gument to persuade her to lay at home (to wit, the trou. bles Me was like to meet with in one way) is one great argument with her to put ber forward on her journey; for she told me in so many words, The bitter goes before the Sweet ; yea, and luralmuch as it doch, is makes the tweet the sweeter.

Mrs. Bat's-eyes. Oh, this blind and foolili. woman, said the ; and will the not owke warning by her husband', afiliations ? for iny part, I fee, if he were here again, he would relt himself content in a whole skin, and never run lo many bazards for nothing.

Mrs. Inconliderate allo replied, faying, Away with such fantastical fools from the town; a good riddance for my part, I fuy of her ; Thould the ftay where the dwells, and retain this mind, who could live quietly by her i tor she will either be dumpish or unneighbourly, or talk of ducha matters as no wile body can abide: Wharcforc, for my part, I Mall never be sorry for her departure ; let her and let better come in her room: It was never a goud world hance there whimsical foolo dwelt in it.

Then Mrs. Light-mind added as followeth : Come, put this kind of talk away, I was yeiterday at Madam Wantoo's, where we were as merry as the maids. Bor who do you think hould be there buc Land Mrs. Love the. Meth, and three or four more, with Mrs. Leachery, Mis Fuch, and some others ? So there we had music and dancing, and what else was meet to fill up the pleasure ; and I dare lay my lady herself is an, admirable well-bred gentlewoman, and Mr. Leachery is a pretty tellow. By this aune Chrif viana was got on her way, and Mercy went along with her; so as they went, ber children being there also, Christiana began to discourse. And Mercy, Taid Chutiana, I take this as an unexpected favour,,chat chou Ohoaldert fet toot out of doors with me, io, accoinpany mne a little in my way.

Mercy. Then said young Mercy, (tor the wan but young) if I hought it would be to the purpoic to go with you, I would go near the town.

Chrif. Well, Mercy, raid Chrifliana, cal in thy lot with me, I well know what will be the end of our pilgrim mage; my husband is where he would not but be for all the gold in the Spanish mines ; nor thalt thou be rej Otrd, thor Thou goelt but upou my invitation. The King, who


hath fent for me and my children, is one that delighteth in mercy. Besides, if thou wilt, I will hire thee, and thou shalt go along with me as any servant; yet we will have all things in common betwixt thee and me, only go

along with me. Mercy doubts of Mercy. But how shall I be ascertained accepiance. .

that I also in all be entertained ? Had I this

hope from one that could tell, I would make no Rick at all, but would go, being helped by him that can help, tho' the way was never so tedious.

Christ. Well, loving Mercy, I will tell Christiana al. what thou shalt do; go with me to the wick. lures her to the ed-gate, and there I will further enquire for gaie, w ich is chee's and if there thou shalt not meet with Chrift, and pro- encouragement, I will be content that thou mises ibere co return to thy place; I also will pay thee for enquire for her, thy kindness which shou Mewedst to me and

my children in the accompanying of us in our way as thou doit..

Mercy. Then will I go thither, and will Mercy prays.

take what shall follow, and the Lord grant that my loc


fall there, even as the King of heaven shall have his heart upon me.

Christiana then was glad at heart, not Christiana glad only that the had a companion, but also of Mercy's

for that she had prevailed with this poor company,

maid to fall in love with her own falvation,

so they went on together, and Mercy began to weep. Then said Christiana, Wheretore weepetk

my filterior Mercy grieves Mercy Alas, said fhe, who can but lafor ber carnal

ment, shall but. rightly confider what a relations. ftme and condizion my poor relations are

in, that yet remain in our Infui town;" and that which makes my more is, becaule they have no-instruction, nor any to tell them what is to coine,

