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HE FORSAKES HER. HER REMARKS UPON IT.
day?' quoth he. “I do these things,' said she, “that “ I may be rich in good works, laying a good foun“ dation against the time to come, that I may lay “ hold of eternal life.” Why pr’ythee, what dost " thou do with them?' said he. • Cloath the naked,'. said she. With that his countenance fell. So he forbore to come at her again. And when he was asked the reason why, he said, that Mercy was a pretty lass, but troubled with ill conditions.
When he had left her, PRUDENCE said, Did I not tell thee, that Mr. BRISK would soon forsake thee? yea, he will raise up an ill report of thee: for, notwithstanding his pretence to religion, and his seeming love to mercy, yet mercy and he are of tempers so different, that I believe they will never come together,
Mer. I might have had husbands before now, though I spoke not of it to any; but they were such as did not like my conditions, though never did any of them find fault with my person. So they and I could not agree.
Prud. Mercy in our days is 'little set by, any further than as to its name: the practice, which is set forth by the conditions, there are but few that can abide.
Well, said Mercy, if nobody will have me, I will die a maid, or my conditions shall be to me as a husband : for I cannot change my nature; and to have one that lies cross to me in this, that I purpose never to admit of as long as I live. I had a sister, named BOUNTIFUL, married to one of these churls: but
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by-paths, it must not be so now I am risen, “ Now I “ am risen a mother in Israel."
Then he swore by the lions, but it should: and therefore bid them turn aside, for they should not have
But their guide made first his approach unto Grim, and laid so heavily on him with his sword, that he forced him to retreat.
Then said he that attempted to back the lions, • Will you slay me upon mine own ground ?'
GR.-H. It is the King's highway that we are in, and in this way it is that thou hast placed the lions; but these women and these children, though weak, shall hold on their way in spite of the lions.-And with that he gave him again a downright blow, and brought him upon his knees. With this blow he also broke his helmet, and with the next cut off an arm.
Then did the giant roar so hideously, that his voice frighted the women ; and yet they were glad to see him lie sprawling upon the ground. Now the lions were chained, and so of themselves could do nothing. Wherefore, when old Grim, that intended to back them, was dead, GREAT-HEART said to the pilgrims, • Come now, and follow me, and no hurt shall happen • to you from the lions.' They therefore went on, but the women trembled as they passed by them; the boys also looked as if they would die, but they all got by without further hurt.
Now, when they were within sight of the Porter's lodge, they soon came up unto it; but they made the more haste after this to go thither, because it is dan
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gerous travelling there in the night. So when they were come to the gate, the guide knocked, and the Porter cried, “Who is there?' But as soon as the guide had said, “ It is 1,' he knew his voice, and came down (for the guide had oft before that come thither as a conductor of pilgrims). When he was come down, he opened the gate, and, seeing the guide standing just before it, (for he saw not the women, for they were behind him,) he said unto him, How now, Mr. GREAT-HEART, what is
business here so late at night • I have brought,' said he, some
pilgrims hither, where, by my Lord's commandment, they must lodge; I had been here some time
ago, had I not been opposed by the giant that used to < back the lions. But I, after a long and tedious
combat with him, have cut him off, and have brought • the pilgrims hither in safety,
Por. Will not you go in, and stay till morning ? GR.-H. No. I will return to my Lord to-night.
Chr. Oh, Sir, I know not how to be willing you should leave us in our pilgrimage, you have been so faithful and so loving to us, you have fought so stoutly for us, you have been so hearty in counselling of us, that I shall never forget your favour towards us.
Then said MERCY, Othat we might have thy company to our journey's end! How can such poor women as we hold out in a way so full of troubles as this way is, without a friend or defender?
Then said JAMES, the youngest of the boys, Pray, Sir, be persuaded to go with us and help us, because we are so weak, and the way so dangerous as it is.