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things to finners; even as also thou seeft him fand as if he pleaded with men. And whereas thou seest the world as cat behind him, and that a crown The meaning hangs over his head; that is to thew thee, that of the picture. flighing and despising the things that are prefent, for the love that he hath to his master's service, he is fure, in the world that comes next, to have glory for his rewarj, Now, said she Interpreter, I have Thewed thee this picture first, because the man, Why be hew. whose picture this is, is the only man whom ed bin the the Lord of the place, whither thou art going, picture Art. hath authorised to be thy guide in all difficult places thou mayst meet with in thy way: Wherefore take good co what I have shewed thee, and bear well in thy mind wbat chou hať seen, left in thy journey thou meet with some that pretend to lead thee right, but their way goes down to death

Then he took him by the hand, and led him into a very large parlour that was full of yurt, because never swept; the which, after be had viewed a little while, the Interpreter called for a man to sweep: Now, when he began to sweep, the dust began so abundantly to fly about, that Christian had almost therewith been choaked. Then said the loterpreter, to a Damsel chat food by, Bring hither the water and sprina kle the room ; the which when she had done, it was swept and cleanled with pleasure, .

Chr. Then said Chriftian what means this is 11 Int. The Interpreter answered, This parlour is the heart'

of a man that was never fan&tified by the sweet grace of the gospel; the Duft is his original fin and inward corruptions that have defled the whole man. He that began to-sweep at forft is the Law; but the that brought water, and did sprinkle is, is the Gospel. . Now, whereas thou fawent that, as soon as the firtt began to sweep, the dust did so fly about, that the room by him could not be cleansed, but that thou waft almost choaked therewish; this is Lo : thew thee, that the law, inftead of cleansing the heart (by: its working) from fir, doth revive, put krength into, and increafe it in the soul, even Rom. 7. 6. as it doth discover and forbid it, for it doth I Cor. 15.50 not give power to fubdge ito

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Again: As thou fawest the Damsel sprinkle the room with water, upon which it was cleansed with pleasure: this is to Thew chee, that when the gospel comes in the fweet and pre

cious influences thereof to the heart, then, I Yohn 15. 11. say, even as thou sawest the Damsel lay the dut Ephes. 5. 26. by sprinkling the floor with water, so is fin vanAS 15. 9. quished and subdued, and the fouł made clean, Rom. 16.25, though the faith of it, and consequently fit :27. for the King of glory to inbabit. John 15. 13. I say, moreover in my dream, that the In.

terpreter took him by the hand, and had him into a little room, where fat two little children, each one in

his chair. The name of the eldest was Passion, He shewed him and the name of the other, Patience. Pallion Paffron & Pa- seemed to be much discontenced, but Patidiènce. Paffion ence was very quiet. Then Christian aked, will have it What is the reason of the difcontent of Pasnow.

fion? The Interpreter answered, The governor

of them would have him ftay for his best things Patience for till the beginning of the next year, but he waiting will have ali now; bu Patience is willing to

wait Pafion hatb bis

Then I saw that one came to Passion, and defire. brought him a bag of treasure, and poured

ir down at his feet; the which he took up and rejoiced therein, and withal laughed Patience to scorn.

But I be held a while and he had lavished And quickly la- all away, and had nothing left him but wifes als away rags.

Chr Then faid Christian-to the Interpreter, Expound this matter more fully to me.

Int So he said, these two lads are figures; Tbe matter ex- Paffion of the men of this world, and Patience, pounded of the men of that which is to.come: For

as here thou leeft, Pation will have all now this year ; that is tò fay, in this worl ; so are the men of

this world: They must have at their good The worldly things now, they cannot itay till next years man for « bird thülis, until the next world for theu portion in the band of geod. I he pr vern, Ab rd in the band is

wirth two in the bufo is of a locul!'ty with them, talase, the divine icillinonics of the good

but

of the world to come,

But as thou, fawest, that he had quickly lavished all away, and prefently left him nothing rags,

so will it be. with all such men at the end of this world.

Chr. Then said Chriftian, Now I fee that Patience bad Patience has the best wisdom, and that upon tbe beft wifa many accounts. 1. Because he Aays for the dom. best things. 2.; And also becaule he will have the glory of his when the other has nothing but rags.

Int. Nay, you may add another, to wit, the glory of the next world will never wear out; bui these are suddenly gone, Therefore Paffion had not so much reason to laugh at Patience, because he had his good things first, as Patience will have to laugh a: Pal. Things that fion, because he had his bell things last ; for are forft mult frft must give place co last,, because last must give place, have its time to come; but lait gives place to but things that nothing, for there is not another to succeed: are last are.. He therefore that hath his poriion firft, must lafting, Deeds have a tine to spend it; but he that has bis portion last, must have it taftingly: Therefore it is laid of Dives, In thy life-time thox receivedp toy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; bui now be is comforied, and thou art comforted.

