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Yet was he troubled to think, that men in that danger hould so little efteem the kindness of him that so freely offered to help them, both by the awakening of them, counfelling of them, and proffering to help them off with their irons. And as he was troubled thereabout, he elpied two men come tumbling over the wall, on the left hand of the narrow way ; and they made up apace to him. The name of the one was Formalit, and the name of the other lypocrisy. So, as I said, they drew up into him, who thus entered with them into discourse.
Chr. Gentlemen, whence came you, and Christian talk. whither go you?
eth with oben. Form. and Hyp. We were born in the land of Vain glory, and are going for praise to Mount Sion.
Chr. Why came you not in at the gate which itandeth a: the beginning of the way ? Know you not that it is written, That be that cometh not in by the door, but climbeth up fome other way, the fame is as a John 10. 1. thief and u robber. :· Form, and Hyp. They said that to go to the gate for entrance, was, by all their countrymen, counted too far about; and therefore their usual way was to make a thort cut of it, and to climb over the wall as they had done.
Chr. But will it not be counted a tret pass against the Lord of the city, whither we are bound, thus to violate his revealed will? .
Forrn, and Hyp. They told him, that as They that come for that he needed not to trouble his head into the way, thereabout; for what they did they had cure but not by the tom, and could produce, if need were, testi- door, think that mony that would witness it for more than a they can Jay thousand years.
something in Chr. But, said Christian, will your prac- vindicarion of tice and a trial at law?
their own pracForm, and Hyp. They told him that cuf. tice, tom, it being ut so long standing as above a thoutand years, would doubtless now be admitted as a thing legal by an impartial judge; and besides, say they if we get into the way, what's the matter which way we get in? if we are in, we are in : thou art but in the way. who, as we perceive, came in at the gate ; and we are also
in the way that came tumbling over the wall: Wherein now is thy condition better than ours ?
Chr. I walk by the rule of my master, you walk by the rude working of your fancies. Your are counted thieves already by the Lord of the way, therefore I doubt you will not be found true men at the end of the way. You came in by yourselves without his direction, and shall go out by yourselves without his mercy.
To this they made him but little answer; only they bid him look to himself. Then I saw that they went on every man in his way, without much conference one with ano. ther; save that these iwo men told Christian, that as to laws and ordinances, they doubted not but they should as conscientioully do them as he ; therefore said they, we fee not wherein they differest from us, but by the coat that is on thy back, which was, as we trow, given thee by some of thy neighbours to hide the same of thy nakedness.
Chr. By laws and ordinances you will'not: Gal. 1. 16, be saved, since you came not in by the door,
And as for this coat that is on my back, it was given me by the Lord of the place whither I go; and that as you say, to cover my nakedness with. And I take
it a token' of kindness to me; for I had noChriffian has got thing but rags before ; and besides, thus I bis Lord's coat comfort myself as I go : Surely, think I, on his back, and when I come to the gate of the city, the is comforted Lord thereof will know me for good, since therewith: he is. I have his coat on my back!, a.coat that he comforled allo gave me freely in the day that he stript me with his mark
of my rags; I have moreover a mark in my and bis roll. forehead, of which perhaps you have taken
no notice, which one of my Lord's not intimate associates fixed there in the day that my burden tell off
iny fhoulders. I will tell you moreover, that I had then given me a roll sealed, to comfort me by reading, as I go on the way; I was also bid to give it-in at the celestial gate, in token of my certain going in after it; all which things I doubt you want them because you came not in at the gates
To thele things they gave him no answer, only they looked upon each other, and laughed. Thea I saw that
they went on all, Save that Christian kept Christian has before, who had no more talk but with talk with him. himself, and that sometimes sighingly, and Jelf.
Difficulty is behind, Fear is before,
sometimes comfortably: Also he would be often reading in the roll that one of the shining ones gave him, by which he was refreshed. I beheld then, that they all went on till they came të
the foot of the hill Difficulty, at the botton He.comes to the of which was a spring. There were also it hill Difficulty. the same place two other ways besides tha
which came strait from the gate ; one turne to the left hand, and the other to the right, at the botton of the hill, but the narrow. way lay right up the hill, and the name of the way going up the side of the hill is callece
Dificulty. Christian now went Isaiah 49. 10. spring, and drank thereof to refresh him
self, and then began to get up the hill saying,
The hill, tho' high, I e vet to ascend,
The other two also came to the foot of the hill; but when they saw that the hill was steep and high, and tha there were two other ways to go, and supposing also tha these two ways might meet again with that which Christiar went, on the other side of the hill, therefore they were re solved to go in those ways. Now the name of nge of thos ways was Danger, and the name of the other Destruction
So the one took the way which is calle The danger of Danger, which led him into a great wood turning out of and the other took direaly up the way i
Destruction, which led him into a wide
field full of dark mountains, where he Itum: bled and fell, and rose no more.
I looked then after Chriflian, to see him go up the hill, where I perceived he fell from running to going, and from going to the clambering upon his hands and his knees, be cause of the steepness of the place. Now, about the mid
way to the top of the hill, for the refreshing A word of grace, of weary travellers ; thither therefore Chrif