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And with that word he entered the river, and finding the water shallow at firit he was comforted; but as he was wadng along, they came up even to his mouth and noftrils, o that he could hardly fetch his breath ; then he cried aoud, saying, Save me, O God, for the waters are come nto my soul; I fink in deep mire, where is no ianding ;
am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. vlake halle to deliver me, O God; Make halte to help me
Lord; my fleth and my heart faileth, but God is the trength of my heart and portion for ever. Thus cried be, and kill waded on till he came to the middle of the riven, where he could find no bottom; so that his head was covered with water, and he had sunk away, had not the shining one that invited him come flying to his afliitance, and catching him by the hair of the hea I, held his head above water till he came over to the cppolite bank, where it grew tallower, and be began to walk with east till he got clear of the river: and when he food wpon the bank on the others lide he leaped for joy, anding himself fo marvellous light and active that he thought he could fly ; for the garments which he wore all the way were very heavy, and they fell off from him in the river, so that now ho was as light as a bird.
Now I saw in my dream, that the firing one had no foaner fet him on che mallow fide of the river, but he wert to the other fide, and bid Spiritual-man, Zezlous-mind, Seek-truth and Convert, follow him into the river, which they did, whilft the shining one flew over their heads to the other side, where Tender-conscience stood encompassed by five or fix men in bright cloathing: So the four men waded through che river with different circumstances; for Spiritaal-ınan having been in deep waters before, though not altogether fo deep as these, had got some skill in iwimming and keeping his head abeve water, but poor Convert and Seek-truth were at a great loss when they came towards the middle of the river, where the waters were at the deepeft, so that they cried out for help unto him that is able to fave, and their prayer was heard, and a hand was reached for the which buoyed them up till they came to the shallow ground; so they walked through the rest of the river with ease, and came to their brethron on the other üde: But as for Zealousmind he thought to have got over safer than any of them,
and therefore privately he had gathered a bundle of reeds, which grew by the river fide, and be refted himself on them; but indien he came to the midrile, the violence of the cur. rent carried away the reeds, and he sunk to the bottom, & never was seen moro.
Su in my dream I asked one that stood by mne, what was the reason that be who had appeared so forward all along in his journey, should sink ai last? And he answered me, it is not enough to be zealous and forward, but to be humble and requisite. This nian was of a fiery temper, and had a zeal indeed; but it was a disorderly zeal, 201 testprred with charity and prudence : Likewise, he trufied in his o'r n liength, as you saw by his leaning on the bundle of reeds: Now this was his pride; for, had he called en God for help, peradventure he might have been faved.
So I saw in my dream thit the four Eca, éren Tenderconfience, Spiritual-man, Seck-truth, and Convert, welcomed each other to that side of the river, and the thining one welcomed them likewise; and there came a bright cloud and covered them all, and they were carried up in the cloud, through untracked paths of air, and as they went up, the men ir: brighe cloathing told them they had watched over them all the way of their pilgrimage, and had observed all their acions, which were written down in a book; & that tey had faved them from many dangers, though unseen by them. Thus the cloud was carried up the boundless orle abore; and as they went through the skies, they fax ile glorious flars Mining like the fun in the firmament. At length, when they came neilr to the heaven of heavens, a tioop of holy once came out of the city to meet theni. Now the foundation of the city was laid on the top of the eternais hills, and all round about were ficlds of endless light, s herein the saints and angels walked. Then they came to the place where the Ancient of Days was fitting, whose garments were as white as fnow, and the hair of his head was like pure wool; his throne was like the fiery fiane, and his wheels as burning fire. A bery stream iffaed, and came out before him, thousands and thousands ministered unto him; and ten thousand times ten thousand food bea fore him. Then they came to toe gate of the city, and the pilgrims wert bid to call there, which they did accorCingly, and one looked over the gate, to whom the men
in bright mourning said, T'hese men are come from the valley of Deltruction; these men have gone through great tribulation for the love they bear to the King; and they spokc to the pilgrims to give in their certificates, which they did, and their ceriificates were presented to the King, who gave orders that the gate thould be opened to the pilgrims; so they entered in, andjali at the entrance one met them, and said unto them, Come, ye blessed of my father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the worrld; enter you into the joy of your Lord. Then a multitude of the heavenly hofts, with harps in their hands, met them, and sang a song which no inan understood but themselves, and such as are thought worthy to be admitted into that blefied place: So I awokc, .and behold it was a Dread.
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LIFE and DEATH
Mr. JOHN BUNYAN,
L AT E
Preacher of the Gospel in B E D FOR DE
The Righterus fall be in everiafting Remembrance.
MR. JOHN BUNY Á N was born al Elfun,
in the county of Bedford, within a little mile of that town, of honcít, but very pocr parents: His original being so mean, that i know not in whom the words of the great apofle to the Gentiles, in his Grit chapter
of the epiftle to the Corintbians, were more fully exemplified, than in Mr. Jcbx Bunyan: the words afe thefe : For you see your calling, brethren, bow that not many wise rnen after the fish, not many mighty, met masy noble, art called; but God bath chopen the foalifh things of the world #9 confrund i be wile; and God bath chojen the weak tbings of the alorld 10 confound the things that are mighty : And base things of the world, and things which are despijed, harb God choles: That no fefe might glory in his presence. And this he him. 1-18 was ready upon all occasions to own, that God might
ele glory of his own grace: For tha' his original and
birth was bat poor and despised, yet it pleased God to chuse jim before Alany others, to be an instrument for the firing of
nany fouls unto God; And that ine grace of God hat was given him, may be the more exceedingly magnifi:d, we will give some brief account of what he was before he grace of God appeared to him.
I have already told you, that his parents were very meart, ut that they took care to give him that learning which was uitable to their condition, bringing hiin up to read and write ; but so great was his natural depravity, & his prone ness to all evil, that he quickly forgot both, being only prone to do evil; but to do or learn that which was good, or praise-worthy, he had no heart or knowledge; aiciêing hianself so much in his
childhood 1o curling. swearing, lying, and blafpheming, that he liad fex cquals in wicked. nefs ; insomuch, that I remember I have beard him tay, with grief of heart, Me was a town-fwearer ; that is to fay, one that was taken notice of, one more notoriously wicked by all the town where he lived: Yet was not his conscience feared, but would often give him such' twiages as made hiin very uneasy: Being all often affrighted with dreams, and (errified with vifions in the night; fearing left for the fins he had committed in the day, he should be taken away by devils in the right, and by them be bound down with the chains of darkwels to the judgment of the great day.. And these fears were frequent with him, which he had hardly reached to the age of ten years. And anose thoughts did Rot only attack him in the night-season, but sometimes also in the midst of his childish vanities, ainong ft his vain conpanions : And sometimes in this condition, despair had taken hold so much on him, that he has willied, that either there had been no hell, or that him'elf had been a devil, fuppoling that the devils were only coraientors of others, but were not gormented theinselves. And yet, when these thoughts had left him, he followed his tintul pleasures with all the eagerneso imaginable; as if he had never had more diseral del pairing thoughts. So that the whole course of his life, from his childhood to his marriage, was what the afoAle describes in Ephesians ii. 2, 3. Srcording to the course of this world, and the spirit that now workeih in the children of disobedience, being filled with all unrigbreotype), and led cattive by the devil at his will : And as himsuit exprcfes ii, The