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ENTERTAINMENT AND INSTRUCTION or A,
Br GAGBM? BUADEB,
AUTHOR OF VILLAGX SERMONS, &C.
*URLINGTON, N. J.
Parx-Mv A-m) ri-BLISHED BY'STRFEWK C- IfSTICKi
Taz energy of Genius, unassisted by hu nt culture,
bath seldom appeared to greater advantage than in the writings of JouN BUNYx. Able critics have acknowledged that he possessed an original and poetic genius; and have said that, h4 he been a master of numbers, he might have composed a poem worthy of Spenser hbiself. His invention has been compared even to that of Homer, and the Pilgrim's Progress is composed in a style enlivened like his, by a proper mixture of the dramatic and narrative. It will therefore be readily admitted that this celebrated work is worthy of a poeti dress; and. considering how much it has been admri'4 and how well it is adapted to that form, it is rah
surprising that it has not been versified long ago.
The Editor conceivedtbat the Pilgrim, in verse, would: be peculiarly acceptable to young persons, that it would entertain them more than in prose, and make a more durable impression on their memory. For their further improvementhe has subjoinedexplanatory notes, intended as a' key to the Author's spiritual design, that so the
* work may not be considered as a Novel intended only to amuse, but as a correct representation of christian experience, happily expressed.under the ideaof a'Pilgrimage, or sacred Journey. And let every reader obwrvi, that he must himself undertake Ais Pilgrimage ii he
would avoid the dangers that hang over the City of Destruction, ai*m gain admittance into the Celestial City; or,-without a figure, if he would escape from the wrath to come, and obtain eternal glory. -4
The Editor begs leave to say, that a great number of the following lines were written many years ago, and were then thrown aside; but the little work was resumed and finished about a year since by the particular desire of his family. He now commits it to the blessing of HIM, Who, for more than a century, has condescended to render the Pilgrim a book of distinguished usefulness in the Christian world, with a humble hope that it may become, by the vehicle of verse, more extensively useful, especialy to the rising generation.
7'he wrCes eupposed to be sung -by he Pilgri4 on ,aro occasions, and printed in Italics, are coied fron t original wsork, witb little alteration.
an inhabitant of the City of Demein ,F r
ha o isin and danger, it determined tofleIo
ing ruin, and 'Im directsd by EZiangelist to the
-Gate--Hit neigh bourv laugh him to *carn-kal
a i,, t.ae him to the Slough of Despond, but it fene
JWAS in the silent watches of the nigt,~ When airy visions please us or affright, ~Fast lock'd in sleep's embrace, I dreamt a del r The Pilgrlnvs journey was the fruitful theme.
I huh saw him ij# a certain place;
Fr#a hoe he turned his pale affrighted faeP, (Civer' with rags, trembling with fear,hesor Rs weeping eyes potir'd forth a brinty flod Hi beuding back a heavy burden Nbre,
Whl uilt and grivf his bursting bosom iorc: A 3
At times, as able, in hit book he read. He wishi'd for refuge-gladly would have fled, '0 that my soul, he cried, a refugk knew'But ab, I'm lost! 1 know not what to do"!
11omt'h returned, and tried to bide his pain, Tried to look cheerful, but he tried in vain. His countenance his inward grief bespoke, TMl thus, to give it vent, he silence broke: My dearest wife, and you my ah ildren dear, 'A wretched man appears before you here. 'Here on my heart a heavy burden lies, A-ipast offences pain my weeping eyes.
I e- been inforrn'd, this city where we dwell,
Id om'd to the dertnrive flames of hell:
sin and satan we have been enslav'ddis it possible we can be savld If'
ye gaz'd, aatonish'd; and then whiiplring, said,,
-oqr man! he's quite disordered in his head!
Get himt cttesepoongodnh,
M1a, se his poor disordered mind aright..' snC
Stible nf.hisilt he is afraid of the xvra-h of God;
~e~tat is on shteolusless is as Elthy rags;adwep
on e roleiof his.1 iniqnities. The burden on his ~back, dWes tha tl The rmeibracecfbis sins is -grii'vo Lis.
au rdeI t of them; intolerable.' In this condition. lie e--:1 a i'l the Philippian jailer- What shall I &)~ to be saved?' 4
t' Tlhe, (itv of Destruction.' means 'This rcsesst evil
wall'WhiCh is doomed to destruction-bs- fire. Th'losc 'woaecoict-ned ft-r their owns sools, wil discover a
nen for cotls~; but tv probably ble deemed1 irine
thI Ir 1!aine,-.
But ah! 'twas not in sleep to quell hisftrs, The lonely night was spent in sighs and tears; The morn arriv'dno consolation caae; His guilt, and grief, and fear, were still thexsam The family his pray'rs and tears deride; By turns they ridicule, by turns they chide.
Thus drives from his melancholy home, Abroad he goes, in silent fields to ioms; There mournfully he walks, with fear beset, Till, happily, EVANGELIST he met. My friend,' (he kindly asks) Why dost thou cry? I Alas!" said Christian, I'm condemn'd to die: The anguish of my heart no tongue can tell; lm doomd to death, to judgment, and to hell Then why stand still,' said he, Why wilt thou dieI Fly from the wrath to come-this moment fly !But ah!' said Christian, Whither must I go !
ere fly, to 'scape from hell and endless woe ?
s that field,' said tie, can'st thou espy
cket-gate ?-'tis thither thou must fly.
ep that in view; there knock, and never fear, 'Thy soul shall find a blessed refuge there'.
,Twas then, his neighbeatrs, who had mock'dbefor. Assembled round him, running from each door. SCome back; come back! thou foollsh man,'theyay Nor throw thy comforts and thy life away.
Hl leaving home, signifies his turning his back o ,)e world, forsaking its sins ~ad vanities, and becoming a serious christian. By Evangelist, 4gintendedamiistel f tje gospel, who will rtainlydire e awakened o Christ alone, signified the W Gat,
Gate; anid Christ is so described toAe vie gat~ oEf sil.
But Christian living now his race begun, Stopped both his ears, and only faster run; Gladly forsook his house, his babes, his wife, And shouted-' Life I seek, eternal life.'
Two of his quondam friends soon after ran, Resolved by force to bring him back again. SCome back,' they cry, your foolish scheme forego.* To whom with solemn tone, he answer'd-' No. Destruction's city, once my fav'rite home, SIs under Heav'n's most righteous, dreadful doom. I In flames of wrath that sinful place must burn: SI can not, dare not, will not therefore turn. SRather, my friends, than such a judgment see' Let me intreat you-Come along with me .'
With you!' said Obstinate, and leave my all ? What would the folks at home such conduct call!"
SDo come, said Christian, little can you leave, Compar'd with what Immanuel hath to give; He'll give us all things needful by the way, Oa SAnd crowns of gold in realms of endless day. SIf you suspect my word, I pray you look' Read for yourself-here-in this blessed book.'
SNone of your book,' said Obstinate, "for me;
*Fanatic fool, like you I'll never be. SCome neighbour Pliable, we need not stay; SLet us go home-let him pursue his way.'
* Few persons become truly serious without meeting with some opposition from carnal relations or neighbours: some of these are obstinate, and despise religion atogether; othersare more pliable, and profess to be religious for a time, but turn back when tribulation or per-ecutic-.
I But stop,' said Pliable, I if this be true i That Christian says-What better can we do Than go with him Are you become a fooV Said Obstinate; 4 this madman's pliant tool? SGo, if you please, to misery and pain; SI to my native city haste again.'
' Come now,' said Plable, I to me relate SThe glories of this fine, celestial state; Tell me the pleasant things you have in view, SAnd tell me, is your book about them true P
* Tis true,' said Christian, wrote by God on high; SThe God of grace and truth, who cannot lie.
* Light, love, and joy, are for the righteous sown, And each shall wear a royal robe and crown. SThen shall our happy souls with grief hase don SAnd shine resplendent like you glittering sun.a'
SCharmning!' said Pliable, Let's mend our pace, .' And quickly reach that most delightful place." STo run', said Christia is my heart inelin'd, SBut guilt lies heavy on my burden'd mind.'
While thus, with heedless steps, they onward went, Christian in talk-his friend to hear intentAt once they fell.- Ah, little did they think, Soisoon in miry clay and mud to sitnk.'
4 Where are we now P said Pliable-' Is this i* The charming spot you promis'd? this your bli
By the miry place, or Slough of Despond, is intended that desponding state of mind into which som convince sinners fall at first, arising fro ignorace of the &rAe of God in the gospel.
SMay I but once regain the ground I trod, SI'll quick return, and leave the toilsome road:' Hlie said; and, floundering, forcd his passage through; Regain'd the ground, and home again he flew. But Christian struggled on, without his mate, And reached the side towards the Wicket-gate. What cannot grace for helpless sinners do? 'Twas Jesu's arm that helped the Pilgrim through.
Cbritian i tared ouet o f the right way, by the counsel of Mr. Worldly Wiseman; but is restored by Evangeliastproceeds to the Wicket-Gate, and is kindly reeivgd.
Poon Christian, having thus escaped his fright. Directs his course towards the shining light. When, lo! a man of gentle form appears, Kindly inquires the reason of his tears, Pities the sorrows of his burdened state, And asks if good advice would come too late; Condemns th' advice Evangelist had giv'n, And vainly boasts an easier way to heaven. Desist,' said he, I nor spend your time and breath In that dread way, which lead to spain and death.
'Twas reading that strange book that made you sad SBeshrew the book, it drives its thousands md. M y counsel take-Yon pleasant village see; SDelightful spot!-'tis calld Morality; SThither with all convenient speed repair, That honest man, Legality, dwells there.
Apply to him, you'll get a speedy cure; SNor ever-more fanatic fears endure. SThere liye in credit-live in pleasure there,
N'or shame, nor persecution ever fear., Thef Christian paused. I If this,' said be b truef There's little more Q sutfer or do.'
He turn'd aside to reach the place he saw, And seek salvation bAtlie moral law. But ah no ease he found; his fears roze higher; The mount he pass'd shot forth devouring fire.Mount Sinai fifl'd his very soul with dread; It seem'd just falling on his guilty head'.
