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Telf with all my heart will also go with her. Wherefore Mercy began thus to reply to her neighbour Timorous.
Mercy. Neighbour, I did indeed come with you to see Christianá this morning; and since she is, as you see, taking her last farewell of the country, I think to walk this fun-fhiny morning a little with her, to help her on her way. But she told not her second reason, but kept that to herselfi.
Tim. Well, I see you have a mind to go a fooling too; but take heed in time, and be wise: while we are out of danger, we are out; but when we are in, we are in.
So Mrs. Timorous returned to her house, and Christiana betook herself to her journey. But when Timorous was got home to her house, she sends for some of her neighbours, to wit, Mrs. Bat’s-Eyes, Mrs. Inconsiderate, Mrs. Light-mind, and Mrs. Know-nothing. When these were come to her house, she falls to, telling the story of Christiana, and her intended journey; and thus began her tale:
Tim. Neighbours, having but little to do this
i However flow or secret the drawings of the Spirit may be, they will always be found effectual. Whoever is brought to a knowledge of himself and his misery by nature, and to a knowledge of Christ and his mercy, has had the end of the law answered in his conscience, and has felt the power of the gospel, whereby he is raised from a death of fin unto a life of righteousness,
morning, I went to make Christiana a visit; and when I came to the door, I knocked, as you know it is our custom; and she answered, If you come in God's name, come in. So in I went, thinking all was well: but when I came in, I found her
preparing to depart the town, she and also her children. I asked her what was her meaning for that? And she told me in short, That she had now a mind to go on pilgrimage, as her husband had done: she told me also a dream that she had, and how the King of the country where her husband was had sent her an inviting letter to come thither. Then said Mrs. Know-nothing, and do you
think she will go ?
Tim. Ay, go she will, whatever comes on it; and methinks I know it by this; that my great argument to persuade her to stay at home (to wit, the troubles she was like to meet with in the way) was one great argument with her for setting forward on her journey. She told me, in so many words, The bit
before the sweet; and, forasmuch as it doth, it makes the sweet the sweeter.
Mrs. Bat’s-Eyes. Oh, this blind and foolish woman! And will she not take warning by her husband's afflictions! For my part, I see, if he was here again, he would rest content in a whole skin, and never run so many hazards for nothing.
Mrs. Inconsiderate. Away with such fantastical fools from the town; for my part, I say, a good riddance of her. Should she stay where she is, and
retain this mind, who could live quietly by her? for The will either be dumpish or unneighbourly, or else she will talk of such matters as no wise body can abide: wherefore, for my part, I shall never be sorry for her departure ; let her go; and let better come in her room. It was never a good world since these whimsical fools dwelt in it.
Mrs. Light-mind. Come, put this kind of talk away. I was yesterday at Madam Wanton's, where we were as merry as the maids: for who do you think should be there, but I and Mrs. Love-theFlesh, and three or four more, with Mrs. Lechery, Mrs. Filth, and some others : and there we had music and dancing, and whatever else was meet to fill up the pleasure, I dare say, my lady herself is an admirable well-bred gentlewoman, and Mr. Lechery is as pretty a fellow.
By this time Christiana was got on her way, and Mercy went along with her; and as they went, her children being there also, Christiana began to difcourse. Mercy, said Christiana, I take this as an unexpected favour, that thou shouldest set foot out of doors with me, to accompany me a little on my way. Then said young Mercy (for she was but young), If I thought it would be to any purpose to go with you, I would never go back to the
k How many discouragements does the coming finner meet with in his way! How often is the soul discouraged because it
Christ. Well, Mercy, cast in thy lot with me; I well know what will be the end of our pilgrimage. My husband is, where he would not but be, for all the gold in the Spanish mines. Nor shalt thou be rejected, though thou goest but upon my invitation. The King, who has sent for me and my children, is one that delightech in mercy. Besides, if thou wilt, I will hire thee, and thou shalt go along with me as
Yet we will have all things in common betwixt thee and me, only go along with mel.
Mercy. But how shall I be ascertained that I also shall be entertained ? Had I this hope from one who can tell, I would not stick at all, but would go, being helped by him who can help, though the way was never so tedious.
has not experienced such deep and strong convictions as others have done! If ye seek Jesus, the Word of God gives you every encouragement. Those who seek heaven and happiness by their own obedience, however earnestly they may seek it, yet they shall never find it: but if ye feek Jesus and his falvation, and cannot be satisfied without it, you will find deliver, ance in the Lord's time,
· The Apostle exhorts, to comfort the feeble-minded ; yet all are not feeble-minded, who would pass under that character ; on the contrary, they are ftout-hearted ; and, notwithstanding all their pretensions to humility, they refuse to fubmit to the righteousness of Christ. The gospel is for sensible finners; the law is for proud and haughty scorners, who are going about to establish their own righteousness, who justify themselves and despise others, and who boast of their own power and holiness.
Cbrift. Well, loving Mercy, I will tell thee what thou shalt do; go with me to the wicket-gate, and there I will further enquire for thee; and if there thou shalt not meet with encouragement, I will be content that thou return to thy place: I also will pay thee for thy kindness which thou shewest to me and my children in accompanying us in our way as thou doft.
Mercy. Then will I go thither, and take what shall follow m. The Lord grant that my
fo fall out, that the King of heaven shall have his heart set
Christiana then was glad at her heart, not only that she had a companion, but also that she had prevailed with this poor maid to fall in love with her own salvation. So they went on together, and Mercy began to weep.
Then said Christiana, Wherefore weepeth my sister so?
Mercy. Alas! said she, who can but lament who but rightly considers what a state and condition my poor relations are in, who yet remain in our sinful town: and that which makes my grief the more, is,
m This was the spirit of Ruth, who faid to Naomi, “ Whither thou goeft, I will go; and where thou lodgeft, I will lodge; thy people fall be my people, and thy God shall be my God; where thou diest, I will die, and there will I be bu. ried.”—This was the answer of Rebecca, “ I will go.”-Thus Ether ventured to go into the King's presence. This is the venture of faith ; To leave all for Chriit, and venture with him, sink or swim.