Chrift. Bowels become pilgrims: And Christian's

thou doft for sby friends. as. my good prayers were am- Christian did for me when he left me; he Swerea for his mcorned for that I would nor heed nor re. relations after

gard him, but his Loru and ours did gatkes he was dead, wp his tears, and put them insa bia bottle;


d now both I and thou, and thou, and these my sweet bes, are reaping the fruit and benef: of them. I hope, ercy, that these tears of chine will not be 1; for the truth hack said, They ebat fow PS, 126. 5. 6. fears fhall reap in joy and singing. And be

goeib forth and weeperb, bearing precious feed, foall double I come again with rejoicing, bringing bis fheaves with bim, sen said Mercy,

Let the no? blessed be my guide, - If't be his blessed will,

Unto his gate, into his fold,

Up to his holy hill;
And let him never suffer me

To swerve, or turn afde
From his free grace and holy ways,
· Whate'er shall me beride:
And let him gather them of mine,

That I have left behind ;
he Lord, make them pray they may be thine,
1 With all their heart and mind.

Now my old friend proceeded, and faid-But when ! Iniliana came to the sough of Defpond,

Tbegan to be at a stand; for, said the, Their own car. his is the place in which my dear husband nal conclufione I like to have been smothered with mud. inftead of the

e perceived also, that, notwithstanding word of life. - command of the King to make this

ace for pilgrims good, yet it was rather worse than for. erly; so I asked if it was true? Yes, said the old gentle. an, too true ; for many there be that pretend to be the ing'e labourers, and say they are for mending the King's ghway, that bring dirt and dung instead of fones, and marr instead of mending. Here Christiana, therefore, ad her boys did make a stand; but said Mercy, come lec Venture, only let us be wary. Then they looked well their steps, and made a litt to get staggering over.

Yet Christiana had like to have been in, and that not - face or twice. Now they had no sooner got over but they

ought they heard words that said unto them, Blenied is e that believeth, for there shall be a pertorinance of that has been told her from the Lord.


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Then they went on again ; and said Mercy to Christian Had I as good ground to hope for a loving reception at op wicked.gate as you, I think no Rough of Dorpond woul" discourage me.

Well, said the other, you know your fore, and I knop mine; and, good friend, we shall all have enough of ew before we come to our journey's end ; for it cannot be imam gined that the people that design to attain such excellen glories as we do, and that are lo envied that happiness in we are, bat that we shall meet with what fears and fware with what troubles and afiliations they can possibly assault us with that hate us.

And now Mr. Sagacity left me to dream out my dread by myself. Wherefore, methought I saw Christiana in

Mercy, and the boys, to go all of them Prayer should up to the gate ; to which when they came be made with they betook themselves to a short debate comederation about how they mult manage their calling and fear, as well at the gate, and what should be said unte as in faith and him that did open unto them: So it w e bope.

concluded, since Christiana was the elder

that the should knock for entrance, a that she should speak to him that did open for the rest Christiana began to knock, as her poor husband did, bei knocked, and knocked again : But, instead of any that 22 {wered, chey all thought that they heard as if a dog cao barking upon them ; a dog, and a great one too, and the made the women and the children afraid ; oor durit the for a while to knock any more, for fear the mastiff should

Ay upon them. Now therefore they were s Cbriftiana and greatly cumbled up and down in their minder her companions and knew not what to do; knock they perplexed about durft not, for fear of the dog ; go back they prayer. . durit not for fear of the keeper of that galer

Mogld efpy them as they so went, and be offended with them; at last they thought of knocking again, and knocking more vehemently than they did at frit. Then said the keeper of the gate, Who is there? So the dog let off to bark, and he opened unto them.

Then Christiana made low obeisance, and said, Let not our Lord be offended with his handmaidens, for that we have knocked at his princely gate. Then said the keeper

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Whence came ye? and what is chat yo would have ? Christiana answered, We arc come from whence Chriftian

come, and upon the same errand as he; to wit. to be, it Mall please you, gracioudy admitted by this gabe, in the way that leads unto the celestial city : And I answer, y Lord,' in the next place, that I am Christiana, once the rife of Chriftian, that naw it gotten above.

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