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barped with their harps ; But no man living could tell wha they said but Chriftian and his companions.
Next morning, when she was up, had prayed and talked with her children a while, one knocked hard 2 the door ; to whom the spake out, saying, If thou come in God's name, come in. So he said Amen, and opene the door, and saluted her with peace on this house.T wbich, when he had done, he said, Chriftiana, kaowe
choo wherefore I am come? Then she bluft Corvillions feo ea and trembled, also her heart began o sonded with wax warn with desires to know fron fresh tidings of whence he came, and what his errand a God's readinejs to her. So he said unto her, My name i to pardon. Secret, I dwell with those that are o
high. It is talked of where I dwell, as thou hadA a defore to go thither; also there is a report thi thou art aware of the evil thou haft formerly done to tă busband, in hardening of thy heart against bis way, and i keeping of these babes in their ignorance. Chrifliana, th mercitul one hath sent me to tell thee, That be is a Go seady to forgive, and that he taketh delight to multipl the pardon of offences. He also weuld have thee to KROR that he inviteth thee to come into his presence, to his table and that he will feed thee with the fat on his house, an with the heritage of Jacob thy father.
There is Chriftian, shy husband that was, with legion more, his companions, ever beholding that face that dot miniftes life to beholders ; and they will all be glad whe they shall hear the sound of thy fees step over thy father threshold.
Chritiana at this was grcatly abahed in herself, an bowed her head to the grouad, This vision proceeded as faid, Chrilijana, here is also a letter for thee, which have brought from thy husband's King; fu the cook it and opened it, but it smelt after the manner of the beft prefume; allo it was written in letters of gold. The corent of the leiser were this ; Tbat ibe King would have ber 16 do as did Cbrifian ber bufand, for rhat was the way to certain 30 bis city, and to dwell in his presence witb joy for ever.
At this the good woman was quite overChriftiana quite come; to the cried out to her visitor, Sir, Overcome.. will you carry me and my children with you
at we may also go and worship the King ? Then said the visitor, Christiana! the bitter is before tbe met; thou must through troubles, as he did that went fore thee, enter this celestial city: Wherefore I advise
ee to do as did Christian thy husband, go to the wickedElke yoader over the plain, for that ftands in the head of
eway up which thou must go, and I wish thee all good' eed. Also I advise thee that chou put this letter into thy fon, that thou read therein thyself, and to thy children til they have got it by the heart, for it pae of the songs that thou muffing while Psalm 5:5,119. ou art in this house of thy pilgrimage; To this thou must deliver in at the farther gate. Now, I saw in my dream, that this old gentleman, as I told me this ftory, did himself seem to be greatly affe&
therewith. He, moreover, proceeded, and said, So hriftiana called her sons together, and began to address trlelf unto tbem: My rons, I have as you may perceive, een of late under much exercise in my soul, about the eath of your father; not that I doubt at all of his hap: Roess, for I am fatisfied now that he is well; I have been
o much affected with due thoughts of mine own fate - yours, which I verily believe is by nature miserable.'
ly carriage also to your father in his didress is a great dad on my conscience ; for I hardened both my own heart and yours againit him, and refused to go with him on
The thoughts of thefe things would now kill me outnght, but that for a dream which I had last night, and but for the encouragement that this stranger, has', given me this morning, Come, my chil. Chriftiana prays : uren, let us pack up and begone to the gate ber fons to take that leads to that celestial country, chat: a journey.' We may see your father, and be with him and his companions in peace, accordiog to the laws of that
Then did her children burst out into tears, for joy that the heart of their mother was so inclined; so that visitor pid them farewel, and they began to prepare to set out
for their journey.
But while they were thus about to be gone, two of the women who were Christiana's neighbours, came up to her
house, and knocked at the door ; to whom she said as be
At this the women were ftunned; Chrifliana's for this kind of language they used not to new language hear, or to perceive to drop from the lips Auns ber old
of Chriftiana. Yet they came in: But bebold they found the good woman pre
paring to be gone from her boase. So they began, and said, Neighbour, what is your meaning by this?
Christiana answered, and said to the eldest of them, whose name was Timorous, I am preparing for a journey. (This Timorous was daughter to him that met Cbrifian upon the hill of Difficulty, and would have had him goue back for fear of the lions.)
Tim. For what journey, I pray you?
Cb ift. Even to go afier my old husband; and with that The fell a weeping.
Tim. I hope not fo, good neighbour ; pray, for your poor children s fake, do not so unwomanly caft away yoursalf.
Chrif. Nay, my children (all go with me, not one of them is willing to stay behind,
Tim. I wonder ia my heart what or wko has brought you into this mind.
