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HOW THE STRINGS
· Chr. This is brave. Now I see CHRISTIANA AFFECTthat there was something to be ED WITH THIS WAY
OF REDEMPTION. learned by our being pardoned by word and deed. Good Mercy, let us labour to keep this in mind; and, my children, do you remember it also. But, Sir, was not this it that made my good Christian's Burden fall from off his shoulder, and that made him give three leaps for joy?
Great-heart. Yes, it was the belief of HOW THE STRINGS this that cut those strings that could THAT BOUND
CHRISTIAN'S BURnot be cut by other means; and it DEN TO HIM WERE was to give him a proof of the virtue cut. of this, that he was suffered to carry his Burden to the Cross.
Chr. I thought so; for though my heart was lightful and joyous before, yet it is ten times more joyous and lightsome now. And I am persuaded, by what I have felt, though I have felt but little as yet, that if the most burdened man in the world was here, and did see and believe as I now do, it would make his heart the more merry and blithe.
Great-heart. There is not only com- HOW AFFECTION fort, and the ease of a burden, brought TO CHRIST IS BEto us by the sight and consideration of these, but an endeared affection begot in us by it; for who can (if he doth but once think that pardon comes not only by promise, but thus) but be affected with the way and means of his Redemption, and so with the man that hath wrought it for him?
Chr. True; methinks it makes my heart bleed to think that he should bleed for me. Oh! thou loving One! Oh! thou blessed One! Thou deservest to have
GOT IN THE SOUL.
me! Thou hast bought me! Thou deservest to have CAUSE OF AD- me all! Thou hast paid for me ten thouMIRATION. sand times more than I am worth! No marvel that this made the tears stand in my Husband's eyes, and that it made him trudge so nimbly on! I am persuaded he wished me with him; but, vile wretch that I was, I let him come all alone. O, Mercy! that thy father and mother were here! yea, and Mrs. Timorous also: nay, I wish now, with all my heart, that here was Madam Wanton too. Surely, surely, their hearts would be affected; nor could the fear of the one, nor the powerful lusts of the other, prevail with them to go home again, and refuse to become good Pilgrims.
Great-heart. You speak now in the warmth of your affections. Will it, think you, be always thus with you? Besides, this is not communicated to every one; not to every one that did see your Jesus bleed. There were that stood by, and that saw the blood run from his heart to the ground, and yet were so far off this, that, instead of lamenting, they laughed at him, and, instead of becoming his disciples, did harden their
hearts against him. So that all that TO BE AFFECTED WITH CHRIST AND you have, my daughters, you have by WITH WHAT HE peculiar impression, made by a divine HAS DONE, IS A
contemplating upon what I have THING SPECIAL.
spoken to you. Remember that 'twas told you, that the Hen, by her common call, gives no meat to her chickens. This you have, therefore, by a special grace.
Now I saw, in my dream, that they went on until they were come to the place that Simple, and Sloth,
and Presumption, lay and slept in, when Christian went by on pilgrimage; and behold
SIMPLE, SLOTH, they were hanged up in irons a little AND PI
AND PRESUMPway off on the other side.
TION HANGED; Then said Mercy to him that was their guide and conductor, What are these three men? and for what are they hanged there?
Great-heart. These three men were men of very bad qualities : they had no mind to be Pilgrims themselves, and whomsoever they could, they hindered. They were for sloth and folly themselves, and whomsoever they could persuade, they made so too; and withal taught them to presume that they should do well at last. They were asleep when Christian went by, and now you go by, they are hanged.
Mercy. But could they persuade any to be of their opinion?
Great-heart. Yes; they turned several out of the way. There was Slow-pace, that they persuaded to do as they. They also prevailed with one Short-wind, with one No-heart, with one Linger-after-lust; and with one Sleepy-head; and with a young woman, her name was Dull, to turn out of the way, and become as they. Besides, they brought up an ill report of your Lord, persuading others that he was a hard task-master. They also brought up an evil report of the Good Land, saying, it was not half so good as some pretended it was. They also began to vilify his servants, and to count the very best of them meddlesome, troublesome, busy bodies. Further, they would call the bread of God husks; the comforts of his children, fancies; the . travel and labour of Pilgrims, things to no purpose.
Nay, said Christiana, if they were such, they shall never be bewailed by me. They have but what they deserve: and I think it is well that they stand so near the highway, that others may see and take warning. But had it not been well, if their crimes had been engraven in some plate of iron or brass, and left here, where they did their mischiefs, for a caution to other bad men
Great-heart. So it is, as you may well perceive, if you will go a little to the wall.
Mercy. No, no, let them hang, and their names rot, and their crimes live for ever against them. I think it a high favour that they were hanged afore we came hither; who knows else what they might have done to such poor women as we are ! Then she turned it into a song, saying,
Now then, you three, hang there, and be a sign
Thus they went on, till they came to the foot of the hill Difficulty, where again the good Mr. Great-heart took an occasion to tell them of what happened there when Christian himself went by. So he had them first to the spring: Lo! saith he, this is the spring that Christian drank of before he went up this hill, and
- then it was clear and good; but 'TIS DIFFICULT GETTING OF GOOD DOC- now it is dirty with the feet of TRINE IN ERRONEOUS some that are not desirous that
Pilgrims here should quench their thirst. Thereat Mercy said, And why so envious,
trow? But, said their Guide, it will do if taken up, and put into a vessel that is sweet and good; for then the dirt will sink to the bottom, and the water come out by itself more clear. Thus, therefore, Christiana and her companions were compelled to do.
They took it up, and put it into an earthen pot, and · so let it stand till the dirt was gone to the bottom, and then they drank thereof.
Next he shewed them the two by-ways that were at the foot of the hill, where Formality and Hypocrisy lost themselves; and, said he, these are dangerous paths. Two were here cast away when Christian came by. And although, as you see, these
THE PATHS THOUGH ways are since stopped up with BARRED UP, WILL chains, posts, and a ditch, yet there NOT KEEP ALL FROM
GOING IN THEM. are those that will choose to adventure here, rather than take the pains to go up this hill.
Chr. “The way of transgressors is hard.”. It is a wonder that they can get into these ways without danger of breaking their necks.
Great-heart. They will venture; yea, if at any time any of the King's servants doth happen to see them, and doth call upon them, and tell them that they are in the wrong way, and do bid them beware of the danger, then they will railingly return them answer, and say, “As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the King, we will not hearken unto thee; but we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth out of our own mouths."! Nay, if you look a little farther, you shall see that these ways are made cautionary
9 Prov. xiii. 15. Jer. xliv. 16, 17.