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So I saw in my dream, that he made haste and went forward, that, if possible, he might get lodging there. Now, before he had gone far, he entered into a very narrow passage, which was about a furlong off of the porter's lodge; and looking very narrowly before him as he went, he espied two Lions in the way. Now, thought he, I see the danger that Mistrust and Timorous were driven back by. (The Lions were chained, but he saw not the chains.) Then he was afraid, and thought also himself to go back after them, for he thought nothing but death was before him; but the Porter at the lodge, whose name is Watchful, perceiving that Christian made a halt as if he would go back, cried unto him, saying, Is thy strength so small ? Fear not the Lions, for they are chained, and are placed there for trial of faith where it is, and for discovery of those that have none; keep in the midst of the path, and no hurt shall come unto thee.”
Then I saw that he went on, trembling for fear of the Lions; but, taking good heed to the directions of the Porter, he heard them roar, but they did him no harm. Then he clapped his hands, and went on till he came and stood before the gate where the Porter was. Then said Christian to the Porter, Sir, What house is this? and may I lodge here to-night? The Porter answered, This house was built by the Lord of the hill, and he built it for the relief and security of Pilgrims. The Porter also asked, Whence he was? and whither he was going?
Chr. I am come from the city of Destruction, and am going to Mount Zion; but because the sun is now set, I desire, if I may, to lodge here to-night.
Por. What is your name?
beautiful, honourable to God, conducive to mutual edification, and examples to the world around them.
1 A public profession of faith exposes a man to more opposition from relatives and neighbours than a private attention to religion; and in our author's days it was commonly the signal for persecution : for which reason he places the lions in the road to the house Beautiful.
? We meet with the following lines in the old copies, which refer to the pilgrim's present situation :
“Difficulty is behind, fear is before,