blood, bones, ahes, and mangled bodies of men, even a pilgrims that had gone this way formerly; and while was mufing what should be the reason, I espied a little be fore me a cave, where two giants, Pope and Pagar, dyel in old time ;, by whose power and tyranny the men, whol blood, bones, ashes, &c. 'lay there, were cruelly putt death. But by this place Christian went withoot mud danger, whereat I somewhat wondered; but I have learn ed lince, that Pagan has been dead many a day; and as fo the other, though he be yet alive, he is by reason of age and also of many shrewd brules that he met with in hi younger days, grown soʻcrazy and fill in his joinis, tha he can now do little more than fit in his cave's mouth grinning at pilgrims as they go by, and biting his nails because he cannot come at them. :

So I saw that Christian'went on his way; yet, at the fight of the Old Man, that sat at the mouth of the cave, he could not tell what to think, especially because he spake to him, though he could not go after him, saying, You will never mind till more of you be burned. But he held: his peace, and set a good face on't,' and so wept by, and catched no hurt. Then rung Christian,

O world of wonders ! (I can fay no less)
That I should be preserved in that distress
That I have meet with here! O blessed be
That hand that from it hath delivered me!
Dangers in darkness, devils, hell, and fin,
Did compass me! while I this vale was in;
Yes snares and pits, and traps and nets lie
My path about, that worthless, filly I
Might have been catched, entangled, and cal down ;

But fioce I live, let Jejus wear the crown. ; Now, as Christian went on his way, he came to a little ascent, which was caft up on purpose, that pilgrims might fee before them; up there, therefore, Christian went, and looking forward, he saw Faithful before him upon his jour.

aey. Then said Christian aloud, Ho, ho, so ho, stay, and . I will be your companion. At that Faithful looked behind him ; to whom Christian cried again, Stay, itay, till I


come to you. But: Faithful answered, No; I am upon my life, and the avenger of blood is behind me.

At this Christian was somewhat moved, Christian overe and putting to all his ftrength, he got up takes Fairbful. with Faithful, and did also over-run him; so the last was first. Then did Christian vain-gloriously (mile, because he had gotten the start of his brother ; but not taking good heed to his Chriftian's fall feer, he suddenly Itumbled and fell, and makes Faithful could not rise again until Faithful came to and be go lovinghelp him. .


by togetber. Then I saw in my dream they went very. . lovingly on together, and had sweet discourse of all things that had happened to them in their pilgrimage ; and chua Christian began....

Cbr. My honoured and well-beloved brother Faithful, I am glad that. I have overtaken you, and that God has ro tempered our spirits thaç we can talk' as companions in so pleasant a path. * Faith. I had thought, dear friend, to have had your company quite from our town, but you did get the fart of me; wherefore I was forced to come thus much of the way alone,

Cbr. How long did you kay in the city. Their talk abour of Deftru&tion before you set out after me she country about on your pilgrimagert i

whence they Faith. Till I could Aay no longer; for came. there was grea: talk presently after you were gone out, that our city would, in a short time, with fire from heaven, be burnt down to the ground. is

Chr. What i did your neighbours talk so?
Faith. Yes, it was for a while in every body's mouth,

Chr. What did no more of them but you come out to escape the danger ? is liv

Faith. Though there was, as I said, a great talk thereabout, yet I do not think they did firmly believe it. Por in the heat of the discourse, I heard some di them deridingly speak of you and of your de!perate journey (for so they called this your Pilgrimage); but I did believe, and do still, that the end of our city will be with fire and brimstone from above; and therefore I have made my escape. : Cbr. Did you hear so talk of neighbour Pliable? :


Faith. Yes, Chriftian, I heard that he followed you til he came to the dough of Despord; 'where, as fome said, h fell in ;' but he would not be known to have so done ; bu I am sure he was foundly bedaubed with that kind of dirt. Chr. And what said the neighbours to him?

Faith. He hath, fince his going back, bee How Pliable was had greatly in derifion, and that among a accounted of forts of people ; fome do mock and despit wben be got

him, and scarce will' any fet him on work bome.

He is now seven times worse than if he ha

never gone out of the city. Cbr. But why should they be fo againfi him, since the allo pespise the way that he forfook?

Faitbon O, they say, Hang him; he is a turncoat! was not true to his profession; I think God has stirred

even his enemies to hiss at him, and mak Jer. 29.11, !9. him a proverb, because he hath forsake


way. Chr. Had you talk with him before you came out: Faith. I met him once in the streets, but he leered awa on the other fide, as one ashamed of what he had done so I fpake not to bim.

