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coming back; and some called him Fool for hazarding himself with Christian; others again did mock ac his Cowardlinefs ; fay, ing, Surely, fonce you began to venture, would not bave been so base to bawe given out for a few Difficulties : So Pliable fat freaking among them. But at last he got more Confidence, and then they all turned their Tales, and began to deride poor Christian behind his Back. And thus much concerning Pliable.

Now as Ckristian was walking folitarily

by himself, he espied 'onc afar off, crossing + Mr.World- over the Field + to meet him, and their ly Wiseman Hap was to meet just as they were crofling meets with

the Way to each otber. The Gentleman's Christian.

Name that met him, was Mr. Worldly Wileman, he dwelt in the Town of Carnal Policy, a very great Town, and also hard-by from whence Christian came. This Man then, meeting with Cbrifian, and liaving some Knowledge of him (for Christian's setting forth from the City of Destruction, was much noised abroad, not only in the Town where he dwelf, but also it began to be the Towon-talk in some other Places) Mr. Worldly Wiseman therefore having some Guess of him, by beholding his laborious going, by observing his Sighs and Groans, and the like; began thus to enter into fome Talk with Christian.

World. How now', good Fellow, whither

away after this burdened Manner ? Worldly

Chr. A burdened Manner indeed, as Wiseman and Christian. ever, I think, poor Creature had! And

whereas you ask me, Whitber' away? I tell you, Sir, I am going to yonder Wic

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ket-Gate before me; for there, as I am
informed, I shall be put in a way to be
rid of my heavy Burden.

World. Hast thoù a Wife and Children?

Chr. Yes; but I am so laden with this Burden, that I cannot take that Pleasure in them as formerly: Methinks I am as if + I had none.

+ 1 Cor.7.29. World. Wilt thou bearken to me if I give thee Counsel?

Cbr. If it be good I will; for I stand in Need of good Counsel.

World. f I would advise thee then, that I Mr. World thou with all Speed get thyself rid of thy Bur- ly Wiseman's den ; for tbou will never be settled in thy Christian. . Mind till then: Nor canst thou enjoy the Benefits of the Blessings which God bath bestowed upon thee, till then.

Cbr. That is that which I seek for, even to be rid of this heavy Burden; but get it off myself, I cannot: Nor is there a Man in our own Country, that can take it off my Shoulders; therefore am I going this Way, as I told you, that I may be rid of

World. Who bid thee go this Way to be rid of thy Burden?

Chr. A Man that appeared to me to be a very great and honourable Person; his Name, as I remember, is Evangelift.

World. § Beshrew him for bis Counsel, g Mr. World. there is not a more dangerous and troublesome ly Wiseman Way in the World, than is that unto which condemns be bath directed thee ; and that thou shalt find, Evangelia's if thou wilt be ruled by his Counsel. Thou baft met with something (as I perceive already); I see the Dirt of the Slough of

Despond

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Despond is upon thee; but that Slough is the Beginning of the Sorrows that do attend those that go on in that Way: Hear me, I am older than thou; thou art like to meet with, on the Way which thou goest, Wearifomness, Painfulness, liunger, Perils, Nakedness, Sword, Lions, Dragons, Darkness, and in a Word, Death, and what not. These Things are certainly, true, having been confirmed by many Testimonies. ' . And why should a Man so carelesly ceft away himself, by giving beed to a Stranger ?

Chr. Why, Sir, this Burden upon my Back is more terrible to me, than are all

these things which you have mentioned : + The Frame + Nay, mechinks I care not what I meet of the Heart with in my Way, if so be I can also meet of a young

with Deliverance from my Burden. Christian,

World. How, cameji, thou by the Burden at first?

Chr. By reading this Book in my Hand. § Mr. World. World. S'I thought so; and it has haply Wiseman pened unto thee as to other weak Men, does not like who, meddling with Things too high for tbat Man

ferious in reading tions; which Distractions do not only unthe Bible. man Men (as thine I perceive have done

thee) but they run them upon desperate Ventures, to obtain they know not what.

Chr. I know what I would obtain; it is Eaje for my heavy Burden.

World. But why wilt thou seek for Ease this Way, seeing so many Dangers attend it? especially, since (hadst thou but Patience to hear me) I could direct thee to the obtaining of what thou desireit, without the Dangers that thou in this Way wilt

run

Tun thyself into. Yea, and the Remedy is at Hand. Besides, I will add, that inAtead of these Dangers, thou shalt meet with much Safety, Friendship, and Content.

Chr. Pray, Sir, open the Secret to me?

World. + Why in yonder Village (the +Mr Worldly Village is named Morality) there dwells a prefers MoraGentleman, whose Name is Legality, a very lity before they judicious Man (and a Man of very good

Strait Gate Name) that has Skill to help Men off with such Burdens as thine is, from their Shoulders ;, yea, to my Knowledge, he hath done a great deal of good this Way : And besides he hath Skill to cure those that are fomewhat crazed in their Wits with their Burden. To him, as I said, thou mayest go, and be helped presently. His House is not quite a Mile from this Place; it and if he should not be at home himself, he hath a pretty young Man to his Son, whose Name is Civility, that can do it (to speak on) as well as the old Gentleman, himself: There, I say, thou mayest be eafed of thy Burden, and if thou art not minda ed to go back to thy former Habitation, as indeed I would not wish thee; thou mayest Tend for thy Wife and Children to thee to this Village, where there are Houses now stand empty, one of which thou mayest have at a reasonable Rate : Provilion is there also cheap and good, and that which will make thy Life more happy is, to be sure there thou shalt live by honest Neighbours, in Credit, and good Fashion. * Christian

* Now was Christian somewhat at a frared by Mr. tand, but presently he concluded, If Wiseman's

this words.

you must

afraid that

this be true which this Gentleman hath said, my wifest Course is to take his Advice; and with that he thus farthep spake.

Cbr. Sir, which is my Way to this ho

nest Man's House? Mount Si. World. Do you see yonder* high Hill? nai.

Chr. Yes, very well.
World. By that Hill

go,

and the first House you come at is his.

So Christian turned out of his Way, to go to Mr. Légality's House for Help : But behold when he was got now hard by the Hill, it seemed so high, and also that Side of it that was next the Way-Side, did

hang so much over, that Christian was + Christian 't afraid to venture farther, left the Hill

should fall on his Head; wherefore there Mount Sinai would fall on

he stood still, and knew not what to do. bis Head.

Also his Burden now seemed heavier to him Exod. 19.18 than while he was in his Way. I There I Ver. 16.

came also Flashes of Fire out of the Hill, Heb. 12. 21

that made g Christian afraid that he should be burned: Here therefore he sweat and did quake for Fear. And now he began to be forry that he had taken Mr. Worldly

Wiseman's Counsel; and with that he faw Evangelift || Evangelist coming to meet him ; at the findeth Chri- Sight also of whom he began to blush for ftian under

Shame. So Evangelist drew Mount Sinai,

nearer and and looketb fé- nearer, and coming up to him, he looked verely upon upon him with a severe and dreadful Counhim.

tenance, and thus began to reason with

Christian. Evangelift

Evan. What doft thou here Cbrifian? reasons afresh said he: At which Words, Cbriftian knew wirb Chriki- not what to answer; wherefore at prefent

he

an.

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