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AUTHOa OF VILLAGE SERMONS, &C
BURLINGTON, N. J.
pruyNlThE AND PTB1LISHED Sir 5FEFHEN C. WT)CEj
Tim energy of Genius, unassisted by human culture,
hath seldom appeared to greater advantage than in ihe
Wi-iting. of JOHN BuNYAN. Able critics have acknnw-
ledged that he possessed an original and poetic genius;
and have said that, hal he been a master of numbers,
he might have composed a poem worthy of Spenser
hiAfself. His invention has been compared even to that
of Homer, and the Pilgrim's Progress as composed in a
style enlivened like his, by a proper mixture of the
dramatic and narrative. It w:ll therefore be readily ':
admitted that this celebrated work is worthy of a poetic 4
dress; and, considering how much it has bten admired, A 3
and how well it is adapted to that form, it is rather q
surprising that it has not been versified long ago.
The Editor conceived that the Pilgrim, in verse, would
be peculiarly acceptable to young persons, that it would .
entertain them mure than in prose, and make a more
durable impression on their memory. For their further
improvement he hab subjoinedexplanatorv notes, intended .
as a key to the Autnor's spiritual design, that so the
work may not be considered as a Novel inturended only
to amuse, but as a correct representation of christian
experience, happily expressed under the idea of a Pilgrim-
age, or sacred Journey. And let every reader observe,
that he mu.t himself undertake Ais Pilgrimage, iU he
would avoid the dangers that hang over the City of
DesitrjLtion, anl 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 3 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. H(c now commits it to the blessing of HIM,
who, for more than a century, has condescended to
render the Pdlgrim a book of disiTingiishbd usefulness in
the Christian world, with a humble hope that it may
becornic, b. the vehicle of verse, more emtensiwl:' useful,
especially to the rising generation.
..a&c. 17, 1801. :
b Terr.er supposed to be s0 are .i'c l krievrnu o0
* various ocasion.', and printed in Italic, are copied Jro.t
tle ',mq.nal ',or<, witb little altration.
an ina1taolrit ie Cit f D struetaion, eVg
* Bed of bis sin and danger, .s determined tofee/rome ,
l dng ruin; and is directs by Evangelist to the
W -Galte-His neghboura laugh bim to 4curu.-fiable
accompanies him 1o he Slougb of Despond, bin i offended
,T'WAS in the silent watches of the night,
iV When airy visions please us or affnght, .
Fast Iock'd in sleep's embrace, I dreamt a dreaxu ,.
The Pilgrim's journey was the fruitful theme. '
* I thought I saw him in a certain place;
From home he turn'd bis pale affrighted facet' ]
Cover'd with rags, trembling with fear, he stood, j
His weeping eyes pour'd forth a iriny flood;
Hia bending hick a heavy burden tore,
While guilt and gritf his bursting bosom tore:
SAt times, as able, in his book he read,
He wished for rfu ;e-ladl would hilave fled.
0 0 that my soul, he cried, a refuge, knew-
But al, I'm lost! I know not what to do' !
Jloine he ieturn'd, and -ried to hide h's pain,
'Tri,-A to look cheerful, but he tried in vain.
His cota it naice )-is inward grief bespoke,
'I'lI i...-s, In .ivi it vent, he -isen.i broke:
M. dcarc.-t ii dc, and you my children dear,
SA vi rE:lici ir.i appears before you here.
SHere or, rr,. iiLart a heavy burden lies,
Ar'd past ',-'enic-e pain my weeping eyes.
I've bee, ,tort'd, this city where we dwell,
S I t'locm'J to Lh. destrsctive flames of hell:
sin and satan we have been enslav'd-
'W' ." d" d I..''Ll we can be sav'd?t'
be.y gae J, a;'oriish'd; and then wlii3'.rIn,. aid
P na.r inta' he s quite disordered in his head !
Cc G Lr t.in '. rest-ile' sleep of one goGrd night,
"k Ma-. hH his pcor disordered mind arighrt '
STh., is a li urit ve description of a con' .-ceel ,1 h' ..
SeriLb'e -f tr ci. It, he is afraid of thlr 11 i I" (C. d.;
.* stliar h s i..,,-. tc .*irni i af[hh. ra .... andweeps
on ih rP.c Il-tci'n 9t" hli inrqiiiie The burden on his
lic., di p es I f '1 rtin, ilidi. C, f iS sin is. gri evous,
arid Im liurJe:, '.f them intolerable.' hi, this condition.
he -S.- is I .'h the P1h,1 I l J ,ler-' \1X'lt shall I
d li to lbe z e: V'
"* The C ,.y r*f Destruction.' mearit, This r rest n' evil
'\ )-IJl.' i% hi,. ik doomed to destruction h' F.re 'i- 1sc
a. ",r c.,, C r.ieJ f'r 1'"..r s*.i .,,I_. nil di c.'.ver a
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But ah! 'twas not in sleep to quell his'f#irs,
The lonel'ly night was spem in sighs and tears;
The morn arrtv'd ; no consolation came;
Hii gilt', and grief, and fear, were still the same
The family his prayers and tears deride;
By turns they ridicule, by urns they chide.
Thus driven from his melancholy home,
Abroad he goes, in silent fields to roam;
There mournfully he walks, with fear beset,
Till, happily, EVANGEI.Is- he met.
, My fTiend,' (he kindly asks) Why dost thou cry?
* Alas" said Christian, I'm condemn'd to die;
, The anguish of my heart no tongue can tell;
, I'm doom'd to death, to judgment, and to hell"!'
rhen why stand still,' said he, Why wilt thou die ..
f] from the wrath to come-this moment fly !-
But ah!' slid Christian, Whither must I go!
,Yhete flRV, to 'scape From hell and endless woe" '
0.'Aflss that field,' said be, canst thou espy
'vicket-gktie'-'tis thither thou must fly.
i (ep that in view; there knock, and never fear,
Thy soul hall find a blessed refuge there '
'Tw as then, h;s nigliboirs, who had mock'd before,
AssemTbled round him, running from each door. ,
Come back ; come back! thou foolish man,' they say.
SNor throw ilil comriforts and thy life away.'
S' H;; leaving home, !ignifies his turning his back on
'he world, fnisaking its sins amid vanities, and becoming
a serious christtar. By Evangelisr, isinteded a miWiaet'
<4f ;lte c-OTel, who will certainly direct.the awakened
ui%%r :.o Christ alone, signified by the Wicket-Gate, -or
-i.ft- Ga'eI and Chrnsr is so described,.i uppoitnos
To -_C iV Le PTO rCj It,. S
But Chritai, lhiwing now his race begutf,
Stopped bolh his ears and only faster run;
Gladly forsnok his house, his babes, his wife,
And ihouted-1- Life I seek, eternal life.'
Two of his quondam friends soon after ran,
Resol 'd b) force to bring him back again.
Comre bark,* they cry, your foolish scheme forego.'
To whom with solemn tone, he answer'd-' No.
Destruction's city, once my favorite home,
I Is under Heav'n's most righteous, dreadful doom.
In flames of wrath that sinful place must burn:
I can not, dare not, will not therefore turn.
Rather, my friends, than such a judgment see-
Let me intreat you-Come along with mne*.'
Wih iou!' said Obstinate, and leave my all ?
.,Whar % ould the folks at home such conduct call!'
Do come, said Christian, little can you leave, *
Ciip-r'd with what Immanuel hath to give;
'He'lil gibe us all things needful by the way, *
And crowns of gold in realms of endless day.
If you suspect my word, I pray you look-
Read for 3 ourself-here-in this blessed book.'
None of )our book,' said Obstinate,' for me;
Fanatic fool, like you I'll never be.
Come neighbour Pliable, we need not stay;
Let u. go home-let him pursue his way.'
SFew persons become truly zerious Ahithout meeting
virh some opposition front carnal relations or ntigfb..i.:
some of these are obsilinate, and despise religi._n alto-
gether; others ate more pliable, ard profess to be religious
for a time, but turn bark syhcn tribulatuln or pt r.ccuticr,
SBut stop,' said PMa,,'e, if this be true
SThait Christian sars-Whit better can we do
' Than go with him!' Are you become a f.'oL
Said Ob.tinate; this madman's pliant tool?
' Go, if you please, to misery and pain;
* I to my native city haste again.'
' Come now,' said Pati'e, to me relate
' The glories of this fine, celestial state;
STell me the pleasant things you hase in view,
SAnd tell me, is your book about them true '
Tis true,' said Christian, wrote by God nn high;
The God of grace asnd troth, whI.3 cannot lie.
Light, love, and ijo,, ire t'fr the righteous sown,
SAnd each shall wear aL roy 3l robe and crown.
Tiher, shall our hl.rpy souls % ith grief have don
And -uhine rcE.pltndtit like you glitit'ring sun.' ". i
SCharniing'" c.id P'i.rc', Let's mernd our pace,
.' And quickly rea.h that most ddlightFul place."
STo run', -,id Chrnstian, is ni heart inhrlm'd,
SBut giut lies heavy on my bitrden'd mindd'
While thus, with heedless steps, they onward went,
Christian in talk-his friend to hear intent-
At once they fell Ah, little did they think,
So Goon iii mniry clay and mud to sink'.'
SWhere are we now?' said Pliable-' Is this '
'The charming spot )-ou prrmis'd' this your bliss?
SBy the miry place, .w Slough of Despond, is intended
that desponding state of mind into which some convinced
sinners tall at firt, arising froin ignorance of the grae
oF God in thle go',tl.
Sllay I but once regain the ground I trod,
111 quick return, and leave the toilsome road:'
He said; and, floundering, forced his passage through;
Regain'd the ground, and home again he flew.
B, o C.-ristian struggled on, without his mnate,
And reached the side towards the Wicket-gate.
What cannot grace for helpless sinners do?
'Tw as Jesu's arm that aetlp'd the Pilgrim through.
Christian is tuwned out of the right way, by te counsel of
Mr. Worldly Wiseman but is restored by Erangelia-
proeeds to the Wicket-Gate, and is kimdly reeriwd.
Poon Cbristian. having thus escaped his Fright.
Directs his course towards the shining light.
When, to! a man of gentle form appears,
Kindly inquires the reason of his tears,
Pilies the sorrows of his burdened state,
And asks if good advice would come too late;
Cordemins th' advice Evangelist had giv'n,
And vainly boasts an easier way to beav'n.
SDesist,' said he, norr spend your time and breath
, In that dread way, which lead to spain and death.
* 'Twas reading that strange book that made you sad:
* Beshrew the book, it dres its thousands mad.
'"My counsel take-Yon pleasant village seei
* Deliglh ful spot'-'i3 call-d Amalatyy ,
& Thither with all convenient speed repair, .
