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cause thou didst so willingly become my companion, Then she gave to them, and they did eat, both Mercy and the boys. Then said Christiana to Mr. Great-heart, Sir, will you do as we do? But he answered, You are going on pilgrimage, and presently I shall return : what you have, much good may it do you: at home I eat the same every day. Now when they had eaten and drank, and had chatted a little longer, their guide said to them, The day wears away, if you think good, let us prepare to be going. So they got up to go, and the little boys went before: but Christiana forgot to take her bottle of spirits with her; so she sent her little boy back to fetch it. Then said Mercy, I think this is a losing place. Here Christian loft his roll; here Christiana left her bottle behind: Sir, what is the cause of this? Their guide made answer, and said, The cause is sleep or forgetfulness *: some sleep when they should
* This caution given by our blessed Lord will be necessary all through our pilgrimage, • Watch and pray." How apt are we to forget ourselves, our weakness and manifold infirmi. ties, our continual obligations to infinite grace and mercy, our need of being kept every moment by divine power. It is not an uncommon case, when we have enjoyed some special communications of light or love, to be so pleased with the gifts as to forget the giver. Nothing proves the necessity of a diligent attendance upon the means of grace, and of Christian fellowship and society, more than our proneness to forgetfulness; because, by these means the pure mind is stirred up, by way of remembrance, and provoked, as it were, to love and good works. A neglect of the means is a sure sign of forgetful
keep awake; and some forget when they should remember; and this is the very cause why often, at the resting places, some pilgrims, in some things, come off losers. Pilgrims should watch, and remember what they have already received under their greatest enjoyments; but, for want of doing so, oftentimes their rejoicing ends in tears, and their sunshine in a cloud; witness the story of Christian at
When they were come to the place where Miltrust and Timorous met Christian to persuade him
back for fear of the lions, they perceived as it were a stage, and before it, towards the road, a broad plate, with a copy of verses written thereon, and underneath, the reason of raising up that stage in that place. The verses were these:
Let him who sees this stage take heed
Unto his heart and tongue ;
As some have long agone. The words underneath the verses were, This stage was built to punish such upon it, who, through timorousness or mistrust, shall be afraid to go further on pilgrimage: also on this stage, both Mistrust and Timorous were bored through the tongue with a hot iron, for endeavouring to hinder Christian on his journey.
ness. May the Lord keep us lively in our frames; tender in our consciences; fervent in our spirits ; active and diligent in his service; concerned for his glory, the spread of his gospel, and the salvation of precious and immortal souls. May we be mindful of these things, as doers of the word, and not hearers only.
Then said Mercy, This is much like the faying of the Beloved, Pf. cxx. 3, 4, “ What shall be given unto thee? Or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue ? Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.”
So they went on, till they came within sight of the lions. Now Mr. Great-heart was a strong man, and so he was not afraid of a lion: but yet, when they were come up to the place where the lions were, the boys who went before were glad to cringe behind, for they were afraid of the lions; so they stept back, and went behind. At this their guide smiled, and faid, How now, my boys, do you love to go before when no danger doth approach, and love to come behind as soon as the lions appear?
Now, as they went on, Mr. Great-heart drew his sword, with intent to make a way for the pilgrims in spite of the lions. Then there appeared one who, it seems, had taken upon him to back the lions: and he said to the pilgrims' guide, What is the cause of your coming hither? Now the name of that man was Grim, or Bloody-man, because of his Naying pilgrims; he was of the race of the giants.
Then said Great-heart, the pilgrims' guide, These women and children are going on pilgrimage, and this is the way they must go, and go they shall, in spite of thee and the lions. Grim. This is not their way, neither shall they