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feet, he suddenly stumbled and fell, and could not rise again, untia Faithful came up to help him.

Then I saw in my dream they went very lovmakes Faithful ingly on together, and had sweet discourse of all and he go love things that had happened to them in their pilgrimingly together.

age; and thus Christian began:Chr. My honoured and well-beloved brother Faithful, I am glad that I have overtaken you, and that God has so tempered our spirits, that we can walk as companions in this so pleasant a path.

Faith. I had thought, dear friend, to have had your company quite from our town, but you did get the start of me; wherefore I was forced to come thus much of the

way

alone. Chr. How long did you stay in the city of Destruction, before you set out after me on your pilgrimage ?

Faith. Till I could stay no longer; for there the country from was a great talk, presently after you were gone out,

they that our city would, in a short time, with fire from

Heaven, be burnt down to the ground.
Chr. What! did your neighbours talk so?
Faith. Yes, it was for a while in every body's mouth.

Chr. What! and did no more of them but you come out to escape the danger ?

Faith. Though there was, as I said, a great talk thereabout, yet I do not think they did firmly believe it; for, in the heat of the discourse, I heard some of them deridingly speak of you, and of your desperate journey, (for so they called this your pilgrimage :) but I did believe, and do still, that the end of our city will be with fire and brimstone from above; and therefore I have made my escape.

Chr. Did you hear no talk of neighbour Pliable ?

Faith. Yes, Christian, I heard that he had followed you till he came to the slough of Despond, where, as some said, he fell in ; but he would not be known to have so done; but I am sure he was soundly bedabled with that kind of dirt. Chr. And what said the neighbours to him?

Faith. He hath, since his going back, been held accounted of when greatly in derision, and that among all sorts of he got home. people; some do mock and despise him, and scarce will any set him on work. He is now seven times worse than if he had never gone out of the city.

Chr. But why should they be so set against him, since they also despise the way that he forsook ?

Faith. O, they say, Hang him! he is a turn-coat, he was not

How Pliable was

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[The return of Pliable--derided by "all sorts of people."] , true to his profession! I think God has stirred up even his enemies to hiss at him, and make him a proverb, because he hath forsaken the way.*

Chr. Had you no talk with him, before you came out ?

Faith. I met him once in the streets, but he leered away on the other side, as one ashamed of what he had done; so I spake not to him.

Chr. Well, at my first setting out, I had hopes of that man; but ? now I fear he will perish in the overthrow of the

The dog and sow. city. For it has happened to him, according to the true proverb, “The dog is turned to his vomit again, and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.”+

Faith. These are my fears of him too; but who can hinder that which will be.

Well, neighbour Faithful, said Christian, let us leave him, and talk of things that more immediately concern ourselves. Tell me now what you have met with in the way as you came; for I know you have met with some things, or else it may be writ for a wonder,

Faith. I escaped the Slough that I perceived you fell into, and got up to the Gate without danger; only I met with one whose name was Wanton, that had like

by Wanton. to have done me a mischief.

* Jer. xxix. 18, 19. # 2 Peter ii. 22

Faithful assaulted

Chr. It is well you escaped her net; Joseph was hard put to it by her, and he escaped her as you did; but it had like to have cost him his life. But what did she do to you?

Faith. You cannot think (but that you know something) what a flattering tongue she had; she lay at me hard to turn aside with her, promising me all manner of content.

Chr. Nay, she did not promise you the content of a good con science,

Faith. You know that I mean all fleshly and carnal content.

Chr. Thank God you have escaped her. The abhorred of the Lord shall fall into her ditch.t

Faith. Nay, I know not whether I did wholly escape her

or no.

Chr. Why, I trow you did not consent to her desire ?

Faith. No, not to defile myself; for I remembered an old writing that I had seen, which said, “Her steps take hold on hell;"I so I shut mine eyes, because I would not be bewitched with her looks. Then she railed on me, and I went on my way. Chr. Did you meet with no other assault as you came ?

Faith. When I came to the foot of the hill called He was assaulted by Adam the first.

