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should be given to the feeble-minded, and so went on their own pace.

When I was come to Assault-lane, then this giant met with me, and bid me prepare for an encounter. But, alas ! feeble one that I was, I had more need of a cordial ; so he came up and took me. I conceited he should not kill me. Also when he got me into his den, since I went not with him willingly, I believed I should come out alive again ; for I MARK THIS! have heard, that not any pilgrim that is taken captive by violent hands, if he keeps heart-whole towards his Master, is, by the laws of providence, to die by the hand of the enemy. Robbed I looked to be, and robbed to be sure I am ; but I am, as you see, escaped with life, for the which I thank my King as the author, and you as the means.

Other brunts I also look for; but this I have resolved on, to wit, to run when I can, to MARK THIS ! go when I cannot run, and to creep when I cannot go. As to the main, I thank Him that loved me, I am fixed; my way is before me, my mind is beyond the river that has no bridge, though I am, as you see, but of a feeble mind.*

Hon. Then said old Mr. Honest, Have not you some time ago been acquainted with one Mr. Fearing a pilgrim ?

FEEBLE. Acquainted with him! Yes, he came from the town of Stupidity, which lieth four degrees to the northward of the city of Destruction, and as many off of where I was born ; yet we were well ac- MR. PEARING, NR. quainted, for indeed he was my uncle, my


e 1 Thess. v. 14.

* What a sweet, simple relation is here! Doth it not suit many a feeble-minded Christian ? Poor soul, weak as he was, yet his Lord provided against his danger. He sent some strong ones to his deliverance, and to slay his enemy. Mind his belief, even in his utmost extremity. Learn somewhat from this feeble mind.


father's brother. He and I have been much of a temper: he was a little shorter than I, but yet we were much of a complexion.

Hon. I perceive you knew him, and I am apt to believe also that you were related one to another; for

you have his whitely look, a cast like his

with your eye, and your speech is much alike.

FEEBLE. Most have said so that have known us both : and, besides, what I have read in him I have for the most part found in myself. Gaius. Come, sir, said good Gaius, be of good

cheer; you are welcome to me, and to my

house, What thou hast a mind to, call for freely; and what thou wouldst have my servants do for thee, they will do it with a ready mind.

Then said Mr. Feeble-mind, This is an unexpected favour, and as the sun shining out of a very dark cloud.

Did giant Slay-good intend me this favour

when he stopped me, and resolved to let me go no further ? Did he intend, that after he had rifled my pocket, I should go to Gaius mine host ? Yet




so it is. *


Now just as Mr. Feeble-mind and Gaius were thus

in talk, there comes one running, and called

at the door, and said, That about a mile and a half off there was one Mr. Not-right, a pilgrim, struck dead

upon the place where he was, with a thunderbolt.

FEEBLE. Alas! said Mr. Feeble-mind, is he slain ?

O how sweet to reflect, that the most gigantic enemy shall be conquered, and their most malicious designs shall be over-ruled for our good : yea, what they intend for our ruin, shall be made to work for our health and prosperity.


He overtook me some days before I came so far as hither, and would be my company-keeper. He was also with me when Slay-good the giant took me, but he was nimble of his heels, and escaped: but it seems he escaped to die, and I was taken to live. *

What one would think doth seek to slay outright,
Ofttimes delivers from the saddest plight.
That very Providence whose face is death,
Doth ofttimes to the lowly life bequeath.
I taken was, he did escape and flee;
Hands cross'd gave death to him, and life to me.

Now, about this time Matthew and Mercy were married; also Gaius gave his daughter Phebe to James, Matthew's brother, to wife; after which time, they yet stayed about ten days at Gaius's house, spending their time and the seasons like as pilgrims use to do.

When they were to depart, Gaius made them a feast, and they did eat and drink, and were merry. Now the hour was come that they must be gone ; wherefore Mr. Great-heart called for reckoning. But Gaius told him, that at his house it was not the custom of pilgrims to pay for their entertainment. He boarded them by the year, but looked for his pay from the good Samaritan, who had promised him, at his return, whatsoever charge he was at with them, faithfully to repay him.' Then said Mr. Greatheart to him :



f Luke x. 34, 35.

* See the various dealings of God, and more and more adore him in all his ways of providence and grace :

Know, all the ways of God to men are just;
'And, where you can't unriddle, learn to trust."

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GREAT. “Beloved, thou doest faithfully, whatsoever HOW THEY GREET thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;

which have borne witness of thy charity oefore the church: whom if thou yet bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well." Then Gaius took his leave of them all, and his children, and

particularly of Mr. Feeble-mind. He also

gave him something to drink by the way. Now Mr. Feeble-mind, when they were going out of the door, made as if he intended to linger. The which when Mr. Great-heart espied, he said, Come, Mr. Feeblemind, pray do you go along with us;

you go along with us; I will be your conductor, and you shall fare as the rest. .

FEEBLE. Alas! I want a suitable companion. You are all lusty and strong, but I, as you see, am weak;

I choose therefore rather to come behind,

lest, by reason of my many infirmities, I should be both a burden to myself and to you. I am, as I said, a man of a weak and feeble mind, and shall be offended and made weak at that which others can HIS EXCUSE POR 17. bear. I shall like no laughing; I shall like no gay attire; I shall like no unprofitable questions. Nay, I am so weak a man as to be offended with that which others have a liberty to do. I do not yet know all the truth : I am a very ignorant Christian man. Sometimes, if I hear some rejoice in the Lord, it troubles me because I cannot do so too. It is with me as it is with a weak man among the strong, or as with a sick man among the healthy, or as a lamp despised; (“He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease : "*) so that I know not what to do.

g 3 John 5, 6. * What an open, ingenuous confession is here ! though feeble in mind, he was strong in wisdom and sound judgment,

h Job xii. 5.





GREAT. But, brother, said Mr. Great-heart, I have it in commission to comfort the feeble-minded, and to support the weak. You must needs go along with us; we will wait for you; we will lend you our help; we will deny ourselves of some things, both opinionative and practical, for your sake: we will not enter into doubtful disputations before you; we will be made all things to you, rather than you shall be left behind,

Now, all this while they were at Gaius's door; and behold, as they were thus in the heat of their discourse, Mr. Ready-to-halt came by, with his crutches in his hand, and he also was going on pilgrimage."

Feeble. Then said Mr. Feeble-mind to him, Man, how camest thou hither ? I was but now complaining that I had not a suitable companion, but thou art according to my wish. Welcome, welcome, good Mr. Ready-to-halt, I hope thou and I may be some help.

Ready. I shall be glad of thy company, said the other; and, good Mr. Feeble-mind, rather than we will part, since we are thus happily met, I will lend thee one of my crutches.t

Feeble. Nay, said he, though I thank thee for thy good will, I am not inclined to halt before I am lame. Howbeit, I think, when occasion is, it may help me against a dog.


i Rom. xiv.

1 Cor. vii.

k Psalm xxxviii. 17.

* O that this were more practised among Christians of different standing, degrees, and judgment! If they who are strong were thus to bear with the weak, as they ought, how much more love, peace, and unanimity would prevail !

+ Excellent! See the nature of Christian love: even to be ready to spare to a brother, what we ourselves have occasion for. Love looketh not at the things of our own, but to provide for the wants of others.

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