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day of our departure, for ever ; for I know that after my death they will offer themselves to others. For, to be plain with you, they are ghosts, the which we entertained when we first began to be pilgrims, and could never shake them off after: and they will walk about, and seek entertainment of the pilgrims; but for our sakes shut ye the doors upon them. When the time was come for them to depart, they

went to the brink of the river. The last His last words.

words of Mr. Despondency were, Fare

well night; welcome day! His daughter went through the river singing, but none could understand what she said. Then it came to pass, a while after, that there was a

post in the town that inquired for Mr. Mr. Honest

Honest. So he came to his house where summoned.

he was, and delivered to his hand these lines : Thou art commanded to be ready against this day seven-night, to present thyself before thy Lord, at his Father's house. And for a token that my message is true,

All thy daughters of music shall be brought low" (Eccles. xii. 4). Then Mr. Honest called for his

friends, and said unto them, I die, but He makes no

shall make no will. As for my honesty, will.

it shall go with me; let him that comes after be told of this. When the day that he was to be gone was come, he addressed himself to go over the river. Now the river at that time overflowed the Good-consci

banks in some places; but Mr. Honest ence helps Mr.

in his life-time had spoken to one GoodHonest

conscience to meet him there, the which the river.

he also did, and lent him his hand, and so helped him over. The last words of Mr. Honest

were, Grace reigns! So he left the world. Mr. Valiant

After this it was noised abroad that summoned.

Mr. Valiant-for-truth was taken with a summons by the same post as the other, and had this

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for a token that the summons was true, That his pitcher was broken at the fountain” (Eccles. xii. 6). When he understood it, he called for his friends, and told them of it. Then said he, I am going to my Father's ; and though with great difficulty I am got hither, yet now I do not repent me of all the trouble I have been at to arrive where I am. My sword I give to him that shall succeed me in my pil

His will. grimage ; and my courage and skill to him that can get it. My marks and scars I me, to be a witness for me that I have fought His battles who now will be my rewarder. When the day that he must go hence was come, many accompanied him to the river side, into which as he went he said, “Death, where is thy sting ?” And as

His last he went down deeper, he said, Grave,

words. where is thy victory ?” So he passed over, and all the trumpets sounded for him on the other side.

Then there came forth a summons for Mr. Stand-fast (this Mr. Stand-fast was he that the rest

Mr. Stand of the pilgrims found upon his knees in fast is sum.

moned. the Enchanted Ground), for the post brought it him open in his hands. The contents whereof were, that he must prepare for a change of life, for his Master was not willing that he should be so far from him any longer. At this Mr. Stand-fast was put into a muse. Nay, said the messenger, you need not doubt the truth of my message, for here is a token of the truth thereof: “Thy wheel is broken at He calls for the cistern” (Eccles. xii. 6). Then he Mr. Great

heart. called unto him Mr. Great-heart, who was their guide, and said unto him, Sir, although it was not my hap to be much in your good

His specch to company in the days of my pilgrimage,

him. yet, since the time I knew you, you have been profitable to me. When I came from home, I left

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behind me a wife and five small children ; let me entreat you, at your return (for I know that you will go, and return to your Master's house, in hopes that you may yet be a conductor to more of the holy pilgrims),

that you send to my family, and let them His errand to his family.

be acquainted with all that hath and

shall happen unto me. Tell them, moreover, of my happy arrival to this place, and of the present (and) late blessed condition I am in. Tell them also of Christian, and Christiana his wife, and how she and her children came after her husband. Tell them also what a happy end she made, and whither she is gone. I have little or nothing to send to my family, except it be prayers and tears for them ; of which it will suffice if thou acquaint them, if peradventure they may prevail.

When Mr. Stand-fast had thus set things in order, and the time being come for him to haste him away, he also went down to the river. Now there was a great calm at that time in the river; wherefore Mr. Stand-fast, when he was about half way in, stood a while, and talked to

his companions that had waited upon His last

him thither. And he said, This river words.

has been a terror to many; yea, the thoughts of it also have often frightened me. Now methinks I stand easy; my foot is fixed upon that upon which the feet of the priests that bare the ark of the covenant stood, while Israel went over this Jordan (Josh. iii. 17). The waters, indeed, are to the palate bitter, and to the stomach cold; yet the thoughts of what I am going to, and of the conduct that waits for me on the other side, doth lie as a glowing coal at my heart. I see myself now at the end of my journey; my toilsome days are ended. I am going now to see that head which was crowned with thorns, and that face that was spit upon for me. I have formerly lived by hearsay and faith ; but now I go where I shall live by sight, A Glorious Sight.

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and shall be with Him in whose company I delight myself. I have loved to hear my Lord spoken of ; and wherever I have seen the print of his shoe in the earth, there I have coveted to set my foot too. His name has been to me a civet-box; yea, sweeter than all perfumes. His voice to me has been most sweet; and his countenance I have more desired than they that have most desired the light of the sun. His word I did use to gather for my food, and for antidotes against my faintings. He has held me, and hath kept me from mine iniquities ; yea, my steps have been strengthened in

his way.

Now, while he was thus in discourse, his countenance changed ; his strong man bowed under him: and after he had said, Take me, for I come unto thee, he ceased to be seen of them.

But glorious it was to see how the open region was filled with horses and chariots, with trumpeters and pipers, with singers and players on stringed instruments, to welcome the pilgrims, as they went up, and followed one another in at the beautiful gate of the city.

As for Christian's children, the four boys that Christiana brought with her, with their wives and children, I did not stay where I was till they were gone over. Also, since I came away, I heard one say that they were yet alive, and so would be for the increase of the Church in that place where they were, for a time.

Shall it be my lot to go that way again, I may give those that desire it an account of what I here am silent about. Meantime, I bid my reader

ADIEU.

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