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Now I saw in my dream that the highway, up which Christian was to go, was fenced on either side with a wall, and that wall was called Salvation. Up this way, therefore, did burdened Christian
run, but not without great difficulty, because of the load on his back.*
He ran thus till he came at a place somewhat ascending; and upon that place stood a Cross, and a little below, in the bottom, a Sepulchre. So I saw in my dream, that just as Christian came up with the Cross, his Burden loosed from off his shoulders, and
Isaiah xxvi. 1.
When God releas
are as those that
fell from off his back, and began to tumble; and so continued to do, till it came to the mouth of the Sepulchre, where it fell in, and I saw it no more.
Then was Christian glad and lightsome, and es us of our guilt said, with a merry heart, “He hath given me rest and burden, we by his sorrow, and life by his death.” Then he
stood still a while to look and wonder ; for it was ieap for joy.
very surprising to him, that the sight of the Cross should thus ease him of his Burden. He looked therefore, and looked again, even till the springs that were in his head sent the waters down his cheeks. Now, as he stood looking and weeping, behold three shining ones came to him, and saluted him with “Peace be to thee :" so the first said to him, “ Thy sins be forgiven thee:" the second stripped him of his rags, and clothed him with change of raiment. The third also “set a mark on his forehead," and gave him a Roll, with a seal upon it, which he bid him look on as he ran, and that he should give it in at the Celestial Gate; so they went their way. Then Christian gave three leaps of joy, and went on singing, *
Thus far did I come loaden with my sin;
Nor could aught ease the grief that I was in,
Bless'd Cross! bless'd Sepulchre ! bless'd rather be
I saw then, in my dream, that he went on thus, even until he came at a bottom, where he saw, a little out of the way, three men fast asleep, with fetters upon their simple, Sloth, and
Presumption. heels. The name of the one was Simple, another Sloth, the third Presumption.
Christian, then, seeing them lie in this case, went to them, if peradventure he might awake them; and cried, You are like them that sleep on the top of a mast; for the Dead Sea is under you, a gulf that hath no bottom : awake, therefore, and come away ; be willing also, and I will help you off with your irons. He also told them, If he that goeth about like a roaring lion comes by, you will
certainly become a prey to his teeth. With that There is no persuasion will do, if they looked upon him, and began to answer him in God openeth not this sort : Simple said, I see no danger; Sloth said,
Yet a little more sleep! and Presumption said, • Zech. xii. 10. Mark ii. 5. Zech. iü. 4. Eph. i. 13
Every fat must stand upon its own bottom. And so they laid down to sleep again, and Christian went on his way.*
Yet he was troubled to think, that men in that danger should so little esteem the kindness of him that so freely offered to help them, both by awakening of them, counselling of them, and proffering to help them off with their irons. And as he was troubled thereabout, he espied two men come tumbling over the wall, on the left hand of the narrow way; and they made up ápace to him. The name of the one was Formalist, and the name of the other Hypocrisy. So, as I said, they drew up unto him, who thus entered with them into discourse :
Chr. Gentlemen, whence come you, and whith- Christian er go you?
Form. and Hyp. We were born in the land of Vainglory, and are going for praise to mount Zion.
Chr. Why came you not in at the Gate which standeth at the beginning of the way? Know ye not that it is written, “That he that cometh not in by the door, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber?" +
They said, That to go to the Gate for entrance was, by all their countrymen, counted too far about; and that therefore their usual way was to make a short cut of it, and to climb over the Wall, as they had done.
Chr. But will it not be counted a trespass against the Lord of the City, whither we are bound, thus to violate his revealed will?
They told him, that, as for that, he needed not to trouble his head thereabout; for what they did they had custom for; and could produce, if need were, testimony that would witness it for more than a thousand years.
But, said Christian, will it stand a trial at law?
They that come instanding as above a thousand years, would doubt
to the way, but not less now be admitted as a thing legal by an impar- by the door, think tial judge; and besides, say they, if we get into the that they can say
something in vindi. way, what matter which way we get in? If we cation of their are in, we are in. Thou art but in the way, who, practice. as we perceive, came in at the Gate; and we also are in the way, that came tumbling over the Wall. Wherein,
is thy condition better than ours? Chr. I walk by the Rule of my Master; you walk by the rude working of your fancies. You are counted thieves already by the Lord of the way; therefore I doubt you will not be found true men
Prov. xxiii. 34. 1 Pet. V. 8.
