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too, was a pit, none knows how deep, full of nothing but mud, made there on purpose to destroy pilgrims.
Then thought I with myself, who, that goeth on pilgrimage, but would have one of these maps
about him, that he may look, when he is at a stand, which is the way he must take.
They went on in this Enchanted Ground till they came to the place where was another arbour, and it was built by the highway-side. And in that arbour lay two men, whose names were Heedless and Toobold. These two went thus far on pilgrimage; but being wearied with their journey, they sat down here to rest themselves, and so fell fast asleep. When the pilgrims saw them, they stood still, and shook their heads; for they knew that the neepers were in a pitiful case. Then they consulted what to do, whether to go on, and leave them in their neep, or step up to them, and try to wake them. They concluded to go to them, and awake them; that is, if they could; but with this caution, namely, to take heed that they themselves did not sit down nor embrace the offered benefit of that arbour.
So they went in, and spake to the men, and called each by his name (for the guide it seems did know them), but there was no voice, nor answer. Then the guide did shake them, and do what he could to disturb them. Then said one of them, I will pay you when I take my money: at which the guide shook his head. I will fight so long as I can hold Ee 2
my sword in my hand, said the other. At that one of the children laughed.
Then said Christiana, What is the meaning of this ? The guide said, They talk in their neep; if you strike them, beat them, or whatever else you do to them, they will answer you after this fashion; or as one of them said in old time, when the waves of the sea did beat upon him, and he Nept as one upon the mast of a ship: When I awake, I will seek it again. You know, when men talk in their feep, they say any thing, but their words are not governed either by faith or reason. There is an incoherency in their words now, as there was before, betwixt their going on pilgrimage, and fitting down here. This is the mischief on it, when heedless ones go on pilgrimage ; twenty to one but they are served thus: for this Enchanted Ground is one of the last refuges which the enemy to pilgrims has; wherefore it is, as you see, placed almost at the end of the
and so it standeth against us with the more advantage. For when, thinks the enemy, will these fools be so desirous to sit down, as when they are weary? And when so like to be weary, as when almost at their journey's end? Therefore it is, I say, that the Enchanted Ground is placed so nigh to the land Beulah, and so near the end of their race. Wherefore let pilgrims look to themselves, left it happen to them, as it has done to these, who, as you fee, are fallen asleep, and none can awake them. Then the pilgrims desired with trembling to go forward, only they prayed their guide to strike a light, that they might go the rest of their way by the help of the light of a lanthorn. So he struck a light, and they went, by the help of that, through the rest of this way, though the darkness was very great.
But the children began to be sorely weary, and cried out unto him who loveth pilgrims, to make their way more comfortable. By the time they had gone a little farther, a wind arose, which drove away the fog, and the air became more clear.
Yet they were not off the Enchanted Ground by a great way, only now they could see one another better, and the way wherein they should walk.
Now, when they were almost at the end of this ground, they perceived that, a little before them, there was a solemn noise, of one who was much concerned. So they went on, and looked before them; and behold they saw, as they thought, a man upon his knees, with hands and eyes lift up, and speaking, as they thought, earnestly to one who was above: they drew nigh, but could not tell what he said ; so they went softly till he had done. When he had done, he got up, and began to run towards the celestial city. Then Mr. Great-heart called after him, saying, Soho, friend, let us have your company,
if you are going, as I suppose you are, to the celestial city. The man stopped, and they came up to him. But as soon as Mr. Honest saw him, he said, I know this man. Then said Mr. Valiant-for-truth, Prithee, who is it? It is one, said
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he, who comes from whereabouts I dwelt; his name is Standfast; he is certainly a right good pilgrim.
So they came up to one another, and presently Standfast said to old Honest, Ah! father Honest ! are you here? Ay, said he, that I am, as sure as you are there. Right glad am I, said Mr. Standfast, that I have found you on this road. And as glad am I, said the other, that I espied you upon
Then Mr. Standfast blushed, and said, What! did you see me? Yes, that I did, quoth the other, and in my heart I was glad at the sight. Why, what did you think? said Standfast. Think! said old Honest, what should I think? I thought we had an honest man upon the road, and that we should have his company by and by. If you are not mistaken in your thought, how happy shall I be! But if I am not as I should, it is I alone must bear it. That is true, said the other; but
fear doth further confirm me, that things are right betwixt the prince of pilgrims and your soul: for, faith he, “ Blessed is the man that feareth always s.”
Valiant. Well, but brother, I pray thee tell us, what was the cause of thy being upon thy knees even now? Was it for some obligations laid by special mercies upon thee, or how?
Standfast. Why, we are, as you fee, upon the
• The difference between legal and slavish fear, which caufeth torment, and that filial fear which arises from love, will be carefully pointed out by those who can distinguish between things that differ,
Enchanted Ground; and as I was coming along, I was musing with myself of what a dangerous nature the road in this place was, and how many who had come even thus far on pilgrimage, had been stopped here and destroyed: I thought also of the manner of death with which this place destroyeth men: those who die here, die of no violent distemper: the death which such die is not grievous to them : for he that goeth away in a Neep, begins that journey with desire and pleasure. Yea, such acquiesce in the will of that disease.
Then Mr. Honest, interrupting him, said, Did you see the two men asleep in the arbour ?
Standfast. Ay, ay, I saw Heedless and Tao-bold there ; and, for ought I know, there they will lie till they rot: but let me go on with my tale : As I was thus musing, as I said, there was one in
very pleasant attire, but old, who presented herself unto me, and offered me three things, to wit, Her body, her purse, and her bed. Now the truth is, I was both weary and seepy: I am also as poor as a howlet, and that perhaps the witch knew. Well, I repulsed her once and twice, but she put by my repulses, and smiled. Then I began to be angry: she regarded that nothing at all; but made her offers again, and said, If I would be ruled by her, she would make me great and happy. For, said she, I am the mistress of the world, and men are made happy by me. Then I asked her name, and