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approved of the foundness of Chriftian's answer ; so there was a great filence among them. Mr. By-ends and bis company also ftaggered and kept behind that Chritian and Hopeful might out-go them. Then said Chriftian to his fellow, If these men cannot ftand before the sentence of mea, what will they do with the fentence of God? And if they are mute when dealt with-by vesfels of clay; what will titey do when they fall be rebuked by the fames of a deYouring fire ?

Then Chriftian and Hopeful outwent them again; and went till they came' at a delicate plain, called Ease, where they went witla much content; but that plain was but narPow, so they quickly got over it. Now at the farther ade: of this plain was a little hill, called Lucre, and in that hill a filver mine, whick some Luere-Hill, a of them that had formerly gone that way, dangerous Hill. because of the rarity of it, had turned aside to fee; but going too near the brink of the pit, the ground being deceitful under chem, broke, and they were lain : Some also had becă maimed there, and could not, to their dying day, be their own men again.

Then I faw in my dream that a little off the road over:againf the filver mine, stood Demas (gentleman-like) to call passengers to come and see ; who said to Christian and his fellow, Hol turn aside hither, and I will thew you a.

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Chr. What thing is fo deferving as to turn us out of the Demas. Here is a silver mine, and some digging in it for treasure;. if you will come, with a little pains you may richly provide for yourfelves.

Hope. Then said Hopeful,. Let us go see. Hopeful temptei Cbr. Not I; said Chriftian, I have heard to go, but Chri of this place before now, and how many fian bolds bito have there been fäin, and befides that crea- back. sore is a snare to those that seek it, for it. hindereth them in their pilgrimage..

Then Chritian called to Demas, saying, Is not the place dangerous' Hath it not hindered many in their pil.

Demas. Not very dangerous, excepe to those that are cuscles; bot withal he blathed as bc fpake.

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Chr. Ther faid Chriftian to Hopeful,, let us not ftir ftep, but dill keep on our way,

Hopea. I warrant you, when By-ends comes up, if he have the same invitation as we, he will turn in thither to fre.

Cbr. No doubt thereof, for his principles lead him that way, and a hundred to one but he dies ihere.

Demas. Then Demas called again, saying, But will you not come over and see

Chr. Then Chriftian roundly answered, saying, Demas, thou ari an enemy to the right ways of the Lord of this

way, and hast been already condemned for 10. thine own turning afide, by one of bis Ma.

jestyä judges; and why seekelt thou bring us into the like condemnation ? Besides, if we at all turn afide, cur Lord the King will certainly hear thereof, and will there put us to Name, where we would Itand with boldness before him.

Demas cried again, That he also was one of their fraternity; and that, if they would tarry a little, he also himself would walk with them.

Cbr. Then said Christian, What is thy name : Is it not the same by which I have called thee?:

Demas. Yes, my name is Demas, I am the son of Abraham.

Chr. I know you ; Gehazi was your great grandfather, and Judas your father, and you have trod in their feps: It is but a devilish prank that thou useft: Thy father was, hanged for a traitor, and thou deservest no better reward, Afsure thyself, that when we come to the King, we will tell him of chis thy behaviours. Thus they went on ibeirr way.

By this time By-ends and his companions were come 2 within fight, and they ac the first beck went over to Demas, Now whether they fell into the pit, by looking over the brink thereof, whether they went down to dig, or whether they were (mothered in the bottom by the damps that commonly arise, of these things I am not certain : But this I observed, chas they were never seen again in the way.

By.-ends and silver Demas both agrec; :
One calls, the other runs, that he may be

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Take up in this world, and no farther go. . Now I faw that, juft on the other side of this plain, the Pilgrims came to a place where ftood an old mooanent hard by the high-way fide, at They fee a the light of which they were both concern Arange monyed, because of the strangeness of the form mert. thereof; for it seemed to bem as if it had been a woman transformed into the shape of a pillar; hers therefore they ftood looking, and looking upon it, but could not for a time tell what to make thereof; at last Hopeful espied written upon the head thereof, a writing in an unusual hand; bat he being co scholar, called to Chri. Aian (for he was learned) to lee if he could pick out the meaning: So he came, and after a little laying of the less ters together, he found the same to be this, Remember Lor's wife. So he read it to his fellow; after which they concluded, that that was the pillar of falt into which Lot's wife was turned for Icoking back with a covetous heart, when she was going from Gen. 19. 26. Sodom for safety; which sudden and amasing Caht gave them occafion of this discourse.

