T H E
T H I S W O R L D
That which is to Come;
Delivered under the similitude of a
D R E A M,
Wherein is Discovered
The Manner of his setting out,
His Dangerous J O U R N E Y,
A N D
Safe Arrival at the Desired Country.
By J O H N . B U N Y A N.
L O N D O N, 1678
THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS
As I walked through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place where
was a den (the gaol), and I laid me down in that place to sleep: and as I slept,
I dreamed a dream. I dreamed; and behold, I saw a man clothed with rags standing
in a certain place, with his face from his own house, a book in his hand, and a great
burden upon his back. I looked, and saw him open the book, and read therein; and
as he read, he wept and trembled;and, not being able longer to contain, he brake out with a lamentable cry, saying,
"What shall I do?"
~ Psalm 38:4 ~
~ Isaiah 64:6 ~
~ Luke 14:33 ~
~ Hebrews 2:2, 3 ~
~ Acts 2:37 ~
In this plight, therefore, he went home, and refrained himself as long as he could,
that his wife and children should not perceive his distress; but he could not be
silent long, because that his trouble increased: wherefore at length he brake his
mind to his wife and children; and thus he began to talk to them: "O my dear
wife," said he, "and you the children of my bowels, I, your dear friend,
am in myself undone, by reason of a burden that lies hard upon me; moreover, I am
for certain informed, that this our city will be burned with fire from heaven; in
which fearful overthrow, both myself, with thee, my wife, and you my sweet babes,
shall miserably come to ruin; except (the which yet I see not) some way of escape
can be found, whereby we may be delivered." At this his relations were sore
amazed; not for that they believed that what he had said to them was true, but because
they thought that some frenzy distemper had got into his head; therefore, it drawing
towards night, and they hoping that sleep might settle his brains, with all haste
they got him to bed: but the night was as troublesome to him as the day; wherefore,
instead of sleeping, he spent it in sighs and tears. So, when the morning was come,
they would know how he did: he told them, "Worse and worse." He also set
to talking to them again; but they began to be hardened. They also thought to drive
away his distemper by harsh and surly conduct to him: sometimes they would deride;
sometimes they would chide; and sometimes they would quite neglect him. Wherefore
he began to retire himself to his chamber, to pray for and pity them, and also to
condole his own misery. He would also walk solitarily in the fields, sometimes reading
and sometimes praying; and thus for some days he spent his time.
Now I saw, upon a time when he was walking in the fields, that he was (as he was
wont) reading in his book, and greatly distressed in his mind; and, as he read, he
burst out, as he had done before, crying, "What must I do to be saved?"
~ Acts 16:30, 31 ~
I saw also that he looked this way and that way, as if he would run; yet he stood
still, because (as I perceived) he could not tell which way to go. I looked then,
and saw a man named EVANGELIST coming to him, and asked, "Wherefore dost thou
cry?" He answered, "Sir, I perceive by the book in my hand that I am condemned
to die, and after that to come to Judgment; and I find that I am not willing to do the first,
nor able to do the second."
~ Hebrews 9:27 ~
~ Job 14:21, 22 ~
~ Ezekial 22:14 ~
Evangelist. Then said EVANGELIST, "Why not willing to die, since this
life is attended with so many evils?" The man answered, "Because I fear
that this burden that is upon my back will sink me lower than the grave, and I shall
fall into Tophet.
~ Isaiah 30:33 ~
And, sir, if I be not fit to go to prison, I am not fit, I am sure, to go to Judgment,
and from thence to execution; and the thoughts of these things make me cry."
Then said EVANGELIST, "If this be thy condition, why standest thou still?"
He answered, "Because I know not where to go." Then he gave him a parchment
roll; and there was written within, "Flee from the wrath to come!"
~ Matthew 3:7 ~
The man, therefore, read it; and looking upon EVANGELIST very carefully, said, "Whither
must I fly?" Then said EVANGELIST, pointing with his finger over a very wide
field, "Do you see yonder wicket gate?" The man said, "No." Then said the other, "Do you see yonder shining
~ Matthew 7:14 ~ ~ Psalm 119:105 ~~ 2 Peter 1:19 ~
He said, "I think I do." Then said EVANGELIST, "Keep that light in
your eye, and go up directly thereto; so shalt thou see the gate; at which, when
thou knockest, it shall be told thee what thou shall do."
So I saw in my dream that the man began to run. Now he had not run far from his own
door, but his wife and children perceiving it, began to cry after him to return;
but the man put his fingers in his ears, and ran on, crying, "Life! life! Eternal
life!" So he looked not behind him, but fled towards the middle of the plain.
~ Luke 14:26 ~
~ Genesis 19:17 ~
The neighbours also came out to see him run; and, as he ran, some mocked, others threatened, and some cried after him to return; and among those that did so,
there were two that were resolved to fetch him back by force.
~ Jeremiah 20:10 ~
The name of the one was OBSTINATE, and the name of the other PLIABLE. Now by this time the man was a
good distance from them; but, however, they were resolved to pursue him; which they
did, and in a little time they overtook him. Then said the man, "Neighbours,
wherefore are ye come?" They said, "To persuade you to go back with us."
But he said, "That can by no means be. You dwell in the city of Destruction
the place also where I was born. I see it to be so; and dying there, sooner or later,
you will sink lower than the grave into a place that burns with fire and brimstone:
be content, good neighbours, and go along with me."
Obstinate. "What!" said OBSTINATE, "and leave our friends and
our comforts behind us !"
Christian. "Yes," said CHRISTIAN, for that was his name; "because
that all which you shall forsake is not worthy to be compared with a little of that
that I am seeking to enjoy;and if you will go along with me, and hold it, you shall
fare as I myself; for there where I go is enough and to spare. Come away, and prove my words."
~ 2 Corinthians 4:18 ~
~ Luke 15:17 ~
Obst. What are the things you seek, since you leave all the world to find
Chr. I seek an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that fades not away;
Read it so, if you will, in my book.
~ Hebrews 11:16 ~
Obst. "Tush," said OBSTINATE, "away with your book; will you
go back with us or not?"
Chr. "No, not I," said the other; "because I have laid my hand
to the plough".
~ Luke 9:62 ~
Obst. Come then, neighbour PLIABLE, let us turn again, and go home without
him: there is a company of these crazy-headed coxcombs, that when they take a fancy
by the end are wiser in their own eyes than seven men that can render a reason.
Pliable. Then said PLIABLE, "Don't revile; if what the good
CHRISTIAN says is true, the things he looks after are better than
ours: my heart inclines to go with my neighbour."
Obst. What! more fools still? Be ruled by me, and go back; who
knows whither such a brainsick fellow will lead you? Go back, go back,
and be wise!
Chr. Nay. but do thou come with thy neighbour PLIABLE; there are such things
to be had which I spoke of, and many more glories besides; if you believe not me,
read here in this book; and, for the truth of what is expressed therein, behold,
all is confirmed by the blood of him that made it.
~ Hebrews 9:18-28 ~
"Well, neighbour OBSTINATE," said PLIABLE, "I begin to come to a point;
I intend to go along with this good man, and to cast in my lot with him: but, my
good companion, do you know the way to this desired place?"
Chr. I am directed by a man whose name is EVANGELIST, to speed me to a little
gate that is before us, where we shall receive instructions about the way.
Pli. Come then, good neighbour, let us be going.
Then they went both together.
Obst. "And I will go back to my place," said OBSTINATE; "I
will be no companion of such misled, fantastic fellow."
Now I saw in my dream, that when OBSTINATE was gone back, CHRISTIAN and PLIABLE went
talking over the plain: and thus they began their discourse.
Chr. Come, neighbour PLIABLE, how do you do? I am glad you are persuaded to
go along with me. Had even OBSTINATE himself but felt what I have felt of the powers
and terrors of what is yet unseen, he would not thus lightly have given us the back.
Pli. Come, neighbour CHRISTIAN, since there is none but us two here, tell
me now further what the things are, and how to be enjoyed, whither we are going.
Chr. I can better conceive of them with my mind than speak of them with my
tongue: but yet, since you are desirous to know, I will read of them in my book.
Pli. And do you think that the words of your book are certainly true?
Chr. Yes, verily; for it was made by him that cannot lie.
~ Titus 1:2 ~
Pli. Well said. What things are they?
Chr. There is an endless kingdom to be inhabited; and everlasting life to
be given us, that we may inhabit that kingdom for ever.
~ Isaiah 65:17 ~
~ John 10:27-29 ~
Pli. Well said. And what else?
Chr. There are crowns of glory to be given us; and garments that will make
us shine like the sun in the firmament of heaven.
~ Matthew 13:43 ~
~ 2 Timothy 4:8 ~
~ Revelation 3:4 ~
Pli. That is very pleasant. And what else?
Chr. There shall be no more crying nor sorrow; for he that is owner of the
place will wipe all tears from our eyes.
~ Isaiah 25:8 ~ ~ Revelation 7:16, 17 ~ ~ Revelation 21:4 ~
Pli. And what company shall we have there?
Chr. There we shall be with seraphim and cherubim, creatures that will dazzle
your eyes to look on them.
~ Isaiah 6:1 ~
~ 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17 ~
~ Revelation 5:11 ~
There also you shall meet with thousands and ten thousands that have gone before
us to that place. None of them are harmful, but loving and holy; everyone walking
in the sight of God, and standing in his presence with acceptance for ever. In a
word, there we shall see the elders with their golden crowns;
~ Revelation 4:4 ~
~ Revelation 14:1-5 ~
~ John 12:25 ~
~ 2 Corinthians 5:2-4 ~
Pli. The hearing of this is enough to ravish one's heart. But are these things
to be enjoyed? how shall we get to be sharers thereof?
Chr. The Lord, the governor of the country, hath recorded it in this book;
the substance of which is, if we be truly willing to have it, he will bestow it upon
~ Isaiah 55:1-2 ~
~ John 6:37 ~
~ Revelation 21:6 ~
~ Revelation 22:17 ~
Pli. Well, my good companion, glad am I to hear of these things: come on,
let us mend our pace.
Chr. I cannot go so fast as I would, by reason of this burden that is on my
Now I saw in my dream that, just as they had ended this talk, they drew near to a
very miry slough that was in the midst of the plain; and they being heedless, did
both fall suddenly into the bog. The name of the slough was "Despond."
Here, therefore, they wallowed for a time, being grievously bedaubed with the dirt;
and CHRISTIAN, because of the burden that was on his back, began to sink in the mire.
Pli. Then said PLIABLE, "Ah! neighbour CHRISTIAN, where are you now?"
Chr. "Truly," said CHRISTIAN, "I do not know."
Pli. At that PLIABLE began to be offended, and angrily said to his fellow,
"Is this the happiness you have told me of all this while? If we have such ill
speed at our first setting out, what may we expect 'twixt this and our journey's
end? If I get out again with my life, you shall possess the brave country alone."
And with that he gave a desperate struggle or two, and got out of the mire on that
side of the slough which was next to his own house: so away he went, and CHRISTIAN
saw him no more.
Wherefore CHRISTIAN was left to tumble in the Slough of Despond alone; but still
he endeavoured to struggle to that side of the slough that was farthest from his
own house, and next to the wicket gate: which he did, but could not get out, because
of the burden that was upon his back. But I beheld, in my dream, that a man came
to him whose name was HELP, and asked him what he did there?
Chr. "Sir," said CHRISTIAN, "I was bidden to go this way by
a man called EVANGELIST, who directed me also to yonder gate, that I might escape
the wrath to come; and as I was going thither, I fell in here."
Help. But why did you not look for the steps?
Chr. Fear followed me so hard, that I fled the next way and fell in.
Help. Then said he, "Give me thy hand." So he gave him his hand,
and he drew him out; and set him upon some ground, and bade him go on his way.
~ Psalm 40:2 ~
Then I stepped to him that plucked him out, and said, "Sir, wherefore, since
over this place is the way from the city of Destruction to yonder gate, is it that
this plat is not mended, that poor travellers might go thither with more security?"
And he said unto me, "This miry slough is such a place as cannot be mended:
it is the descent whither the scum and filth that attends conviction for sin doth
continually run; and therefore it is called the Slough of Despond. For still, as
the sinner is awakened about his lost condition, there arises in his soul many fears
and doubts, and discouraging apprehensions, which all of them get together, and settle
in this place: and this is the reason of the badness of this ground.
"It is not the pleasure of the King that this place should remain so bad;
~ Isaiah 35:3, 4 ~
his labourers also have, by the directions of his Majesty's surveyors, been for above
this sixteen hundred years employed about this patch of ground to see if perhaps
it might have been mended: yea, and to my knowledge," said he, "here have
been swallowed up at least twenty thousand cartloads, yea, millions, of wholesome
instructions. The cartloads have, at all season, been brought from all places of
the King's dominions (and they that can tell say they are the best materials to make
good ground of the place), if so be it might have been mended. But it is the Slough
of Despond still, and so will be, when they have done what they can.
"True, there are, by the direction of the lawgiver, certain good and substantial
steps placed evenly through the very midst of this slough; but at such times as this
place does spew out its filth, as it doth against change of weather, these steps
are hardly seen; or, if they be, men, through the dizziness of their heads, step
beside, and then they are bemired to purpose, notwithstanding the steps be there;
but the ground is good when they have once got in at the gate".
~ 1 Samuel 12:23 ~
Now I saw in my dream that by this time PLIABLE was got home to his house again.
So his neighbours came to visit him; and some of them called him a wise man for coming
back; and some called him a fool for hazarding himself with CHRISTIAN: others, again,
did mock at his cowardliness, saying, "Surely, since you began to venture, you
would not have been so base as to have given out for a few difficulties:" so
PLIABLE sat sneaking among them. But at last got he more confidence; and then they
all "turned tail," and began to deride poor CHRISTIAN behind his back.
And thus much concerning PLIABLE.
Now as CHRISTIAN was walking solitarily by himself, he spied one afar off come crossing
over the field to meet him and their hap was to meet just as they were crossing the
way of each other. The gentleman's name that met him was Mr. WORLDLY WISEMAN: he
dwelt in the town of Carnal Policy; a very great town, and also hard by from whence
CHRISTIAN came. This man, then, meeting with CHRISTIAN, and having some inkling of
him--for CHRISTIAN'S setting forth from the city of Destruction was much noised abroad,
not only in the town where he dwelt, but also it began to be the town talk in some
other places-- Master WORLDLY WISEMAN, therefore, having some guess of him, by beholding
his laborious going, by observing his sighs and groans and the like, began thus to
enter into some talk with CHRISTIAN.
Worldly Wiseman. How now, good fellow?--whither away after this burdened manner?
Chr. A burdened manner indeed, as ever, I think, poor creature had! And whereas
you asked me, Whither away? I tell you, sir, I am going to yonder wicket gate before
me; for there, as I am informed, I shall be put into a way to be rid of my heavy
W. Wise. Hast thou a wife and children?
Chr. Yes; but I am so laden with this burden, that I cannot take that pleasure
in them as formerly: methinks I am as if I had none.
~ 1 Corinthians 7:29 ~
W. Wise. Wilt thou hearken to me, if I give thee counsel?
Chr. If it be good, I will; for I stand in need of good counsel.
W. Wise. I would advise thee, then, that thou with all speed get thyself rid
of thy burden: for thou wilt never be settled in thy mind till then: nor canst thou
enjoy the benefits of the blessing which God hath bestowed upon thee till then.
Chr. That is that which I seek for, even to be rid of this heavy burden: but
get it off myself I cannot; nor is there any man in our country that can take it
off my shoulders. Therefore am I going this way, as I told you, that I may be rid
of my burden.
W. Wise. Who bade you go this way to be rid of your burden?
Chr. A man that appeared to me to be a very great and honourable person; his
name, as I remember, is EVANGELIST.
W. Wise. Avoid him for his counsel! There is not a more dangerous and troublesome
way in the world than is that unto which he hath directed thee; and that thou shalt
find if thou wilt be ruled by his counsel. Thou hast met with something, as I perceive
already; for I see the dirt of the Slough of Despond upon thee; but that slough is
the only beginning of the sorrows that do attend those that go on in that way. Hear
me--I am older than thou: thou art likely to meet with, in the way which thou goest,
wearisomeness, painfulness, hunger, perils, nakedness, sword, lions, dragons, darkness,
and, in a word, death, and what not! These things are certainly true, having been
confirmed by many testimonies. And why should a man so carelessly cast away himself
by giving heed to a stranger?
Chr. Why, sir, this burden upon my back is more terrible to me than are all
these things which you have mentioned: nay, methinks I care not what I meet with
in the way, if so be I can also meet with deliverance from my burden.
W. Wise. How camest thou by thy burden at first?
Chr. By reading this book in my hand.
W. Wise. I thought so. And it has happened unto thee as to other weak men,
who, meddling with things too high for them, do suddenly fall into thy distractions;
which distractions do not only unman men (as thine I perceive has done thee), but
they run them upon desperate ventures, to obtain they know not what.
Chr. I know what I would obtain; it is ease for my heavy burden.
W. Wise. But why wilt thou seek for ease this way, seeing so many dangers
attend it? Especially since, hadst thou but patience to hear me, I could direct thee
to the obtaining of what thou desirest without the dangers that thou, in this way,
wilt run thyself into. Yea, and the remedy is at hand. Besides, I will add, that
instead of those dangers, thou shalt meet with much safety, friendship, and content.
Chr. Sir, I pray, open this secret to me.
W. Wise. Why, in yonder village (the village is named Morality) there dwells
a gentleman whose name is LEGALITY, a very judicious man, and a man of a very good
name, that has skill to help men off with such burdens as thine are from their shoulders;
yea, to my knowledge, he hath done a great deal of good this way: aye, and besides,
he hath skill to cure those that are somewhat crazed in their wits with their burdens.
To him, as I said, thou mayest go, and be helped presently. His house is not quite
a mile from this place; and if he should not be at home himself, he hath a pretty
young man, his son, whose name is CIVILITY, that can do it as well as the old gentleman
himself. There, I say, thou mayest be eased of thy burden; and if thou art not minded
to go back to thy former habitation, as indeed I would not wish thee, thou mayest
send for thy wife and children to come to thee to this village, where there are houses
now stand empty, one of which thou mayest have at reasonable rates: provision is
there also cheap and good; and that which will make thy life the more happy is there
to be sure, for thou shalt live by honest neighbours, in credit and good fashion.
Now was CHRISTIAN somewhat at a stand; but presently he concluded, "If this
be true what this gentleman hath said, my wisest course is to take his advice;"
and with that he thus further spoke.
Chr. Sir, which is my way to this honest man's house?
W. Wise. Do you see yonder high hill? (Mount Sinai.)
Chr. Yes, very well.
W. Wise. By that hill you must go, and the first house you come to is his.
So CHRISTIAN turned out of his way to go to Mr. LEGALITY'S house for help. But, behold,
when he was got now hard by the hill, it seemed so high, and also the side of it
that was next the wayside did hang so much over, that CHRISTIAN was afraid to venture
farther, lest the hill should fall on his head; wherefore there he stood still, and
knew not what to do. Also his burden now seemed heavier to him than while he was
in his way. There came also flashes of fire out of the hill, that made CHRISTIAN
afraid that he should be burned:
~ Exodus 19:16-18 ~
~ Hebrews 12:21 ~
And now he began to be sorry that he had taken Mr. WORLDLY WISEMAN'S counsel. And
with that he saw EVANGELIST coming to meet him; at the sight also of whom he began
to blush for shame. So EVANGELIST drew nearer and nearer; and coming up to him, he
looked upon him with a severe and dreadful countenance, and thus began to reason
Evan. "What dost thou here, CHRISTIAN?" said he. At which words
CHRISTIAN knew not what to answer; wherefore at present he stood speechless before
him. Then said EVANGELIST further, "Art not thou the man that I found crying
outside the walls of the city of Destruction?"
Chr. Yes, dear sir, I am the man.
Evan. Did not I direct thee the way to the little Wicket gate?
Chr. "Yes, dear sir," said CHRISTIAN.
Evan. How is it, then, that thou art so quickly turned aside? for thou art
now out of the way.
Chr. I met with a gentleman, so soon as I had got over the Slough of Despond,
who persuaded me that I might, in the village before me, find a man that could take
off my burden.
Evan. What was he?
Chr. He looked like a gentleman, and talked much to me, and got me at last
to yield; so I came hither: but when I beheld this hill, and how it hangs over the
way, I suddenly made a stand, lest it should fall on my head.
Evan. What said that gentleman to you?
