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ly venturous as to let out lightly on pilgrimage, and cone sicbout a guide. Poor Christian! It was a wonde that he here escaped; but he was beloved of his God: AK te hai a good heart of bis own, or else he could neve Lave done it. Now they drew towards the end of the wa and just there where Christian had seen the cave when went by, out thence came forth Maul a giant. This May did use to spoil young pilgrims with sophistry, and he

led Great heart by his name, and said, un He quarrels with him, How many times have ye been a Gieat-beart. bidden to do these things? Then said M

Great-heart, what things? What thing qoosh che giant; you know what things : But I will an and to your trade. But, pray, said Mr. Great-bear before we fall to it, let us understand wherefore we ma fight. (Now the women and children stood tremblieg, a knew not what to do.). Quoth the giant, you-rob the coun try, and rob it with the worst of thieves. These are generals, said Mr. Great-heart; come to particulars, ma

Then said the giant, thou practiseth Ged's ministers craft of a kidnapper, shou gathereft counted as kids women and children, and carrieth chem nappers. to a frange country, to the weakning

my master's kingdom. But now Grea heart replied, I ain a fervaat of the God of Heaven ; business is to persuade finners to repentance ; I am com

manded to do my endearour to turn met The giant and women, and children from darkness to lig! Mr. Great-beari, and from the power of Satan to God; an muft fight. if this be, indeed, the ground of thy quan

rel, let us fall so it as soon as thou wilt. Then the giant came up, and Mr. Great-heart went meet him; and as he went he drew his sword, but the gian had a club; so without inore ado they fell to it, and at th frit blow the giant struck Mr. Great-heart down upon or

of his knees; with that the women an Weak folks children cried : So Mr. Great-heart recove prayers at some ing himself, laid about him is full luf Times belp

manner, and gave the giant a wound frong folks his arms; that he fought for the fpace gries.

an hour, to that height of heat, that

breath came out the giants noftrils, as to doth out of a boiling cauldron.

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Then they sat down to rest them; but Mr. Great-heart dok himself to prayer ; also the wornen and children did hing but figh and cry all the time ohat the battle did

When they had rested them, and taken ath, they both fell to it again; and Mr. T be giant Aruck tar-heart, with a full blow, fetched the down. at down to the ground: Nay, hold, let recover, said he.

So Mr. Great heart let him fairly up: So lo it they went again, and the giant missed but le of breaking Mr. Great-hearts skull with his club, Mr. Great-heart seeing that, rụng to him in the full t of his fpirit, and pierced him under the fifth rib; with f the giaat began to faint, and could hold up bis club longer : Then Mr. Great-heart seconded blow, and smote the head of the giant He is pain, and m his fhoulders. Then the women and his bead dispos ildren rejoiced, and Mr. Great-heart also fed ef.: ailed God for the deliverance he had ought. When this was done, they among themselves erected lar

, and fatened the giant's head thereon, and wrote un. rit, in letters that paliepgers might read,

He that did wear this head was one

That pilgrinis did misuse ;
He stopp'd their way, he spar'd nones

But did them all abufe;
Until that I, Great-heart, arose,

The pilgrims guide to be ;
Until that I did him oppose

That was their enemy.
Now I faw that they went to the ascent that was, a lit-

way off, caft up to be a prospect for pilgrims (that was ke place from whence Christian had the first sighr of Faith.

his brother); wherefore here they sat down and rested ty also here did eat and drink, and make merry, -for at they had gotten deliverance from this so dangerous

As they far thus and did eat, Chrikiana alked le guide if he had caught no hurt in the battle : Then Hd Mr. Grcar-beart, No, lave a little on my Acth; yet

h enemy.

2 Cor. 4

that also shall be so far from being to my detriment, it is at present a proof of my love to my Mafter and yo and fall be 2 means, by grece, to increase my reward laft,

But was you cot afraid, good Sir, wh

you saw him come with his club? Discourse of ibe j: is my duty, faid be, to mitrost ghi.

own ability, that I may have reliance

Him that is stronger than all. But wi did you think, when he fetched you down to the grou at the first blow? Why I thought, quoth he, that so Mafter himself was served, and yet He it was that a

quered at laft. Matthew here Matt. When you all have thought w admires Ged's you please, I think God has been wond goodness. ful good unto us, both in bringing us

of this valley, and in delivering us out the band of this enemy; for my part, I see no reason we should diftruft our God any more, since he has no end in such a place as this, given us such testimony of love as this.

Then they got up, and went fura Old Honefi a.

