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going for the best of them all; but how much worse for the women and children, who, both of feet and heart, were but tender? Yet so it was, that, through the encouraging words of him that led in the front, and of him that brought them up behind, they made a pretty good shift to wag along. The way also here was very wearisome through dirt and slabbiness; nor was there, on all this ground, so much as one inn or victualling-house wherein to refresh the feebler sort. Here, therefore, was grunting, and puffing, and sighing; while one tumbleth over a bush, another sticks fast in the dirt; and the children, some of them, lost their shoes in the mire: while one cries out, I am down! and another, Ho! where are you? and a third, The bushes have got such fast hold on me, I think I cannot get away from them. AN ARBOUR ON Then they came at an Arbour, warm, THE ENCHANT- and promising much refreshingtothe PilING GROUND. grims; for it was finely wrought abovehead, beautified with greens, furnished with benches and settles. It also had in it a soft couch, whereon the weary might lean. This, you must think, all things considered, was tempting; for the Pilgrims already began to be foiled with the badness of the way; but there was not one of them that made so much as a motion to stop there; yea, for aught I could perceive, they continually gave so good heed to the advice of their guide, and he did so faithfully tell them of dangers, and of the nature of dangers, when they were at them, that usually, when they were nearest to them, they did most pluck up their spirits, and hearten one another to deny the flesh. This Arbour was called
THE GUIDE HAS A
The Slothful's Friend, on purpose to THE NAME OF allure, if it might be, some of the Pil- THE ARBOUR. grims there to take up their rest when weary.
I saw then in my dream, that they went on in this their solitary ground, till they came to THE WAY DIFFIa place at which a man is apt to lose CULT TO FIND. his way. Now, though, when it was light, their guide could well enough tell how to miss those ways that led wrong, yet in the dark he was put to a stand; but he had in his pocket a map of all ways leading to or from the Celestial City; MAP OF ALL WAYS wherefore he struck a light, (for he LEADING TO OR
wa FROM THE CITY, never goes also without his tinder- * box) and takes a view of his book or map, which bids him to be careful in that place to turn to the right hand. And had he not been careful here to look in his map, they had all, in probability, been smothered in the mud; for just a little before them (and that at the end of the cleanest way too) was a pit, none knows how deep, full of nothing but mud, there made on purpose to destroy the Pilgrims in. Then thought I with myself, who that
GOD'S BOOK, goeth on Pilgrimage, but would have one of these maps about him, that he may look, when he is at a stand, which is the way he must take?
Then they went on then in this Enchanted Ground till they came to where there was ano- AN ARBOUR, AND ther Arbour, and it was built by the TWO ASLEEP high-way side; and in that arbour there THE lay two men, whose names were Heedless and Toobold. These two went thus far on Pilgrimage ; but here, being wearied with their journey, sat down to
rest themselves, and so fell fast asleep. When the Pilgrims saw them, they stood still, and shook their heads, for they knew that the sleepers were in a pitiful case. Then they consulted what to do; whether to go on, and leave them in their sleep, or to step to them, and try to awake them. So they concluded to go to them, and awake them; that is, if they could ; but with this caution, namely, to take heed that they themselves did not sit down, nor embrace the offered benefit of that arbour. THE PILGRIMS TRY. So they went in, and spake to the TO AWAKE THEM. men, and called each by his name (for the guide, it seems, did know them); but there
was no voice nor answer. Then the guide did shake them, and do what he could to disturb them. Then said one of them, I will pay you when I take my money. At which the guide shook his head. I will
fight so long as I can hold my sword in my hand, said the other. At that one of the children laughed.
Then said Christiana, What is the meaning of this ? The guide said, They talk in their THEIR ENDEAVOUR sleep. If you strike them, beat them, IS FRUITLESS. or whatever else you do to them, they will answer you after this fashion; or, as one of them said in old time, when the waves of the sea did beat upon him, and he slept as one upon the mast of a ship: “When I awake, I will seek it again. You know, when men talk in their sleep, they say any thing; but their words are not governed either by faith or reason. There is an incoherency in their words now, as there was before, betwixt their going on Pilgrimage and sitting down here. This then is the mischief of it; when heedless ones go on pilgrimage, t'is twenty to one but they are served thus; for this Enchanted Ground is one of the last refuges that the Enemy to Pilgrims has; wherefore it is, as you see, placed almost at the end of the way, and so it standeth against us with the more advantage. For when, thinks the Enemy, will these fools be so desirous to sit down as when they are weary? and when so like to be weary as when almost at their journey's end? Therefore it is, I say, that the Enchanted Ground is placed so nigh to the land Beulah, and so near the end of their race. Wherefore let Pilgrims look to themselves, lest it happen to them as it has done to these that, as you see, are fallen asleep, and none can awake them.
Then the Pilgrims desired with trembling to go forward; only they prayed their guide to strike a
9 Prov. xxiii. 34, 35.
THE LIGHT OF
THE LIGHT OF light, that they might go the rest of their THE WORLD. way by the help of the light of a lantern. So he struck a light, and they went by the help of that through the rest of this way, though the darkness was very great. THE CHILDREN But the children began to be sorely CRY FOR WEA- weary; and they cried out unto him RINESS.
that loveth Pilgrims, to make their way more comfortable. So, by that they had gone a little farther, a wind arose that drove away the fog; so the air became more clear.
Yet they were not off (by much) of the Enchanted Ground; only now they could see one another better, and the way wherein they should walk.
Now, when they were almost at the end of this ground, they perceived that a little before them was a solemn noise, as of one that was much concerned. So STANDFAST UPON HIS they went on, and looked before KNEES ON THE EN- them; and behold they saw, as they CHANTED GROUND. thought, a Man upon his knees, with hands and eyes lifted up, and speaking, as they thought, earnestly to one that was above. They drew nigh, but could not tell what he said ; so they went softly till he had done. When he had done, he got up, and began to run towards the Celestial City. Then Mr. Great-heart called after him, saying, Soho ! friend, let us have your company, if you go, as I suppose you do, to the Celestial City. So the man stopped, and they came up to him. But as soon as Mr. Honest saw him, he said, I know this Man. Then said Mr. Valiant-for-truth, Prithee, who is it? It is one, said
1 2 Pet. i. 19.