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thence to execution; and the thoughts of these things make me cry.
Then said Evangelist, if this be thy condition, why standest thou still? He answered, Because I know CONVICTION OP not whither to go. Then he gave him THE NECESSITY a parchment-roll, and there was written OF FLYING.
within, “ Fly from the wrath to come!”6 The man therefore read it, and, looking upon Evangelist very carefully, said, Whither must I fly? Then said Evangelist, pointing with his finger over a very wide field, Do you see yonder wicket-gate?" The
man said, No. Then said the other, Do CHRIST, AND
Yo you see yonder shining light !8 He said, HIM, CANNOT BE I think I do. Then said Evangelist, FOUND WITH- Keep that light in your eye, and go up OUT THE WORD.
directly thereto, so shalt thou see the gate; at which, when thou knockest, it shall be told thee what thou shalt do.
So I saw in my dream, that the man began to run; now, he had not run far from his own door, when his wife and children, perceiving it, began to cry after him to return; but the man put his fingers in his ears,' and ran on, crying, Life, life, eternal life! So he looked not behind him, but fled towards the middle of the plain.
The neighbours also came out to THEY THAT FLY FROM THE WRATH
see him run, and as he ran, some TO COME ARE A mocked, others threatened, and some GAZING-STOCK TO cried after him to return; and, among THE WORLD.
those that did so, there were two that 6 Matth. iii. 7. 7 Matth. vii. 13. Psalm cxix. 105. 2 Pet. i. 19.
9 Luke, xiv. 26. Gen. xix. 17. ? Jer. xx. 10.
resolved to fetch him back by force; the name of the one was Obstinate, and the name of the other Pliable. Now, by this time, the man was got a good distance from them ; but, however, they ORSTI were resolved to pursue him, which they AND PLIABLE did, and in a little time they overtook FOLLOW HIM. him. Then said the man, Neighbours, wherefore are ye come? They said, to persuade you to go back with us : but he said, that can by no means be. You dwell, said he, in the city of Destruction (the place also where I was born): I see it to be so; and, dying there, sooner, or later, you will sink lower than the grave into a place that burns with fire and brimstone. Be content good neighbours, and go along with me.
What! said Obstinate, and leave our friends and our comforts behind us?
Yes, said Christian (for that was his name), because that all which you forsake is not to be compared with a little of that that I am seeking to enjoy ;3 and if you will go along with me, and hold it, you shall fare as I myself; for there, where I go, is enough and to spare. Come away, and prove my words.
Obst. What are the things you seek, since you leave all the world to find them?
Chr. I seek an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away ;5 and it is laid up in heaven, and safe there, to be bestowed, at the time appointed, on them that diligently seek it. Read it so, if you will, in my book.
82 Cor. iv. 18.
Tush! said Obstinate, away with your book: will you go back with us or no?
No, not I, said the other, because I have laid my hand to the plough.
Obst. Come then, neighbour Pliable, let us turn again, and go home without him. There is a company of these crazed-headed coxcombs that, when they take a fancy by the end, are wiser in their own eyes than seven men that can render a reason.
Then said Pliable, Don't revile: if what the good Christian says is true, the things he looks after are better than ours; my heart inclines to go with my neighbour.
Obst. What? more fools still ? Be ruled by me, and go back; who knows whither such a brain-sick fellow will lead you? Go back, go back, and be wise. Chr. Nay, but do thou come with thy neighbour,
Pliable; there are such things to be OBSTINATE had which I spoke of, and many more PULL FOR PLI- glories besides. If you believe not me, ABLE'S SOUL.
be read here in this book : and for the truth of what is expressed therein, behold, all is confirmed by the blood of him that made it. Well, neighbour Obstinate (saith Pliable), I begin
to come to a point: I intend to go along with this good man, and to cast
in my lot with him: but, my good comCHRISTIAN.
panion, do you know the way to this desired place? Chr. I am directed by a man, whose name is Evan
6 Luke, ix. 62. 7 Heb. ix. 17-21.