Cbrif. O neighbour, knew you but as inuch as I do, E doubt not but that you would go along with me,
Tim. Prithee, what new knowledge halt thou got, chat! so worketh off thy mind from thy friends, and that temp. teth thee to go nobody knows where? Cbriß. Then Christiana replied, I have been forely af
Aicted since iny husband's departure from Deatb. m', but especially since he went over the
river. But that which troublesh me most, is my churlish carriage to him when he was under his diftress. Buil am now as he was then : Nothing will serve me “ut going on pilgrimage. I was dreaming last night that I saw him. O that my soul was with hi n! If dwellcth in the presence of the King of the c untry; he sits and
eats with him at the cable; he is becomie & 3 Cor.5. 1, 2, companion of immortals, and has a house 4.
now given him to dwell in, to which the beft palace on carch, if compared, seems
me but as a dunghill. The Prince of the place has also int for me, with promises of entertainment, if I Mall ...me to him; his messenger was here even now, and
rought me a letter which invites me to come. And with chat The plucked out the letter and read it, and faid to
them, What now will you fay to this? C.: Tim. Oh, the madness that has poffeffed thee and thy:
nsband to run yourselves upon such difficulties! You have eard, I am sure, what your husband did meet with, even
a manner at the first fep that he took on his way, as. car neighbour Obstinate can yet testify, for he went alor.g - fith bim; yea, and Pliable 400, until they, like wise men, - rere afraid to go any farther. We also heard, over and
bove, how he met with the lions, Apollyon, and the Shadow of Death, and many other things. Nor is the danger that he met witb at Tbe reasonings Vanity-fair to be forgotten by thee': For of the flesh. I he, tough a man, was so hardly put to it. what sanft thou, being a poor woman, do? Consider, also, that there four sweet babes are thy children, thy Acth and thy bones ; therefore, cho' fhould'At thou be so rash as
to caft away thyself, yet for the sake of the fruit of tby -body keep thou at home. * But Chritian said unto her, Tempt me noi, my neigh
beur; I have now a prize put into my hand to get again,
and I should be a fool of the greatest fort if I thould have - no heart to strike in with the opportunity, And for that:
you tell me of all these troubles that lan like to meet with in the way, chey are so far from being to me a discourage ment, that they shew I am in the right. Tbe bitter must come before ihe Iweet, and A pertinent rea, shat also will make, che tweet the sweeter; ply to fleshly rean whrretore since you came not to my house jonings, in God . name, . as I said, I pray you be gone, and do not disquiet me farther.
Then Timorque alia reviled her and said to her fellow, Come, nrighbour Mercy, le's leave her in her own hands, fee foorns our counsel and company. But Mercy was at a stand, and could not so readily comply with her neighbour, and that for a twofold reason. if, Herm
Mercy's baruela bowels yearned over Chriftiana, So The said within her felf, if iny neighbour will
1 yearn over be gone, I will go a little way with her daripiani.
and he'p her. 2dly, Her bowels yearned over her owa foul (for what Chritiana had said, had taken fome hold upon her mind.) Wherefore fhe said within herself again, I will yet have more talk with this Christiana, and if I find truth and life in what the tall say, myself with my heart shall also go with her. Wherefore Mercy began thos
to reply to her neighbour Timorous. Timorous for Mercy. Neighbour, I did indeed come Jakes her, but
with you to fee Christiana this morning; Mercy cleaves to and since she is, as you see, a taking her ber.
lait farewell of the country, I think to walk
fun shiny morning a little with her, to help her on her way: Bat the told her not of the second reason, bu: kept it to herself,
Tim. Well, I see you have a-mind to go a fooling too; but take heed in time and be wise: While we are out of
danger, we are ovt but when we are in, Timorous aco we are in. So Mrs. Timorous returned quaints her
to her house, and Christiana betook herself friends what the to her journey. But when Timorous was grod Christiana goi liome to her house, the sends for Sonne intends to do of her neighbours, to wit, Mrs. Bat's-
eyes, Mrs. Inconfiderate, Mrs. Light-mind, and Mrs. Know-nothing. So when they were come to hora house, the falls to telling of the Lory of Christiana, and of her intended journey: And thus the began her tale.
Tim. Neighbours, having but little to do this morning, I went to give christiana a visit; and when I came at the door, I knocked, as you know it is our custom ; and the answered, if you come in Goa's name, come in ; so in I weni, thinking all was well : But when I came in, I found her preparing herself to depart the town, le, and also her children. So I sked her what was her meaning by that? And the told me, in short, That she was now of a mind to go on pilgrimage, as did her husband. She told me also a dream chat she had, and how the King of the country where her husband was, had sent her an inviting letter to come thicher.
Then faid Mrs. Kaow-nothing ; And what do you think the will go?
Tim. Aye, go fhe will, whatever comes on't; and methinks I know it by this; for that wbich' was my great al