'Twas then, his conscience press'd with sin and fear; Just then, he sawv Evangelist appear. Christian! what business have you here?' he cried, What lying knave hath turned your feet aside ? 'Twas Wbordyi Wiemnan, rightly is he nam'd, 'Twas he, the way of righteousness defamed; I know he hates the doctrine of the cross, SFor which the saint must count his gain bt lots: SBy his advice, your case is rendered worse, For, all who trust the law, incur the curse: SAbhor his counsel; go no more astray, SBut turn your feet into the narrow way; SThus, only thus, your sin shall he forgiven, AAnd you shall field the path that leads to heaven.'
Christian, thus cautioned by his gospel guide, Pursues his way, and dreads to turn aside: Looks eagerly to see the Wicket-gate, And sadly fears, lest he should come too late: When, lo! the wish'd-for gate appears in sight, C rown'd with resplendent rays of heav'ily light.
*Mr. Worldly Wiseman represents the teachers of iere morality, who dislike the doctrines of the GosFpel, and prefer morality to Christ. Christian, seduced by his, plausible advice, forsakes the right way for a time, but is oblig d the terrors of the broken law to seek a, righteous ess i Christ aloae.
'Chrls!"ar. enters the
Above was written-' Knock, and never fear; I The man that knocks shall surely enter here.'
Hle knock'd-and listen'd-then he knocked again: Meanwhile his bosom heav'd with anxious pain. SWill he,' said Pilgrim, will the Lord on high, SAdmittance grarto such a wretch as I? O, would he deign to open mercy's door, My happy soul shall praise him evermore.
At length he hears a voice distinct and grave: Who's there without, and pray what would you hav ? A Sinner, Sir,' he answered, that's my name; SSorely oppress'd with guilt, and fear, and shame. SThis is the way, I'm told, to fly from sin: '0 will you let a bbrden'd sinner in?'
sI will, with all my heart,' Good-vill repliedSIt was for burden'd sinners Jesus died: ~ quick-come in-from yonder castle-wall,
' See how the showers of poison'd arrows fall. S'Tis thus, that satan, fill'd with rage, annoys The soul that flies to Christ for endless joys. SNow you are safe: Dismiss your ev'ry fear, The enemy of souls tan't reach you here.'
Then Christian lifted up his grateful voice, And said, My Lord, I tremble and rejoIce.
* 0 what am I?-Whyshould I see thy face? '0 free, distinguishing, and sov'reign grace!
Great is the encouragement afforded bv zhe gospel to penitent sitnners." Him that conjeth to m,' saih Chst, I will in no wise cast out:' such is his godwill towards men.'
t Satan envies those who enter the Strait Gat.
'But for this mighty grace, I still had been 'A hardeund rebel perishing in sin. And nosy, lest I again, should go astray, 'Direct me how to keep the heavenly way.'
To whom, with look serene and accent grave. Goo-, i this admirable counsel gaveq'Shun ev'ry crooked path. Your road 1% :trait, 'Strait as a rule can draw it, from this gate. 'False ways are broad-the narrow is the true: 'Be sure, remember this, your journey through. A friendly house will soon appear in sight. 'And yield divine instruction and delight.'
Cijristian proftably entertained at the Interpreter's houseloses his burden at the Cross, and is newly accoutred for
TsEN Christian thanked 'his friend, and took his
Encouraged, such direction to receive. More comfort now he felt than e'er before, Tho' yet the burden on his back he bore; Pursued his way-then saw the. house appear, Knocked at the gate, and gain'd admission there.
His friendly host, Interpreter was nam'd; For teaching humble pilgrims justly famd. SWelcome, my friend,' he said, here you will find SObjects enow to entertain your mind*.'
SFirst view that picture, hung against the wall. 'That man, a minister of Christ, we call. SGrave are his looks-to heaven he lifts his eye 4SStudies the best of books, to make him wise. His back, observe, upon thetworld he turns, While love for sinners in his bosom burns. SBy him are many souls to Jesus led' And see-a crown of gold above his 'hd.
The Interpreter signifies th Holy S all real christians are taught,
in s work, indeed, is difficult and hard, I Bat heaven will amply all his toils reward. Want you a guide to everlasting bliss? 'Be sure to choose a minister like this*.'
In the next room, behold, two children sat, Asstow the name of this, and PATizscz that. He saw how Passion rag'd, and fum'c?, and fret, Because he could not then his portion get. He got it soon-soon graspd his golden bags, Spent them as soon, and then was clothed with rags: While Patience sat contented in his chair, And waited, quiet, till another year. Patience shall have bis wealth a future day, When Passion's riches all are fled away t.
Then Christian, near a wall, observed a fire, Oft dashed with water, yet it burn'd the higher. The sight amaz'd him; till, on t'other side, He saw the flame with secret oil supplied. Thus satan tries the work of grace to spoil, Thus Jesus feeds it with his holy oil.
By these, and other lessons, taught him here, Christian was led, at once to hope and fear. But still his mind was on his journey bent; He therefore took his leave, and onward went. Up-hill he labour'd with his heavy load, But resolutely kept the narrow road.
This is a just picture of a Gospel-minister.
Passion and Patience represent carnal and spirit men; the former seek the present gratifications of sense the latter live by faith, and look for joys to come.
hristi= loses his 4,;, 3 Cro--..
And now-delvrance to his soul draws near, Soon shall he drop his burden and his fear.
Behold, close by his path, a cross he viewed, Here Christian stopped awhile, and pensive stood; Gaz'd on his blessed Lord's accursed tree, And then exclaimd--, That Saviour died for meV No sooner had he spoke, than, strange to tell, That moment from his back the burden fell I Relieved, at once, from all his guilt and pain, He wept for joy, then gaz'd, and wept again: His inward gladness burst into a song, And thus he warbled as he went along
'9 hbs far I came, sore burdened with my siM;
Nor aught could ease the mis'ry I was in, !ill I came hither: What a place is this! SHere I begin to taste eternal blis SMusart here the burden fall from of my back ? Musart here the strings that bind it to me crack? SB!et cross blest epulchre! blest rather be S"Te Man ttat here was put to shame for mne*"
To aid his joy, three shining forms appear, And words of peace salute his ravished ear. Pilgrim,' said one, thy sins are all forgiv'n: Now, fearless, travel safely on to heav'n' Here drop thy filthy rags,' another says, And let this royal robe supply their place.'
SThis is to shew that the burden of guilt can only be dropped by a believing view of Christ crucified. Christian may be considered as a true believer when he entered into -the gate, but h6re he becomes a happy believer, and receives the peace of God which passeth all underr. standing.
A third, his forehead marks, and gives a roll, (The evidences of a gracious soul) SRead here thy pardon sealed, with joj elate, 'And shew it, when you reach the heavenly gate.'
Christian here obtains three inestimable blessings First, the knowledge of the pardon of his sins; secondly, the righteousness of phrist, instead of the rags of hiown imperfect obedience; thirdly, the Holy Spirit, as 4 Sanctifier and Comforter, the seal and evidence of h4 Iaivation.
tCkristian meet -vitb Simple, SlotiuJ, PresuMption, F,
'malist, and ffypocvite-acend9te # Di uk-leepi in an arbhaur, and low hit rofl-aIsents hie loas--nd recovers it agoain-Mst-ust and rimorous alarmn ims with the report ef lionf in the way-he passes them setky -and arrivne, at the Beautiful Palacei-wber: he is afrceahly entertained.
WHILE happy Christian now purspes his Behold! three men, asleep, in fetters lay. Their case he pities,--ries aloud, Awake! Some pity on yourselves, ye sleepers, take. What if the roaring lion pass this way, 'Must ye not all become his e~sy prey?*
'I see-no danger.' -Simplto replies; I'll sleep a little longer'-Slatkful cries: Let me alone,' Presumpion al so said,, 'Mind your own bus'ness; sure the man is mad!;'
Christian was grieved, and dropp-d a silent tear, lHe fear4d for them whso knew not how to fear. just then, from oer -the wall, two trav'llens came?- I (Rjpocrisy and Formalist by name) I Whence are you, Sirs, and whither do you go,' SaLid Christian, A may a fellow-trav'ller know ~
From ~the Vain-glorion land,:W they, I we co An A4seek, for praise Mount Sion for our home,.'
But why,' said Christian, I leap o'er yonder wall; Such travellers, we thieves and robbers call.'
We came,' said they, 'as thousands have before, Who ne'er went round about to that said door At which you entered; pray, is that a sin? What signifies which way we enter in? We're here as well as you; and say what more Have you to boast, who enter'd by the door* ?'
One thing,' said Christian, certainly you lack, A 'broider'd coat like this upon my back; This Jesus gave me, and will surely know, When I before his awful presence bow. Besides this liv'ry (which I joy to wear) His secret mark will on my brow appear. ,And this fair roll, which seals my pardon'd state, Will be my passport at the heavenly gate. SThese things you want, and wanting, may deplore,
* Because you entered not by Christ the door.'
Hypocrisy and Formal, fill'd with pride, Looked at each other-laugh'd-and turn'd aside.
Christian proceeded on his journey still, Tho' full before him rosq a frightful hill; To right and left an easier passage lay; But straight up-hill was pilgrim's xarroa way. Close by the mountain's foot he found a spring, There drank, refresh'd, and thus began to sing .
S,!rhis hill, tho' high, I covet to ascend,
or wi!l the difficulty me ofend.
The sins, mistakes, and miseries of various profes' s. aie here Cahibited as a warning to us.
MTe way of life, I rely know, is here;
S'rhen let micourage take, and never fear;
Better, tho' hard, the proper way to go, Than take an eaqsi road to endless oe'
Then Christian, fill'd with love and hope sublime, The steep ascent address'd himself to climb: Till, mid-way up the hill, with joy he viewed The arbour, which to welcome pilgrims stood. Theze, glad repos'd ; and with delight of south Read, for his comfort, in the sacred rollSurvey'd the garment given at the crossThen dropp'd asleep-but slept with heavy loss; The roll, so justly prized, fell at his feet; And, unperceiv'd, he left it in the seat. Awak'd,-he chides his infamous delay7 And, night approaching, speeds again his way t.
When lo down hill, ,with haste two fellows ran, Mistrust and Timorous, who thus began:
' Traveler! no further urge your desperate course, SThis horrid pilgrimage grows worse and worse: Two lions, just beyond, appar'd in sight, And this has put us in a dreadfuffright.'
The hill Difficulty intimates that the Christiantravel ler must expect trials and difficulties in his way to glory but the refreshing spring at the bottom ofthe hil, denotes that. suflicent consolation and strength may be expected.
SChristian sleeps and lses his rllin other words, by serity and sloth, he loses, for a time, theA idences of lis gracious state.
Sour tale,i said Christian, fills my soul with fear What can I do ?-I can't continue here. Should I go back again, as yor desire, Our city's doom'd, you know, to endless fire. I'll e'en go forward, tho' with fear and strife, 'Should I succeed, I gain eternal life#.'
Bold, he proceeded, stiengthen'd in his soul, And said, I'll read, for comfort, in my roll:' Felt for it in his bosoim--but, 'twas gone! I Ah me!' he cried, Ah, wretched man, undone' SMy sinful sleep Almighty God forgive, And let me once again my roll retrieve! SO wVtLhed sloth! thrice must I tread this way,
* And lose the',enefit of cheerful day. SDarkness approaches-if the lions come, Alas! I ne'er shall reach my heavenly home.'
Backward 1e trac'd his mournful steps, and wept, O fo ," he cried, O that I had not slept!' While thus he breath'd his penitential moan, Again he reachd the arbour, and sat down. But 0! what rapture sparkled in his eyes, When once again the precious roll he spies. Bleneith the seat it lay-he caught it up, And with it, felt reviving peace and hopef.
S* Timorous pi-ofessors giv an evil report of the thristian warfare; but ChristifIn reasons well, and goes forward.
SSinful sloth and indulgence deprive the Christian of Lis spiritual comforts. In such a case he will accuse himself and lament his folly; but he gives diligence to recover the assurance of hope; and when recovered, gives God the praise,
Fresh vigour animates his cheerful mind, To climrb the hitb h, prvidence assigned; Watches with jealous eye the pardrig light; And longs to reach his lodging e'er 'tis knight. When, welcome spectacle!1 at hand appear'& An edifice, for entertainment rear'd; The palace, Beautifl was justly nam'ta, For fellowship with Pilgrimtis greatly famd
But here, alas! ihe path mnoo4 narrower grew The lions also now appear in 4iew.
9 Ahi me!' said Christiaq, I'now I[plainly see, What made Mwtruu and Irimoous quickly tee. Death is before me! Now wlat shall I 1
0 A single step I dare! not further go.,
'Twas then the Porter, who his case esio (Watcbful by name) aloud to ChristinCI Pilgrim. why art thout thus With tero~and The lions cannot hurt thee-khey~are chin'd. Come on-observe the path-and nothing fear,, Come on, and find a ready welcome here.
Cqrisfian proceeded-not without alarm, The lions roared, butt could not do him httrn.
The g-ate Attain-d, he asks with hope a~nd fer Pray, may a Pilgrim beg a lodging here i'
Beautiful, signifies a visible church of hs.Wfl is a palace of Gaod, where the blessings ofCrsi comussnion are cnjo1yed.
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The Porter rang the bell-Discretion came, And said she wsh'd to know the trav'llers name. My name,' said he, was Graceles-(rightly naim'd)
ut Christian now, since grace my soul reclaim'd.' When Prtulence, Piety, and Charity Came to the door, their visitor to see; An invitation gave with one accord, Cone in,' said they, I thou blessed of the Lord<
Then Christian entered with a thankful heart, That God such favour should to him impart; IHe told them all he met with by the way; And how thd Lord had turn'd his night to day:Recounted all his gain, and all his loss; And how h dropped his burden at the cross. Thus passed the time in conversation sweet, Till supper came, thdn down they sat to meat. The fLeast was form'd of meat and drink indeed,' 0Aed how heartily did Christian feed! Atab:l too, their talk was of their Lord, Who gain'd the vict'ry for them by his sword. The1 talked of all his sunf'rings, and his love, Of all 1: did below, and does above t.
'Thus they diacours'd, with love to Christ possess, Till midnight bid them all retire to rest. Then in a room, cohed Peace, for pilgrims kept, Christoin was laid, and comfortably slept Till day return'd-then with a grateful tongue, Ile thus cpress'd his gladness in a song;
*IWbtencc, Piety, and Charity are necessary in judgyin hffthe qualihations of Church Members.
4 -he Lord's Supper seems to be hee intendedl.
*Wh~ere a-m I no.! e this the love and care OQffejmt, for the rien ebo pilgrim. are, 'hsto Provide Th'MatA hozud efqr&WPi, Amd dwell already a tbegate of beav In.
Being justified by faith, we hare peace with 0(.
Cbriotian enoys the prospect of the ditant Delectable
Mountains-eders the Valley of Humiliation, 'where be has a dread conilct wth Apollyon. ]nut comes of'
ERt morning come, they say he must not gck Till first their curiosities they show. Then was our ,pilgrim to the STUDY led;
Adthere, in'sacred books with pleasure read;
Thre, he perus'd the hist'ry of our Lord; ,And what his saints effected by his word*.
NLext with delight the Arin'ry he ekplord, With vast supplies of warlike weapons stored, Refinesasnd swords, and breast-plates, shoes and shield,
To zm the chriafian soldier for the field. Hfere th~en, our Pilgrim was in armour put, Amour of proof from hiead to foot t.
Eey christian must study his Bible, and the mornii $b ittest imse for it.
fAs the christian life is a warfare, every' believe%" j-nust be artnsed for the field ; he is therefore, proie wrih the hlmelt of Hope, the breast-plate of Rightcm ssess, the girdle of Truth, the shoes of'Gospe I-peacte sword of the Spirit,,and the shield of .Faith.-phes vi,
Chrisian fights Apollyora,"', V-
Christian was going:-bot they begged his stay, One object more to note, and then away. SFrom of our roof,' said they, you'll clearly tiew, SThat pleasant country you must tray r ugh.'
O! what a prospect did he thence command, Hie saw as far as King Immanuel's land; Sweet country! decked with vineyards, fruits amd flow'rs, With springs and fountains, woods and shady bow 'rs: SAnd mark!' said they, when once thou comest there, SThe gates of th' heav'oly city will appear*'!*
Then Christian left the house, and took the road That ghim to the city of his God; Down ll he walked, but not with caution due, For, going down, he made a slip or two a SI see,' said he, there's need of caution still, SIn going down, as well as up the hill. SHumiliation-Valley lies before, SWhich I with wary feet music now'rexploret.
' But 0O! what's that,' said Christian, that I see '0 'tis Apollyon! must I stand, or flee ? 'He comes! with hasty strides o'er yonder field 'What must I do-advance. or fly, or yield I'm arm'd-but for may back no armour's found; God helping me, Ill even stand my ground.
The prospect of the Delectable MountansQ that the*ich and happy experience of advanced M is very anumating to those who have lately ctUto their pilgrimage.
fTo prevent spiritual pride, the Chrid at
smbled by some means or other; but hc
sure andprosperityit is difficultto submitto witht elippin4 a little, by murmuring and discoatat.
Apollyon came-a horrid, hideous sight! Enough the stoutest mortal to affright! Cover'd with scales like fish, his feet like bears, And with a lion's mouth, thus Christian dares:
Whence come you, Sir, and whither are you bound?' I come,' said Christian, I from Destruction's ground; To Sion's city, now my course I steer, And hope my Prince will make me welcome there.'
My subject then you are,' Apollyon said, From ne, your rightful master, you have fled, SI hope to turn you, or I'd strike you dead.'
SI once was yours indeed,' the Pilgrim cried,
But to redeem my soul, Immanuel died; 'To him, my tord, allegiance I have sworn,
Nor hell nor death my faithful soul shall turn.'
.Apollyon then, swol'n with infernal rage, Replied-' With him eternal war I wage: I hate his person; I abhor his laws, SDespise his subjects, and detest his cause. SPrepare to die! rebellious wretch, and know Not one step further shalt thou ever go.'
He said; and shouting, threw a flaming dart, Exactly levell'd at the Pilgrinm's heart; But Christian, well accoutred for the field, Repel'd the mischief by his lifted shield.
Then fierce Apollyon, hoping to prevail, as-t threw his hellish darts, like showers of hailBut Christian c'amly drew his famous sword, (The meaning is, Lc us'd the written word)
And boldly wielded it for half a day, Nor could Apcllyon's rage is soul dismay. But yet, he was to dilpispt His head was wounded Idfibnd, and fooL At leng-th Apollyon cloisJ, andChristian fell; The fall elated ail the hosts of h~ll. 'I have thee now!' his adversary, 'Boast not so soon,' the Pilgr
Chrstian arose, strethesn'd from hav'n abvo: T~is'thus,' said he,'I I rise in Jesu's love.' Then aiming wisely at his hellish foe, He gsjj rxe am~zing, >~lq blo~w.
AUashwpoll'9 spread his drag-G n&-.%p And fle awav, while victory Chrstiasip A
*Deseign'dI ni ruin;tb:erffre to thz end
Be enth m harnese'd out; n 6e -witrt.j
7~ba ells -Wa$ 4) ,ely me cugrag
Puit blessed kicbae4 be~dnie, an.1
yder of sword, at eplth have i bidr ,k
9 berefore. to him he ~asfhadiip fuse,
4otl~i rtfulpsae the Petur.(piy
but he-Y'W is4icoribus, through at ntewr
Ch~irtzaig pdae& l ,vt h Valley of t&- Shadov of Death
--rgreatly distressed, bust escapes unhurt-Happily, o-take& yajtL~ftd, another Pilgrim, -bo proves an excellent
Vnaritrns, i-efresh'd, ha scar eytalten ',
When to! the Maffey of the Skade of. Death
Presents itgelf-thro' this passage lay t The road that leads to everlasting day.
