Then said Christian to the Interpreter, but is there no hopes for such a man as this? Ask him said the Interpreter,

Chr. Then faid Christian, Is there no hope, but you must be kept in the iron-cage of despair ?

Man. No, none at all.
Chr. Why? The Son of the Blessed is very pitiful,

Man. I have crucified him to myfelf afresh; Heb. 6. 6. I have despised his perfon ; I have despised his Luke 19. 14. righteousness; I have counted his blood an unHeb. 10:28, holy thing ; I have done despite to the Spirit

of grace; therefore I shut myself out of all the promises, and there now remains to me nothing but threatenings, dreauful threatenings fearful threatenings of certain judgment, and a fiery indignation, which shall de Your me as an adversary.

Chr. For what did you bring yourself into this condi. tion)

Man. For the lufts, pleasures, and profits of this world; in the enjoyment of which I did, then promise myself much delight; but now every one of those things also bite me, and gnaw me, like a burning worm,

Cbr. But canst thou not now repent and turn ?

Man. God hath denied me repenrance. His word gives me no encouragement to believe ; yea, himself hach fhut me up in his iron cage; nor can all the men in the world let me out. O eternity! eternity! how shall I grapple with the misery that I'must mees with in eternity ?:

Int. Then said the Interpreter to Chriftian, let this man's misery be remembered by thee, and be an everlasting caution to thee.

Cbr. Well, said Chriftian, this is fearful! God help me to watch and be sober, and to pray that I may thun the cause of this man's misery. Sir, it is not time for me to go on my own way?!

Int. Tarry until I thew thee one thing more, and then thou shalt go on thy way:

So he took Chr-than by the hand again, and led him into a chamber where there was one:sling out of bed ; and as he put on his raiment he th ok and trembled. Therr faid Chriftian, Why doth this man thus tremole?. The Interpreter then bid him tell 10 Chriftian the reaton of ois lo doing : So he began anu iaid, This night, as I was in niy

[ocr errors]

1 Cor. 15.

feep, I dreamed, and behold the heavens grew exceeding black ; also it thundered and lightened in molt fearful wise, that it put me into an agony. So I looked up in my dream, and saw the clouds racked at an unusual rate ; upon which I heard a great found of a trompet, and saw also a man fit upon a cloud, attended with the thousands of heaven : They were all in faming fire, also the heavens were in a burning flame. I heard then a voice, faying, Arise ye dead, and come to judgment; 1 Thell: 4. and with that the rocks rent, the graves open- Jude 15. ed, and the dead that were therein came forth; John 5. 28. some of them were exceeding glad, and look- 2 Thell: 1.8 ed upward; and some sought to hide shem- Rev. 20, JI, felves under the mountains. Then I saw the &c. Ifaiah Man that sat upon the cloud open the book, 26. 21. Mici and bid the world draw near.

Yet there was, 7. 16, 17. by reason of a fierce flame which iffued out Pf.5, 1,2,3. and came before him, a convenient distance berwixt him and them, as, betwixt the judge Mal. 3. 2, 3 .. and the prisoners at the bar," I heard it also Dan. 7.9, 10. proclaimed to them that attended on the man ihat fat on the cloud, Gather together the tares, Mark 3. 13. the chaff and stubble, and cast them into the burn- Chap. 14, 33, ing lake: And with that the bottomless pit Mal. 4. 1. opened juit whereabout I food; out of the Inouth of which there came, in an abundant manner, smoak and coals of fire, with hideous noises. It was. alfo faid to the fame persons, Gather my wheat Luke 1. 37. into the garnar. And with that I law many 17 heft. 7.166 catched any carried away into the clouds ; 17. but I was left behind. I also tought to hide myself, but I could not, for the man that sat Rom. 2. 14,15; upon the cloud till kept his eye. upon me; My fins alto came into my mind, and my.confcience did accuse me on every fide Upon this I awaked from my steep.

Chr. But what was it that made you fo attaid ot: thus. fight?