" That honest inan, LegalHy, dwells there.
" Apply to him, you'lll get a speedy cure; .,'. ,
SNmr ever more I'anf!ic fears endure.
* There live in credit-live in pleasure there,
* Nr sharne, nor persecution ever fear.'
Thfli Chrisrian paus'L. I If this,' said be, li true, i
- Th!rc'a li'le more c sui.er or do.'
He turned aside to r.'3.h the place he saw,
And seek salsali..i by the moral law.
But ah no case hIe f,,:id ; his fears ro.e;a higher;
The mount he pass J shot forth devouring fire.-
Mount Sinai fill-d Ins ver) soul with dread;
It scem'nd just lflling on his guilty head*.
'Twas then, his corn'fercc press'd With sin and fear;
Just then, he s.av Eia jigclist appear.
Christian i hat biisnr.ess have you here?' he cried,
S'What lying k-rav hiit, rturn'd your feet aside?
" 'T'%as Wonry fI'ijemns. rightly is he named,
"I'%% as he, the vay cf 'ritieousness defam'd;
I l:now he hates the d,'crrne of the cross,
SFor wh.li the .ain miust count his gain b4t losw-:
B) his advice, %tOur La..bse is rendered worse,
.' For all who rrust the law, incur the curse:
S' Abhor his counsel; go no more astray,
SBut turn )our feet ito the narrow way;
Thus, only thus, your sin shall fe forgiven,
And %ou shall find the path that leads to heavl.'
Christian, thus 'nutior,'d by his gospel guide,
Pursues his way, and drea:Lds to turn aside:
Looks eagerly to see the Wicket-gate,
And sadly fears, I'z, he should come too late:
When, Io' the ishil'd.lor gate appears in sight,
C rown'd si ith resplendent rays of heav'iily light.
SMr. Worldly Wi.eman represents the teachers cf
miere rmoralimr, xho dislike the doctrines c.f the Gospel,
and prefer morality to Christ. Christtan, seduced by his
plausible advice, forsakes the right way for a time, l..:
is oblied 0 the terrors of the broken law7 to ek a,
rghteousness in Christ alcme. .
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Above was i'rittein-' Knioct, and newr Fear;
r 7e Ti. bat, Ikpcts shaLl w,'elv enter here'.'
Ile kiicck'd-and listen'd-then he knocked again:
l..:i.. tle his bosom head with anxious pain.
'Will he,' said Pilgrim, will the Lord on high,
Adn-ittarnce grand to fuch a wretch as 1I
'). .ij,.ld he deign to open mercy's door,
NIM. lhippy soul shall praise him evernore.
A' I-rglh he hears a voice disinict and grave:
'Vho'a I here itlitout, and pray.' what would you have '
' Sinie-, Sir,' he anwtr'd, thal's my name;
',o.I.l oppress'd wiih guilt, and fear, and shame.
Thi. i- the way, iUm told, io fl, rrom sin:
0 .I .i )u let a Enrden'd sinner in "
I i. iT, Ith -ill my heirt,' G,)7- -i/I replied-
It % as for burdcri'd sinners Jesus died:
q uieck-c-n-.' in-from yonder castle-si all,
S' hjiw the ihow'r- of poion'd arrows fall.
S1i: thus, that satan, 6ll'd with rage, anno.s
Il? :.ul thar flies to Chnst fen endless jo>s.
N.. oru aie safe: Dismiss your ev'ry fear,
T1 i, epntIl of souls t.inlt reach )ou her:t.'
T'.nl Cliris.min lifted up his grateful v.,;ce,
Awl said, MN I.ord, I 'renible ai.l rej,;ce.
* ,.hat am 1 -Vhy should I see ihb race'
0O free, diLiinguishing, and sov'reign grace!
SGreat is the encr.uragmerI aIff-rded bh !he zorspel to
.,...'er.l !irier i. Hin that c.i, Ii to ni. ,' ;i:h CliTjT.
I Ill i n in v.-ite cst tu :' Lutul is II. gh cd.will
o i'a.rds itnf n.'
t ^'.a' ienvies those w7ho enter the Strait Gate.
' But for this mighty grace, I still had been
' A hardened rebel perishing in sin.
SAnd noWy, lest I again, should go astray,
' Direct me how to keep the heav'rily way.'
To whom, with look serene and accent grave.
GooJ-will! this admirable counsel gavei-
' Shun ev'ry crooked path. Your road I trait,
SSrraih 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.
SA friendly house will soon appear in sight,.
And ield divine instruction and delight.'
,:..,." an profital-l., enntaired at ibe InterCprter's bouse-
,' h i; burden at tibe Croay, and i. rnew! accowuid far
TBcE Christian thanked his friend, and took his
Encouraged, such direction to receive.
More comfort nowv he fell than e'er before,
Tho' )ct the burden on his back he bore; A.
Pursued hi, wai--then saw the house appear,
KiL.ck'd at the gate, and gain'd admission there.
His friendly host, Interpretr was nam'd;
F..r leaching humble pilgrims jusily fam'd.
Welcome, my friend,' he said, here you will find
Ohjects enow to entertain your mind '.'
F;rst view that picture, hung against the wall.
That mau, a minister of C6rst, we call.
Grave are his looks-to heaven he lifts his eyes--
Siudles the best of books, to make him wise.
I his back, observe, upon the world he turns,
While love for sinners in his bosom burns.
SB% him are many souls 10to Jesus led-
SAnd see-a crow n of gold above his hedd.
The Interpreter signifies the Holy Split; byiwUm
all rnal chrisuans are taught. ,
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' His work, indeed, is difficult and hard,
' But 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,
PASSiON the name of this, and PATIESCZ that.
He saw how Passion rag'd, and fuar'A, and fret,
Because he could not then his portion get.
He got it soon-soon grasp'd 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 hi, wealth a future day,
WV hen Passion's riches all are fled away f.
Then Christian, near a wall, observed a fire,
Oft dashed with water, yet it burn'd the higher.
The sight amnaz'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.
SPassion and Patience represent carnal and spiritual
men; the firmer seek the present giratifications of sense
the latter live by faith, and look for joys to come.
,rarsuar, l>::es hi> i,'j-i, 4 .L Crr-:
And now-deliv'rance to his soul drawl near,
Soon shall he drop his burden and his fear.
Behold, close by his path, a crosM he view-d,
Here Christian stopped awhile, and pensive stood;
Gaz'd on his blessed Lord's accursed tree,
And then exclaim'd-' That Saviour died for me!'
No sooner had be spoke, than, stratige to tell,
That moment from his back the burden fell!
Relieved, at once, from all his guilt and pain.
He 'ept for joy, then gaz'd, and wept again:
His inward gladness burst into a song,
And thus he warbled as he went along
r"bu far I came. sore burden'd uath my ei:
Nor aught could ease the m4s'ry I vaS in,
'Till I came atuber: Whbat a place is this!
Here I begin to taste eternal bliss !
'Must here the burden fall from off my bacil
Musn here the strings that bind at to me cract ?
Bleat cross! blest sepulchre blest rather be
'r"e Man tiat here was put to shanie for me'."
To aid his joy, three shining forms appear,
And words of peace salute his ravish'd ear.
' Pilgrim,' said one, thy sins are all forgiven:
' Now, fearless, travel safely on to lheav'n.'
SHere drop thy filthy rags,' another says,
SAnd let this royal robe supply their place.'
This is to shew that the burden of guilt can only be
dropped by a heJlieving view of Christ crucified. Christian
may be considered as a true believer when he entered
into the gate, but here he becomes a happy believer, and
receives the peace of God which passeth all tides,
A third, his forehead marks, and gives a roll,
(The evidences of a gracious so%#)
SRead here thy pardon sealed, with joy elate,
'And shew it, when you reach'the heavenly gaie *.'
Christian here obtains three inestimable blesings'
First, the knowledge of the pardon of his sins; secondly
S the righteousness of Christ, instead of the rags of hii
S own imperfect obedience; thirdly, the Holy Spint. as;
Sanctifier and Comforter, the seal and evidence ul hil
l fcal vasion
Cbnsian meet. with Simple, Skiidbfl, Presumption, FAe.
.ma/ist, and Hipocrite-ascends Me Ill Di.nicultv-tleeps
in an arbour, and laire &i roll-lamntin latji et--and
recawri it again-,Mistrust and Timarwm alarm him.
wigh the report of lions in the atj-I-e passes tbhm nafely
-and arrives at the Beautifjud Palace-w.ere be is agree
WHILE happy Christian now pursues his wZy,
Behold! three men, asleep, in fecters liy.
Their case he pities-cries aloud. Awake!
' Some piry on yourselvea., ye sleepers, take.
' What if the roaring lion pass this way,
' Must ye not all become his e.iy prey !'
' I see no danger.'-Simpketon replies:
' 11' sleep a liile Ilonger'-S:,,tbfli cries:
' Lei me alone,' Presumption also said,
' Mind your own bus'aess; sure the man is mad!'
Christian was griev'd., and drojpp'd a silent tear,
lIe fear-d for them who knew not how to fear.
Just then, from o'er the wall, two irav'Uers came',
(Rfvpocrzsy and Formnalist by name)
I Whence are ,ou, Sirs. and whither do you go,'
Said Chrisiian, I may a fellow-trav'ller know !'
' From the Vain glaorious land,' sid they, we coma,
' And seek, for praise, Mount Sion for our home.'
'But why,' said Christian, 4 leap o'er yonder wail;
' Such travellers, we thieVes and robbers call.'
SWe 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 entered by the door* 0'
SOne thing,' said Christian, certainly you lack,
S& 'broider'd coat like this upon my back;
SThis Jesus gave me, and will surely know,
SW hen I before his awful presence bow.
SBesides this liv'ry (which I joy to wear)
SHis secret mark will on my brow appear.
'.And this fair roll, which seals my pardoned 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.'
Hllpocrisy and Formal, filled with pride,
LooL'd at each other-laugh'd-and turn'd aside.
Chris6'ian proceeded on his journey still,
7 ho" fall before him rose a frightful hill;
To right and left an easier passage lay,
But straight up-hill was pilgrim's sarroi way.
Close by the mountain's foot he found a spring,
tlerc draxk, refreshed, and thus began to sing:
rlis hiul, tbo' bijb, I covet to ascend, -
A'r will the difficulty 2e offend.
The sins, mistaiLes, and miseries of various profes-
s., a.: here exlhibitd a a warning to us.
rhe a of lifr, I rurtly know, is here; $
Then lei melcrrar take, and Meter fear;
SBerzer, tbo' hard, t he proper way to go,
Tban take an ea.j road to enader vae '
Then Christian, fill'd with love and hope sublime,
The steep ascent addressed himself to climb:
Till, mid-way up the hill, with joy he v~ew'd
The arbour, which to welcome pilgrims stood.
