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Chriftian the Pilgrim, and of his dangerous journey towards the celestial country, was pleasant to me, and profitable to you. I told you then alio what I saw concerning his wife and children, and how unwilling they were to ga with him on pilgrimage, insomuch that he was forced ia go on hio progress without them; for he durf not run the denger of that deltruction wbich he feared would come, by Itaying with them in the city of Deftru&tion; wherefore as I then shewed you, he left them and departed.
Now it hath to happened, through the multiplicity of business, that I have been much hindered and kept back from my wontod travels in those parto where he went; and fo could not, till now, obtain an opportunity to make furm ther enquiry after whom he left behind, that I mighe give an account of chem: But having had some concerns that way of late, I went down again thitherward. Now having taken up my lodgings in a wood, about a mile off cho place, as I Nept I dreamed again.
And as I was in my dream, behold an aged gentleman came by where I lay; and becauso he will to go fome part
of the way that I was travelling, methought I got ap and wene with him.
So as we walked, and as travellers osually do, we fell into a discourse, and our talk happened to about Chriftian and his travels : For thus I began with the pid man.
Sir, said I, What town is that there below, that lyet on the left hand of our way?
Then said Mr. Sagacity, for that was his name, it is ta city of Deftruction, a populous place, but poffeffied with very ill-conditioned and idle sort of people.
I thought that was the city, quoth I: I went once my self thro' that town; and tkerefore I know that this report you give of it is true.
Sag. Too true; I with I could fpeak truth is speaking better of them that dwell therein. Well, Sir, quoch I, then I perceive you to be a well meaning man, and so one that takes pleafure to hear and tell of that which is good : Pray, did you never hear what happened to a man, some time ago in this town, whole name was Chriftian, that went on a pilgrimage up
towards the higher regions ?
Sag. Hear of him, aye, and I also heard of the moles tations, troubles, wars, capacities, cries, groans, frights, and feats that be met with, and had in his journey; belides I must tell you, all our country rings of bim; there are but few houses that have heard of him and his doings, but have fought after and got the records of his pilgrimage: yea, I think I may say, that this hazardous journey has
got many well-wilhers to his ways; for Ch-iftians are tho' when he was here he was Fool in every well Spoken of man's mouth, yet now he is gore he is when gone, the highly commended of all: For, 'tis faid, called fools he lives bravely where he is ; yea, many while they
of them 'that are resolved never to run his
hazards, yet have their mouths water after They may, quoth 1, well think, if they think any thing that is true, 'that ho liveth well where he is ; for he now lives at, and in the fountain of life, and has what he has without labour and sorrow, for there is no grief mixed therewith,, But pray, what taik bave the people about him.
Praz. Talk! the people talk ftrangely ajot him : Some say that he now walks in Rev. 3. 4. Elite (that he has a chain of gold about Cat. 6. II. neck; that he has a crown of gold, be
with pearls upon his head : Others say, that the mining en les that sometimes shewed themselves to him in his jour
are become his companions, and that he is as familiar with them in the place where he is, as here one neighbour
with another. Besides, 'tis likewise confidently affirmed acerning hin, that the King of the place where he is l's bestowed upon him already a very rich and pleasant dwelling at court, and that Zech. 3. 7.
every day eateth and drinketh, and Luke 14. alketh and talketh with him, and received te smiles and favours of him that is judge of all there. në Loreover, it is expected of fome, that this prince, the Lord that country, will shortly come into these parts, and
vill know the reason, if they can give any, why his neigh.
pours set fo little by him, and had him so much in derifica when they perceived that he would be a pilgrim.
For they fay, That now he is so in the friffections of his prince, and that his sove- Chriftian's king
eign is fo much concerned with the indig- quill take Chris sities that were caft upon Christian, when frians part. te became a pilgrim, that he will look upon all as done to himself; and no marvel, for 'twas for the love that he had to his prince.that he ventured as be did. Then, quoth I, I am glad on't; I
Luke 10. 16. glad for the poor man's fake, for that now he has rest from his labour; and for that he now reaps the benefits of his tears with joy; and for thas he has got be
yond the gun-hot of his enemies, and is out of the reach - of them that bate him. I also am glad, for that a rumour
of these things is noised abroad in this country; who can cell but it may work fome good effect of some that are left behind ? But, pray, Sir, while it is fresh in my mind, do you hear any thing of his wife and children ? Poor hearts, Iwonder in my wind what they do!
