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rance : I speak what I understand not; I acknowledge thou dost all things well.
Then Christiana began to talk of their journey, and to enquire after the way. And he fed them and washed their feet, and set them in the way of his steps, according as he had dealt with her husband before. So I saw in my dream, that they went on their way, and the weather was comfortable to them. Then Christiana began to sing, saying,
Bless'd be the day that I began
A pilgrim for to be;
Who thereunto, moved me.
To seek to live for ever :
"Tis better late than never.
Are turned as we see ;
Shews what our end will be.
Now there was, on the other side of the wall, which fenced in the way up which Christiana and her companions were to go, a garden, which belonged to him who had that barking dog, of whom mention has been made. And some of the fruittrees which grew in the garden shot their branches upon the wall; and being mellow, they who found them did gather them up and eat them to their hurt. So Christiana's boys, as boys are apt to do, being
pleased with the trees, and with the fruit which did hang thereon, did pluck them, and began to eat. Their mother did chide them for so doing, but still the boys went on.
Well, said she, my sons, you transgress, for that fruit is none of ours; but she did not know that they did belong to the enemy: I'll warrant you, if the had, she would have been ready to die for fear. But that passed off, and they went on their way.
Now, by the time that they were gone about two bows-shot from the place which led them into the way, they espied two very ill-favoured ones coming down apace to meet them. With that Christiana, and Mercy her friend, covered themselves with their veils, and kept also on their journey: the children also went on before ; and at last they met together. Then they who came down to meet them came up to the women, just as if they would embrace them; but Christiana faid, Stand back, or go on peaceably, as you should. Yet these two, as men who are deaf, regarded not Christiana's words, but began to lay hands upon them: at that Christiana waxed very wroth, and spurned at them with her feet. Mercy also, as well as she could, did what she could to shift them. Christiana again said to them, Stand back and begone, for we have no money to lose, being pilgrims as you see, and such too as live upon the charity of our friends. Then said one of the two men, we make no af
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you, if you will but grant one small request which we shall ask, we will make women of you
Now Christiana imagining what they meant, made answer again, We will neither hear nor regard, nor yield to what you shall ask. We are in haste, and cannot stay; our business is of life and death. So she and her companions made a fresh essay to pass by them ; but they stopped them in their way, and said, We intend no hurt to your lives; it is another thing we would have. Ay, quoth Christiana, you would have us body and soul, for I know it is for that you are come; but we will rather die upon the spot, than fuffer ourselves to be brought into such snares, as shall hazard our well-being hereafter. With that they both shrieked out, and cried Murder, Murder! And fo put themselves under those laws which are provided for the protection of wo
But the men still made their approach upon them, with design to prevail against them; and they again cried out, and being, as. I said, not far from the gate at which they came in, their voices were heard there; wherefore some of the house came out, and knowing that it was Christiana's tongue, made haste to her relief. But by the time that they were got within sight of them, the women were in a very great scuffle, and the children stood crying by. Then he who came in for their relief called out to the ruffians, saying, What are you
doing there? Would you make my Lord's people to transgress ? He also attempted to take them, but
they made their escape over the wall into the garden of the man to whom the great dog belonged; so the dog became their protector.
This reliever then came up to the women, and asked them how they did ? They answered, We thank thy Prince, pretty well; only we have been somewhat affrighted: we thank thee also, for coming to our help, otherwise we had been overcome. After a few more words, this reliever said, as followeth: I marvelled much when you was entertained at the gate above, knowing yourselves to be but weak women, that you petitioned not the Lord for a conductor: you might then have avoided these troubles and dangers : he would have granted you one.
Alas! said Christiana, We were so taken with our present blessing, that the dangers to come were forgotten by us : besides, who could have thought that so near the King's palace there should have lurked such naughty ones ? Indeed, it had been well for us, had we asked our Lord for a conductor; but since our Lord knew it would be for our profit, I wonder he sent not one along with us!
Rel. It is not always necessary to grant things not asked for, lest by so doing they become of little esteem. When the want of a thing is felt, it will then be duly esteemed in the eyes of him who feels his need, and consequently will be used accordingly',
+ This answer clearly explains the nature and use of prayer ; which is, not only to make us sensible of our wants, but to
Had my Lord granted you a conductor, you would not have so bewailed this oversight of yours, in not asking for one, as now you have occasion to do. Thus all things work for good, and tend to make you more wary.
Chrift. Shall we go back again to my Lord, and confess our folly, and ask one?
Rel. This confession of your folly I will present to him. You need not go back again"; for in all
shall come, you will find no want at all; for in every one of my Lord's lodgings, which he has prepared for the reception of his pil, grims, there is sufficient to furnish them against all attempts whatsoever. But, as I said, he will be enquired of by them: and that is a poor thing which is not worth asking for.' When he had thus said, he went back to his place, and the pilgrims went on their way.
Then said Mercy, What a sudden blank is here ! I made account that we had been paft all danger, and that we should never forrow more.
make us fenfible from whence those wants are supplied. God cannot be moved by our prayers, for he is of one mind, and none can turn him. Yet prayer is appointed to convey the blessings God intends to give.
u The remembrance of past faults is no otherwise needful, than to make us sensible of the Lord's grace and goodness in pardoning them; and to make us continually sentible of our sinfulness and infirmities all our journey through, whereby we may see the necessity of being kept by a divine power. * When a soul is happy in the love of God, it is ready to