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over the gate, I took courage. I also thought, that I must either knock again or die : so I knocked, but I cannot tell how; for my spirit now struggled between life and death.
Chr. Can you not tell how you knocked ? I am sure your knocks were so earnest, that TANKSTER.COMthe very sound of them made me start. FER THAN SHE. I thought I never heard such knocking in all my life; I thought you would a come in by a violent hand, or a took the kingdom by storm.
Mer. Alas! to be in my case, who that so was could but have done so ? You saw that the door was shut upon me, and that there was a most cruel dog thereabout. Who, I say, that was so faint-hearted as I, would not have knocked with all their might? But pray, what said my Lord to my rudeness? Was he not angry with me?
Chr. When he heard your lumbering noise, he gave a wonderful innocent smile : I believe what you did pleased him well, for he RESTLESS PRAYER. showed no sign to the contrary. But I marvel in my heart why he keeps such a dog : had I known that afore, I should not have had im* suoVLD MEET heart enough to have ventured myself in NEY TO HEAVEN, it this manner. But now we are in, we EvER SET OUT. are in, and I am glad with all my heart.
CHRIST PLEASED WITH LOUD AND
IP THE SOUL AT FIRST DID KNOW ALL IT SHOULD MEET WITH IN ITS JOURNEY TO HEAVEN, IT WOULD HARDLY
& Matt. xi. 12.
seeing what was written over the gate, “Knock, and it shall be opened ;" froin that, and not from any sight of worth or worthiness in herself, but, ruined as she found herself, lost as she felt herself, she was encouraged to knock again, or to cry and pray more vehemently than ever. Here is a blessed example of deep humility; and of holy boldness, excited by the divine word. Go, thou ruined sinner, and do likewise.
APRAID OP TIL DOG.
MERCY EXPOSTULATES ABOUT THE DOG.
Mer. I will ask, if you please, next time he comes down, why he keeps such a filthy cur in his yard : I hope he will not take it amiss.
Do so, said the children, and persuade him to hang THE CHILDREN ARE him, for we are afraid he will bite us
when we go hence. So at last he came down to them again, and Mercy fell to the ground on her face before him, and wor. shipped, and said, “ Let my Lord accept the sacrifice of praise which I now offer unto him with the calves of my lips."
So he said unto her, Peace be to thee; stand up. But she continued upon her face, and said, “ Righteous art thou, O Lord, when I plead with thee; yet let me talk with thee of thy judgments :" wherefore dost thou MERCY EXPOSTU- keep so cruel a dog in thy yard, at the
sight of which such women and children as we are ready to fly from thy gate for fear?
He answered and said, That dog has another owner: THE DEVIL. he also is kept close in another man's ground, only my pilgrims hear his barking: he belongs to the castle which you see there at a distance, but can come up to the walls of this place. He has frighted many an honest pilgrim from worse to better, by the great voice of his roaring. Indeed, he that owneth him doth not keep him out of any good-will 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 for entrance. Sometimes also he has broken out, and has worried some that I loved; but I take all at present patiently. I also give my pilgrims timely help, so that they are not delivered to his power, to do with them what his doggish nature would prompt him
t Jer. xii. 1, 2.
A CHECK TO THE CARNAL PEAR OY
to. But what! my purchased one, I trow, hadst thou known never so much beforehand, thou wouldest not have been afraid of a dog. The beggars that go from door to door, will, rather than lose a sup- A CHECK TO THE posed alms, run the hazard of the bawl. THE PILGRIMS. ing, barking, and biting too, of a dog; and shall a dog, a dog in another man's yard, a dog whose barking I turn to the profit of pilgrims, keep any from coming to me? I deliver them from the lions, and “ my darling from the power of the dog.""
Mer. Then said Mercy, I confess my ignorance: I spake what I understood not: I acknow. CHRISTIANS, WHEN ledge that thou dost all things well.
Chr. Then Christiana began to talk of their journey, and to inquire after the way. So he fed them, and washed their feet, and set them in the way of his steps, according as he had dealt with her husband before.
So I saw in my dream, that they walked on their way; and had the weather very comfortable to them.
Then Christiana began to sing, saying,
WISE ENOUGH, AC.
Bless'd be the day that I began
A pilgrim for to be;
That thereto moved me.
'Tis true, 'twas long ere I began
To seek to live for ever :
"Tis better late than never.
Our tears to joy, ours fears to faith,
Are turned, as we see ;
Shows what our end will be.
u Psalm xxii. 20, 21.
Now, there was on the other side of the wall, that THE DEVIL'S fenced in the way up which Christiana and
* her companions were to go, a garden, and that garden belonged to him whose was that barking dog, of whom mention was made before. And some of the fruit-trees that grew in that garden shot their branches over 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
THE CHILDREN do,) being pleased with the trees, and ur's pruit. with the fruit that did hang thereon, did pluck them, and began to eat. Their 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 it belonged to the enemy. I'll 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 bow-shots from the place that led them into the way, they spied two very ill-favoured ones coming down apace to meet them.t With that, Christiana, and Mercy her friend, covered themselves with their veils, and so kept on their journey: the chil
THE CHILDREN EAT OF THE ENE
* What is this garden, but the world ? What is the fruit they here found ? The lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life, I John ii. 16. Of this the boys ate. The mother chides them, for taking that which did not belong to them; but she did not know that it grew in the devil's garden. Parents, mind this. Suffer not your children in the least evil. Reprove them for the smallest fault. Sin is both deceitful and hardening. If no notice is taken of a small fault, it naturally will harden them, so as to commit a greater. Mark the consequence of their eating of this fruit hereafter. · + What are these ill-favoured ones? Such as you will be sure to meet with in your pilgrimage, some vile lusts, or cursed corruptions, which are suited to your carnal nature. These will attack you, strive to prevail against you, and overcome you. Mind how these pilgrims acted, and follow their example. Were one to fix names to these illfavoured ones, they might be called Unbelief and Licentiousness, which aim to rob Christ's virgins of their chastity to him.
TWO ILL-PAVOURED OXES ASSAULT CIRISTIANA AND MERCY.
dren also went on before : so that at last they met together. Then they that came down to TWOILL-PAVOURED meet them, came just up to the women, TIAN 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, regarded not Christiana's words, but began to lay hands upon them : at that Christiana waxing very wroth, 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 such too as live upon the charity of our friends.
Then said one of the two men, We make no assault on you for money, but are come out to tell you, that if you will but grant one small request we shall ask, we will make women of you for ever.
Now Christiana, imagining what they should mean, made answer again, We will neither hear, nor regard, nor yield to what you shall ask. We are in haste, and cannot stay; our business is a business of life and death. So again she and her companion made a fresh essay to go past them : but they letted them in their way.
And they said, We intend no hurt to your lives; 'tis another thing we would have.
Ay, quoth Christiana, you would have us body and soul, for I know 'tis for that you are she cries out. come; but we will die rather upon the spot, than to suffer ourselves to be brought into such snares as shall hazard our well-being hereafter. And with that they