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tears, to think how far I have gone back from heaven-ward, by reason of Deeping in this place; and what danger you would all have ran, should you have lain down on this is chanted ground, for this is the place the shepherds told of of.

Spiritual-man. Blessed art thou of the Lord, o happy young man, who haft prevented us from sleeping in ti! place; pray entertain us with a relation of your paft tracks, for 1 perceive by your discourse that you have been this way before now.

Conv. 'Tis possible that you may have heard of ope Atheil that met ChriÄian and Hopeful a little way off from tkir place as they travelled to the heavenly city. I am the man, though my name be changed: nor was that my proper name, but was given me after my feep on the inchanted ground; for my name before was Well-meaning, but now it is convert. I was born in the valley of Destruction, and brought thenoe very young by my father, but as we came along, by that man behind us even by Human-reason, telling my father, that he being old and crazy, I should foon overtake him : But Human reason had such inticing ways with him, that I had not power to leave his company a great wide; nay, and at last when he faw that I would go, he would needs accompany me to this place, and at parting ho gaye me something to drink out of a vial, which he told me was an excellent cephalic, and good against all the difter part of the brain, to which travellers are liable, by reason of heats and colds, and the like ; and fo he took his leave and went back to his cave : But he was no sooner gone then I fell afleep on this ground, whether through the influence of that liquor he gave me, or through the nature of the va. pours which arife out of the ground, I know not, but my Deep feomed very sweet unto me; and I believe I bad dept my lad here, had I not been used in my childhood to walk in my sleep: For getting up in my sleep, I walked back . again the same way by which I came, and there I met with Chriftian and Hopeful, who were going forward to moant Zion : So when they told me where they were going, I fell a laughing heartily at them, calling them a hundred fools for taking upon them so tedious a journey, when they were like to have nothing for their pains, but mere labour & tra. vel. Now all this while my brains were to #upified with

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lat liquor which Human-reafon bad made me drink, that was not sensible I had been allerp, but was once in a ieam, and my fancy was to poffe sed with an imaginarion at I had been an iar as any pilgrim ever weni, but could ad no such place as the heavenly Jerusalem, and therefore believed there was none, and so I told them; but however ey did not mind my foolsh words, but went forward.on leir journey, and I kept on my course backward till I came

the town of Vanity, where I took up my lodging for a reat wbile, till once upon a time, being at one of the pubchows in the fair, I was struck with a thunderbolt from baven, which had almost cost me my life, for I was forced

keep my chamber a whole year upon it. Now, in this me of my confinement I began to think of my former life, ad he miserable condition I was in, if it should please God , take me away; this made me weep day and night by vyself; 1 fafted also, and prayed, and humbled myfelf bere the Lord in secret, and I vowed a vow unto God, that

it would please him to restore me to healtk again, I would ndertake a pilgrimage to Mount Zion, on the firft oppor. unity I could meet with to have company : So God hcard y prayer, my vows and my tears, and reftored me in a ttle time, and I walked, and soon left that wicked town; nd remembering that I had an acquaintance or two in the ave of Reformation, men of sober dispositions and religious ives, I resolved to go and see them, if perhaps I might preail upon them to go along with me: So I went accordingly o the aforesaid cave, and found my two friends there, whom coften broke my mind to about this matter ; but they put ne off till they could get more company, telling me that it arould not be long before fome pilgrims would come by, which made me long for the happy hour when I might hear f any travellers that were going that WAY.

In the mean while I abode in the cave, and conve-fed with a reat many men there, and among the rest I prevailea on 2.alouse mina und Yielding to go along with us ; for my friends numes were Seekoruth and Weary.o'-te-world whom we havr in our company now: So when Tender conjcience came by, and was ooking on tbe pillar of History, Seek sruth happened in jee him, and knowing by his habit .bat be was a pilgrim be prolinily #ruck up the bargain with him to bear hiṁ company, ani called the rest out of the cave, a.lule way off from which we overtook

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Spiritual man, and so we all joined in company, and came als togerber, not one of us but Yielding being loft: He must sa follow the leducer in the town of Vanily, and fo got a surfa evitb excess of wine, which killed him.

Now I Jaw in my dream, that ibe pilgrims by this time wel get over the inchanted ground, and entered into the country Beulah, whoje air was sweetened with all manner of aremali perfumes, which revived their drooping /pirits, grown bear and almost flupsfied with walking over the inchanted ground Here were trees growing, wbrje fruits.nester fade away, whose leaves are always green In this place there is a perper al spring, the birds akvays finging, the meadows adorned flowers and all things abounding that are delightful; for it hs within fighı of paradise, and ibe loadow of ihe celeftial tury reaches to it. Here they waiked and comforted themjelve with She pleasures which ebe goodly lana afforded, reflecting back sexy

the toils and hardships they bad undergane; they jolaced toemfira · with the thought that now they were plear their journey's

and within plain view of the celestial Jerufalem, wbich brys hau so long ana so forvently defired to fee. The fartter icar walked, the plainer might the glory of that place to feen, sed the more earnefily did they long to come to it : So they jured one aww her forwara, with comfortable words, Jaying, Comulut us go up to the boule of the Lord, our peet jhall be flanding into courts, Jerusalem. In the fight of angels ze will fing win Thee, O Lord, and will adoré in thy boly temp!e.

