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to sell it. The glass was one of a thousand. It would present a man, one way with his own features exactly; and turn it another way, it would shew
face and similitude of the Prince of pilgrims himself. Yes, I have talked with them who do know, and can tell, and these have said, that they have seen the very crown of thorns upon his head, by looking in that glass; that they have also seen therein the holes in his hands, in his feet, and in his side. Yea, such an excellency is there in that glass, that it will shew him in whatever state they have a mind to see him, whether living or dead; whether in earth or in heaven; whether in a state of humiliation or exaltation ; whether coming to suffer or coming to reign P.
Christiana therefore went to the shepherds apart (now the names of the shepherds were Knowledge, Experience, Watchful, and Sincere), and said unto them, One of my daughters is a breeding woman, and, I think, doth long for something which she hath seen in this house; and she thinks she shall miscarry, if fhe should be denied it by you.
Experience. Call her, call her; she shall assuredly
This glass fitly represents the Word of God, which on one hand shew's what we are by nature, and on the other hand reveals the grace and glory of the gospel in the person, work, fafferings and death, resurrection and afcenfion, interceffion and future advent, of the Son of God. This makes the Bible so precious and so earnestly longed for by those who know something of its value.
have what we can help her to. So they called her, and said to her, Mercy, what is that thing which thou wouldst have ?
She blushed, and said, The great glass which hangs up in the dining-room. Sincere then ran and fetched it, and with joyful consent it was given her. Then the bowed her head, and gave thanks, and faid, By this I know that I have obtained favour in your eyes.
They also gave to the other young women such things as they desired, and to their husbands great commendations, for joining with Mr. Great-heart, and Naying giant Despair, and demolishing Doubting-castle.
About Christiana's neck the shepherds put a bracelet, and so they did about the necks of her four daughters ; they also put ear-rings in their ears, and jewels on their foreheads.
When they were minded to go hence, they let them go in peace, but gave not to them those certain cautions which before were given to Christian and his companion. The reason was, that these had Great-heart to be their guide, who was well acquainted with things, and so could give them their cautions more feasonably; to wit, even then when the danger was nigh approaching: for what cautions Christian and his companion had received of the shepherds, they had lost when the time was come that they had need to put them in practice.
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Wherefore here was the advantage which this company
had over the other. From hence they went on singing, and they said, Behold, how fitly are the tables fet
For their relief who pilgrims are become ;
Who make the other life our mark and home!
Which shew we pilgrims are where'er we go. When they were gone from the shepherds, they quickly came to the place where Christian met with one Turn-away, who dwelt in the town of Apoftasy. Wherefore of him Mr. Great-heart, their guide, did now put them in mind, saying, This is the place where Christian met with one Turn-away, who carried with him the character of his rebellion at his back. And this I have to say concerning this man, he would hearken to no counsel, but when he began to fall, persuasion could not stop him. When he came to the place where the cross and fepulchre was, he did meet with one who bad him look there, but he gnashed with his teeth, and stamped; and said he was resolved to go back to his own town. Before he came to the gate, he met with Evangelist, who offered to lay hands on him, to turn him into the way again. But this Turn-away refifted him, and having done much despite unto him, he got away over the wall, and so escaped his hand,
Then they went on, and just at the place where Little-faith formerly was robbed there stood a man with his sword drawn, and his face all bloody. Then said Mr. Great-heart, What art thou? The man made answer, saying, I am one whose name is Valiant-for-truch. I am a pilgrim, and am going to the celestial city. Now, as I was in my way, there were three men who did befet me, and propounded unto me these three things: 1. Whether I would become one of them? 2. Or go back from whence I came? 3. Or die upon the place ? To the first I answered, I had been a true man a long season, and therefore it could not be expected that I now should cast in my lot with thieves. Then they demanded what I would say to the second : so I told them, If I had not found incommodity in the place from whence I came, I should not have forsaken it at all; but finding it altogether unsuitable to ine, and very unprofitable for me, I forfook it for this way. Then they asked me what I said to the third. I told them, my life cost more dear far than that! should lightly give it away. Besides, you have nothing to do thus to put things to my choice; wherefore at your peril be it, if
Then these three, to wit, Wild-head, Inconsiderate, and Pragmatic 9, drew upon me, and I also drew upon
them, 9 This is intended to fhew the dangers and temptations to which we are particularly exposed when most warm and zealous in the cause of God and truth. Whatever change grace
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them. So we fell to it, one against three, for the space of three hours. They have left upon me, as you see, some marks of their valour, and they have also carried away with them fome marks of mine. They are but just now gone: I suppose they might, as the saying is, hear your horse dash, and then they betook themselves to fight.
Great-heart. But here was great odds, three against
Valiant. It is true; but few or many are nothing to him who has the truth on his side. “ Though an “ hoft should encamp against me,” said one, my “ heart shall not fear: though war shall rise against
me, in this will I be confident," &c. Besides, faid he, I have read in some records, that one man has fought an army: and how many did Samson Nay with the jawabone of an ass ?
Then said the guide, Why did you not cry out, that some might have come to your succour?
Valiant. So I did; to my King, who I knew could hear me, and afford invisible help: that was enough for me.
Then said Great-heart to Mr. Vallant-for-truth,
may make in our prospects and pursuits, our ends and aims , our affections and desires, our conduct and conversation, yet th: natural temper and disposition will at times discover itfelf; and nothing is more common than for those who have been more particularly distinguished for their opposition to the gofpel, afterwards to become moft bold and valiant for the truths of God. Instance, Paul.