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be that owneth bim, doth not keep him out of any Good-wil to me or mine, but with Intent to keep the Pilgrims from coming to me, and that they may be afraid to come and knock at this Gate of Entrance. Sometimes also be has broken out, and has worried some that I loved; but

but I take all at present patiently. I also give my Pilgrims timely Help, so that they A Check to the are not delivered up to his power, to do to carnal Fear of them what his Doggish Nature tvould prompt

the Pilgrims bim to. But what ! my purchased one, I tro, badst thou known never fo much beforeband, thou wouldeft not have been afraid of a Dog

The Beggars that go fr01 Door to Door, will, raiber than they will lose a supposed Alms, run the Hazard of the Bawling, Barking, and Biting 100 of a Dog: And shall a Dog in another Man's Yard, a Dog whose Barking I turn to the Profit of Pilgrims, keep any froin coming to me? I deliver thein from the Lions, aitd my Darling from the Power of

Mercy. Then said Mercy, I confefs my Christian's Ignorance: I speak what I understand not; when wije 1 acknowledge that thou dost all Things enough, acquis well.

Wisdom of Christ. Then Christiana began to talk of the Lord. their journey, and to enquire after the Part I. p. 35. Way. So he fed them and washed their Fees, and fet them in the Way of his Steps, according as he had dealt with her Husband before." So I saw in my Dream, that they went on their Way, and the Weather was comfortable to them.

the Dag.

Then

Then Christiana began to sing, saying,
Bless'd be the Day that I began

A Pilgrim for to be;
And blefed also be the Man,

That thereunto mou'd me.
'Tis true, 'twas long ere I began

To seek to live for ever:
But now I run fast as I can;

'Tis better late, than never.
Our Tears to Joy, our Fears to Faith,

Are turned as we fee;
That our Beginning (as one saith)

Shews what our End will be.

Garde

Now there was on the other side of the Wall, that fenced in the Way up which Christiana and her Companions were to

go, a Garden, and that belonged to him, The Devil's whose was that Barking Dog, of whom

Mention was made before. And some of the Fruit-Trees that grew in the Garden, shot their Branches upon the Wall; and being mellow, they that found them did gather them up and eat of them to their Hurt. So Christiana's Boys, as Boys are

apt to do, being pleased with the Trees, The Children and with the Fruit that did hang thereon, eat of the Ene- did pluck them, and began to eat. Their my's Fruit.

Mother did also chide them for so doing, but still the Boys went on.

Well, said she, my Sons, you transgress, for that Fruit is none of ours; but she did not know that they did belong to the

Enemy:

·Enemy: I will warrant you, if she had, she would have been ready to die for Fear. But that passed, and they went on their Way. Now, by that they were gone about two Bows-fhot from the Place that led them into the Way, they espied two very lll-favoured Ones coming down apace Trvo III-fato meet them. With that Christiana, and voured Ones Mercy her Friend, covered themselves with afjault Chri

ftiana. their Veils, and kept also on their Journey: The Children also went on before ; so that at last they met together. Then they that came down to meet them, came just up to the Women, as if they would embrace them; but Christiana said, Stand back, or go peaceably as you should. Yet these two, as Men that are deaf, regard- fruggle with ed not Christiana's Words, but began to them. lay Hands upon them; at that Christiana waxed very wroth, and spurned at them with her Feet. Mercy also, as well as she could, did what she could to shift them. Christiana again said to them, Stand back and be gone, for we have no Money to lose, being Pilgrims as you see, and fuch too as live upon the Charity of our Friends,

Ill-Fav. Then said one of the two Men, we make no Affault upon you for Money, but are come out to tell you, that if you will but grant one small Request which we shall alk, we will make Women of you

The Pilgrims

for ever.

Christ. Now Christiana imagining what they should mean, made Answer again, We will neither bear nor regard, nor yield to what you all ask. We are in bafte, and

cannot

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cannot say, our Blefjid is of Life and Death: So again the and her Companions made a fresh Effay to go past them: But they lected them in their Way.

Ill·Fav. And they said, we intend no Hurt to your Lives, it is another Thing

we would have. She cries out. Christ. Ay, quoth Christiona, you would

have us Body and Soul, for I know it is for that you are come; but we will die rather upon the Spot, than to suffer ourselves to be brought into such Snäres, as shall hazard our Well-being hereafter.

And with that they both shrieked out, and Deut. 22. 23, cried, Murder, Murder. And so

put

themlelves under those Laws that are provided for the Protection of Women. But the Men ftill made their Approach upon them, wich Design to prevail against them. They

therefore cried out again. It is good to

Now they being, as I faid, not far from cry cut when the Gate, in at which they canie, their Voice we are af.

was heard from where they were, thither: Jaulted.

Wherefore some of the House came out, and knowing that it was Cbriftiana's Tongue, they made kaste to her Relief. But by that they were got within Sight of them, the women were in a very great

Scufile, the Children also stood crying by. The Relicver Then did he that caine in for their Relief

call out to the Ruffians, saying, What is that Thing you do? Would you make my Lord's People to transgress? He also attempted to take them, bure they did make their Escape over the Wall into the Garden of the Man to whom the Great Dog belonged ; fo the Dog became their

Protector,

fomes.

Protector. This Reliever then came up Theill Ones fly to the Women, and asked them how they to the Devil did.

So they answered, we thank thy for Relief. Prince, pretty well, only we have been somewhat affrighted; we thank thee also, for that thou cameft in to our Help, for otherwise we had been overcome.

Reliever. So after a few more Words, this Reliever said, as followeth : I mar- The Reliever velled much when you was entertained at

talks to the

Women. the Gate above, being ye know that ye were but weak Women, that you petitioned not the Lord for a Conductor : Then might you have avoided these Troubles and Dangers; he would have granted you one.

Christ. Alas ! said Christiana, We were Mark thisa. } só taken with our present Blessing, that Dangers to come were forgotten by us : Belide, who could have thought, that fo near the King's Palace, there should have lurked such naughty Ones ? Indeed, it had been well for us, had we asked our Lord for one ; but since our Lord knew it would be for our Profit, I wonder he sent not one along with us!

Rel. It is not always neceffary to grant We lofa for Things not asked for, left by so doing want of afka they become of little Efteem ; but when ing. the Wane of a Thing is felt, it then comes under, in the Eyes of him that feels it! that Estimate, that properly is it's Due, and so consequently will be hereafter used. Had my Lord granted you a Conductor, you would not neither fo have bewailed thar Oversight of yours, in not asking for onc, as now you have Occasion to do.

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