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Now, said Christian, let me go hence. Nay, stay (said the Interpreter) till I have shewed thee a little more, and after that thou shalt go on thy way. So he took him by the hand again, and led him into a very dark room, where sat a man in an iron cage .. The man, to look on, seemed very sad; he sat, with his eyes looking down to the ground, his hands folded together, and sighed as if he would break his heart. Then said Christian, What means this? At which the Interpreter bid him. talk with the man. Then said Christian to the man, What art thou? The man answered, I am what I was not once.

Chr. What wast thou once ?

Man. I was once a fair and flourishing professor, both in mine own eyes, and also in the eyes of others: I once was, as I thought, in a fair way for the celestial city, and had even joy at the thoughts that I . fhould

get

thither.
Chr. Well, but what art thou now?

Man. I am now a man in despair, and am shut up in it, as in this iron cage. I cannot get out ; O! I cannot.

Chr. But how camest thou in this condition?

Man. I left off to watch, and be sober; I laid the reins

upon
the neck of

my

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have grieved the spirit, and he is gone; I tempted
the devil, and he is come to me; I have provoked
God to anger, and he has left me; I have so har-
dened

my

heart that I cannot repent.
Then faid Christian to the Interpreter, But is
there no hope for such a man as this ? Ask him, faid
the Interpreter.

Chr. Then said Christian to the man, Is there
no hope for you? Must you be kept always in this
iron cage of despair

?
Man. No hope; none at all.

Chr. Why? the Son of the Blessed is very pi-
tiful.

Man. I have crucified him to myself afresh ; I
have despised his person ; I have despised his righte-
ousness; I have counted his blood an unholy thing;
I have done despite to the spirit of
I have shut myself out of all the promises, and there
now remains to me nothing but threatenings, dread-
ful threatenings, fearful threatenings of certain judg-
ment and fiery indignation, which shall devour me
as an adversary.

Chr. For what did you bring yourself into this
condition ?

Man. For the lusts, pleasures, and profits of this
world; in the enjoyment of which, I did then pro-
mise myself much delight: but now every one of
those things also bite me, and gnaw me, like a
burning worm.
Chr. But canst thou not now repent and turn?

Man.

grace : therefore

Man. God hath denied me repentance; his word gives me no encouragement to believe; yea, he himself hath shut me up in this iron cage: nor can all the men in the world let me out. O eternity! eternity! How shall I grapple with the misery that I must meet with in eternity?

Int. Then said the Interpreter to Christian, Let this man's misery be remembered by thee, and be an everlasting caution to thee.

Chr. Well, this is fearful! God help me to watch and be sober, and to pray, that I may shun the cause of this man's misery. Sir, is it not time for me to go on my way now?

Int. Tarry till I shall shew thee one thing more, and then thou shalt go on thy way.

So he took Christian by the hand again, and led him into a chamber, where there was one rising out of bed; and as he put on his raiment he shook and trembled". Then, faid Christian, Why doth this man thus tremble? The Interpreter then bad him tell Christian the reason of his doing so. He began and said, This night, as I was in my sleep, I dreamed; and behold the heavens grew exceeding black; also it thundered and lightened in such a fearful man

* If this man was fo terrified with dreaming about the day of judgment, how inexpressibly terrible must be the coming of the Son of Man; when he shall be revealed from heaven with his holy angels, in flaming fire, to take vengeance upon them who know not God, and obey not the gospel.

nere upon

ner, that it put me into an agony. I looked

up in my dream, and saw the clouds racked at an unusual rate; upon which, I heard a great sound of a trumpet, and saw also a man sitting upon a cloud, attended with the thousands of heaven: they were all in flaming fire; the heavens also were in a burning flame. I heard then a voice, saying, “ Arise, ye dead, and come to judgment.” With that, the rocks rent, the graves opened, the dead, that were therein, came forth ; some of them were exceeding glad, and looked upward: fome sought to hide themselves under the mountains. Then I saw the man that fat upon

the cloud, open the book, and bid the world draw near. Yet there was, by reason of a fierce flame which issued out and came before him, a convenient distance betwixt him and them, as betwixt the judge and the prisoners at the bar. I heard it also proclaimed to them that attended on the man who fat on the cloud, “ Gather together the tares, " the chaff and stubble, and cast them into the burn

ing lake.” With that, the bottomless pit opened just whereabout I stood: out of the mouth of which there came, in an abundant manner, smoke, and coals of fire, with hideous noises. It was also said to the fame persons, “ Gather my wheat into the

garner.” With that, I saw many catched up and carried away into the clouds. But I was left behind, I also fought to hide myself, but I could not, for the man who lat

the cloud still kept his eye upon

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me :

me: my sins also came into my mind; and my conscience did accuse me on every side. Upon this I awaked from my sleep.

Ch. But what was it that made you so afraid of this fight?

Man. Why, I thought that the day of judgment was come, and that I was not ready for it: but this frightened me the most, that the angels gathered up several, and left me behind; also the pit of hell opened her mouth just where I stood. My conscience too afflicted me: and, as I thought, the judge had always his eye upon me, shewing indignation in his counte

nance.

Then said the Interpreter to Christian, “ Hast thou considered all these things?”

Chr. Yes, and they put me in hope and fear.

Int. Well, keep all these things in thy mind, that so they may be as goads in thy sides, to prick thee forward in the way thou must go.

Christian now began to gird up his loins, and to address himself to his journey. Then said the Interpreter, The Comforter be always with thee, good Christian, to guide thee in the way that leads to the city. So Christian went on his way, saying,

Here I have seen things rare and profitable,
Pleasant and dreadful, things to make me stable
In what I have begun to take in hand :
Then let me think on them : and understand
Wherefore they shewed me were; and let me be
Thankful, O good Interpreter, to thee.

Now

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