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THEY PASS BY
Mr. Great-heart said to the pilgrims, Come now, and fol
low me, and no hurt shall happen to you from
the lions. They therefore went on, but the women trembled as they passed by them; the boys also looked as if they would die; but they all got by without further hurt.
Now, when they were within sight of the Porter's lodge, they soon came up unto it; but they made the more haste after this to go thither, because it is danTHEY COME TO THE gerous travelling there in the night. So
when they were come to the gate, the guide knocked, and the porter cried, Who is there? But as soon as the guide had said, It is 1, he knew his voice, and came down; for the guide had oft before that come thither as a conductor of pilgrims. When he was come down, he opened the gate, and, seeing the guide standing just before it, (for he saw not the women, for they were behind him,) he said unto him, How now, Mr. Great-heart, what is your business here so late at night? I have brought, said he, some pilgrims hither, where, hy my Lord's commandment, they must lodge : I had been here some time ago, had I not been opposed by the giant that used to back the lions. But I, after a long and tedious combat with him, have cut him off, and have brought the pilgrims hither in safety.* Por. Will not you go in, and stay till morning ?
Great. No; I will return to my Lord
to-night. How mindful is our Lord of us ! How gracious is he to us! What blessed provision doth he make for us! If pilgrims are attacked by giant Grim, and terrified with the sight of lions, they may be sure, that it is only a prelude to some sweet enjoyment of their Lord's love, and that they are near to some sweet asylum, some sanctuary of rest
, peace, and comfort. Some bitter generally precedes the sweet, and inakes the sweet still sweeter.
GREAT-HEART ATTEMPTS TO GO BACK.
THE PILGRIMS IMPLORE HIS COMPANY STILL.
Chr. 0, sir, I know not how to be willing you should leave us in our pilgrimage: you have been so faithful and so loving to us, you have fought so stoutly for us, you have been so hearty in counselling of us, that I shall never forget your favour towards us.
Then said Mercy, O that we might have thy company to our journey's end! How can such poor women as we hold out in a way so full of troubles as this way is, without a friend and defender?
Then said James, the youngest of the boys, Pray, sir, be persuaded to go with us and help us, because we are so weak, and the way so dangerous as it is. *
Great. 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 ror. have gone quite through with you, and he would have granted your request. However, at present I must withdraw; and so, good Christiana, Mercy, and my brave children, adieu.
Then the Porter, Mr. Watchful, asked Christiana of her country, and of her kindred: and she said, I came from the city of Destruction ; I am a widow-woman, and my husband is dead; his 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 townswomen.
HELP LOST YOR WANT OF ASKING
Oh, it is hard work to part with Great-heart! How many blessings do we lose for want of asking! Great-heart is at the command of our Lord. O for more power to cry incessantly to the Lord, for the presence of Great-heart, that we may go on more cheerfully and more joyfully in the ways of the Lord !
OF THE PILGRIMS
Then the Porter rang his bell, as at such times he is wont, and there came to the door one of the damsels, whose name was Humble-mind. And to her the Porter said, Go tell it within, that Christiana, the wife of Christian, and her children, are come hither on pilgrimage. She went in, therefore, and told it. But, oh, what noise JOY at the news for gladness was there within, when the
damsel did but drop that 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 nnto her, Come in, Christiana, come in, thou wife of that good man; come in, thou blessed woman, come in, with all that are with thee. So she went in, and they followed her that were her children and companions. Now when they were gone in, they were had into a large room, where they were bidden to sit down : so they sat down, and the chief of the house were called to see and welcome the guests. Then they came in, and, CHRISTIANS ' LOW! understanding who they were, did salute
each other with a kiss, and said, Welcome, ye vessels of the grace of God, welcome unto us your friends.*
Now, because it was somewhat late, and because the pilgrims were weary with their journey, and also made saint with the sight of the fight and of the terrible lions, they desired, as soon as might be, to prepare to go to rest. Nay, said those of the family, refresh yourselves first with a morsel of meat; for they had prepared for them
THE SIGHT OF ONE
* Here is a blessed mark of being vessels of the grace of God, when we delight in the sight of, salute, and welcome others in the way to Zion, and mutually have our hearts and affections drawn out to each other in love. O how sweet is the fellowship of pilgrims below! what must it be above! Infinitely beyond conception. Lord, fire our souls with the thought of ever being with thee, and each other, in thy kingdom!
a lamb, with the accustomed sauce belonging thereto."* For the Porter had heard before of their coming, and had told it to them within. So when they had supped, and ended their prayer with a psalm, they desired they might go to rest.
But let us, said Christiana, if we may be so bold as to choose, be in that chamber that was my husband's, when he was here. So they had them up thither, and they all lay in a room. When they were at rest, Christiana and Mercy entered into discourse about things that were convenient.
Chr. Little did I think once, when my husband went on pilgrimage, that I should ever have followed him.
Mer. And you as little thought of lying in his bed, and in his chamber to rest, as you do now.f
Chr. 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.
Mer. Hark, don't you hear a noise ?
Chr. Yes, 'tis, as I believe, a noise of music, for joy that we are here.
CHRIST'S BOSOM 18
* The Lamb is the food of pilgrims, and the end of their conversation. Reader, can you feed upon Christ by faith ? Is the Lamb the nourishment of thy soul, and the portion of thy heart ? Canst thou say, from sweet and blessed experience, his flesh is meat indeed, and his blood is drink indeed ? Is it thy delight to think of him, hear of him, speak of him, abide in him, and live upon him ? O bless him, and praise him for this distinguishing mercy, this spiritual appetite. It is peculiar to his beloved ones only.
+ Pray, mind the above sweet note, “ Christ's bosom is for all pilgrims." It is there the weary find rest, and the burdened soul ease. O for more reclinings of soul upon the precious bosom of our dear Lord! We can be truly happy nowhere else.
IN DER SLEEP.
Mer. Wonderful !- Music in the house, music in the heart, and music also in heaven, for joy that we are here!*
Thus they talked a while, and then betook themselves to sleep. So in the morning, when they were awaked, Christiana said to Mercy, What was the matter, that MERCY DID LAUGH you did laugh in your sleep to-night?
I suppose you was in a dream. MER. So I was, and a sweet dream it was; but are you sure I laughed ?
Chr. Yes, you laughed heartily: but pr'ythee, Mercy, tell me thy dream. Mer. I was dreaming that I sat all alone in a soli
tary place, and was bemoaning of the hardness
of my heart. Now, I had not sat there long, but methought many were gathered about me to see me, and to hear what it was that I said. So they hearkened, and I went on bemoaning the hardness of my heart. At this, some of them laughed at me, some called me a fool, and some began to thrust me about. With that, methought I looked up, and saw one
coming with wings towards me. So he came
directly to me, and said, Mercy, what aileth thee? Now, when he had heard me make my complaint, he said, Peace be to thee: he also wiped mine eyes with his handkerchief, and clad me in silver and gold. He put a chain about my neck, and ear-rings in mine ears, and a beautiful crown upon my head."
Then he took me by the hand, and said, Mercy, come after me.
So he went up, and I followed, till we came
WHAT HER DREAM WAS.
n Ezek. xvi. 8-13.
* O what precious harmony is this ! how joyful to be the subjects of it, and to join in it! The free, sovereign grace of God is the delightful theme; and glory to God in the highest, the universal chorus. It is the wonder and joy of sinners on earth, and of angels in heaven.