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THE BY-WAY TO HELL. MOUNT CLEAR.

thought that they heard there a rumbling noise, as of fire, and a cry of some tormented; and that they smelt the scent of brimstone. Then said CHRISTIAN, What means this? The shepherds told them, This is a by-way to hell, a way that hypocrites go in at; namely, such as sell their birth-right, with Esau; such as sell their Master, with JUDAS; such as blaspheme the gospel, with ALEXANDER ; and that lie and dissemble, with ANANIAS, and SAPPHIRA his wife.

'Then said HOPEFUL to the shepherds, I perceive that these had on thein, even every one, a show of pilgrimage, as we have now, had they not?

SHEP. Yea, and held it a long time too.

Hope. How far might they go on in pilgrimage in their days, since they notwithstanding were thus miserably cast away?

SHEP. Some further, and some not so far as these mountains.

Then said the pilgrims one to another, We had need to cry to the strong for strength. SHEP. Ay, and you

will have need to use it when you have it, too.

By this time the pilgrims had a desire to go forwards, and the shepherds a desire they should; so they walked together towards the end of the mountains. Then said the shepherds one to another, Let us here show the pilgrims the gates of the celestial city, if they have skill to look through our prospective glass. The pilgrims then lovingly accepted the motion : so they had them to the top of an high hill, called CLEAR, and

gave them the glass to look.

IGNORANCE, FROM THE COUNTRY OF CONCEIT.

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Then they essayed to look, but the remembrance of that last thing that the shepherds had showed them made their hands shake; by means of which impediment they could not look steadily through the glass; yet thought they saw something like the gate, and also some of the glory of the place. Then they went away

and sang

this song:

• Thus by the shepherds secrets are reveal'd,
Which from all other men are kept conceald:
Come to the shepherds then, if you would see
Things deep, things hid, and that mysterious be.'

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When they were about to depart one of the shepherds gave them a note of the way. Another of them bid them beware of the flatterer. The third bid them take heed that they sleep not upon the enchanted ground. And the fourth bid them good speed. So I awoke from my dream.

And I slept and dreamed again, and saw the same two pilgrims going down the mountains along the highway towards the city. Now a little below these mountains on the left hand lieth the country of Concert from which country there comes into the way in which the pilgrims walked a little crooked lane. Here therefore they met with a very brisk lad that came out of that country, and his name was IGNORANCE. So CHRISTIAN asked him from what parts he came, and whither he was going?

Ignor. Sir, I was born in the country that lieth off there a little on the left hand, and am going to the. celestial city.

CHRISTIAN'S CONVERSATION WITH HIM.

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pray, fast,

Chr. But how do you think to get in at the gate? for you may

find some difficulties there. As other good people do, said he.

Chr. But what have you to show at that gate that may cause that gate to be opened to you?

IGNOR. I know my Lord's will, and have been a good liver ; I pay, every man his

own ;

I pay tithes, and give alms, and have left my country for whither I am going.

Chr. But thou camest not in at the WICKETGATE that is at the head of this way; thou camest in hither through that same crooked lane, and therefore I fear, however thou mayest think of thyself, when the reckoning-day shall come, thou wilt have laid to thy charge that thou art a thief and a robber, instead of getting admittance into the city.

Ignor, Gentlemen, ye be utter strangers to me, I know you not; be content to follow the religion of your country, and I will follow the religion of mine. I hope all will be well. And, as for the gate that you taik of, all the world knows that that is a great way off of our country. I cannot think that any men in all our parts do so much as know the way to it, nor need they matter whether they do or no; since we have, as you see, a fine pleasant green lane that comes down from our country the next way into the way.

When CHRISTIAN saw that the man was wise in his own conceit, he said to Hopeful whisperingly, “ There is more hope of a fool than of him':” and said moreover, “ When he that is a fool walketh by

1 Prov. xxvi. 12.

TURN-AWAY CARRIED OFF BY DEVILS.

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“ the way, his wisdom faileth him, and he saith to “every one that he is a fool'.” What, shall we talk further with him, or outgo him at present, and so leave him to think of what he hath heard already, and then stop again for him afterwards, and see if by degrees we can do any good by him? Then said HOPEFUL,

• Let IGNORANCE a little while now muse
On what is said, and let him not refuse
Good counsel to embrace, lest he remain
Still ignorant of what's the chiefest gain.
God saith, those that no understanding have,
Altho' he made them, them he will not save.'

He further added, It is not good, I think, to say to him all at once; let us pass him by, if you will, and talk to him anon, even as he is “ able to bear it.”

So they both went on, and IGNORANCE he came after. Now when they had passed him a little way, they entered into a very dark lane, where they met a man whom seven devils had bound with seven strong cords, and were carrying him back to the door that they saw on the side of the hill”. Now good CHRISTIAN began to tremble, and so did Hopeful his companion: yet as the devils led away the man, CHRISTIAN looked to see if he knew him; and he thought it might be one TURN-AWAY that dwelt in the town of APOSTASY. But he did not perfectly see his face, for he did hang his head like a thief that is found. But being gone past, Hopeful looked after him,

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154 CHRISTIAN RELATES HOW LITTI.E-FAITH WAS ROBBED.

and spied on his back a paper with this inscription, • Wanton professor, and damnable apostate.' Then said CHRISTIAN to his fellow, Now I call to remembrance that which was told me, of a thing that happened to a good man hereabout. The name of the man was LITTLE-FAITH; but a good man, and he dwelt in the town of SINCERE. The thing was this:-at the entering in at this passage, there comes down from BROAD-WAY GATE a lane called DEAD Man's-LANE; so called, because of the murders that are commonly done there; and this LittLE-FAITH going on pilgrimage, as we do now, chanced to sit down there and slept : now there happened at that time to come down the lane from BROAD-WAY GATE three sturdy rogues, and their names were FAINT-HEART, MısTRUST, and Guilt, three brothers; and they, spying LITTLE-FAITH where he was, came galloping up with speed. Now the good man was just awaked from his sleep, and was getting up to go on his journey. So they came up all to him, and with threatening language bid him stand. At this LITTLE-FAITH looked as white as a clout, and had neither power to fight nor flee. Then said FAINT-HEART, "Deliver

thy purse;' but he making no haste to do it (for he was loth to lose his money) MISTRUST ran up to him, and thrusting his hand into his pocket pulled out thence a bag of silver. Then he cried out · Thieves! " thieves !' With that Guilt, with a great club that was in his hand, struck LITTLE-FAITH on the head, and with that blow felled him flat to the ground; where he lay bleeding as one that would bleed to death.

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