Theie, glad repos'd; and with delight of soul
Read, for his comfort, in the sacred roll-
Survey'd the garment given ai the cross-
Then dropped asleep---but slept with heavy loss a
The roll, so justly prized, fell at his feet;
And, unperceiv'd, he left it in the seat.
Awak'd,-he chides his infamous delay,-
And, night approaching, speeds again his wayt.
When lo! down hill, .with haste two fellows ran,
Mistrust and 'imarovua, who tLus began:
STrav'ller! no further urge your desperate course,
' This horrid pilgrimage grows worse and worse:
' Two lions, just beyond, appqar'd in sight,
' And this has put us in a dreadfrul'fright.'
SThe hill Difficulty intimates that the Christian traveL
ler must expect trails and difficulties in his wayv to glory;
but the refreshing spring at the bottom of the hill.,
denotes that sufficient consolation and strength may be
Christian sleeps and lose; his rll-ia other words,
bv security and sloth, he loses, for a time, the evidences
of his gracious state.
Sfour tale,' sail Christian, fills me soul with feat
i What can I do?-I can't continue here.
4 Should I go back again, as ,on desire,
- Our city's doom'd, you know, to endless fire.
SI'll e'en go forward, tho' with fear and strife,
'Should I succeed, I gain elernal life*.'
Bold, he proceedet, sriegihen'iA in his south;
And said, 'I'11 read, for comfort, in my roll:'
Pelt for it in his bosom-but, 'twas gone!
SAh nme!' he cried, Ah, wretched man, undone'
* M)y inlul sleep Almighty God forgive,
SAnr I Irt me once again my roll retrieve!
* 0 wA'ihed sloth! thrice toist I tread this way,
And lose the'Benefit of cheerful day.
Darkness appr.-.ache--ir he lions come,
Alas' I ne'er shall reach my heav'niy home.'
Backw.r.1*rl'e r.c'd ih; mournful steps, and wept,
S0 f..-l he cried, '0 that I had not slept!'
While thus he breathed his penitential moan,
Again ha reached the arbour, and sat down.
But U what rapture sparkled in his eyes
When rnce again the precious roll he spies.
Be,r -,ih the seat it lay-he caught it up,
Ai:d i ilth it, felt reviving peace and hope.
Timoron; professors giv an eil report of the.
'thrisian warfare; but Chnriiihn reasons well, and goes.
SSiiirI slnvh and indulc-ence deprive the Chr;itian of
hii; spirirr-il crm'rforrs In ;uch a case he will accuse;
hi-self and lament hi, fol, ;- but he gee- diligence io
TCc errhlie Issurance uf hope; and when recv,;xed, gives
Ged the praise,
Fresh vigour animates his cheerful mind,
To climb the hit by providence assigned ;
Watches wnith jealous eye the parting light; ,
And longs to reach his lodging erer 'is night.
When, welcome spectacle! at hand appeared
An edihfice, f'or entertainment reared;
The palace, Beautiful was justly nam'd,
For fellowship with Pilgrims greatly fam'd
But here, alas! the path muc narrower grew;
The lions also now appear in view.
SAh me !' said Christian, now I plainly see,
What made Mistruat and Timoroux quickly flee.
Death isbef'ore me!. Now wlat shall I do?
A single slep I dare not further go.'
'Twas then the Porter, who his case espied, "
4(Yatchful by name) aloud to Chrisrian .qaed J.
* Pilgrim." why art tlhou thus with terror pain'd, .
The lions cannot hurt thee-they.are chained.
SCome on-observe the path-and nothing Fear, '
Come on, and find a ready welcome here.'
Christian proceeded-not without alarm,
The lihous roar'd, but could not do him harm.
The gate attained, he asks with hope and fear,.
SPray, may a Pilgrim beg a lodging here!'
SBeautiful, signifies a visible church ofChrist.whcIt
is a palace of God, where ilthe blessings of Chitis...
communion are enjoyed.
t The lions may signify any of those spirinlt ttMuiea
which oppose our Christia4 course, and which bfreta
hinder lAxiest professors from the enjoyment of church, '
fklawship. Butial oar enemies are chained that is, they
arec tttrained by divine power.
The P.-.r-kr ra.: h -I-- D..ci'rt.oi came,
Arid said !,. .c'Id t.. kr.' ithe ira-'lkl"t, name.
M ii.n.,' r.lid ti, .a 6. r.:re'&ad- crhIhtl.t ,.rii,'J")
t iu': .... nu,,, .,ice grjc my soul reclaim'd.'
y etr, P,. -t.,'f. F.,, and ',a ,y
C -ine t.-, i Jit .' ..r, tl.ir istiic'r to see;
Ar invi!aTiorl g;avc tewlih rn,: iccord,
SC,.ime ia,' said tlhey, thou blessed of the LoWrd
Tlir. CirIs ;ain cner'dJ ,,I. a thankful heart,
1 l.i (G;"d uch fr tr,iur hold to him impart;
iHe i'-ld then .ll '.c nit v ih livtheway;
And hr,,.A t, I l..td lad Lujr,'d his night to day:-
"I Iu | i. 'd t',-e ini ,. coticr.ition sweet,
Till itpjer cme. Ohen d.-,n tibey sat to meat.
T-ie f '.:. was foril'd rr ii.eal and drink indeed,'
, !t.Aid ',', hlieanil. rId Chriiit.n feed!
A t .--L' 1 .-, tl.ir talk ,i d, i their Lord,
'V.t,, i'd zile iicu'r. f.r thcm byhis sword.
"' l, l .-ud ciG all li% ,,T'ri.,, and his love,
CIf z. I did b.-.w, r..d i,:s above.
'i' tu i i,. -r!N;.:,r -.',l, ,i'h I.-.s e to Christ possess,
T' li n.,i-. i .L tihen all rci.re to rest.
Ti," in a r i,.[. c 1.d re.ice, f-ir pilgrims kept,
Citi. .-i s a, J. and conforably slept
Till da- re .iri-i.-i,; wirli 2 grateful tongue,
Mie Ihu.s pi "i.. Li tliii.t, ina song;
P*'ftler ,. P...ty, .-,(I Charatv are necessary' in nli...
if tht quJalnaiu.,, L-f CiUtlth Mcmlibvrs.
7' o I.ir.J S'ir tn to be cie aiernd.:-'tl
Where alt Ins.' .1 bis thi e loa and care
Ofyeut,fur the mn who p lgnms are,
7'h to provide That I should e jforgiv'n,
A Ad dwell already at the gate of bea',, 9.'
Being justified by &itb, we hire peace with God.'
j Rom. v. i.
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Christian &sbe prospect of the divant De'yrable
.Mount/ana-c. iCs The Valley of Rumiitrauio, wisti& be
bar a drTayitd cvIfi.ct ,rnt6 Apolyun,. ut e.cmes of
T"tK morning come, they say he mumit not go.
Till first their curiosities they show.
Then was our pilgrim to the STUDY lrd;
And there, in sacred bLioks with pleasure read;
There, he perus'd the hist'r. of our Lord;
And %hai his airnt effected by his iord'.
Next *hith delight the Ani"'ryhe kplcr'd, 1
With vast sup.p.lies of warlike weapcis stior'd,
Hlelinets xnd swords, and breast-plates, shoes and shield,
To arm, the chri',ian Aoldiir for the Seld.
I-ere then, our P'IgTim was in armour put,
Armour of proof f rorn head to foot'I-. ..j
0 Ivery christian must study his Bible, and the morn-
ing i. thE fit testr nmte for it.
As the chrisriar, life is a wafare, every brlicver
mru' be irmed fur the field; he is there',. provided
%v, h the helmet '.,f ilore, the breasl-.pla'e ofl" Righteomm-
nes., tlhe girdle of i'ruth, the shoes of Gospel.peace, the
sward of the Spsuit, and the shield of Faith.-Ephea. vi.
Chris an fghats ApollUen .. ,
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Christian w-as going:-bnut they begged his stay,
One object more to note, and then awa5.
' From off our roof,' said they, you'll clearly view,
' Thai pleasant country you must travd yrhrogh.'
O0! what a prospect did he thence command,
He saw as far as King Imminanuel's land;
Sweet country! decked with vineyards, fruits and flowI'rs,
With springs and fountains, woods and shad, bowers:
And mark!' said they, I s.-hen once thou comest there,
SThe gates of ti' heav'nly city will appear'!'
Then Christian left the house, and look the road
That lShim to the city of his God;
D)ownfli he walked, bur not with caution due,
- For, goiug down, he made a slip or two
I see,' said he, there's need of caution still,
SIn gping down. as well as up the hill.
Bumi'ialion-f'allev lies before,
Which 1 with wary feet music novrezploret.
SBut O! what's that,' said Christian, I that I see'
S0 'ris Apollyon! must I stand, or flee?
He comes' with hasty strides o'er yonder field!
What most I do-advance, or fly, or yield ?
I'm arm'd-but for my back no armour's found;
God helping me, I'll even stand my ground.' .*
The prospect of the Delectable Mountains btevus
t hat thedich and happy experience of advanced Ctuistisp
is very animating to those who have la:ely get oUt'"oa0
their pilgrimage. '' .
t To prevent spiritual pride, the Christlai smsi be
hum-nbled by some means or other; but after' uch piea-'
sure and prosperity it is difficult to submit to 1tis, without',
clipping a little, by murmuring and discqp oat,
jf','/joa came--i horrid, hideous sight!
Encidgh he stoiwest inoirtl to affright!
Covcr'd wrh scale like tish, his feet like bears,
And with a hon s momhli, thus Christian dares:
Whence come you, Sir, and whither are you bound!'
SI corr.e,' Ej;d Christian. from Destruction's ground;
Fo Szo' ci, y, now" m)n course I steer,
Ar d hope my Prince IlI make me welcome there.'
My subject thin yc'a atr,:,' Apollyon said, `
From mre, our tight' ul master, you have fled,
I 1 hopC to iLrn .,.u, or I'd strike you dead.'
I once was y'cur; indeed,' the Pilgriri cried,
But to rmdeEm n m sOLLJ, Immanuel died;
To him, my lt.ord, .Alegiance I have sKorn,
Nor hll nor death ru. faithful soul shall turn.!
Apollyor th>n. svTIl'I \ith infernal rage,
Replied-' Wjrh hinm i rinal war I wage:
I hate his per'or, ; I Lbtror his laws,
Despist his iuhjects, anid detest his cause.
