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THE HILL PUTS THE
enough, not only by these posts, and ditch, and chain, but also by being hedged up; yet they will choose to go there. THE REASON WHY Chr. They are idle, they love not SOME DO CHOOSE to take pains; up-hill way is un
YS. pleasant to them. So it is fulfilled unto them, as it is written, “ The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns.”2 Yea, they will rather choose to walk upon a snare than to go up this Hill, and the rest of this way to the City. THE HILL PUTS THE Then they set forward, and began PILGRIMS TO IT. to go up the Hill; and up the Hill they went; but, before they got to the top, Christiana began to pant, and said, I dare say this is a breathing Hill: no marvel if they that love their ease more than their souls choose to themselves a smoother way. Then said Mercy, I must sit down ; also the least of the children began to cry. Come, come, said Greatheart, sit not down here, for a little above is the Prince's Arbour. Then took he the little boy by the hand, and led him up thereto. THEY SIT IN When they were come to the Arbour, THE ARBOUR. they were very willing to sit down, for they were all in a pelting heat. Then said Mercy, “ How sweet is rest to them that labour !"3 And how good is the Prince of pilgrims to provide such restingplaces for them! Of this Arbour I have heard much; but I never saw it before. But bere let us beware of sleeping; for, as I have heard, it cost poor Christian dear. Then said Mr. Great-heart to the little ones, Come,
2 Prov. xv. 19. 3 Matth. xi. 28.
THEY SIT IN
my pretty boys, how do you do? What think you now of going on Pilgrimage? Sir,
THE LITTLE BOYS said the least, I was almost beat out ANSWER TO THE of heart; but I thank you for lending GUIDE, AND ALSO
TO MERCY. me a hand at my need. And I remember now what my Mother hath told me, namely, that the way to Heaven is as a ladder, and the way to Hell is as down a hill. But I had rather go up the ladder to Life, than down the hill to Death.
Then said Mercy, but the proverb is, 'To go down the hill is easy. But James said, (for that was his name,) The day is coming, when, in my opinion, going down the hill will be the hardest of all. "Tis a good boy, said his master; thou hast given her a right answer. Then Mercy smiled; but the little boy did blush.
Come, said Christiana, will you eat a THEY REFRESH bit, a little to sweeten your mouths, THEMSELVES. while you sit here to rest your legs? for I have here a piece of pomegranate, which Mr. Interpreter put into my hand just when I came out of his door ; he gave me also a piece of an honeycomb, and a little bottle of spirits. I thought he gave you something, said Mercy, because he called you aside. Yes, so he did, said the other; but, said Christiana, it shall be still as I said it should, when at first we came from home: thou shalt be a sharer in all the good that I have, because thou so willingly didst become my companion. Then she gave to them, and they did eat, both Mercy and the boys. And, said Christiana to Mr. Great-heart, Sir, will you do as we? But he answered, You are going on Pilgrimage, and presently I shall return; much good
may what you have do to you! at home I eat the same every day. Now, when they had eaten and drank, and had chatted a little longer, their Guide said to them, The day wears away; if you think good, let us prepare to be going. So they got up to go, and the little CHRISTIANA FOR- boys went before: but Christiana forGETS HER BOTTLE got to take her bottle of spirits with OF SPIRITS.
· her; so she sent her little boy back to fetch it. Then said Mercy, I think this is a losing place. Here Christian lost his Roll; and here Christiana left her bottle behind her. Sir, what is the cause of this ? So their Guide made answer, and said, The cause is sleep, or forgetfulness : some sleep when they should keep awake, and some forget when they should remember: and this is the very cause why often, at the resting-places, some Pilgrims, in some things, come off losers. Pilgrims should watch, and remember what they have already received under their greatest enjoyments; but, for want of doing so, oft
times their rejoicing ends in tears, and
their sunshine in a cloud; witness the story of Christian at this place.
When they were come to the place where Mistrust and Timorous met Christian to persuade him to go back for fear of the Lions, they perceived as it were a stage, and before it, towards the road, a broad plate, with a copy of verses written thereon, and underneath the reason of raising up that stage in that place ren- . dered. The verses were these :
Let him that sees this stage, take heed
Unto his heart and tongue;
As some have long agone.
The words underneath the verses were:- This stage was built to punish those upon, who, through timorousness or mistrust, shall be afraid to go farther on Pilgrimage. Also, on this stage, both Mistrust and Timorous were burned through the tongue with a hot iron, for endeavouring to hinder Christian on his journey.'
Then said Mercy, This is much like to the saying of the beloved, “What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue ! Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.”
So they went on till they came within sight of the Lions. Now Mr. Great-heart was a strong man, so he was not afraid of a Lion :
AN EMBLEM OF THOSE but yet, when they were come THAT GO ON BRAVELY up to the place where the Lions WHEN THERE IS NO were, the boys that went before
DANGER, BUT SHRINK
WHEN TROUBLES COME. were now glad to cringe behind, for they were afraid of the Lions ; so they stepped back, and went behind. At this their Guide smiled, and said, How now, my boys; do you love to go before when no danger doth approach, and love to come behind so soon as the Lions appear?
Now, as they went on, Mr. Great-heart drew his sword, with an intent to make a way for the Pilgrims in spite of the Lions. Then there OF GRU appeared one that, it seems, had AND OF HIS BACKING taken upon him to back the THE LIONS. Lions; and he said to the Pilgrims' Guide, What is the cause of your coming hither? Now the name of that man was Grim, or Bloody-man, because of his
* Psalm cxx. 3, 4.
OF GRIM THE GIA
slaying of Pilgrims, and he was of the race of the Giants.
Then said the Pilgrims' Guide, These women and children are going on Pilgrimage, and this is the way they must go; and go it they shall, in spite of thee and the Lions.
Grim. This is not their way, neither shall they go therein. I am come forth to withstand them, and to that end will back the Lions.
Now, to say truth, by reason of the fierceness of the Lions, and of the grim carriage of him that did back them, this way of late had been much unoccupied, and was almost all grown over with grass,
Then said Christiana, Though the highways have been unoccupied heretofore, and though the travellers have been made, in times past, to walk through bypaths, it must not be so, now I am risen ; “ Now I am risen a mother in Israel.”5
Then he swore by the Lions that it should ; and therefore bid them turn aside, for they should not have passage there. A FIGHT BETWIXT But Great-heart, their guide, made GRIM AND GREAT- first his approach unto Grim, and laid
so heavily at him with his sword, that he forced him to a retreat.
Then said he that attempted to back the Lions, Will you slay me upon my own ground ?
Great-heart. 'Tis the King's highway that we are in, and in his way it is that thou hast placed the Lions; but these Women, and these children, though weak, shall hold on their way in spite of thy Lions.
5 Judges, v. 6,7.