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and well approved physician. As Christiana desired it, they sent for him, and he came. When he was entered the room, and had a little observed the boy, he concluded that he was sick of the gripes. Then he said to his mother, What diet has Matthew of late fed upon ? Diet, said Christiana, nothing but what is wholesome. The physician answered, This boy has been tampering with something that lies in his maw undigested, and it will not pass off without
you he must be purged, or else he will die.
Then said Samuel, Mother, what was that which my brother did gather and eat, as soon as we came from the gate which was at the head of this way? You know there was an orchard on the left hand, and on the other side of the wall, some of the trees hung over the wall, now my brother did pluck and did eat some of the fruit.
True, my child, said Christiana, he did take thereof, and eat, naughty boy as he was; I chid him, yet he would eat thereof.
Skill. I knew that he had eaten something which was not wliolesome food, and that food, I mean that fruit, is the most hurtful of all. It is the fruit of Beelzebub's orchard. I marvel that none did warn you of it; many have died from eating thereof.
Then Christiana began to cry, and said, O naughty boy! O careless mother! What shall I do for my fon? Skill. Come, do not be too much dejected; the
boy boy may do well again, but he must purge and vomit. Christ. Pray, Sir, try the utmost of
Skill with him, whatever it co
Skill, Nay, I hope I shall be reasonable, Heb. X. 1, 2, 3, 4. So he made him a purge, but it was too weak; it was made, as is said, of the blood of a goat, the ashes of an heifer, and some of the juice of hyffop, &c. When Mr. Skill had seen that the purge was too weak, he made him one to the
purposee; it was made Ex carne, et sanguine Christi, John vi. 54, 55, 56, 57; Mark ix. 49; Heb. ix. 14; (you know physicians give strange medicines to their patients). This was made into pills, with a promise or two, and a proportionable quantity of falt. Now he was to take these pills three at a time, fafting, in half a quarter of a pint of the tears of repentance. When this portion was prepared, and brought to the boy, he was loth to take it, though torn with the gripes, as if he should be pulled in pieces. Come, come, said the physician, you must take it. It goes against my stomach, said the boy. I must have you take it, said his mother, Zech. xii.
. This medicine was never known to fail, by whomsoever it was taken, let the case appear ever so desperate; for it both purges and heals. Oh, precious balm ! this is the balm of Gilead; " The flesh and blood of Christ.” Whoso eateth and drinketh of this shall live for ever. Whoever offers, to purify the heart, and heal a wounded conscience, by any other medicine, is a vile impostor, vending the most poisonous and soul-destroying noftrums.
I shall vomit it up again, said the boy. Pray, Sir, said Christiana to Mr. Skill, how does it taste? It has no ill taste, said the Doctor: with that the touched one of the pills with the tip of her tongue. Oh, Matthew, said she, this potion is sweeter than honey. If thou lovest thy mother; if thou lovest thy brothers; if thou lovest Mercy; if thou lovest thy life; take it. So, with much ado, after a short prayer for the blessing of God upon it, he took it, and it wrought kindly with him. It caused him to purge, to sleep, and rest quietly; it put him into a fine heat and breathing sweat, and rid him of his gripes. So that, in a little time, he got up, and walked about with a staff, and would go from room to room, and talk with Prudence, Piety, and Charity, of his distemper, and how he was healed.
So when the boy was healed, Christiana asked Mr. Skill, saying, Sir, what will content you for your pains and care to me and my child? And he said, You must
the Master of the College of Physicians, Heb. xiii, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, according to the rules in that case made and provided.
Christ. But, Sir, what is this pill good for else?
Skill. It is an universal pill ; it is good against all diseases incident to pilgrims; and, when it is well prepared, it will keep good time out of mind.
Christ. Pray, Sir, make me up twelve boxes of them: for if I can get these, I will never take any other physic.
Skill. These pills are as good to prevent diseases, as to cure them when any one is fick. Yea, I dare say it, and stand' to it; if a man will but use this physic as he should, « it will make him live for “ ever,” John vi. 50. But, good Christiana, thou must give these pills no other way than as I have prescribed: for if you do, they will do no good. So he gave unto Christiana physic for herself, and her boys, and for Mercy, and he bad Matthew take heed how he did eat any more green plumbs : so kissed them, and went his way.
It was mentioned before, that Prudence bid the boys, whenever they would, to ask her fome queftions that might be profitable, and she would answer them.
Then Matthew, who had been sick, asked her, why, for the most part, physic should be bitter to our palates ?
Prud. To shew how unwelcome the word of God and the effects thereof are to a carnal heart.
Matt. Why does physic, if it does good, purge, and cause to vomit?
Prud. To shew that the word, when it works effectually, cleanseth the heart and mind.
For look; what the one doth to the body, the other doth to the foul.
Matt. What should we learn by seeing the flame of our fire go upwards ? And by seeing the beams and sweet influences of the sun strike downwards?
Prud. By the going up of the fire, we are taught
to ascend to heaven by fervent and hot desires.
Matt. Where have the clouds their water?
Prud. That ministers should fetch their doctrine
Prud. To shew that ministers should give out what they know of God to the world.
Matt. Why is the rain-bow caused by the fun?
Prud. To fhew that the covenant of God's grace is confirmed to us in Christ.
Matt. Why do the springs come from the sea to us through the earth ?
Prud. To shew that the grace of God comes to us through the body of Christ.
Matt. Why do some of the springs rise out of the top of high hills
Prud. To shew that the spirit of grace shall spring up in some that are great and mighty, as well as in many that are poor and low.
Matt. Why doth the fire faften upon the candlewick? Prud. To shew that, unless grace doth kindle