Man. Why, I thought the day of judgment was cone, and that I was nou ready for it ;. but this frighted me molt, that the an els gathered up feveral, and left me behindia Alo tue. pic of hill pened her mouth just where I ode My couliience tou afi.cted me; and, as I thooghi, the


Jadge had always his eye upon me, fhewing indignation in his countenance.

Then said the Interpreter, Christian, Hast thou consider. ed all these things?

Chr. Yes, and they pat me in hope and fear.

Int. Well, keep all these things so in thy mind, that they may be as goad in thy fides, to prick thee forward in the way thon must go. Then Christian began to gird sp his loins, and to address himself to his journey. Then said the Interpreter, the comforter be always with thee, good Christian, to guide thee in the way that leads to the city. So Chriftian we..t on his way, saying, Here I have seen things rare and profitable, Things pleasant, dreadful, things to make me stable In what I have begun to take in hand; Then let me chink on them, and underftand Wherefore they show'd me were, and let me be Thankful, good Interpreter, to thee. Now I saw in my dream, that the highway up which

Christian was to go, was fenced on either fide Ifaiah 26. 1. with a wall, and that wall was called Salva

tion. Up this way therefore did burdened Chriftian run, but not withou: great difficulty, because of the load on his back,

He ran thus till he came at a place somewhat ascending, and upon that place ftood a cross, and a little below, in the bottom, a sepalchre. So I saw in my dream, that just as Christian came up with the cross, his burden loosed from off his fhouliers, and fell from off his back, and began to tumble, and to continued to do, till it came to the mouth of the fepulchre, where it fell in, and I saw it no more.

Then was Christian glad and lightfome, When God th- and said, with a merry neart, He hash gives leafes us of our me reft by his forrow, and life by bois death. gult& burden Then he food a wbile to look and wonder ; we are asthofe for it was very furprifing to him, that the that leap for fight of the crots should thus eale him of his joy. burden. He louķed therefore, and looked a gain, even till the springs that were in his


head sent the waters down his cheeks. Now, as he stood looking and weeping, behold three Zech. 12.10. hiring ones came to him and faluted him, with Peace be to thee; fo the first said to him, Thy fins be. forgiven thee; the second Atripped him of his rags, and clothed him with change of raiment; Mark 2. 2. the third also set a mark on forehead, and Zech. 3. 3. gave him a roll, with a seal upon it, which he bid him look on as he ran, and that he Ephef. 1. 13. fhould give it in at the celestial gate; so they went teir way. Then Christian

gave three leaps for joy, and went on singing Who's this? The Pilgrim. How? 'Tis very true, Old things are pass’d away: All's become new : Strange! He's another man, upon my word; They be fiue feathers that raake a fine bird, Thus far did I come laden with my fin, Nor could oughe case the grief that I was in, Till I came hither ; what a place is this? A Chriftian Mult here he the beginning of my bliss ? Mut here the burden fall from oif'my backi alone when God Muk here the Itrings that bind it to me crack? dotle give him Bleft cross! bleft lepulchre ! blest rather be the joy of bis The Man that there was put to shame for me! beari.

can fong thol

I saw then in my dream, that he went on thus, even until he came at the bottom, where he saw, a little out of the way, three men fait asleep with fetters upon theis heels. The name of one was Simple, Simple, Sloth, another Sloth, and the third Presumption. and Preyumpa

Christian then seeing them lie in this case, rion. went to them, if peradventure he might awake thera ; and cried, You are like them that Deep on the top of a matt, for the dead sea is under you, a gulph that hath no bottom , awake theretore Prov. 23. 24. and come away ; be willing also, and I will help you off with your irons. He also told them, If be that goeth about like a roaring lion comes by, you will certainly become a prey i Peter 5: 8. to his teeth. With that they looked upon

There is no per- him, and began to reply in this fort : Simple fuafion will do, faid, I see no danger : Sloth faid, Yet a litif God openetb tle more sleep; and Presumption said, Every

tub must fard upon its own bottom. And

so they lay down to sleep again, and Christian went on his way

not the eyes.


« ForrigeFortsett »