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ings are right betwixt the prince of pilgrims and your al: For, faith he, Blesled is the man that feareth always. Valiant. Well, but brother, I pray thee, tell us, What s the cause of thy being upon thy knees even now? was “, or some obligations laid by special mercies upon thee i how? Standfuft. Why, we are, as you see, up
the is.chanied ground; and as I was what it was ning along, I was musing with myself ihat friched bin ? what a dangerous nature the road in this upon his knees. ce was, and how many thias had come n thos far on pilgrimage, had here been ftopt, and beer ? troyed. I thought allo of the manner of death ivith ich this place destroyeth men." Those that die here die no violent distemper: The death which suci die is not evous to then : For he that goeth away in a Necp, begins
journey with d-fire and pleasure; yea, fuch acquiesce Dhe will of that disease." You. Then Mr. Honeft, interruptinge of him, said, Did ! ifre che two men afeep in the harbour? Standfaft, Aye, aye, I law Heedlels and Too bold there; ; for ought I know, there they will lic ill they rot; ; let me go on with my tale: As I was thus musing, as xid, there was one in very pleasant attire, but old, who fented herself 'uno mc, and offered me three things, to 6, her body, her purse, and her bed: Now, the tioth
I was both weary and fileepy: I am also as poor as a wlet, and that perhaps tho witch knew, Well, I repul. her once and again; but the put by my repulies and iled: Then I began to be angry; but the mattered that ching at all. Then fine made offers again, and said, if vould be ruled hy her; the would make me great and Ppy: For, said she, I am the mittress of the world, and en are made happy by nic,
Theo I afked her name, and ; e told me it was Madam Bubble, . This set ine farther om her; but the hill followed with inticeinents. Then Ii sook be, as you say, to my knees, and with bands lifted P. and cries, I prayed to him that bath said he would p: So just as you came up che gentlewoman went ter ay. Then I continued to give thanks for this great delia trance ; for I verily believe the intended no good, but rac her sought to make a llop of me in my journey.
Ilon. Without doubt her deligns were bad. But dar, now you talk of her, methinks I either have seen her, a have read some ftory of her.
Standfet. Perhaps you have done both.
Hon Madam Bubble! is the not a tall comely dame something of a swarthy complexion ? .
Standfaf. Right, you hit it, the is juft such an one.
Hon. Doch he not speak very smoo:hly, and give you fnile at the end of every sentence?
Standfajt. You fall right upon it again, for these are ko very actions.
Hon. Doth the not wear a great purse by her fide; 22 is noe her hand often in it, fingering her money, as if the was her heart's delight
Standfa. 'Tis jut fo; had the food by all this whil you could not more amply have sex her forth before the and have better described her features..
Hon. Then he that drew her picture was a good limni and he that wrote of her faid true.
Great heart. This woman is a wiroh ; and it is by virtue of her sorceries that this ground is enchanted; whoene doth lay his head down in her lap, had as good lay it dort upon that block over which the ax doth hang; and who ever lays his eyes upon her beauty, is counted the enemy of God. This is the that maintaineth in their splendor al those that are the enemies of pilgrims: Yea, and this The that hath also brought off mapy a man frem a pilgrim, life. She is a great golfipper; she is always, both she and her daughters, at one pilgrim's heels or another, now commending, and then preferring the excellencies of this life She is a bold and impudent flut; The will talk with Dr. man. She always laughesh poor pilgrims to scorn, bar highly commends the rich; if there be one cunning to get money in a place, they will speak well of his from hoc to houfe. She loveth banqueting and fcasting mighty wellit she is always at one full table or another. She has given it out at some places that the is a goddess, and therefore some do worship her. She has her time and open places of cheating; and she will say, and avow it, That none cu Thew a good compar:ble to hers. She promiseth to dwell with children's children, if they would but love and make mucb of her, She will fait oui of her purse gold like duke
