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guess that I am such a Man, since I came from such a

place? Stuepified GREATH. I had heard of you before, by my Master, for be worse then knows all things that are done on the Earth: But I have often those merely wondered that any should come from your place; for your Town

is worse than is the City of Destruction itself.

Hon. Yes, we lie more off from the Sun, and so are more cold and senseless; but was a Man in a Mountain of Ice, yet if the Sun of Righteousness will arise upon him, his frozen Heart shall feel a Thaw; and thus it hath been 10 with me.

GREATH. I believe it, Father Honest, I believe it, for I know the thing is true.

Then the old Gentleman saluted all the Pilgrims with a holy Kiss of Charity, and asked them of their Names, and how they had fared since they set out on their Pilgrimage.

CHRIST. Then said Christiana, My Name I suppose you Christiana

have heard of, good Christian was my Husband, and these four were his Children. But can you think how the old Gentleman was taken, when she told them who she was ! 20 He skipp'd, he smiled, and blessed them with a thousand good Wishes, saying,

Hon. I have heard much of your Husband, and of his Travels and Wars which he underwent in his days. Be it spoken to your Comfort, the Name of your Husband rings all over these parts of the World. His Faith, his Courage, bis Enduring, and his

Sincerity under all, kas made his Name Famous. Then he He also talks turned him to the Boys, and asked them of their Names,

which they told him: and then said he unto them, Matthew, Old Mr. be thou like Matthew the Publican, not in Vice, but in 30 blessing on

Virtue. Samuel, said he, be thou like Samuel the Prophet, them. a Man of Faith and Prayer. Joseph, said he, be thou like Psal. 99 ő. Joseph in Potiphar's House, Chaste, and one that flies from Gen. 39. Acts 1. 13.

. Temptation. And, James, be thou like James the Just, and

like James the Brother of our Lord. He blesseth Then they told him of Mercy, and how she had left her Mercy.

Town and her Kindred to come along with Christiana, and with her Sons. At that the old Honest Man said, Mercy, is

with the Boys

Honest's

Mr. Fear

thy Name? by Mercy shalt thou be sustained, and carried thorough all those Difficulties that shall assault thee in thy way; till thou shalt come thither where thou shalt look the Fountain of Mercy in the Face with Comfort.

All this while the Guide Mr. Great-heart, was very much pleased, and smiled upon his Companion.

Now as they walked along together, the Guide asked the Talk of one old Gentleman, if he did not know one Mr. Fearing that came ing:

on Pilgrimage out of his Parts. 10 Hon. Yes, very well, said he; he was a Man that had

the Root of the Matter in him, but he was one of the Care most troublesome Pilgrims that ever I met with in all my days.

GREATH. I perceive you knew him, for you have given a very right Character of him.

Hon. Knew him! I was a great Companion of his, I was with him most an end; when he first began to think of what would come upon us hereafter, I was with him.

GREATH. I was his guide from my Master's House, to the 20 Gates of the Celestial City.

Hon. Then you knew him to be a troublesome one.

GREATH. I did so, but I could very well bear it: for Men of my Calling, are oftentimes intrusted with the Conduct of such as he was.

Hon. Well then, pray let us hear a little of him, and how he managed himself under your Conduct ?

GREATH. Why he was always afraid that he should come Mr. Fear. short of whither he had a desire to go. Every thing frightned troublesome

ing's him that he heard any body speak of, that had but the least Pilgrimage. 30 appearance of Opposition in it. I hear that he lay roaring

at the Slough of Dispond for above a Month together, nor His bedurst he, for all he saw several go over before him, venture, the

the Slough of tho' they, many of them, offered to lend him their Hand. Dispond. He would not go back again neither. The Celestial City, he said he should die if he came not to it, and yet was dejected at every Difficulty, and stumbled at every Straw that any body cast in his way. Well, after he had lain at the Slough of Dispond a great while, as I have told you; one

haviour at

sunshine Morning, I do not know how, he ventured, and so got over. But when he was over, he would scarce believe it. He had, I think, a Slough of Dispond in his Mind, a Slough that he carried every where with him, or else he could never have been as he was. So he came up to the Gate, you know what I mean, that stands at the head of this way, and there

also he stood a good while before he would adventure to His be knock. When the Gate was opened he would give back, haviour at the Gate. and give place to others, and say that he was not worthy.

For, for all he gat before some to the Gate, yet many of 10
them went in before him. There the poor Man would
stand shaking and shrinking: I dare say it would have pitied
one's Heart to have seen him : Nor would be go back again.
At last he took the Hammer that hanged on the Gate in his
hand, and gave a small Rap or two; then one opened to him,
but he shrunk back as before. He that opened stept out
after him, and said, Thou trembling one, what wantest thou ?
with that he fell down to the Ground. He that spoke to
him wondered to see him so faint. So he said to him, Peace
be to thee, up, for I have set open the Door to thee; come in, 20
for thou art blest. With that he gat up, and went in trem-
bling, and when he was in, he was ashamed to shew his Face.
Well, after he had been entertained there a while, as you
know how the manner is, he was bid to go on his way, and
also told the way he should take. So he came till he came to

our House, but as he behaved himself at the Gate, so he did His be at my Master the Interpreter's Door. He lay thereabout in haviour at the Interpre. the Cold a good while, before he would adventure to call; ter's Door.