And as they passed along they came io criain vineyards wbic - belonged to the King, and the keepers iuvited them in, Jaringa!

Come in je tlefild of the Lord, and taste ye the wine that rejei ces the beart of God and man: So the pilgrims went into the vines yards and drank of the wine thereof, which inebriand then with love and joy, with desire and hope to loe the King's fauty of whom the keepers of the vineyards told them many gloricas Things, saying, That he was fairest among ten thousand, there fore the virgins kerved bim, and ran afrer the odour of his sint snents They jaid aljö, that he was a great liver of pilgrimas, and that he bimjelj cvok upon him once to be a pilgrim. Many! more good commendations they gave of him, which maderbok men impatient till THEY got to the City. SO THEY ht the VINEYARDS and went forward, and run as it were jer their lives. Thus THEY continued running till THEY camt in igbt of the gate ; but, in a kind of a bottom, THEY UTI

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by a river, which was very deep, and had not a bridge over it. Creover I saw in my dream that there fat a multicade of

women, and children, of all nacions, cribes, and lani. s, on the banks of the river : So when the pilgrinis down to the river side, they sat down likewile on the

and began to question one another how they should ver; Also they alked of some that were fitting there e then, whether there 'vas any other way to go into the i and they answered them, No. hen they were greatly perplexed in mind, to think how thould get over this river; but Wcary-o':622-world said his companions, be nordiscouraged because of the river, will venture in first, and according as it fares with me may act. If I get over in fafaty, then you may en

follow : but if wk and perish in the deep wa then you have your choice before you ; do vhat feeno in your own eyes. So he boldy rushed into the river, ging himself over head and ears in a moment, and they r raw him rise again, which did greatly dishearten the of the pilgrims, and they knew not what to do, de ch way to turn then selvos. Thilft 'they were thus difconfolate and nelancholy, there e Aying to them a man in bright cloathing, who said, e be unto you, let not your hearts be troubled becauít: he man who just entered the river, and presently funk of your fight: His name is Weary-o'-the-world, and circumstances answer his name; for ke has a long time

under great diicontent, because the affairs of his life it not (moothly on his fide; he has mct with a great ay losses and crosses, vexations and troubles in the world. has been crossed in body, soul, and estate, in wife, chile n, and friends :--Now all tkole together made him weary the world, and resolved to go out of it: Buche suffered ic of chose things for righteousness sake, or for the name Chrift, but for his own ambition, covetousness, and ene ..which made him odious: to all weat know him; nay, he reby.pat himself out of the protection of Providence, ro if nothing thrived which he look in hand: His corn wag sted in the field ; his body zfflicted with many difeases, sich were occasioned by his lafts; his wife and children rsed him to his face, because of his tyranny and cruelty ;

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his friends and neighbours mocked and derided at kis et lamities; and all things went against him: So in a per I us up a reclution to leave the world; but he did it not for the love o God, which was the reason why you sa lum huik in die waters of this river, and rise no more. is not enough to be weary of the world; bus to be weary of fiti, is that viich is acceptable in the fight of God, and of great prict: Besides he ought not to have rushed into the river himself without orders, bat should have wajiel eill the King's pleasure was manifefed to him, as you ke many fisting aling on the river fide, and waiting for the ning's cominandi And now I am sent with a message 10 Tender conscience, to tell him it is the King's pleafure hould corse over dext.

So Tender-conscience prepared himself to obey the King's Caminons, but his heart panted, and all his limbs trembled to think what was become of Weary.o' the world, and for for he'h ud firk likewise: Whom, when Spiritual-man f:w in his agony, he comforted him, bidding him be of good cheer, saying, You are not the frít, neither will TO be the last chas muft pass through this river; all that have Leen before you fince Adam, have been forced 10 this river, except Enoch and Elijnk, and so must all out come aiier sou: Death is a debt we all owe to God and nature, and it muft be paid one time or other, early or liter. There is an appointed time for all men once to die, and after weath to come to judgment; therefore be not 2fraid of that which cannot be avoided,

Tender-con am not so much afraid of death, as of what will come afer; I fear I fall never see the city of God, The heavenly Jerefalem, whose glittering walls and curre's ravilhed my eye's, when we palled chro' che lands of Beulah: I fear I am going down into a land of darkness, where my fcet will itumble on the dark mountains; a land without light or order, where there dwelle nothing but sempiternal horror and confullon. This is that which makes my heart strings ready to break, and my knees ro rmite one againA another. Oh! thar fome one would hide me till the fury of his anger be overpan! Oh! that he would protect me in the secret of his tabernacle, and shelter me under the fhadow of his wings! For yet a little while, and the ese What fcela me hall see are no more,

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