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fand, is able to absolve me ; yea, and to pardon alfo what I did as to my compliance with thee: And besides (O'thou . destroying Apollyon) to speak the truth, I like his service, his wages, his fervants, his government, his company, and coluntry, better than thine ; and therefore leave off to perfuadë me farther, I am his fervant, and I, will follow him.
Apoli Consider again, when thou art in Apollyon pleads cool blood, what thou art like to meet with the grievous ond: in the way, that thou goeft. Thou know. of Christians, to : eft, that, for the most part, his fervanta disuade Chrifticome to an ill end, because they are tranf. an from perfiftgreffors against me and my ways. How ing in bis way. many of them have been put to shameful deaths ? And be des, thou countest this service better than: mine, whereas he never came yet from the place where he: is to deliver any that served him out of their hands; but a&. for how many times, as all the world very well knows, have I delivered, either by power or fraud, those that have faithfully ferved me, from him and his,, though taken by them; and fo.will I deliver thee.
Chr. His forbearing at prefent to deliver them, is on purpose to try their love, whether they will cleave to him to the end ; and as for the ill end thou sayelt they come tog, that is most glorious in their account; but for present de liverance they do not much expect it; for they stay for their glory, and then they lhall have it, when their Prince comes ; in his, and the glory of the angels.
Apol. Thou haft already been unfaithful in thy fervice to him ; and how dost thou think to receive wages of him?
Chr. Wherein, 0 Appollyon!: haye. I been unfaithful to:
Apol. Thou didő faint at first fetting out, Apollyon pleads when thou wad-almost choaked in the gulph Chriftian's ina. of Defpond; thou did it attempt wrong ways firmities ato be rid of thy burden, whereas they hould gainst him. have stayed till thy Prince had taken it off. Thou didst finfully sleep, and lose thy choice things. Thou walt almost persuaded to go back at the light of the lions ; and when thou talkeft of thy journey, and of what thou haft heard and seen, thou art inwardly defirous of vain-glory in all that thou fayelt or doctite
les Chr. All this is true, and much more which thou 'ha
out; but the Prince who I serve and honour is mercif
Amore unequal match can hardly bo ::
and ready to forgive : But besides, these infirmities poffeffed me in thy country; for there I fucked them in, and I have groaned under them, been forry for them, and have obtained pardon of my prince,
Apol. Then Apollyon broke out into a grie- Apollson, in a vous rage, saying, I am an enemy to this rage, falls upon Prince ; I hate his person, his laws, and Christian, people ; I am come out on purpose to withStand thee. :
Chr. Apollyon, beware what you do, for I am in the King's highway, the way of holiness; therefore take heed to yourself.:
Apol. Then Apollyon Araddled quite over the whole breadtke of the way, and said, I am void of fear in this - master ; prepare thyself to die; for I swear by my infernal
den, that thou lhalt go no further; bere will I spill thy foul!
' And with that he threw a Aaming dart at big breast, bas Chriftian had a Thield in his band, with which he caught and fo prevented the danger of that
Then did Chriltian draw ; for he saw it was time to be Bir him; and Apollyon as fait made at him, throwing darts as thick as hail : by which, noswithitand. . .. ing all that Chrifran could do to avoid it, Chriftian ..., Apollyon wounded him in his head, his band, wounded in big, and foot. This made Cbrißian give a lit- understanding, tle back ; Apollyon' therefore followed his faith, and conwork amain, and Cbrifian again took cou- versation. rage, and refifted as manfully as he could. , This fore combat lafted for above half a day, even till Chrif. sian was almost quite Spent ; for you muit know that Chrif.. sian, by reason of his wouns, must needs grow weaker and
Then Apollyon espying his opportunity, began to gather up close to Chriftian, and wrelling with him, gave him a | dreadful fall, and with that Chriftian's
Sword flew out of his hand. Then faid Apollyon cafletb Apollyon, I am sure of tbee now; And with Chriftian down hat he had alrooit pressed him to death ; 1o to tbe ground. That Cbriftian began to despair of life, Bat, i : God would have it, while Apoilyon was fetching his laft, na Slow, thereby to make an end of this good in
Job. 3.5. Over that valley hange the discouraging cloud
his wings over it. In a word, it is every whit dreadful being utterly without order.
Cbr. Then, said Christian, I perceive Jer. 2. 6. not yet, by what you have said, but that
this is my way to the desired heaven. Men. Be it thy way, we will not chuse it for ours.
So they parted, and Chriftian: went on his way, but still with his Tword drawn in his hand, for fear left he thould be assaulted.
I faw then in my dream, fo far as this valley reached, there was on the right hand a very deep ditch; that ditch is it into which the blind have led the blind in all ages! and have both there milerably perihed. Again, behold on the left hand, there was a dangerous quag, into which, if even a good man falls, he finds pot bottom for his feet to hand on; into that quag king David once did fall, and had, no doubt, therein been smothered, had not be that is able plucked him out. · The path-way was here also exceeding narrow, and! therefore gond Christian was the more put to it; for when he fought, in the dark, to fun the ditch on the one hand, he was ready to tip over into the mire on the other ; ; also when he fought to escape the mire, without great careful Dels he would be ready to fall into the ditch. Thus he went on, and I heard him figh bitterly: For beside: the danger, mentioned above, the path-way was here so dark ctat oft-times, when he lift ap his foot, to set forward, he knew not where or upon what he thould set it next.
About the midt of this valley. I pereeived the mouth' of hell: to be, and it ftood alfo.hard by the way-side : Now, thought.Chritian, what faall lido! And ever and anon the Aame and smoke would come out in fuch abundance, with (parks and hideous noises. (chings that cared not for Chris-N tian's (word, as, did. Apollyon before), .thist, he was forced
to put up his sword, and betake himself to Epbef, 6, 85 another weapon, called all prayer ; so be Pijalom 116..34 cried, ia my hearing.O Lord, i befeech thee,
deliver.my joul. Thus he went on a great while, yet still the fames would be reaching towards him; alla he heard doleful voices, and rulltings to and fro, O
that sometimes he thought he hould be torn in pieces, or trodden down like mire in the streets. This' frightful fight
Poor man! where art thou now? The day is night: