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as here one neighbour is with another. Besides, it is confidently affirmed concerning him, that the King of the place where he is has bestowed upon him already a very rich and pleasant dwelling at court, and that he every day eateth and drinketh, and walketh and talketh, with him, and receiveth of the smiles and favours of him that is Judge of all there. Moreover, it is expected of some, that his Prince, the Lord of that country, will shortly come into these parts, and will know the reason, if they can give any, why his neighbours set so little by him, and had him so much in derision, when they perceived that he would be a pilgrim.
For they say, that now he is so in the affections of CHRISTIAN'S Kino his Prince,* and that his Sovereign is so
much concerned with the indignities that were cast upon Christian, when he became a pilgrim, that he will look upon all as if done unto himself: and no marvel, for it was for the love that he had to his Prince that he ventured as he did.it
I dare say, quoth I; I am glad on't; I am glad for the poor man's sake, for that now he has rest from bis labour,' and for that he now reapeth the benefit of his tears with joy :' and for that he has got beyond the gunshot of his enemies, and is out of the reach of them that
WILL TAKE CHRIS-
b Zech. iii. 7.
e Rev. xiv, 13.
c Jude 14, 15. d Luke x. 16.
f Psalm cxxvi. 5, 6.
Christian's King will take Christian's part. O pilgrim, write this upon the table of thine heart, and read it every step of thy journey.
+ Mark this well. No matter what profession we make, if the love of Christ be not its foundation. All is nothing without this love: it is this love in the heart, that, like oil in the lamp, keeps the profession of Christ burning bright. The more this love is felt, the more ardent the fire of zeal burns, and the more steady we shall follow on to know the Lord; and never leave off, nor give over, till we see and enjoy the Lord in his kingdom. The Lord inflame our love to himself, his truth, and his ways.
GOOD TIDINGS OF CHRISTIAN'S WIFE
hate him. I also am glad, for that a rumour of these things is noised abroad in this country; who can tell but that it may work some good effect on some that are left behind ? But pray, sir, while it is fresh in my mind, do you hear any thing of his wife and children ? Poor hearts ! I wonder in my mind what they do.
Sag. Who? Christiana and her sons ? They are like to do as well as Christian did himself; for, though they all played the fool at AND CHILDREN. first, and would by no means be persuaded by either the tears or entreaties of Christian, yet second thoughts have wrought wonderfully with them : so they have packed up, and are also gone after him.*
Better and better, quoth I : but, what! wife and children and all ?
Sag. It is true: I can give you an account of the matter, for I was upon the spot at the instant, and was thoroughly acquainted with the whole affair.
Then said I, A man, it seems, may report it for a truth.
Sag. You need not fear to affirm it; I mean, that they are all gone on pilgrimage, both the good woman and her four boys. And being we are, as I perceive, going some considerable way together, I will give you an account of the whole of the matter.
This Christiana, (for that was her name from the day that she with her children betook themselves to a pilgrim's life,) after her husband was gone over the river, and she could hear of him no more, her thoughts began
Though moral suasion, and all the affectionate arguments from a tender husband, or an affectionate parent, may prove ineffectual for the present; yet, when the Lord works by his mighty power, then only they prove effectual to saving purposes. Yet, let us not neglect our duty, but be earnest in it, and leave the event to sovereign grace.
MARK THIS, YOU TAAT ARE CHURLS TO YOUR GODLY RELATIONS.
to work in her mind. First, for that she had lost her husband, and for that the loving bond of that relation was utterly broken betwixt them. For you know, said he to me, nature can do no less but entertain the living with many a heavy cogitation, in the remembrance of the loss of loving relations. This, therefore, of her husband did cost her many a tear.
But this was not all; for Christiana did also begin to consider with herself, whether her unbecoming behaviour towards her husband was not one cause that she saw him no more; and that in such sort he was taken away from her. And upon this came into her mind, by swarms, all her unkind, unnatural, and ungodly carriage, to her dear friend; which also clogged her conscience, and did load her with guilt. moreover, much broken with recalling to remembrance the restless groans, brinish tears, and self-bemoanings, of her husband, and how she did harden her heart against all his entreaties, and loving persuasions, of her and her sons, to go with him ; yea, there was not any thing that Christian either said to her, or did before her, all the while that his burden did hang on his back, but it returned upon her like a flash of lightning, and rent the caul of her heart in sunder, especially that bitter outcry of his,
“ What shall I do to be saved ?" did ring in her ears most dolefully.*
Then said she to her children, Sons, we are all undone. I have sinned away your father, and he is gone : he would have had us with him, but I would not go myself: I also have hindered you of life. With that
* Here see what those who cruelly and unkindly treat their godly relations and friends on account of their religion, must come to, feel in the bitterness of their spirit, and groan under in the sorrow of their soul, if ever the Lord grant them repentance unto life.
the boys fell into tears, and cried out to go after their father. 0! (said Christiana) that it had been but our lot to go with him! then had it fared well with us, beyond what it is like to do now. For, though I formerly foolishly imagined, concerning the troubles of your father, that they proceeded of a foolish fancy that he had, or for that he was overrun with melancholy humours; yet now it will not out of my mind, but that they sprang from another cause; to wit, for that the light of life was given him ;3 by the help of which, as
perceive, he has escaped the snares of death.* Then they all wept again, and cried out, Oh! wo worth the
The next night Christiana had a dream ; and, behold, she saw as if a broad parchment was opened Christiana's before her, in which were recorded the sum of her ways; and the crimes, as she thought, looked very black upon her. Then she cried out aloud in her sleep, “ Lord, have mercy upon me, a sinner!"ht and the little children heard her.
Is it any marvel, that a quickened, enlightened sinner should be judged by those around him, who are yet dead in their sins, to be full of whims and melancholy ? No: it is very natural for them to think us fools and mad; but we know that they really are so. For when it pleases the Lord to take the veil of unbelief off the heart, and to remove the scales of ignorance from the eyes, then they will confess, with Christiana, that the light of life is given to us.
+ This is the very first cry of an awakened sinner-mercy for the lost and miserable : and no sooner are the sinner's eyes opened to see his ruined, desperate state, and to cry for mercy, but the god of this world, who hitherto had blinded the eyes, and kept the heart secure by presumption, now opposes the sinner's progress to a throne of grace, to a God of mercy, and to the Saviour of the lost. Satan does not easily part with his prey. But Jesus, the strong man armed with almighty power and everlasting love, will conquer and cast him out. This is the sinner's mercy, or none could ever be saved.
MARK THIS; THIS IS
HELP AGAINST DISCOURAGEMENT.
After this, she thought she saw two very ill-favoured ones standing by her bed-side, and saying, What shall
we do with this woman? for she cries out
for mercy, waking and sleeping. If she be suffered to go on as she begins, we shall lose her as we have lost her husband. Wherefore we must, by one way or other, seek to take her off from the thoughts of what shall be hereafter, else all the world cannot help but she will become a pilgrim.
Now she awoke in a great sweat, also a trembling was upon her; but after a while she fell to sleeping again. And then she thought she saw Christian, her
husband, in a place of bliss among many
immortals, with a harp in his hand, standing and playing upon it before One that sat on a throne, with a rainbow about his head. She saw also, as if he bowed his head with his face to the paved work that was under his Prince's feet, saying, I heartily thank my Lord and King for bringing me into this place. Then shouted a company of them that stood round about, and harped with their harps : but no man living could tell what they said, but Christian and his companions.
Next morning, when she was up, had prayed to God, and talked with her children a while, one knocked hard at the door; to whom she spake out, saying, If thou comest in God's name, come in. So he said, Amen; and opened the door, and saluted her with, Peace be to this house. The which when be had done, he said, Christiana, knowest thou wherefore I am come? Then she blushed and trembled; also her heart began to was warm with desires to know from whence he came, and what was his errand to her. So he said unto her, My name is Secret ;* I dwell with those that are on high.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom," Psa. cxi. 10. and “the secret of the Lord is with them who fear him," Psa. xxv. 14.