John X. 1,
his Lord's coat on
at the end of the way. You come in by yourselves without his direction, and shall go out by yourselves without his mercy.
To this they made him but little answer; only they bid him look to himself. Then I saw that they went on, every man in his way, without much conference one with another; save that these two men told Christian, that, as to Laws and Ordinances, they doubted not but that they should as conscientiously do them as he. Therefore, said they, we see not wherein thou differest from us, but by the coat that is on thy back; which was, as we trow, given thee by some of thy neighbours to hide the shame of thy nakedness.
Chr. By Laws and Ordinances you will not be saved, since you came not in by the Door: And, as for this coat that is on my back, it was given me by the Lord of the place whither I go, and that, as you say, to cover my nakedness with. And I take it as a token of kindness to me, for I had nothing but rags before ; and, besides,
thus I comfort myself as I go: surely, think I, when Christian has got
I come to the Gate of the City, the Lord thereof his back, and is will know me for good, since I have his coat on my comforted there. with: he is com
back, a coat that he gave me freely in the day that forted also with his he stripped me of my rags. I have, moreover, a mark and his roll. mark in my forehead, of which, perhaps, you have taken no notice, which one of my Lord's most intimate associates fixed there in the day that my burden fell off my shoulders. ' I will tell to you, moreover, that I had then given me a Roll sealed, to comfort me by reading, as I go on the way. I was also bid to give it in at the Celestial Gate, in token of my certain going in after it. All which things I doubt you want; and want them, because you came not in at the Gate. sk
To these things they gave him no answer; only they looked upon each other and laughed. Then I saw that they went all on,
save that Christian kept before, who had no more Christian has talk
talk but with himself, and that sometimes sighingly,
and sometimes comfortably; also he would be often reading in the Roll that one of the Shining Ones gave him, by which he was refreshed. I beheld, then, that they all went on till they came at the foot of
the hill Difficulty, at the bottom of which was a hill Difficulty.
spring. There were also in the same place two
other ways, besides that which came straight from the Gate; one turned to the left hand, and the other to the right, at the bottom of the hill; but the narrow way lay right up the hill; and the name of the going up the side of the hill is called Difficulty.
He comes to the
• Gal. i. 16.
Christian now went to the spring, and drank thereof to refresh himself, * and then he began to go up the hill, saying :
The hill, though high, I covet to ascend,
The other two also came to the foot of the hill; but when they saw that the hill was steep and high, and that there were two other ways to go, and supposing also that these two ways might meet again with that up which Christian went, on the other side of the hill, therefore they were resolved to go in those ways. Now, the name of one of those ways was Danger, and the
The danger of name of the other Destruction. So the one took turning out of the the
way which is called Danger, which led him way. into a great wood; and the other took directly up the way to Destruction, which led him into a wide field, full of dark mountains, where he stumbled and fell, and rose no more.
I looked then after Christian to see him go up the hill, where I perceived he fell from running to going, and from going to clambering upon his hands and his knees, because of the steepness of the place. Now, about the mid-way to the top of
A ward of grace. the hill was a pleasant arbour, made by the Lord of the hill, for the refreshment of weary travellers; thither, therefore, Christian got, where also he sat down to rest him. Then he pulled his Roll out of his bosom, and read therein to his comfort ; he also now began afresh to take a review of the coat or garment that was given to him as he stood by the Cross. Thus pleasing himself a while, he at last fell into a slumber, and thence into a fast sleep, which detained him in that place until it was almost night; and in his sleep his Roll fell out of his
He that sleeps is a hand. Now, as he was sleeping, there came one to him, and awaked him, saying, “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise;"t and with that Christian suddenly started up, and sped him on his way, and went apace till he came to the top of the hill.
Now, when he was got up to the top of the hill, there came two men running to meet him amain ; with Mistrust and the name of the one was Timorous, and of the Timorous. other Mistrust; to whom Christian said, Sirs, what's the matter, you run the wrong way? Timorous answered, that they were
* Isa. xlix. 10. t Prov. vi. 6.