Yet he would not go back. And the Nights were long and cold then. Nay he had a Note of Necessity in his Bosom to my 30 Master, to receive him, and grant him the Comfort of his House, and also to allow him a stout and valiant Conduct, because he was himself so Chicken-hearted a Man; and yet for all that he was afraid to call at the Door. So he lay up and down thereabouts till, poor man, he was almost starved; yea so great was his Dejection, that tho' he saw several others for knocking got in, yet he was afraid to venture. At last, I think I looked out of the Window, and perceiving a man to

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be up and down about the Door, I went out to him, and · asked what he was; but, poor man, the water stood in his Eyes. So I perceived what he wanted. I went therefore in, and told it in the House, and we shewed the thing to our Lord. So he sent me out again, to entreat him to come in, but I dare say I had hard work to do it. At last he came in, and I will say that for my Lord, he carried it wonderful lovingly to him. There were but a few good bits at the How he was

Table but some of it was laid upon his Trencher. Then he ener 10 presented the Note, and my Lord looked thereon and said his Desire should be granted. So when he had been there a good He is a little

encouraged while, he seemed to get some Heart, and to be a little more can

at the InterComfortable. For my Master, you must know, is one of very preter's tender Bowels, specially to them that are afraid, wherefore he carried it so towards him, as might tend most to his Incouragement. Well, when he had had a sight of the things of the place, and was ready to take his Journey to go to the City, my Lord, as he did to Christian before, gave him a

Bottle of Spirits, and some comfortable things to eat. Thus 20 we set forward, and I went before him ; but the man was of few Words, only he would sigh aloud.

When we were come to where the three Fellows were He was hanged, he said, that he doubted that that would be his end afraid when also. Only he seemed glad when he saw the Cross and the he saw the

Gibbet, Sepulchre. There I confess he desired to stay a little to Cheery when look; and he seemed for a while after to be a little Cheery. Cross. When we came at the Hill Difficulty, he made no stick at that, nor did he much fear the Lions: for you must know that his

Trouble was not about such things as those, his Fear was about 30 his Acceptance at last. I got him in at the House Beautiful, I think before he was Dumpish at

the house willing; also when he was in, I brought him acquainted with Beautiful. the Damsels that were of the Place, but he was ashamed to make himself much for Company; he desired much to be alone, yet he always loved good talk, and often would get behind the Screen to hear it; he also loved much to see antient Things, and to be pondering them in his Mind. He told mc afterwards, that he loved to be in those two Houses

greatly

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from which he came last, to wit, at the Gate, and that of the Interpreters, but that he durst not be so bold to ask.

When we went also from the House Beautiful, down the was' Hill, into the Valley of Humiliation, he went down as well

e as ever I saw man in my Life, for he cared not how mean he sant in the Valley of was, so he might be happy at last. Yea, I think there was

a kind of a Sympathy betwixt that Valley and him. For I never saw him better in all his Pilgrimage, than when he was in that Valley.

Here he would lie down, embrace the Ground, and kiss the 10 Lam. 3. 27. very Flowers that grew in this Valley. He would now be up

every Morning by break of Day, tracing, and walking to and fro in this Valley.

But when he was come to the entrance of the Valley of the Much per. Shadow of Death, I thought I should have lost my Man; not The Valley or for that he had any Inclination to go back, that he always the Shadow abhorred, but he was ready to die for Fear. O, the Hobof Death

goblins will have me, the Hobgoblins will have me, cried he; and I could not beat him out on't. He made such a noise, and such an outcry here, that, had they but heard him, 'twas 20 enough to encourage them to come and fall upon us.

But this I took very great notice of, that this Valley was as quiet while he went thorow it, as ever I knew it before or since. I suppose, those Enemies here, had now a special Check from our Lord, and a Command not to meddle until Mr. Fearing was past over it.

It would be too tedious to tell you of all; we will therefore

only mention a Passage or two more. When he was come His beha- at Vanity Fair, I thought he would have fought with all the viour at Vanity-Fair.

men in the Fair, I feared there we should both have been 30 knock'd o' th' Head, so hot was he against their Fooleries; upon the inchanted Ground, he was also very wakeful. But when he was come at the River where was no Bridge, there again he was in a heavy Case; now, now he said he should be drowned for ever, and so never see that Face with Comfort, that he had come so many miles to behold.

And here also I took notice of what was very remarkable, the Water of that River was lower at this time, than ever I

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