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Great-heart.' How came that about How he get over Valiant. Why, I still believed what these fiumbling Tell-true liad said, and that carried mit biocki.

yond them all.

Great-heart. Then this was your viac even your faith,

l'aliant. It was so; I believed, and therefore came o got into the way, fought all thar set themselves againi and, by believing, am come to this place.

Who would true valour see,

Let him come hither ;
One here will constant be,

Come wind, come weather :

There's no discouragement
Shall make him once relent,
His first avow'd intent,

To be a pilgrim.

Who.fo beset him round

With dismal stories,
Do but themselves confound,

His Arength the more is.

No lion can him fright;
He'll with a giant fight,
But he will have a right

To be a pilgrim.

Itobgoblin, nor foul fiend,

Can daunt his fpirit.:
He knows he at the end

Sball life inherit.

Then fancies fly away,
He'll noo fear what men fay,
He'll labour night and day, .

To be a piigrim. By this time they were got to the inchanted grous where the air naturally tended to make Rre droway;

place was all grown over with briars and thorns, exing here and there where was an inchanted harbour, 3 which if a man fits, or in which if a man sleeps, 'iigi eftion, say fome, whether ever he Mall rise or wake ain this world. Over this forest therefore they went, one and another, and Mr. Grezi-heart'wefit before, hat he was the guide, and Mr. Valiant-for-truth, ha behind, being rear guaard, for fear, lett poradventure fiend, or dragon, or giant, or thief should fall upon rear, and so do mischief. They went on here, each with his sword drawn in his hand; für shey knew it. a dangerous place : Also they cheared up one another ell as they could; Fueble-mind, Mr. Great-heart come' ded should come up after sim, and Mr. Deípondency Wonder the eye of Mr. Valiant-Sor-truth. hey had not gone fag, but a great mit and darknessapon them all ; so that they could fcarce, for a great ' e, one see the other; Wherefore they were forced, for: time, to feel for another by words, for they walked by sight. at any one must think that here was but forry going the best of them a!! ; but how much worse for ihe we

and children, who both of feet and heart were but ler: Yet so it was, that through the encouraging words im thac led up the front, and of kim that broughe thena : bi nind, they made a pretty good hift :o waz along.

way was also here very wearifome, throʻ airt and ibineis : Nor was there on all this ground fo mach as inn or via valling-house, wherein to refresh the feebler - Here therefore was grunting, and pufing, insighi while one tumblesk over a Bush, another sticks fati in dirt; and the children, some of them lost their thocs in mire; while one cries out, I am down, and another,

where are you? and a third, the bushes have got fuch I hold of me, I think I cannot get away from them.

came at an harbour, warm, d promising much refreshing to pilgrims; Au arbcur on

was finely wrought above-bead, beau- the inc'anted hed with greens, furnished with benches ground. id fetiles : It had in it a fort couch, where le weary might lean. This, you must think, all things ansdered was tempting; for the pilgtims aiready began

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to ko foiled with the badness of the way; but there a not one of them that made so much as a motion to there ; Yea, for ought I could perceive, they continua eave so good heed to the advice of their guide, and tie a so faithiully tell them of dangers, and of the nature dangers vben they wc:9 at them, that ufually when the were ncarest to them they did groft pluck up their spirit and hearten cne another to deny the field. This harbo was called the fochful's friend, to allure, if it might Some of the pilgrims there to take up their relt when weer

I saw iben in my dream that they went on in this bar folitary ground, will they came to a place at which a me is apt to lose his way. Now though, when it was sig!

their guide could well enough tell how The quing is dif. miss those ways tha: Icad wrong, yet in ficult to find. dask he was put to a ftant; but he had

his pocket a map of all the ways leadin The guide has a to or from the celellial city; wherefore map of all ways struck a light (for he never goes also wit deading to or out hie tinder-box) and takes a view from ibe cing. his book or map, which bids him be care

ful in that place to turn to the right; AD bad he not been here careful to look into his map, they ha in all probability been smothered in the mud, for just little before them, and that at the ens of the cleaneft w too, was a pit Rone knows how deep, full of socking bu mud, there made on purpose to destroy the pilgrims ja.

Tken thought I with myself, who, the God's book. goeth on pilgrimage, but would have one

of these maps about him, that he may lock when he is at a stand, which is the way he must take.

