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Faith. You cannot think (but that you know something) what a flattering tongue she had ; she lay at, me hard to turn aside with her, promising me all manner of content.
Chr. Nay, she did not promise you the content of a good conscience.
Faith. You know that I mean all fleshly and carnal content.
Chr. Thank God you have escaped her. The abhorred of the Lord shall fall into her ditch.8
Faith. Nay, I know not whether I did wholly escape her or no.
Chr. Why, I trow you did not consent to her desire ?
Faith. No, not to defile myself; for I remembered an old writing that I had seen, which said, “Her steps take hold of hell;"9 so I shut mine eyes, because I would not be bewitched with her looks. Then she railed on me, and I went on my way.
Chr. Did you meet with no other assault as you came? HE WAS ASSAULTED Faith. When I came to the foot BY ADAM THE FIRST. of the hill called Difficulty, I met with a very aged Man, who asked me what I was, and whither bound? I told him that I was a Pilgrim going to the Celestial City. Then said the Old Man, Thou lookest like an honest fellow; wilt thou be content to dwell with me for the wages that I shall give thee? Then I asked him his name, and where he dwelt? He said his name was Adam the First, and that he dwelt in the town of Deceit. I asked him then what was his work, and what the wages that he would give?
8 Prov. xxii. 14. 9 Prov. v. 5. Job, xxxi. 1.
He told me, that his work was many delights; and his wages, that I should be his heir at last. I further asked him, what house he kept, and what other servants he had ? So he told me, that his house was maintained with all the dainties of the world ; and that his servants were those of his own begetting. Then I asked him how many children he had? He said that he had but three daughters, “ The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life;"2 and that I should marry them, if I would. Then I asked, how long time he would have me live with him? And he told me as long as he lived himself.
Chr. Well, and what conclusion came the Old Man and you to at last ?
Faith. Why, at first, I found myself somewhat inclinable to go with the Man, for I thought he spoke very fair ; but looking in his forehead, as I talked with him, I saw there written, “ Put off the old man with his deeds.”
Chr. And how then ?
Faith. Then it came burning hot into my mind, whatever he said, and however he flattered, when he got me home to his house, he would sell me for a slave. So I bid him forbear to talk, for I would not come near the door of his house. Then he reviled me, and told me, that he would send such a one after me, that should make my way bitter to my soul. So I turned to go away from him ; but, just as I turned myself to go thence, I felt him take hold of my flesh, and give me such a deadly twitch back, that I thought he had pulled part of me after himself; this made me
2 1 John, ii. 16.
cry, O wretched man! So I went on my way up the hill.3
Now, when I had got about half the way up, I looked behind me, and saw one coming after me, swift as the wind : so he overtook me just about the place where the settle stands.
Just there, said Christian, did I sit down to rest me; but, being overcome with sleep, I there lost this Roll out of my bosom.
Faith. But, good brother, hear me out. So soon as the Man overtook me, he was but a word and a blow ; for down he knocked me, and laid me for
dead. But, when I was a little come to myself again, I asked him wherefore he served me so? He said, because of my secret inclining to Adam the First; and with that he struck me another deadly blow on
3 Rom. vii. 24.
the breast, and beat me down backward: so I lay at his foot as dead as before. When I came to myself again, I cried, have mercy; but he said, I know not how to shew mercy; and with that he knocked me down again. He had doubtless made an end of me, but that one came by, and bid him forbear.
Chr. Who was that that bid him forbear.
Faith. I did not know Him at first; but, as he went by, I perceived the holes in his hands and in his sides; then I concluded that He was our Lord.
Chr. That man that overtook you was THE THUNDER Moses. He spareth none, neither knoweth OF MOSES. he how to shew mercy to those that transgress his Law.
Faith. I know it very well : it was not the first time that he has met with me. 'Twas he that came to me when I dwelt securely at home, and that told me he would burn my house over my head, if I staid there.
Chr. But did you not see the House that stood there on the top of the hill, on the side of which Moses met you?
Faith. Yes, and the Lions too, before I came at it; but for the Lions, I think they were asleep, for it was about noon; and because I had so much of the day before me, I passed by the porter, and came down the hill.
Chr. He told me indeed that he saw you go by; but I wish that you had called at the house; for they would have shewed you so many rarities, that you would scarce have forgot them to the day of your death. But pray tell me, did you meet nobody in the Valley of Humility?
SAULT- Faith. Yes, I met with one DisED BY DISCONTENT. content, who would willingly have persuaded me to go back again with him ; his reason was, for that Valley was altogether without Honour. He told me, moreover, that to go there was to disoblige all my friends, as Pride, Arrogancy, Self-conceit, Worldly-glory, with others, who he knew, as he said, would be very much offended, if I made such a fool of myself as to wade through this valley.
Chr. Well, and how did you answer him? FAITHFUL'S ANSWER Faith. I told him, That although TO DISCONTENT. all these that he named might claim a kindred of me, and that rightly (for indeed they were my relations according to the flesh), yet, since I became a Pilgrim, they have disowned me, and I also have rejected them; and therefore they were to me now no more than if they had never been of my lineage. I told him, moreover, that, as to this Valley, he
misrepresented the thing; for,“ before honour is humility, and a haughty spirit before a fall." Therefore, said I, I had rather go through this Valley to the honour that was so accounted by the wisest, than choose that which he esteemed most worthy of our affections.
Chr. Met you with nothing else in that valley? HE IS ASSAULT- Faith. Yes, I met with Shame; but ED BY SHAME. of all the men that I met with on my pilgrimage, he, I think, bears the wrong name. The other would be said Nay after a little argumentation, and somewhat else; but this bold-faced Shame would never have done.
Chr. Why, what did he say to you?