fome places, and to fome persons. She loves to be fought ter, spoken well of, and to lis in the bosoms of sen. ie is never weary of commending her commodities, ardi :loves them most that think beli of her. She will p:ofe crowns and kingdoms, if they will take her advice; i many haih she brought to the ballar, and ten thoufar.d nes more to hell. Stand. Oh! said Srandfat, what a mercy is that I did itt her ; for whither might He have drawn nie? Great-beart. Whither ! Nay, none but God knows, l.ie general, to be sure the would have drawn thee into 112.foolish and hurtful luits, which drown men in derecn and perdition. It was the that fee Abfalom ag in his father, and Jeroam against his master. It was the that persuaded Judas fell his Lord; and that prevailed with Denias to forlike e godly pilgrim's life. None can tell of the mitchief at the doch; she makes variance betwixt rulers and sub. As ; betwixt parents and children ; betwixt neighbour d neighbour ; betwixt a man and his wife; betwixt a an and himself; betwixt fieh and the spirit. Wherefore-good Mr. Standfalt, be as your name is; and hen you
have done all, Scand. Ac ihis discourse there was, among the pilgrims, a mix. :: vre of joy and irembling; but at length_they broke out.s
After this I beheld, imcil they were come unto the land? of Beulah, where the sun fhiaeth night and day. Here, because they were weary, they betook thetnlelv:'s a while to rct. And becausę tiis country was common for pilgrims, and t cause the orchards and vineyards that were belongedt! ia jhe King of the celeftial country, therciuie they were
licensed to make bold with any of his things : But a little while foon refreihed them here; for the bells did fo ring, and the trumpels continually founded fo melodiously, that they could not sleep, and yet they received as much 16 freshing, as if they slept ever. so foundly. Here also all the noise of them that walked in the streets was, More pile grins are come to town. And another would answer, faying, And so many went over the water, ard were latin at the golden gates to day. They would cry again, There is now a legion of fbining ones just come to town, by which we know that there are more pilgrims on the road for here they come to wait for them, and to comfort theme after their sorrow. Then tbe pilgrims got up, and walked to and fro ; but how were their eyes now filled with celebe tial visions! In this land they heard nothing, faw nothing, felt nothing, Smelt nothing, tasted nothing that was offee. five to che itomach or mind; only when they tafted of the
water of the river over which they were tal Death bitter to go, they thought that it taited a little tit she flesh, but terih to the palate, but it proved sweet sweet 10 she foul when it was down.
In this place there was a record kept of the names of them that had been pilgrims of old, and a history of all the famous acts that ihey had done. It was
here also much discoursed, How the river Death bath is to some hath its flowings, and what ebbing ebbings and it has had while others have gone over. It Florwings like the has been in a manner dry for some, while side,
it has overflowed its banke for others.
In this place the children of the towa would go into the King's gardens, and gather nosegaya for the pilgrims, and bring them to them with affection. Here alfo grew camphire and spikenard, raffron, calamus, and cinnamon, with all the trees of frankincense, myrrh, and aloes, with all chief spices. With these the pilgrims chambers were perfumed while they fald here; and with: these were their bodies anointed, to prepare them to go over the river, when the tim:. appointed was coine, Now while they lay here, and waited for the good hour,
there was a noise in the town that there A mefsenger of was a poft come from the celestial city, with death Jent to matters of great importance to, one Chrif Chrifliana, piana, the wife of Chrißian the pilgrim..
so inquiry was made for her, and the house was d where the was, so the polt presented her with a r: he contents were, .“ Hail, good woman! I bring see tidings, that the master calleth for thee, and exa
teth that thou mouldelt fand in his presence, in othes of immortality, within these ten days." "hen he had read this letter to her, he gave her there :
a true token, that he was a true mere er and was come to bid ker make Hore welcome ito be gone. The token was, An death is to those
sharpened with love let cafiiy into that are willing
that he should give advice how all things
had; and commanded her sons and daughters to be
eye to my children ; and it 21, any time you see them lot, speak comfoctably to them. For my daughters, any os wives, they have been faithful, and a fulfilling of the omise upon them will be their end. But the gave Mr. andfalt a ring. Then He called for old Mr. Honest, and said of him,