[ocr errors]


I perceived the holes in his hands and in his fide : Then I concluded that he was our Lord. So I went up the bill.

Chr. That man that overtook you was Moses. He spareth none, neither knoweth The temper of he how to sew mercy to those that trans- Mojes. gress his law.

Faith, I know it very well ; it was not the first time that he has met with me. 'Twas he that came to me when I dwelt securely at bome, and that told me he would burn my house over my head, if I staid there,

Chr. But did you not see the house that food there on the top of the hill, on the side of which Mofes met you'?

Failb. Yes, and the lions too, before I came at it ; but for the lions, I think they were alleep: for it was about noon; and because I had so much of the day before me, I passed by the porter and came down the bill.

Chr. He told me indeed that he saw you go by; but I with

had called at the house, for they would have thewed you fo many rarities that you would scarce have forgot them to the day of your death. But pray tell me, did you meet nobody in the valley of humility?

lineage: I told him, moreover, that any

Faith. Yes, I meet with one discontent, who would wil. lingly have persuaded me to go back again with him: His reason was, that the valley Faithful assauli. was altogether without honour. He told od by Discontent, me moreover, that there to go, was to dilo oblige all my friends, as Pride, Arrogancy, Self-conceit, Worldly Glory, with others, who, he knew, as he said, would be very much offended, if I made such a fool of my felf as to wade thro' this valley.

Chr. Well, and how did you answer him? Faith. I told him, That altho' all these that he named might claim a kindred of me, and that rightly, (for indeed they were my relations according to the flesh) yet fince I became a pilgrim, they Faithful's anhave disowned me, as I also have rejected fwer to Discomthem; and therefore they were to me now teni. no more than if they had never been

to this valley, he had quite misrepresented the thing: for before honour is kumility, and a baughty spirit before a fall. Therefore, faid 1, I had rather go through this valley to the honour D3


[ocr errors]


that was so accounted by the wifeft, than chuse that which he' esteemed most worthy our affections.

Chr. Met you with nothing else in that valley ?'

Faith. Yes, I met with Shame; but of all the men that I met with in my pilgrimage, he, I think, bears the wrong

The other would he said nay, after He is a faulted a little argumentation, and somewhat else ; by Shame. but this bold-faced Shame would never

have done.
Chr. Why, what did he say to you?

Faith. What! why he objected against religion itself ; he said, 'Twas a pitiful, low, sneaking business for a man to mind religion, he said that a cender conscience was an wnmaniy thing; and that for a man to watch over his words and ways, so as to tie up him felf from that hectoring libero:

ty that the brave fpirits of the times accuf3. Cor. 1. 26. ton themselves unto, would make him the Chap 3. 18. vidicule of the times. He objected also,

that few of the mighty, rich, or wife, were suer of my opinion ; nor any of then neither, before they

were persuaded to be fools, and to be of

a voluntary fondness, to venture the loss ofi Jobx 7. 48. all, for nobody elfe knows what: He more

ca cr ohjected the base and low estate and condicion of those that were chiefy the pilgrims of the times in which they lived; also there in ignorance, and want of understanding in all natural science. Yea, he did hold me

to it, at that rate alfo, about a great many more things than here I relate; as that it was a shame to fit whining and mourning under a sermon, and a fame to come fighing and groaning home : That it was a shame to alk my neighbour forgiveness for petty faults, or to make reftitution where I have taken from any. He said also that religion made a man grow strange to the great, because of a few vices (which he called by finer names) and made him own and refpe&t the base, because of the fame religious fraternity : And is not this, said he, a shame?

Chr. And what did you , fáy to him ?

Faith. Say? I could not tell what to say at first. Yea; he put me. lo to, it, that the blood came up in my face even this name fetch'd it up, and had almoit beat me quite off, But at lalt l.began to consider, that That which is

Phil. 3: 7. 9.

Cbr. I am glad, my brother, that thou didft withstand in the treets, and to attempt to put' as to shame before all

highly esteemed among men, is had an a-: Luke 16. 13* bomination with God. And I thought again, this shame tells me what men are; but ic tells me nothing what God, or the word of God, is. And I thought moreover, that acthe day of doom we hall not be doonied to death or life, according to the wisdom and law of the Higheft. . Therefure

