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Thou hast worthily behaved thyself; let me see thy sword: so he shewed it him.

When he had taken it in his hand, and looked upon

it a while, he said, Ha! It is a right Jerusalem blade.

Valiant. It is fo. Let a man have one of these blades, with a hand to wield it, and skill to use it, and he may venture upon an angel with it. He need not fear its holding, if he can but tell how to lay on. Its edge will never blunt: it will cut flesh and bones, and soul and spirit and all.

Great-heart. But you fought a great while ; I wonder you was not weary.

Valiant. I fought till my sword did cleave to my hand, and then they were joined together, as if a sword grew out of my arm; and when the blood ran through my fingers, then I fought with most courage.

Great-beart. Thou hast done well, thou hast resisted unto blood, striving against sin: thou shalt abide by us; come in, and go out with us, for we are thy companions.

Then they took him, and washed his wounds, and gave him of what they had, to refresh him; and so they went on together. Now as they went on, because Mr. Great-heart was delighted in him (for he greatly loved one whom he found to be a man of his hands), and because there were in company

those who were feeble and weak: therefore he questioned with him about many things ; as first, what countryman he was?

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Valiant. I am of Dark-land; there I was born, and there my father and mother are still.

Dark-land, faith the guide, doth not that lie on the fame coat with the city of Destruction?

Valiant. Yes, it doth. That which caused me to come on pilgrimage, was this: we had one Mr. Tell-true who came into our parts, and told it about what Christian had done, who went from the city of Destruction; namely, how he had forsaken his wife and children, and had beraken himself to a pilgrim's life. It was also confidently reported, that he had killed a ferpent, who came out to resift him in his journey; and that he got safe through all to the place where he intended : it was also told, what welcome he had to all his Lord's lodgings, especially when he came to the gates of the celestial city; for there, said the man, he was received with found of trumpet, by a company of shining ones. He told it also, how all the bells in the city did ring for joy at his reception, and what golden garments he was clothed with; with many other things which now I shall forbear to relate. In a word, that man fo told the story of Christian and his travels, that my heart felt a burning heat to go after him; nor could father or mother stay me! So I got from them, and am come thus far on my way.

Great-heart. You came in at the gate, did you not? · Valiant. Yes, yes, for the same man also told us,

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that all would be nothing, if we did not begin to enter this way, at the gate. Great-heart. Look you, Christiana, the pilgri

your husband, and what he has gotten thereby, is spread abroad far and near.

Valiant. Why, is this Chriftian's wife ?

Great-heart, Yes, that it is; and these are also his four fons.

Valiant. What! and going on pilgrimage too?

Great-beart. Yes, verily, they are following after.

Valiant. I am glad at heart. Good man! How joyful will he be, when he shall see them who would not go with him before, now to enter in at the gates into the celestial city?

Great-beart. Without doubt it will be a comfort to him; for, next to the joy of seeing himself there, it will be a joy to meet there his wife and children.

Valiant. But now you are upon that point, pray let me hear your opinion about it. Some make a question, Whether we shall know one another when we are there?

Great-beart. Do they think that they shall know themselves then, or that they shall rejoice to see themselves in bliss ? if they think they shall know and do this, why not know others, and rejoice in their welfare also ?

Again, since relations are our second self, though that state will be diffolved, yet why may it not be

rationally rationally concluded, that we shall be more glad to see them there, than to see that they are wanting?

Valiant. Well, I perceive whereabouts you are as to this point. Have you any more things to al me about my beginning to come on pilgrimage?

Great-heart. Yes; Was your father and mother willing that

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should become a pilgrim? Valiant. Oh! no: they used all nieans imaginable to persuade me to stay at home.

Great-heart. What could they say against it?

Valiant. They said it was an idle life; and if I myself had not been inclined to Moth and laziness, I should never have countenanced a pilgrim's condition.

Great-heart. And what did they say else?

Valiant. Why, they told me that it was a dangerous way; yea, said they, the most dangerous way in the world is that which the pilgrims go.

Great-heart. Did they shew you wherein this way was dangerous ?

Valiant. Yes; and that in many particulars.
Great-beart. Name some of them.

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Valiant. They told me of the Slough of Despond,
where Christian was well-nigh smothered: they told
me that there were archers standing ready in Beel-
zebub-Castle, to shoot them who should knock at
the Wicket-Gate for entrance: they told me also of
the wood and dark monuments; of the hill Difficul-
ty; of the lions; and also of the three giants,
Bloody-man, Maul, and Slay-good: they said,

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moreover, that a foul fiend haunted the valley of Humiliation; and that Christian was by them almost bereft of life. Besides, said they, you must go over the Valley of the Shadow of Death, where the hobgoblins are, where the light is darkness, where the way is full of snares, pits, traps, and gins. They told me of giant Despair, of Doubting-Castle, and of the ruin which the pilgrims met with there. Farther, they said, I must go over the enchanted ground, which was dangerous. And, after all this, that I should find a river, over which I should find no bridge ; and that that river did lie betwixt me and the celestial country.

Great-heart. And was this all ?

Valiant. No: they also told me, that this way was full of deceivers, and of persons who lay in wait there to turn good men out of their path.

Great-heart. But how did they make that out?

Valiant. They told me, that Mr. Worldly-wifeman did lie there in wait to deceive. They also said, that there was Formality and Hypocrisy continually on the road. They said also, that By-ends, Talkative, or Demas, would go near to gather me up: that the flatterer would catch me in his net; or that, if I should meet with the same fate as Green-headed Ignorance, if I should presume to go on to the gate, from whence he was sent back to the hole which was in the side of the hill, and made to go the by-way to hell.

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