Chr. Why, he asked me whither I was going; and I told him.
Evan. And what said he then?
Chr. He asked me if I had a family; and I told him. But, said I, I am so loaded
with the burden that is on my back, that I cannot take pleasure in them as formerly.
Evan. And what said he then?
Chr. He bade me with speed get rid of my burden; and I told him it was ease
that I sought. And, said I, I am therefore going to yonder gate to receive further
direction how I may get to the place of deliverance. So he said that he would show
me a better way, and short, not so attended with difficulties as the way, sir, that
you set me in; this short way, said he, will direct you to a gentleman's house that
has skill to take off these burdens. So I believed him, and turned out of that way
into this, if haply I might be soon eased of my burden. But when I came to this place,
and beheld things as they are, I stopped for fear, as I said, of danger. But I now
know not what to do.
Evan. Then said EVANGELIST, "Stand still a little, that I may show thee
the words of God." So he stood trembling. Then said EVANGELIST, "See that
ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake
on earth, much more shall we not escape, if we turn away from him that speaks from
heaven". He said, moreover, "Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back,
My soul shall have no pleasure in him".
~ Hebrews 12:25 ~
~ Hebrews 10:38 ~
He also did thus apply them: "Thou art the man that art running into this misery;
thou hast begun to reject the counsel of the Most High, and to draw back thy foot
from the way of peace, even almost to the hazarding of thy perdition."
Then CHRISTIAN fell down at his foot as dead, crying, "Woe is me, for I am undone!"
At the sight of which, EVANGELIST caught him by the right hand, saying, "All
manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: be not faithless, but believing".
~ Matthew 12:31 ~
~ John 20:27 ~
Then did CHRISTIAN again a little revive, and stood up trembling, as at first, before
Then EVANGELIST proceeded, saying, "Give more earnest heed to the things that
I shall tell thee of. I will now show thee who it was that deluded thee, and who
it was also to whom he sent thee. The man that met thee is one WORLDLY WISEMAN: and
rightly is he so called; partly because he savours only the doctrine of this world.
They are of the world: therefore speak
they of the world, and the world heareth them.
(therefore he always goes to the town of Morality to Church) and partly because he
loves that doctrine best, for it saves him from the cross;
~ 1 John 4:5 ~ ~ Galations 6:12 ~
" and because he is of this carnal temper, therefore he seeks to pervert my ways, though
right. Now there are three things in this man's counsel that thou must utterly abhor:
" 1. His turning thee out of the way.
" 2. His labouring to render the cross odious to thee.
" 3. And his setting thy feet in that way that leads unto the administration
"First, thou, must abhor turning thee out of the Way-- yea, and thine own consenting
thereto; because this is to reject the counsel of God for the sake of the counsel
of a Worldly Wiseman. The Lord says, 'Strive to enter in at the strait gate',
-- the gate to which I sent thee; 'for strait is the gate that leads unto life, and
few there be that find it'.
~ Luke 13:24 ~ ~ Matthew 7:13, 14 ~
From this little Wicket gate, and from the way thereto, hath this wicked man turned
thee, to the bringing of thee almost to destruction. Hate, therefore, his turning
thee out of the way; and abhor thyself for hearkening to him.
"Secondly, thou must abhor his labouring to render the cross odious unto thee;
for thou art to prefer it before the treasures in Egypt.
~ Hebrews 11:26 ~
Besides, the King of Glory hath told thee, that he that will save his life shall
lose it; and, he that comes after him, and hates not his father, and mother, and
wife and children, his brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot
be his disciple.
~ Matthew 10:39 ~
~ Mark 8:35 ~
~ Luke 14:26 ~
~ John 12:25 ~
I say, therefore, for man to labour to persuade thee that that shall be thy death,
without which, the Truth hath said, thou canst not have eternal life-- this doctrine
thou must abhor.
"Thirdly, thou must hate his setting of thy feet in the way that leadeth to
the ministration of death. And for this thou must consider to whom he sent thee;
and also how unable that person was to deliver thee from thy burden.
"He to whom thou wast sent for ease, being by name LEGALITY is the son of the
bondwoman who now is, and is in bondage with her children;
~ Galations 4:22-27 ~
and is, in a mystery, this Mount Sinai which thou hast feared will fall on thy head.
Now if she with her children are in bondage, how canst thou expect by them to be
made free? This LEGALITY, therefore, is not able to set thee free from thy burden.
No man was as yet ever rid of his burden by him; no, nor ever is like to be. Ye cannot
be justified by the works of the law; for by the deeds of the law no man living can
be rid of his burden. Therefore Mr. WORLDLY WISEMAN is an alien, and Mr. LEGALITY
is a cheat; and for his son CIVILITY, notwithstanding his simpering looks, he is
but a hypocrite, and cannot help thee. Believe me, there is nothing in all his noise
that thou hast heard of these sottish men, but at design to beguile thee of thy salvation,
by turning thee from the way in which I had set thee." After this, EVANGELIST
called aloud to the heavens for confirmation of what he had said; and with that there
came words and fire out of the mountain under which poor CHRISTIAN stood, that made
the hair of his flesh stand up. The words were thus pronounced: "As many as
are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is everyone
that continues not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them".
~ Galations 3:10 ~
Now CHRISTIAN looked for nothing but death, and began to cry out lamentably; even
cursing the time in which he met with Mr. WORLDLY WISEMAN, still calling himself
a thousand fools for hearkening to his counsel. He also was greatly ashamed to think
that this gentleman's arguments, flowing only from the flesh, should have that prevalency
with him as to cause him to forsake the right way. This done, he applied himself
again to EVANGELIST in words and sense as follows:
Chr. Sir, what think you?--Is there any hope? May I now go back, and go up
to the Wicket gate? Shall I not be abandoned for this, and sent back from thence
ashamed? I am sorry I have hearkened to this man's counsel; but may my sin be forgiven.
Evan. Then said EVANGELIST to him, "Thy sin is very great; for by it
thou hast committed two evils: thou hast forsaken the way that is good, to tread
in forbidden paths; yet will the man at the gate receive thee, for he has good will
for men; only," said he, "take heed that thou turn not aside again, lest
thou perish from the way when his wrath is kindled but a little".
~ Psalm 2:12 ~
Then did CHRISTIAN address himself to go back; and EVANGELIST, after he had kissed
him, gave him one smile, and bade him Godspeed.
So he went on with haste, neither spake he to any man by the way; nor, if any asked
him, would he vouchsafe them an answer. He went like one that was all the while treading
on forbidden ground, and could by no means think himself safe, till again he was
got into the way which he left to follow Mr. WORLDLY WISEMAN'S counsel. So, in process
of time, CHRISTIAN got up to the gate. Now, over the gate there was written, "Knock;
and it shall be opened unto you".
~ Matthew 7:7 ~
He knocked therefore, more than once or twice, saying--
"May I now enter here? Will he within
Open to sorry me, though I have been
An undeserving rebel? Then shall I
Not fail to sing his lasting praise on high."
At last there came a grave person to the gate, named GOODWILL, who asked who was
there? and whence he came? and what he would have?
Chr. Here is a poor burdened sinner. I come from the city of Destruction;
but am going to Mount Zion, that I may be delivered from the wrath to come. I would,
therefore, sir, since I am informed that by this gate is the way thither, know if
you are willing to let me in.
Goodwill. "I am willing, with all my heart," said he. And with that
he opened the gate.
So when CHRISTIAN was stepping in, the other gave him a pull. Then said CHRISTIAN,
"What means that?" The other told him, "A little distance from this
gate there is erected a strong castle, of which Beelzebub is the captain; from thence
both he and them that are with him shoot arrows at those that come up to this gate,
if haply they may die before they can enter in." Then said CHRISTIAN, "I
rejoice and tremble." So when he was got in, the man of the gate asked him who
directed him thither.
Chr. EVANGELIST bade me come hither and knock, as I did; and he said that
you, sir, would tell me what I must do.
Goodw. An open door is before thee; and no man can shut it.
Chr. Now I begin to reap the benefits of my hazards.
Goodw. But how is it that you came alone?
Chr. Because none of my neighbours saw their danger as I saw mine.
Goodw. Did any of them know of your coming?
Chr. Yes, my wife and children saw me at the first, and called after me to
turn again; also some of my neighbours stood crying and calling after me to return;
but I put my fingers in my ears, and so came on my way.
Goodw. But did none of them follow you, to persuade you to go back?
Chr. Yes, both OBSTINATE and PLIABLE; but when they saw that they could not
prevail, OBSTINATE went railing back; but PLIABLE came with me a little way.
Goodw. But why did he not come through?
Chr. We indeed came both together until we came to the Slough of Despond,
into the which we also suddenly fell. And then was my neighbour PLIABLE discouraged,
and would not adventure farther. Wherefore, getting out again on that side next to
his own house, he told me I should possess the brave country alone for him: so he
went his way, and I came mine; he after OBSTINATE, and I to this gate.
Goodw. Then said GOODWILL, "Alas, poor man! Is the celestial glory of
so small esteem with him, that he counts it not worth running the hazard of a few
difficulties to obtain it?"
Chr. "Truly," said CHRISTIAN, "I have said the truth of PLIABLE;
and if I should also say all the truth of myself, it will appear there is no betterment
'twixt him and myself. 'Tis true he went back to his own house; but I also turned
aside to go in the way of death, being persuaded thereto by the carnal arguments
of one Mr. WORLDLY WISEMAN."
Goodw. Oh, did he light upon you? What! he would have had you seek for ease
at the hands of Mr. LEGALITY, they are each of them a very cheat. But did you take
Chr. Yes, as far as I dared. I went to find out Mr. LEGALITY, until I thought
that the mountain that stands by his house would have fallen upon my head; wherefore
there I was forced to stop.
Goodw. That mountain has been the death of many, and will be the death of
many more: 'tis well you escaped being by it dashed in pieces.
Chr. Why, truly I do not know what had become of me there, had not EVANGELIST
happily met me again as I was musing in the midst of my dumps; but 'twas God's mercy
that he came to me again, for else I had never come hither. But now I am come, such
a one as I am, more fit indeed for death by that mountain, than thus to stand talking
with my lord. But oh, what a favour is this to me, that yet I am admitted entrance
Goodw. We make no objections against any; notwithstanding all that they have
done before they come hither, they in no wise are cast out
~ John 6:37 ~
and, therefore, good CHRISTIAN, come a little way with me, and I will teach thee
about the way thou must go. Look before thee: dost thou see this narrow way? that
is the way thou must go. It was cast up by the patriarchs, prophets, Christ, and
his apostles; and it is as straight as a rule can make it: this is the way thou must
Chr. "But," said CHRISTIAN, "are there no turnings nor windings,
by which a stranger may lose his way?"
Goodw. Yes, there are many ways butt down upon this, and they are crooked
and wide: but thus thou mayest distinguish the right from the wrong, the right only
being strait and narrow.
~ Matthew 7:14 ~
Then I saw in my dream that CHRISTIAN asked him further if he could not help him
off with his burden that was upon his back; for as yet he had not got rid thereof,
nor could he by any means get it off without help.
He told him, "As to thy burden, be content to bear it until thou comest to the
place of deliverance; for there it will fall from thy back of itself."
Then CHRISTIAN began to gird up his loins, and to address himself to his journey.
So the other told him that when he was gone some distance from the gate, he would
come at the house of the INTERPRETER, at whose door he should knock, and he would
show him excellent things. Then CHRISTIAN took his leave of his friend; and he again
bade him Godspeed.
Then he went on till he came at the house of the INTERPRETER, where he knocked over
and over; at last one came to the door, and asked who was there?
Chr. Sir, here is a traveller, who was bidden by an acquaintance of the good
man of the house to call here for my profit: I would therefore speak with the master
of the house. So he called for the master of the house; who, after a little time,
came to CHRISTIAN, and asked him what he would have?
Chr. "Sir," said CHRISTIAN, "I am a man that has come from
the city of Destruction, and am going to the Mount Zion; and I was told by the man
that stands at the gate at the head of this way, that if I called here you would
show me excellent things, such as would be helpful to me in my journey."
Interpreter. Then said the INTERPRETER, "Come in; I will show thee that
which will be profitable to thee." So he commanded his man to light the candle,
and bade CHRISTIAN follow him: so he led him into a private room, and bade his man
open a door; the which when he had done, CHRISTIAN saw the picture of a very grave
person hung up against the wall; and this was the fashion of it: it had eyes lifted
up to heaven, the best of books in his hand, the law of truth was written upon his
lips, the world was behind his back; he stood as if he pleaded with men, and a crown
of gold did hang over his head.
Chr. Then said CHRISTIAN, "What means this?"
Inter. The man whose picture this is, is one of a thousand: he can beget children;
travail in birth with children; and nurse them himself when they are born.
~ 1 Corinthians 4:15 ~
~ Galations 4:19 ~
~ 1 Corinthians 3:2 ~
And whereas thou seest him with his eyes lifted up to heaven, the best of books in
his hand, and the law of truth writ on his lips; it is to show thee that his work
is to know and unfold dark things to sinners; even as also thou seest him stand as
if he pleaded with men: and whereas thou seest the world as cast behind him, and
that a crown hangs over his head; that is to show thee, that, slighting and despising
the things that are present, for the love that he hath to his Master's service, he
is sure in the world that comes next to have glory for his reward. Now, said the
INTERPRETER, I have showed thee this picture first, because the man whose picture
this is, is the only man whom the Lord of the place whither thou art going hath authorized
to be thy guide in all difficult places thou mayest meet with in the way: wherefore,
take good heed to what I have showed thee; and bear well in thy mind what thou hast
seen, lest in thy journey thou meet with some that pretend to lead thee aright, but
their way goes down to death.
Then he took him by the hand, and led him into a very large parlour that was full
of dust, because never swept; the which, after he had reviewed a little while, the
INTERPRETER called for a man to sweep. Now, when he began to sweep, the dust began
so abundantly to fly about, that CHRISTIAN had almost therewith been choked. Then
said the INTERPRETER to a damsel that stood by, "Bring hither the water, and
sprinkle the room;" the which, when she had done, it was swept and cleansed
Chr. Then said CHRISTIAN, "What means this?"
Inter. The INTERPRETER answered, "This parlour is the heart of a man
that was never sanctified by the sweet grace of the gospel: the dust is his original
sin and inward corruptions, that have defiled the whole man. He that began to sweep
at first is the law; but she that brought water, and did sprinkle it, is the gospel.
Now, whereas thou sawest that, so soon as the first began to sweep, the dust did
so fly about, that the room by him could not be cleansed, but that thou wast almost
choked therewith: this is to show thee that the law, instead of cleansing the heart,
by its working, from sin, doth revive, put strength into, and increase it in the
soul, even as it doth discover and forbid it; for it doth not give power to subdue.
~ Romans 5:20 ~
~ Romans 7:9 ~
~ 1 Corinthians 15:56 ~
"Again, as thou sawest the damsel sprinkle the room with water, upon which it
was cleansed with pleasure (ease)--this is to show thee that when the gospel comes,
in the sweet and precious influences thereof, to the heart, then I say, even as thou
sawest the damsel lay the dust by sprinkling the floor with water, so is sin vanquished
and subdued; and the soul made clean through the faith of it, and consequently fit
for the King of Glory to inhabit.
~ John 15:3 ~
~ Acts 15:9 ~
~ Romans 16:25, 26 ~
~ Ephesians 5:26 ~
I saw, moreover, in my dream, that the INTERPRETER took him by the hand, and had
him into a little room, where sat two little children, each one in his chair. The
name of the eldest was PASSION, and the name of the other PATIENCE. PASSION seemed
to be much discontented; but PATIENCE was very quiet. Then CHRISTIAN asked, "What
is the reason of the discontent of PASSION?" The INTERPRETER answered, "The
governor of them would have him stay for his best things till the beginning of the
next year; but he will have all now. But PATIENCE is willing to wait."
Then I saw that one came to PASSION and brought him a bag of treasure, and poured
it down at his feet: the which he took up and rejoiced therein, and withal laughed
PATIENCE to scorn. But I beheld but awhile, and he had lavished all away, and had
nothing left him but rags.
Chr. Then said CHRISTIAN to the INTERPRETER, "Expound this matter more
fully to me."
Inter. So he said, "These two lads are figures: PASSION, of the men of
this world; and PATIENCE, of the men of that which is to come. For as here thou seest
PASSION will have all now this year, that is to say, in this world; so are the men
of this world: they must have all their good things now; they cannot stay till next
year, that is, until the next world, for their portion of good. That proverb, 'A
bird in the hand is worth two in the bush,' is of more authority with them than are
all the divine testimonies of the good of the world to come. But as thou sawest that
he had quickly lavished all away, and had presently left him nothing but rags--so
will it be with all such men at the end of this world."
Chr. Then said CHRISTIAN, "Now I see that PATIENCE has the best wisdom,
and that upon many accounts: 1. because he stays for the best things; 2. and also
because he will have the glory of his, when the other hath nothing but rags."
Inter. Nay, you may add another, to wit, the glory of the next world will
never wear out; but these are suddenly gone. Therefore PASSION had not so much reason
to laugh at PATIENCE, because he had his good things first, as PATIENCE will have
to laugh at PASSION, because he had his best things last; for first must give place
to last, because last must have his time to come: but last gives place to nothing,
for there is not another to succeed. He, therefore, that hath his portion first must
have a time to spend it: but he that has his portion last must have it lastingly.
Therefore it is said of Dives, "In thy lifetime thou received thy good things,
and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented".
~ Luke 16:25 ~
Chr. Then I perceive 'tis not best to covet things that are now, but wait
for things to come.
Inter. You say truth: "For the things that are seen are temporal; but
the things that are not seen are eternal".
~ 2 Corinthians 4:18 ~
But, though this be so, yet since things present and our fleshly appetite are such
near neighbours one to another; and again, because things to come and carnal sense
are such strangers one to another: therefore it is that the first of these so suddenly
fall into amity, and that distance is so continually between the second.
Then I saw in my dream that the INTERPRETER took CHRISTIAN by the hand, and led him
into a place where was a fire burning against a wall, and one standing by it always
casting much water upon it to quench it; yet did the fire burn higher and hotter.
Chr. Then said CHRISTIAN, "What means this?"
Inter. The INTERPRETER answered, "This fire is the work of grace that
is wrought in the heart; he that casts water upon it to extinguish and put it out,
is the devil: but in that thou seest the fire notwithstanding burn higher and hotter,
thou shall also see the reason of that." So he had him about to the backside
of the wall, where he saw a man with a vessel of oil in his hand, of the which he
did also continually cast, but secretly, into the fire.
Chr. Then said CHRISTIAN, "What means this?"
Inter. The INTERPRETER answered, "This is Christ, who continually with
the oil of his grace maintains the work already begun in the heart: by the means
of which, notwithstanding what the devil can do, the souls of his people prove gracious
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9 ~
And in that thou sawest that the man stood behind the wall to maintain the fire;
this is to teach thee, that it is hard for the tempted to see how this work of grace
is maintained in the soul."
I saw also that the INTERPRETER took him again by the hand, and led him into a pleasant
place, where was builded a stately palace, beautiful to behold; at the sight of which
CHRISTIAN was greatly delighted: he saw also upon the top thereof certain persons
walking, who were clothed all in gold.
Chr. Then said CHRISTIAN, "May we go in thither?"
Then the INTERPRETER took him and led him up toward the door of the palace; and behold,
at the door stood a great company of men, as desirous to go in, but durst not. There
also sat a man at a little distance from the door, at a table side, with a book and
his ink horn before him, to take the name of him that should enter therein: he saw
also that in the doorway stood many men in armour, to keep it, being resolved to
do to the men that would enter what hurt and mischief they could. Now was CHRISTIAN
somewhat amazed: at last, when every man started back, for fear of the armed men,
CHRISTIAN saw a man of a very stout countenance come up to the man that sat there
to write, saying, "Set down my name, sir"; the which when he had done,
he saw the man draw his sword, and put a helmet upon his head, and rush toward the
door upon the armed men, who laid upon him with deadly force; but the man not at
all discouraged, fell to cutting and hacking most fiercely. So, after he had received
and given many wounds to those that attempted to keep him out, he cut his way through
them all, and pressed forward into the palace;
~ Acts 14:22 ~
at which there was a pleasant voice heard from those that were within even of those
that walked upon the top of the palace, saying,
"Come in! Come in!
Eternal glory thou shalt win."
So he went in, and was clothed with such garments as they. Then CHRISTIAN smiled
and said, "I think, verily, I know the meaning of this."