SPrepare to df' r-,ielhous wretch, and know
Not c.n step I uither shalt thou ever go.'
H ie said; an., 0-1honing, threw a flaming dart,
Euacili levlI'd r the I'.lhrini's heart;
But Christiian, wel' accciu:.red for the field,
Repeli'd the i.n.chief by his lifted shield.
Then fierce A|-I'rn-I, hno-ing to prevail,
Fast ihrely hiih It 1..ili Ltris, like show'rs of hail.
But Christian ca!.il. dr- .- his famous sword,
( Y'h- mc.riig is, l.,. L. J the written werd)
And boldly wielded it For half a diay,
Nor could Apcllyon's rage his soul dismay.
But yei, he was to dilB( uies put.
His head was wounded, wad h1 hind, and foot.
At length Apollyon clos'd, and Christian fell;
The fall elaLcd all the hosts ot hlU.
I hare there now!' his advetrary C
Boast nor so soon,' ihe Pilgrf
I fall indeed, hut shall agau ..
Vhristian arose, strenrhen'd romrn heav'n r bov:
I Tis'lius,' slid he, I rise in Jesu's love.'
Then aiming wisely at his hellish roe,.
He igalum one amniing, Iital olow.
Aba h'qpx.lUoin spread his dragon wings.
And fledaway, uhble victory Chribtian sins WP
Create BE.tabrbut, tke captas of 49fiqd ,. '';
Desgn'a my ruin :berefJre l to his end
'Be entl hii barrnea'd mti and be with rapi .
Tbat el/Uish was, diati fitcev ite esgrje: .
Bul bh'rsaed MJtbaej belpfd re, a I, .
SB dii.t ofsawurd, at length, have mide minuj ...
Tbereforr to tir bie ivrn la.tiig praise,
S'il bless and ,harik Lis 6o4' nitrie always.'
* Peln lpatiful passapge, the Destroyer, (Apeypp#A
taLking the advantage of Cbrisnan's advrrsity,or huqij.I,
tioa, assaualis him with di fierv darts of -temiptatta,'.
but vls'.flgrim isaictorious, through faith in the wo
of God. "
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C)ioian passe! roug5 Wtlie Valley of the Shadow of Death
-it great distres.ed, but escapes unhurt-Happily, over-
taker Fauhful, another Pilgrim, who proves an excellent
CuRtsTrZiAN, refreshed, had scarcely.iaken th, -
When lo! the Valley of-be Shade rJ Death b
Presents itself-thro' this passage lay
The road that leads to everlasting day.
And now, he meets the children of the spies,
Fast rurinig back ; each base apostate cries
* Back! back in that dark valley we hav- betn,
a And thtre such horrid spectres we have seen!
SThere sport the fiends and dragons oF the pit,
'Back! back with us, if you have any wit.'
* What yeu report,' said Christian, may be true,
And yet, be this the road I should pursue;
g'111 venture on, and with mny sword in hand,
* Still urge my journey to the Holy Land.'
It was a dangerous path the pilgrim trod, jlP
Sure never mortal traced so dire a road;
On his right band, a ditch, tremendous lay;
A dangerous quag on t'other side the way;
So that when. carefullY, the ditch he'd shun
Into the miry quag he nearly run:
I he VallUe of ih. h -. ul D ail.
Avoiding that, 'twas hard to miss the ditch,
For now twaini grown almost as dark as pitch'
And now wh.ar terror on his spirit fell,
\ hen, near at hand, he ipietAi the gate of hell!
.-,ribh issued, in abundance, smoke and flame,
While dismal shrieks from ev'ry quarter came.
t All this continued-not a little while-
bit as he trembling crept for many a mile.
Nor sword nor shield could serve his purpose here,
No weapon now of an% use hut pra''r.
0 God,' lie cried, Witle t2Jr the biihiv roll,
o I'ucbsafe to 6hIp! 0 Lord preserve my soat'
Hi pravy'levail'd ; for soon he heard a voice
\Vrich ma his faintiinig spirnt to rejoices
"'I'%..:. thuu: 7'bo' I wai Ibro'" iThe gloomsy vale,[
rrjfa' fI.tb and bope in Cl-rist sbati neier fails
ilj'bo tboug5 tib' infernal .pirits all appear,
1 /*,fear them not, my Shepherd's s.-th me bere.'
The morning dawn'd, then, full appeared in ,iewv
The shocking dangers he had passed through:
And greater dangers still before him lay,
Bur now he-'ot th' advantage of the day.
i'h.' path with murder pilgrims bones was strew'd,
A id mangled legs and arms, and skulls and blood:
This V'alley f a sta'e of spi&al desertion; wh.w'
vhi believer, deprived of the Uight ol Cud's corunterina *
alketh in darkness and hath no light: it is particulal
applicablee to persons in. this sta.e, who areflso under
the power of those bcdily diseases b) which the fni4uIas
The ditch or, the right hand may denote ei* in-'
[rinri.le; that on the left, enors in practice.
For in a cave t.vao giants long had liv'd,
Who miny a pilgrim had of life bereaved;
Paga'n, the name of one, but he was dead;,
Aad Pope the other, but he kept his bed,
Yet grinn'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 followin song:
S0 Ti.rld of wonders (I rat say no less)
b.it I sboL'J le pre.rv' in such ebdistress
SAt I /harw iet s wl 6ere 1 0 blessed be
rbe graciias bJand a bicb bath delivered me J
Dangers from djrhest, devils, hell, and sin
Encomptuis'J nit%,,v.',e I this vale was in;
Yea, snares an l pii, and traps, and nets did lie,
Ahbia my path, that si!,'y wortbless I
M.gbt ba be het caught, entangled and cast dawn,
SBit since I lure, le y7esus wear the crown.'
Thus far, 'rwas ChriEian's Irt alone to walk,
No friend with whom in heavenly things to talk;
Blt now, Imrnanuel did in mercy send
Faitbfd, who pr.awvd a cmi'rt to lie end.
I Cwas on a little hillock Christian stood,
And thence behdJ good Faithful on iharoad,
To whom aloud he crK. I pray yoa Lay;
'I'm coming up, I'm iravelling your wy.'
raifiulI replied-' I cannot stay r.or you;
* I'm oa my life, a '1 deadly f.es pursue
Then Christian ran, till Faithful i>on he pats'd,.
And thus it happened that the .fit was a:*..'
fe smiled with pride-but stumbled on the ground,
Njr could arise till Faithful's help he found*.
Chliritian arse-and thus discourse began
SI'm glad to meet with you, a faithful man;
* I'm glid that thus together we may walk,
*And jt.in, li'e pilgrims, in some useful talk:
' And now, dear friend, pray how long might it be
* Ere you fc.rsook the city, after me!'
SAfrer you left,' said Faithful,'' long 1 staid,
Till 1 could stay no linger; so afraid
* Was I of dreadful vengeance coming down,
' To desolate with Ere Oir guilty town.
SIndeed is %as the general report,
* And talk'd of ,much by men of ev'ry sort:
SBut talk was 211, as you may plainly see,
* Or more had left the place like you and me.'
SBlessed be God!' said Christian, Err that day?
4 But tell me what you met .ith by the way.'
* I 'scap'd.' said Faitill, but I can't tell how,
* The dirt that nriny meet with at the slough.
* No harm befel me traveling to the gate;
H But one assault, I briefly must relate:
9 Young Misrress Wanton met me in the way, '
d And she had mauni flart'ring things To say; .. ,
For fleshly lasts will strive and promise fair,, ."
SBut grace preserved me fromn the fatal snare.
SSobn after this, I met an aged man,
' Who first accosted .ne, and thus began.
Spiritual pride often occasion ' A
I like your look;-will y-.u c-,nrentd be
To come, arid live, and work along uith me?'
1 ask'J his. name, and work, and where he liv'd,
What men he kept-what wages they receiv'dZ'
Adam the first, my name is, he replied,
My work's delightful-many a one has tried.
You'll live on dainties, if you live with me;
SAnd all my charming daughters cyou shall see;
One of the three I'll give you for a wife-
Lust of the flesb-or E'fj, or Pride of Life.'
VWith shame own, I Felt my carnal mind
SMore than a little r'wards this man ,ncli'd.
But, looking on his forehead, there one reads
4 Put offte ran uf dn, and all hi. deda.'
:T... When that I saw, at once I rurn'd away,
SAnd nothing more to him wouLd have to say,
But as I turn'd a deadly blow he gave,
4 Indeed I thought wouldd lay me in the grave.
S'When thnro' the lonely Valley too, I came,
I met a fellow, falsely called Shame.
q He said religious folks are mean and base,
STheir company was sure to bring disgrace;
That ver) few of them were rich or wise,
And all the world such methodists despise:
They always bore some low opprobrious name,
And is not that, said he, a monstrous shame?`
While thus he talked, at first, I own I blush'd,
S But soon my pride and passion thus were hush'd.
That which with men, thought I, is much etecicm'd,
With God, is mere abomination deenm'd.
What he prefers, must surely he the best,
If mortal men esteem it, or detest.
Then I took courage-Shame, said 1, begone,
And let an honest traveller alone.
Awhile the bold-fac'd villain to me clung,
At length I shook him off, and thus 1 sung' ;
Te trials that tbha men do meet witbhal,
o provw obedient to t&e eav'n/y coil,
re manifold, and ru;ed to the fe sh,
And came, and come, and come again af/res, f
'That now, or at some future time, we may
Be taten, overcame, and cast a-rau.
0 let the Pilgrim",. i the Pigrime them
Be vigilaant. and quit thbemueet ike men.'
| The experience of true believers is the same in all
material points, yet varies in some particulars, so lhat
,io 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 ha was
assaulted by the lusts of the flesh,' the old Man of aniuiul
Ylttwret and shame.
Christian and Air companion -meet vwitb one 'alat7t, aM
empty professor-met vitb Evangelixt again-they enter
Vanity-Fair-Fatbfiul is tried, and pu to deatb.
As thus our pilgrims travell'd hand in hand,
With sweet discourse towards the heaverd) land,
Another traveller appeared in view-
One 'alhatie--a man that Christian knew,
(He knew his aged father, Sayrell, too:
The family long liv'd in Pratirg Row.) -
He'd talk of heav'n and hell, and law and grace.
With t smooth tongue, and sanctified face.
A saint heseem'd, tq9 those who heard him talk,
But a vile wretch, to those who knew his walk z
To an) company his words could suit-
With saints a saint, and with the brutes a brute;
With'one, devoutly, psalms and hymns he sung;
With others, songs obscene defil'd his tonrguf.
Go to his house-there's no religion there,
No fear of God at all, no praise, no pray 'r'
He'd swear and whore, a& drink, and lie, and cheat.
The moral people shunn'd him in the street.
His characer all o'er the town was such
Thai for his sake, the gospel bore reproach.
With him the pilgrims talked a little while,
But soon discovered all his art and guile--
Dealt freely with him, told him what they thought-
And what reproach upon the cwaul he brought-
'Twas such as he that made religion stink,
While he himself was on destruction's biinlk.
But faithful words with him would never do,
He blush'd, rurn'd back, and bid them both adieu.
From such the Scriprures bid us turn away,
Our holy pilgrinas do so, while they sa)-
Ha, 7atative at first lifts up bis pilwns!
| Hcx.-hrqtelvy doth he peak I How he presumes
7o drive dotin all btJore him! Bu o AtuIon
4 A Failjhut talk f HEAR T-WORK. like the "nuI
ST'hat': past the full-into the wane he goes,
nd so qil all, but be that uEAaT-woRK kna-" "
Thus ril of Talkatie, they forward went;
With, good discourse their time was sweetly spent.
SBut, Christian, who comes yonder!' Faithful crieJ;
Evangelist, my friend.' Christian replied;
* And mr friend too,' adds Faithful, 1 may say,
S'T% as he. good man, first put me in the wity.'
Evangelist comes up-with smiling face;
' My friends,' said he, I wish you joy and peace
* Tell nme, dear pilgrims, where your lot was mat.
' And how you've tared, e'er since I saw you last.'
They told him all they met with on their way,
Ahod'how the Lord had helped them to that da.
'The character of Talkative is too common; sucl.
men abound in the present day; they ran lalk dflueafl
Aboitt region, but there is no true guditness in I itir
hearts nr houses.
Blessed be God,' Evangelist replied,
' That tho' you both have been severely tried,
Yet grace and strength have been so freely giv' n,
And still your trav'lling on the roai to heaven.
' Press forward then,'celestial things pursue,
i And ever keep the conqu'or's crown in view.
' Watch well your hearts; in Qhrist alone confide,
Nor fear, for heaven itself is on your side.
* But mark-trials expect-keep that in mind,
' Some heavy trials yet %ou both will find:
' You're almost thro' the wilderness. but soon
' You'll reach a large, a vain, a wicked tow r:
There, if your enemies can have their will,
, They'll persecute, and if permitted, kill:
' One of you, there, must seal the truth with blood,
' And died martyr for the living God:
SBut knoW, whose lot soe'er that trial provws,
' Will soonest see the God he serves and lov i.'
Our pilgrims now their grand design pursue,
And soon this famous town appeared in view ;
A towing of ancient date, of wealth and fam-:,
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 solil,
Silver and pearls, "and precious stones and g:,lJ;
Crowns, Liugd.ni.ms, titles, places, churches, tradcz-
Husbands and wives, and children, whores and mriaids
Bargains were made for health, and lives, and ;ouls,
And here were jugglers, players, knaves and touis;
Sins of all sorii and kinds abounded here,
And men that liv'd towcheat, and game, and si. e-r.
Throw' this bad place the pilgrims' journe) lay,
And none could slun it by a diff'rtnt wa:
Our Lord himself once passed through the fair,
But laid not out a single farthing there'.
Our pilgrims eoter'd then this wicked pl ice,
And soon perceived it destitute of grace.
With proud disdain the scornful townsmen g'z'd-
Some atNheir homely garments seem'd amaz'd;
Some at their dialect were more surprised ;
But most because'bese men their wares despis'd.
What will ye buy 1' some taunting wretches cried ;
We buy the truth,' with 'meekness they replied;
I We count your vaniries as light as air,
'We look above'-our heart, our treasure's theret'
This gaven offence; and soon a tumult rose;
They looked upon the pilgrims as their foes-
Charg'd them as enemies of public peace-
As fools and madmen, wonrthy of disgrace:
Led them in heavy chains about the lair-
And in the cage and stocks, etpos'd them there,
Like wretched out-casts, friendless and forlorii,
Objects of laughter, raillery and scorn.
Meanwhile, some few, from prejudice more free,
No evil in these christi.n men could see;
Under the notion of a FAIn, the author beautifnilf
describes this present evil world, which well deserves tit
name of VANssrY ; for, if the testmony of the wiset
man may be credited-' All is 'aoit- and vesation of
SThose who live grdly in Christ Jesus, cannot escape
persecution. Not to love the world, ad the things or
' the world,' as others do, is sufficient to excite suspicivfh
The cor.duct of the baser rabble blamed,
And said, their enemies might be ashamed;
Condemin'd their furious, persecuting rage,
A nd own'd'that others more deserv'd the cage.
Their enemies, with greater malice filled,
E claim-' The pilgrims must and shall be kil'd.'
From that day forth, their lives and blood were sought,
And they, for form's sake, soon to trial brought;
Each carnal heart owed them a secret grudge,
And Sate-good was appointed for their judge.
Th' indic'meot stated-' They were foes to trade-
SSchisms and commotions in the town had made;
SThat many to their party they had won-
And this against their law and prince was done.'
Then Faithful answer'd-' Him that is most high,
.1 My spirit serves, while satan I defy;
SCommotions I abhor, a friend to peace-
I If men are won, it is to righteousness.'
The crier then proclaimed, Let all draw near,
Who mean against the prisoners to appear.'
&.Eir, cane forward first, and first was sworn,
( He long had vow'd to do him some ill turn.)
SMN lord, said he, this man I long have known,
d And long has he disloyal notions sown;
SVile man ht is, for all he canting saith,
SAnd talks so plausibly about his faith.
SM5 Irrd, he cries our ancient customs down,
SCuBloi i revered by ev'ry man in town.:
SBefuTe his God, he says, they all must fall;
Andi saying thus, no doubt, condemns us allO
Faithfu Burni aRL VaiL.ILy-air.
Next, Superistilin cMrep, and kiss'd the book,
Fixing on Fithful a most niurd'rous look;
I know this yellow well, for t'other day,
In company, Iny lord,.! heard him say-
That our religion, if to Scripture brought,
Was 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.'
Nest PielbanJ rose and said-' My noble lord,
SAnd you, good gentlemen, observe my ward;
I know the pris'ner-know how he defames
You, my good lord, and all the worthy names
Of our chief gentry-O, he hates the town,
And, could he have lii 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,
You don't deserve the favour, yet you may.'
Faithful replied, My answer, Sir, is this;
Against my God, IC' nothing" done amiss:
Customs and laws against his holy word.,
I must oppose, as hateful to my Lord;
Y Your reigning v:ces I nnust deem disgrace,
&And fitter far for hell, than for this place.'
r he wicked jury join the judge, tnd cry.
,'Faithful is guilty, let the traitor die.'
With savage cruelty his flesh they tear,
I.ance'it with knives, and pnck it with a spaert.
then sorely sconrg'd, he's fast'ned to a stak -, .
AtA bumrt to ashes fQr his Sas iour's sake. -
Thus Faithful dies! his spirit dear to God,
Counts swift to heaven along the shining road *.
Christian, in prison, for a time retained,
Escapes their yoilence; so God ordaia'd;
1 is liberty resum'd, he moves along,
The way beguiling with a cheerful song:
Welt, Fait.ful, thou haast faithfu!ly profest
Unto tby Lord, wvitb rvbom thou shalt be blest;
SWhob faitbless ones, whose joys are false and vait.,
Are cr irg out vith agony and pain.
S5,.,j,, -,,ri...... s. and. mullet thy name survive;
SFor thl' they kili'd thee, thou art yet alive.'
Such characters as 1Taef.,frd. Envy, Superstition,
ar.l Pic ,,I.- -., will readil. ,. b..ur nd, especially in a time
of persecution; such is the enmity of the carnal mini
against God and his people: but how illustriously does
the grace of God shine, in I..jirii; his suffering saints,
au,\ rn..2.,g them' faithful unto death.'
L Crisian favored with a new and excellent companion in
S Hlpelful-itbey escape a new temptation-see the pillar if
alt-are dergbhfully entertained at the River ofJ God--but
unhappily, fortsaking the main roadfar the sake of easier
wa/aing, wander into By-path meadow, where nigbt and a
ltorm come on-tbe.y fall irnto the cruel bands of Giant
Despair, and are rmonfined in Doabting.Castle for four
dtm--btn at leq,',htb male their escape b) mean of a ley.
NOT long alone did pious Christian walk,
A man cai'd Hopefal joined him soon in talk;
'Twas what he saw the patient pilgrims bear,
During their persecution in the fair,
Prevailed on him to leave his native home,
And, chrstLian lLke, a pilgrim to become'.
Together walking, on their journey still,
(Beyond the .iinr of Ease, at Lucre Bill)
winuas salutes them-, Genllemen,'1he cried,
| PPr have the goodness just to turn aside,
A Anivew this rich, this noble silver-mine,
S' Where healthh and treasure in abundance shine;
SIt of'en happens that ihen the Lord removts a
valuahble Ifried by death, he raises up another tp supply -
lUis Flace. See here the effect of persecudtioi; it exieitg
t iqtliri, and produces converts.
S Stop here and dig awhile-with little pair..
Great and astonishing will be your gains'.'
SCome then,' said Hopefu!, let -s go and I.. '
'Here some have riches gained, and why .u: "
SNot I,' said Christian, not a step l1l morve,
SThis bait will certainly our ruin prove.
'.1 i.',t, J rich-fall into many a snare;
SAnd, 0 the thousands that have perish'. hEr, "
By-ends who followed after, soon was won,
Demas no sooner called him, but he run;
Anxious for wealth, poor wretch, he long t'li bI .
F lang'd in the pit, and never more v.'-as est r t.
By-ends, and silver Demas both agree;
n One ealls, the other runs, that he may be
sharer in his gains; so many do
SIn this iorld settle, and no farther go.'
A little onyaid, just beside the road,
An ancient monumental figure stood;
A pillar first it seem'd-they nearer drew,
A female f-gure then appeared in view.
A new temptation is presented. P,::rs. 'is % V
dangeroo, at rij.
f The love of money is the root of .1l c i: vhlit'
ujile sine hale coveted after,.they hae erid C-o,
h li. faah, anid i.,erced themselves through; 1i'%Ji nia&r.
sorrow,' 1 Tim. vi. 10. How great is l: privilrt.c'
vf having a failthiul friend at haad, to %.!" L; Of c'r
What can it be 1-awhile they stood and gaz'.3-
Th' inscription tried to rrad ('iwas half eras'd)
Thle words, with pains, at length theyv frur.id to be,
SLou's u'.fe rewemner, who tsih paltar see'.'
d salutary lesson!' Hopeful cried,
STo me, solicited to turn aside-
' To me, inclined that dang'rous mine to see.