Difficulty, I met with a very aged Man, who asked

me what I was, and whither bound? I told him that I was a Pilgrim going to the Celestial City. Then said the Old Man, Thou lookest like an honest fellow; wilt thou be content to dwell with me for the wages that I shall give thee? Then I asked him his name, and where he dwelt? He said his name was Adam the First, and that he dwelt in the town of Deceit. I asked him then what was his work, and what the wages that he would give? He told me, that his work was many delights; and his wages, that I should be his heir at last. I further asked him, what house he kept, and what other servants he had? So he told me, that his house was maintained with all the dainties of the world; and that his servants were those of his own begetting. Then I asked him how many children he had? He said that he had but three daughters, “ The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes,

and the pride of life;":|| and that I should marry them, if I would. Then I asked, how long time he would have me live with him ? And he told me as long as he lived himself.

Chr. Well, and what conclusion came the Old Man and you to at last?

Faith. Why, at first, I found myself somewhat inclinable to go with the Man, for I thought he spoke very fair; but looking in his • Gen. xxxix. 11-13. t Prov. xxii. 14. Prov. v. 5. Job xxxi. 1. 11 John ii. 16.

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forehead, as I talked with him, I saw there written, “ Put off the Old Man with his deeds."

Chr. And how then ?

Faith. Then it came burning hot into my mind, whatever he said, and however he flattered, when he got me home to his house, he would sell me for a slave. So I bid him forbear to talk, for I would not come near the door of his house. Then he reviled me, and told me, that he would send such a one after me, that should make my way bitter to my soul. So I turned to go away from him ; but, just as I turned myself to go thence, I felt him take hold of my flesh, and give me such a deadly twitch back, that I thought he had pulled part of me after himself; this made me cry, O wretched man! So I went on my way up the hill.*

Now, when I had got about half the way up, I looked behind me, and saw one coming after me, swift as the wind : so he overtook me just about the place where the settle stands.

Just there, said Christian, did I sit down to rest me; but, being overcome with sleep, I there lost this Roll out of my bosom.

Faith. But, good brother, hear me out. So soon as the Man overtook me, he was but a word and a blow; for down he knocked me, and laid me for dead. But, when I was a little come to myself

* Rom. vii. 24.

The thunder of
Moses.

again, I asked him wherefore he served me so ? He said, because of my secret inclining to Adam the First; and with that he struck me another deadly blow on the breast, and beat me down backward : so I lay at his foot as dead as before. When I came to myself again, I cried, have mercy; but he said, I know not how to show mercy; and with that he knocked me down again. He had doubtless made an end of me, but that one came by, and bid him forbear.

Chr. Who was that that bid him forbear.

Faith. I did not know Him at first; but, as he went by, I perceived the holes in his hands and in his side; then I concluded that He was our Lord.

Chr. That man that overtook you was Moses.

He spareth none, neither knoweth he how to show mercy to those that transgress his Law.

Faith. I know it very well : it was not the first time that he has met with me. 'Twas he that came to me when I dwelt securely at home, and that told me he would burn my house over my head, if I stayed there.

Chr. But did you not see the House that stood there on the top of the hill, on the side of which Moses met you ?

Faith. Yes, and the Lions too, before I came at it; but for the Lions, I think they were asleep, for it was about noon; and because I had so much of the day before me, I passed by the porter, and came down the hill.

Chr. He told me indeed that he saw you go by; but I wish that you had called at the house; for they would have showed you so many rarities, that you would scarce have forgot them to the day of your death. But pray tell me, did you meet nobody in the Valley of Humility ? Faithful assaulted Faith. Yes, I met with one Discontent, who by Discontent. would willingly have persuaded me to go back again with him; his reason was, for that Valley was altogether without Honour. He told me, moreover, that to go there was to disoblige all my friends, as Pride, Arrogancy, Self-conceit, Worldlyglory, with others, who he knew, as he said, would be very much offended, if I made such a fool of myself as to wade through this valley. Chr. Well, and how did you answer him?

Faith. I told him, That although all these that

he named might claim a kindred of me, and that rightly, (for indeed they were my relations according to the flesh,) yet, since I became a Pilgrim, they have disowned me, and I also have rejected them; and therefore they were to me now no more

Faithful's answer to Discontent.

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