, thought I, what God says is beft, tho all the men in the ivorld are against it: Seeing then that God prefers his religion ; seeing God prefers a tender constience; seeing they that make themselves fools for the kingdom of heaven, are wiselt; and that the poor man that loveth Christ ia richer than the greatest man in the world that hates him ; Shame depart, thou are an enomy to my salvation ; shall I entertain thee against my sovereign Lord ? How then thall I look him in the face at "his coming ? Should I now be ashamed of his ways and Maith. 8. 38. fervants, how can I expect the blessing? But indeed this Shame was a bold villain ; I could scarce shake him out of my company, yea, he would be haunting of me, and continually whispering me in the ear, with some one or other of the infirmities that attend religion ; but at lad I told him, it was but in vain to atttempt further in this bugnels; for those things that he difcained, in those did I see molt glory; and so at last I got paft this And when I had taken him off, then I beo

The trials that those men do meet withal,
That are obedient to the heavenly call,
Ace manifold, and faited to the flesh,

and come, and come again afrela :-
That now, or sometime elfe, we by them may
Be taken, overcome, and cast away.
Olet the pilgrims, let the pilgrims then

Be vigilant, and quit themselves like men. this villain fo bravely for of all, as thou sayek, I think :

"wrong name ; for he is so bold as to follow us

gan to ling!

And come,

he has the

men, that is, to make us alhamed of that which is good; but if le suas not himself audacioas, he would never asiempo

Prov. 3. 35.

of dea:b.

to do as he does ; but let us fill refift him ; for notwith. Landing all his bravado's, he promoteth the fool, and none

else. The wife shall inherit glory, said Solomon'; but shame shall be the promo

tion of fools. Faith. I think we mult cry to him for help against Shame, that would have us to be valiant for trath upon the earth.

Chr. You say true : But did you meet nobody else ia to that valley ?

Faith. No, not I; for I had sun. Thine all the rest of the way through that, and also through the valley of the padow

Chr. It was well for you; I am sure, it fared far otherwile with me ; I had for a long season, as soon almost as I entered into that valley, a dreadful combat with that foul fiend Apollyon ; yea, I thought 'vėrily he would have killed me, especially when he got me down, and crushed me on. der him, as if he would have crushed me to pieces : For as he threw me, my sword few out of my hand'; 'nay, he told me he was 'fure of me, but I cried to God, and he heard me, and delivered me out of all my troubles. Then [ en. tered into the valley of the loads of death, and had no light for almost half the way through it, I thought I should have been killed there over and over ; but at last day brake, and the fun arose, and I went through that which was

bat hind with far more ease and quiet.

Moreover I saw in my dream, that as they went on, Faithful, as he chanced to look on one fide, faw a man whose name is Talkative, walking at a distance befides them (for in this place there was room enough for them all

to walk). He was a tall man, and someTalkative des thing more comely at a diflancé 'than at Scribed hand : To this man Faithful'addressed him.

self in this manner: Faith. Friend, whíther away? Are you going to the heavenly country?

Talk. I am going to the same place..!!

Faith. That is well; then I hope we may las ve your good company,

Talk. With a very good will, will I be your companien. Faitb. Come onthen, and let' us go together, and let


us {pend our time in discouraging of things that are profi cable.

Talk. To talk of things that are good to Faithful and me is very acceptable, with you or with any Talkative enter other, and I am glad that I have met with into discourse. those that incline to fo good a work : For to speak the truth, there are but few that care thus to spend their time (as they are in their travels) but chuse much rather to be speaking of things to no profit; and this hath been a trouble to me

Faith. This is indeed a thing to be lamented ; for what thing fo worthy of the use of the tongue and mouth of men on earth, as are the things of the God of heaven?

Talk I like you wonderful well; for your sayings are full of convi&ion'; and I will add, what things is fo plea sant, and what fo profitable, as to talk of the things of God?

Wiat things to pleasant (that is, if a man hath any delight in things that are wonderful) for instance: If á man doth delight to talk of the history, or the myftery of things 3 or if a man doth love to talk of miracles, wonders, or signs, where shall he find things recorded fo de lightful, and so sweetly penned; as in the holy scripture ?

Faith. That's true but to be profited by such things in our talk, fhould be our chief defgo.

Talk. That is it that I faid: for to talk of such thing! is most profitable ; for by so doing, a man may get knoppledge of many things; as of the vanity of earthly things, and the benefit of things above: Thus in general, but more particularly, by this a man may learn the neceflity of the new birth, the insufficiency of our works, the aced of Chrif's righteousness, E36 Befides, by this, a 'man may learn what it is to repent, to believe, to pray, to fuffer, or the like : By this also a man may learn what are the great promises and consolations of the gospel to his own comfort, Farther, by this a man may learn to refute false opinions, to vindicate the truth, and also to intruct the ignorant.

Faith. All this is true, and I am glad to hear these thingo

from you.

Talk. Alas! the want of this is the cause o brave Talks. that fo few underland the need of faith, täue. and the necessity of works of grace in their


« ForrigeFortsett »