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this Way is, without a Friend and Defender?
James. Then said James, the youngest of the Boys, Pray, Šir, be perfuaded to go with us, and help us, because we are so weak, and the Way fo dangerous as it is.
Great-beart. I am at my Lord's Commandment: If he shall allot me to be your Guide quite through, I will willingly wait upon you; but here you failed at first; for when he bid me come thus far with you, then you should have begged me of him to have gone quite through with you, and he would have granted your Requeft. However as present I muft-withdraw; and so, good Christiana, Mercy, and ny brave Children, Adieu.
Then the Porter, Mr. Watchful, asked Christiana of her Country, and of her Kindred, and she said, I come from the City of Destruction; I am , Widow Woman, and my Husband is dead, bis Name was Christian the 'Pilgrim. How, said the Porter, was he your Husband? Yes, said she, and these are his Children; and this, pointing to Mercy, is one of my Town's Women. Then the Porter rang his Bell, as at lúch Times he is wont, and there came to the Door one of the Damsels, whose Names was Hum ble-mind, And to her the Porter said, Go tell it within, That Chriftiana, the Wife
of Christian, and her Children are come Foy at the
hither on Pilgrimage. She went in thereNoise of the fore, and told it. "But, óh, what Noife Pilgrims coming for Gladness was there, when the Dam
sel did but drop that Word out of her Mouth!
So they came with Haste to the Porter, for Christiana stood still at the Door. Then some of the most grave said unto het, Cowe.in, Christiana, come in, thou Wife, of that good Man , come in, thou blessed Woman, come in, with all that are with thee. So the went in, and they followed her that were her Children and her Companions. Now when they were gone in, they were had into a very large Rooin, where they were bidden to sit down : $o they sat down, and the Chief of the House was called to fee and welcome the Guests. Then they Christiana's came in, and understanding who they love is kindwere, did falute each other with a Kiss, led at the and said, Welcome, ye Vessels of the Grace Sight of one of God; Welcome to us your faithful anorbera. Friends.
Now, because it was somewhat late, and because the Pilgrims were weary with their : Journey, and also made faint with the Sight of the Fight, and of the terrible Lions, therefore they desired, as soon as might be, to prepare to go to Rest, Exod. 12. 31. Này, said those of the Family, refresh yourselves with a Morsel of Meat, For they had prepared for them a Lamb, with the accustomed fauce belonging thereto, John 1. 29. For the Porter had heard before of their Coming, and had told it to them within, So when they had fupped, and ended their Prayer with a Píalm, they desired they might go to Rest. But let us, said Cbriftiana, if we may be fo bold as to choose, be in that Chamber that was
Part I. p. 61. my Husband's, when he was here, so they
had them up thither, and they lay all in a Room. When they were at Rest, Christiana and Mercy entered into Discourse about
Things that were convenient. Christ's Boo
Chrift. Little did I think once, when fem is for all my Husband went on Pilgrimage, that I Pilgrims. should ever have followed him.
Mercy. And you as little thought of lying in his Bed, and in his Chamber to rest, as you do now.
Chrift. And much less did I ever think of seeing his Face with Comfort, and of worshipping the Lord the King with him ; and yet now I believe I shall.
Mercy. Hark! do not you hear a Noise ?
of Music, for Joy that we are here. Mufic. : Mercy. Wonderful Music in the House,
Music in the Heart, and Music also in
Thus they talked a While, and then betook themselves to Sleep. So in the Morning, when they were awaked, Cbri
siana said to Mercy. Mercy did
Christ. What was the Matter that you laugh'in ber did laugh in your Sleep to Night? I supsleep.
pose you was in a Dream.
Mercy. So I was, and a sweet Dream it was; but are you sure I laughed ?
Christ. Yes; you laughed heartily; but
prithee, Mercy, tell me thy Dream. Mercy's Mercy. I was a dreaming that I fat all Dream. alone in a solitary Place, and was bemoan
ing of the Hardness of my Heart.
Now I had not fat there long, but methought many were gathered about me to
see me, and to hear what it was that I said.
So he went up, and I followed till he came at a golden Gate. Then he knocked, and when they within had opened, the Man went in, and I followed him up to a Throne, upon which one fat; and he said to me, Welcome, Daughter, The Place looked bright and twingling, like the Stars, or rather like the Sun, and I thought that I saw your Husband there; so I awoke from my Dream. But did I laugh?
Christ. Laugh! ay, and well you might, to see yourself so well. For you must give me Leave to tell you, that it was a good Dream; and that as you have begun to find the first Part true, so you will find the second at last. God speaks once, yea twice, yet Man perceiveth it not, in a Dream, in a Vision of the Night, when deep Sleep falleth upon Men, in Slumbering upon
tbe Bed, Job. 33. 14, 15. We need not, when a Bed, to lie awake to talk with God he can visit us while we fieep, and cause us then to hear his voice. Our Heart oft-times wakes when we sleep, and God can fpeak to that, either by Words, by Proverbs, by Signs, and Similitudes, as
well as if one was awake. Mercy glad of Mercy. Well, I am glad of my Dream, bet Dream. ' for I hope, ere long, to fee it fulfilled, to
the making me laugh again.
Chrift. I think it is now high Time to rise, and to know what we must do.
Mercy. Pray, if they invite us to stay a while, let us willingly accept of the Proffer. I am the willinger to stay a while here, to grow better acquainted with these Maids; methinks Prudence, Piety, and Cbasity, have very comely and fober Countenances.
Christ. We shall see what they will do. So when they were up and ready, they came down, and they asked one another of their Reit, and if it was comfortable or not.
Mercy. Very good, said Mercy, it was one of the best Night's Lodging that ever
I had in my Life. They stay fome Then said Prudence and Piety, if you will Time. be perfuaded to stay here a while, you
shall have what the House will afford.
Char. Ay, and that with a very good Will,
said Charity. So they consented and staid Prudence there about a Month or above, and bedefires to cate- came very profitable one to another. And chise Chris
because Prudence would see how Cbriftiana tiana's Cbilhad brought up her Children, she asked