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CHR. How far is it thither?
SHER. T00 far for any but those that shall get thither indeed.
CHR. Is the way safe or dangerous ?
SHEP. Safe for those for whom it is to be safe; “ but transgressors shall fall therein'.”
CHR. Is there in this place any relief for pilgrims that are weary and faint in the way ?
SHEP. The Lord ofthese mountains hath given us a charge “ not to be forgetful to entertain strange-ml," therefore the good of the place is before you.
I also saw in my dream, that, when the shepherds perceived that they were wayfaring men, they also put questions to them, (to which they made answer, as in other places) as, Whence came you? and, howgot you into the way? and by what means have you so persevered therein? for but few of them that begin to come hither do show their faces on this mountain. But when the shepherds heard their answers, being pleased therewith, they looked very lovingly upon them and said, Welcome to the DELECTABLE MOUNTAINS.
The shepherds, I say, whose names were KxowLEDGE, EXPERIENCE, VVATCHFUL, and SINCERE, took them by the hand, and had them to their tents, and made them partake of thatwhich was ready at present. They said moreover, We would that you should stay here a while, to be acquainted with us, and yet more to solace yourselves with the good of these DELECTABLE Mounrams. They then told them
‘ Hos. xiv. 9. ‘ Heb. xiii. I, 2.
that they were content to stay: so they went to their rest that night, because it was very late.
Then I saw in my dream that in the morning the shepherds called up CHRISTIAN and HOPEFUL to walk with them upon the mountains: so they went forth with them, and walked a while, having a pleasant prospect on every side. Then said the shepherds one to another, Shall we show these pilgrims some wonders P So, when they had concluded to do it, they had them first to the top of an hill, called ERROR, which was very steep on the furthest side, and bid them look down to the bottom. So CHRISTIAN and HOPEFUI. looked down, and saw at the bottom several men dashed all to pieces by a fall that they had from the top. Then said CHRISTIAN, What meaneth this? The shepherds answered, Have you not heard of them that were made to err, by hearkening to HYMENEUS and Prrrtarvs‘, as concerning the faith of the resurrection of the body? They answered, Yea. Then said the shepherds, Those that you see lie dashed in pieces at the bottom of this mountain are they; and they have continued to this day unburied, as you see, for example to others to take heed how they clamber too high, or how they come too near the brink of this mountain.
Then Isaw they had them to the top of another mountain, and the name of that is CAUTION, and bid them look afar off: which when they did they perceived, as' they thought, several men walking up and down among the tombs that were there; and they
I 2. Tim. ii. 17, 18.
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perceived that the men were blind, because they stumbled sometimes upon the tombs, and because they could not get out from among them. Then said CHRISTIAN, What means this?
The shepherds then answered, Did you not see a little below these mountains a stile that leads into a meadow on the left hand of this way? They answered, Yes. Then said the shepherds, From that stile there goes a path that leads directly to DOUBTING CASTLE, which is kept by Giant DESPAIR, and these men (pointing to them among the tombs) came once on pilgrimage, as you do now, even till they came to that same stile. And, because the right way was rough in that place, they chose to go out of it into that 'meadow, and there were taken by Giant DESPAIR, and cast into DOUBTING CASTLE; where, after they had a while been kept in the dungeon, he at last did put out their eyes, and led them among those tombs, where he had left them to wander to this very day, that the saying of the wise man might be fulfilled, “ He that wandereth out of the way of “ understanding, shall remain in the congregation of “ the dead'.” Then CHRISTIAN and HOPEFUL looked upon one another, with tears gushing Out, but yet said nothing to the shepherds.
Then I saw in my dream that the shepherds had them to another place in a bottom, where was a doos in the side of an hill, and they opened the door and bid them look in. They looked in therefore, and saw that within it was very dark and smoky; they also,
' Prov. ni. I6.
thought that they heard there a rumbling noise, as offire, and a cry of some tormented; and that they smelt the scent of brimstone. Then said Cnnrsrmn, What means this? The shepherds told them, This is a by-way to hell, a way that hypocrites go in at; namely, such as sell their birth-right, with Esau ; such as sell their Master, with JUDAS; such as blasphemc the gospel, with ALEXANDER; and that lie and dis. semble, with ANANIAS, and SAPPHIRA his wife.
Then said HOPEI-‘UL to the shepherds, I perceive that these had on them, even every one, a show of pilgrimage, as we have now, had they not?
SHEP. Yea, and held it a long time too.
HOPE. How far might they go on in pilgrimage in their days, since they notwithstanding were thus miserably cast away? _
SHEP. Some further, and some not so far as these mountains.
Then said the pilgrims one tO another, We had need to cry to the strong for strength.
SHEP. Ay, and you will have need to use it when you have it, too.
By this time the pilgrims had a desire to go forwards, and the shepherds a desire they should; so they walked ‘together towards the end of the mountains. Then said the shepherds one to another, Let us here show the pilgrims the gates of the celestial city, if they have skill to look through our prospective glass. The pilgrims then lovingly accepted the motion: so they had them to the top Of an high hill, called CLEAR, and gave them the glass to look.
Then they essayed to look, but the remembrance of that last thing that the shepherds had showed them made their hands shake; by means of which impedi— ment they could not look steadily through the glass; yet thought they saw something like the gate, and also some of the glory of the place. Then they went away and sang this song;
‘ Thus by the shepherds secrets are reveal’d,
When they were about to depart one of the shepherds gave them a note ofthe way. Another of them bid them beware of t/zeflat/erer. The third bid them take heed that they slay: not 15/1011 t/ze enr/zantedground. And the fourth bid them good speed. So Iawoke from my dream. '
And I slept and dreamed again, and saw the same two pilgrims going down the mountains along the highway towards the city. Now a little below these mountains on the left hand lieth the country of Coucarr from which country there comes into the way in which the pilgrims walked a little crooked lane. Here therefore they met'with a very brisk lad that came out of that country, and his name was IGNORANCE- So CHRISTIAN asked him from what parts he came, and whither he was going?
IGNOR'. Sir, I was born in the country that lieth off there a little on the left hand, and am going to the celestial city.