Now a little before the stood an oak, Deep under an under it, when they came to it, they for pak.

an old pilgrim Aft afleep: they knews

he was a pilgrim by his cloaths, and staff, and his girdle.

So the guide, Mr. Great-heart, awaked him ; and old gentleman, as he lift up his eyes, cried out, wh! the matter? who are you? and what is your business hen Groot-beart. Come, man, be not so hot, here is no

but friends: Yet the old man gets up, One faint some- stands upon his guard, and will know rimes takes ano- them what they were. Then said the guid ther for his ene- My name is Great-heart, I am the guide

these pilgrims which are going to the ca tial

country. Talk between Honeft. Then said Mr. Honest, I crys Great beart and mercy'; I feared you had been of the cat

pany of those that some time ago didi

Little Faith of his money ; but now I let about me, I perceive you are honcler people.

Great-heart. Why, what would, or could you have done, have helped yourself, if we indecd had been of that

Opany?

im?

How Done! why I would have fought as long as breath I been in me; and had I fo done, I am sure you could ver have given me the worst on't ; for a Christian cata ver be overeome, unless he should yield of himself. . Great-heart. Well said, father Honest, quoth the guide;'

by this I know thou art a cock of the right kind, for zu halt said the truth. Hon. And by this also I know that thou knowelt what le pilgrimage is ; for all others do think that we are the ineil overco ne of any. Great-heart. Wull, now we are happily met, pray leto crave your name, and the name of the placö you cameHon. My name I cannot, but I came Whence Mr. im the town of Stupidity; it licth about Honeft came, or degrees beyond the city of Destruction. Great-heart. 'Oh! are you that countryman ? then I deemi Lave half a guess of you, your name is ald Honeft

, is ia t? So the old gentleman blufed and faid, not honest in e abstract, but Honest is my name, and I wish my nature ay agree to what I am called. Hon. But, Sir, said the old gentleman, how could you Hess that I am such a man, fince I came from such a

Great-heart. I had heard of you before by my master, for e knows all things that are done on the arth : Bat I have often wondered that any Stupified ones hould come from your place, for your town are worjê thani worse than is the city of Destruction it- thoje merely

carnal. Hoxe

; Yea, we'lie more off from the fun, ind so are more sold and senseless; but was a man in aj? nountain of ice, yet if the fun of righteousness will arise ipon him, his frozen heart shall feel a thaw; and thus it

lace ?

elf.

tas been with me.

Great-beart. I believe it, father Honest, I believe it; for I know the thing is true.

Then the old gentleman faluted all the pilgrims with a holy kiss of chariiy, and asked them of their names, and

how they had fared fince they set out on their pilgr

mage. Old Honest and Chrift. Then said Christiana, My nat Chriftiana talk. I suppose you have heard of; good Ch

tian was my husband, and theie four his children: ?ut can you hink how the old gearlem was taken when she told him who the wis? he skipped, fmiled, and blessed them with a thousand good wishes, a ing, I have heard much of your husband, and of his vels and wars, which he underwent in bis days. Be it fe ken to your comfort, the name of your husband rings over these parts of the world ; his faith, his courage, enduring, and his fincerity under all, has made his na

famous, He also talks Then he turned to the boys and are with the boy's them of their names, which they told hin: Old Mr. Hoe and then faid he unto them, Matthew neft's blefling like Matthew the publican not in vice, 8 on thems. in virtue. Samuel, faith he, be thouli Matth. 10, 3. Samuel the prophet, a man of faith a Pfal. 99. 6. prayer. Joseph, faich he, be thou like Gen. 39. seph in Potiphar's houfe, chafte, and o * Aas 1. 14. that lies from temptation. And, Jane

be thou like James the juk, and like Jan the brother of our Lord. Then they told him of Merc and how she had left her town, and ber kindred, to com

along with Christiana and her sons: A He blefleth that the old honest man said, Mercy is the Mercy. . name, by mercy Thalt thou be sustained

and carried chrom all those difficulties tha thall. affauli thee in thy way, till thou shalt come thither where thou shalt look the fountain of mercy in the fact with comfort. Ko i

All this while the guide, Mr. Great-heart, was very well pleased, and smiled upon his companion.. Now, as they walked together, the guide aked the old

gentleman if he did not know one Mo Take of one Mr. Fearing, that came on pilgrimage out of Fearing. bis parts.

Hon. Yes, very well, said he: He past man that had the root of the matter in him; but he wa one of the most troublefome pilgrims that crer I met with in all my days.

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