' My keeper, God! I give the praise to thee, '
' Like her's (I own with shame) like her's my fauid;
* 1 live to praise, while she's a rock of ralht.'
Close by hlie path a copious river flow'd,
U'hich David calls Thie river of his God :'
Onhi t,.cr hind delightful meadows lay,
And fragrant rows of fruit trees line the way:
Time irtes supply ti-.em with delicious food, FM
Their leaves fhr healing purposes were good.
In flow'ry fields they find secure repose,
Sweeter than any, save a pilgrim knows: '
They dnnk, refresh'd, the living waters here;
They eat, and drink, and sleep, devoid of fear.
How good was God! how sweet and calm their rest!
0 how completely were the pilgrims bleat!
See Gen. xix. 26 and Luke xvii. 32.
Such is the efecit or genuine grace the evil prqpe.-
sities of the heart are acknowledged and lamented, and
prewervation from the dangers to which they tead, ascribe
alot to the power of God.
*%his is an allusion to Psalm xlvi. t. and Rev. nliiiL,
tvwl le read of a pure nver of water of life'-' he i j
Sstdmas whereofmnake glad the city of God t' the author
ltnds.the happy enjoy ment of christian privileges suc| *"
a pardon, peice, and join the Holy Ghost.
Refresh'd and thankful, now they speed their way;
For many a mile as yet before them lay.
Rdluctant they forsake this pleasant spot,
For not so smooth the Pilgrim's constant lot.
Ere long the road grew rough, and full of stones;
Their feet were blister'd-weary were their bones.
N. w, t'wards the left, and close beside the road,
A meadow lay, and there the path was good.
Over ;he stile goes Christian-' Let us see
WVhether it keeps along our road,' said he.
'Yes, Hoperil, come; 'tis charming walking here,
'TIjs the right way, my brother, never fear.'
'Twas ly-patb Meadow now the pilgrims trod,
A way that leads from happiness and God *.
Vdre dangerous traps and horrid pits abound.
On pirpo'? form'd, by hina that owns the ground.
'ain Confidence, who walked but just before,
Falling, was cruish'd to death, and seen no more:
They heard his groans, and now were sore afraid:
Where are we now i'-poor trembling Hopeful s.aid
I feared, my friend, this path would lead astra y:
O that we had not leftihe narrow way!'
Darkness came on, with thunder, lightning, rain,
Torrents poured down; the waters rose amain;
The storm terrific, fill'd their soul with dread,
A nd vengeance seemed just bursting on their head.
Christians, to avoid trouble, sometimes forsake ihe
way nr duty : but the smallest deviations from the Sight
wa" are dangerru'i; for one IL Mr1pta ion makes wa% Iir
another.' a.tid it sometimes happens, as in this ,isiance.
that strong christians may lead weak ones out of isit
way,' Prov. xiv. 12.
* What can we do?' said they, not here remain,
* But turn, and try the way of life to gain.'
They tnrn'd and tried--but, ah.l the waters rose-
The mighty waters all attempts oppose.
In vain they search, no pith could now be found,
The swelling billows all their skill confound,
And narrowly they ';cape from being drown'd *.
A little shelter, pleased, at length they find;
And wearied out, in sleep they both reclin'd,
Not distant far, a stately castle stands;
There dwells a Giant, who the plain commands:
Doubting, the castle's called, of ancient fame;
Depair, the savage giant's fearful name .
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 I and what do you here V'
* Pilgrims to Zion trayV. Iling,' said they,
' But yesternight, good Sir, we lost our way.'
Desrpair replied-' You're trespassers, I see-
' My pris'nors therefore-come along with me.'
What could they do? to whom could they complain
Resistance to a giant was in vain.
Straight to the castle-yard he drove the men,
And locked them in a deep and dirty den.
SThe author well observes, that it is easier going
' nut ot the way when we are in, than returnifig into it
Svhenii we are out.'
The itrani-g is, that forsaking Christ and the wiay
or duty, %. i L briig a christian into a state of duubt aul
dct-;.1 'r. .
There, ,sad they lie, without a ray of light-
No 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 deizad,
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 npon their feet.
Next day he visits them, and Ah said he,
You villains, you are yet ,live, I see;
'Fools that you are, and mighty fond of life. )
When in a moment you might end the stri, k
By friendly poison,. halter, sword, or knife.'
The giantmnow withdrawn; poor Christian cries-
Dear brother Hopeful, what would you advise?.
NO prospect of deliverance can I see, j
And 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 are not for us to will,
.' And God hath strictly said-Thbou halt not kdIl.
In vain we, hope for ease by death, for !-now
SThat murderers to hell must surely gn.
Our case is bad, not desperate, for we see
Others 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
STo iry nm utmost strength to get away,
SMy frcedem gain, and see the cheerful day.
Here Cl.r:.. -n; seems to be on thebordersof2.tt.,
and ih tLci. ie pted to self-m:urder, but prevented b :i'e
g.Icd adlce c.i *ris friend Hopeful, who reminds l im ctf
God-' former mercies and his own cu,-ir-,tou C Cl c.
'Christian, remember, when in yonder Fair,
How boid for truth were yon, how valiant there!
SYou dreaded not the prison or the stake ;
Then why so gloomy now s fresh courage take.
The G-d who helped you then is still the same;
Be patient, therefore-trus: his holy name.'
Well, thus the poor deserted pris'ners.lay
SAll Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.
Ret,.lv'd, at length, to pray ; on God they call,
And prostrate on the earth, before him fall.
"'rwas midnight when they first began to pray,
And on they wrestled, till the break of day.
Then, Christian starting up in glad surprise,
Why, what a nmonsrrt w4fool I am"' he cries,
Here in this horrid dungeon to remain,
When in a moment I could freedom gain!
Here, in my bosomni lies a curious key-
'Twill open any lock-come, let us see.'
He tries the dutgeon-open flies the door-
And out they sallied to return no more;
Then, triad the gate nest to the Castle-yard-
That open'd too, but open'd very hard.
The outward iron-door alone remains,
And this they opened, bt with mighty pains;
It creak'd aloud-the noise the giant wakes,
And speedily towards the gate he makess.
His fits return-he falls upon the ground,
While o'er the field's the happy pilgrims bound".
The ewobderful useftilness or the precious prorrtises of
Qod in his word, is here n, it haTpil)' repres-ented uider
the figure of A r.Ev-a key that would open any lock hi
Doubting.Casile. Thus [%ra-er and faith pr-evaitled.
The King's highway regained, to God they raise
The holy tribute of their heart-felt praise.
SAnd be it now,' said they, our pious care,
* That other pilgrims may avoid the snare.'
A pillar then they raise, and there engrave
These lines, the heedless traveller to save*:
Pilgrim, bewarf nor leave the King's bigbwoay;
'This private road will turn your soul astray :
SIt leads to Doubting-Castle; 0 beware !
'Or you become the prey of black Despair.
S' 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.
Tie Pilgrinms deligltfully entertained by the Shephaerdi
t*e Delectable Mouainah ; from ahence they obtain a
prospect fthbe Celtatial City.
PsocEDnrNo sweetly towards their journey's end,
The Mount Delectable they now ascend :
Orchards and vineyards deck the Eruirful ground,
And cooling fountains every where abound. ,
Here, safely feeding, numerous flocks appear,
A And skilful shepherds tend their fleecy care.
wualedge, Experience. Watchful, and Sincere-
The shepherds' names, to ev'ry Pilgrim dear.
* P;Ilgrims,' 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 they rise; abroad they early walk;
The pious shepherds join in friendly talk:
By the Delectable Mountains, we may understand
the holy delight which Christians, in an advanced stare
of experience, enjoy, when they get above the World,
and by faith behold the glories of the heavenly state;
particularly whetq they are assisted by the ministry of
able and fairhfu4 shepherds, such as are here described.
The morn was beautiful, the sky was clear,
And charming prospects all around appear.
But now,' said they, to help your growth ;n grac.l
' WVe'll show you all the wonders of" tl. p1l.'
The Hill 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 tow 'rtd L.gh,
SIn curious speculations to the sky:
The danger of their pride and error view,
And let it prove a. warning, Sirs, to you'.'
Mount Cautien next, another hill, they rise.
A curious object thence attracts their eyes:
Wandering among the tombs, were man. men
As blind as moles; and ev'ry now and then,
One and another falls-all try to gain
Deliv'rance thence-their eotrts all in vain !
Christian alfected, asks, Pray who are these
We'll tell you,' said the shepherd;. if )ou prlea.e.
Did You observe in coming here, there stood
A sile, upon the left hand by the road'
From thence, o'er By-patb Meadom, turnii a swav,
.4 In which those men, once pilgrims, wen' asitrt :
' By g-',m Despair, the wanderers were found,
' And punished for their trespass on hi oud ;
SIn Doubuing Cantle theywere long con ld,.
And then, the cruel mnnimer made the' blind;
Great is the danger oF errors in religion, and dange.
rou'.lyv false that worldly maxim, That it does not signiryl
what we believe, provided we are moral and sincere. Al3
true christians are taught of God.
They fomin the dungeon to the tombs were led,
'And now they ever wander 'inongst the dead.'
Hopeful and Christian, full of joy and fear,
Looked in each other's face, and dropped a tear'
*Conducted by the shepherds, next they view
A scene, as terrifying as 'ewas new.
On the hill-side, at bottom, was a door-
Which they were now requested to explore:
'Twas dark and smoky--there they h-ard the cries
Of men in flames, and dreadful agonies!
' Whai's this' said Christian-W' hat'sthisd]smal cell:'
SThe shepherds answer'd-' The by-ay to h ell!
* This way all hvpocrltfe are us'd to go,
* Whose godliness is but an empty show:
' Esau and Judae, and a thousand more,
' Who once the garb of pure religion wore.'
SAnd, can it be said they, thus far to come,
' Yet never reach the pilgrim's happy home?
SAlmighty Saviour! be our constant friend,
* And safely keep us to our journey's endt?
SThe deplorable condition of many who had wandered
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
caution, that he who thinketh he standeth, may take
heed Ilst he fall.'
t When profesors of religion are not sincere, toQuer
or later they will fall away. The greater part 9f tie
world walk in the broad road of open sin and profnenesA,
but here is a by-way to hell for those who had only tile
rmask of godlinst to conceal heit real wickcaeas.
There's one thing more,' the shepherds siad, 'I rem&rn?.,
-The sight of which will well reward your pains.
Let us ascend that hill (we call it Clear )
SAnd thence the gates of Zion will appear.'
