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To her children.
To Mr. Valiant.
thus it must be; and we that survive will accom- delivered from the mouth of Giant Slay-good, that pany you to the river side.
thou mightest live in the light of Then she called for her children, and gave them the living for ever, and see thy King
To Feeble-mind her blessing, and told them, that she with comfort; only I advise thee to repent thee
yet read with comfort the mark that of thine aptness to fear and doubt of his goodness, was set in their foreheads, and was glad to see before he sends for thee; lest thou shouldest, when them with her there, and that they had kept their he comes, be forced to stand before him, for that garments so white. Lastly, she bequeathed to the fault, with blushing. poor that little she had, and commanded her sons Now the day drew on, that Christiana must be and her daughters to be ready against the messen- gone. So the road was full of people to see her ger should come for them.
take her journey. But, behold, all the
Her last day, When she had spoken these words to her guide banks beyond the river were full of and manner of
departure. and to her children, she called for Mr. Valiant-for- horses and chariots, which were come
truth, and said unto him, Sir, you have down from above to accompany her to the city
in all places showed yourself true- gate. So she came forth, and entered the river, hiearted; be faithful unto death,' and my King with a beckon of farewell to those that followed will give you a crown of life.' I would also her to the river side. The last words that she was entreat you to have an eye to my children; and if heard to say here, were, I come, Lord, to be with at any time you see them faint, speak comfortably thee, and bless thee." to them. For my daughters, my sons' wives, they So her children and friends returned to their have been faithful, and a fulfilling of the promise place, for that those that waited for Christiana To Mr. Stand. upon them will be their end. But had carried her out of their sight. So she went
she Mr. Stand-fast a ring. and called, and entered in at the gate with all the Then she called for old Mr. Honest, and said ceremonies of joy that her husband Christian had
of him, “Behold an Israelite indeed, done before her.
in whom is no guile.' Then said he, At her departure her children wept. But Mr. I wish you a fair day, when you set out for Mount Great-heart and Mr. Valiant played upon the wellZion, and shall be glad to see that you go over the tuned cymbal and harp for joy. So all departed river dry-shod. But she answered, Come wet, to their respective places.” come dry, I long to be gone; for, however the In
process of time there came a post to the town weather is in my journey, I shall have time enough again, and his business was with Mr. Ready-towhen I come there to sit down and rest me, and halt. So he inquired him out, and
Ready-to-halt dry me.
said to him, I am come to thee in the Then came in that good man Mr. Ready-to-halt, name of him whoin thou hast loved and followed, To Mr. Ready. to see her. So she said to him, Thy though upon crutches; and my message is to tell
travel hither has been with difficulty; thee, that he expects thee at his table to sup with but that will make thy rest the sweeter. But watch him, in his kingdom, the next day after Easter; and be ready; for at an hour when you think not, wherefore prepare thyself for this journey.3 the messenger may come.
Then he also gave him a token that he was a After him came in Mr. Despondency, and his true messenger, saying, I have broken thy golden
daughter Much-afraid, to whom she bowl, and loosed thy silver cord. Ec. xii. 6. To Despondency and his said, You ought with thankfulness, for After this, Mr. Ready-to-halt called for his fel. daughter.
ever to remember your deliverance low-pilgrims, and told them, saying, I am sent for, from the hands of Giant Despair, and out of and God shall surely visit you also. So he desired Doubting Castle. The effect of that mercy is, that Mr. Valiant to make his will; and because he had you are brought with safety hither. Be ye watch nothing to bequeath to them that should survive
. ful, and cast away fear; 'be sober and hope to him, but his crutches, and his good wishes, therethe end.'
fore thus he said, These crutches I Then she said to Mr. Feeble-mind, Thou wast bequeath to my son that shall tread
To old Honest.
1 This is the faith and patience of this dying Christian 3 Evident decays of natural powers as efi'ectually convince heroine, who began her pilgrimage with trembling steps, the observing person, as if a messenger had been sent to maintained her journey with holy zeal, and thus finished her inform him. But men in general cling to lisc, wilfully overcourse with joy.-(Ivimey.)
look such tokens, and try to keep up to the last the vain hope ? O how blessed is the death of the righteous, who die in of recovering; those around them, by a cruel compassion, the Lord! Even a wicked Balaam could wish for this. But soothe them in the delusion; so that numbcrs die of chronic it will be granted to none but those who have lived in the diseases as suddenly as if they had been shot through the Lord; whose souls have been quickened by his Spirit to come
heart. Perhaps the author had some reference to those unto Jesus, believe in him, and glory of hiin as their righteous inexplicable presages of death which some persons evidently ness and salvation.-(Mason.)
experience.-(Scott.) VOL. III.