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with which David slew Goliath of Gath; CHR. Well, said Christian, good porter, and the sword also with which their Lord the Lord be with thee, and add to all thy will kill the man of sin, in the day that he blessings much increase, for the kindness shall rise up to the prey. They showed that thou hast showed to me. him besides many excellent things, with Then he began to go forward, but Diswhich Christian was much delighted. cretion, Piety, Charity, and Prudence This done, they went to their rest again. would accompany him down to the foot
Then I saw in my dream, that on the of the hill. So they went on together, morrow he got up to go forwards, but they reiterating their former discourses tiil they desired him to stay till the next day also; came to go down the hill. Then said and then, said they, we will, if the day be Christian, As it was difficult coming up, clear, show you the Delectable Mountains, so (so far as I can see) it is dangerous which, they said, would yet further add going down. Yes, said Prudence, so it is; to his comfort, because they were nearer for it is a hard matter for a man to go the desired haven than the place where at down into the Valley of Humiliation, present he was: so he consented and as thou art now, and to catch no slip by stayed. When the morning was up, they the way; therefore, said they, are we had him to the top of the house, and bid come out to accompany thee down the him look south; so he did; and behold, hill. So he began to go down, but very
. at a great distance he saw a most pleasant warily, yet he caught a slip or two. mountainous country, beautified with Then I saw in my dream, that these good woods, vineyards, fruits of all sorts, companions, when Christian was gone flowers also, with springs and fountains, down to the bottom of the hill, gave him very delectable to behold. Then he asked a loaf of bread, a bottle of wine, and a the name of the country: they said it was cluster of raisins; and then he went on his Immanuel's Land; and it is as common, way. said they, as this hill is, to and for all the But now in this Valley of Humiliation pilgrims. And when thou comest there, poor Christian was hard put to it, for he from thence thou mayest see to the gate
had gone but a little way before he espied of the Celestial City, as the shepherds that a foul fiend coming over the field to meet live there will make appear.
him; his name is Apollyon. Then did Now he bethought himself of setting Christian begin to be afraid, and to cast forward, and they were willing he should. in his mind whether to go back, or to stand But first, said they, let us go into the his ground. But he considered again, that armory. So they did; and when he came he had no armour for his back, and therethere, they harnessed him from head to fore thought that to turn the back to him, foot, with what was of proof, lest perhaps might give him greater advantage with he should meet with assaults in the way. ease to pierce him with his darts; thereHe being therefore thus accoutred walketh fore he resolved to venture, and stand his out with his friends to the gate, and there ground. For, thought he, had I no more he asked the porter if he saw any pilgrims in mine eye than the saving of my life, pass by. Then the porter answered, 'twould be the best way to stand. Yes.
So he went on, and Apollyon met him. CHR. Pray did you know him? said he. Now the monster was hideous to behold:
POR. I asked his name, and he told me he was clothed with scales like a fish (and it was Faithful.
they are his pride); he had wings like a CHR. Oh, said Christian, I know him; dragon, feet like a bear, and out of his he is my townsman, my near neighbour, he belly came fire and smoke; and his mouth comes from the place where I was born: was as the mouth of a lion. When he was how far do you think he may be before? come up to Christian, he beheld him with POR. He is got by this time below the a disdainful countenance, and thus began
to question with him :
APOL. Whence come you? and whither me further, I am his servant, and I will are you bound?
follow him. CHR. I am come from the City of De- APOL. Consider again when thou art struction, which is the place of all evil, and in cold blood, what thou art like to meet am going to the City of Zion.
with in the way that thou goest. Thou APOL. By this I perceive thou art one knowest that for the most part, his servants of my subjects, for all that country is come to an ill end, because they are transmine; and I am the prince and god of it. gressors against me and my ways. How How is it then that thou hast run away many of them have been put to shameful from thy king? Were it not that I hope deaths! and besides, thou countest his thou mayest do me more service, I would service better than mine, whereas he never strike thee now at one blow to the ground. came yet from the place where he is, to
CHR. I was born indeed in your domin- deliver any that served him out of our ions, but your service was hard, and your hands; but as for me, how many times, wages such as a man could not live on, as all the world very well knows, have I "for the wages of sin is death”; therefore delivered, either by power or fraud, those when I was come to years, I did as other that have faithfully served me, from him considerate persons do, look out, if perhaps and his, though taken by them, and so I I might mend myself.
will deliver thee. APOL. There is no prince that will thus CHR. His forbearing at present to lightly lose his subjects, neither will I as deliver them is on purpose to try their love, yet lose thee: but since thou complainest whether they will cleave to him to the end : of thy service and wages, be content to go and as for the ill end thou sayest they back; what our country will afford, I do come to, that is most glorious in their here promise to give thee.
account: For for present deliverance, Chr. But I have let myself to another, they do not much expect it; for they stay even to the King of princes, and how can I for their glory, and then they shall have it, with fairness go back with thee?
when their Prince comes in his, and the APOL. Thou hast done in this, accord- glory of the angels. ing to the proverb, changed a bad for a APOL. Thou hast already been unfaithworse; but it is ordinary for those who ful in thy service to him, and how dost have professed themselves his servants, thou think to receive wages of him? after a while to give him the slip, and CHR. Wherein, o Apollyon, have I return again to me. Do thou so too, and been unfaithful to him? all shall be well.