Then they went on in this incharted ground, will they came to where there was another harbour, and it was buil by, the highw'y side:. And in that harbour there lay no men, whose names were Heedless and Too-hold: These two went thus far on pilgrimage; but here, being wearied tvith their journey, sat down to rest themselves, and tell fat asleep. When the pilgrims saw them, they livod fill and look their heads; for they knew that the sleepers were in a pitiful cafe. Then they corfulted wbal to do, when ther to go on and leave them in their neep, or flep to them, and try to wake them :. So obey concluded to go to chen

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/ The PILGRIM's PROGRESS. 295 I wake them ; that is, if they could; but with this cau1, namely, to take heed that themselves did not fir down, embrace the offered benefit of that hårbour, o they went in and spako to the men, and called each" his name, (for the guide it seems did w them) but there was no voice nor an- The pilgrims try' . Then the guide did tuzke them, and to awake them. what he could to disturb thein. Tnen one of them, I will pay you when I take my money; bich the guide took his head: I will fight so long as I hold my Ivord-in my hand, said the other; at that of the children laughed. then fuid Christiana. what is the meaning of this? The le faid, They talk in their nep; if you € them, beat them, or whatever elle Their endi avour do to them, they will anfwer you after is fruitless. fashion ; or as one of them said in old Prov.23. 34,35 · e, when the waves of the sea did bcat in him, and he dept.as one upon the mast of a hip. sen I awake I will feek it again. You know when men

in their fieep they fay any thing, bat their words are governed either by faith or reason. There is an incoency in their words now, as there was before betwixt ir going on pilgrimage and fitting down here. This in is the mischief on't, when heedless ones go on pilgri. ge, twenty to one, but they are served thus : For this hanted ground is one of the last refuges that the enemy pilgrims has; wherefore it is, as you fee, pl: cod almost the end of the way, and so it dandeth against us with ? more advantage : For when, ihinks the cremy, will

fools be so de drous to sit down as when they are weary d when so like to be wcary, as when almost at their arney's end? Therefore it is, I say, that the inchanted ound is placed so near the land Beulah, and so riear the d of cheir race: Wherefore let pilgrims look to chemlves, left it happen to them as it has done to these, that, you see, are fallen asleep, and none can awake them.

Then the pilgrims defired, with trembe light of the bling, to go forward, only they prayed

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and they went by the help of that through the rest of tia way, though the darkness was very great.

But the children began to be sorely weary, and they cried out unto him that loveth pilgrims, to make their way me! comfortable; so by that, they had gone a little farther, wiod aroíc that drove away the fog, to the air became mo. clear.

Yet they were not off (by much) of the inchanted grovoj only now they could see one anuther better, and the wa wherein they should walk. .

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of one that was much concerned, lo Standfajt upon went on and looked before their : and be bis krer's on tbe hold they saw, as they shought, a manu inchanted on his knees, with his hands and eyes ground, up, and speaking, as they thougbi, e

neftly to one that was ahove; they des nigh, bat could not tell what he said: so they weni Ich cill he had done. When he had done, he got up and he gan to run towards the celestial city. Then Mr. Greas heart called after him, saying, Soho friend, let us your company, if you go, as I suppose you do, to the e leitial city : So the man fopped, and they came up to him But fo soon as Mr. Honest saw hiin, he said, I know 184 man. Then said Mr. Valiant-fro-truth, Prithee, who it? 'Tis one, said he, that comes from whereabouts I dwell his name is Stand-fast; he is certainly a right good pilgria,

So they came up to one another, and prelcntly Stanu falt said to old Honest, oh, father Honeft, are you there! Aye, said he, that I am as fure as you are there. Rigba glad am I, said Mr. Stand- fait, that I have fourd you ou This road: And as glad am I, said the other, char i espird you upon your knees: Then Mr. Standfalt blushed, and

aid, But why did you see me! Yes, that I did quoth the other, and with my heart was glad at the lighi. War, what did you think, said Stand-fast: Think! laid old licnett, whai ikould I chink? I thought we had an honeli maa upon the road, cherefore should have his company by ani by. If you thought not amily, how happy am I but it: be not as I fouli, 'tis I alone must bear it. That is true said she other; but your fear dosh further confirm we that

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