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134 GREAT-HEART RELATES THE PILGRIMS' ADVENTURES.
Contr. You talk of rubs ;-what rubs have you met withal?
Hon. Nay, ask Mr. GREAT-HEART, our guide, for he can give the best account of that.
GR.-H. We have been beset three or four times already. First, CHRISTIANA and her children were beset with two ruffians, that they feared would take away their lives. We were beset with giant BloodyMAN, giant MAUL, and giant SLAY-GOOD. Indeed we did rather beset the last, than were beset of him. And thus it was: after we had been some time at the house of GAIUS, “ mine host, and of the whole “ church,” we were minded upon a time to take our weapons with us, and so go see if we could light upon any of those that were enemies to pilgrims; for we heard that there was a notable one thereabouts. Now GAIUS knew his haunt better than I, because he dwelt thereabout; so we looked and looked, till at last we discerned the mouth of his cave;' then were we glad, and plucked up our spirits. So we approached up to his den; and lo, when we came there, he had dragged, by mere force, into his net, this poor man, Mr. FEEBLE-MIND, and was about to bring him to his end. But when he saw us, supposing, as we thought, he had another prey; he left the poor man in his house, and came out. So we fell to it full sore, and he lustily laid about him; but in con. clusion, he was brought down to the ground, and his head cut off, and set up by the way-side, for a terror to such as should after practise such ungodliness. That
THEIR FURTHER CONVERSATION.
I tell you the truth, here is the man himself to affirm it, who was as a lamb taken out of the mouth of the lion.
Then said Mr. FEEBLE-MIND, I found this true, to my cost and comfort: to my cost, when he threatened to pick my bones every moment; and to my comfort, when I saw Mr. GREAT-HEART and his friends, with their weapons, approach so near for my deliverance.
Then said Mr. HOLY-MAN, There are two things that they have need to be possessed of, that go on pilgrimage; courage, and an unspotted life. If they haye not courage, they can never hold on their way; and, if their lives be loose, they will make the very name of a pilgrim stink.
Then said Mr LoVE-SAINT, I hope this caution is not needful among you: but truly there are many that go upon the road, that rather declare themselves strangers to pilgrimage, than strangers and pilgrims in the earth.
Then said Mr. DARE-NOT-LIE, It is true, they neither have the pilgrim's weed, nor the pilgrim's courage: they go not uprightly, but all awry with their feet: one shoe goeth inward, another outward, and their hosen out behind; here a rag, and there a rent, to the disparagement of their Lord.
These things, said Mr. PENITENT, they ought to be troubled for; nor are the pilgrims like to have that grace upon them and their pilgrim's progress as they desire, until the way is cleared of such spots and biemishes.
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THEY HEAR OF A MONSTER IN THOSE PARTS:
Thus they sat talking and spending the time until supper was set upon the table. Unto which they went, and refreshed their weary bodies; so they went to rest. Now they stayed in the fair a great while, at the house of Mr. MNason, who, in process of time, gave his daughter GRACE unto SAMUEL, CHRISTIANA's son, and his daughter MARTHA to Joseph.
The time, as I said, that they lay here was long: for it was not now as in former times. Wherefore the pilgrims grew acquainted with many of the good people of the town, and did them what service they could. MERCY, as she was wont, laboured much for the poor; wherefore their bellies and backs blessed her, and she was there an ornament to her pro. fession. And, to say the truth for GRACE, PHEBE, and Martha, they were all of a very good nature, and did much good in their places. They were also all of them very fruitful; so that CHRISTIAN's name, as was said before, was like to live in the world.
While they lay here, there came a monster out of the woods, and slew many of the people of the town. It would also carry away their children, and teach them to suck its whelps. Now no man in the town durst so much as face this monster; but all men fled when they heard of the noise of his coming. The monster was like unto no one beast upon the earth: its body
“ like a dragon, and it had seven heads and ten “ horns'.” It made great havock of children, and yet it was governed by a woman.
This monster pro•
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WHICH THEY REPEATEDLY ATTACK WITH SUCCESS. 137
pounded conditions to men; and such men as loved their lives more than their souls accepted of those conditions.
Now Mr. GREAT-HEART, together with these, who came to visit the pilgrims at Mr. MNASON's house, entered into a covenant to go and engage this beast, if perhaps they might deliver the people of this town from the paws and mouth of this so devouring a serpent.
Then did Mr. GREAT-HEART, Mr. CONTRITE, Mr, HOLY-MAN, Mr. DARE-NOT-LIE, and Mr. PeNITENT, with their weapons, go forth to meet him. Now the monster, at first, was very rampant, and looked upon these enemies with great disdain; but they so belaboured him, being sturdy men at arms, that they made him make a retreat : so they came home to Mr. MNASON's house again.
The monster, you must know, had his certain seasons to come out in, and to make his attempts upon thechildren of the people of the town: also these seasons did these valiant worthies watch himin, and did continually assault him; insomuch that in
of time he became not only wounded, but lame; also he had not made the hayock of the townsmen's children as formerly he has done. And it is verily believed by some, that this beast will certainly die of his wounds. This therefore made Mr. GREAT-HEART and his fellows of great fante in this town; so that many of the people, that wanted their taste of things, yet had a reverent esteem and respect for them. Upon this account therefore it was,
138 THEY DEPART FROM THE HOUSE OF MWASON.
that these pilgrims got not much hurt here. True, there were some of the baser sort, that could see no more than a mole, nor understand no more than a beast; these had no reverence for these men,
nor took they notice of their valour and adventures.
Well, the time drew on that the pilgrims must go on their way; therefore they prepared for their journey. They sent for their friends; they conferred with them; they had some time set apart therein, to commit each other to the protection of their Prince. There were again that brought them of such things as they had, that were fit for the weak and the strong, for the women and the men, and so laded them with such things as were necessary'. Then they set forward on their way; and their friends accompanying them so far as was convenient, they again committed each other to the protection of their King, and departed.
They, therefore, that were of the pilgrims company, went on, and Mr. GREAT-HEART went before them; now the women and children being weakly, they were forced to go as they could bear; by this means Mr. READY-TO-HALT and Mr, FEEBLE-MIND had more to sympathize with their condition,
When they were gone from the townsmen, and when their friends had bid them farewel, they quickly came to the place where FAITHFUL was put to death; therefore they made a stand and thanked Him that had enabled him to bear his cross so well; and the rather, because they now found that they had a
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