A,&nd now he meets the children of the spies,
Yast r~zizi 6ack ; each base, apostate cries
Back! back!' in that dark valley we ha4c been,
'And there such horrid specs, we have een!
There sport the siends and dragons of the pit,
Bc!back with us, if you have any wit.'
What yQp report,' said Christian, cmay be true,
>And yet, be this the road I should pursue,
I'lventure on, and -with my sword in hand,
Still urge my- journey to the Holy Land.'
Itwaz a dangerous path the pilgrim tro,
Sr never mortal traced so dire a road;
40n his right hand, a ditti, tremendous lay;
A daug~rous qnag on t'other side the way-;
So that when, carefully, the ditch held alive
Into the miry quag he nearly run;
The Valley Of LhV bba 0, Of Deatl
Avoiding that, 'twas hard to miss the ditch; For now 'twas grown almost as dark as pitch .
And now what terror on his spirit fell, When, near at hand, he spie the gate of hell! Forth issued, in abundance, smoke and flame, While dismal shrieks from ev'ry quarter came. All this continued-not a little whileBut as he trembling crept for many a mile. Nor sword nor shield could serve his purpose here, No weapon now of any use but pray'r. 0 Gods' he cried, Wbile thur the billows roll, SVouchsafe to help 0 Lord preserve my soul.'
His pray'W ail'd; for soon he heard a voice Which m~I his fainting spirit to rejoice# 'Twas thus: ho' I wal thrWo' the gloomy yale, My faith and hope in Chr*st shall never fail; What though th' infernal spirits all appear, SI'll fear them not, mny Shepherd's Ubh me Lhere.'
The morning dawn'd, then, full appeared in view The shocking dangers he had passed through: And greater dangers still before him lay, But new hetot th' advantage of the day. The path with murder'd pilgrims bones was strew'd, And mangled legs and arms, and skulls and bloods
This Valley# a state of sp& al desertions the reliever, deprived of the light of od's county walked in darkness and hath no light; it is p applicable to persons in this state, who areAso the power of those bcdily diseases by which the nh da depressed.
The ditch on the right hand may denote is
principle; that on the left, errors in practice.
For in a cave two giants long had iv'd, Who many a pilgrim had of life bereaved; Pagan, the name of one, but he was dead; And Pope the other, but he kept his bed, Yet grion'd at Protestants when passing by, And cried, You'll never mend, till more shall die.' Christian proceeded; then with thankful tongue Prais'd his Preserver in the following song:
O world of wonders! (I can say no ltess)
STbat I should be preserv'd in suchdistres
SAs I base met m with here 0 blessed be
The gracious band tbich bath deliver-d me 1 Danger from darkness, devil,, hell, and ei,
En ompass'd me, while 1 this vale was in;
Tea, snares and pits, and traps, and nets did lie,
About my path, that silly wortbless I
# Might have been caught, entangled and cast down,
SBut since Ilive, let Yesus wear the crown.'
Thus far, 'twas Christian's lot alone to walk, No friend with whom on heavenly things to talk;
-But now, Immanuel did in mercy send Faithful, who proved a comfort to t1he.end. 'Twas on a little hillock Christian stood, And thence beheld go Faithful on thgoad, To whom aloud hecK, 1 pray you tay; 'm coming up, ZI'm travelling your wqy.'
Faith replied-' I cannot stay for yon;
a mY life avd deadly foes pursue.'
Th s Christian ran, till Faithful soon he pavs'd,
And thus it happe'd that the first was Is at'
iie sai'id with pride-bnt stumbled on the goUndi, Nor could arise till Faithful's help he found'.
Christian arose-and thus discourse began: SI'm glad to-meet with you, a faithful man; I'm glad that thus together we may walk,
* And join, like pilgrims, in some useful talk:
* And now, dear friend, pray how long might it he SEre you forsook the city, after me!'
* After you left,' said Faithful,' long I staid, Till I could stay no longer; so afraid
* Was I of dreadful vengeance coming down, STo desolate with fire our guilty town. SIndeed it was the general report,
* And talked of much by men of ev'ry sort: But talk was all, as you may plainly see, Or more had left the place like y6 and me.'
SBlessed be God!' said Christian, 'for that day SBut tell me what you met with by the way.'
I 'scap'd,' said Faithful, but I can't tell how,
* The dirt that many meet with at the slough. I No harm hefel me traveling to the gate; SBut one assault, I briefly must relate: Young Mistress Wanton met me in the way 'And she had many flattering things to say 'Ior fleshly lasts will strive and promise f
* It grace preserved me from the fatal snare
'Son after this, I nmet an aged man, ~ UW frst accosted me, and thus beg4n,
Spiritual pride often occasions 1
I like your looks-will you contented be To come, and live, and work along with me?'
I ask'd his name, and work, and where he liv'd, What men he kept-what wages they receiv'd.'
'dam the first, my name isi he replied, My work's delightful-many a one has tried. You'll live on dainties, if you live with me; And all my charming daughters you shall see; One of the three I'll give you for a wifeLust of the fiesb-or Eyes, or Pride of Lizf.'
With shame I own, I felt my carnal mind More than a little towards this man inclined. SBut, looking on his forehead, there one reads SPut of the man of sin, and all bis deeds.'
When that I saw, at once I turn'd away, And nothing more to him would have to say, SBut as I turned a deadly blow he gave, SIndeed I thought 'twould lay me in the grave.
SWhen thro' the lonely Valley too, I came, I met a fellow, falsely called Shame. He said religious folks are mean and base, Their company was sure to bring disgrace; That very few of them were rich or wise, And all the world such methodists despise: SThey always bore some low opprobrious name, SAnd is not that, said he, a monstrous shame ?'
SWhile thus he talk'd, at first, I own I blush'd, But soon my pride and passion thus were hushed.
* That which with men, thought I, is much esteem'4~ SWith God, is mere abomination deem'd,
What he prefers, must surely be the best, If mortal mem esteem it, or detest. Then I took courage- Shame, said I, begone, And let an honest traveller alone. Awhile the bold-fac'd villain to me clung, At length I shook him off, and thus I sung*:
The trials that those men do meet oithal,
SWho prowe obedient to the hea, ny call ,
re manifold, and suited to the esh,
And corrie, and come, and come again afres, E
bThat sow, or at some future time, we may
Be taken, overcome, and cast away.
'0 let the Pilgrims, let the Pilgrims tbes
Be igilant, and quit tbomselves like men.'
The experience of true believers is the same in all material points, yet varies in some particulars, so tat no one man can be made a standard for all. Faithful is here represented as a strong believer, and therefore, as having escaped the Slough of Despond, &c. but he was assaulted by the lusts of the flesh; the old zua of inftI nature, and shame.
Chritian and his companion meet with one Calkatve, am
empty professor-mwet with Evangelist again-they enter
Vanity-Fair-Faitbful is tried, and put to death.
As thus our pilgrims traveli'd hand in hand, With sweet discourse towards the heavenly land, Another traveller appeared in viewOne Talkative-a man that Christian knew, (He knew his aged father, Saywell, too: The family long liv'd in Frati,.g Rom.) He'd talk of heav'n and hell, and law and grace, With a smooth tongue, and sanctified face; A saint he seem'd, to those who heard him talk, But a vile wretch, to those who knew his walk; To any company his words could suitWith saints a saint, and with the brutes a brute; With one, devoutly, psalms and hymns he sung; With others, songs obscene defil'd his tongue. Go to his hose-there's no religion there, No fear of God at all, no praise, no pray'r! He'd swear and whore, al drink, and lie, and cheat; The moral people shunn'd him in the street. His character all o'er the town was such That for his sake, the gospel bore reproach.
With him the pilgrims talked a little while, But soon discovered all his art and guileDealt freely with him, told him what they thought.And what reproach upoua the ca se he brouht-
'Twas such as he that made religion stink, While he himself was on destruction's brink. But faithful words with him would never do, He blush'd, turned back, and bid them both adieu. From such the Scriptures bid us turn away, Our holy pilgrims do so, while they say*HINow Talkatihe at first lfts up his plaes!
SHo-,bravely dobh he speak! How he preumtes
To drive down all before im But so soon
SAs Faitbful talk of inEART-woR, like the moon
S hat's past the full-into tMie wane he goes;
And so will all, but be that HEART-WORK h Msg!
Thus ri of talkative, they forward went; Withk good discourse their time was sweetly spent.
SBut, Christian, who comes yonder?' Faithful cried; SEvangelist, my friend.' Christian replied; And my friend too,' adds Faithful, I may say.
'Twas he, good man, first put me in the'way.'
Evangelist comes up-with smiling face; 'My friends," said he, I wish you joy and peace; STell me, dear pilgrims, where your lot was cast. And how you've fared, e'er since I saw you last. They told him all they met with on their way, Aud'how the Lord had helped them tothat y.
The character of Talkative is too mmon; suc spen abound in the present day;. they can talk fl t Abot religion, but there is no true oies in ti beerts or houses.
'Blessed be God,' Evangelist replied,
r That tho' you both have been severely tried,
Yet grace and strength have been so freely giv'n,
And still your traveling on the road to heaven.
Press forward then, celestial things pursue,
And ever keep the conqu'or's crown in view.
Watch well your hearts; in (srist alone confide,
Nor fear, for heaven itself is on your side.
But mark-trials expect--keep that in mind,
Some heavy trials yet you both will find:
You're almost throw' the wilderness, but soon
'You'l reach a large, a vain, a wicked town:
There, if your enemies can have their will,
They'll persecute, and if permitted, kill:
One of you, there, must seal the truth with blod,
And dies martyr for the living God:
But kno whase lot soe'er that trial proves, Will soonest see the God he serves and loves.'
Our pilgrims now their grand design pursue,
And soon this famous town appeared in view: A town of ancient date, of wealth and fame,
And VANITY its just, descriptive name.
A fair was kept, for many ages, here,
.And kept on every day throughout the year.
