, I begin to come to a Luke xv. 17. Come away, and prove point; I intend to go along with this my words.

good man, and to cast in my lot with OBST. What are the things you him: but, my good companion, do seek, since you leave all the world you know the way to this desired to find them?

place? CHR. I seek an inheritance incor- CHR. I am directed by a man, ruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth whose name is Evangelist, to speed not away, 1 Pet. i. 4; and it is laid me to a little gate that is before us, up in heaven, and safe there, Heb. where we shall receive instruction xi. 16, to be bestowed, at the time about the way. appointed, on them that diligently Pli. Come then, good neighbour, seek it. Rend it so, if you will, in let us be going. Then they went

I both together. OBST. Tush, said Obstinate, away OBST. And I will go back to my with your book; will you go back place, said Obstinate: I will be no with us or no?

companion of such misled, fantas. CHR. No, not I, said the other, tical fellows. because I have laid my hand to the Now I saw in my dream, that plough, Luke ix. 62.

when Obstinate was gone back, OBST. Come then, neighbour Pli- Christian and Pliable went talking able, let us turn again, and go home over the plain; and thus they bewithout him: there is a company gan their discourse. of these crazy-headed coxcombs, CHR. Come, neighbour Pliable, that when they take a fancy by the bow do you do? I am glad you are end, are wiser in their own eyesthan persuaded to go along with me. seven men that can render a reason. Had even Obstinate himself but felt

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DIALOGUE BETWEEN CHRISTIAN AND PLIABLE. what I have felt of the powers and sands that have gone before us to terrors of what is yet unseen, he that place; none of them are hurtwould not thus lightly have given ful, but loving and holy; every one us the back.

walking in the sight of God, and Pli. Come, neighbour Christian, standing in his presence with acsince there are none but us two ceptance for ever. In a word, there here, tell me now further, what the we shall see the elders with their things are, and how to be enjoyed, golden crowns, Rev. iv. 4; there we whither we are going.

shall see the holy virgins with their CHR. I can better conceive of golden harps, Rev. xiv. 1-5; there God's things them with my mind we shall see men, that by the world unspeakable.

than speak of them were cut in pieces, burnt in flames, with my tongue : but yet, since you eaten of beasts, drowned in the are desirous to know, I will read of seas, for the love they bare to the them in my book.

Lord of the place, John xii. 25; all Pli. And do you think that the well, and clothed with immortality words of your book are certainly as with a garment, 2 Cor. v. 2, 3, 5. true?

Pli. The hearing of this is enough CHR. Yes, verily; for it was made to ravish one's heart. But are these by Him that cannot lie, Tit. i. 2. things to be enjoyed ? How shall

Pli. Well said; what things are we get to be sharers thereof? they?

CHR. The Lord, the governor of CHR. There is an endless king the country, hath recorded that in dom to be inhabited, and everlast- this book, Isa. lv. 1, 2; John vi. 37; ing life to be given us, that we may vii. 37; Rev. xxi. 6; xxii. 17; the inhabit that kingdom for ever, Isa. substance of which is, If we be xlv. 17; John x. 27-29.

truly willing to have it, he will bePli. Well said; and what else? stow it upon us freely.

CHR. There are crowns of glory to Pli. Well, my good companion, be giverrus; and garments that will glad am I to hear of these things: make us shine like the sun in the come on, let us mend our pace. firmament of heaven, 2 Tim. iv. 8; CÁR. I cannot go so fast as I Rev. xxii. 5; Matt. xiii. 43. would, by reason of this burden

Pli. This is excellent; and what that is on my back. else?

Now I saw in my dream, that just CHR. There shall be no more cry- as they had ended this talk, they ing, nor sorrow: for He that is drew nigh to a very miry slough owner of the place will wipe all that was in the midst of the plain; tears from our eyes, Isa, xxv. 8; and they being heedless, did both Rev. vii. 16, 17; xxi. 4.

fall suddenly into the bog. The Pli. And what company shall we name of the slough was Despond. have there?

Here, therefore, they wallowed for CHR. There we shall be with sera- a time, being grievously bedaubed phims and cherubims, Isa. vi. 2; with the dirt; and Christian, be1 Thess. iv. 16, 17; Rev. v. 11; crea-cause of the burden that was on his tures that will dazzle your eyes to back, began to sink in the mire. look on them. There also you shall Pli. Then said Pliable, Ah, neighmeet with thousands and ten thou- bour Christian, where are you now?

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CHRISTIAN ASSISTED BY HELP.

