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I Saundan rip! CHRISTIAN TAKING LEATE OF THE FOUR L'IRGINS.
Lenden Publishe'br J.Para'ns, Hanh2.1796.
AND TEMPTS HIM TO GO BACK.
from thy king? Were it not for that I hope thou
dominions, but your service was hard, and your wages was such as a man could not live on; “ for the wages of sin is death';' therefore when I was come to years I did, as other considerate persons do, look out if perhaps I might mend myself.
Apol. There is no prince that will thus lightly lose his subjects, neither will I as yet lose thee; but since thou complainest of thy service and wages, be content to go back; what our country will afford, I do here promise to give thee.
Chr. But I have let myself to another, even to the king of princes; and how can I with fairness
back with thee?
APOL. Thou hast done in this according to the proverb, “Change
Change a bad for a worse :' but it is ordinary for those that have professed themselves his servants, after a while to give him the slip, and return again to me. Do thou so too, and all shall be well.
Chr. I have given him my faith, and sworn my allegiance to him : how then can I go back from this and not be hanged as a traitor ?
APOL. Thou didst the same to me, and yet I am willing to pass by all, if now thou wilt yet turn again and go back .
Chr. What I promised thee was in my nonage; and besides, I count that the prince under whose banner
CHRISTIAN REFUTES HIS SUGGESTIONS.
now I stand, is able to absolve me; yea, and to pardon also what I did as to my compliance with thee : and, besides, Othou destroying APOLLYON, to speak truth, I like his service, his wages, his servants, his governcompany,
country, better than thine; and therefore leave off to persuade me further, I am his servant and I will follow him.
Apol. Consider again, when thou art in cool blood, what thou art like to meet with in the way that thou goest. Thou knowest that for the most part, his servants come to an ill end, because they are transgressors against me and my ways. How many of them have been put to shameful deaths?--And besides, thou countest his service better than mine, whereas he never came yet from the place where he is to deliver any that served him out of their hands : but, as for me, how many times, as all the world very well knows, have I delivered, either by power or fraud, those that have faithfully served me, from him and his, though taken by them: and so I will deliver thee.
Chr. His forbearing at present to deliver them is on purpose to try their love, whether they will cleave to him to the end : and, as for the ill end thou sayest they come to, that is most glorious in their account : for, for present deliverance, they do not much expect it; for they stay for their glory, and then they shall have it, when their Prince comes in his and the glory of the angels.
APOL. Thou hast already been unfaithful in thy service to him; and how dost thou think to receive
wages of him?
APOLLYON REPROACHES AND THREATENS HIM.
Chr. Wherein, O APOLLYON, have I been unfaithful to him?
APOL. Thou didst faint at first setting out, when thou wast almost choked in the gulph of DESPOND; thou didst attempt wrong ways to be rid of thy burden, whereas thou shouldest have stayed till thy Prince had taken it off: thou didst sinfully sleep, and lose thy choice things : thou wast also almost persuaded to go back at the sight of the lions : and when thou talkest of thy journey, and of what thou hast heard and seen, thou art inwardly desirous of vain-glory in all that thou sayest or doest.
Chr. All this is true, and much more which thou hast left out: but the Prince, whom I serve and honour, is merciful and ready to forgive. But besides, these infirmities possessed me in thy country : for there I sucked them in, and I have groaned under them, being sorry for them, and have obtained pardon of my Prince.
Then APOLLYON broke out into a grievous rage, saying, I am an enemy to this Prince; I hate his person, his laws, and people: I am come out on purpose to withstand thee.
Chr. APOLLYON, beware what you do; for I am in the king's highway, the way of holiness; therefore take heed to yourself.
Then APOLLYON straddled quite over the whole breadth of the way, and said, I am void of fear in this matter; prepare thyself to die; for I swear by my infernal den that thou shalt go no further : here will ! spill thy soul.