All sorts of merchandize were bought and sold, Silver and pearls, "an4 precious stones and gold;
Crowns, kingdoms, titles, places, churches, tradesHusbands and wives, and children, whores and maidst
Bargains were made for health, and lives, and souls;
And here were jugglers, players, knaves and tools;
Sins of all sorts and kinds abounded here,
And nmen that liv'd to cheat, and game, and swear,.
Thro' this bad place the pilgrims' journey lay,
And none could 6hun it by P diiT'rcnt wa:
Our Lord himself once passed through the fair, But laid not out a single farthing there*.
Our pilgrims entered then this wicked place, And soon perceived it destitute of grace. With proud disdain the scornful townsmen gaz'dSome attheir homely garments seem'd amazed; Some at their dialect were more surpris'd; But most becausethese men their wares despis'd. 'What will ye buy?' some taunting wretches cried; SWe buy the truth,' witli'meekness they replied; We count your vanities as light as air, I We look above!--our heart, our treasure's theret'
This gaV ofence; and soon a tumult rose; They looked upon the pilgrims as their foesCharg'd them as enemies of public peaceAs fools and madmen, worthy of disgrace; Led them in heavy chains about the fairAnd in the cage and stocks, exposed them there, Like wretched out-casts, friendless and forlorb, Objects of laughter, raillery and scorn.
Meanwhile, some few, from prejudice more free, No evil in these christip men could see;
Under the notion of a FAIn, the author beautify i describes this present evil world, which well destvst name of VANITYr ; for, if the testimony of the wis man may be credited-' All is vanity and vea o
SThose who live godly in Christ Jes, cannot esa persecution. Not I to love the world, d thehing
he world,' as others do, is sufficient toecite spici and opposition.
The conduct of the baser rabble blamed, And said, their enemies might be asham'd; Condem i'd their furious, persecuting rage, And own'd'that others more deserv'd the cage.
Their enemies, with greater malice filled, Exclaim-' The pilgrims must and shall be killed.' From that day forth, their lives and blood were sought, And they, for form's sake, soon to trial brought; Each carnal heart ow'd them a secret grudge, And Iate-good was appointed for their judge.
Th' indictment stated-' They were foes to tradeSSchisms and commotions in the town had made ; SThat many to their party they had wonAnd this against their law and prince was done.'
Then Faithful answer'd-' Him that is most high,
* My spirit serves, while satan I defy; SCommotions I abhor, a friend to peaceSIf men are won, it is to righteousness.'
The crier then proclained, I Let all draw near, SWho mean against the prisoners to appear.' .Envy came forward first, and first was sworn, kHe long had vow'd to do him some ill turn.) My lord, said he, this man I long have known, S'A d long has he disloyal notions sown;
* Vile man he is, for all he canting saith, SAnd talks so plausibly about his faith. My lord, he cries our ancient customs down, SCustoms reverd by ev'ry man in town.: Before his Go, he says, they all must fall;
* And saying thus, no doubt, condemns us alL?
( ,Or VA-V1 7-
Faithful Burnt it vanity air.
Next, Superstition came, and kissed the book, Fixing on Faithful a most murd'rous look; 'I know this fellow well, for t'other day, SIn company, my lord,.I heard him saySThat our religion, if to Scripture brought, SWas good for nothing, and would come'to nought; 'Against the light he thinks we all rebel: In short, he says, we all shall go to hell.'
Next Pie.tbank rose and said-' My noble lord, And you, good gentlemen, observe my word; I know the pris'ner-know how he defames You, my good lord, and all the worthy names Of our chiYpf gentry--O, he hates the townn, And, could he have his will, he'd pull it down.'
Then spake the Judge-' Base traitor, dost thou har SThe witness these good men against thee bear? If, for yourself, there's aught you wish to say, SYou don't deserve the favour, yet you may.'
Faithful replied, My answer, Sir, is this; Against my God, I've nothing done arpiss: Customs and laws against his holy word. I must oppose, as hateful to my Lord; Your reigning vices I mnust deem disgrace, And fitter far for hell, than for this place.'
T'he wicked jury join the judge, *nd cry,
* Faithful is guilty, let the traitor die.' With savage cruelty his flesh they tear, Laure'it with knives and prick it with aspa T sorely scourg'd, he's fast'ned to a a
A innt to ashes fo his Saviour's sake.
Thus FaithTful dies! his spirit dear to God, Mounts swift to heaven along the shining road ~
Christian, in prison, for a time retaiad, Escapes tbeir voilence, so God ordained; Iffs liber-i resuni'd, he moves along, The way beguiling with a cheerful song:Well, Faitlfui, thou bast faithfu.ly profest
L'.to t6u Lord, quitb whomn thou shalt be blest;
IVe fc, aiHtiess ones, hose joys are false and vai,:,
Are ci 4ig out -vite6 agony and pain.
Sing, Fa~irij4 ., sirg, and let thy name survive;
Fohr the' they hil'd thee, thou art yet alive.'
*Such characters as H-ate-gpod, Envy, Superstition, and, ckilrank, will readily be o~und, especially in a time of pirsecuti-n.; such is the enmity of thE carnal mini agsii-s; God and 1hTs people: but how illustriously does the grace of Godihine, in supporting his suffering saints, adndaisijg themn faithful unto death.'
Christian fawared 'with a new and excellent eompmunin,
eWd- thesape a new temptation-tee the pdstar tf tait-are defigbh/idly entertained at the River of God-bu t wnhappily, forsaking the main, roadfor the sake easier walking, wander into By-path mneadow, where night and a storm come on-tb9, Jil nt the ornel hand of Giant repair, and ame confined in LDoubting-Caetle f-~ finer dayt-hut at length make their escape by means 3~f a key.
NOT long alone did pious Christian walk, A man called Bpeful join'd him soorn in tall, 'Twas what he saw *the patient pilgrims bear, During their persecution in the fair, Prevailed on him to leave his native homse, And, christian-like, a pilgrim to become.
Together walking, on their journey still, (Beyond the plin of -Ease, at Lsjcre Rill) homuas salutes them-, Gentlemen,'~e cried, P* have the goodness just to turn aside, A*~ ew thin rich, this noble silver-mine,
Whre Aealth and4 treasure in abundance shine;
It o~fl happens that when the Lodreaft
vaubefriend by death, he raises up attje pspl
Isracca. See here the effect of prcuin ixt
qury and produces converts.
Stop here and dig awhile-with little pains, G Oreat and astonishing will be your gains'
SCome then,' said Hopeful, let as go and see, A Here some have riches gained, and why not we ?'
SNot I,' said Christian, A not a step I'll move,
* This bait will certainly our ruin prove. 'l'ho will be rich-fall into many a snare; 'And, O! the thousands that have perish'd there!'
By-ends who follow'd after, soon was won, Demas no sooner call'd him, but he run; Anxious for wealth, poor wretch, he long had bre:s, Plunged in the pit, and never more v:as seent.
SBy-end, and si,'ver Denmas bot agree; One eall', the other runs, that he map be
SA bsharer in his game; so nany do
SIn this world settle, and no farther go.'
A little onward, just beside the road, An ancient monumental figure stood; A pillar first it seem'd-they nearer drew, A female fgure then appear'd in view.
SA new temptation is presented. Prosperity is :a dangerous as adversity.
S' The love of money is the root of all evil; whb % jvile some have coveted after. they have erred frea the faith, and pierced themselves through wide min sorrows,' I Tim. vi. 10. How great is the privilre of having a faithful friend it hand, to war s of co danger!
What can it be t-while they stood and gaz'dTh' inscription tried to read ('twas half erased)
The words, with pains, at length they found to be,
Lot's wife rem ember, wbo this pillar re'.'
S salutary lesson!' Hopeful cried,
9 To me, solicited to turn aside* To me, inclind that dangerous mine to see.
My keeper, God! I give the praise to thee,
SLike her's (I own with shame) like her's my fault
SI live to praise, while she's a rock of saltf.,
Close by the path a copious river flowed,
1Vhich David calls The river of his God:'
On either hand delightful meadows lay,
And fragrant rows of fruit trees line the way:
The trees supply them with delicious food,
Their leaves for healing purposes were good.
In flow'ry fields they find secure repose,
Sweeter than any, save a pilgrim knows:
They drink, refreshed, the living waters here;
They eat, and drink, and sleep, devoid of fearf
How good was God! how sweet and calm their res
O how completely were the pilgrims blest .
See Gen. xix. 26 and Luke xvii. 32.
f Such is the effect of genuine grace! the'evil pr
sities of the heart are acknowledged and lamented, a
rervatio from the dangers to whichthey ted, arib
to the power of God.
is an allusion to Psalm xlvi.k and Re, 41
e read of I a pure river of water of th
S whereofrmake glad the city of God auth
s-the happy enjoyment of christian priege s
e r peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Refresh'd and thankful, now they speed their way For many a mile as yet before them lay. Reluctant they forsake this pleasant spot, For not so smooth the Pilgtim's constant lot. Ere long the road grew rough, and full of stones; Their feet were blister'd-weary were their bones.
Now, towards the left, and close beside the road, A meadow lay, and there the path was good. Over the stile goes Christian-' Let us see Whether it keeps along our road,' said he. :Wes,- Hopeful, come; 'tis charming walking here, 'Tis the right way, my brother, never fear.'
'Twas "Ry-patb Meadow now the pilgrims trod, A way that leads from happiness and God *. ijre dangerous traps and horrid pits abound. On purpose formed, by him that owns the ground. Vain Confidence, who walked but just before, Falling, was crushed to death, and seen no more: They heard his groans, and now were sore afraid:
- Where are we now i'-poor trembling Hopeful said; I feared, my friend, this path would lead astray:
0 0 that we had not left"'he narrow way!' Darkness came on, with thunder, lightning, rain, Torrents poured down; the waters rose amain; The storm terrific, filled their soul with dread, And vengeance seem'd just bursting on their head.
Christians, to avoid trouble, sometimes forsake the way of duty: but the smallest deviations from theEght may -re dangerous; for one temptation makes w,,r tor another,' and it sometimes happens, as in this iwstane that I strong christians may lead weak ones out of tt1i way,' Prov. xiv. 12.
