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Place where Little-Faith formerly was rob
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
bed, 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 Valiant- one whose Name is Valiant-for-truth. I før truth besét am a Pilgrim, and am going to the Cæwith Thieves. lestial City. Now, as I was in my Way,
there were three Men that 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 Prov. 1. 10, !l, 13, 14.
the first 1 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 the Place from whence I came, had I not found Incommodity' there, I had not forsaken it at all; but finding it altogether unsuitable: to me, and very unprofitable for me, I forsook it for this Way. Then they asked me what I said to the third. And I told them, my Life coft more dear far than that I should lightly give it away. Besides, you have nothing to do thus to put Things to.my Choice ; wherefore at: youri. Peril be it, if you meddle. Then these three, to wit, Wild-head, Inconfiderett, and. Pragmatick,
drew upon me, and I also drew upon them.
So we fell to it, One against Three, for the Space of three Hours. They have left upon me, as you see, some of the Marks of their Valour, and have also carried away with them some of mine. They are but just now gone : I suppose they might, as the Saying is, hear your Horse dash, and so they becook themselves to Flight!
Great-heart. But here was great Odds, Three against One.
- Valiant. It is true, but Little or More are nothing to him that has the TRUTH on his Side : Though an Hot should encamp against me, said One, my Heart hall not fear: Though War Jhall rise against me, in this will I be confident, &c. Besides, said he, I have read in some Records," that one Man has fought an Army: And how many did Sampson slay with the Jaw-bone of
Great-heart. Then said the Guide, Why did you not cry out, that some might have come in for your Succour.
Valiant. So I did to my King, who I knew could hear me, and afford invisible Help, and that was enough for me.
Great-beart. Then said Great-beart to Mr. Valiant-for-truth, Thou hast worthily behaved thyself ; let me see thy Sword; so he fhéwed it him.
When he had taken it in his Hand, and looked thereon 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. It's 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 run through my Fingers, then I fought with molt Courage.
Great-brørt. Thou haft done well, thou haft refifted unto Blood, striving against Sin; thou shalt abide by us, come in, and go out with us, for we are thy Companions.
Then they vook him, and washed bis Wounds, and gave him of what they had to refresh bim ; and fa they went together. Now as they went on, becaufe Mr. Great-heart was delighted, in him (for he loved cre greatly, that he found to be a Man of his. Hands) and becaufe there were in Company them that were feeble and weak : Therefore he queftioned with him about many Things, As firft, what Countryman he was ?
Valiant. I am of Dark-Land, for there I waş, born, and there my Facher and Mother are still.
Great-heart. Dark-Land faith, the Guide, Doth not that lie on the fame Coast with the Cicy of Destruclion?
Valiant. Yes, it doth.' Now that which caused me to come on Pilgrimage, was this; we had Mr. Tell-true came in our Parts, and he told it about what Christian had done, that were from the City of Destruction. Namely, how he had forfaken his Wife and Children, and had be. taken himself to a Pilgrim's Life. It was also confidently reported, how he had killed a Serpent, that did come out to refist him in his Journey ;' and how he got through to whither 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 Cælestial City: For there, said the Man, he was received with Sound 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 cloathed with; with many other Things that now I fhalt forbear to relate. In a Word, That Man fo told the Story of Christian and his Travels, that my Heart fell into a burning Heat, to be gone 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 fame Man also told us, that all would be nothing, if we did not begin to enter this Way at the Gate.
Great-beart. Look you, said the Guide to Cbriftiana, the Pilgrimage of your Hus-,
band, and what he has gotten thereby, is spread abroad far and near.
Valiant. Why, is this Christian's Wife?
Great-heart. Yes, that it is; and these - are also his four Şons.
Valient. What! and going on Pilgri
Great-heart. Yes, verily, they are following after.
Valiant. It.glads me at Heart! good Man. How joyful will he be, when he shall see them that would not go with him, to enter before him, in at the Gates into the Cæleftial City ? : Great-heart. 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.
Veliant. But now you are upon that, pray let me hear your Opinion about it. Some make a Question, Whether we shall know one another when we are there?
Great-heart. Do they think they shall know themselves then, or that they shall rejoice to see themselves in that Bliss; and if they think they shall know and do these, why not know, others, and rejoice in their Welfare also ?
Again, Since Relations are our second felf, though that State will be dissolved, yet why may it not be rationally concluded, that we shall be more glad to see them there," than to see they are wanting ?
Valiant. Well, I perceive whereabouts you are to this. Have you any more Things to ask me about my beginning to come on Pilgrimage?