The hill surmounted, eager they apply
The glass perspective to the longing e. e;
Intent and earnest for the gate ,he' taupk-
But, ah! their feeble hands with terror shook :
The sight they last beheld was not forgot ;
Apostacy, they feared, might prove thb.,r 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 ,ay--
I Accept this note-'twill guide your doubtful way :
Be sure to shun the fiatt'rer's fatal snare-
S'You pass th' ichoanted ground-O sleep not liere "
Then they went on-the air with gladness ran, ,
While they with joy the following sonnet sang:
Mhs by the shepherds, secrets are rewao'd,
SWhich from all other min are kept c.iiccal'J
SCome to the shepherds then, if you Tv.oU' ree
h'hings deep, things bid, and that m.ateriana be.
By the Telescope of Faith, the Celestial City sYm hb,
discerned, but when the hand lhake thruitgh fear, Lhe
view will be imperfeg.
r'& P;i'grinu iteet rirb fgnarairte, P0 MzPin/slT Profettor
-they sre 'Trurnauay, an aptiate. carried of by se-f'
derds--sel'J:eJ 1iv lve Flatter., i0ey are led astre;., l.d
are dramn into bis net-from be're tbee.ore delivered'
#o a Sbiinig One; but cbast:zed for their JoltAj-be,
proceed and mcet wit.5 an Infidel.
Now, pressing forward, on the end intent,
T'wards the celestial gate their course was bent;
When, from a little crooked lane, there camrhe
A forward youth-one Ignorance by name;
Born in the neighboring county of Conceit;
With pride and tlf.stufliciency replete:
About his own good-li.e the ladi would prate,
But nothing knew about the Wiret-iGate. .
lIe.boasts the pioals.mofions of his heart.
But ne'er, like Mary, chose the better part :
He neyer felt the niis ry of the fall,
Nor what for mercy, on his God to cail:
No need of righteousness in Christ he saw,
But Rsti his own obedience to ihe law. .'
Together far suqb pilgrims cRuld not avilk%
i[e ouLl not be-ar expi'vime-ta! talk ;
No pleasure in their compAin could find:
But cried-' You walk too fast, I'll it behind '.'
When further theyadvancid a little way,
Thro' a dark gloomy lane iieir pw;sa;e la.i
And here a dreadful object niedr th ir eveis,
And both were fiU'd with error and surpri.e.
A man, fast btund with c.rds. seven dev% bols e
Towards the hill, where tihe, had teer, the d,.r.
'Tis iTrn,2oaiv,' said Chriclian, Ihbelieve'
SI knew the man, and h.-re fe ,.'d toin le'
,You're right,' Ea'd Hopcful, :iure enough 'ti. he,
'A written paper on his bL-.ck I bee-
S'bis man is dann'dfor bare alC.t.z ,
Ah! brother, seeing this ,nhat cin we say?
SBut, help us always, Lord, to watch and pri' t"
Ah! easier said than done, for 't,.as not loni;
Ere both our pilgrims fa'l-d, vhi,, now so siroing.
A path presents itself, aild joimn. their vwa-
Both in appearance straight bcFore them lav-
SG.rar mn.1litides amonn u, are esacivinicc.J
of 'this ignorant youngman I,;n.r]t .,-f the righeouinesP
Christ has brought in, ihe, go -bc.ut u to ia E .iSi.L reir"
wn righteousness; their ;o. d lies, their good .vorks,
their gnnt hearts, are then rral dei)endarce, even while
Ihe y I;,Lieno to trust the ,iii' s rofChrist. These people
1greWtl dilihke experimental Chririans, and forsake their.
con'par.. 1 \
+ An awful character is here mentioned. A wantj4
professor, %%, r b.'came at Jasl a damnable apoitate tt,.
professor* '% ho are light and wanton, and can trifle VJf
&in, often LIcurome womplQL apostates.
But somewhat doubtful, here a pause they make-
, Which of these two,' said Christian, s %hall we take'
Just then a man came up whose face was black,
Yet wore a splendid robe upon his back tf
'Pilgrims" said he, you senm to make a stand
' PFray give me leave to take you by the hand.'
The way,' said they, to Zion we would go,
' Bo: which of Iiese ih right we do not Linuv.*
' Tour caution, gentlemen, is good,' said he,
' I'm going there myself-pray follow me.'
Simply they follow'd in the winding road
That this new guide-the Fwetterer had show'd;
For, ere the fallacy they had discern'd,
Their backs were to the heavrd.J city turned:
Yet they went on; but, ere they were aware,
'The crafty Flatrrer caught then in his snare:
Sudden, he drew them both into a net,
Which artfully was for the purpose set;
I How soon did they forget the ad- ice of the shepherds!
the note they gave to our pilgrims was neglected.
t St. Paul tells us (2 Cor xi 14, 15 ) that sh.an
himself is transfirmned into an angel nf light and his
ministers into minister, ot righ'ec u.,nL.s,' This is Lhe
Flatterer' of whom they weie wanted Erronerius ieach-
ers, who would pal" meu up with a self. righteous ophnio
of their own goodness on the one hand; or with the
antinomian notion ihat'being safe in Christ, they need
imt mind sin, on the other, are equally Flatterea, and
sqpaUly dangerous. Luther used to caution th.people,
against the White Devil.'
Entangled hand and foot, the pilgrims lie,
Anrid loudly fur some kind assistance cry.
SAh wretched men!' did Christian now exclaim,
None but ourselves we surely have to blame;
* By our own folly are we hither brought,
SAnd in this black man's net our feet are caught:
' Did not the shepherds kindly say-beware
SLest you're entangled in the Flatterer's snare*'
* Yes,' Hopeful said-' and that we might not stray,
' A ',t4l they gave us to direct our way.'
At 1' igth, behold, a Shining One appears,
A ii. his hand a scourge of cords he bears;
He a-ks the pilgrims whence they came, and how
Ttit met the present shameful overthrow.
Blushing, they own'd their folly and their shame,
And how into the Flatt'rer'lt net they came.
* k now the wretch,' said he, tho' black as night,
Hie oftc assumes a garb of dazzling light;
SBut u hen he got you safe into his spell,
Thte Ehining robe from his black body fell.
Lie down,' he adds, and by chastisement learn,
SHo,, 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,
SLet rie I'-irn th.- %iord to prize;
Taughi I. iat i've lelt before,
Satan's la'r) to abhor.'
' NorAink it liarJ; by means severe I prove
' How mucli I li'e your sinhs, 'our persons I.ty.'
This done, lie bids them g,., with counsel grave,
And not forget the hints thit Shepherds gave'.
Admonish'd thus, their journey they pursue,
When Io! a-ith much asion;shniem they view
A man approach, uiho seeni'd as itr he came
Back front AMount Sion-. rNear wa3 his name.
He askl'd he Pilgrims s iihlier they ere bound-
4 To Sion, % ht'r alone true joi)s are friund,'
lVas their relii -But he-a wil, and proud,
With scorn beheld them both, then laughed aloud
* There's no such place,' s:,id he, ald a!l the pain
SYou suffer ,n your pilgrintage, is vain :
A seeker I have bieii these rwvnty )ears;
' But now am rid of all mv hopes and ftA-rs.
'Back to he world, wilh eager step I has'e,
' The pleasures I renounc'd ariaI to asi .'
Then Christian nearer to li' fell :i drew-
* What think you, rLn!d,' Ea.id Ir, can hiis be true!'
Jesus Christ, ilte angel ,f the Cosenant, restores the
souls of his people, hT lie % ill cau.e their backshidirn..s
to reprove them,'-, h.- v ,!11 i, tlii, ,r r ransgress.ons %sia
ihe rod, aid dl.ir i.| ]L|u V il sbir.pes.'
t Charan'cr, itf ilis descr;pnron abound ia our d:ys,
even su zh ia r 1.r i:.ade : prfisciion ,if relth orn for litany
years. Thuse Ici soi.s Laing lot ed dirlkrieis rather than.
light, because ilier dee-s .re evil,' generally beconie
L cruel ie cker&' Thir iplausible oujctirons may, 'for a
znonintcr, shake the. laith ot'a true Ci.,isiiann; but he who
hath a gcd hope througli grace,' ns ipo-sease4
internal evidence of the iruih, wrich surpasse3s. I
arguinents in tie world, and which cffecrcual
O'ln to jI, ".vcrs. j IH ^
What!' Hopeful answer'd-* no mount Zion thia!
I No future state of rest for pious men!
t 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 sLall we now lthe whole delusion count?
0 brother, hate the words that cause to err,
4 Depend upon it, he's a Flatterer.'
H.peful,' said Christian mildly, don't be griev'd
Or think thy brother of his faith bereaved:
I ]nd:td, I aik'd the ,iestiuon but to prove
fi haip.t frnirne rof thy faith and love.
' :is 1man11 nu; I kno ; know his carnal mind,
To satan subject, and to sin inclined.'
The qu,'.'l pa.r'--he lIughing goes his way
0,' ;,,d thi,. t.r( their course to endless day.
BOOK X[. -
Cbristiax aid Hopeful reach tihe Incbaated Cround, wSiick
teY pa. ovr O in 'rfety.-HRopr ful ,re,'ates l, coerion
and e.1p'encC--r.vbe" I tarve u tdI cba',ing country, of
Beuloa; vbeixe iber bave a ddlisbiful prospect .f ibe
WITH hopes of glory now tliher songs abound;
When, presently, they 'each thl-' '-.,arotEd Ground.:
The narrow way with caution due they keep,
But H.pefu! found himself inelin'd to sleep;
Some drowsy property the air possebss'd,
Which strangel. pronmptcd men to wish for rest.
' Christian,' said he, 'your company I prize,
SBut lind I cannot open keep my eyes;
SLet us lie down and rest, uhile here we can,
SFor sleep is pleasant to a lab'ring Tnan*.'
SBy no mean',' answer ChriSL.an, I if we do,
SSome mrischbef sure will come to me or you;
SBy the Inchanted Ground, the author seems to intend'
srch a state of prosperity and eatse, as may incline the
chrinstian to slumber, and neglect the concerns oF the soul .,
and eternity. Innumeralh. rait cnucur to prove how
exiremel) Jangeroits tuch a state is to professors of
religion. Happy are tilhey who er-jov the counsel u
faithful adn..ntrions of a Christian friend, for, i"
STwo are better than one, because they hi.
reward for their labour,' &cci. iv. 9.
'For still, methinks, the shepherds words I hear-
Tou pass tb' Inhebanted Ground, 0 sleep not there!
SShake off dull sloth I resist the sleepy air,
SAnd 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,
SBut tu.i, I see. a'e better far than one.
Now ihen, lest drowsiness prevail again,
Sl.et good discourse the moments entertain.'