Chr. Well, at my firft setting out, I had hopes of tha man; but now I fear he will perish in the overthrow

the city ; For it has happened to him ac 3 Pet. 2. 22. cording to the true proverb, The dog is tura The dog and the-ed to his vomit again, and the fow that wa forw.

washed to her wallowing in the mire."

Faith. They are (my fears of him to but who can hinder that which will be

Chr. Well, neighbour Faithful, said Christian, 'let a leave him, and talk of things that more immediately con cern ourselves, : Tell me now what you have met with in the way as you came; For I know you have met with formi things, or else it may be writ for a wonder. Faina I escaped the sough that I perceived you fell into,

had got up to the gate, without that dan Faithful asault- ger; only I met with one whose name wa ed by Wanton. Wanton, that had like to have done me i


Chr. 'Tis well you escaped her net: JoGen. 39.117:12. seph. was hard put to it by her, and he er:



or not.

her looks ; Then she railed on me, and I went my way.

caped her as you did ; but it had like to have cost him his life. But what did the to you?

Faith. You cannot think (but that you know something) what a flattering tongue she had ; se lay at me hard io turn aside with her, promising me all manner of content,

Chr. Nay, he did not promise you the content of a good conscience. Faith. You know that I mean, that carnal and Aeshly

Chr. Thank God you have escaped her; the abhorred of the Lord shall fall into her Prov. 22. 14. ditch.

Faith. Nay, I know not whether I did wholly escape her Chr. Why, I trow you did not consent to her desire.

Faith. No, not to defile myself; for I remembered an old writing that I had seen, Prov. 5. 5.. which faid, Her feps take bild of bello So I lut mine eyes, because I would not be 'bewitched with


meet with no other assault as you came? Faith. When I came to the foot of the hill called Difficulty, I met with a very He was assaulted aged man, who asked me what I was ? and by Adam the whither bound? I told him that I was a pil. first. grim going to the celestial city. Then said the old man, thou lookelt like an honest fellow; wilt thou be content to dwell with me, for the wages that I Thalk give thee? Then I asked him his name, and where he dwelop Ha faid his name was Adant the first, and that he dwelt in the town of Deceit. Ialk. Ephef. 4. 22. ed him then what was his his work, and what

wages he would give? He told, that his work was many delights; and his wages, that I should be his heir at last. I farther asked him what house he kept, and what fervants he had,?, So he told me that his house was maintained with all, the dainties in the world, and that his ferfants were those of his own begetting. Then I asked

many children he had He said that he had but three daugh- 1 Fohn 2. 16.1 ters, The luft of the flesh, theluft of the eyes, and the pride of life; and that I should marry one of them,



himn how

if I would. Then I asked how long time he would have me live with him! And he told me as long as he lived bimself.

Chr. Well, and what conclufion came the old man an you to at laft?

Faith. Why at first I found myself somewhat inclinabi to go with the man, for I thought he spake very fair; bu looking in his forehead, as ļ tasked with him, I saw then written, Put off the old man with his deeds.

Chr. And how then ? - Faith. Then in came burning-hot into my mind, what ever he said, and however, he flattered, when he got m home to his house he would sell me for a Nave; so I bi him forbear to talk, for I would not come near the doc of his house. Then he reviled me, and told me, that h would send such a one after me, that should make my wa bitter to my soul. So I turned to go a

go away from him ; bi just as I turned myself to go thence, I felt him take hold my flesh, and give me such a deadly twich back, that

thought he had pulled part of me after bin felf: This made me cry, O wretched man

So I went on my way up the hill, Now when I got above half way up, I looked behin me, and saw one coming after me, swift as the wind; he overtook me juft about the place where the settle fand

Chr. Just there (faid Christian) did I fit down to reft me but being overcome with deep, I there lost this roll out

Faith. But, good brother, hear me out; So foon as th man overtook me, he was but a word and a blow, for dow he knocked me; and laid me for' dead. But when I was little come to myself again, I asked him wherefore he server ime fo. He said, because of my secret inclining to Adan the first: and with that he struck me another deadly blos on the breast, and beat me down backward; so I lay : his foot as dead as before. When I came to myself again I cried him mercy; but he said I kpow not how to they mercy; and with that he knocked me down again. "H had doubtless made an end of me, but that one came by and bid him forbear.

Cor. Who was that chat bid him forbear ?
Faith. I did not know him at first, but as he

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