9 CHR. Truly, said Christian, I do the way from the city of Destrucnot know.

tion to yonder gate, is it that this Pli. At this Pliable began to be plat is not mended, that poor traoffended, and angrily said to his fel- vellers might go thither with more low, Is this the happiness you have security? And he said unto me, told me all this while of ? If we have This miry slough is such a place as such ill speed at our first setting cannot be mended, it is the descent out, what may we expect between whither the scum and filth that atthis and our journey's end? May I tend conviction for sin doth contiget out again with my life, you shall nually run, and therefore it is called possess the brave country alone for the Slough of Despond; for still as It is not enough me. And with that he the sinner is awakened about his to be pliable. gavea desperate strug-lost condition, there arise in his soul gle or two, and got out of the mire many fears, and doubts and discouon that side of the slough which was raging apprehensions, which all of next to his own house : so away he them get together, and settle in went, and Christian saw him no this place. And this is the reason more.

of the badness of this ground. Wherefore Christian was left to It is not the pleasure of the King tumble in the Slough of Despond that this place should remain so bad, alone: but still he endeavoured to Isa. Xxxv. 3, 4. His labourers also struggle to that side of the slough have, by the direction of his Mawhich was farthest from his own jesty's surveyors, been for above house, and next to the wicket-gate; these sixteen hundred years emthe which he did, but could not get ployed about this patch of ground, out because of the burden that was if perhaps it might have been mendupon his back: but I beheld in my ed: yea, and to my knowledge, said dream, that a man came to him he, here have been swallowed up whose name was Help, and asked at least twenty thousand cart-loads, him, What he did there?

yea, millions, of wholesome instrucCHR. Sir, said Christian, I was tions, that have at all seasons been bid to go this way by a man called brought from all places of the King's Evangelist, who directed me also to dominions, (and they that can tell, yonder gate, that I might escape say, they are the best materials to the wrath to come. And as I was make good ground of the place,) if going there I fell in here.

so be it might have been mended; But why did not you but it is the Slough of Despond still, The promises.

look for the steps ? and so will be when they have done CHR. Fear followed me so hard, what they can. that I fled the next way, and fell in. True, there are, by the direction HELP. Then said he, Give me of the Lawgiver, cer

The promise thine hand: so he gave him his tain good and sub

of forgiveness hand, and he drew him out, Psa. stantial steps, placed and acceptance xl. 2, and set him upon sound even through the very in Christ.

to life by faith ground, and bid him go on his way. midst of this slough;

Then I stepped to him that but at such time as this place doth plucked him out, and said, Sir, much spew out its filth, as it doth wherefore, since over this place is against change of weather, these

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CHRISTIAN MEETS MR. WORLDLY WISEMAN. steps are hardly seen; or if they ing his sighs and groans, and the bc, men, through the dizziness of like, began thus to enter into some their heads, step beside, and then talk with Christian. they are bemired to purpose, not- WORLD. How now, good fellow, withstanding the steps be there, whither away after this burdened but the ground is good when they manner? are once got in at the gate, 1 Sam. CHR. A burdened manner, inxii. 23.

deed, as ever I think poor creature Now I saw in my dream, that by had! And whereas you ask me, this time Pliable was got home to Whither away? I tell you, sir, I am his house. So his neighbours came going to yonder wicket-gate before to visit him; and some of them me; for there, as I am informed, I called him wise, man for coming shall be put into a way to be rid of back, and some called him fool for my heavy burden. hazarding himself with Christian : WORLD. Hast thou a wife and others again did mock at his cow- children? ardliness; saying, Surely, since you CHR. Yes; but I am so laden with began to venture, I would not have this burden, that I cannot take that been so base to have given out for pleasure in them as formerly: mea few difficulties : so Pliable sat thinks I am as if I had none, 1 Cor. sneaking among them. But at last vii. 29. he got more confidence, and then WORLD. Wilt thou hearken to me they all turned their tales, and be- if I give thee counsel ? gan to deride poor Christian behind CHR. If it be good, I will; for I his back. And thus much concern- stand in need of good counsel. ing Pliable.

WORLD. I would advise thee then, Now as Christian was walking that thou with all speed get thyself solitarily by himself, he espied one rid of thy burden; for thou wilt afar off, come crossing over the field never be settled in thy mind till to meet him; and their hap was to then : nor canst thou enjoy the bemeet just as they were crossing the nefits of the blessings which God way of each other. The gentleman's hath bestowed upon thee, till then. name that met him was Mr. World- CHR. That is that which I seek ly Wiseman: he dwelt in the town for, even to be rid of this heavy of Carnal Policy, a very great town, burden: but get it off myself I can. and also hard-by from whence Chris- not; nor is there any man in our tian came. This man, then, meet-country that can take it off my ing with Christian, and having some shoulders; therefore am I going inkling* of him (for Christian's set- this way, as I told you, that I may ting forth from the city of Destruc-be rid of my burden. tion was much noised abroad, not WORLD. Who bid thee way only in the town where he dweit, to be rid of thy burden? but also it began to be the town CHR. A man that appeared to me talk in some other places),-Mr. to be a very great and honourable Worldly Wiseman, therefore, hav- person: his name, as I remember, ing some guess of him, by behold- is Evangelist. ing his laborious going, by observ- WORLD. I beshrew* him for his * Sught knowledge.

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