"Now," said CHRISTIAN, "let me go hence."
"Nay, stay," said the INTERPRETER, "till I have showed thee a little
more; and after that thou shall go on thy way." So he took him by the hand again,
and led him into a very dark room, where there sat a man in an iron cage.
Now, the man, to look on, seemed very sad. He sat with his eyes looking down to the
ground; his hands folded together; and he sighed as if he would break his heart.
Then said CHRISTIAN, "What means this?" At which the INTERPRETER bid him
talk with the man.
Chr. Then said CHRISTIAN to the man, "What art thou?"
MAN. The man answered, "I am what I was not once."
Chr. What wast thou once?
MAN. The man said, "I was once a fair and flourishing professor,
both in mine own eyes and also in the eyes of others: I once
was, as I thought, fair for the Celestial City, and had then even joy
at the thoughts that I should get thither."
~ Luke 8:13 ~
Chr. Well, but what art thou now?
MAN. I am now a man of despair, and am shut up in it, as in this iron cage.
I cannot get out; oh now, I cannot!
Chr. But how camest thou in this condition?
MAN. I left off to watch and be sober; I laid the reins upon the neck of
my lusts; I sinned against the Light of the World, and the goodness of God. I have
grieved the Spirit, and he is gone. I tempted the devil, and he is come to me. I
have provoked God to anger, and he has left me. I have so hardened my heart, that
I cannot repent.
Then said CHRISTIAN to the INTERPRETER, "But is there no hope for such a man
as this?" "Ask him," said the INTERPRETER.
Chr. Then said CHRISTIAN, "Is there no hope, but you must be kept in
the iron cage of despair?"
MAN. No, none at all!
Chr. Why? The Son of the Blessed is very pitiful.
MAN. I have crucified him to myself afresh; I have despised his person;
I have despised his righteousness; I have counted his blood an unholy thing; I have
done despite to the Spirit of grace:
~ Hebrews 6:6 ~ ~ Luke 19:14 ~ ~ Hebrews 10:26-29 ~
therefore I have shut myself out of all the promises, and there now remains to me
nothing but threatenings--dreadful threatenings --fearful threatenings, of certain
judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour me as an adversary.
Chr. For what did you bring yourself into this condition?
MAN. For the lusts, pleasures, and profits of this world; in the enjoyment
of which I did then promise myself much delight; but now everyone of those things
also bite me and gnaw me like a burning worm.
Chr. But canst thou not now repent and turn?
MAN. God hath denied me repentance. His Word gives me no encouragement to
believe: yea, he himself hath shut me up in this iron cage; nor can all the men in
the world let me out. Oh, eternity! eternity! how shall I grapple with the misery
that I must meet with in eternity?
Inter. Then said the INTERPRETER to CHRISTIAN, "Let this man's misery
be remembered by thee, and be an everlasting caution to thee."
Chr. "Well," said CHRISTIAN, "this is fearful! God help me
to watch and be sober, and to pray that I may shun the cause of this man's misery.
Sir, is it not time for me to go on my way now?"
Inter. Tarry till I shall show thee one thing more, and then thou shalt go on thy way.
So he took CHRISTIAN by the hand again, and led him into a chamber where there was
one rising out of bed; and as he put on his raiment, he shook and trembled. Then
said CHRISTIAN, "Why doth this man thus tremble?" The INTERPRETER then
bade him tell to CHRISTIAN the reason of his so doing. So he began and said, "This
night, as I was in my sleep, I dreamed: and behold, the heavens grew exceeding black;
also it thundered and lightened in most fearful wise, that it put me into an agony.
So I looked up in my dream, and saw the clouds rack at an unusual rate; upon which
I heard a great sound of a trumpet, and saw also a Man sit upon a cloud, attended
with the thousands of heaven; they were all in flaming fire, also the heavens were
on a burning flame. I heard then a voice, saying, 'Arise, ye dead, and come to Judgment!'
and with that the rocks rent, the graves opened, and the dead that were therein came
~ John 5:28 ~
~ 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 ~ ~ Jude 15 ~
~ 1 Thessalonians 1:8 ~
~ Revelation 20:11-14 ~
some of them were exceeding glad, and looked upward; and some sought to hide themselves
under the mountains: then I saw the Man that sat upon the cloud open the book and
bid the world draw near.
~ Psalm 50:1-3 ~
~ Isaiah 26:21 ~
~ Micah 7:16, 17 ~
Yet there was by reason of a fierce flame that issued out and came before him, a
convenient distance betwixt him and them, as betwixt the judge and the prisoners
at the bar.
~ Daniel 7:9, 10 ~
~ Malachi 3:2, 3 ~
I heard it also proclaimed to them that attended the Man that sat on the cloud, 'Gather
together the tares, the chaff and stubble, and cast them into the burning lake:
~ Matthew 3:12 ~
~ Matthew 13:30 ~
~ Malachi 4:1 ~
and with that the bottomless pit opened just whereabout I stood; out of the mouth
of which there came, in an abundant manner, smoke, and coals of fire, with hideous
noises. It was also said to the same persons, 'Gather my wheat into the garner'.
And with that I saw many caught up and carried away into the clouds;
~ Luke 3:17 ~ ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 ~
but I was left behind. I also sought to hide myself, but I could not, for the Man
that sat upon the cloud still kept his eye upon me: my sins also came into my mind,
and my conscience did accuse me on every side. Upon this I waked from my sleep."
~ Romans 2:14-15 ~
Chr. But what was it that made you so afraid of this sight?
MAN. Why, I thought that the Day of Judgment was come, and that I was
not ready for it: but this frightened me most, that the angels gathered up several,
and left me behind; also the pit of hell opened her mouth just where I stood. My
conscience, too, afflicted me; and, as I thought, the Judge had always his eye upon
me, showing indignation in his countenance.
Then said the INTERPRETER to CHRISTIAN, "Hast thou considered all these things?"
Chr. Yes: and they put me in hope and fear.
Inter. Well, keep all things so in thy mind that they may be as a goad in
thy sides, to prick thee forward in the way thou must go. Then CHRISTIAN began to
gird up his loins, and to address himself to his journey. Then said the INTERPRETER,
"The Comforter be always with thee, good CHRISTIAN, to guide thee in the way
that leads to the city."
So CHRISTIAN went on his way, saying:
"Here I have seen things rare and profitable:
Things pleasant; dreadful things--to make me stable
In what I have begun to take in hand:
Then let me think on them, and understand
Wherefore they showed me were; and let me be
Thankful, O good INTERPRETER, to thee."
Now I saw in my dream, that the highway up which CHRISTIAN was to go was fenced on
either side with a wall; and that wall was called "Salvation".
~ Isaiah 26:1 ~
Up this way, therefore, did burdened CHRISTIAN run; but not without great difficulty,
because of the load on his back.
He ran thus till he came at a place somewhat ascending; and upon that place stood
a Cross, and a little below, in the bottom, a sepulchre. So I saw in my dream, that
just as CHRISTIAN came up to the cross, his burden loosed from off his shoulders,
and fell from off his back, and began to tumble; and so continued to do till it came
to the mouth of the sepulchre, where it fell in, and I saw it no more.
Then was CHRISTIAN glad and lightsome, and said, with a merry heart,
"He hath given me rest by his sorrow,
Then he stood still awhile to look and wonder; for it was very surprising to him,
that the sight of the cross should thus ease him of his burden. He looked therefore,
and looked again, even till the springs that were in his head sent the waters down
his cheeks. Now, as he stood looking and weeping, behold three shining ones came to him, and
saluted him with, "Peace be to thee!" so the first said to him, "Thy
sins be forgiven thee"; the second stripped him of his rags, and clothed him with change of raiment;
the third also set a mark in his forehead, and gave him a roll with a seal upon it,
And life by his death."
~ Zechariah 12:10 ~
~ Mark 2:5 ~
~ Zechariah 3:4 ~
~ Ephesians 1:13 ~
which he bade him look on as he ran, and that he should give it in at the Celestial
Gate: so they went their way. Then CHRISTIAN gave three leaps for joy, and went on
"Thus far did I come laden with my sin,
Nor could aught ease the grief that I was in,
Till I came hither. What a place is this!
Must here be the beginning of my bliss!
Must here the burden fall from off my back!
Must here the strings that bound it to me crack!
Blest cross! blest sepulchre! blest rather be
The Man that there was put to shame for me!"
I saw then in my dream that he went on thus even until he came at the bottom, where
he saw, a little out of the way, three men fast asleep, with fetters upon their heels.
The name of the one was SIMPLE, another SLOTH, and the third PRESUMPTION.
CHRISTIAN then seeing them lie in this case, went to them, if peradventure he might
awake them, and cried, "You are like them that sleep on the top of a mast, for
the Dead Sea is under you, a gulf that hath no bottom.
~ Proverbs 23:34 ~
Awake therefore, and come away; be willing also, and I will help you off with your
irons." He also told them, "If he that goes about like a roaring lion comes
by, you will certainly become a prey to his teeth".
~ 1 Peter 5:8 ~
With that they looked upon him, and began to reply in this sort:
Simple said, "I see no danger."
Sloth said, "Yet a little more sleep."
And Presumption said, "Every tub must stand upon its own bottom."
And so they lay down to sleep again; and CHRISTIAN went on his way.
Yet was he troubled to think, that men in that danger should so little esteem the
kindness of him that so freely offered to help them: both by awakening of them, counselling
of them, and proffering to help them off with their irons. And as he was troubled
thereabout, he espied two men come tumbling over the wall, on the left hand of the
narrow way, and they made up apace to him. The name of the one was FORMALIST, and
the name of the other HYPOCRISY. So, as I said, they drew up unto him, who thus entered
with them into discourse.
Chr. Gentlemen, whence came you, and whither do you go?
Formalist and Hypocrisy. We were born in the land of Vain-glory, and are going
for praise to Mount Zion.
Chr. Why came you not in at the gate which stands at the beginning of the
way? Know you not that it is written, that "he that enters not in by the door,
but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber?"
~ John 10:1 ~
Form. and Hyp. They said, that to go to the gate for entrance was by all their
countrymen counted too far about; and that therefore their usual way was to make
a short cut of it, and to climb over the wall as they had done.
Chr. But will it not be counted a trespass against the Lord of the city whither
we are bound, thus to violate his revealed will?
Form. and Hyp. They told him that, as for that, he needed not to trouble his
head thereabout; for what they did they had custom for, and could produce, if need
were, testimony that would witness it, for more than a thousand years.
Chr. "But," said CHRISTIAN, "will your practice stand a trial
Form. and Hyp. They told him, that custom, it being of so long a standing
as above a thousand years, would doubtless now be admitted as a thing legal by any
impartial judge. And besides, said they, so be we get into the way, what's matter
which way we get in? If we are in, we are in: thou art but in the way, who, as we
perceive, came in at the gate; and we are also in the way, that came tumbling over
the wall. Wherein now is thy condition better than ours?
Chr. I walk by the rule of my Master; you walk by the rude working of your
fancies. You are counted thieves already by the Lord of the way, therefore I doubt
you will not be found true men at the end of the way. You come in by yourselves without
his direction, and shall go by yourselves without his mercy.
To this they made but little answer, only they bid him look to himself. Then I saw
that they went on every man in his way, without much conference one with another,
save that these two men told CHRISTIAN, that as to laws and ordinances, they doubted
not but they should as conscientiously do them as he. "Therefore," said
they, "we see not wherein thou differest from us, but by the coat that is on
thy back; which was, as we think, given thee by some of thy neighbours to hide the
shame of thy nakedness."
Chr. By laws and ordinances you will not be saved, since you came not in by
~ Galations 2:16 ~
And as for this coat that is on my back, it was given me by the Lord of the place
whither I go; and that, as you say, to cover my nakedness with. And I take it as
a token of his kindness to me, for I had nothing but rags before. And besides, thus
I comfort myself as I go: Surely, think I, when I come to the gate of the city, the
Lord thereof will know me for good, since I have his coat on my back, a coat that
he gave me freely in the day that he stripped me of my rags. I have, moreover, a
mark in my forehead, of which, perhaps, you have taken no notice, which one of my
Lord's most intimate associates fixed there in the day that my burden fell off my
shoulders. I will tell you, moreover, that I had then given me a roll sealed, to
comfort me by reading as I go in the way; I was also bidden to give it in at the
Celestial Gate, in token of my certain going in after it: all which things I doubt
you want, and want them because you came not in at the gate.
To these things they gave him no answer, only they looked upon each other and laughed.
Then I saw that they all went on, save that CHRISTIAN kept before, who had no more
talk but with himself, and that sometimes sighingly, and sometimes comfortably; also
he would be often reading in the roll that one of the shining ones gave him, by which
he was refreshed.
I beheld, then, that they all went on till they came to the foot of the hill "Difficulty,"
at the bottom of which was a spring. There were also in the same place two other
ways besides that which came straight from the gate; one turned to the left hand,
and the other to the right, at the bottom of the hill: but the narrow way lay right
up the hill (and the name of the going up the side of the hill is called Difficulty).
CHRISTIAN now went to the spring, and drank thereof to refresh himself;
~ Isaiah 49:10 ~
and then began to go up the hill, saying:
"This hill, though high, I covet to ascend;
The difficulty will not me offend,
For I perceive the way to life lies here:
Come, pluck up, heart, let's neither faint nor fear!
Better, though difficult, the right way to go,
Than wrong, though easy, where the end is woe."
The other two also came to the foot of the hill. But when they saw that the hill
was steep and high, and that there were two other ways to go; and supposing also
that these two ways might meet again with that up which CHRISTIAN went, on the other
side of the hill, therefore they were resolved to go in those ways (now the name
of one of those ways was "Danger," and the name of the other "Destruction").
So the one took the way which is called Danger, which led him into a great wood;
and the other took directly up the way to Destruction, which led him into a wide
field full of dark mountains, where he stumbled and fell, and rose no more.
I looked then after CHRISTIAN, to see him go up the hill, when I perceived he fell
from running to going, and from going to clambering upon his hands and his knees,
because of the steepness of the place. Now about the midway to the top of the hill
was a pleasant arbour, made by the Lord of the hill, for the refreshment of weary
travellers. Thither, therefore, CHRISTIAN got, where also he sat down to rest. Then
he pulled his roll out of his bosom, and read therein to his comfort; he also now
began afresh to take a review of the coat or garment that was given him as he stood
by the cross. Thus pleasing himself awhile, he at last fell into a slumber, and thence
into a fast sleep which detained him in that place until it was almost night, and
in his sleep his roll fell out of his hand. Now as he was sleeping, there came one
to him, and awaked him, saying, "Go to the ant, thou sluggard: consider her
ways, and be wise".
~ Proverbs 6:6 ~
And with that, CHRISTIAN suddenly started up, and sped him on his way, and went apace
till he came to the top of the hill.
Now when he was got up to the top of the hill, there came two men running against
him furiously. The name of the one was TIMOROUS, and the name of the other MISTRUST;
to whom CHRISTIAN said, "Sirs, what's the matter? You run the wrong way !"
Timorous answered that they were going to the City of Zion, and had got up
that difficult place; "but," said he, "the farther we go, the more
danger we meet with: wherefore we turned, and are going back again."
Mistrust. "Yes," said MISTRUST; "for just before us lie a couple
of lions in the way--whether sleeping or waking we know not,--and we could not think,
if we came within reach, but they would presently pull us in pieces."
Chr. Then said CHRISTIAN, "You make me afraid; but whither shall I fly
to be safe? If I go back to mine own country, that is prepared for fire and brimstone--and
I shall certainly perish there! If I can get to the celestial city, I am sure to
be in safety there. I must venture: to go back is nothing but death; to go forward
is fear of death, and life everlasting beyond it! I will yet go forward!
So MISTRUST and TIMOROUS ran down the hill; and CHRISTIAN went on his way. But thinking
again of what he heard from the men, he felt in his bosom for his roll, that he might
read therein, and be comforted; but he felt, and found it not. Then was CHRISTIAN
in great distress, and knew not what to do; for he wanted that which used to relieve
him, and that which should have been his pass into the Celestial City. Here, therefore,
he began to be much perplexed, and knew not what to do; at last he bethought himself
that he had slept in the arbour that is on the side of the hill: and falling down
upon his knees, he asked God forgiveness for that his foolish act, and then went
back to look for his roll. But all the way he went back, who can sufficiently set
forth the sorrow of CHRISTIAN'S heart? sometimes he sighed; sometimes he wept; and
often times he chided himself for being so foolish as to fall asleep in that place,
which was erected only for a little refreshment from his weariness.
Thus therefore, he went back; carefully looking on this side and on that, all the
way as he went, if happily he might find his roll, that had been his comfort so many
times in his journey. He went thus till he came again within sight of the arbour
where he sat and slept; but that sight renewed his sorrow the more, by bringing again
even afresh his evil of sleeping into his mind. Thus therefore, he now went on bewailing
his sinful sleep, saying, "Oh, wretched man that I am, that I should sleep in
the daytime! that I should sleep in the midst of difficulty!;
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:7, 8 ~
~ Revelation 2:4, 5 ~
that I should so indulge the flesh, as to use that rest for ease to my flesh, which
the Lord of the hill hath erected only for the relief of the spirits of pilgrims!
How many steps have I taken in vain! (thus it happened to Israel; for their sin they
were sent back again by the way of the Red Sea); and I am made to tread those steps
with sorrow, which I might have trod with delight, had it not been for this sinful
sleep. How far might I have been on my way by this time! I am made to tread those
steps thrice over which I needed not to have trod but once: yea, now also I am like
to be benighted, for the day is almost spent. Oh that I had not slept!"
Now by this time he was come to the arbour again, where for a while he sat down and
wept; but at last (as CHRISTIAN would have it) looking sorrowfully down under the
settle, there he espied his roll, the which he with trembling and haste caught up,
and put into his bosom; but who can tell how joyful this man was when he had gotten
his roll again! For this roll was the assurance of his life and acceptance at the
desired haven. Therefore he laid it up in his bosom; gave thanks to God for directing
his eye to the place where it lay; and with joy and tears betook himself again to
his journey. But oh, how nimbly now did he go up the rest of the hill! Yet before
he got up, the sun went down upon CHRISTIAN; and this made him again recall the vanity
of his sleeping, and thus he again began to condole with himself: "Oh, thou
sinful sleep! how for thy sake am I like to be benighted in my journey! I must walk
without the sun; darkness must cover the path of my feet; and I must hear the noise
of the doleful creatures-- because of my sinful sleep!" Now also he remembered
the story that MISTRUST and TIMOROUS told him of--how they were frightened with the
sight of the lions. Then said CHRISTIAN to himself again, "These beasts range
in the night for their prey; and if they should meet with me in the dark, how should
I shift them? how should I escape being by them torn in pieces?" Thus he went
on his way; but while he was thus bewailing his unhappy miscarriage, he lift up his
eyes, and behold, there was a very stately palace before him, the name of which was
"Beautiful," and it stood just by the highway side.
So I saw in my dream that he made haste and went forward, that if possible he might
get lodging there. Now before he had gone far, he entered into a very narrow passage,
which was about a furlong off of the porter's lodge; and, looking very narrowly before
him as he went, he espied two lions in the way. Now, thought he, I see the dangers
by which MISTRUST and TIMOROUS were driven back. (The lions were chained; but he
saw not the chains.) Then he was afraid, and thought also himself to go back after
them; for he thought nothing but death was before him. But the porter at the lodge,
whose name is WATCHFUL, perceiving that CHRISTIAN made a halt, as if he would go
back, cried unto him, saying, "Is thy strength so small?
~ Mark 4:40 ~
fear not the lions; for they are chained, and are placed there for trial of faith
where it is; and for discovery of those that have none: keep in the midst of the
path, and no hurt shall come unto thee!"
Then I saw that he went on, trembling for fear of the lions, but taking good heed
to the directions of the porter. He heard them roar; but they did him no harm. Then
he clapped his hands, and went on till he came and stood before the gate where the
porter was. Then said CHRISTIAN to the porter, "Sir, what house is this? and
may I lodge here tonight?" The porter answered, "This house was built by
the Lord of the hill; and he built it for the relief and security of pilgrims."
The porter also asked whence he was, and whither he was going?
Chr. I am come from the city of Destruction, and am going to Mount Zion; but
because the sun is now set, I desire, if I may, to lodge here tonight.
Watchful, the Porter. What is your name?
Chr. My name is now CHRISTIAN; but my name at the first was GRACELESS: I came
of the race of Japheth, whom God will persuade to dwell in the tents of Shem.
