their sun shine in a cloud; witness the story of Chrisa ha at this place When they were come to the place where Miful and TOODS met Chriftian, to persuade him to go back for of the ions, they perceived as it were a fage, and bea

it, towards the road, a broad place, with a copy of les written thereon, and underneath the r alun of talling of that itage in that place render'd. The verses were

Let him that fees this ftage cake heed

Unto his heart and tougue :
Left if he do bot, here he ipeed

As fome have gone along. The words underneath the verses were, This fage was ilt to ponith such upon, who, through omorquinero or fruft

, snarl be afraid to go farther on pilgrimage : allo this stage boch Miltruit and Timurous were burne chiar tongue with a hoc iron, for endeavouring to hinder

iriltian on his journay. Then said Mercy, this is touch like to he saying of the loved, What Mall be given unto thre?

what shall be done unto thee, thou fulle Pf. 120. 3, 4. ngue? Sharp arrows of the mighty, with ale of juniper, So they weni on till they came within fight of the lions, low Mri Grcar-beart was a Atrong mali, fo Ke was not afraid of a lion; but yet when An emblem of Ertey were come up to the place where she those but go 0% mag ons wese, the boys chat went before were bravely when lad to cringe behind, for they were afraid skere is no dane

the lions ; so they ftept back and went ger, bu is ink 1 sehind. At this their guide smiled, and whez troubles aid. How now, my boys, do you love to come. 30 before when no danger doth approach, and love to come behind as soon as the lions appear?

as they went on, Mr. Great heart drew his word, with an intent to make way for the pil. grims in spite of the lions Then there Of Gim the appeared one that, it seeme, bad taken up giam and of on him to back the lions; and he said to bis backing the the pilgrims guide, What is the cause of lionis

your therefore


your coming hither? Now the name of that man was Gria. or Bloody-man, because of his laying of pilgrims, and aas of the race of ihe giants.

Great-beart. Then said the pilgrims guide, these wome and children are going on pilgrimage, and this is the way they must go, and go it they fall, in fpico of thee and lione.

Grim. This is not their way, Reither all they go there in ; I am come forth to withstand them, and to that en svill back the liong.

Now, to fay the truth, by reason of the fierceness of the lions, and of the grim carriage of him that did back then this way had of late lain much unoccupied, and was almo all grown over with grass. Chrift

. Then said Christiana, though the highways have been occupied heretofore, and tho' the travellers have been

made, in times past, to walk through by Judges 5.6, 7. paths, it must not be fo row I am risen

now I am risen a mother in Israel. Grim. Then he swore by the lion, but it should, and aberefore bid them turn alde, for they shouid not have

paffage there, " fight wixt

But Great-heart, their Guide, made fire wrinana Greate his approach "unto Grim, and laid fo heaheart.

vily at him with his fword tbat he forced

him to retreat. Grim. Then said he, (that attempted to back the lions Will you lay me upon my own ground ?

Great-beart. It is the King's highway that we are in, an in this way it is that thou hast placed the lions; but thele women, and these children tho' weak, shall hold on their way in fpight of thy lions; and with that ho gave him again a downright blow, and brought him upon his knees. With this blow he also broke his helmet, and with the nera cut off an arm. Then did the giant roar fo hideously, that hij voice frighted the women, and yet they were glad to

see him (prawling upon the ground. Now I be victory.

the lions were chained, and so of them.

felves could do nothing: wherefore, when old Grin, that intended to back them, was dead, Mr. Great-heart said to the pilgrims, Come now and follow me, and no hurt shall happen to you from the lions. They

herefore went on, but the women trembled as they passed y them ; the boys also looked as if they would dic ; buc hey all got by without further hurt.

Now, wben they were within light of the porter's lodge hey soon came up to it; but they made the more halle fter this to go thither, because it is dangerous travelling here in mo night, So when they were ome to the gate the guide knocked, and Tbey come to he porter cried, Who is there? But as the porter's 300 as the guide had said, it is I, he knew loage. is voice, and came down (for the guide ad oft before that come thither as a conductor of pilgrims): Vhen he was come down, he opened the gate, and seeing he guide standing just before it, (for he law not the wom nen, for they were behind him, he said unto him, How low, Mr. Great-heart, what is your business here so late

nightI have brought, said he, fome pilgrims hither, where, by my Lord's commandment, they must lodge: 1 iad been here fome time ago, had I not been opposed by he giant that did use to back the lions; but i, after a ong and tedious combat with him, have cut him off, and rought the pilgrims hither in fafety.

Porrer. Will you not go in and Itay sill Great heart, ato norning?

tempts to go Great-beart. No, I will seturn to my Lord back. to-night.

