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Ezeki 16, 8, 9, and clad mo in silver and gold: He put a 1o, II. chain about any neck, and ear-rings in mine
cars, and a beautiful crown upon my head, Then he took me by the hand, and said, Mercy, come af. ter me: So he went up, and I followed till we came to golaen gate. Then he knocked, and when they within had opened, the man went in, and I followed him up to a throne, upon which one fat; and he said to me, Welcome, Daughter. The place looked bright, and twinkling like the stars, or rather like the sun, and I thought that I saw your husband there ; fo I awoke from my
drcam, But did I laugh?
Cbrift. Laugh ? aye, and well you might, to see yourSelf so well : For you must give me leave to tell you, that is was a good dream, and that as you have begun to find the first part true, so you shall find the second at last. God Speaks once, yea, twice, yet man perceivesh it not: in a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep diep fallech
upon men, in flumbering upon the bed. 7b 33. 14, 15. We aced not, -when in bed, to lay awake
to talk with God; he can visit us while alleep, and cause us then to hear his voice. Our heart of t.. times wakes when we deep, and God can speak to that either by words, by proverbs, by figns, or fimilitudes, 1 well as if oae was awake.
Mercy. Well, I am glad of my dream, for I hope, e'er long to see ic fulfilled, to the making me laugh again.
Coriji. I think it is now high time to rise, and to know what He muft do.
Mercy. Pray, if they invite us to fay a while, let us willingly accept of the proffer. I am the willinger to stay a while here, to grow bcreer acquainted with these maids ; methinte Prudence, Piety, and Charity have very comely and for countenance.
Cbrist. We hall see what they will do. So when they were up and ready they came dowa, chey asked one another of their ret, and if it was comfortable or not.
Mercy. Very good, said Mercy, it was one of the beft night's lodgings that ever I lisa in my life.
Then faid Prudesce and Piery if you will be persuaded to itay here a while, you Dhalt have what the house will afford.
Char. Aye, and with that a very good will, said Charity. Sf, they consented and Hayed there about a month or above, and became profitable one to another; and becaufe Prudence would lee how Christiana had brought up her children, the afred leave of her to catechise them ; fo the gave her free consent: Prudence defores Then the began with the youngest, whose to catichile Dame was James.
Christiana's Prudence. And the faid, Come, James, children. canh chou tell me who made thee?
James careebis James. God the father, God the fon, Jed. and God the Holy Ghoft.
Prod. Good boy. And canst thou tell who saved thee?! James. God the father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghoft. ;Prud. Good boy Itill. But how dołh God the Father lave shee? James. By his grace. Prud. How doch God the Son Save thee? James By his fatisfaction and intercession. Prud. How doth God the Holy Ghot save thee !
Jamer, By his illumination, by his renovation, and by his preservation.
Then said Prudence to Chriftiana, You are to be commeaded for thus bringing up your children. I suppose I: need not ask the rest these questions, Ince the youngek of them
can answer them so well. I will therefore now apply myself to the next youngest. Prud, Then she said, Come, Joseph; (for Jofeph catechia name was Joseph): will you let me cate- fed. Joseph. With all my heart, Prud. What is man?. Josepb. A reasonable creature made fo by God, as my Prud. What is supposed by the word saved ? -Jolepb. Thar man by fon has brought himfelf into a flac
. Prud. What is supposed by being saved by the Trinity ?
Josepb. That Gin is so great and mighty a tyrant, thar Konc can pull us:out of its clutches but God, and that
God is so rond and loving to man, as to pull him indeed our of this misera le fate.
Prud. What is God's defin in faving poor gon?
Joleph The alorifying of his dame. of bis grace, of it just ce, &c and the everla ing happiness of his crea: Urt. . Print. vhoire thay that mun belaved?
jedh. Thole that a cept of his faivation. Prud Go bny, Joleph, chy mother haih taughe theo Hell, & iba halt hearkened un:o what she has said unto the
Then laid Pruuence to Samuel, who was the eldest fou but one, C me, Samuel, are you willing that I should do
tecbife vous Smuel catecbia Sam, Yes, forsonih, if you please. jea.
Poud. W'bat is heaven ?
Sam A place and state moft blessed, bet cause God dwelleth ihere.
Prud What is bell?
Sum. A place and Mate moft woeful, because it is the dwering place at fin, the devil, and death. .. 1 · Prua. Why would't thou go to heaven.
Sam. Tha. I on y fee God, and serve him without were sintisi tha! I may ice Christ, and love him everlafling that I may bave chiar fulness of the Holy Spirit in me, way I cangby no means here enjoy.