Sag. Who! Chrißiana and her sons! they are like to do well, as did Chriftian himself; for tho? they all played the fool at first, and
ould by no means be persuaded either by, the tears or entreaties of Christian, yet fecond thoughts
have wrought wonderfully with them; so they have pack. ed up, and are also gone after him.
Better and better, quoth I: But, what wife and children and all ?
Sag. 'Tis true, I can give you an account of the matter, for I was upon the spot at the instant, and was theroughly acquainted with the whole affair.
Then said I, a man may report it for a truth.
Sog. You need not fear to affirm it; I mean, that they are all gone on pilgrimage, both the good woman and her foor boys; and feeing we are as I perceive, going fome considerabl: way together, I will give you an account of the whole matter.
This Chriftiana (for that was her name from the day that she with her childien betook themselves to a pilgrim's life) after her husband was gone over the river, and the could hear of him no more, her thoughts began to work in her mind. First, for that she had loft her husband, and for that the loving bond of that relation was utterly broken betwixt them. For you know, said he to me, nature can do no less but the living with many a heavy cogitation in the remembrance of the loss of loving relations. This therefore of her husband did cost her many a tear. But this was not all, for Chriftiana did also begin to consider with herself, Whether her unbecoming bebaviour towards her husband was not one cause that the saw him no more, and that in such fort he was taken away from her. And upon this came into her mind by swarms, all her unkind, vnnatural, and ungodly carriage to her dear friend; which allo clogged her conscience, and did load her with guilt. She was, moreover, much broken with calling to remem. brance the reflets groans, the brinith tears, and felf-be. moaning of her husband, and how she did harden her heart against all his entreaties and loving persuasions (of her and her fons) to go with him ; yea, there was not any thing that Christian either said to her, or did before her, all the while that his burden did hang on his back, but it return. ed upon her like a flash of lightening, and rent the caul of her heart asunder ; especially that bitter out-cry of his, What shall I do to be javed?' did ring in her ears moit dolefully, Then faid lae to her children, fons, we are all undone.
bave finned away your father and he is gone; he would ave had us with him, but I would not go myself; I also
of life. Wich that the boys fell into tears, ad cried to go after their father. Oh! said Christiana, lat it had been bat our lots to go with him, then it had ired well with us beyond what 'cis like to do now. For 'I formerly foolishly imagined concerning tho troubles your father, that they proceed of a foolith fancy that had, or that he was over-run with melancholy humours, et now it will not out of my mind, but hat they sprang from another cause, to wit, James 1.23, 24, ir that the light of life was given him; 25.
the help of which as I perceive, hc has Icaped the fnares of death. Then they wept all again, and cried out, o wae worth the day!! The next night Chriftianâ had a dream; Chriftiana's nd, behold, she saw as if a broad parch- dream.
nent was opened before her, in which was Luke 18. 13. 3 recorded the fun of her ways, and the
crimes, as she thought, looked very black upon her. Then w the cried out aloud in her feep, Lord have mercy upon inte
finner ; and the little children heard her.
After this. The thought she saw (wo very ill-favoured onca tanding by her bedside, and saying, What thall we do wab this womand for the cries out for mercy waking and
eping: If the be suffered to go on as the begins, we shall ni lose ber as we have left her husband; wherefore we must, by: foine way, feek to take her off from the tnoughts of
har fall be hereafter, elfe all the world cannot help bus She will become a pilgrim. .
Now the awoke in a great swout, also a trembling was upon her · but after a while she tell to fleep again; and then she thought the saw Chril. Help againfi dif tian ber holbanu, in a place of biils among couragement. many immortals, with a harp in his hand, Standing and playing upon it before one that fat on a ! throne, with a rainbow about his head. - She saw also as if the bowed his head with his face to the paved work that was under the prince's feet, saying, I heartiły thank my Liru the King for bringing me into this place. Then shouted a company of them that food round about; and