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And with that he gave him again a downright blow, and brought him upon his knees. With this blow also he broke his helmet; and with the next he cut off an arm. Then did the Giant roar so hideously, that his voice frightened the women; and
THE VICTORY. yet they were glad to see him lie sprawl
ing upon the ground. Now, the Lions were chained, and so of themselves could do nothing; wherefore, when old Grim, that intended to back them, was dead, Mr. Great-heart said to the Pilgrims, Come now, and follow me, and no hurt shall happen to you from the Lions. They therefore went on; but THEY PASS BY the Women trembled as they passed by THE LIONS. them; and the boys also looked as if they would die; but they all got by without further hurt.
Now, when they were within sight of the Porter's
lodge, they soon came up unto it; but they made the more haste after this to go thither, because it is dangerous travelling there in the night. So when they THEY COME TO THE were come to the Gate, the Guide PORTER'S LODGE. knocked, and the Porter cried, Who is there? but as soon as the Guide had said, It is I, he knew his voice, and came down; for the Guide had oft before that come thither as a conductor of Pilgrims. When he was come down, he opened the Gate, and seeing the Guide standing just before it, (for he saw not the Women, for they were behind him), he said unto him, How now, Mr. Great-heart? What is your business here so late to-night? I have brought, said he, some Pilgrims hither, where, by my Lord's commandment, they must lodge. I had been here some time ago, had I not been opposed by the Giant that did use to back the Lions; but I, after a long and tedious combat with him, have cut him off, and have brought the Pilgrims hither in safety. Porter. Will you not go in and stay till morni
Great-heart. No; I will return to my ATTEMPTS TO Lord to-night. GO BACK.
Chr. Oh, Sir! I know not how to be willing you should leave us in our Pilgrimage; you have been so faithful and so loving to us, you have fought so stoutly for us, you have been so hearty in counselling of us, that I shall never forget your favour towards us.
PILGRIMS IMPLORE Then said Mercy, O that we HIS COMPANY STILL. might have thy company to our journey's end! How can such poor women as we hold out in a way so full of troubles as this way is, without a friend and defender ?
HIS COMPANY STILL.
Then said James, the youngest of the boys, Pray, Sir, be persuaded to go with us, and help us, because we are so weak, and the way so dangerous as it is.
Great-heart. I am at my Lord's commandment. If he shall allot me to be your Guide quite through, I will willingly wait upon you; but here you failed at first; for when he bid me come thus far with you, then you should have want of ASKING begged me of him to have gone quite FOR through with you, and he would have granted your request. However, at present, I must withdraw; and so, good Christiana, Mercy, and my brave children, Adieu !
Then the porter, Mr. Watchful, asked Christiana of her country and of her kindred ; and she said, I come from the city of Destruction; I am a widow woman, and my husband is dead; his name was Christian the Pilgrim. How, said the Porter, was he your husband? Yes, said she; and these are his children ; and this, pointing to Mercy, is one of my townswomen. Then the Porter rang his bell, as at such times he is wont, and there came to the door one of the damsels, whose name was Humble-mind; and to her the Porter said, Go tell it within, that Christiana, the wife of Christian, and her children, are come hither on Pilgrimage. She went in, therefore, and told it. But, Oh! what JOY AT THE NOISE OF a noise for gladness was there THE PILGRIMS' COMING. within, when the damsel did but drop that word out of her mouth!
So they came with haste to the Porter, for Christiana stood still at the door. Then some of the most
grave said unto her, Come in, Christiana; come in, thou wife of that good Man; come in, thou blessed woman ; come in, with all that are with thee! So she went in, and they followed her that were her children and companions. Now, when they were gone in, they were had into a very large room, where they were bidden to sit down; so they sat down, and the Chief of the house were called to see and welcome the CHRISTIANS' LOVE 8
guests. Then they came in, and, IS KINDLED AT THE understanding who they were, did SIGHT OF ONE AN- salute each one with a kiss, and OTHER.
said, Welcome, ye vessels of the Grace of God! welcome to us your friends!
Now, because it was somewhat late, and because the Pilgrims were weary with their journey, and also made faint with the sight of the fight, and of the terrible Lions, therefore they desired, as soon as might be, to prepare to go to rest. Nay, said those of the family, refresh yourselves first with a morsel of meat; for they had prepared for them a lamb, with the accustomed sauce belonging thereto;? for the Porter had heard before of their coming, and had told it to them within. So when they had supped, and ended their prayer with a psalm, they desired they might go to rest. But let us, said Christiana, if we may be so bold as to choose, be in that chamber that was my Husband's, when he was here; so they had them up thither, and they lay all in a room. When they were at rest, Christiana and Mercy entered into discourse about things that were convenient.
Chr. Little did I think once, when my husband went on Pilgrimage, that I should ever have followed.
6 Exod. xii. 21. 7 John, i. 29.
Mercy. And you as little thought CHRIST'S BOSOM IS of lying in his bed, and in his cham- FOR ALL PILGRIMS. ber to rest, as you do now.
Chr. And much less did I ever think of seeing his face with comfort, and of worshipping the Lord the King with him; and yet now I believe I shall.
Mercy. Hark! Don't you hear a noise ?
Chr. Yes; t' is, I believe, a noise of music, MUSIC. for joy that we are here.
Mercy. Wonderful! Music in the house, music in the heart, and music also in Heaven for joy that we are here!
Thus they talked a while, and then betook themselves to sleep. So in the morning, when they were awake, Christiana said to Mercy, MERCY DID LAUGH What was the matter that you did IN HER SLEEP. laugh in your sleep to-night? I suppose you was in a dream?
Mercy. So I was, and a sweet dream it was; but are you sure I laughed ?
Chr. Yes ; you laughed heartily: but pr’ythee, Mercy, tell me thy dream. Mercy. I was a-dreamed that I sat
MERCY'S DREAM. all alone in a solitary place, and was bemoaning of the hardness of my heart. Now, I had not sat there long, but methought many were gathered about me to see me, and to hear what it was that I said. So they hearkened, and I went on bemoaning the hardness of my heart. At this some of them laughed at me, some called me fool, and some began to thrust me about. With that, methought whaT HER I looked up, and saw one coming with DREAM WAS.