Ck my brother, this is a reasonable fight, it came opportunely to us after the invitation which Demas gave 15 to come over to view the hill Lucre, and had we gone to over as he desired us, and as thou was inclining to do, (my brother) we had, for ought I know, been made like this woman, a spectacle for those that shall come after to bee R

bold, ! Hope, I am sorry that I was so foolish, and am made to ! - wonder I am not now Lot's wife: For wherein was the dife

ference betwixt her fin and minen She only looked back, tra and I had a desire to go see ; let grace be adored, and let une be ashamed that ever such a thing should be in my.com

acart. 1. Cor. Let us take notice of what we see here for our help :

for time to come: This woman escaped one judgment, (for me Die fell not by the destruction of Sodom) yet The was de. stroyed by another, as we see the is turned into a pillar of

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ample; caution, that we should thun her fio, or a sign of what judgm at will overtake such as shall not be prevented by this caution : So Korah, Dathan, and Abirain, with the two hunared and fifiy men idar perished in their in did also become a sign or example to others to bexare: Bur,

above all, I mufe at oae thing, to wie, bow Num: 26.9, 10: Dzinas and his fellows can 11.0d so cook

dently yonder to look for that crealore, which this woman but looking behind her after (for we read not that the ite pt one foot out of the way) was turned into a pillar of fall; especially since the juigntent which overtook her did bunke her an example within sight of here they are ; for they cannot chute but fee her, did they bus lift up their

eyes. Cbr. It is a thing to be wondered at, and it'argueth that their hearts are grown defperate in the cale ; and I cannot tell wbo to compare them to fo fitly, as to thenr-that pick pockets in the prefence of the judge, or that will cut purses» under the gallows. It is said of the men of Sodom, that? they were linners exceedingly, because they were finnere *** before the Lord, that is, in his eye-light: and not with. ftanding the kindcesses that he had fewed them, for the land of Sodom was now like to the garden of Eden heretofore. This therefore provoked him the more to Jealousy, and made their plague as hot as the fire of the Lord out of heaven could make it. And it is moft rationally to be concluded, that such, even such as these are, that fall sin in** the fight, yea, and that too in despite of such examples as are ser continually before them to caution them to the conErary, must be pártakers of the fevereit judgments.

Hope Doubtless thou haft said the truth; but what a mercy is it, that neither chou; but especially I, am not made myself this example!: this minikereth occasion to us to thank God, to fear before him, and always to remem. ber Lot's wife.

I saw then that they went.on their way to a pleasant river, which David the king called the river of God; but Jotin, the river of the water of life. Now their way lay jul upon the bank of this river ; here therefore Cbrifian and his companion walked with great delight; they drank also of the water of the river, which was pleasant and en. livening to iheit weary fpirits i belides, on the monks of

this river, on either side, were green trecs for all manner of fruit; and the leaves they. Tres by the rio eat, to prevent furfeits and other difeases ver. Thef us that are incident to those that heat their and leaves of blood by travel. On either side of the river tbe trees. veas also a meadow curiously beautified with lillies, and it was green all the year long. In this mea:low they lay down and Dept, for here they mighelie down fately. When they awoke, they gathered again of the fruit of the tre, and drank again of the water of the river, and then lay down again to sleep. Thus they did several days and aights. Then they lang,

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Behold ye how these chryftal streams do glide,
To comfort pilgrims by the high-way fide :
The meadows green, besides their fragrant smell,
Yield dainties for them, and he that can tell
What pleasant fruit, yea, leaves these trees do yield,
Wil foon lell-all, that he may buy this field.

So when they wero disposed to go on (for they were not hi ya as their journey's end), they eat and drank, and deo Parted.

Now I beheld 'in my dream, that they had not journeyed far, but the river and the way for a time parted ; at which stiey were act a little forry, yet they durt not go out of the way. Now the way from the river was, rough, and streir féet tender by reafort of their travels. So the souls of the pilgrims were much discouraged because of the way. Now a little before them, there was on the left hand of: the road a meadow, and a file to go over into it, and that meadow is called By-pash meadow. Then {ad Chrikian to his fellow, if this meadow By-patb Mease lieth along by our way-fide, let us go over dow. One tempo into it. Then he went to the file to fee, tatian makes and behold a path lay along by the way ox way for anotbero the other side of the fence. Tis according to my with, said Chriftian, here is the eafiet going; come, good Hopeful, and let us go over.

Hope. But how if this path should lead us out of the way?

Chr. That's not likely, faid the other; look, doth it

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