Chr: Then I perceive it is not: best to cow Luke 16. Divis vet things that are now, but to wait for bad bis good things to come.

things for. Int. You lay truth: For the things that are the full things ore seen are temporal: but the things that are are bui temporal not seen are eternal: But though this be so, 2 Cor. 4. 18, yuí lince things present and our fehly ap.. petite are such near neighbours one to another; and again, because things to come and carnal fenfe are such strangers one to another; therefore it is, that the first of these fo suddenly fall into amity, and that distance is so continually berwien che fecund.

Then I law in my dream, that the Interpreter look Christian by the band, and led him into a place where was a fire burning gainit a wall, and one tanding by it, always casting muco wate: upon it to quench it, yet did the fire burn high s and holtis Tas 0 sald Curitian, Wbuh means this

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The Interpreter answered, This fire is the work of grace that is wrought in the heart; he that casts water upon it, to extinguish and put it out, is the Devil: But in that thou

feelt the fire notwithstanding burn higher and hotter, thou fhalt also fee the reason of that.' So he had him about to the backside of the wall, where he saw a man with a veffel of oil in his hand, of the which he did also continually ca ft. (but secretly) into the fire.

Then said Chrilian, what means this?

The Interpreter answered: This is Chrift, who continually with the oil of his grace maintains the work already begun in the heart, by the means of which, notwithftand

ing what the Devil can do, the fouls of his 2 Cor. 12. 9. people prove gracious fill. And in that

thou fawest, that the man stood behind the wall to maintain the fire, that is to teach thee, that it is hard for the tempted to see how this work of grace is maintained in the soul.

I saw also that the Interpreter took him again by the hand, and led him into a pieasant place, where was buils a stately palace, beautiful to behold ; at the fight of which Chriftian was greatly delighted. He saw also upon the top thereof certain persons walking, who were cloathed all in gold.

Then said Chriftian, May we go thither!

Then the Interpreter took him and led him ap toward the door of the palace; and behold, at the door food a great company of men as del rous to go in, but durft not. There also fat a man at a little distance from the door, at a table fide, with a book, and his ink horn before him, to take the names of them that should enter therein; he faw also, that in the duor-way food many men in armour to keep it, being resolved to do the men ihat would enter what hurt and mischiet they could. Now was Christian somewhat in amaze : At last, when every man startea back tor: tear of

the armed men, Chriftian faw a man of a The valiani very itout countenance come up to the man man.

thai fat there to write, faying, Set cown my

n'me, Sir; the which when he had done, he saw the man draw his sword, and put an heimet upon head, and ruth'd toward the door upon the armeu men, who laid upon him with deadly force ;, but the man not at

his

all discouraged, fell to cutting and hacking molt fiercely. So, afier he had received and

Ass 14, 22, given many wounds to those that attempted to keep him out, he cut his way through them all, and prelied forward into the palace ; at which there was a pleafant voice heard from thofe that were within, even of those chat walked upon the top of the palace, saying,

Come in, come in ;

Eternal glory chou shalt-win.. So he went in, and was cloached with such garments as they. The Chriftian smiled and said, I think.verily I know the meaning of this

Now said Chriftiae, let me go hence. Nay, Itay said the Interpreter, till I have shew'd thee a little more, and after that thou shalt go on thy Despair like. way. So he took him by the hand again, Iron Cage. and led him into a very dark room, where there fat a man in an iron cage.

ivow the man, to look on, seemed very sad; he fat with his eyes looking down to the ground, his hands folded together, and he fighed as if he would break his heart. Then faid Christian, What means this? At which the Interpreter bid him talk to the man.

Then said Christian to the man, What art thou?, The man answered, I am what I was not once.

Chr. What was thou once?.

Man. The man said, I was once a fair and fourihing professor, both in mine own eyes, and also in the eyes of others; I.once was, as I thoughi, fair for the celestial city, and had then even joy at the Luke 8. 130 thoughts that I should get thither.

Chr. Well, But what art thou now.;.

Man, I am now a man of despair, and am fhut up in its as in this iron cage. I cannot get out, ( now I cannot !

Cbr. Bus how cameft thou in this condi.ion?

Man. I lett off to watch and to be fober:; I lai the reins upon the neck of my luits; 1 finoed againit the light of the word, anu che goodness of God; I have grieved the spirit, ara he is gone;iempied the devil, and he is coine to me ; I have provoked God to anger, and he hath leic me; I have lo bardened my heart, that I cannot repent.

Then

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