'What can we do?' said they, 'not here remain, 'But turn, and txy the way of life to gain.' They turn'd and tried-but, ah the waters roseThe mighty waters all attempts oppose. In vain they search, no path could now be found, The swelling billows all their skill confound, And narrowly they 'scape from being drowned'. A little shelter, pleasd, at length they find; And wearied out, in sleep they both relia'd.
Not distant far, a stately castle stands; There dwells a Giant, who the plain commands. Daubting, the castle's called, of ancient fame i Derpair, the savage giant's fearful name t.
Walking betimes, his wide domain around, He finds the pilgrims sleeping on his ground. When, with a surly voice, and look austere, He cries, Who are you? and what do you here V
Pilgrims to Zion travelling,' said they,
'But yesternight, good Sir, we lost our way.'
Despair replied-' You're trespassers, I see, My pris'nors therefore-eome along with me.' What could they do? to whom could they complain Resistance to a giant was in vailL Straight to the casde-yard he drove the men, And lock'd them in a deep and dirty den.
The author well observes, that it is easier going 'out ot the way when ve are in, than returning into it 'whep. we are out.'
t The meaning is, that forsaking Christ and the W ay of duty, va-ll bring a christian into a. state Qf doubt ;A tpatr.
There, sad they lie, without a ray of lightNo soul to speak to, morning, noon, or night; Four days confin'd, without a bit of bread, Or drop of drink, till they were almost dead,
The giant now consulting with his wife, Resolves to make them weary of their life; By her advice, they first were sorely beat, Till they could scarcely stand upon their feet. Next day he visits them, and Ah !' said he, You villains, you are vt alive, I see; Fools that you are, and mighty fond of life When in a moment you might end the strike, By friendly poison,- halter, sword, or knife.'
The giantaaow withdrawn; poor Christian criesDeair brother Hopeful, what would you advise?
* No prospect of deliverance can I see, ., SAnd death, you know, at once would set us free'.' Hopeful replied-' Our case is bad, 'tis true, And death I covet full as much as you: But life and death ire not for us to will, .' And God hath strictly said-Thou halt not k!!. SIn vain we, hope for ease b-, deth, for !:nowr SThat murderers to hell nus: surel: go. SOur case is bad, not desp'rate, for we see SOthers escape his hands, and so may we.
Besides, he has his fits at times, I'm told,
And should he have them here, I shall make bold
4 To try my utmost strength to get away, SMy freedom gain, and see the cheerful day.
S HereChrirs'ans seems to be on theborders of despar, and is even tempted to self :urder, but prevented by th, good advice of his friend Hopeful, who reminds lim f God's former mercies, and his own courageous cndoct
' Christian, remember, when in yonder Fair, SHow bold for truth were you, how valiant there! SYou dreaded not the prison or the stake; Then why so gloomy nbow? fresh courage take. The God who helped you then is still the same; SBe patient, therefore-trust his holy name.'
WVell, thus the poor deserted pris'nerslay All Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Resolv'd, at length, to pray ; on God they call, And prostrate on the earth, before him fall. 'Twas mi~dniglht when they first began to pray, And on they wrestled, till the break of day.
Then, Christian starting up in glad surprize, Why, what a monstroqfool I am!' he cries, SHere in this horrid dungeon to remain, I When in a moment I could freedom gain! Here, in my bosom lies a curious key9 'Twill open any lock.-come, let us see.' He tries the dungeon-open flies the hlorAnd out they sallied to return no more ; Then, tried the gate next to the Castle-yardThat opened too, but opened -very hard. The outward iron-door alone remains, And this they open'd, but with mighty pains; It creaked aloud-the noise the giant wakes, And speedily towards the gate he grakes: His fits return-he falls upon the ground, While o'er the fields the happy pilgrims bound*.
The wonderful usefulness of the precious promises of God in his word, is here most happily represented under
the figr of A KE -a key that would open any lock in
D btin-Castle. Thus prayer and faith prvaued,
The King's highway regainlds to God they raise The holy tribute of their heart-felt praise. And be it now,' said they, our pious care, 'That other pilgrims may avoid the snare.' A pillar then they raise, and there engrave These liness the heedless traveller to save':
Pilgrim, beware! nor leaze the King's bigbtoay,
This private road will turn your soul astray:
It leads to Doubting-Cattle; 0 beware!
'Or you become the prey of black Despair.
'When thou art converted,' said our Lord to Peter, strengthen thy brethren;' so these pious Pilgrims are anxious to keep others from the evils they had endured.
The Pilgrim. delightflly entertained by the Shepherds os the Delectable Mowtains; from whence they obtain a prospect f the Celestial City.
PPROCEEDING sweetly towards their journey's en, The Matin Delectable they now ascend Orchards and vineyards deck the fruitful ground, And cooling fountains every where abound. Here, safely feeding, numerous flocks appear, And skilful shepherds tend their fleecy care. Knowledge, Experience, Watchful, and SincereThe shepherds' names, to ev'ry Pilgrim dear.
' Pilgrims,' said they, you're welcome to this place,
- Here stop, refresh, and then proceed in peace.', They to the shepherds' tents with joy repair, And meet with pleasant entertainment there.
Refresh'd theyrise; abroad they early walk; The pious shepherds join in friendly talk:
S3y the Delectable Mountains, we may understand
the holy delight which Christians, in an advanced state of experience, enjoy, when they get above the d,
and by faith behold the glories of the heavy state;
particularly whe9 they are assisted by the misery of able and faithful spherds, such as are here ribed.
The morn was beautiful, the sky was clear, And charming prospects all around appear. But now,' said they, I to help your growth in grace, We'll show you all the wonders of The place.'
The 1-ill of Error first they mount, and lo! The further side was steep, and far below Dead bodies mangled, lay unburied there, Objects of horror to the traveller. These men,' the shepherds said, once towered high, In curious speculations to the sky:
'The danger of their pride ind error view, And let it prove a warning, Sirs, to you*.'
Mount Caution next, another hill, they rise, A curious object thence attracts their eyes: Wandering among the tombs, were many men As blind as moles ; and ev'ry now and then, One and another falls-all try to gain tDeliv'rance thence-their efforts all in vain!
Christian affected, asks, Pray who are these '
We'll tell you,' said the shepherds, if you please. Did yon observe in coming here, there stood
A stile, upon the left hand by the road?
'From thence, o'er By-path Meadow, turns a way, # In which those men, once pilgrims, went astray: 'By grim Despair, the wanderers were found, I And punished for their trespass on hipround; 'In Doubting Castle they were long coid,
And then, the cruel monster made blind;
Great is the danger of errors in religion, and dangq rously false that worldly maxim, That it does not signi what we beileve, provided we are moral and sincer trU christians are taught of God.
They fyom the 4ungeon to the tomnbsvere led,, 'And now tlwy ever wander 'mongst the dead.'
Hopeful and Christian, fulL of joy and~ &ar, Looked in each other's face, and dropped a tear'*
-Conducted by the shiepherds, next they view A scene, as terrifyig as 'twas new. On the hillkside, at bottom, was ador Which they were'now "enested to expire: 'Twas dark and snioky-there they hard the cries Of mn in flames, and dreadfuxl agonies!
'What'. this ?'said Christian-, Whatts this dismal ceUP' 'The shepherds answerd- fThe by-way o bell! This way all hypocrasa are us'd to go, Whose godliness is but an empty show: '.Eaau and ,'fras, and a4 thousand mcire, 'Who once the garb of pare religion wore.'
*And, can it be P said tley. I thus far to comte,
*Yet laever reach'the pilgrim's happy home? Almighty Saviour! be our constant friend, 'And safely keep us to out journey's endf.'
The deplorable condition of many who had wandeVre& from the right way, and were never recovered, excites tears of grIef and gratitude from our Pilgrims, who had been graciously restored. Such examples should prove a catnh that hie who thinketh lhe standethi, maytae
he gthe fall'1
t When professors of religion are not sincereafoqi or lae they will faL away. The greater pr fh
wrdakin the broad road of open sinandpoaees bhemi 4a by-wayto hell for those wh ko ny l
* There's one thing more,' the shepherds said, remains,
* The sight of which will well reward your pains. Let us ascend that hill (we call it Clear) And thence the gates of Zion will appear.'
The hill surmounted, eager they apply The glass perspective to the longsg eye; Intent and earnest for the gate thy' kBut, ah! their feeble hands with terror shook: The sight they last beheld was not forgot; Apostacy, they feared, might prove their lot: And yet, they thought they saw the golden gate, And some faint glimm'rings of the heavenly state*.
Thus edified, they leave the pleasant spot, For much instruction here indeed they got. Departing hence, the shepherds kindly say' Accept this note-'twill guide your doubtful way: SBe sure to shun the flatt'rer's fatal snare4 .You pass th' inchanted ground-O sleep not there !' Then they went on-the air with gladness rang, While they with joy the following sonnet sang:
hus by the shepherds, secrets are revealed,
SWhich from all other men are kept conceal'd:
SCome to the shepherds then, ifyou would see
SThings deep, things hid, and that mysterious be.
By the Telescope of Faith, the Celestial City may l. discerned, but when the hand ahaks through fear, th view will be imperfeg.
Irbe Fkmiis mefet -rith Ignravie,' (zPoor "mpty profenor
devils--seIndb the Flatterer, tev are led astray., and
aore dra~un into haj nef-fany whence thcp-are deliveredl
bya Shining One; but chastieed ftr their foh iy-the,
,Proceed and meet vith an Infcel.
Now, pressing forward, on the end intent, Towards the celestial gate their course was bent; When, frorn a little crooked lane, there came A forward yoth---one ],gnorance by name; Born in the neighibouring county of Coneeit; With pride and self-sufficiencey replete: About his own good-life the ladl would prate, But nothing knew about the TkicketGate: Hec,boasts the pious .motions of his heart,
-But ne'er, like Mary, chose the better part Hie neyr felt the inisty of -lhe fall, Not mfa for m~ercy, on his God to call:
H edof righteousness in Christ he saw.
