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dren to thee, to this village, where there are houses now standing empty, one of which thou mayest have at a reasonable rate : provisions also are there cheap and good; and that which will make thy life more happy is, thou wilt be sure there to live by honest neighbours, in credit and good fashion.

Now was Christian somewhat at a stand; but presently concluded; If this be true which this gentleman hath said, my wifest course is to take his advice; and with that he thus farther spake.

Chr. Sir, which is my way to this honest man's house?

World. Do you see yonder high hill ?
Chr. Yes, very well.

World. By that hill you must go, and the first house you come to is his.

So Christian turned out of his way, to go to Mr. Legality's house for help9; but behold, when he was got now hard-by the hill, it seemed so high, and also that side of it which was next the way-side did hang so much over, that Christian was afraid to venture farther, left the hill should fall on his head; wherefore there he stood still, and knew not

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Chriftian, by the advice of Mr. Worldly Wiseman, fets out for the village of Morality by the way of Mr. Legality's house. This is what St. Paul means by falling from grace, Gal, v. 4, Whosoever of you are justified by the law, ye are fallen from grace."

what

hatt!

Christian

under Mount-Sinai.

what to do. Also his burden now seemed heavier to him than while he was in his way. There came also flashes of fire out of the hill, which made Christian afraid that he should be burned : here therefore he did sweat and quake for fear. Now he began to be sorry that he had taken Mr. Worldly Wiseman's counsel.

Upon this he law Evangelift coming to meet him ; at the fight of whom he began to blush for shame. So Evangelist drew nearer and nearer; and, coming up to him, looked upon him with a severe and dreadful countenance, and thus began to reason with Christian. What dost thou here, Christian?? said he: at which words Chriftian knew not what to answer; wherefore he stood speechless before him. Then said Evangelist farther, Art not thou the man whom I found crying without the walls of the city of Destruction ?

Chr. Yes, dear Sir, I am the man.

Evan. Did not I direct thee the way to the little wicket-gate?

Chr. Yes, dear Sir.

Evan. How is it then that thou art so quickly turned aside? Thou art now out of the

way.

* Evangelist meets Christian at Mount Sinai, and sharply reproves him for turning out of the way. This is doing the work of an Evangelist, to fhew the danger of Legality, which not only robs the Christian of his comforts, but would rob God

of his glory.

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Chr. much to me,

Chr. I met a gentleman as soon as I had got over the Slough of Despond, who persuaded me that I might, in the village before me, find a man who could take off

my

burden. Evan. What was he? Chr. He looked like a gentleman, and talked

and got me at last to yield; fo I came hither: but when I beheld this hill, and how it hangs over the way, I suddenly made a stand, left it should fall on my head.

Evan. What said that gentleman to you?

Chr. Why, he asked me whither I was going; and I told him.

Evan. And what said he then ?

Chr. He asked me if I had a family; and I told him: but, said I, I am so loaded with the burden which is on my back, that I cannot take pleasure in them as formerly.

Evan. What said he then?
Chr. He bid me with speed get rid of my

burden. I told him it was ease that I fought: and, said I, I am therefore going to yonder gate, to receive farther direction how I might get to the place of deliverance. So he faid that he would shew me a better way, and shorter, and not attended with fo many difficulties, as the way, Sir, that you set mc in. The way, said he, which I will direct you, leads to a gentleman's house who has skill to take off these burdens: so I believed him, and turned

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