~ Genesis 9:27 ~
Watch. But how doth it happen that you come so late? the sun is set!
Chr. I had been here sooner; but that--wretched man that I am--I slept by
the arbour that stands on the hillside. Nay, I had, notwithstanding that, been here
much sooner, but that in my sleep I lost my evidence, and came without it to the
brow of the hill; and then, feeling for it, and finding it not, I was forced, with
sorrow of heart, to go back to the place where I slept my sleep, where I found it,
and now I am come.
Watch. Well, I will call out one of the virgins of this place, who will, if
she likes your talk, bring you in to the rest of the family, according to the rules
of the house. So WATCHFUL the porter rang a bell; at the sound of which, came out
at the door of the house a grave and beautiful damsel, named DISCRETION, and asked
why she was called.
Watchful answered, "This man is in a journey from the city of Destruction
to Mount Zion; but being weary and benighted, he asked me if he might lodge here
tonight: so I told him I would call for thee, who, after discourse had with him,
mayest do as seemeth thee good, even according to the law of the house."
Discretion. Then she asked him whence he was, and whither he was going: and
he told her. She asked him also how he got into the way: and he told her. Then she
asked him what he had seen and met with in the way: and he told her. And last, she
asked his name: so he said, "It is CHRISTIAN; and I have so much the more a
desire to lodge here tonight, because, by what I perceive, this place was built by
the Lord of the hill for the relief and security of pilgrims." So she smiled,
but the water stood in her eyes; and after a little pause, she said, "I will
call forth two or three more of the family." So she ran to the door, and called
out PRUDENCE, PIETY, and CHARITY, who, after a little more discourse with him, had
him in to the family, and many of them meeting him at the threshold of the house,
said, "Come in, thou blessed of the Lord! this house was built by the Lord of
the hill on purpose to entertain such pilgrims in." Then he bowed his head,
and followed them into the house. So when he was come in, and set down, they gave
him something to drink; and consented together that, until supper was ready, some
of them should have some particular discourse with CHRISTIAN, for the best improvement
of time: and they appointed PIETY, and PRUDENCE, and CHARITY, to discourse with him;
and thus they began:
Piety. Come, good CHRISTIAN, since we have been so loving to you, as to receive
you into our house this night, let us, if perhaps we may better ourselves thereby,
talk with you of all things that have happened to you in your pilgrimage.
Chr. With a very good will; and I am glad that you are so well disposed.
Piety. What moved you at first to betake yourself to a pilgrim's life?
Chr. I was driven out of my native country by a dreadful sound that was in
mine ears, to wit, that unavoidable destruction did attend me if I abode in that
place where I was.
Piety. But how did it happen that you came out of your country this way?
Chr. It was as God would have it; for when I was under the fears of destruction,
I did not know whither to go; but by chance there came a man, even to me (as I was
trembling and weeping), whose name is EVANGELIST, and he directed me to the Wicket
gate, which else I should never have found; and so set me into the way that hath
led me directly to this house.
Piety. But did you not come by the house of the INTERPRETER?
Chr. Yes, and did see such things there, the remembrance of which will stick
by me as long as I live; especially three things: to wit, How Christ in despite of
Satan, maintains his work of grace in the heart; how the man had sinned himself quite
out of hopes of God's mercy; and also the dream of him that thought in his sleep
the Day of Judgment was come.
Piety. Why, did you hear him tell his dream?
Chr. Yes, and a dreadful one it was, I thought; it made my heart ache as he
was telling of it; but yet I am glad I heard it.
Piety. Was that all that you saw at the house of the INTERPRETER?
Chr. No: he took me and had me where he showed me a stately palace; and how
the people that were in it were clad in gold; and how there came a venturous man,
and cut his way through the armed men that stood in the door to keep him out; and
how he was bidden to come in and win eternal glory. Methought those things did ravish
my heart: I could have stayed at the good man's house a twelvemonth but that I knew
I had farther to go.
Piety. And what else saw you in the way?
Chr. Saw! Why I went but a little farther, and I saw One, as I thought in
my mind, hang bleeding upon the tree, and the very sight of him made the burden fall
off my back (for I groaned under a weary burden), but then it fell down from off
me. 'Twas a strange thing to me; for I never saw such a thing before. Yea, and while
I stood looking up (for then I could not forbear looking), three shining ones came
to me: one of them testified that my sins were forgiven; another stript me of my
rags, and gave me this embroidered coat which you see; and the third set the mark
which you see in my forehead, and gave me this sealed roll (and with that he plucked
it out of his bosom).
Piety. But you saw more than this, did you not?
Chr. The things that I have told you were the best; yet I saw some other small
matters, as namely, I saw three men, SIMPLE, SLOTH, and PRESUMPTION, lie asleep a
little out of the way as I came, with irons upon their heels; but do you think I
could awake them! I saw also FORMALIST and HYPOCRISY come tumbling over the wall,
to go, as they pretended, to Zion, but they were quickly lost; even as I myself did
tell them, but they would not believe: but above all, I found it hard work to get
up this hill, and as hard to come by the lions' mouths; and truly, if it had not
been for the good man, the porter, that stands at the gate, I do not know but that,
after all, I might have gone back again. But now I thank God I am here, and I thank
you for receiving me.
Then PRUDENCE thought it good to ask him a few questions, and desired his answer
Prudence. Do you not think sometimes of the country from whence you came?
Chr. Yes, but with much shame and detestation; truly, if I had been mindful
of that country from whence I came out, I might have had opportunity to have returned;
but now I desire a better country, that is, a heavenly.
~ Hebrews 11:15, 16 ~
Pru. Do you not yet bear away with you some of the things that then you were
Chr. Yes, but greatly against my will; especially my inward and carnal thinking,
with which all my countrymen as well as myself, were delighted. But now all those
things are my grief: and might I but choose mine own things, I would choose never
to think of those things more; but when I would be doing of that which is best, that
which is worst is with me.
~ Romans 7:13-25 ~
Pru. Do you not find sometimes, as if those things were vanquished, which
at other times are your perplexity?
Chr. Yes, but that is but seldom; but they are to me golden hours in which
such things happen to me.
Pru. Can you remember by what means you find your annoyances at times, as
if they were vanquished?
Chr. Yes, when I think of what I saw at the cross, that will do it; and when
I look upon my embroidered coat, that will do it; also when I look into the roll
that I carry in my bosom, that will do it; and when my thoughts wax warm about whither
I am going, that will do it.
Pru. And what is it that makes you so desirous to go to Mount Zion?
Chr. Why, there I hope to see him alive that did hang dead on the cross; and
there I hope to be rid of all those things that to this day are in me and annoyances
to me; there they say there is no death,
~ Isaiah 25:8 ~
~ Revelation 21:4 ~
and there I shall dwell with such company as I like best. For to tell you truth,
I love him because I was by him eased of my burden, and I am weary of my inward sickness;
I would fain be where I shall die no more, and with the company that shall continually
cry, "Holy, holy, holy."
Charity. Then said CHARITY to CHRISTIAN, "Have you a family? Are you
a married man?"
Chr. I have a wife and four small children.
Cha. And why did you not bring them along with you?
Chr. Then CHRISTIAN wept, and said, "Oh, how willingly would I have done
it! but they were all of them utterly averse to my going on pilgrimage."
Cha. But you should have talked to them, and have endeavoured to show them
the danger of being behind.
Chr. So I did, and told them also what God had showed to me of the destruction
of our city; but I seemed to them as one that mocked, and they believed me not.
~ Genesis 19:14 ~
Cha. And did you pray to God that he would bless your counsel to them?
Chr. Yes, and that with much affection; for you must think that my wife and
poor children were very dear unto me.
Cha. But did you tell them of your own sorrow, and fear of destruction? for,
I suppose, that destruction was visible enough to you.
Chr. Yes--over, and over, and over again. They might also see my fears in
my countenance, in my tears, and also in my trembling under the apprehension of the
judgment that did hang over our heads; but all was not sufficient to prevail with
them to come with me.
Cha. But what could they say for themselves, why they came not?
Chr. Why, my wife was afraid of losing this world; and my
children were given to the foolish delights of youth: so what by one
thing, and what by another, they left me to wander in this manner
Cha. But did you not with your vain life damp all that you by words used by
way of persuasion to bring them away with you?
Chr. Indeed I cannot commend my life, for I am conscious to myself of many
failings therein; I know also that a man by his conversation may soon overthrow what
by argument or persuasion he doth labour to fasten upon others for their good. Yet
this I can say, I was very wary of giving them occasion, by any unseemly action,
to make them averse to going on pilgrimage. Yea, for this very thing, they would
tell me I was too precise; and that I denied myself of sins (for their sakes), in
which they saw no evil. Nay, I think I may say that if what they saw in me did hinder
them, it was my great tenderness in sinning against God, or of doing any wrong to
Cha. Indeed, Cain hated his brother because his own works were evil, and his
brother's righteous; and if thy wife and children have been offended with thee for this,
they thereby show themselves to be implacable to good; and thou hast delivered thy soul
from their blood.
~ 1 John 3:12 ~
~ Ezekiel 3:19 ~
Now I saw in my dream, that thus they sat talking together until supper was ready.
So when they had made ready, they sat down to eat. Now the table was furnished with
fat things, and with wine that was well refined; and all their talk at the table
was about the Lord of the hill: namely, about what he had done; and wherefore he
did what he did; and why he had builded that house. And by what they said, I perceived
that he had been a great warrior, and had fought with and slain him that had the
power of death; but not without great danger to himself, which made me love him the more.
~ Hebrews 2:14, 15 ~
For, as they said, and as I believe (said CHRISTIAN), he did it with the loss of
much blood; but that which put glory of grace into all he did, was, that he did it
out of pure love for his country. And besides, there were some of them of the household
that said they had seen and spoke with him since he did die on the cross; and they
have attested that they had it from his own lips, that he is such a lover of poor
pilgrims, that the like is not to be found from the east to the west.
They moreover gave an instance of what they affirmed, and that was, he had stripped
himself of his glory that he might do this for the poor; and that they heard him
say and affirm that he would not dwell in the Mountain of Zion alone. They said,
moreover, that he had made many pilgrims princes, though by nature they were beggars
born, and their original had been the dunghill.
~ 1 Samuel 2:8 ~
~ Psalm 113:7 ~
Thus they discoursed together till late at night; and after they had committed themselves
to their Lord for protection, they betook themselves to rest. The pilgrim they laid
in a large upper chamber, whose window opened towards the sun rising; the name of
the chamber was Peace, where he slept till break of day; and then he awoke and sang--
"Where am I now? is this the love and care
Of Jesus for the men that pilgrims are,
Thus to provide? That I should be forgiven!
And dwell already the next door to heaven!"
So in the morning they all got up; and after some more discourse, they told him that
he should not depart till they had showed him the rarities of that place. And first
they had him into the study, where they showed him records of the greatest antiquity;
in which, as I remember my dream, they showed him the first pedigree of the Lord
of the hill, that he was the Son of the Ancient of Days, and came by an eternal generation.
Here also were more fully recorded the acts that he had done; and the names of many
hundreds that he had taken into his service; and how he had placed them in such habitations
that could neither by length of days, nor decays of nature, be dissolved.
Then they read to him some of the worthy acts that some of his servants had done.
As how they had "subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises,
stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the
sword; out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, and turned to flight
the armies of the aliens".
~ Hebrews 11:33, 34 ~
Then they read again in another part of the records of the house, where it was showed
how willing their Lord was to receive into his favour any, even any, though they
in time past had offered great affronts to his person and proceedings. Here also
were several other histories of many other famous things, all of which CHRISTIAN
had a view. As of things both ancient and modern; together with prophecies and predictions
of things that have their certain accomplishment, both to the dread and amazement
of enemies, and the comfort and solace of pilgrims.
The next day they took him and had him into the armoury; where they showed him all
manner of furniture, which their Lord had provided for pilgrims: sword, shield, helmet,
breastplate, all-prayer, and shoes that would not wear out. And there was here enough
of this to harness out as many men for the service of their Lord as there be stars
in the heaven for multitude.
They also showed him some of the instruments with which some of his servants had
done wonderful things. They showed him Moses' rod; the hammer and nail with which
Jael slew Sisera; the pitchers, trumpets, and lamps too, with which Gideon put to
flight the armies of Midian. Then they showed him the ox's goad wherewith Shamgar
slew six hundred men. They showed him also the jawbone with which Samson did such
mighty feats; they showed him, moreover, the sling and stone with which David slew
Goliath of Gath; and the sword, also, with which their Lord will kill the man of
sin, in the day that he shall rise up to the prey. They showed him besides many excellent
things, with which CHRISTIAN was much delighted. This done, they went to their rest
Then I saw in my dream, that on the morrow he got up to go forward; but they desired
him to stay till the next day also, and then, said they, we will, if the day be clear,
show you the Delectable Mountains; which, they said, would yet further add to his
comfort, because they were nearer the desired haven than the place where at present
he was. So he consented and stayed. When the morning was up, they had him to the
top of the house, and bid him look south; so he did: and behold, at a great distance
~ Isaiah 33:16, 17 ~
he saw a most pleasant mountainous country, beautiful with woods, vineyards, fruits
of all sorts, flowers also; with springs and fountains, very delectable to behold.
Then he asked the name of the country. They said it was Immanuel's Land; and it is
as common, said they, as this hill is, to and for all the pilgrims. And when thou
comest there, from thence, said they, thou mayest see to the gate of the Celestial
City, as the shepherds that live there will make appear.
Now he bethought himself of setting forward, and they were willing he should; but
first, said they, let us go again into the armoury: so they did. And when he came
there, they harnessed him from head to foot with what was of proof, lest perhaps
he should meet with assaults in the way. He, being therefore thus equipped, walked
out with his friends to the gate, and there he asked the porter if he saw any pilgrims
pass by; then the porter answered, Yes.
Chr. Pray did you know him? said he.
Watchful, the Porter. I asked him his name, and he told me it was FAITHFUL.
Chr. "Oh," said CHRISTIAN, "I know him; he is my townsman,
my near neighbour; he comes from the place where I was born. How far do you think
he may be before?"
Watch. He is got by this time below the hill.
Chr. "Well," said CHRISTIAN, "good porter, the Lord be with
thee, and add to all thy blessings much increase for the kindness that thou hast
showed to me!"
Then he began to go forward; but DISCRETION, PIETY, CHARITY, and PRUDENCE, would
accompany him down to the foot of the hill. So they went on together, reiterating
their former discourses, till they came to go down the hill. Then said CHRISTIAN,
"As it was difficult coming up, so (so far as I can see) it is dangerous going
"Yes," said PRUDENCE, "so it is; for it is a hard matter for a man
to go down into the Valley of Humiliation, as thou art now, and to catch no slip
by the way; therefore," said they, "are we come out to accompany thee down
the hill." So he began to go down, but very warily; yet he caught a slip or
Then I saw in my dream that these good companions, when CHRISTIAN was gone down to
the bottom of the hill, gave him a loaf of bread, a bottle of wine, and a cluster
of raisins; and then he went on his way.
But now, in this Valley of Humiliation, poor CHRISTIAN was hard put to it; for he
had gone but a little way, before he espied a foul fiend coming over the field to
meet with him; his name was APOLLYON. Then did CHRISTIAN begin to be afraid, and
to cast in his mind whether to go back or to stand his ground. But he considered
again, that he had no armour for his back, and therefore thought that to turn the
back to him might give him greater advantage with ease to pierce him with his darts;
therefore he resolved to venture, and stand his ground. For, thought he, had I no
more in mine eye than the saving of my life, it would be the best way to stand.
So he went on, and APOLLYON met him. Now the monster was hideous to behold; he was
clothed with scales like a fish (and they are his pride); he had wings like a dragon;
feet like a bear; and out of his belly came fire and smoke; and his mouth was as
the mouth of a lion. When he was come up to CHRISTIAN, he beheld him with a disdainful
countenance, and thus began to question with him:
Apollyon. Whence come you, and whither are you bound?
Chr. I am come from the city of Destruction, which is the place of all evil,
and am going to the City of Zion.
Apol. By this I perceive thou art one of my subjects; for all that country
is mine, and I am the prince and god of it. How is it, then, that thou hast run away
from thy king? Were it not that I hope thou mayest do me more service, I would strike
thee now at one blow to the ground.
Chr. I was born indeed in your dominions; but your service was hard, and your
wages such as a man could not live on, for the wages of sin is death;
therefore, when I was come to years, I did as other prudent persons do, look out,
if perhaps I might mend myself.
~ Romans 3:23 ~
Apol. There is no prince that will thus lightly lose his subjects; neither
will I as yet lose thee. But since thou complainest of thy service and wages, be
content to go back; what our country will afford I do here promise to give thee.
Chr. But I have let myself to another, even to the king of princes; and how
can I with fairness go back with thee?
Apol. Thou hast done in this according to the proverb, "changed a bad
for a worse"; but it is ordinary for those that have professed themselves his
servants, after awhile to give him the slip, and return again to me: do thou so too,
and all shall be well.
Chr. I have given him my faith, and sworn my allegiance to him; how then can
I go back from this, and not be hanged as a traitor?
Apol. Thou didst the same to me; and yet I am willing to pass by all, if now
thou wilt yet turn again and go back.
Chr. What I promised thee was before I came of age; and besides, I count that
the Prince under whose banner now I stand is able to absolve me; yea, and to pardon
also what I did as to my compliance with thee. And besides, O thou destroying APOLLYON,
to speak truth, I like his service, his wages, his servants, his government, his
company and country, better than thine. Therefore leave off to persuade me further:
I am his servant, and I will follow him.
Apol. Consider again, when thou art in cold blood, what thou art like to meet
with in the way that thou goest. Thou knowest that for the most part his servants
come to an ill end, because they are transgressors against me and my ways. How many
of them have been put to shameful deaths! and besides, thou countest his service
better than mine, whereas he never came yet from the place where he is, to deliver
any that served him out of our hands; but as for me, how many times, as all the world
very well knows, have I delivered, either by power or fraud, those that have faithfully
served me, from him and his, though taken by them--and so I will deliver thee!
Chr. His forbearing at present to deliver them, is on purpose to try their
love, whether they will cleave to him to the end; and as for the ill end thou sayest
they come to, that is most glorious in their account. For, for present deliverance,
they do not much expect it; for they stay for their glory, and then they shall have
it, when their Prince comes in his, and the glory of the angels.
Apol. Thou hast already been unfaithful in thy service to him; and how dost
thou think to receive wages of him?
Chr. Wherein, O APOLLYON, have I been unfaithful to him?
Apol. Thou didst faint at first setting out, when thou wast almost choked
in the Gulf of Despond; thou didst attempt wrong ways to be rid of thy burden, whereas
thou shouldst have stayed till thy Prince had taken it off; thou didst sinfully sleep
and lose thy choice thing; thou wast also almost persuaded to go back at the sight
of the lions; and when thou talkest of thy journey, and of what thou hast heard and
seen, thou art inwardly desirous of vain-glory in all that thou sayest or doest.
Chr. All this is true; and much more which thou hast left out: but the Prince
whom I serve and honour is merciful and ready to forgive. But besides, these infirmities
possessed me in thy country; for there I sucked them in, and I have groaned under
them, been sorry for them, and have obtained pardon of my Prince.
Apol. Then APOLLYON broke out into a grievous rage, saying, "I am an
enemy to this Prince: I hate his person, his laws, and people: I am come out on purpose
to withstand thee."
Chr. APOLLYON, beware what you do; for I am in the King's highway, the way
of holiness: therefore take heed to yourself!
Apol. Then APOLLYON straddled quite over the whole breadth of the way, and
said, "I am void of fear in this matter: prepare thyself to die! for I swear
by my infernal den that thou shalt go no farther; here will I spill thy soul."
And with that he threw a flaming dart at his breast; but CHRISTIAN had a shield in
his hand, with which he caught it, and so prevented the danger of that. Then did
CHRISTIAN draw, for he saw 't was time to bestir him; and APOLLYON as fast made at
him, throwing darts as thick as hail; by the which, notwithstanding all that CHRISTIAN
could do to avoid it, APOLLYON wounded him in his head, his hand, and foot. This
made CHRISTIAN give a little back; APOLLYON therefore followed his work furiously,
and CHRISTIAN again took courage, and resisted as manfully as he could. This sore
combat lasted for above half a day, even till CHRISTIAN was almost quite spent. For
you must know that CHRISTIAN, by reason of his wounds, grew weaker and weaker.