What subject,' Hopeful adds, shall we discuss?-
SLet us begin, where God began with us.'
Too long,' said he. I tarried in the Fair,
Delighiing in the follies pr|ctis'd there.
I firi 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.
SYet I rebdi'd against the growing light,
' And love of sin would wiih conviction fight;
Against thtge (Cars how often did I spurn!
And yet, convictions -ould again return:
SIf when abroad. I only chinc'd to meet
A godly neighbour walking in the street;
Or, if at bright, I heard the tolling bell,
IMy dismanul thoughts would .run on death and hell:
SIf sudden death % as mention'd, then thought I,
What will become of me, if I should die?
41 then,' said I, 1I mutt reform my life.
tam ead to all this nward stri fei
'This would not do; for, presently I saw
' I still remain d a debtor id the law.
* If all were ,.d, and all that good should last,
SI saw it would not cancel what was past:
* In short, I f.jurd no Tilr.:r.u-e,,l. I have,
SIn whole or part a gu'd.j ..oul to save.
S'Twas then I first began indeed to pray,
And God be wzerciful, in trnsb to say.
STo Jesus now my helpless ol in,.'id;
' Thankful, ir bon, ii' rcch:..'e End;
STrusting in him, from guilt ni.. nmiiid wi, free,
I saw the Saviour liv'd and died for me:
SMy heart Wasl fill'd with jqy, my eyes with tears,
* And Jesus banished all my doubts and fears'
Thus sweet discourse beguil'd the tedious way,
Which long across the ground Encbanted lay.
This danger past, the country now before
The betauteous face of happy Eden bore.
The cheerful birds were always singing there-
Unwith'ring flowers perfu -, ', lI,. I. :-.me air-
The pilgrims here enjoyed I,: .,il l.Ihr,
The sun was always shisir,. -.la. bright.
No gloomy cloud of fear coul.l initivene,
And Dousing Castle not i mchli a scern.
To B1tutab (so this chaxm;.na ILnd thc5 nan'.)
Er; .t Angels oft on grac ju; crrindls (.aie,
Convers'd with mortals, L d the %r.ndcrs tl.l,
Of the celestial city, bi l' tf g-,ld
The rays, reflected from :1 jl ...u. plat.i-E,
G;Q-J and adorn -L inte, iW Ilt. sp.ace.
The pilgrims now can scarce their absence bear,
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.
BrtLAm is a name taken from Isaiah lxii. 4. and
signifies thy land shall be married.' The author intends
to describe that peace passing all understanding, and
that jor, full of glory, with which some Christians are
indulged when life is about to close and they are ardently
ripenaig for glory. Thrice happy those aged Christians
whose evening of life is thus distinguished!
9he Pi!Arhlu e.-mehriwe hb ak7:'s c.iie to !be riner rfiDele'1
-iqould ,gladly aObid [&r-r.g it-our fidiig m ter
pjAl,.e v.i; to tbe. celestial c't., -venture in-- b..;. .t-/1
'greltd di.ectele and iatreiseJ-but e,.conraged b.o H.'9rfi',
aa Ji.'t' itr bottom td. 1-f aI,,'-.49 /eng8t Cbritian it
omnforte' b. .z prorn.w--ti'e g.nia tf sbre-an- mrtf by
a Lia- f "an'deh, K>bo conduct thewm to the gale-ibry are
readily addnitted, and join in lbe .hoa.i tfie jedre eneJ.
AGAxii they forward press with strong desire; -
To full enjoyment all their soul: aspire; 4
When,'lo! two men thlie) nmeetr. in garments white
Their faces radiant as the solar light:
These kindly akl'd the pilgiinv', how they far'd,
Since first they !ti their faces Zion-ward;
Then smiling, said, but little yet remains,
' Before y u reap the frBit of all your pains'.
And nriow, behold, to tennrminite tle road,
A riyer wide a:d' dcep majestic fl,)w'dt.
! "k Ahte?, are mninisterng spirits sent forih to minister
ti fe heirs rf Salvatnqnn rhe, are indeed invisible to at i
bult d,-vbtless we enjoy mian) 'lvantages Irom their f
f" It is with striking prr.;nir'y ltha' fC-l11 is eoMpsrvd
ioa River: the passage ut Israel thr i"l- J idan. nm desrd
to their enjoyment of Canaan, iubuutly jtd ts tbx
And here ino friencily bridge affords its aid-
Then sunk the pilgrirLs he.ir,, %ith feir dismayed,
And to their kind conductors thus the) said,
With fil'ritlg voice, Is thcee no path but this!
' No orher % a. to reach eternal bliss '
' No other s.ay,' they said, you must pass through,
' As pilgrims all have done-excepting two*.'
They, anxious, turn'd their eyes, and ga.'d around
As if some other paih might yet be found.
Then ask with fearful and foreboding bean,
SBut is it deep alike in ev'r) part P
No,' the% replied, the waters sink or rice
As grace is morre or less in exercise;
SIf faith be lively, you may feel the ground;
If unbelief pFevail-no bottom's found I.'
Now humbly calling orheir Saviour-God,
They, trembling, plunge into the chilling flood.
Ab me" said Christian, now I sink as lead,
The waves and billows overflow my head.'
Courage, my dearest brother,' Hc-peful said,
I feel the bottom, do not be afraid.'
There is no discharge in this war:'-' We must
seeds die.'-' It is appointed for men once to die '-j
Dust thou art, and to dust shall tihfru return.' Death is.]
therefore unavoidable; and only two of all the race of
Adam have been exempted, namely, Enoch and ELjih.-
Faith alone can conquer fear-' according to thy faiih,
beit onto thee.' All Christians die with equal safety,
bat not with equal comfort.
The Pilgrimns l-ass tihe River.
Ohristian replied, 0 pray for wretched me'
The glorious cit3 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,
(Fox saran now with all his pow'r assail'd)
And, for a season, Christian's senses fai'Wd".
Meanwhile his utmost efforts Hope rdul.tries-
Holds up his head, and bids him view the prize;
Brother,' said he, I see the splendid gate,
And angels ready to receive us waiL'
'Ah!' Christian cries--* the angels that you see,
For you are waiting, brother, not for me,
9 Were my heart right witb God, I should receive
Comfort like yours! my soul he would not leave:
But sin has brought me now into the snare,
And justly am I left to perish thete '
0 say not so, my friend, then Hopeful cried;
You're not forsaken : you are only tried.
Now call the goodness of your God toanind,
And you shall yet sweet c'onsdlauion find.'
SThe last enemy that shall be destroyed is Death, and
we are not to wonder, if siran, knowing his time is
short, should make a terrible assault, and represent to the
dying Christian the enorni'y of his sins; the violence of
bodily dk#ease may give him aiddti.jral advantage. At
su,:h a .eason, happy are they who h-ve such a iriend as
ltopeful at hMd.
SThenwChristia2n mu'd-his sky began to clear,
And Hopeful added-' God will yet appear*.'
# He cornmss,' said Christian, comei to break the c.ain.,,,
He comes, he comes, my Jesus comes again.
SI hear him say-Wfhen in the v&ter tM*,
"Vhe mighty aters ,ball not oterftm;
2' hen give not fay to blach despnding fear,
'For I thy Saviour Godl am q.itt 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 ImnAnuel's land.
From danger now, and a3nprel. r, ..'n free,
With joy, the an.fLe I nece a ti l-. see.
Their mortal garments being left 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.
Now you approach,' said dlic., I th' eternal throne,
And soon shall view tlie hl,-t.eh Three-in-one;
SNo veil shall intercept the glorious sight;
You'll bask in beams of uncreated light,
The '-;lver shall be more than a conqueror through
Christ who htah loved him, and death (however it inav
be feared) shall r.ot separate fron\mhii C Irstian i; at
last relieved by that precious promise, I-,. ...i. \Vh. n
thou passett through the waters, I will be with ibte,'
ekc, Nothihg but Ged's own word cai t jajrLt a Ji',g
1k iic r. .
Sorrow and sin, for ever done away,
SFind no admission to these realms, of day.
'Now you shall reap the fruit of all your pray'rsr
SYour labours, conflicts, sufferings, and tears.
Delicious fruit from life's immortal tree,
SYour rich and everlasting-food shall be.
SEach brow shall wear a glorious crown of gold,
And palms of victory your hands shall hold.
SThere join your faithful brethren gone before,
And love and praise the Lamb for evermore.'
And now approaching nearer to their home,
Behold! a numerous 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
Makes heaven itself with songs of joy rebound.
Conducted thus in triumph and in state,
They reach at length the bright celestial gate.
SNow then,' the angels said, your only task
SIs for your own admittance here to ask.'
Aloud they call; instant their voice is heard,
And Moset and Elias straight appeared.
SThese pilgrims,' said th' angelic guard, we bring,
-Sinners redeemed, who love our gracious King:
The City of Destruction they forsook;
4 And here, for crowns of life and glory look.'
Each then presents the roll he first received,
When at the Cross on Jesus he believed.
These, carried to the King, he reads-approves-
.And grants admLuiou to the men he loves.
Open the gates-admit them both,' said he,
' And let them live, and reign in heaven with me* '
The golden gates their ready leaves unfold,
The pilgrims enter in, with joys untold.
At once transfigur-d, gloriously they shine;
Bach.face and form looks heavenly and divine.
Bright crowns of glory on their heads are woxn,
And pains of vict'ry in their hAds are borne:
Noa' 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 pilgrims too, amidst the throng rejoice,
And strains like these employ their tuneful voice;
Now to the Lamb that once wa alain,
I Be end/es blessings paid;
Salvation, glory, joy, remain
'For ever on tby bead%
Tbou hast redeem'd our zmuI vidb blood,
Hast set te pilgrim free;
S'It doth not yet appear what w. shall be;' eve
Itath not seen, nor ear heard, nor heart conceived what
God hath prepared for them that love him;' the figare,.
we employ to aid our feeble conception, such as, Gold,
Pearls, Music, Robes and Crowns, are compara-i'rely
mean and low; the best and the utmost we canr row
conceive of, is, that it is to be with Christ"' ,f [hi.
the real Chr'stiar, has now some faint ideas; but ihe full
comprehension is reserved for another world; we must
die to know it.
ast made us king ajtd priests to God,
'And ive ball reign with tee.'
The gates were dos'd-the pleasing dream was o'er,
I, disappointed, wak'd-and saw no more.
THE PILGRIM'S SONG.
Fn n 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 different 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;
But there eternal pleasure reigns,
And we shall weep no more.
Lord, pardon our complaints,
We follow at thy call;
7Tlie joy prepared for suffering saints,
Will make amends for all.
a.- dte a..M.