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Cbrift. Then said Cbrifiana, this relation of Mr. Fear
isg has done me good : I thought nobody Cbrifiana's feno had been like me; but I see-there was senci.
fome semblance between this good.man and
I, only we differed in two things : Histroubles were so great that they brake out, but mine I kept within : His allo lay so hard upon him, that he could not knock at the houses provided for entertainment; but my troubles were always such as made me knock the louder.
Mercy. If I might also speak my mind, Mercy's fors I must say, that something of him has also rence,
dwelt in me: For I have ever been more
afraid of the lake, and the loss of a place in paradise, than I have been at the loss of other things. O! thought I, may I have the happiness to have a habiEation there, 'tje enough, though I part with all the world
to win it. Mattbow's fere
Mait. Then faid Matthew, fear was one thing that made me think I was far from
having that within me that accompanies Salvation ; but if it was so with such a good man as ke,
why may it not also go well wich me: James's jerse James. No fears, no grace, faid James. genie.
Though there is not always grace where
there is the fear of hell, yet to be sure there is no grace where there is no fear of God.
Greaa-beart, Well said, James; thou hast hit the mark; for the roar of God is the beginning of wisdom; and to be sure they that want the beginning, have neither middle nor end But we will conclude our discourse of Mr, Fraräng, after we have fent after him his farewell.
Their farewell about him.
Thy God, and wait afraid
That would have thee betray'do.
Would others do fo too! :
They do them felves undo,
inheritance of his father in a way of guile and disinulation,
Mr. Great-heart had made an end with Mr. Fearing, Mr. Honelt began to tell them of another, but his name was Mr. Self-will. He pretended him felf :o be a pilgrim, faid Mr. Honest; but I perfuade myself he never came in at he gate
that stands at the head of the way. Great-beart. Had you ever any talk with him about it?.
Hon. Yes, more than once or ewice ; but he would al. -, tays be like himself, felf-willed. He neither cared for
han, nor argument, nor example ; what his mind prompted lim to, that he would do, and nothing else could he be pot to.
Great-beart. Pray, what Principles did he hold, for I appose you can tell?
Hon. He held, That a man might follow the vices as Pell as the virtues of the pilgrims; and that if he did both, le should be certainly saved.
Great-heart. How! if he had said, It is poffible for the Jeft to be guilty of the vices, as well as pa cake of the virfues of pilgrims, he could not much have been blamed ; for indeed we are exempted from ao vice absolutely, but in condition that we watch and Atrive. But this, I perceive,
not the thing: yet, if I understand you right, your meaning is, that he was of that opinion, that it was allowHon. Aye, aye, so I mean, and so he believed and pracGreat heart. But what grounds had 'hè for his so faying? Hon. Why, he said, he had the fcripture for his warrane. Great-beari. Pray, Mr. Honest, prosent us with a few
Hon. So I will. He said, ta have to do with other men's wives had been practised by David, God's beloved, and therefore he could do it. He said, to have more women than one was a thing that Solomon practised, and therefose he could do it.
He said, that. Sarah and the godly. midwives of Egype lied, and so did Rahab, and therefore
He said, that the disciples went at the of their master and took away the owner's ass, and therefore he could do so too. He said, that Jacob got the and theretore he could fo too.
ible so to be.
he could do it
Great-beart. Highly base, indeed. And are you sure he was of this opinion ?
Hon. I have heard him plead for it, bring scripture for it, bring arguments for it, &c.
Great-beart. An opinion that is not fit to be with any allowance in the world.
Hon. Yoa muft understand me rightly: He did not say that any man right do this : but that those that had the virtues of those that did such things, might also do the fame.
Great-heart, but what more false than such a conclusion For this is as much as to say, That because good men here tofore have finned of infirmity, therefore he had allowang to do it of a presumptuous mind: Or if, because a chill by the blast of the wind, or for that it tlumbled at a kone fót down and defiled itself in mire; therefore he might wilfully lie down and wallow like a boar cherein. W." could have thought that any one could so far have been blinded by the power of luit? But what is written multo true : They tumble at the word, being disobedient, where unto they also were appointed.