Then APOLLYON, espying his opportunity, began to gather up close to CHRISTIAN, and
wrestling with him, gave him a dreadful fall: and with that, CHRISTIAN'S sword flew
out of his hand. Then said APOLLYON, "I am sure of thee now"; and with
that he had almost pressed him to death, so that CHRISTIAN began to despair of life.
But as God would have it, while APOLLYON was fetching his last blow, thereby to make
a full end of this good man, CHRISTIAN nimbly reached out his hand for his sword,
and caught it, saying, "Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy; when I fall, I
shall arise"; and with that, gave him a deadly thrust, which made him give back,
as one that had
received his mortal wound. CHRISTIAN perceiving that, made at him again, saying,
"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors, through him that loved
us". And with that, APOLLYON spread forth his dragon's wings, and sped him away,
that CHRISTIAN for a season saw him no more.
~ Micah 7:8 ~
~ Romans 8:37 ~
~ James 4:7 ~
In this combat no man can imagine, unless he had seen and heard as I did, what yelling
and hideous roaring APOLLYON made all the time of the fight--he spake like a dragon;
and, on the other side, what sighs and groans burst from CHRISTIAN'S heart. I never
saw him all the while give so much as one pleasant look, till he perceived he had
wounded APOLLYON with his two edged sword, then, indeed, he did smile, and look upward;
but 'twas the dreadfullest sight that ever I saw!
So when the battle was over, CHRISTIAN said, "I will here give thanks to him
that hath delivered me out of the mouth of the lion, to him that did help me against
APOLLYON"; and so he did, saying:
"Great Beelzebub, the captain of this fiend,
Designed my ruin; therefore to this end
He sent him harnessed out, and he with rage
That hellish was, did fiercely me engage.
But blessed Michael helped me, and I,
By dint of sword did quickly make him fly:
Therefore to him let me give lasting praise
And thanks, and bless his holy name always!"
Then there came to him a hand, with some of the leaves of the tree of life; the which
CHRISTIAN took, and applied to the wounds that he had received in the battle, and
was healed immediately. He also sat down in that place to eat bread, and to drink
of the bottle that was given him a little before. So being refreshed, he addressed
himself to his journey, with his sword drawn in his hand; for he said, "I know
not but some other enemy may be at hand." But he met with no other affront from
APOLLYON quite through this valley.
Now at the end of this valley was another, called the Valley of the Shadow of Death;
and CHRISTIAN must needs go through it, because the way to the Celestial City lay
through the midst of it. Now this valley is a very solitary place; the prophet Jeremiah
thus describes it: "A wilderness, a land of deserts and of pits, a land of drought,
and of the shadow of death; a land that no man (but a Christian) passeth through,
and where no man dwelt".
~ Jeremiah 2:6 ~
Now here CHRISTIAN was worse put to it than in his fight with APOLLYON, as by the
sequel you shall see.
I saw then in my dream, that when CHRISTIAN was got to the borders of the shadow
of death, there met him two men, children of them that brought up an evil report
of the good land, making haste to go back, to whom CHRISTIAN spake as follows:
~ Numbers 13:32 ~
Chr. Whither are you going?
The Two Men. They said, "Back, back; and we would have you do so too,
if either life or peace is prized by you."
Chr. "Why, what is the matter?" said CHRISTIAN.
Men. "Matter!" said they; "we were going that way as you are
going, and went as far as we durst; and indeed we were almost past coming back, for
had we gone a little farther, we had not been here to bring the news to thee."
Chr. "But what have you met with?" said CHRISTIAN.
Men. Why, we were almost in the Valley of the Shadow of Death;
~ Psalm 44:19 ~
~ Psalm 107:10 ~
but that by good hap we looked before us, and saw the danger before we came to it.
Chr. "But what have you seen?" said CHRISTIAN.
Men. Seen! why the valley itself, which is as dark as pitch. We also saw there
the hobgoblins, satyrs, and dragons of the pit; we heard also in that valley a continual
howling and yelling, as of a people in unutterable misery, who there sat bound in
affliction and irons; and over that valley hangs the discouraging clouds of confusion;
death also doth always spread his wings over it; in a word, it is every whit dreadful,
being utterly without order.
~ Job 3:5 ~
~ Job 10:22 ~
Chr. Then said CHRISTIAN, "I perceive not yet, by what you have said,
but that this is my way to the desired haven."
Men. "Be it thy way, we will not choose it for ours." So they parted,
and CHRISTIAN went on his way; but still with his sword drawn in his hand, for fear
lest he should be assaulted.
I saw then in my dream, so far as this valley reached, there was on the right hand
a very deep ditch; that ditch is it into which the blind have led the blind in all
ages, and have both there miserably perished. Again; behold, on the left hand there
was very dangerous quagmire, into which, if even a good man falls, he can find no
bottom of his foot to stand on. Into that quag King David once did fall; and had
no doubt therein been smothered, had not he that is able plucked him out.
~ Psalm 69:14 ~
The pathway was here also exceeding narrow, and therefore good CHRISTIAN was the
more put to it; for when he sought in the dark to shun the ditch on the one hand,
he was ready to tip over into the mire on the other; also when he sought to escape
the mire, without great carefulness, he would be ready to fall into the ditch. Thus
he went on, and I heard him here sigh bitterly; for besides the dangers mentioned
above, the pathway was here so dark, that oft times when he lift up his foot to set
forward, he knew not where, or upon what, he should set it next.
About the midst of this valley I perceived the mouth of hell to be; and it stood
also hard by the wayside. Now, thought CHRISTIAN, what shall I do? And ever and anon
the flame and smoke would come out in such abundance, with sparks and hideous noises
(things that cared not for CHRISTIAN's sword, as did APOLLYON before), that he was
forced to put up his sword, and betake himself to another weapon, called "All
Prayer". So he cried in my hearing, "O Lord, I beseech Thee, deliver my soul!"
~ Ephesians 6:18 ~
~ Psalm 116:4 ~
Thus he went on a great while; yet still the flames would be reaching toward him.
Also he heard doleful voices and rushings to and fro; so that sometimes he thought
he should be torn in pieces, or trodden down like mire in the streets. This frightful
sight was seen, and these dreadful noises were heard, by him for several miles together;
and coming to a place where he thought he heard a company of fiends coming forward
to meet him, he stopped, and began to muse what he had best to do. Sometimes he had
half a thought to go back; then again he thought he might be halfway through the
valley. He remembered also how he had already vanquished many a danger, and that
the danger of going back might be much more than for to go forward: so he resolved
to go on. Yet the fiends seemed to come nearer and nearer; but when they were come
even almost at him, he cried out with a most vehement voice, "I will walk in
the strength of the Lord God"; so they gave back, and came no farther.
One thing I would not let slip; I took notice that now poor CHRISTIAN was so confounded,
that he did not know his own voice. And thus I perceived it: just when he was come
over against the mouth of the burning pit, one of the wicked ones got behind him,
and stept up softly to him; and whisperingly suggested many grievous blasphemies
to him--which he verily thought had proceeded from his own mind. This put CHRISTIAN
more to it than anything that he met with before, even to think that he should now
blaspheme him that he loved so much before! Yet could he have helped it, he would
not have done it; but he had not the discretion neither to stop his ears, nor to
know from whence those blasphemies came.
When CHRISTIAN had travelled in this disconsolate condition some considerable time,
he thought he heard the voice of a man, as going before him, saying, "Though
I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art
~ Psalm 23:4 ~
Then was he glad; and that for these reasons:
First, because he gathered from thence that some who feared God were in this valley
as well as himself.
Secondly, for that he perceived God was with them, though in that dark and dismal
state; and why not with me, thought he, though, by reason of the impediment that
attends this place, I cannot perceive it?
~ Job 9:11 ~
Thirdly, for that he hoped (could he overtake them) to have company by and by. So
he went on, and called to him that was before; but he knew not what to answer, for
that he also thought himself to be alone. And by and by the day broke; then said
CHRISTIAN, "He hath turned the shadow of death into the morning".
~ Amos 5:8 ~
Now, morning being come, he looked back; not out of desire to return, but to see
by the light of the day, what hazards he had gone through in the dark. So he saw
more perfectly the ditch that was on the one hand, and the quag that was on the other;
also how narrow the way was which lay betwixt them both. Also now he saw the hobgoblins,
and satyrs, and dragons of the pit; but all afar off, for after break of day they
came not nigh. Yet they were discovered to him according to that which is written,
"He discovers deep things out of darkness and brings out to light the shadow
~ Job 12:22 ~
Now was CHRISTIAN much affected with his deliverance from all the dangers of his
solitary way; which dangers, though he feared them more before, yet he saw them more
clearly now, because the light of the day made them conspicuous to him. About this
time the sun was rising--and this was another mercy to CHRISTIAN; for you must note
that, though the first part of the valley of the shadow of death was dangerous, yet
this second part, through which he was yet to go, was, if possible, far more dangerous:
for from the place where he now stood, even to the end of the valley, the way was
all along set so full of snares, traps, gins, and nets here, and so full of pits,
pitfalls, deep holes, and ledges down there, that had it now been dark, as it was
when he came the first part of the way, had he had a thousand souls, they had in
reason been cast away. But, as I said just now, the sun was rising. Then said he,
"His candle shines on my head; and by his light I go through darkness".
~ Job 29:3 ~
In this light therefore; he came to the end of the valley. Now I saw in my dream,
that at the end of this valley lay blood, bones, ashes, and mangled bodies of men,
even of pilgrims that had gone this way formerly: and while I was musing what should
be the reason, I espied a little before me a cave, where two giants, POPE and PAGAN,
dwelt in old time, by whose power and tyranny, the men whose bones, blood, ashes,
etc., lay there, were cruelly put to death. But by this place CHRISTIAN went without
much danger; whereat I somewhat wondered. But I have learnt since, that PAGAN had
been dead many a day; and as for the other, though he be yet alive, he is, by reason
of age, and also of the many shrewd brushes that he met with in his younger days,
grown so crazy and stiff in his joints, that he can now do little more than sit in
his cave's mouth grinning at pilgrims as they go by, and biting his nails, because
he cannot come at them.
So I saw that CHRISTIAN went on his way; yet at the sight of the old man that sat
in the mouth of the cave he could not tell what to think, especially because he spake
to him--though he could not go after him--saying, "You will never mend, till
more of you be burned." But he held his peace, and set a good face on it; and
so went by, and received no hurt. Then sang CHRISTIAN:
"Oh, world of wonders !--I can say no less--
That I should be preserved in that distress
That I have met with here! Oh, blessed be
That hand that from it hath delivered me ·
Dangers in darkness, devils, hell, and sin,
Did compass me, while I this vale was in:
Yea, snares, and pits, and traps, and nets, did lie
My path about, that worthless silly I
Might have been caught, entangled, and cast down:
But since I live, let Jesus wear the crown!"
Now as CHRISTIAN went on his way, he came to a little ascent, which was cast up on
purpose that pilgrims might see before them; up there, therefore, CHRISTIAN went,
and looking forward, he saw FAITHFUL before him upon his journey. Then said CHRISTIAN
aloud, "Ho, ho! So-ho (stay, and I will be your companion)." At that, FAITHFUL
looked behind him; to whom CHRISTIAN cried again, "Stay, stay! till I come up
Faithful. But FAITHFUL answered, "No, I am upon my life; and the Avenger
of Blood is behind me!" At this, CHRISTIAN was somewhat moved; and putting to
all his strength, he quickly got up with FAITHFUL, and did also overrun him, so the
last was first. Then did CHRISTIAN vain-gloriously smile, because he had got the
start of his brother; but not taking good heed to his feet, he suddenly stumbled
and fell, and could not rise again until FAITHFUL came up to help him.
Then I saw in my dream, they went very lovingly on together, and had sweet discourse
of all things that had happened to them in their pilgrimage; and thus CHRISTIAN began:
Chr. My honoured and well-beloved brother, FAITHFUL, I am glad that I have
overtaken you; and that God has so tempered our spirits, that we can walk as companions
in this so pleasant a path.
Faith. I had thought, dear friend, to have had your company quite from our
town; but you did get the start of me, wherefore I was forced to come this much of
the way alone.
Chr. How long did you stay in the city of Destruction before you set out after
me on your pilgrimage?
Faith. Till I could stay no longer; for there was great talk presently, after
you were gone out, that our city would in short time, with fire from heaven, be burned
down to the ground.
Chr. What! did your neighbours talk so?
Faith. Yes; 't was for awhile in everybody's mouth.
Chr. What! and did no more of them but you come out to escape the danger?
Faith. Though there was, as I said, a great talk thereabout, yet I do not
think they did firmly believe it. For in the heat of the discourse, I heard some
of them deridingly speak of you and of your desperate journey--for so they called
this your pilgrimage; but I did believe, and do so still, that the end of our city
will be with fire and brimstone from above, and therefore have made mine escape.
Chr. Did you hear no talk of neighbour PLIABLE?
Faith. Yes, CHRISTIAN; I heard that he followed you till he came at the Slough
of Despond, where, as some said, he fell in. But he would not be known to have so
done; but I am sure he was soundly bedabbled with that kind of dirt.
Chr. And what said the neighbours to him?
Faith. He hath, since his going back, been had greatly in derision, and that
among all sorts of people: some do mock and despise him, and scarce will any set
him on work. He is now seven times worse than if he had never gone out of the city.
Chr. But why should they be so set against him, since they also despise the
way that he forsook?
Faith. "Oh," they say, "hang him: he is a turncoat; he was
not true to his profession!" I think God has stirred up even his enemies to
hiss at him, and make him a proverb, because he hath forsaken the way.
~ Jeremiah 29:18, 19 ~
Chr. Had you no talk with him before you came out?
Faith. I met him once in the streets; but he leered away on the other side,
as one ashamed of what he had done: so I spake not to him.
Chr. Well, at my first setting out, I had hopes of that man; but now I fear
he will perish in the overthrow of the city: for it is happening to him according
to the true proverb, "The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow
that was washed to her wallowing in the mire".
~ 2 Peter 2:22 ~
Faith. They are my fears of him too: but who can hinder that which will be?
Chr. "Well, neighbour FAITHFUL," said CHRISTIAN, "let us leave
him, and talk of things that more immediately concern ourselves. Tell me now what
you have met with in the way as you came; for I know you have met with some things,
or else it may be writ for a wonder."
Faith. I escaped the slough that I perceive you fell into, and got up to the
gate without that danger: only I met with one whose name was WANTON, that had like
to have done me a mischief.
Chr. 'T was well you escaped her net; Joseph was hard put to it by her, and
he escaped her as you did; but it had like to have cost him his life.
But what did she do to you?
~ Genesis 39:11-13 ~
Faith. You cannot think (but that you know something) what a flattering tongue
she hath; she laid at me hard to turn aside with her, promising me all manner of
Chr. Nay, she did not promise you the content of a good conscience.
Faith. You know what I mean, all carnal and fleshly content.
Chr. Thank God you have escaped her: the abhorred of the Lord shall fall into
~ Proverbs 22:14 ~
Faith. Nay, I know not whether I did wholly escape her, or not.
Chr. Why, I trow you did not consent to her desires?
Faith. No, not to defile myself; for I remembered an old writing that I had
seen, which saith, "Her steps take hold on hell".
So I shut mine eyes, because I would not be bewitched with her looks;
then she railed on me, and I went my way.
~ Proverbs 5:5 ~
~ Job 31:1 ~
Chr. Did you meet with no other assault as you came?
Faith. When I came to the foot of the hill called "Difficulty,"
I met with a very aged man, who asked me what I was, and whither bound? I told him
that I was a pilgrim going to the Celestial City: then said the old man, Thou lookest
like an honest fellow; wilt thou be content to dwell with me for the wages that I
shall give thee? Then I asked him his name, and where he dwelt? He said his name
was Adam the first; and that he dwelt in the town of Deceit.
~ Ephesians 4:22 ~
I asked him then, What was his work? and what the wages that he would give? He told
me that his work was many delights; and his wages, that I should be his heir at last.
I further asked him, what house he kept, and what other servants he had? So he told
me that his house was maintained with all the dainties in the world; and that his
servants were those of his own begetting. Then I asked how many children he had?
He said that he had but three daughters,--the lust of the flesh; the lust of the
eyes; and the pride of life;
~ 1 John 2:16 ~
and that I should marry them all, if I would. Then I asked how long time he would
have me live with him? And he told me, as long as he lived himself.
Chr. Well, and what conclusion came the old man and you to at last?
Faith. Why, at first I found myself somewhat inclinable to go with the man,
for I thought he spake very fair; but, looking in his forehead as I talked with him,
I saw there written, "Put off the old man with his deeds."
Chr. And how then?
Faith. Then it came burning hot into my mind, whatever he said, and however
he flattered, when he got me home to his house he would sell me for a slave. So I
bid him forbear to talk; for I would not come near the door of his house. Then he
reviled me, and told me that he would send such a one after me, that should make
my way bitter to my soul. So I turned to go away from him; but just as I turned myself
to go thence, I felt him take hold of my flesh, and give me such a deadly twitch
back, that I thought he had pulled part of me after himself: this made me cry, "O
wretched man!" So I went on my way up the hill.
~ Romans 7:24 ~
Now when I had got about halfway up, I looked behind me, and saw one coming after
me, swift as the wind; so he overtook me just about the place where the bench stands.
Chr. "Just there," said CHRISTIAN, "did I sit down to rest
me; but, being overcome with sleep, I there lost this roll out of my bosom."
Faith. But, good brother, hear me out: so soon as the man overtook me, he
was but a word and a blow; for down he knocked me, and laid me for dead. But when
I was a little come to myself again, I asked him wherefore he served me so? He said,
because of my secret inclining to Adam the first; and with that he struck me another
deadly blow on the breast, and beat me down backward, so I lay at his foot as dead
as before. So when I came to myself again, I cried him mercy; but he said, "I
know not how to show mercy," and with that knocked me down again. He had doubtless
made an end of me, but that one came by, and bade him forbear.
Chr. Who was that that bade him forbear?
Faith. I did not know him at first; but as he went by, I perceived the holes
in his hands and in his side; then I concluded that He was our Lord. So I went up
Chr. That man that overtook you was Moses; he spares none, neither knows he
how to show mercy to those that transgress his law.
Faith. I know it very well; it was not the first time that he has met with
me. 'Twas he that came to me when I dwelt securely at home, and that told me he would
burn my house over my head if I stayed there.
Chr. But did you not see the house that stood there on the top of that hill,
on the side of which Moses met you?
Faith. Yes, and the lions, too, before I came at it; but for the lions, I
think they were asleep, for it was about noon; and because I had so much of the day
before me, I passed by the porter, and came down the hill.
Chr. He told me, indeed, that he saw you go by. But I wish you had called
at the house; for they would have showed you so many rarities, that you would scarce
have forgot them to the day of your death. But pray tell me, did you meet nobody
in the Valley of Humility?
Faith. Yes, I met with one DISCONTENT, who would willingly have persuaded
me to go back with him; his reason was, for that the valley was altogether without
honour. He told me moreover, that there to go was the way to disobey all my friends,
as PRIDE, ARROGANCY, SELF-CONCEIT, WORLDLY-GLORY, with others; who he knew, as he
said, would be very much offended if I made such a fool of myself as to wade through
Chr. Well, and how did you answer him?
Faith. I told him that although all these that he named might claim kindred
of me, and that rightly--for indeed they were my relations according to the flesh,--yet
since I became a pilgrim, they have disowned me, as I also have rejected them; and
therefore they were to me now no more than if they had never been of my lineage.
I told him moreover, that as to this valley, he had quite misrepresented the thing;
for before honour is humility, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Therefore, said
I, I had rather go through this valley to the honour that was so accounted by the
wisest, than choose that which he esteemed most worth our affections.
Chr. Met you with nothing else in that valley?
Faith. Yes, I met with SHAME; but of all the men that I met with in my pilgrimage,
he, I think, bears the wrong name. The other would be said Nay, after a little argumentation,
and somewhat else; but this boldfaced SHAME would never have done.
Chr. What did he say to you?