APOL. Thou didst faint at first setting CHR. I have given him my faith, and out, when thou wast almost choked in sworn my allegiance to him; how then the Gulf of Despond; thou didst attempt can I go back from this, and not be hanged wrong ways to be rid of thy burden, as a traitor?
whereas thou shouldest have stayed till APOL. Thou didst the same to me, and thy Prince had taken it off; thou didst yet I am willing to pass by all, if now thou sinfully sleep and lose thy choice thing; wilt yet turn again and go back.
thou wast also almost persuaded to go Chr. What I promised thee was in my back at the sight of the lions; and when nonage; and besides, I count that the thou talkest of thy journey, and of what Prince under whose banner now I stand, thou hast heard and seen, thou art inis able to absolve me; yea, and to pardon wardly desirous of vain glory in all that also what I did as to my compliance with thou sayest or doest. thee: and besides (0 thou destroying Chr. All this is true, and much more, Apollyon), to speak truth, I like his service, which thou hast left out; but the Prince his wages, his servants, his government, whom I serve and honour is merciful, and his company, and country better than ready to forgive; but besides, these inthine; and therefore leave off to persuade firmities possessed me in thy country, for
there I sucked them in, and I have groaned that had received his mortal wound. under them, been sorry for them, and have Christian perceiving that, made at him obtained pardon of my Prince.
again, saying, "Nay, in all these things we APOL. Then Apollyon broke out into a are more than conquerors.” And with grievous rage, saying, I am an enemy to that Apollyon spread forth his dragon's this Prince; I hate his person, his laws, wings, and sped him away, that Christian I
, and people; I am come out on purpose to
saw him no more. withstand thee.
In this combat no man can imagine, Chr. Apollyon, beware what you do, unless he had seen and heard as I did, what
I for I am in the King's highway, the way yelling, and hideous roaring Apollyon of holiness, therefore take heed to yourself. made all the time of the fight, - he spake
APOL. Then Apollyon straddled quite like a dragon; and on the other side, what over the whole breadth of the way, and sighs and groans burst from Christian's said, I am void of fear in this matter, heart. I never saw him all the while give prepare thyself to die; for I swear by my him so much as one pleasant look, till he infernal den thou shalt go no further; perceived he had wounded Apollyon with here will I spill thy soul.
his two-edged sword; then indeed he did And with that he threw a flaming dart smile, and look upward; but 'twas the at his breast, but Christian had a shield in dreadfullest sight that ever I saw. his hand, with which he caught it, and so So when the battle was over, Christian prevented the danger of that.
said, I will here give thanks to him that Then did Christian draw, for he saw hath delivered me out of the mouth of the 'twas time to bestir him; and Apollyon as lion; to him that did help me against fast made at him, throwing darts as thick Apollyon: and so he did, saying -
as hail; by the which, notwithstanding all that Christian could do to avoid it,
Great Beelzebub, the captain of this fiend, Apollyon wounded him in his head, his
Design'd my ruin; therefore to this end
He sent him harness'd out, and he with rage hand, and foot. This made Christian give
That hellish was, did fiercely me engage: a little back; Apollyon, therefore, followed
But blessed Michael helped me, and I, his work amain, and Christian again took
By dint of sword, did quickly make him fly; courage, and resisted as manfully as he
Therefore to him let me give lasting praise, could. This sore combat lasted for above
And thank and bless his holy name always. half a day, even till Christian was almost quite spent. For you must know that
Then there came to him a hand, with Christian, by reason of his wounds, must some of the leaves of the tree of life, the needs grow weaker and weaker.
which Christian took, and applied to the Then Apollyon, espying his opportunity, wounds that he had received in the battle, began to gather up close to Christian, and and was healed immediately. He also sat wrestling with him, gave him a dreadful
down in that place to eat bread, and to fall; and with that Christian's sword flew drink of the bottle that was given him a out of his hand. Then said Apollyon, I little before; so being refreshed, he adam sure of thee now! and with that, he dressed himself to his journey, with his had almost pressed him to death, so that sword drawn in his hand, for he said, I Christian began to despair of life. But know not but some other enemy may be at as God would have it, while Apollyon hand. But he met with no other affront was fetching of his last blow, thereby to from Apollyon, quite through this valley. make a full end of this good man, Christian nimbly reached out his hand for his sword,
CHRISTIAN AND MR. BY-ENDS and caught it, saying, “Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy! when I fall, I shall
From THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS arise"; and with that gave him a deadly Now I saw in my dream, that Christian thrust, which made him give back, as one went not forth alone, for there was one