The pälgrime Chrift O, Sir, I know not how to be implore bis willing you should leave us in our pilgri- .company fill. mage; you have been so faithful and so loving to us, you have fought fo foutly for us, you have beca fo hearty in counfelling of us, shat I shall never forget your favour towards us.

Mercy. Then said Mercy, that we might have thy company to our journey's end! How can such poor women as we hold out in a way to full of troubles as the way is, without a friend and a defender.

James. Then said James, to the youngest of the boys pray, Sír, be persuaded to go with us, and help us, because we are so we and the way so dangerous as it is.

Grear-beart. I am at my Lord's commandment: If he Thall lot me to be your guide quite through, I will willingly wait upon you ; bus here you failed at first; for when

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fronid have begged me of him to have gone quite through with you, and he would kare granted your request. However, at present, I muft withdraw, and fo, goud Christiana, Mercy, and my brave children, adieu !

Then the porter, Mr. Watchfal, aked Chriftiana of her country, and of her kindred, and the said, I come from the city of Defredion; I am a widow woman, and my husband is dead, his name was Chriftian the pilgrim. How! said the porter, was he your huban Yes, faid Me, and these are his children and this, poentjug to Mercy,

is one of my town's women. Then the poster rang his bell, as al such times he is wont, anchete foon came #o the door one of the camsels, whose name was Humblemind ; and to her the porter said, Go tell it within, that Christiana, the wife of Chriljan, and her children are come

hither on pilgrimage : She went in there, Toy at ibe news fore and told it. Bui, oh! wbat noise for of the pilgrims gladness was there, when the dansel did Corring but drop that wurd out of her mouth!

So they came with haite to the porter, for Chritiana ftood ftill at the door. Then some of the most

grave said unto her, Come in, Cbristiana, come in, klot wife of that good man; come in, thou blessed was man, come in, with all that are with thee; to the went in, and they followed her that were her chiidren's companions

Now when shey were gore in, they were Chrifliana'slove biddea to fit down ; so they sat down, and is kindled at the the chief of the house was called to see and fight of one anowelcome the guests. Then they came in, ber.

and understanding who they were, did sa

lute cach other with a kiss, and said, wele come, ye verlels of the grace of God; welcome to uk your faithful friends.

Now, because it was somewhat late, and because the pilgrims were weary with their journey, and also made faint with the light of the fight, and of the frighiful lion

therefore they desired, as soon as might be Exod. 12. 31. to prepare to go to reft. Nay, said those of

the family, refresh yourfolves with a more fel of meat; for they had prepared for them a lamb, with ide accutoned fauce belonging thereto, for the porter had


beard before of their coming, and bad told it' wichin, So when they had fupped, and ended their prayer with a plalinthey defire : they might go to relt. Bue let us, said Christiana, if we may be fo bold as to chule, be in that chamber that was my husbana's when he was here ; so they had them wp thiiber, and they lay in a room. When they were at selt, Christiana and Mercy exteied into discourfe about things that were convenient.

Chrift. Little did I think once, when my husband went on pilgrimage, ibat I Cbriff's bolom is fhould ever have followed hin.

for all pilgrims. Mercy. And you as little thought of lying in his bed, and in his chamber to reft, as you do now.

Cbrift. And much less did I ever think of seeing his face with comfort, and of worshipping the Lord the King with bim; and yet now I believe I thas.

Mercy. Hark! Don't you hear a noise?

Cbrift. Yes, it is, as I believe, a noile of mufis, for joy that we are here,

Mercy Wonderful! mufic in the house, .music in the bacart, and music allo in heaven, for joy that we are heres

Thus they talked a while, and then betook themselves 30 Acep ; lo in the morning, whca chey were awakeda Chriftiana said to Mercy,

Chrif. What was the matter you did laugh in your feep last night? I suppose you was in a dream.

Mercy. So I was, and a fweet dream it was; but are you fure. I laughed?

Cbrift. Yes; you laughed heartily, but prithee, Mercy, tell me iby dream.

Mercy. I was dreaming that I fac alone in a solitary place, and was bemoaning the hardness of my heart.

Now I had not sat there long, but melbought many were gacherod about me to see mc, and to hear what it was That I faid; so they hearkened, and I went on, bemorn. ing the hardness of my heart. At this some of bere laugh. ed at me, some called me fool, and some began to thruit me about. With that, methought I looked up and low one coming with wings towards me; so he came directly to me, and said, Mercy, wbat aileth thee? Now, whom he had heard me make my complaint, he said, Peace be to thçe: He alfo wiped mine eyes with his haqdkerchief,

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