Faith. What! why he objected against religion itself! He said it was a pitiful,
low, sneaking business for a man to mind religion; he said that a tender conscience
was an unmanly thing; and that for a man to watch over his words and ways, so as
to tie up himself from that blustering liberty that the brave spirits of the times
accustom themselves unto, would make him the ridicule of the times. He objected also,
that but few of the mighty, rich, or wise, were ever of my opinion;
nor any of them neither, before they were persuaded to be fools,
~ 1 Corinthians 1:26 ~
~ 1 Corinthians 3:18 ~
~ Philippians 3:7, 8 ~
and to be of a voluntary fondness to venture the loss of all for nobody else knows
what. He moreover objected the base and low estate and condition of those that were
chiefly the pilgrims of the times in which they lived; also their ignorant and want
of understanding in all natural science.
~ John 7:48 ~
Yea, he did hold me to it at that rate also, about a great many more things than
here I relate: as, that it was a shame to sit whining and mourning under a sermon,
and a shame to come sighing and groaning home; that it was a shame to ask my neighbour
forgiveness for petty faults, or to make restitution where I had taken from any.
He said also, that religion made a man grow strange to the great, because of a few
vices (which he called by finer names); and made him own and respect the base, because
of the same religious fraternity. And is not this, said he, a shame?
Chr. And what did you say to him?
Faith. Say! I could not tell what to say at the first. Yea, he put me so to
it, that my blood came up in my face; even this SHAME fetched it up, and had almost
beat me quite off. But at last I began to consider, that "that which is highly
esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God".
~ Luke 16:15 ~
And I thought again, this SHAME tells me what men are; but tells me nothing what
God or the word of God is. And I thought moreover, that at the day of doom we shall
not be doomed to death or life according to the blustering spirits of the world;
but according to the wisdom and law of the highest. Therefore, thought I, what God
says is best, indeed is best; though all the men in the world are against it. Seeing,
then, that God prefers his religion; seeing God prefers a tender conscience; seeing
they that make themselves fools for the kingdom of heaven are wisest; and that the
poor man that loves Christ is richer than the greatest man in the world that hates
him-- SHAME, depart! thou art an enemy to my salvation!
--shall I entertain thee against my sovereign Lord? How then shall I look him in
the face at his coming? Should I now be ashamed of his ways and servants, how can
I expect the blessing?
~ Mark 8:38 ~
But indeed this SHAME was a bold villain--I could scarce shake him out of my company!
Yea, he would be haunting of me, and continually whispering me in the ear with some
one or other of the infirmities that attend religion; but at last I told him 't was
but in vain to attempt further in this business, for those things that he disdained,
in those did I see most glory: and so at last I got past this importunate one. And
when I had shaken him off, then I began to sing:
"The trials that those men do meet withal
That are obedient to the heavenly call
Are manifold, and suited to the flesh,
And come, and come, and come again afresh;
That now, or some time else, we by them may
Be taken, overcome, and cast away.
Oh let the pilgrims, let the pilgrims then
Be vigilant, and quit themselves like men!"
Chr. I am glad, my brother, that thou didst withstand this villain so bravely;
for of all, as thou sayest, I think he has the wrong name. For he is so bold as to
follow us in the streets, and to attempt to put us to shame before all men; that
is, to make us ashamed of that which is good: but if he was not himself audacious,
he would never attempt to do as he does. But let us still resist him; for notwithstanding
all his bravadoes, he promotes the fool, and none else. "The wise shall inherit
glory," said Solomon; "but shame shall be the promotion of fools".
~ Proverbs 3:35 ~
Faith. I think that we must cry to him for help against SHAME, that would
have us to be valiant for the truth upon the earth.
Chr. You say true. But did you meet nobody else in that valley?
Faith. No, not I: for I had sunshine all the rest of the way through that,
and also through the Valley of the Shadow of Death.
Chr. 'T was well for you; I am sure it fared far otherwise with me. I had
for a long season, as soon almost as I entered into that valley, a dreadful combat
with that foul fiend, APOLLYON. Yea, I thought verily he would have killed me; especially
when he got me down, and crushed me under him, as if he would have crushed me to
pieces. For as he threw me, my sword flew out of my hand; nay, he told me he was
sure of me: but I cried to God, and he heard me, and delivered me out of all my troubles.
Then I entered the Valley of the Shadow of Death, and had no light for almost half
the way through it. I thought I should have been killed there over and over; but
at last day brake, and the sun rose, and I went through that which remained with
far more ease and quiet.
Moreover I saw in my dream, that as they went on, FAITHFUL, as he chanced to look
on one side, saw a man whose name is TALKATIVE, walking at a distance beside them--for
in this place there was room for them all to walk. He was a tall man, and somewhat
more comely at a distance than at hand. To this man FAITHFUL addressed himself in
Faith. Friend, whither away? Are you going to the heavenly country?
Talkative. I am going to that same place.
Faith. That is well; then I hope we may have your good company?
Talk. With a very good will I will be your companion.
Faith. Come on then, and let us go together; and let us spend our time in
discoursing of things that are profitable.
Talk. To talk of things that are good with you or with any other, to me is
very acceptable; and I am glad that I have met with those that incline to so good
a work. For, to speak the truth, there are but few that care thus to spend their
time (as they are in their travels), but choose much rather to be speaking of things
to no profit; and this hath been a trouble to me.
Faith. That is indeed a thing to be lamented; for what things so worthy of
the use of the tongue and mouth of men on earth, as are the things of the God of
Talk. I like you wonderful well, for your saying is full of conviction; and
I will add, What thing is so pleasant, and what so profitable, as to talk of the
things of God?
What things so pleasant?--that is, if a man hath any delight in things that are wonderful:
for instance, if a man doth delight to talk of the history or the mystery of things;
or if a man doth love to talk of miracles, wonders, or signs--where shall he find
things recorded so delightful, and so sweetly penned as in the Holy Scripture?
Faith. That's true; but to be profited by such things in our talk should be
that which we design.
Talk. That is it that I said: for to talk of such things is most profitable;
for by so doing, a man may get knowledge of many things--as of the vanity of earthly
things, and the benefit of things above (thus in general): but more particularly,
by this a man may learn the necessity of the new birth; the insufficiency of our
works; the need of Christ's righteousness, and so forth. Besides, by this a man may
learn what it is to repent, to believe, to pray, to suffer, or the like; by this
also a man may learn what are the great promises and consolations of the Gospel,
to his own comfort. Further, by this a man may learn to refute false opinions; to
vindicate the truth; and also to instruct the ignorant.
Faith. All this is true; and glad am I to hear these things from you.
Talk. Alas! the want of this is the cause that so few understand the need
of faith, and the necessity of a work of grace in their soul, in order to gain eternal
life; but ignorantly live in the works of the law, by which a man can by no means
obtain the Kingdom of Heaven.
Faith. But, by your leave, heavenly knowledge of these is the gift of God;
no man attains to them by human industry, or only by the talk of them.
Talk. All this I know very well; for a man can receive nothing except it be
given him from heaven,--all is of grace, not of works: I could give you a hundred
scriptures for the confirmation of this.
Faith. "Well then," said FAITHFUL, "what is that one thing
that we shall at this time found our discourse upon?"
Talk. What you will: I will talk of things heavenly, or things earthly; things
moral, or things evangelical; things sacred, or things profane; things past, or things
to come; things foreign, or things at home; things more essential, or things circumstantial--provided
that all be done to our profit.
Faith. Now did FAITHFUL begin to wonder; and stepping to CHRISTIAN (for he
walked all this while by himself) he said to him (but softly), "What a brave
companion have we got! Surely this man will make a very excellent pilgrim."
Chr. At this CHRISTIAN modestly smiled, and said, "This man with whom
you are so taken will beguile with this tongue of his twenty of them that know him
Faith. Do you know him, then?
Chr. Know him! yes, better than he knows himself.
Faith. Pray, what is he?
Chr. His name is TALKATIVE; he dwells in our town: wonder that you should
be a stranger to him, only I consider that our town is large.
Faith. Whose son is he? And whereabout doth he dwell?
Chr. He is the son of one SAY-WELL; he dwelt in Prating-row, and he is known
of all that are acquainted with him by the name of TALKATIVE in Prating-row; and
notwithstanding his fine tongue, he is but a sorry fellow.
Faith. Well, he seems to be a very pretty man.
Chr. That is to them that have not thorough acquaintance with him: for he
is best abroad; near home he is ugly enough. Your saying that he is a pretty man,
brings to my mind what I have observed in the work of the painter, whose pictures
show best at a distance; but very near, more unpleasing.
Faith. But I am ready to think you do but jest, because you smiled.
Chr. God forbid that I should jest--though I smiled--in this matter, or that
I should accuse any falsely; I will give you a further discovery of him. This man
is for any company, and for any talk; as he talks now with you, so will he talk when
he is on the ale bench; and the more drink he hath in his crown, the more of these
things he hath in his mouth; religion hath, no place in his heart, or house, or conversation;
all he hath lieth in his tongue, and his religion is to make a noise therewith.
Faith. Say you so! Then am I in this man greatly deceived.
Chr. Deceived ! you may be sure of it. Remember the proverb, "They say,
and do not; but the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power".
~ Matthew 23:3 ~
~ 1 Corinthians 4:20 ~
He talks of prayer, of repentance, of faith, and of the new birth; but he knows but
only to talk of them. I have been in his family, and have observed him both at home
and abroad; and I know that what I say of him is the truth. His house is as empty
of religion as the white of an egg is of savour. There is there neither prayer nor
sign of repentance for sin; yea, the brute in his kind serves God far better than
he. He is the very stain, reproach, and shame of religion to all that know him;
~ Romans 2:23, 24 ~
it can hardly have a good word in all that end of the town where he dwells, through
him. Thus say the common people that know him: "A saint abroad, and a devil
at home;" his poor family finds it so; he is such a churl, such a railer at,
and so unreasonable with his servants, that they neither know how to do for or speak
to him. Men that have any dealings with him, say 'tis better to deal with a Turk
than with him: for fairer dealing they shall have at their hands. This TALKATIVE,
if it be possible, will go beyond them--defraud, beguile, and overreach them. Besides,
he brings up his sons to follow his steps; and if he findeth in any of them a foolish
timorousness (for so he calls the first appearance of a tender conscience), he calls
them fools and blockheads, and by no means will employ them in much, or speak to
their commendation before others. For my part, I am of opinion, that he has by his
wicked life caused many to stumble and fall; and will be, if God prevent not, the
ruin of many more.
Faith. Well, my brother, I am bound to believe you; not only because you say
you know him, but also because, like a Christian you make your reports of men. For
I cannot think that you speak these things of ill will; but because it is even so
as you say.
Chr. Had I known him no more than you, I might perhaps have thought of him
as at the first you did; yea, had he received this report at their hands only that
are enemies to religion, I should have thought it had been a slander (a lot that
often falls from bad men's mouths upon good men's names and professions): but all
these things, yea, and a great many more as bad, of my own knowledge I can prove
him guilty of. Besides, good men are ashamed of him; they can neither call him brother
nor friend; the very naming of him among them makes them blush, if they know him!
Faith. Well, I see that saying and doing are two things; and hereafter I shall
better observe this distinction.
Chr. They are two things indeed, and are as diverse as are the soul and the
body; for as the body without the soul is but a dead carcase, so, "saying,"
if it be alone, is but a dead carcase also. The soul of religion is the practical
part; "pure religion and undefiled, before God and the Father, is this: to visit
the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from
~ James 1:22-27 ~
This, TALKATIVE is not aware of; he thinks that hearing and saying will make a good
Christian, and thus he deceives his own soul. Hearing is but as the sowing of the
seed; talking is not sufficient to prove that fruit is indeed in the heart and life:
and let us assure ourselves, that at the day of doom men shall be judged according
to their fruits.
~ Matthew 13:3-9 ~
~ Matthew 13:18-30 ~
~ Matthew 13:36-43 ~
~ Matthew 13:47-50 ~
~ Matthew 25:31-43 ~
It will not be said then, "Did you believe?" but, "Were you doers,
or talkers only?" and accordingly shall they be judged. The end of the world
is compared to our harvest; and you know men at harvest regard nothing but fruit.
Not that anything can be accepted that is not of faith; but I speak this to show
you how insignificant the profession of TALKATIVE will be at that day.
Faith. This brings to my mind that of Moses, by which he describes the beast
that is clean.
~ Leveticus 11:1-47 ~
He is such a one that parts the hoof and chews the cud; not that parts the hoof only,
or that chews the cud only. The hare chews the cud; but yet is unclean, because he
parts not the hoof. And this truly resembles TALKATIVE: he chews the cud, he seeks
knowledge, he chews upon the word; but he divides not the hoof, he parts not with
the way of sinners--but, as the hare, he retains the foot of a dog, or bear, and
therefore is unclean.
Chr. You have spoken, for aught I know, the true Gospel sense of those texts;
and I will add another thing. Paul calls some men, yea--and those great talkers too--"
sounding brass and tinkling cymbals;" that is, as he expounds them in another
place, "things without life, giving sound".
~ 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 ~
~ 1 Corinthians 14:7 ~
"Things without life,"--that is, without the true faith and grace of the
Gospel; and consequently, things that shall never be placed in the kingdom of heaven
among those that are the children of life: though their sound, by their talk, be
as it were the tongue or voice of an angel.
Faith. Well, I was not so fond of his company at first; but I am as sick of
it now. What shall we do to be rid of him?
Chr. Take my advice, and do as I bid you; and you shall find that he will
soon be sick of your company too--except God shall touch his heart and turn it.
Faith. What would you have me to do?
Chr. Why, go to him, and enter into some serious discourse about the power
of religion; and ask him plainly (when he has approved of it, for that he will) whether
this thing be set up in his heart, house or conversation.
Faith. Then FAITHFUL stepped forward again, and said to TALKATIVE: "Come,
what cheer? how is it now?"
Talk. Thank you, well. I thought we should have had a great deal of talk by
Faith. Well, if you will, we will fall to it now; and since you left it with
me to state the question, let it be this: How doth the saving grace of God discover
itself, when it is in the heart of man?
Talk. I perceive, then, that our talk must be about the power of things; well,
'tis a very good question, and I shall be willing to answer you. And take my answer
in brief, thus: First, Where the grace of God is in the heart, it causes there a
great outcry against sin. Secondly--
Faith. Nay, hold; let us consider of one at once: I think you should rather
say, it shows itself by inclining the soul to abhor its sin.
Talk. Why, what difference is there between crying out against, and abhorring
Faith. Oh, a great deal! a man may cry out against sin of policy; but he cannot
abhor it, but by virtue of a godly antipathy against it. I have heard many cry out
against sin in the pulpit; who yet can abide it well enough in the heart, and house,
and conversation. Joseph's mistress cried out with a loud voice, as if she had been
very holy; but she would willingly, notwithstanding that, have committed uncleanness
~ Genesis 39:15 ~
Some cry out against sin, even as the mother cries out against her child in her lap;
when she calls it "slut" and "naughty girl," and then falls to
hugging and kissing it.
Talk. You lie at the catch, I perceive.
Faith. No, not I; I am only for setting things right. But what is the second
thing whereby you would prove a discovery of a work of grace in the heart?
Talk. Great knowledge of Gospel mysteries.
Faith. This sign should have been first; but first or last, it is also false:
for knowledge, great knowledge, may be obtained in the mysteries of the Gospel, and
yet no work of grace in the soul.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:2 ~
Yea, if a man have all knowledge, he may yet be nothing; and so consequently be no
child of God. When Christ said, Do you know all these things? and the disciples had
answered, Yes: he added, Blessed are ye if ye do them! He doth not lay the blessing
in the knowing of them; but in the doing of them. For there is a knowledge that is
not attended with doing: "he that knows his Master's will, and does it not."
A man may know like an angel, and yet be no Christian; therefore your sign of it
is not true. Indeed, to know is a thing that pleases talkers and boasters; but to
do is that which pleases God. Not that the heart can be good without knowledge; for
without that the heart is naught: there is, therefore, knowledge and knowledge. Knowledge
that rests in the bare speculation of things; and knowledge that is accompanied with
the grace of faith and love, which puts a man upon doing even the will of God from
the heart: the first of these will serve the talker; but without the other the true
Christian is not content. "Give me understanding, and I shall keep Thy law;
yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart".
~ Psalm 119:34 ~
Talk. You lie at the catch again; this is not for edification.
Faith. Well, if you please, propound another sign how this work of grace discovers
itself where it is.
Talk. Not I; for I see we shall not agree.
Faith. Well, if you will not, will you give me leave to do it?
Talk. You may use your liberty.
Faith. A work of grace in the soul discovers itself either to him that hath
it, or to standers by. To him that hath it, thus: it gives him conviction of sin,
especially of the defilement of his nature, and the sin of unbelief--for the sake
of which he is sure to be damned, if he finds not mercy at God's hand by faith in
Jesus Christ. This sight and sense of things works in him sorrow and shame for sin;
he finds moreover revealed in him the Saviour of the world, and the absolute necessity
of closing with him for life; at the which he finds hungerings and thirstings after
him, to which hungerings, etc., the promise is made. Now, according to the strength
or weakness of his faith in his Saviour, so is his joy and peace; so is his love
to holiness; so are his desires to know him more; and also to serve him in this world.
But though I say it discovers itself thus unto him, yet it is but seldom that he
is able to conclude that this is a work of grace; because his corruptions now, and
his abused reason, make his mind to misjudge in this matter: therefore in him that
hath this work there is required a very sound judgment, before he can with steadiness
conclude that this is a work of grace
~ John 16:8, 9 ~
~ Romans 7:24 ~
~ Mark 16:16 ~
~ Psalm 38:18 ~
~ Jeremiah 31:19 ~
~ Galations 2:16 ~
~ Acts 4:12 ~
~ Matthew 5:6 ~
~ Revelation 21:6 ~
~ Romans 10:10 ~
~ Philippians 3:17 ~
~ Matthew 5:8 ~
To others it is thus discovered:
1. By an experimental confession of his faith in Christ. 2. By a life answerable
to that confession: to wit, a life of holiness-- heart holiness, family holiness
(if he hath a family), and by conversation holiness in the world; which in the general
teaches him inwardly to abhor his sin, and himself for that, in secret; to suppress
it in his family; and to promote holiness in the world--not by talk only, as a hypocrite
or talkative person may do, but by a practical subjection in faith and love to the
power of the Word
~ John 14:15 ~
~ Psalm 50:23 ~
~ Job 42:5, 6 ~
~ Ezekiel 20:43 ~
And now, sir, as to this brief description of the work of grace, and also the discovery
of it, if you have ought to object, object; if not, then give me leave to propound
to you a second question.
Talk. Nay, my part is not now to object, but to hear; let me, therefore, have
your second question.
Faith. It is this: Do you experience the first part of this description of
it? and doth your life and conversation testify the same? Or standeth your religion
in word or in tongue, and not in deed and truth? Pray, if you incline to answer me
in this, say no more than you know the God above will say Amen to; and also nothing
but what your conscience can justify you in: for not he that commendeth himself is
approved, but whom the Lord commendeth. Besides, to say I am thus and thus, when
my conversation and all my neighbours tell me I lie, is great wickedness.
Talk. Then TALKATIVE at first began to blush; but recovering himself, thus
he replied: "You come now to experience, to conscience, and God; and to appeal
to him for justification of what is spoken. This kind of discourse I did not expect,
nor am I disposed to give an answer to such questions; because I count not myself
bound thereto, unless you take upon you to be a catechiser; and though you should
so do, yet I may refuse to make you my judge. But I pray, will you tell me why you
ask me such questions?
Faith. Because I saw you forward to talk, and because I knew not that you
had aught else but notion. Besides, to tell you all the truth, I have heard of you,
that you are a man whose religion lies in talk; and that your conversation gives
this your mouth-profession the lie. They say you are a spot among Christians; and
that religion fares the worse for your ungodly conversation; that some already have
stumbled at your wicked ways, and that more are in danger of being destroyed thereby.
Your religion, and an ale house, and covetousness, and uncleanness, and swearing,
and lying, and vain company keeping, etc., will stand together. The proverb is true
of you which is said of a whore, to wit, that "she is a shame to all women":
so you are a shame to all professors.
Talk. Since you are ready to take up reports, and to judge so rashly as you
do, I cannot but conclude you are some peevish or melancholy man, not fit to be discoursed
with: and so adieu!
Chr. Then came up CHRISTIAN, and said to his brother, "I told you how
it would happen: your words and his lusts could not agree; he had rather leave your
company than reform his life. But he is gone--as I said: let him go; the loss is
no man's but his own. He has saved us the trouble of going from him; for he continuing--as
I suppose he will do--as he is, he would have been but a blot in our company; besides,
the Apostle says, "From such withdraw thyself."
Faith. But I am glad we had this little discourse with him; it may happen
that he will think of it again: however, I have dealt plainly with him, and so am
clear of his blood if he perish.