B tast his own obedience to the law. Togte far jsu,' pilg rims could not wLk
JG14 11ot 6Car @Xpe 7rim al talk; >
No pleasure in their company could find; But cried-' You walk too fast, I'll stay behind*.'
When further they advanced a little way, Thro' a d.2rk gloomy lane their passage lay: And here a dreadful object meets their eyes, And both were filUd with terror and surprize. A man, fast bound with cords, seven devils bore Towards the hill, where they had seen the door. 'Tis urra:..-tiv,.' said Christian, I bIelieve!
* I knew the man, and where lie us'd to live.' ''ou're right,' Eaid Hopeful, I sure enough 'tis he, SA written paper on his back I seeSThis man is dain'd for base apostacy!
* Ah! brother, seeing this what can we say? SBut, help us always, Lord, to watch and prayt!'
Ah! easier said than done; for 'twas not long Ere both our pilgrims failed, tho' now so strong. A path presents itsclf, and joins their wayBoth in appearance straight before them lay*Greatmultitudes among us are exactlyin the condltio o this ignorant youngman. ignorant of the righteousness Christ has brought in, they go about to establish their wn righteousness; their good lives, their good works their good hearts, are their real dependance, even while they pretend to trust the merits of Christ. These people neatly dislike experimental Christians, and forsake their company.
An awful character is here mentioned. A professor, who became at last a damnable apostate; professors who are light and wanton, mn can trifle ain, often become complete apostates. A4
But somewhat doubtful, here a pause they makeSWhich of these two,' said Christian, shall we take*
Just then a man came up whose face was black, Yet wore a splendid rtbe upon his back*
' Pilgrims!' said he,' you seem to make a stand; Pray give me leave to take you by the hand.'
' The way,' said they, to Zion we would go,
* But which of #tese is, right we do not know.'
SYour caution, gentlemen, is good,' said he, 'I'm going there myself-pray follow me.'
Simply they foltow'd in the yilnding road That this new guide-the Flatterer had showed; For, ere the fallacy they had discern'd, Their backs were to the heavenly city turn'd: Yet they went on; but, ere they were aware, iThe crafty Flat'rer caught them in his snare: Sudden, he drew them both into a net, Which artfully was for the purpose set;
How soon did they forget the advice of the shepherds! the note they gave to our pilgrims was neglected.
SSt. Paul tells us (2 Cor. xi. 14, 15.) that s'atan himself is transformed into an angel of light; and his ministers into ministers of righecusne~s,' This i the. Fatterer' of whom they were warned Erroneosteahers, who would puff men up with a self-righteous opinion of their own goodness on the one hand; or wit the anainpmian notion thar being safe in Christ, theyeed
t mi sin, on the other, are equally Flatteres, and nv4y dangerous. Luther used to caution t opl
ag st the White Devil.' DS2
Entangled hand and foot, the pilgrims lie, And loudly for some kind assistance cry.
'Ah! wretched men !' did Christian now exclaim, None but ourselves we surely have to blame; By our own folly are we hither brought, And in this black man's net our feet are caught: Pid not the shepherds kindly say-beware Lest you're entangled in the Flatterer's snare"'
' Yes,' Hopeful said-' and that we might not stray, A note they gave us to direct our way.'
At length, behold, a Shining One appears, 'And in his hand a scourge of cords he bears; He asks the pilgrims whence they came, and how They met the present shameful overthrow. Blushing, they own'd their folly and their shame, And how into the Flatt'rer's net they came.
- I know the wretch,' said he, tho' black as night,
- He oft assumes a garb of dazzling light; But when he got you safe into his spell,
- The shining robe from his black body fell. Lie down,' he adds, I and by chastisement learn, 'Ho %v- evil 'tis from the strait way to turn:
Often thus, thro' sin's deceit,
Grief, and shame, and loss I meet;
Like a fish. my soul mistook,
Saw the bait, but not the hook: Made, by past experience wise, Let me learn.thy word to prize; Taught by what I've felt before,
'Satan's flatt'ry to abhor.'
' Nor Ltink it hard; by means severe I prove How much I hate your sins, our persons love.' This done; he bids then go, with counsel grave, And not forget the hints the Shepherds gave'.
Admonished thus, their journey they pursue, When Jo! with riuch aistonishment they view A man approach, who seem'd as if he came Back from Mount Sion-Atbiest was his name. He ask'd ihe Pilgrims whither they were' boundI To Sion, where alone true joys are found,' Was their reply-But he-a wit, and proud, With scorn beheld them both, then laugh'd aloud SThere's nosuch place,' said he, and all the pain You suffer in your pilgrimage, is vain: SA seeker I have been these twenty years; But now am rid of all my hopes and fears. Back to the world, with cager step I haste, 'The pleasures I renounced again to tastet'
Then Christian nearer to his fellow drewSWhat think you, friend said he, I can this be true?'
Jesus Christ, the angel of the Covenant, restores the souls of his people, but he will cause their backslidmis to reprove thenm,'t-' he w:ll visit their transgressions vwit the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.' t Characters of this description abound in our days, even such as have made a profession of region for many years. These Ipersonts having loved darkness rather thanlight, because their deeds are evil,' general beco cruel ismockers.' Their plausible objections may, for a moment, shake the faith of a true CIhristian; but he w hath a good hope through grace,' is po internal evidence. of the truth, which surpa argusients in the world, and which cfectua (dyn to persevery. m
s What !' Hopeful answer'd-' no mount Zion then!
No future state of rest for pious men !
What! give the lie to all Jehovah saith, And make a shipwreck of our holy faith! 'Did we not see the gate from yonder mount, And shall we now the whole delusion count? '0 brother, hate the words that cause to err, 'Depend upon it, he's a Flatterer.'
Hopeful,' said Christian mildly, don't be griev'd, 'Or think thy brother of his faith bereav'd:
*Indeed, I ask'd the question but to prove The happy firmness of thy faith and love. This man I know; I know his carnal mind,
To satan subject, and to sin inclin'd.'
They quickly part-he laughing goes his way, O ward th y urge tbeir course to endless day.
Chretis and 1opef1 reach the Inchanted Ground, "hick
tbey pass over in'safety.-opeful related big conversion and experience-they arrive at te charming country of Leulab; %hence they ha a delightful prospect ~f the
WxTrn hopes of glory now their songs abound; When, presently, they reach th' Inchbanted Ground: The narrow way with caution due they keep, But Hopeful found himself inclin'd to s!eep; Some drowsy property the air possessed, Which strangely prompted men to wish for rest. SChristian,' said he, your company I prize, SBut find I cannot open keep my eyes;
Let us lie down and rest, while here we can, SFor sleep is pleasant to a lab'ring man*.*
By no means,' answered Christian, if we do, SSome mischief sure will come to me or you;
By the Inchanted Ground, the author seems to intend' such a state of prosperity and ease, as may incline the christian to slumber, and neglect the concerns of the soul and eternity. innumerable facts concur to prove h extremely dangerous such a state is to professors of religion. Happy are they who enjoy the cou faithful admonitions of a Christian friend for,i
Two are beer than one, because they reward for their labour,' Ecl. iv. 9.
For still, methinks, the shepherds words I hear'You pass th" Inchanted Ground, 0 deep not there!
'Shake off dull stoth ; resist the sleepy air, And let us sober be, and watch to pray'r.'
Thank you, good brother, thank you,' Hopeful cries, 'Your salutary counsel much I prize. Alone, into what danger had I run, 'But two, I see, are better far than one. 'Now then, lest drowsiness prevail again, 'Let good discourse the moments entertains.'
What subject,' Hopeful adds, shall we discuss?'Let us begin, where God began with us2
'Too long,' said he, I I tarried in the Fair, Delighting in the follies practis'd there. 'I first began to think about my state, When pious Faithful met his cruel fate. 'Some horrors then upon my conscience fell, 'And sin, I saw, the certain road to helL 'Yet I rebelled against the growing light, And love of sin would with conviction fight. Against these fears how often did I spurn! c And yet, conjctions would again return: If when abroad, I only chanc'd to meet A godly neighbour walking in the street; Or, if at night, I heard the tolling bell, My disnial thoughts would rtn on death and hell: 'f sudden death was mention'd, then thought I, I What will become of me, if I should die ?
then, said 1,, I must reform my life,
ss l to all this. inward -trifft
This would not do; for. prsentlv- I saw I still remain d a debtor i the law. If all were good, and all that good should last, SI saw it would not cancel what was past: SIn short, I found no righteousness I have, In while or part a guilty soul to save. 'Twas then I first began indeed to pray, And God be nerciful, in trutb to say. To Jesus now my helpless soul inclin'd; Thankful, in hens, my righteousness to find; Trusting in him, from guilt my mird was free,
* I saw the Saviour liv'd and died for mne: My heart wis fil'd with j y, my eyes with tears;
* And Jesus banished all my doubts and fears-'
Thus sweet discourse beguiled the tedious way, Which long across the ground Encbanted lay.
This danger past, the country now before The beauteous face of happy Edes bore. The cheerful birds were always singing thereUnwith'ring flowers perfum'd the wholesome airThe pilgrims here enjoy'd peretual l;ght, The sun was always shining, always bright. Xo gloomy cloud of fear could intervene, And Doakting Castle not so much as seen.
To Beulah (so this charming land they name) Bright Angels oft on gracious errands came, Convers'd with mortals, and the wonders told, Of the celestial city, built of gold. The ra.:s, reflected from tl-,t glorious place, Eld and adorn the intermediate space.
The pilgrims now can scarce their absence hear, But sicken with their longings to be there'.
As nearer they approach, on either hand, Orchards and gardens decorate the land. In these they-walk and feed with new delight, And here they find refreshing rest at night.
