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the King's highway, the Way of Holiness; therefore

take heed to yours

Then Apollyon straddled quite over the whole breadth of the way, and said, I am void of fear in this matter; prepare thyself to die; for I swear by my infernal den that thou shalt go no farther: here will I spill thy soul !-And with that he threw a flaming dart at his breast; but Christian had a shield in his hand, with which he caught it, and so prevented the danger of that.

Then did Christian draw, for he saw it was time to bestir him ; and Apollyon as fast made at him, throwing darts as thick as hail; by the which, notwithstanding all that Christian could do to avoid it, Apollyon wounded him in his head, his

CHRISTIAN WOUNDED hand, and foot. This made Chris- IN HIS UNDERSTANDtian give a little back; Apollyon, ING, FAITH, AND CON

VERSATION. therefore, followed his work amain, and Christian again took courage, and resisted as manfully as he could. This sore combat lasted for above half a day, even till Christian was almost quite spent; for you must know that Christian, by reason of his wounds, must needs grow weaker and weaker.

Then Apollyon, espying his op- APOLLYON CASTETH portunity, began to gather up close CHRISTIAN DOWN to Christian, and, wrestling with TO TH him, gave him a dreadful fall; and with that Christian's sword flew out of his hand. Then said Apollyon, I am sure of thee now: and with that he had almost pressed him to death; so that Christian began to despair of life. But, as God would have it, while Apollyon was fetching his last blow, thereby to make a




full end of this good man, Christian nimbly reached out his hand for his sword, and caught it, saying, CHRISTIAN'S VICTORY “Rejoice not against me, O mine OVER APOLLYON. enemy! when I fall, I shall arise;" and with that gave him a deadly thrust, which made him give back, as one that had received his mortal wound. Christian, perceiving that, made at him again, saying, “Nay, in all these things, we are more than conquerors, through Him that loved us ;"


and with that Apollyon spread forth his dragon's wings, and sped him away, that Christian saw him no more.2

IN In this combat, no man can imaA BRIEF RELATION OF THE COMBAT BY gine, unless he had seen and heard,

R. as I did, what yelling and hideous roaring Apollyon made all the time of the âght. He

2 Micah, vii. 8. Rom. viii. 8, 9. James, iv. 6.


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spake like a Dragon; and, on the other side, what sighs and groans burst from Christian's heart. I never saw him all the while give so much as one pleasant look, till he perceived he had wounded Apollyon with his two-edged sword: then, indeed, he did smile, and look upward; but 'twas the dreadfullest sight that ever I saw.

So, when the battle was over, Chris- CHRISTIAN GIVES tian said, I will here give thanks to GOD THANKS FOR him that hath delivered me out of the HIS DELIVE mouth of the Lion, to him that did help me against Apollyon! And so he did saying,

Great Beelzebub, the Captain of this fiend,
Design'd my ruin ; therefore to this end
He sent him harness'd out; and he, with rage
That hellish was, did fiercely me engage;
But blessed Michael helped me; and I,
By dint of sword, did quickly make him fly:
Therefore to him let me give lasting praise,
And thank and bless his holy name always.

Then there came to him a hand, with some of the leaves of the Tree of Life, the which Christian took and applied to the wounds that he had received in the battle, and was healed immediately. He also sat down in that place to eat bread, and to drink of the bottle that was given to him a little before; so, being refreshed, he addressed him

CHRISTIAN GOES ON self to his journey, with his sword

HIS JOURNEY WITH drawn in his hand; for, he said, I

HIS SWORD DRAWN know not but some other enemy may be at hand. But he met with no other affront from Apollyon quite through this valley.


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