Chr. You did well to talk so plainly to him as you did. There is but little
of this faithful dealing with men nowadays, and that makes religion to stink in the
nostrils of many as it doth; for they are these talkative fools whose religion is
only in word, and are debauched and vain in their conversation, that (being so much
admitted into the fellowship of the godly) do stumble the world, blemish Christianity,
and grieve the sincere. I wish that all men would deal with such as you have done:
then should they either be made more conformable to religion; or the company of saints
would be too hot for them.
Then did FAITHFUL say:
"How TALKATIVE at first lifts up his plumes!
How bravely doth he speak! how he presumes
To drive down all before him! but so soon
As FAITHFUL talks of heart-work, like the moon
That's past the full, into the wave he goes;
And so will all but he that heart-work knows."
Thus they went on talking of what they had seen by the way; and so made that way
easy, which would otherwise no doubt have been tedious to them, for now they went
through a wilderness.
Now when they were got almost quite out of this wilderness, FAITHFUL chanced to east
his eye back, and espied one coming after them, and he knew him. "Oh,"
said FAITHFUL to his brother, "who comes yonder?" Then CHRISTIAN looked,
and said, "It is my good friend, EVANGELIST." "Aye, and my good friend
too," saith FAITHFUL; "for 'twas he that set me the way to the gate."
Now was EVANGELIST come up unto them, and thus saluted them:
Evan. Peace be with you, dearly beloved; and peace be to your helpers !
Chr. Welcome, welcome, my good EVANGELIST! the sight of thy countenance brings
to my remembrance thy ancient kindness and unwearied labouring for my eternal good.
Faith. "And a thousand times welcome," said good FAITHFUL; "thy
company, O sweet EVANGELIST, how desirable is it to us poor pilgrims !"
Evan. Then said EVANGELIST, "How hath it fared with you, my friends,
since the time of our last parting? what have you met with, and how have you behaved
Then CHRISTIAN and FAITHFUL told him of all things that had happened to them in the
way; and how, and with what difficulty, they had arrived to that place.
Evan. "Right glad am I," said EVANGELIST--" not that you met
with trials, but that you have been victors; and for that you have (notwithstanding
many weaknesses) continued in the way to this very day. I say, right glad am I of
this thing, and that for mine own sake and yours: I have sowed, and you have reaped;
and the day is coming when both he that sowed and they that reaped shall rejoice
together--that is, if you hold out: for in due time ye shall reap, if you faint not.
The crown is before you; and it is an incorruptible one: so run that you may obtain
it. Some there be that set out for this crown; and after they have gone far for it,
another comes in and takes it from them! Hold fast, therefore, that you have: let
no man take your crown;
~ John 4:36 ~
~ Galations 6:9 ~
~ 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 ~
~ Revelation 3:11 ~
you are not yet out of the gunshot of the devil; you have not resisted unto blood,
striving against sin. Let the Kingdom be always before you; and believe steadfastly
concerning things that are invisible. Let nothing that is on this side the other
world get within you; and, above all, look well to your own hearts, and to the lusts
thereof, for they are deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. Set your
faces like a flint; you have all power in heaven and earth on your side."
Then CHRISTIAN thanked him for his exhortation, but told him withal, that they would
have him speak further to them, for their help the rest of the way; and the rather,
for that they well knew that he was a prophet, and could tell them of things that
might happen unto them; and also how they might resist and overcome them. To which
request, FAITHFUL also consented. So EVANGELIST began as followeth:
Evan. My sons, you have heard in the words of the truth of the Gospel, that
you must "through many tribulations enter into the Kingdom of Heaven."
And again, that in every city bonds and afflictions abide on you; and therefore you
cannot expect that you should go long on your pilgrimage without them, in some sort
or other. You have found something of the truth of these testimonies upon you already,
and more will immediately follow; for now, as you see, you are almost out of this
wilderness, and therefore you will soon come into a town that you will by and by
see before you; and in that town you will be hardly beset with enemies, who will
strain hard but they will kill you. And be you sure that one or both of you must
seal the testimony which you hold with blood; but be you faithful unto death, and
the King will give you a crown of life. He that shall die there, although his death
will be unnatural, and his pain perhaps great, he will yet have the better of his
fellow; not only because he will be arrived at the Celestial City soonest, but because
he will escape many miseries that the other will meet with in the rest of his journey.
But when you are come to the town, and shall find fulfilled what I have here related,
then remember your friend, and quit yourselves like men; and commit the keeping of
your souls to your God in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
Then I saw in my dream, that when they were got out of the wilderness, they presently
saw a town before them, and the name of that town is "Vanity"; and at the
town there is a fair kept, called "Vanity Fair"; it is kept all the year
long. It bears the name of Vanity Fair, because the town where 'tis kept is lighter
than vanity; and also because all that is there sold, or that comes thither is vanity.
As is the saying of the wise, "All that comes is vanity."
~ Isaiah 40:17 ~
~ Ecclesiastes 1:2 ~
~ Ecclesiastes 1:14 ~
~ Ecclesiastes 2:11 ~
~ Ecclesiastes 2:17 ~
~ Ecclesiastes 11:8 ~
This fair is no new erected business; but a thing of ancient standing. I will show
you the original of it.
Almost five thousand years agone, there were pilgrims walking to the Celestial City,
as these two honest persons are; and BEELZEBUB, APOLLYON, and LEGION, with their
companions, perceiving by the path that the pilgrims made, that their way to the
City lay through this town of Vanity, they contrived here to set up a fair; a fair
wherein should be sold of all sorts of vanity, and that it should last all the year
long. Therefore at this fair are all such merchandise sold: as houses, lands, trades,
places, honours, preferments, titles, countries, kingdoms; lusts, pleasures, and
delights of all sorts--as whores, bawds, wives, husbands, children, masters, servants,
lives, blood, bodies, souls, silver, gold, pearls, precious stones, and what not.
And moreover, at this fair there is at all times to be deceivers, cheats, games,
plays, fools, apes, knaves, and rogues and that of every kind.
Here are to be seen, too--and that for nothing--thefts, murders, adulteries, false-swearers,
and that of a blood red colour.
And as in other fairs of less moment, there are the several rows and streets, under
their proper names, where such and such wares are vended; so here likewise you have
the proper places, rows, streets (viz., countries and kingdoms), where the wares
of this fair are soonest to be found: here is the Britain row; the French row; the
Italian row; the Spanish row; the German row--where several sorts of vanities are
to be sold. But as in other fairs, some one commodity is as the chief of all the
fair, so the ware of Rome and her merchandise is greatly promoted in this fair: only
our English nation, with some others, have taken a dislike thereat.
Now, as I said, the way to the Celestial City lies just through this town, where
the lusty fair is kept; and he that will go to the City, and yet not go through this
town, must needs go out of the world.
~ 1 Corinthians 5:10 ~
The Prince of princes himself, when here, went through this town to his own country,
and that upon a fair day too; and as I think, it was BEELZEBUB, the chief lord of
this fair, that invited him to buy of his vanities; yea, would have made him lord
of the fair, would he but have done him reverence as he went through the town. Yea,
because he was such a person of honour, BEELZEBUB had him from street to street,
and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a little time, that he might, if
possible, allure that Blessed One to cheapen and buy some of his vanities. But he
had no mind to the merchandise; and therefore left the town without laying out so
much as one farthing upon these vanities.
~ Matthew 4:8 ~
~ Luke 4:5-7 ~
This fair, therefore, is an ancient thing, of long standing, and a very great fair.
Now these pilgrims, as I said, must needs go through this fair: well, so they did;
but behold, even as they entered into the fair, all the people in the fair were moved,
and the town itself as it were in a hubbub about them; and that for several reasons.
First, the pilgrims were clothed with such kind of raiment as was diverse from the
raiment of any that traded in that fair. The people, therefore, of the fair made
a great gazing upon them: some said they were fools; some they were lunatics; and
some they are outlandish men.
Secondly: and as they wondered at their apparel, so they did likewise at their speech;
for few could understand what they said. They naturally spoke the language of Canaan;
but they that kept the fair were the men of this world: so that from one end of the
fair to the other, they seemed barbarians each to the other.
~ 1 Corinthians 2:7, 8 ~
Thirdly: but that which did not a little amuse the merchandisers was, that these
pilgrims set very light by all their wares--they cared not so much as to look upon
them; and if they called upon them to buy, they would put their fingers in their
ears, and cry, "Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity;" and look upwards,
signifying that their trade and traffic was in heaven.
~ Psalm 119:37 ~
~ Philippians 3:19, 20 ~
One chanced mockingly, beholding the carriages of the men, to say unto them, "What
will ye, buy?" but they, looking gravely upon him, said, "We buy the truth".
~ Proverbs 23:23 ~
At that there was an occasion taken to despise the men the more: some mocking; some
taunting; some speaking reproachfully; and some calling upon others to smite them.
At last, things came to a hubbub and great stir in the fair, insomuch that all order
was confounded. Now was word presently brought to the great one of the fair, who
quickly came down, and deputed some of his most trusty friends to take these men
into examination, about whom the fair was almost overturned. So the men were brought
to examination: and they that sat upon them, asked them whence they came; whither
they went; and what they did there in such an unusual garb?
The men told them that they were pilgrims and strangers in the world; and that they
were going to their own country, which was the heavenly Jerusalem;
~ Hebrews 11:13-16 ~
and that they had given none occasion to the men of the town, nor yet to the merchandisers,
thus to abuse them, and to let them in their journey. Except it was, for that when
one asked them what they would buy, they said they would buy the truth. But they
that were appointed to examine them did not believe them to be any other than lunatics
and mad, or else such as came to put all things into a confusion in the fair. Therefore
they took them and beat them, and besmeared them with dirt; and then put them into
the cage, that they might be made a spectacle to all the men of the fair. There,
therefore, they lay for some time, and were made the objects of any man's sport,
or malice, or revenge; the great one of the fair laughing still at all that befell
But the men being patient, and not rendering railing for railing, but contrariwise
blessing, and giving good words for bad, and kindness for injuries done, some men
in the fair that were more observing and less prejudiced than the rest, began to
check and blame the baser sort for their continual abuses done by them to the men.
They, therefore, in angry manner, let fly at them again: counting them as bad as
the men in the cage, and telling them that they seemed confederates, and should be
made partakers of their misfortunes. The other replied, that for aught they could
see, the men were quiet and sober, and intended nobody any harm; and that there were
many that traded in their fair that were more worthy to be put into the cage, yea,
and pillory too, than were the men that they had abused. Thus after divers words
had passed on both sides--the men behaving themselves all the while very wisely and
soberly before them,--they fell to some blows among themselves, and did harm one
Then were these two poor men brought before their examiners again, and there charged
as being guilty of the late hubbub that had been in the fair. So they beat them pitifully,
and hanged irons upon them, and led them in chains up and down the fair for an example
and a terror to others, lest any should further speak in their behalf, or join themselves
unto them. But CHRISTIAN and FAITHFUL behaved themselves yet more wisely; and received
the ignominy and shame that was cast upon them with so much meekness and patience,
that it won to their side--though but few in comparison of the rest--several of the
men in the fair. This put the other party yet into a greater rage; insomuch that
they concluded the death of these two men. Wherefore they threatened that the cage
nor irons should serve their turn; but that they should die for the abuse they had
done, and for deluding the men of the fair.
Then were they remanded to the cage again, until further order should be taken with
them. So they put them in, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
Here therefore they called again to mind what they had heard from their faithful
friend, EVANGELIST; and were the more confirmed in their way and sufferings by what
he told them would happen to them. They also now comforted each other, that whose
lot it was to suffer, even he should have the best of it; therefore each man secretly
wished that he might have that preferment; but committing themselves to the all wise
disposal of him that rules all things, with much content they abode in the condition
in which they were, until they should be otherwise disposed of.
Then, a convenient time being appointed, they brought them forth to their trial,
in order to their condemnation. When the time was come, they were brought before
their enemies and arraigned. The judge's name was LORD HATEGOOD. Their indictment
was one and the same in substance, though somewhat varying in form; the contents
thereof was this:
That they were enemies to, and disturbers of, their trade; that they had made commotions
and divisions in the town, and had won a party to their own most dangerous opinions,
in contempt of the law of their prince.
Then FAITHFUL began to answer, that he had only set himself against that which had
set itself against him that is higher than the highest. "And," said he,
"as for disturbance, I make none, being myself a man of peace; the parties that
were won to us, were won by beholding our truth and innocence, and they are only
turned from the worse to the better. And as to the king you talk of, since he is
BEELZEBUB, the enemy of our' Lord, I defy him and all his angels."
Then proclamation was made, that they that had aught to say for their lord the king
against the prisoner at the bar, should forthwith appear and give in their evidence.
So there came in three witnesses: to wit, ENVY, SUPERSTITION, and PICKTHANK. They
were then asked if they knew the prisoner at the bar? and what they had to say for
their lord the king against him?
Envy. Then stood forth ENVY, and said to this effect: "My lord, I have
known this man a long time; and will attest upon my oath before this honourable bench,
that he is---"
Lord Hategood, the Judge. Hold; give him his oath!
So they sware him. Then he said, "My lord, this man, notwithstanding his plausible
name, is one of the vilest men in our country; he neither regards prince nor people,
law nor custom; but doth all that he can to possess all men with certain of his disloyal
notions, which he, in the general, calls principles of faith and holiness. And in
particular, I heard him once myself affirm that Christianity and the customs of our
town of Vanity were diametrically opposite, and could not be reconciled. By which
saying, my lord, he doth at once not only condemn all our laudable doings, but us
in the doing of them."
Judge. Then did the judge say unto him, "Hast thou any more to say?"
Envy. "My lord, I could say much more; only I would not be tedious to
the court. Yet, if need be, when the other gentlemen have given in their evidence,
rather than anything shall be wanting that will dispatch him, I will enlarge my testimony
against him." So he was bidden to stand by.
Then they called SUPERSTITION, and bade him look upon the prisoner; they also asked
what he could say for their lord the king against him? Then they sware him; so he
Superstition. My lord, I have no great acquaintance with this man; nor do
I desire to have further knowledge of him. However, this I know, that he is a very
pestilent fellow, from some discourse that the other day I had with him in this town;
for then, talking with him, I heard him say that our religion was naught, and such
by which a man could by no means please God; which sayings of his, my lord, your
lordship very well knows what necessarily thence will follow: to wit, that we still
do worship in vain; are yet in our sins: and finally shall be damned. And this is
that which I have to say.
Then was PICKTHANK sworn, and bid say what he knew in behalf of their lord the king
against the prisoner at the bar.
Pickthank. My lord, and you gentlemen all, this fellow I have known of a long
time; and have heard him speak things that ought not to be spoken. For he hath railed
on our noble Prince BEELZEBUB; and hath spoken contemptibly of his honourable friends,
whose names are, the Lord OLDMAN; the Lord CARNALDELIGHT; the Lord LUXURIOUS; the
Lord DESIRE OF VAINGLORY; my old Lord LECHERY; Sir HAVING GREEDY; with all the rest
of our nobility: and he hath said moreover, that if all men were of his mind, if
possible, there is not one of these noble men should have any longer a being in this
town. Besides, he hath not been afraid to rail on you, my lord, who are now appointed
to be his judge; calling you an ungodly villain, with many other such like defaming
terms, with which he hath bespattered most of the gentry of our town.
When this PICKTHANK had told his tale, the judge directed his speech to the prisoner
at the bar, saying, "Thou apostate, heretic, and traitor !--hast thou heard
what these honest gentle- men have witnessed against thee?"
Faith. May I speak a few words in my own defence?
Judge. Sirrah, sirrah !--thou deservest to live no longer, but to be slain
immediately upon the place; yet that all men may see our gentleness towards thee,
let us hear what thou, vile apostate, hast to say.
1. I say, then, in answer to what Mr. ENVY hath spoken, I never said
aught but this: That what rule, or laws, or customs, or people, were flat against
the Word of God, are diametrically opposite to Christianity. If I have said amiss
in this, convince me of my error; and I am ready here before you to make my recantation.
2. As to the second, to wit, Mr. SUPERSTITION, and his charge against me, I said
only this: That in the worship of God there is required a divine faith; but there
can be no divine faith without a divine revelation of the will of God: therefore
whatever is thrust into the worship of God that is not agreeable to a divine revelation,
cannot be done but by a human faith; which faith will not profit to eternal life.
3. As to what Mr. PICKTHANK hath said, I say--avoiding terms, as that I am said to
rail, and the like--that the prince of this town, with all the rabble--his attendants,
by this gentleman named--are more fit for being in hell than in this town and country;
and so the Lord have mercy upon me!
Then the judge called to the jury--who all this while stood by, to hear and observe,--"
Gentlemen of the jury, you see this man about whom so great an uproar hath been made
in this town; you have also heard what these worthy gentlemen have witnessed against
him; also you have heard his reply and confession: it lieth now in your breasts to
hang him, or save his life; but yet I think meet to instruct you into our law.
"There was an act made in the days of Pharaoh the Great, servant to our prince,
that lest those of a contrary religion should multiply and grow too strong for him,
their males should be thrown into the river.
~ Exodus 1:7-22 ~
There was also an act made in the days of Nebuchadnezzar the Great, another of his
servants, that whoever would not fall down and worship his golden image should be
thrown into a fiery furnace.
~ Daniel 3:1-18 ~
There was also an act made in the days of Darius, that whoso, for some time, called
upon any God but his, should be cast into the lions' den.
~ Daniel 6:1-9 ~
Now the substance of these laws this rebel has broken; not only in thought (which
is not to be borne), but also in word and deed, which must therefore needs be intolerable.
"For that of Pharaoh, his law was made upon suspicion to prevent mischief, no
crime yet being apparent; but here is a crime apparent. For the second and third,
you see he disputes against our religion; and for the treason he hath confessed,
he deserves to die the death."
Then went the jury out, whose names were, Mr. BLIND-MAN, Mr. NO-GOOD, Mr. MALICE,
Mr. LOVE-LUST, Mr. LIVE-LOOSE, Mr. HEADY, Mr. HIGH-MIND, Mr. ENMITY, Mr. LIAR, Mr.
CRUELTY, Mr. HATE-LIGHT, and Mr. IMPLACABLE; who everyone gave in his private verdict,
against him among themselves, and afterwards unanimously concluded to bring him in
guilty before the judge. And first among themselves, Mr. BLIND-MAN the foreman said,
"I see clearly that this man is a heretic." Then said Mr. NO-GOOD, "Away
with such a fellow from the earth!" "Aye," said Mr. MALICE, "for
I hate the very looks of him." Then said Mr. LOVE-LUST, "I could never
endure him." "Nor I," said Mr. LIVE-LOOSE; "for he would always
be condemning my way," "Hang him, hang him !" said Mr. HEADY. "A
sorry scrub," said Mr. HIGH-MIND. "My heart rises against him," said
Mr. ENMITY. "He is a rogue," said Mr. LIAR. "Hanging is too good for
him," said Mr. CRUELTY. "Let us dispatch him out of the way," said
Mr. HATE-LIGHT. Then said Mr. IMPLACABLE, "Might I have all the world given
me, I could not be reconciled to him; therefore let us forthwith bring him in guilty
of death." And so they did; therefore he was presently condemned to be had from
the place where he was to the place from whence he came, and there to be put to the
most cruel death that could be invented.
They therefore brought him out, to do with him according to their law; and first
they scourged him, then they buffeted him, then they lanced his flesh with knives;
after that they stoned him with stones, then pricked him with their swords; and last
of all they burned him to ashes at the stake. Thus came FAITHFUL to his end. Now
I saw that there stood behind the multitude a chariot and a couple of horses waiting
for FAITHFUL, who--so soon as his adversaries had dispatched him --was taken up into
it, and straightway was carried up through the clouds, with sound of trumpet, the
nearest way to the Celestial Gate. But as for CHRISTIAN, he had some respite, and
was remanded back to prison; so he there remained for a space. But he that overrules
all things, having the power of their rage in his own hand, so wrought it about that
CHRISTIAN, for that time, escaped them, and went his way.
And as he went he sang, saying:
"Well, FAITHFUL, thou hast faithfully profest
Unto thy Lord, with whom thou shalt be blest,
When faithless ones, with all their vain delight,
Are crying out under their hellish plight.
Sing, FAITHFUL, sing!--and let thy name survive;
For though they killed thee, thou art yet alive."
