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within Fly from the wrath to come, Mat. iii. 17.

The man therefore read it; and, looking upon Evangelift very carefully, faid, Whither muft I y? Then faid Evangelift, pointing with his finger over a very wide field, Do you fee yonder wicket-gate? Mat. vii. 13. The man faid, No; Then faid the other, Do you fee Chrift, and the yonder fhining light? Pfalm cxix.

105. 2 Pet. i. 19. He faid, I way to him, think I do. Then faid Evangelift, cannot be eep that light in your eye, and the word.

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thou fee the gate; at which, when thou knockeft, it shall be told thee what thou shalt do. So I faw in my dream that the man began to run. Now he had not run far from his own door, but his wife and children perceiving it, began to cry after him to return; but the man put his fingers into his ears, (Luke xiv. 29.) and ran on, crying, Life! life! eternal life! So he looked not behind him, but fled towards the middle of the plain, Gen. xix. 17.

The neighbours alfo came out to see him run, and as he ran, fome mocked, others threatened, and fome cried after him to return; and among thofe that did fo, there were two that were refolved to fetch him back by force. The name of the one was Obftinate, and the name of the other Pliable. Now by this time the man was got a good distance from them; but however, they were refolved to purfue him, which they did, and in a little time they overtook him. Then faid the man, Neighbours wherefore are ye come? T faid, To perfuade you to go back with us;

he faid, That can by no means be: You dwell (faid he) in the city of deftruction, (the place alfo where I was born); I fee it to be fo; and dying there, fooner or later, you will fink lower than the grave, into a place that burns with fire and brimftone. Be content, good neighbours, and go along with me.

What, faid Obstinate, and leave our friends and our comforts behind us!

Yes, faid Chriftian, (for that was his name), because that all which you fhall forfake, is not worthy to be compared with a little of that which I am feeking to enjoy: (2 Cor. iv. 18.) and if you will go along with me, and hold it, you fhall fare as I myself; for where I go, there is enough and to fpare, Luke xv. 17. Come away and prove my words.

Obf. What are the things you féek, fince you leave all the world to find them.

Chr. I feek an inheritance, incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away, 2 Pet. i. 4. Heb. xi. 16. And it is laid up in heaven and safe there, to be beflored at the time appointed, on them that diligently feek it: Read it fo, if you will, in my book.

Obst, Tush, faid Obftinate, away with your book: Will you go back with us, or no?

Chr. No, not I, faid the other; because I have put my hand to the plough, Luke ix. 63.

Gbfi. Come, then, neighbour Pliable, let us turn again, and go home without him. There is a company of these crazy-headed coxcombs that when they take a fancy by the end, are wiser in their own eyes than feven men that can ren

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Pli. Then faid Pliable, do not revile; if what the good Chriftian fays, is true, the things he looks after are better than ours; my heart inclines to go with my neighbour.

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Ohst. What! more fools ftill? be ruled by me, and go back; who knows whither fuch a brainfick fellow will lead you? Go back, go back and be wife.

Chr. Nay, but do thou come with thy neighbour Pliable; there are fuch things to be had which I fpoke of, and many more glories befides; if you believe not me, read here in this book, and for the truth of what is expreffed therein, behold all is confirmed by the blood of him that made it, Heb. ix. 17, 18, 19, 20, 22.

Pli. Well, neighbour Obftinate, (faid Pliable) I begin to come to a point, I intend to go along with this good man, and to caft in my lot with him; but, my good companion, do you know the way to this defired place?

Chr. I am directed by a man whose name is Evangelif, to fpeed me to a little gate that is before us, where we shall receive inftructions a❤ bout the way.

Pli. Come then, good neighbour, let us be going then they went both together.

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Objl. And I will go back to my place, faid Obftinate: I will be no companion of fuch mifled fantaftical fellows.

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Now I faw in my dream, that when Obltinate was gone back, Christian and Pliable went talking over the plain; and thus they began their difcourfe.

Chr. Come, neighbour Pliable, how do

do? I am glad you are perfuaded to go along with me; had even Obftinate himself but felt what I have felt, of the powers and terrors of what is yet unfeen, he would not thus lightly have given us the back.

Pli. Come, neighbour Christian, fince there are none but us two here, tell me now farther what the things are, and how to be enjoyed, where we are going. Chr. I can better conceive of them with my mind than speak of them with my tongue: but yet fince you are defirous to know, I will read of

God's things

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them in my book.

Pli. And do you think that the words of your book are certainly true?

Chr. Yea, verily, for it was made by him that cannot lie, Titus i. 2.

Pli. Well faid, what things are they?

Chr. There is an endless kingdom to be inhabited, and everlafting life to be given us, that we may inhabit that kingdom for ever, lfa. xiv 17. John x. 27, 28, 29.

Pli. Well faid, and what elfe?

Chr. There are crowns of glory to be given us; and garments that will make us fhine like the fun in the firmament of heaven, 2 Tim. iv. 8. Rev, xxii. 5. Mat. xiii. 43.

Pli. This is very pleasant, and what else?

Chr. There fhall be no more crying nor forrow; for he that is owner of the place will wipe all tears from our eyes, Ifa. xv. 8. Rev. vii. 16, 17, and xxi. 4.

Pli. And what company shall we have there?

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Chr. There we fhall be with feraphims and tcherubims, creatures that will dazzle our eyes of to look on them: (Ifa. vi. 2. 1 Theff. iv. 16, 17. ly Rev. v. 11.) there alfo we fhall meet with

thousands, and ten thousands that have gone re before us to that place; none of them are hurtful, but loving and holy, every one walking in the fight of God, and standing in his prefence with acceptance for ever: In a word, there we fhall fee the elders with their golden crowns; there we shall see the holy virgins with their golden harps; there we shall fee men that by the world were cut in pieces, burnt in flames, eaten of beafts, drowned in the feas, for the love that they bare to the Lord of the place; all well, and clothed with immortality as with a garment, Rev. iv. 4. chap. xiv. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. John xii. 25. 2 Cor v. 2, 3, 5.

Pli. The hearing of this is enough to ravish one's heart; but are these things to be enjoyed? How fhall we get to be sharers thereof?

Chr. The Lord, the governor of the country, hath recorded that in this book; the substance of which is, if we be truly willing to have it, he will beflow it upon us freely, Ifa. lv. 1, 2. John vii. 37. and vi. 37. Rev. xxi. 6. and xxii. 17.

Pli. Well, my good companion, glad am I to hear of these things; come on, let us mend our pace.

Chr. I cannot go fo fast as I would, by reason of this burden that is on my back.

Now I faw in my dream, that just as they had ended this talk, they drew nigh to a very mi

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