SBEULAHs is a name taken from Isaiah lxii. 4. and signifies I thy land shall be married.' The author intends to describe that peace passing all understanding, and that joy, full of glory, with which some Christians are indulged when life is about to close and they are ardently ripening for glory. Thrice happy those aged Christiass whose evening of life is thus distinguished!
irkc Pilgrims conducted by anget cowe to the rier Of Death&
-vxntld gladly avoid fordinrg it-but fidin:g no aiL'er pmsible way to the cetestial city, wrten- inx-Uhrstn 'greatly dented and distreesed-but encouraged by Hapeful, m-6- felt the b'jeeom AIU the vqY-At icagtb Christian itA csm-f-rJ by a promise-tey gain the ehore--ar 77flt bY a hiatt of angels, vho conduct tbein to the gate-tbey ame
rwzdily admitted, and join in the chant, of the redeteed
AcAit they forward press with s trong desire; To fhill enjoyment all their souls aspire;, When,* 10! two mens they meet, in garments whit4 Their faces radiant as the solar light: These kindly ask'd the pilgrims how they far~l, Since first they set their faces Zion-,ward; Then sm iling, said, but little yet remains, %'Before you reap the fruit of all your pains".
And now, behold, to terminate the road, A river wide nd decep majestic flow'dt.
AheI- are ininiss-ering spirits sent forth to minister
te he 'rs of alvation; they are itndeed. invisible to u4; 'bt dotibtlss we enjoy many idvantages from thi frievily officts.
4-~t is with striking prOPrietY that Death is oma to a.Rivcr:the passage of Israel thr ut I aJ rdan no to thsci enjoyment of Canaan, 6uficsv-zaly tikste lgure. r
And here no friendly bridge affords its aid-Then sunk the pilgrims hearts, with fear dismay'd, And to their kind conductors thus they said,
With falt'rtng voice, Is there no path but this! No other way to reach eternal bliss?' No other way,' they said, you nust pass through, 'As pilgrims all have done-excepting two*.'
They, anxious, turned their eyes, and gaz'd around As if some other path might yet be found. Then ask with fearful and foreboding heart, 'But is it deep alike in ev'ry part?'
No,' they replied, the waters sink or rise As grace is more or less in exercise; If faith be lively, you may feel the ground; i f unbelief prevail-no bottom's foundt'
Now humbly calling olptheir Saviour-God, They, trembling, plunge into the chilling flood.
I Ah me said Christian, now I sink as lead, The waves and billows overflow my head.'
, 'Cousge, my dearest brother,' Hopeful said,
* feel the bottom, do not be afraid.'
There is no discharge in this war:'--' We must eds die,'-' It is appointed for men once to die.'9 thou art, and to dust shalt thou return.' Death
therefore unavoidable: and only two of all the race o Adam have been exempted, namely, Enoch and Elija.
ith alone can conquerfear-' according to thyfith, e i thee.' All Christians die with equal 5akty,
The Pilgrims pass the River.
Chrstiaa replied, 1 0 pray for wretched me I SThe glorious city I shall never see! Despair and darkness overwhelm my mind, SAnd not a ray of comfort can I find.'
This agitation more and more prevailed, (For satan now with all his pow'r assail'd) And, for a season, Christian's senses failed'.
Meanwhile his utmost efforts Hopeful,triesHolds up his head, and bids him view the prize; Brother,' said he, I see the splendid gate, And angels ready to receive us wait.'
SAh!' Christian cries--- the angels that you see, SFor you are waiting, brother, not for me.
Were my heart right with God, I should receive SComfort like yours! my soul he viould not leave; SBut sin has brought me now into the snare, And justly am I left to perish there ?'
0 say not so, my friend, then Hopeful cried; You're not forsaken: you are only tried. Now call the'goodness of your God toomind, And you shall yet sweet consdlation find.'
The last entemy that shall be destroyed is Death, and we are not to wonder, if satan, knowing his time is short, should make a terrible assault, and represent tothe dying Christian the enormity of his sins; the violence of bodily disease may give him additional advantage. At such a season, happy are they who have suc h a friend as opneful at h
Then Christian mused-his sky began to dcear, And Hopeful added-' God will yet appear*.'
SHe coms,' said Christian, I comes to break the c.ain i
* He comes, he comes, my Jesus comes again. SI hear him say-WVhen in the waters thou,
* The mighty aters ball not overfimo; SThen give not vay to blach degponding fear, SFor I thy Saviour Goal am .uttb thee there.'
That instant, Christian found the promise true! The water, ev'ry moment shallower grew: On solid ground, the pilgrims quickly stand, And shout Salvation! in Immanuel's land.
From danger now, and apprehension free, With joy, the angels once again they see. Their mortal garments being lef: behind, Agility, before unknown, they find; With ease to Zion's lofty towers they rise, And far beneath them leave the starry skies. Thus, while with speed the shining way they trace, The angels paint the glory of the place.
SNow you approach,' said they, I th' eternal throne, SAnd soon shall view the blessed Three-in-one:
No veil shall intercept the glorious sight; SYou'll bask in beams of uncreated hlght,
The believer shall be more than a conqueror through Christ who ha:h loved him, and death (however it may he feared) shall ot separate fromnhim. Christian is at last relieved b, that precious promise, Isa. x!ii. 2. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee,' Stec. Nothing but God's own word can comfort a dying reliever,
Sorrow and sin, for ever done away, 'Find no admission to these realms, of day. 'Now you shall reap the fruit of all your pray'rs. Your labours, conflicts, sufferings, and tears. Delicious fruit from life's immortal tree, ,Your rich and everlasting -food shall be. i Each brow shall wear a glorious crown of gold, And palms of victory your hands shall hold. There join your faithful brethren gone before, 'And love and praise the Lamb for evermore.'
And now approaching nearer to their home, Behold! a num'rous host of angels come. Welcome, they cry, ye sinners bought with blood, Welcome to heaven, to see your Saviour-God. Hark! Hark' th' angelic trumpet's charming sound Wakes heaven itself with songs of joy rebound. Conducted thus in triumph and in state, They reach at length the bright celestial gate.
'Now then,' the angels said, your only task 'Is for your own admittance here to ask.' Aloud they call; instant their voice is heard, And Moes and Elias straight appeared.
'These pilgrims,' said th' angelic guard, 'we bring,
-Sinners redeemed, who love our gracious King: 'The City of Destruction they forsook; 'And here, for crowns of life and glory look.'
Each then presents the roll he first recemv'd, When at the Cross on Jesus he believ'd.
These, carried to the King, he reads-approvesAnd grants admission to the men he loves.
SOpen the gates-admit them both,' said he, Aud let them live, and reign in heaven wi:h me*'
The golden gates their ready leaves unfold, The pilgrims enter in, with joys untold. At once transfigur'd, gloriously they shine; Lach.face and form looks heavenly and divine. Bright crowns of glory on their heads are worn, And pains of vict'ry in their hAds are borne: Now, as they pass the shining ranks along, Each heavenly Legion bursts into a song. Glory to God on h:gh, the myriads sing, Till heaven's high arches with the triumph ring. The pigrims too, amidst the throng rejoice, And strains like these employ their tuneful voicc:
Now, to the Lamb that once %a tlais,
I Be end/est blessings paid;
Salvation, glory, joy, remain
For ever on thy heads
'Thou hast redeem'd our souli witb blood,
'East set the pilgrim free;
It doth not yet appear what we shall be;'" 'eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor heart conceived what God hath prepared for them that love him;' the figures we employ to aid our feeble conception, such as, Gold, Pearls, Music, Robes and Crowns, are comparatively mean and low; the best and the utmost we can now conceive of, is, that it is to be with Christ;' of this the real Christiat has now some faint ideas; but the full comprehension is reserved for another world; we must die to know it.
'at made us king,! anzd pt-kes to God,
IAnd wve shall reIb .itk thee.'
The gates were clos'd-the pleasing dream was o'er, 1, disappointed, wak'd-and saw no more.
THE PILGRIM'S SONG.
Fno4 Egypt lately freed
By the Redeemer's grace;
A rough and thorny path we tread,
In hopes to see his face.
The flesh dislikes the way, But faith approves it well; This only leads to endless day,
All others lead to hell!
The promised land of peace
Faith keeps in constant view; How diff'rent from the wilderness
We now are passing through!
Here often from our eyes
Clouds hide the light divine;
There we shall have unclouded skies,
Our sun will always shine.
Here griefs, and cares, and pains,
And fears, distress us sore; Put there eternal pleasure reigns,
And we shall weep no more.
Lord, pardon our complaints,
We follow at thy call;
,h joy prepared for suffering saints,
Will make amends for all.
5Z'be Pilgrims conducted by angrix come to the r-iver of Dea~th
-.:ould gladly aroid.fording it-but finding no orber piossbie wuay to the celestial city, venture in-cbriatian 'greatly dejeceed and dictressed-but encouraged by HoPefid, whbo felt the bottom all the ivay-At length Christi-a it ecarfored 4" a romi'y-elu gain ike sbvre-are VWe by a bait of angels, ubo conduct them, to the gate--they ar*
readily admitted, and join in the chorue of the re&emwd.
Ac,&x they forward press with strong desire; To foll enjoyment all their souls aspire;, When,' lot two men they meet, in garments v~hite, Their faces radiant as the solar Ilight: These kindly ask'd the pilgrims how they far'd, Since first they set their faces Zion-ward; Then smiling, said, I but little yet remains, I' Before you resp the fruit of all your pains'%
And now, behold, to terminate the road, A river wide and d&T majestic flow'd t.
A tigel s ae mninistering spirits sent forth to ruissister to tihe h-rs of ~Savation Ithey are indeed invisible t~o usi; bat d 11btless wee enj oy many advantages fronstheisr fr1cr:-dly offices.
t. itis with striking propritty that Death is cma to aRier the passage of Israel thinu s i dn ~ oded to their enjoyment of Canaan, juuci W&Sy tht
The pilgrims now can scarce their absence 6ear, But sicken with their longings to be there*~.
As nearer they approach, on either hand, Orchards and gardens decorate the land. In these they walk and feed with new delight, And here they find refreshing rest at night.
SBzULAIT is a name taken from Isaiah lxii. 4. and signifies Ithy land shall be married.' The author intends to describe that peace passing all understanding, and that joy, full of glory, with which some Christians are indulged when life is about to close and they are ardently ripening for glory. Thrice happy those aged Christians whose evening of life is thus distinguished!