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faid by one of old, “When my soul fainted within « me, I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came “ unto thee, into thy holy temple.” Therefore fear not, but stand upon thy feet, and tell me wherefore thou art come.
I am come, said Mercy, for that to which I was never invited, as my friend Christiana was. Hers was from the King himself, and mine was but from her. Wherefore I presume. Then, said he, did the desire thee to come with her to this place ? Yes, said Mercy; and as my Lord sees, I am
And if there is any grace or forgiveness of sins to spare, I beseech that thy poor hand-maid
may be a partaker of it. Then he took her again by the hand, and led her gently in, and said, I pray for all them who believe on mel, by what means foever they come unto me. Then said he to those who stood by, Fetch something, and give it Mercy to smell, to stay her faintings. So they fetched her a bundle of myrrh, and she was quickly revived.
Now Christiana and her boys, and Mercy, were received of the Lord at the head of the way, who spoke kindly to them. And they said
P Our Lord says,
" Neither pray
I for these alone, but for them alío which hall believe on me, through their word.” And, in another place, he says, " Whosoever cometh unto me, I will in no wise cast him out:" no matter who you are ; nor what your pait life has been ; nor by what means you was wrought upon at first; nor how deep your convictions have been; if you come to Jesus, he will not cast you out.
unto him, We are forry for our sins, and beg of our Lord, his pardon, and further information what we must do. I grant pardon, said he, by word and deed 9; by word, in the promise of forgiveness; by deed, in the way I obtained it. Take the first from my lips with a kiss, and the other as it shall be revealed.
Now I saw in my dream, that he spake many good words unto them, whereby they were made exceedingly glad. He also had them
top of the gate, and shewed them by what deed they were saved; and told them withal, That they would have that sight again as they went along in the way, to their comfort.
So he left them awhile in a summer parlour below, where they entered into talk by themselves; and thus Christiana began: O Lord! how glad am I, that we are got in hither! Mercy. So
well may; but I of all have cause to leap for joy.
Christ. I thought at one time as I stood at the gate (because I had knocked and none did answer)
9 There are two ways by which a sense of pardon is conveyed. The first is, by some powerful and sensible impression made on the heart, by which there is a sense of nearness to God, and a blessed confidence in him ; this may be without any clear and confiftent views of the way of life and salvation (as it respects doctrines). The second is, by opening the mystery of redemption, and giving the soul to discern the meaning of Christ's death, and to feel the power of his resurrection.
that all our labour had been loft, especially when that ugly cur made such a heavy barking at us.
Mercy. But my worst fear was, after I saw that you was taken into his favour, that I was left behind. Now, thought I, that is fulfilled which is written, “ Two women shall be grinding together, the one shall be taken, and the other left.” I had much ado to forbear crying out, Undone! And I was afraid to knock any more: but when I looked up, and saw what was written over the gate, I took courage. I also thought that I must either knock again, or die. So I knocked, but I cannot tell how; for my spirit now struggled between life and death.
Christ. Can you not tell how you knocked? I am sure your knocks were so earnest, that the very found made me start. I thought I never heard such knocking in all my life; I thought you would come in by a violent hand, and take the kingdom by storm.
Mercy. Alas! to be in my case! who that was so but must have done fo? You saw that the door was shut upon me, and you know that there was a most cruel dog thereabout. Who, I say,
Who, I say, that was so faint-hearted as I, would not have knocked with all their might? But pray, What said my Lord unto my rudeness? Was he not angry with me?
Christ. When he heard your lumbering noise, he gave a wonderful innocent smile. I believe włia. you did pleased him well; he shewed no sign to the contrary. But I marvel in my heart why he keeps such a dog; had I known that before, I should not have had heart enough to have ventured myself in this manner. But now we are in, we are in, and I am glad with all my heart.
Mercy. I will ask him, if you please, next time he comes down, why he keeps fuch a filthy cur in his yard; I hope he will not take it amiss.
Do so, said the children; and persuade him to hang him, for we are afraid he will bite us when we
So at last he came down to them again, and Mercy fell to the ground on her face before him, and worshipped', and said, Let my
Lord facrifice of praise which I now offer unto him with the calves of my lips.
He said unto her, Peace be to thee, stand up. But she continued upon her face, and said, Righteous art thou, O Lord ; when I plead with thee, let me talk with thee of thy judgments: wherefore doft thou keep fuch a cruel dog in thy yard, at the sight of which such women and children as we are ready to fly from the
for fear? He answered and said, That dog has another owner; he also is kept close in another man's ground, only my pilgrims hear his barking; he belongs to the castle which you see there at a distance, but can come up to the walls of this place. He has frightened many an honest pilgrim from worse to better $, by the great voice of his roaring. Indeed, he that owneth him, doth not keep him out of any good-will to me or mine, but with intent to keep the pilgrims from coming to me, and that they may be afraid to come and knock at this gate of entrance. Sometimes he has broken out, and worried some whom I loved; but I take it all patiently at present. I take care to give my pilgrims timely help, so that they are not delivered up
* We read of many who worshipped our Lord in the days of his fesh. If he had not been god, what blasphemy must he have been guilty of, in taking that honour to himself, which belongs to God only!
power, to do to them what his doggish nature would prompt him to. But what! my purchased one, I trow, hadst thou known this before-hand, surely thou wouldest not have been afraid of a dog. The beggars who go from door to door, rather than they will lose a supposed alms, will run the hazard of the bawling, barking, and biting too of a dog: and shall a dog in another man's yard, a dog whose barking I turn to the profit of pilgrims, keep any from coming to me? I deliver them from the lions, and my darling from the power of the dog.
Mercy. Then faid Mercy, I confess my igno
• All things, we are told, work together for good, to them that love God, and are called according to his purpose: this, no doubt, is true, as it respects the malice of those who are enemies to God and his people. Thus the dog of hell may be of service, not only in keeping the Meep close together, but in making them keep close to their fhepherd.