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Is harnessed, and goes on his way.
Then I saw, in my dream, that on the morrow he got up to go forwards; but they desired him to stay till the next day also; and then, said they, we will, if the day be clear, show you the Delectable Mountains;? which, they said, would yet further add to his comfort, because they were nearer the desired haven than the place where at present he was: so he consented and staid. When the morning was up, they had him to the top of the house, and bid him look south (Isa. xxxiii. 16, 17.); so he did; and behold, at a great distance, he saw a most pleasant mountainous country, beautified with woods, vineyards, fruits of all sorts, flowers also, with springs and fountains, very delectable to behold. Then he asked the name of the country? they said, it was Immanuel's Land; and it is as common, said they, as this hill is, to and for all the Pligrims; and when thou comest there, from thence thou mayest see to the Gate of the Celestial City, as the shepherds that live there will make
appear. Now he bethought himself of setting forward, and they were willing he should: But first, said they, let us go again into the Armoury.” So they did; and, when he came there, they harnessed him from head to foot with what was of proof, lest perhaps he should meet with assaults in the way. He, being therefore thus accoutred, walked out with his friends to the gate, and there he asked the porter, if he saw any Pilgrim pass by? Then the porter answered, Yes.
know him ? said he. Por. I asked his name, and he told me it was Faithful. 3
O! said Christian, I know him! he is my townsman, my near neighbour; he comes from the place where I was born. How far do
be before? Por. He is got by this time below the hill.
you think he
1 The Delectable Mountains, as seen at a distance, represent those distinct views of the privileges and consolations, attainable in this life, with which believers are sometimes favoured when attending on divine ordinances; or diligently making a subsequent improvement of them.
2 The ordinances of public or social worship are only the means of being religious, not the essence of religion itself. Having renewed our strength by waiting on the Lord, we must go forward, by attending with greater diligence to the duties of our several stations; preparing to resist temptations, which often assault us after special seasons of divine consolation.
Ministers and experienced believers, should warn converts to expect trials and conflicts, and recommend to them such companions as may be a comfort and help in their pilgrimage.