Prud a very good boy allo, and one that has learned well
I but the addressed berself to ibe eldeft, whose name wall Matthew, and the taid to him, Como, Matthew i bally also catechise vou?
Matthew With a very good will.
Prai. Talk then, it there was ever any thing that has a beig antecedent to or before Gods
• Matt. No, for God is eternal, nor is there any ching excepung himself, obat had a being until the beginning." the first day, tor in six days, the Lord oade heaven adu carth, the sea, and all that in them 18.
. Prud. What do you think of the bible : Dant. It is the holy word of God.
Proc. Is chere nothing written therein but what you understand
Mode Yes, a great deal .
Praside Waac do you do when you meet with places there in mes you di not understand
Mars, I think God is wiser than l; I pray also char be
bowlawite, qiroth be to himfeif
will please to let me know all therein that be knows will be for my good.
Prud. How beliove you as touching the refurre&ion of Ibe dead?
Mar. I believe they shall rise the fame that was buried, the fame in naturethorghino in corruption. -And I believe this upon a' louble account. Fisst because God hath promised it ; fecondly, because he is able to perforina
Then said Prudence to the boys. You RO' Rill hearken to your mother, to the Prudence's con. can learn you more,
You must also dili- tlufion npox i pertly give ear to what good talk you fhal casesbifing of ar from others; for your fakes do rney ine bogdo pk good things. Observe also and that with carefulneis what the heuros and the earth do teach you ; but especially be inu h in the mediation of that book that was the cause of your ta her's becoming pilgrim. I, for my part, my children will teach you what I can while you a e here, and shall be glad if you will als we quefions tha! tend to godly caifving. .
Now; by the time the pilgrime had been Mercy has a u his place a week, Mercy had a vilitor /weetsseart. flue pretended fo.ne'good will to her, and kis naine was Mi Briky a man of some breeding, and that pretended to religion, nut a man that fuck very close to the world : So he caine onc. or <wice, or nore, to Miercy, and offered love unto her. Now, Mercy was of a fair coxAtenance, and therefore the more alluring,
Her mind also wss, so he always bulving Mercy's temper. berfelf in doing; für when she had nothing to di for herself, he would be making of hole and garmen's for ochers, and would below them upon then that hanned And Mr Bik, no knowing where or how the diroled of what the ma..é, teemed to be greaty taken, for thue he found her never icile, l'wall warrant her a good
Merey ch is revaled the business to the Money inquires thens that were of the house, and in- ojite malu's quirest of them concerning him, for biey conceining Mr& ciu know him betier han fhe: So they Brijk. lold net waar be was a very buiy young many :
and one that pretended to religion ; but was, as they fearea ed, a stranger to the power of that which is good.
Nay then, said Mency, I will look no more on him for I purpose never to have a clog to my soul..
Prudence then replied, That there needed no groat mat der of discouragement to be given: for continuing fo the bad begun to do for the poor, would quickly cool
courage. Talk betwixt So the next time he comes he finds he Mercy and beer at her old work, a making of things fo Brik.
Then said he, What! alway
at it? Yes, faid the, either for myself, for others. ' And what canft shou earn a day quoth het do these things, said the, that I may be rish in good worki laying a good foondation againit the time to come, that
may lay hold of eternal life: Why, pri 3. Tim 6. 17, thee, what doft thou do with them, lai
he? Clothe the naked, said the. 9:
Wid that his countenance teil: So he forbon He forfukes her to come at her again. And when he was and why.
asked the reafon why, he said that Merd
was a pretty lats; but troubled with ill com ditions.
'When he had left her, Prodence faid, Did I not tell the that Mr. Brisk would foon forsake thee? Yea, he will raik up an ill report upon thee: For, notwithstanding his pro
lence to religion, and his seeming love to Mercy, ix.be Mercy, yet Mercy and be are of tempen jpractice of Mer- fo different, tiat' I believe they will never you ty, rejected; come together. zubile Mercy
Dercy. I might have had husbands be in the name of
fore now, though I spoke not of it to any Mercy, is liked. but they were such as did not like my
ditions though never did any of them find fault with my perton; so they and I could not agree.
Morco's refoluo have me, I will die a maid, or my condicions
Prad. Mercy, in our days, is little fer hy, any than as to its name ; tae praciice,' which is set forth by me conditions, there are but few that can abide.
Mercy. Well, faid Mercy, if nobody will
fhall be 10 mo as a husband; for I cannot change my natare, and so have one that