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be no companion of such misled, fantastical fellows.
Now I saw in my dream that, when Obstinate was going back, Christian and Pliable went talking over the plain; and thus they began their difcourse. Chr. Come, neighbour Pliable, how do you
do? I am glad you are persuaded to go along with me; had even Obstinate himself but felt what I have felt of the powers and terrors of that which is yet unseen, he would not thus lightly have turned his back
upon us. Pli. Come, neighbour Christian, since there are none here but we two, tell me now further what the things are, and how they are to be enjoyed, whither we are going?
Ch. I can better conceive of them with my mind, , than speak of them with my tongue : but; since you desire to know, I will read of them in
book. Pli. Do you think that the words of
book are certainly true ?
Chr. Yes verily, for it was made by him who cannot lie.
Pli. Well faid; what things are they?
Chr. There is an endless kingdom to be inhabited; and everlasting life to be given us, that we may inhabit that kingdom for ever.
as the event proved. Perseverance proves the truth and reality of
grace, as our Lord says, Mat. viii. 31, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed.
Pli. Well said; and what else ?
Chr. There are crowns of glory to be given us; and garments which will make us shine like the fun in the firmament of heaven.
Pli. This is very pleasant; and what else?
Chr. There will be no more crying, nor sorrow; for he, who is owner of the place, will wipe all tears from our eyes.
Pli. And what company shall we have there?
Chr. There we shall be with Seraphims and Cherubims, creatures that it will dazzle our eyes to look upon them; there also we shall meet with thousands and ten thousands who have gone before us to that place: none of them are hurtful, but loving and holy; every one walking in the fight of God, and standing in his presence with acceptance for ever. In a word, there we shall see the elders with their golden crowns: there we shall see the holy virgins with their golden harps: there we shall see men, who by the world were cut in pieces, burnt in flames, eaten of beasts, drowned in the seas, for the love which they bore to the lord of the place ; all well, and clothed with immortality, as with a garment.
Pli. The hearing of this is enough to ravilh one's heart ; but since these things are indeed to be enjoyed, how shall we get to be sharers of them?
Pliable ravished with the description given of the joys of heaven. It is certain that his views of heaven were carnal; he
Chr. The Lord, the governor of the country, hath recorded it in this book : the substance of which is this, that, if we be truly willing to have it, he will bestow it upon us freely.
Pli. Well, my good companion, I am glad to hear of these things : come on, let us mend our
Cbr. I cannot go so fast as I would, by reason of this burden which is upon my back.
Now I faw, in my dream, that, just as they had ended this talk, they drew nigh to a very miry slough which was in the midst of the plain ; and they, being heedless, did both fall suddenly into the bog. The name of the Slough was Despond. Here therefore they wallowed for a time, being grievously bebaubed with dirt: and Christian, because of the burden that was on his back, began to sink in the mire. Then said Pliable, Ah, neighbour Chriftian! where are you now? Truly, said Christian, I
was not in the least acquainted with, nor had he a desire to know, the myíteries of that spiritual kingdom which is set up in the heart where grace reigns through righteousness unto eternal life.--Some have no other desire to go to heaven than merely to escape hell; and others fancy, according to their own vain imaginations, that heaven is some fine place, in which external objects will employ chiefly the external senses, not knowing that the kingdom of God is within us.
k Pliable seems more forward at setting out than Christian, because the one felt his weakness and his fin; the other, not be. ing truly convinced of sin, was animated with the expectation of those fine things which, for the moment, pleased his fancy.
do not know? At this Pliable began to be offended, and angrily said to his fellow, Is this the happiness you have told me of all this while ? If we have such ill speed at our first setting out, what may we expect betwixt this and our journey's end? May I get out again with my life, you shall possess the brave country alone for me.
With that he gave a desperate struggle or two, and got out of the mire, on that side of the fough which was next his own house : away he went, and Christian faw him no
Wherefore Christian was left to tumble in the nough of Defpond alone ; but still he endeavoured to struggle to get out on that side of the sough which was furthest from his own house, and next to the wicket-gate; notwithstanding all his endeavours, he could not get out because of the burden which was upon his back: but I beheld, in my dream, that a'man at last came to him, whose name was Help, and asked him what he did there ?-Sir, faid Christian, I was bid to go this way by a man called Evangelist, who directed me also to yonder gate, that I might escape the wrath to come. And as I was going thither, I fell in here.
Help. But why did you not look for the steps ?
1 Christian and Pliable fall into the Slough of Defpond; but, after a few struggles, Pliable gets out on the wrong
fide, and returns home. Thus it was with the rocky ground hearers described by our Lord, “when they heard they received the word with joy, but in time of temptation fall away.
Chr. Fear followed me fo hard, that I fled by the nearest way, and fell in, Help. Then, give me thy hand: fo he
gave him his hand, and he drew him out, and set hiin upon
sound ground, and bid him go on his way m. Then I stepped to him who plucked him out, and said, Sir, wherefore is it, since over this place is the way from the city of Destruction to yonder gate, that this plat is not mended, so that poor travellers might go thither with more fecurity ?-He faid unto me; This miry slough is such a place as cannot be mended: it is down this defcent that the fcum and filth which attend conviction for fin do continually run, and therefore it is called the Slough of Despond; for still, as the finner is awakened about his lost condition, there arise in his foul many fears, and doubts, and discouraging apprehensions, all of which get together, and settle in this place". This is the reason of the badness of this ground. It is not for the pleasure of the king that this place remains so bad; his labourers also, by the direction
m Christian is plucked out by Mr. Help. It is to be observed that Pliable got out of himself:--thus it is with natural awakenings--they are often ftificd; men often speak peace to themfelves, and there are many who are ready to cry, Peace, Peace, where there is no peace.
* Mr. Help gives the author some account of the Slough of Defpond. He particularly shews from whence it issues, nameiy, from the heart, out of which proceed evil thoughts, which are more frequent and more awful in seasons of spiritual con. viction ard foul confie. Suuls really taught of God are helps; they gather wih Cyrili; oiliers only scatter abroad.