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Thus they talked a while, and then betook themselves to sleep. In the morning, when they were awaked, Christiana said to Mercy,
Christ. What was the matter that you laughed so in your sleep to night? I suppose you was in a dream.
Mercy. Indeed I was: and a sweet dream it was: but are you sure I laughed?
Chrift. Yes, you laughed heartily; but prithee, Mercy, tell me thy dream ? ?
Mercy. I was dreaming that I sat, all alone in a folitary place, and was bemoaning the hardness of my heart. I had not fat there long, but methought many were gathered about me to see me, and to hear what it was that I said. So they hearkened, and I went on, bemoaning the hardness of my heart. At this fome of them laughed at me, some called me fool, and some began to thrust me about. With that, methought I looked up, and saw one coming with wings towards me: he came directly to me, and said, Mercy, what aileth thee? Now when he
z This dream of Mercy is often realised in the experience of God's children, who find that the presence of the God of Jacob can make the heart, that seemed as hard as a rock, like melting wax; and turn the fint stone into a springing well. If Mercy was sweetly surprised with this dream, we are sure that nothing but the surprise of mercy can overcome the hardened finner's heart, who, expecting the stroke of justice, inftead of the executioner with a death warrant, finds a messenger of peace, with a pardon free and full, revealing the grace, mercy, and love of God, through the redemption which there is in Jesus Christ.
heard me make my complaint, he said, Peace be to thee: he also wiped mine eyes with his handkerchief, and clad me in silver and gold; Ezek. xvi. 8, 9, IO, 11. He put a chain about my neck, and earrings in mine ears, and a beautiful crown upon my head. Then he took me by the hand, and said, Mercy, come after me. So he went up, and I followed till we came to a golden gate. There he knocked, and, when they within had opened, the man went in, and I followed him up to a throne, upon
which one fat, who said to me, Welcome, daughter. The place looked bright and twinkling, like the stars, or rather like the fun; and there I thought that I saw your husband; so I awoke from my dream. But did I laugh?
Christ. Laugh! ay, and well you might, to see yourself so well off. You must give me leave to tell you, that it was a good dream; and as you have begun to find the first part true, so at last you
will find the second. “ God speaks once, yea twice, yet “ man perceiveth it not, in a dream, in a vision of “ the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in “ Numbering upon the bed,” Job. xxxiii. 145 15. We need not, when a-bed, lie awake to talk with God; he can visit us while we sleep, and cause us then to hear his voice.. Our hearts oft-times wake when we Neep, and God can speak to the heart, either by words, by proverbs, by signs and similitudes, as well as if one was awake Mercy. Well, I am glad of my dream, for I hope,
cre long, to see it fulfilled, to the making me laugh again.
Chrift. I think it is now high time to rise, and know what we must do.
Mercy. Pray, if they invite us to stay a while, let us willingly accept the proffer. I am the more willing to stay a while here, to grow better acquainted with these maids; methinks Prudence, Piety, and Charity, have very comely and sober counte
Christ. We shall see what they will do. So when they were up and ready, they came down, and asked one another of their rest, and if it was comfortable
Mercy. It was very good; one of the best night's lodgings that ever I had in my life.
Then said Prudence and Piety, If you will be persuaded to stay here a while, you shall have what the house will afford. And that too with a very good will, said Charity. They consented, and staid there a month or more, and became very profitable one to another.
Because Prudence would see how Christiana had brought up her children, she asked leave of her to catechise them a : so she gave her free consent: then she began with the youngest, whose name was James.
a It is one thing, to train up a child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, it is another thing to train him up in pharifaism and self-righteousness. In catechising children, let it ever be remembered, that it is not learning a scheme of
Prudence. Come, James, can'st thou tell me who made thee?
James. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.
Prud. Good boy. And canst thou tell me who saved thee?
James. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.
Prud. Good boy still. But how doth God the Father fave thee?
James. By his grace.
James. By his illumination, by his renovation, and by his preservation.
Then said Prudence to Christiana, You are to be commended for thus bringing up your children. I suppose I need not ask the rest these questions, since the youngest can answer so well. I will therefore now apply myself to the next youngest.
Prud. Come, Joseph (for his name was Joseph), will
you let me catechise you? Jofeph. With all my heart. Prud. What is man?
doctrines, or a string of questions and answers, by heart, that will change the heart. Nothing will do this but the engrafted word, received with meekness, under the special influence of the Holy Ghoft.
Foseph. A reasonable creature, made so by God, as my brother said.
Prud. What is supposed by this word, saved ?
Joseph. That man, by sin, has brought himself into a state of captivity and misery.
Prud. What is supposed by his being saved by the Trinity?
Joseph. That sin is so great and mighty a tyrant, that none can pull us out of its clutches, but God; and that God is so good and loving to man, as to pull him out of this miserable state.
Prud. What is God's design in saving poor man?
Foseph. The glorifying of his name, his grace, and his justice, &c. and the everlasting happiness of his creature.
Prud. Who are they that must be saved ? 7ofeph. Those who accept of his falvation.
Prud. God boy, Joseph; thy mother hath taught thee well, and thou hast hearkened to what she has said unto thee.
Then said Prudence to Samuel, who was the eldest son but one,
Prud. Come, Samuel, are you willing that I should catechise you?
Samuel. Yes, forsooth, if you please.
Sam. A place and state most blessed, because God