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dained, in those did I see moft glory: and fo at last I got past this importunate one. When I had shaken him off, then I began to sing:
The trials which those men do meet withal,
Chr. I am glad, brother, that thou didst withstand this villain so bravely; for of all villains, as thou sayest, I think he has the wrong name : he is so bold as to follow us in the streets, and will attempt to put us to shame before all men, even to make us ashamed of that which is good. If he were not himself fo audacious, he would never attempt to do as he does: but let us still resist him; for notwithstanding all his bravados, he promoteth the fool, and
“ The wise shall inherit glory (faith Solomon); but shame shall be the promotion of fools."
Faith. I think we must cry to him for help against Shame, who would have us be valiant for truth
upon the earth.
Chr. You say true: but did you meet no body else in that valley?
Faith. No, not I; for I had sunshine all the rest of the way through it, and also through the Valley of the Shadow of Death.
Chr. It was well for you; I am sure, it fared far otherwise with me ; and that too for a long season. As soon almost as I entered into that valley, I had a dreadful combat with that foul fiend Apollyon; yea, I thought verily he would have killed me, especially when he got me down, and crushed me under him, as if he would have crushed me to pieces : for as he threw me, my sword fiew out of my hand; and he then told me he was sure of me: but I cried to God, and he heard me, and delivered me out of all my troubles.
troubles. Then I entered into the Valley of the Shadow of Death, and had no light for almost half the way through it. I thought I should have been killed there over and over again; but, at last, day brake, and the sun rose, and I went through that which was behind 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 side, saw a man whose name is Talkative, walking at a diftance beside them (for in this place there was room enough for them all to walk). He was a tall man, and something more comely at a distance than near. To this man Faithful addressed himself in this man
Faith. Friend, whither away? Are you going to the heavenly country?
Tolk. I am going to the same place.
Faith. That is well; then I hope we may have your good company.
Talk. With a very good will will I be your companion.
Faith. Come on then, and let ut go together, and let us spend our time in discoursing of things which are profitable.
Talk. To talk of things which are good, with you, or with any other, is very acceptable to me; and I am glad that I have met with those who are · inclined to so good a work: for, to speak the truth, there are but few who care thus to spend their time (as they are on their travels), but choose much ra ther to be speaking to no profit; this hath been a great trouble to me.
Faith. Indeed it is a thing to be lamented; foi what thing so worthy of employing the tongue and mouth of men on earth, as the things of the God of heaven?
Talk. I like you wonderfully well; your sayings are full of conviction; and I will add, what things so pleasant, and what fo profitable, as to talk of the things of God?
What things so pleasant (that is, if a man hath any delight in things that are wonderful): for instance; if a man doth delight to talk of the history, or the mystery of things; or if a man doth love to talk of miracles, wonders, or signs; where shall we find things recorded so delightfully, and so sweetly penned, as in the Holy Scriptures?
Faith. That's true ; but to be profited by such things in our taik should be our chief design.
Talk. That is what I have faid; to talk of such things is most profitable ; for, by so doing, a man may get knowledge of many things; such 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 necessity of the new birth the insufficiency of our works; the need of Christ's righteousness, &c. Besides, by this a man may learn what it is to repent, to believe, to pray, to suffer, or the like: by this also a man may learn what are the great prontifes and consolations of the gospel, to his own comfort. Further, by this a man may learn to refute false opinions, to vindicate the truth, and also to instruct the ignorant.
Faith. All this is true, and glad am I to hear these things from you.
Talk. Alas! the want of this is the cause why so few understand the need of faith, and the necessity of the work of grace in their soul, in order to eternal life ; but ignorantly live in the works of the law, by which a man can by no means obtain the kingdom of heaven.
Faith. But, by your leave, heavenly knowledge of these things is the gift of God; no man attaineth to them by human industry, or only by the hearing of them.
Talk. All this I know very well. For a man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven; all is of grace, not of works: I could give you an hundred scriptures for the confirmation of this.
Faith. Well then, said Faithful, what is that one thing on which we shall found our discourse at this time?
Talk. What you will: I will talk of things heavenly, or things earthly; things moral, or things evangelical; things facred, or things profane; things paft, or things to come; things foreign, or things at home ; things more effential, or things circumstantial; provided all be done to profit.
Now did Faithful begin to wonder; and stepping to Christian (for he walked all this while by himself), said to him, but softly, What a brave companion have we got! Surely this man will make a very ex-cellent pilgrim. At this Christian modestly smiled, and said, This man with whom you are so taken will beguile with that tongue of his twenty
of them who know him not.
Faith. Do you know him then?
Chr. Know him! Yea, better than he knows himself.
Faith. Pray, what is he?
Chr. His name is Talkative; he dwelleth in our town; I wonder you should be a stranger to him, only I consider that our town is large.
Faith. Whose son is he? And whereabouts does he dwell ?
Chr. He is the son of one Say-well, he dwelt in Prating-row; he is known by all who are acquainted with him by the name of Talkative of Prating-row;