His fupposing that fuch may have the godly men's vid tues, who addičt themselves to their vices, is also a delulice as ftreng as the other.! It is just as if she dog thould say I have, or may have, the qualities of the child, because lick up its stinking excrements. To eat up the fin of Godt people, is ao fign of one that is poffeffed with their virtuer Nor can I believe that one, that is of this opinion, can present have faith or love in tim. But I know
hard made some trong objections against him; priihee, what can he say for himself,
Hon. Why, he fays, to do this, by way of opinion, feenisi abundantly more honelt than to do it, and yet hold coop trary to it in opinion.
Great-heart. A very wicked answer : For though to let loose the bridle lults, while our opinions are againit? things, is bad ; yet to fin, and plead a toleration fo to do is worse ; the one stumbles beholders accidentally, the other leads then into a snare.
Hon. There are many of this man's mind, that have no this man's moth, and that makes going on pilgrimage of o lisile eltees as it isr
Great-heart. You have said the truth, and it is to be lamented : But he that feareth the King of Paradise Thall come out of them all.
Chrift. There are strange opinions in the world. I know one that said, It was time enough to repent when we come to die.
Great-heart. Such are not so in other matters: That man would have been loth, might he have had a week to run twenty miles in his life, to have deferred that journey to the last hour of that weck.
117 Vou say right, and yet the generality of them that couni themselves pilgrims do indeed do thus,
I am, as you fee, an old man, and have been a traveller in this soad many a day, and I have taken notice of many shingo.
I have seen some that have set out as if they would drive all the world before thém, who yet have in a few days died as they in the wilderness, and so never got fight of the promised land,
I have seen fome that have promised nothing at first settirg:out to be pilgrims, and trat one would have thought could not have lived a day, that have yet proved very good pilgrims.
I have seen some who have run hasily forward, that 2.. gain have, after a little time, run juft as far back again.
I have seen some who have spoke very well of a pilgrim's life at first, that after a while bave spoken as much against it.
I have heard some whef- they first set out for paradise, fay positively There is fuch a place, who, when shey had bécn almost there, have come back again, and said, there is none.
I have heard some vaunt what they would do in case they should be opposed, that have even at a false alarm fed faith, the pilgrim's way, and all.
Now, as chey were thus in their way, Fresh nerus of Chere caine one running to meet them, and troubles, said, Gentlemen, and you of the wesker fort, if you love lits shift for yourselves, for the robbers aro before you. Great-beart. Then faid Mr. Greaf-heart, they be the
three that set upon Little-faith heretofore Great heart's Well, said he, we are ready for them; la resolution. they went on their way. Now they looked
at every taining when they should have met with the villains; but whether, they heard of Mr. Greatheart, or whether they had some other game, they cane
not up to the pilgrims. Cbrifiana wish Christiana then wilhed for an inn to re etbe for an inn. frelh herself and her children, because they
were weary: Then said Mr. Honeft, there is a little before us, where a very honorable dil up' ong Gaius dweils. Su they all concluded to turn in thither,
and the rather, becaufe the old gentleman Rm. 16. 23. : gave him so good a report. So when they They enter into came to the door they went in; not knock Gaius's house. ing, for folks use not to knock at the door
of an inn; Then they called for the mates of the house, and be came to shein; fo they asked if they
might lie there ihat night. . Gaius entertains Gaius. Yes, gonslemen, if you be true shem, and how. men, for my house is for none but pilgrims
Then was Chriftiana, Mercy, and the boys che more glad, for that the innkeeper was a lover of pilgrims; So they called for rooms, and they shewed them one for Christiana, her children, and Mercy, and another for Mr. Great-heart and the old gentleman.
Great beart. Then said Mr. Great-heart, good Gaius, What haft thou for supper, for these pilgrims have come far to day, and are weary:
Gaius. It is late, said Gaius, so we cannot conveniently go out to seek food; but such as we have you shall be wele come to, if that will consent you.
Great-heart. We will be content with what thou haft in the house ; forasmuch as I have proved thee, thou art never
deftitute of that which is convenient. Gains's cook, Then he went down and spake to the
cook, whose name was 'Taite that which is good, to get ready fupper for so many pilgrims. This done, he comes up again, saying, Come, my good friends, you are welcome to me, and I am glad shat I have a house stain you; and while fupper is making ready, if
let us entertain one another with Tome good
they all laid, Content.