Now I saw in my dream that CHRISTIAN went not forth alone; for there was one whose
name was HOPEFUL (being so made by the beholding of CHRISTIAN and FAITHFUL, in their
words and behaviour, in their sufferings at the fair), who joined himself unto him;
and entering into a brotherly covenant, told him that he would be his companion.
Thus one died to bear testimony to the truth, and another rises out of his ashes
to be a companion with CHRISTIAN in his pilgrimage. This HOPEFUL also told CHRISTIAN
that there were many more of the men in the fair that would take their time and follow
So I saw that, quickly after they were got out of the fair, they overtook one that
was going before them, whose name was BY-ENDS; So they said to him, "What countryman,
sir? and how far go you this way?" He told them that he came from the town of
Fairspeech; and he was going to the Celestial City (but told them not his name).
Chr. "From Fairspeech!" said CHRISTIAN; "is there any that
be good live there?"
~ Proverbs 26:25 ~
By-ends. "Yes," said BY-ENDS, "I hope."
Chr. "Pray, sir, what may I call you?" said CHRISTIAN.
By-ends. I am a stranger to you, and you to me: if you be going this way,
I shall be glad of your company: if not, I must be content.
Chr. "This town of Fairspeech," said CHRISTIAN, "I have heard
of; and, as I remember, they say it is a wealthy place."
By-ends. Yes, I will assure you that it is; and I have very many rich kindred
Chr. Pray who are your kindred there, if a man may be so bold?
By-ends. Almost the whole town: and in particular, my Lord TURN-ABOUT; my
Lord TIME-SERVER; my Lord FAIRSPEECH (from whose ancestors that town first took its
name); also Mr. SMOOTH-MAN; Mr. FACING-BOTH-WAYS; Mr. ANY-THING; and the parson of
our parish, Mr. TWO-TONGUES, was my mother's own brother by father's side. And to
tell you the truth, I am become a gentleman of good quality; yet my great-grandfather
was but a waterman, looking one way and rowing another-- and I got most of my estate
by the same occupation.
Chr. Are you a married man?
By-ends. Yes; and my wife is a very virtuous woman--the daughter of a virtuous
woman. She is my Lady FEIGNING'S daughter; therefore she came of a very honourable
family, and is arrived to such a pitch of breeding, that she knows how to carry it
to all, even to prince and peasant. 'Tis true, we somewhat differ in religion from
those of the stricter sort; yet but in two small points: First, we never strive against
wind and tide; secondly, we are always most zealous when religion goes in his silver
slippers--we love much to walk with him in the street if the sun shines, and the
people applaud it.
Then CHRISTIAN stepped a little aside to his fellow HOPEFUL, saying, "It runs
in my mind that this is one BY-ENDS, of Fairspeech and if it be he, we have as very
a knave in our company as dwells in all these parts." Then said HOPEFUL, "Ask
him; methinks he should not be ashamed of his name." So CHRISTIAN came up with
him again, and said, "Sir, you talk as if you knew something more than all the
world doth; and if I take not my mark amiss, I deem I have half a guess of you: Is
not your name Mr. BY-ENDS, of Fairspeech?"
By-ends. That is not my name: but indeed it is a nickname that is given me
by some that cannot abide me: and I must be content to bear it as a reproach, as
other good men have borne theirs before me.
Chr. But did you never give an occasion to men to call you by this name?
By-ends. Never, never! the worst that ever I did to give them an occasion
to give me this name was, that I had always the luck to jump in my judgment with
the present way of the times, whatever it was, and my chance was to gain thereby;
but if things are thus cast upon me, let me count them a blessing, but let not the
malicious load me therefore with reproach.
Chr. I thought indeed that you were the man that I had heard of; and to tell
you what I think, I fear this name belongs to you more properly than you are willing
we should think it doth.
By-ends. Well, if you will thus imagine, I cannot help it. You shall find
me a fair company-keeper, if you will still admit me your associate.
Chr. If you will go with us, you must go against wind and tide, the which,
I perceive, is against your opinion; you must also own religion in his rags as well
as when in his silver slippers; and stand by him too when bound in irons, as well
as when he walks the streets with applause.
By-ends. You must not impose nor lord it over my faith; leave me to my liberty,
and let me go with you.
Chr. Not a step farther, unless you will do, in what I propound, as we.
By-ends. Then said BY-ENDS, "I shall never desert my old principles,
since they are harmless and profitable. If I may not go with you, I must do as I
did before you overtook me: even go by myself, until some overtake me that will be
glad of my company."
Now I saw in my dream that CHRISTIAN and HOPEFUL forsook him, and kept their distance
before him; but one of them looking back, saw three men following Mr. BY-ENDS; and
behold, as they came up with him, he made them a very low bow, and they also gave
him a compliment. The men's names were, Mr. HOLD-THE-WORLD, Mr. MONEY-LOVE, and Mr.
--men that Mr. BY-ENDS had formerly been acquainted with; for in their minority they
were schoolfellows, and were taught by one Mr. GRIPEMAN, a schoolmaster in Love-gain,
which is a market town in the county of Coveting, in the north. This schoolmaster
taught them the art of getting, either by violence, fraud, flattery, lying, or by
putting on a guise of religion; and these four gentlemen had attained much of the
art of their master, so that they could each of them have kept such a school themselves.
Well, when they had, as I said, thus saluted each other, Mr. MONEY-LOVE said to Mr.
BY-ENDS, "Who are they upon the road before us?" For CHRISTIAN and HOPEFUL
were yet within view.
By-ends. They are a couple of far countrymen, that, their mode, are going
Money-love. Alas! why did they not stay, that we might have had their good
company; for they, and we, and you, sir, I hope, are all going on a pilgrimage?
By-ends. We are so, indeed; but the men before us are so rigid, and love so
much their own notions, and do also so lightly esteem the opinions of others, that
even if a man be never so godly, yet, if he jumps not with them in all things, they
thrust him quite out of their company.
Mr. Save-all. That's bad; but we read of some that are righteous overmuch,
and such men's rigidness prevails with them to judge and condemn all but themselves.
But, I pray, what and how many were the things wherein you differed?
By-ends. Why, they, after their headstrong manner, conclude that it is their
duty to rush on their journey all weathers; and I am for waiting for wind and tide.
They are for hazarding all for God at a clap; and I am for taking all advantages
to secure my life and estate. They are for holding their notions, though all other
men be against them; but I am for religion in and so far as the times and my safety
will bear it. They are for religion when in rags and contempt; but I am for him when
he walks in his golden slippers in the sunshine, and with applause.
Mr. Hold-the-World. Aye, and hold you there still, good Mr. BY-ENDS; for,
for my part, I can count him but a fool, that, having the liberty to keep what he
has, shall be so unwise as to lose it. Let us be wise as serpents; 'tis best to make
hay when the sun shines: you see how the bee lies still all winter, and bestirs her
only when she can have profit with pleasure. God sends sometimes rain, and sometimes
sunshine; if they be such fools to go through the first, yet let us be content to
take fair weather along with us. For my part, I like that religion best that will
stand with the security of God's good blessings unto us; for who can imagine, that
is ruled by his reason, since God has bestowed upon us the good things of this life,
but that he would have us keep them for his sake? Abraham and Solomon grew rich in
religion. And Job says, "That a good man shall lay up gold as dust." But
he must not be such as the men before us, if they be as you have described them.
Mr. Save-all. I think that we are all agreed in this matter; and therefore
there need be no more words about it.
Mr. Money-love. No, there need be no more words about this matter indeed;
for he that believes neither Scripture nor reason (and you see we have both on our
side), neither knows his own liberty nor seeks his own safety.
Mr. By-ends. My brethren, we are, as you see, going all on pilgrimage; and
for our better diversion from things that are bad, give me leave to propound unto
you this question:
Suppose a man--a minister, or a tradesman,--should have an advantage lie before him
to get the good blessings of this life; yet so as that he can by no means come by
them except-- in appearance at least--he becomes extraordinarily zealous in some
points of religion that he meddled not with before: may he not use this means to
attain his end, and yet be a right honest man?
Mr. Money-love. I see the bottom of your question; and, with these gentlemen's
good leave, I will endeavour to shape you an answer. And first, to speak to your
question as it concerns a minister himself: Suppose a minister, a worthy man, possessed
but of a very small benefice, and has in his eye a greater, more fat and plump by
far; he has also, now an opportunity of getting of it; yet so as by being more studious,
by preaching more frequently and zealously, and because the temper of the people
requires it, by altering of some of his principles; for my part, I see no reason
but a man may do this--provided he has a call. Aye, and more a great deal besides,
and yet be an honest man. For why?
1. His desire of a greater benefice is lawful (this cannot be contradicted), since
'tis set before him by Providence; so, then, he may get it if he can, making no question,
for conscience' sake.
And now to the second part of the question, which concerns the tradesman you mentioned:
Suppose such one to have but a poor employ in the world, but by becoming religious
he may mend his market, perhaps get a rich wife, or more and far better customers
to his shop--for my part, I see no reason but that this may be lawfully done. For
2. Besides, his desire after that benefice makes him more studious, a more zealous
preacher, and so on; and so makes him a better man. Yea, makes him better improve
his parts, which is according to the mind of God.
3. Now, as for his complying with the temper of his people by dissenting--to serve
them--some of his principles, this argues, 1st, that he is of a self-denying temper;
2nd, of a sweet and willing deportment; 3rd, and so more fit for the ministerial
4. I conclude then, that a minister that changes a small for a great, should not
for so doing be judged as covetous; but rather, since he is improved in his parts
and industry thereby, be counted as one that pursues his call, and the opportunity
put into his hand to do good.
1. To become religious is a virtue, by what means soever a man becomes so.
This answer, thus made by this Mr. MONEY-LOVE to Mr. BY-ENDS' question, was highly
applauded by them all; therefore they concluded upon the whole, that it was most
wholesome and advantageous. And because, as they thought, no man was able to contradict
it; and because CHRISTIAN and HOPEFUL were yet within call, they joyfully agreed
to assault them with the question as soon as they overtook them, and the rather because
they had opposed Mr. BY-ENDS before. So they called after them; and they stopped,
and stood still till they came up to them. But they concluded as they went, that
not Mr. BY-ENDS, but old Mr. HOLD-THE-WORLD, should propound the question to them;
because, as they supposed, their answer to him would be without the remainder of
that heat that was kindled betwixt Mr. BY-ENDS and them at their parting a little
2. Nor is it unlawful to get a rich wife, or more custom to my shop.
3. Besides, the man that gets these by becoming religious, gets that which is good
of them that are good, by becoming good himself; so, then, here is a good wife, and
good customers, and good gain, and all these by becoming religious, which is good.
Therefore, to become religious, to get all these, is a good and profitable design.
So they came up to each other; and after a short salutation, Mr. HOLD-THE-WORLD propounded
the question to CHRISTIAN and his fellow, and bid them to answer if they could.
Chr. Then said CHRISTIAN, "Even a babe in religion may answer ten thousand
such questions. For if it be unlawful to follow Christ for loaves, as it is:
~ John 6:1-60 ~
how much more abominable is it to make of him and religion a stalking-horse to get
and enjoy the world! nor do we find any other than heathens, hypocrites, devils,
and witches, that are of this opinion.
"1. Heathens, for when Hamor and Shechem had a mind to the daughter
and cattle of Jacob, and saw that there were no ways for them to come
at them, but by becoming circumcised, they say to their companions:
'If every male of us be circumcised, as they are circumcised, shall
not their cattle, and their substance, and every beast of theirs be
ours?' Their daughters and their cattle were that which they sought to
obtain; and their religion the stalking-horse they made use of to come
at them. Read the whole story.
~ Genesis 34:20-23 ~
"2. The hypocritical Pharisees were also of this religion; long prayers were
their pretence, but to get widows' houses were their intent; and greater damnation
from God was their judgment.
~ Luke 20:46, 47 ~
"3. Judas the devil was also of this religion; he was religious for the bag,
that he might be possessed of what was therein; but he was lost, cast away, and the
very son of perdition.
"4. Simon the witch was of this religion too; for he would have had the Holy
Ghost, that he might have got money therewith and his sentence from Peter's mouth
~ Acts 8:19-22 ~
"5. Neither will it out of my mind, but that the man that takes up religion
for the world will throw away religion for the world; for so surely as Judas designed
the world in becoming religious, so surely did he also sell religion and his Master
for the same. To answer the question more affirmatively, as I perceive you have done,
and to accept as authentic such answer, is both heathenish, hypocritical, and devilish;
and your reward will be according to your works."
Then they stood staring one upon another, but had not wherewith to answer CHRISTIAN.
HOPEFUL also approved of the soundness of CHRISTIAN'S answer; so there was a great
silence among them. Mr. BY-ENDS and his company also staggered, and kept behind,
that CHRISTIAN and HOPEFUL might outgo them. Then said CHRISTIAN to his fellow, "If
these men cannot stand before the sentence of men, what will they do with the sentence
of God? and if they are mute when dealt with by vessels of clay, what will they do
when they shall be rebuked by the flames of a devouring fire?"
Then CHRISTIAN and HOPEFUL, outwent them again, and went till they came at a delicate
plain, called Ease, where they went with much content; but that plain was but narrow,
so they were quickly got over it. Now at the further side of that plain was a little
hill called Lucre, and in that hill a silver mine, which some of them that had formerly
gone that way, because of the rarity of it, had turned aside to see; but going too
near the brink of the pit, the ground being deceitful under them, broke, and they
were slain; some also had been maimed there, and could not to their dying day be
their own men again.
Then I saw in my dream, that a little off the road, over against the silver mine,
stood DEMAS (gentleman-like), to call to passengers to come and see; who said to
CHRISTIAN and his fellow, "Ho, turn aside hither, and I will show you a thing."
Chr. What thing is so deserving as to turn us out of the way to see it?
Demas. Here is a silver mine, and some digging in it for treasure; if you
will come, with a little pain you may richly provide for yourselves.
Hope. Then said HOPEFUL, "Let us go and see."
Chr. "Not I," said CHRISTIAN; "I have heard of this place before
now and how many have there been slain; and besides, that treasure is a snare to
those that seek it, for it hinders them in their pilgrimage." Then CHRISTIAN
called to DEMAS, saying, "Is not the place dangerous? hath it not hindered many
in their pilgrimage?"
~ Hosea 4:16-19 ~
Demas. "Not very dangerous; except to those that are careless;"
but withal, he blushed as he spake.
Chr. Then said CHRISTIAN to HOPEFUL, "Let us not stir a step, but still
keep on our way."
Hope. I will warrant you, when BY-ENDS comes up, if he hath the same invitation
as we, he will turn in thither to see.
Chr. No doubt thereof, for his principles lead him that way; and a hundred
to one but he dies there.
Demas. Then DEMAS called again, saying, "But will you not come over and
Chr. Then CHRISTIAN roundly answered, saying, "DEMAS, thou art an enemy
to the right ways of the Lord of this way, and hast been already condemned for thine
own turning aside by one of his Majesty's judges; and why seekest thou to bring us
into the like condemnation?
~ 2 Timothy 4:10 ~
Besides, if we at all turn aside, our Lord the King will certainly hear thereof,
and will there put us to shame, where we would stand with boldness before him."
Demas cried again, That he also was one of their fraternity; and that if they
would tarry a little, he also himself would walk with them.
Chr. Then said Christian, "What is thy name? is it not the same by the
which I have called thee?"
Demas. Yes, my name is DEMAS; I am the son of Abraham.
Chr. I know you; Gehazi was your great-grandfather, and Judas your father,
and you have trod their steps. It is but a devilish prank that thou usest: thy father
was hanged for a traitor; and thou deservest no better reward.
~ 2 Kings 5:20 ~
~ Matthew 26:14, 15 ~
~ Matthew 27:1-5 ~
Assure thyself, that when we come to the King, we will tell him of this thy behaviour.
Thus they went their way.
By this time BY-ENDS and his companions were come again within sight; and they at
the first beck went over to DEMAS. Now, whether they fell into the pit by looking
over the brink thereof, or whether they went down to dig, or whether they were smothered
in the bottom by the damps that commonly arise, of these things I am not certain;
but this I observed, that they never were seen again in the way. Then sang CHRISTIAN:
"BY-ENDS and SILVER-DEMAS doth agree;
One calls, the other runs, that he may be
A sharer in his lucre: so these two
Take up in this world, and no farther go."
Now I saw that, just on the other side of this plain, the pilgrims came to a place
where stood an old monument hard by the highway side, at the sight of which they
were both concerned, because of the strangeness of the form thereof; for it seemed
to them as if it had been a woman transformed into the shape of a pillar. Here, therefore,
they stood looking and looking upon it; but could not for a time tell what they should
make thereof. At last, HOPEFUL espied written above upon the head thereof a writing
in an unusual hand; but he, being no scholar, called to CHRISTIAN (for he was learned)
to see if he could pick out the meaning; so he came and after a little laying of
letters together, he found the same to be this, "REMEMBER LOT'S WIFE!"
So he read it to his fellow; after which, they both concluded that that was the pillar
of salt into which Lot's wife was turned for her looking back with a covetous heart
when she was going from Sodom for safety, which sudden and amazing sight gave
them occasion of this discourse.
~ Genesis 19:26 ~
Chr. Ah, my brother, this is a seasonable sight; it came opportunely to us
after the invitation which DEMAS gave us to come over to view the hill Lucre; and
had we gone over as he desired us, and as thou wast inclining to do, my brother,
we had, for aught I know, been made ourselves like this woman, a spectacle for those
that shall come after to behold.
Hope. I am sorry that I was so foolish, and am made to wonder that I am not
now as Lot's wife; for wherein was the difference 'twixt her sin and mine? she only
looked back, and I had a desire to go and see. Let grace be adored; and let me be
ashamed that ever such a thing should be in mine heart!
Chr. Let us take notice of what we see here, for our help for time to come.
This woman escaped one judgment, for she fell not by the destruction of Sodom; yet
she was destroyed by another--as we see, she is turned into a pillar of salt.
Hope. True; and she may be to us both caution and example: caution, that we
should shun her sin; or a sign of what judgment will overtake such as shall not be
prevented by this caution. So Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, with the two hundred and
fifty men that perished in their sin, did also become a sign or example to others
~ Numbers 26:9, 10 ~
but above all, I muse at one thing, to wit, how DEMAS and his fellows can stand so
confidently yonder to look for that treasure, which this woman, but for looking behind
her after (for we read not that she stepped one foot out of the way) was turned into
a pillar of salt; especially since the judgment which overtook her did make her an
example within sight of where they are; for they cannot choose but see her, did they
but lift up their eyes.
Chr. It is a thing to be wondered at, and it argues that their hearts are
grown desperate in the case; and I cannot tell who to compare them to so fitly as
to them that pick pockets in the presence of the judge, or that will cut purses under
the gallows. It is said of the men of Sodom, that they were sinners exceedingly,
~ Genesis 13:10 ~
~ Genesis 13:13 ~
because they were sinners "before the Lord," --that is, in his eyesight;
and notwithstanding the kindness that he had showed them, for the land of Sodom was
now like the Garden of Eden heretofore. This, therefore, provoked him the more to
jealousy; and made their plague as hot as the fire of the Lord out of heaven could
make it. And it is most rationally to be concluded, that such, even such as these
are, that shall sin in the sight, yea, and that too in despite of such examples that
are set continually before them, to caution them to the contrary, must be partakers
of severest judgments.
Hope. Doubtless thou hast said the truth: but what a mercy is it that neither
thou, but especially I, am not made myself this example! this ministers occasion
to us to thank God; to fear before him; and always to "remember Lot's wife."
I saw then that they went on their way to a pleasant river, which David the king
called "the River of God;" but John, "the River of the water of life".
~ Psalm 65:9 ~
~ Revelation 22:1, 2 ~
~ Ezekiel 47:1-12 ~
Now their way lay just upon the bank of the river: here, therefore, CHRISTIAN and
his companion walked with great delight; they drank also of the water of the river,
which was pleasant and enlivening to their weary spirits: besides, on the banks of
this river, on either side, were green trees, that bore all manner of fruit; and
the leaves of the trees were good for medicine; with the fruit of these trees they
were also much delighted; and the leaves they ate to prevent surfeits, and other
diseases that are incident to those that heat their blood by travels. On either side
of the river was also a meadow, curiously beautiful with lilies; and it was green
all the year long. In this meadow they lay down and slept; for here they might lie
~ Psalm 23:1-3 ~
~ Isaiah 14:30 ~
When they awoke, they gathered again of the fruit of the trees, and drank again of
the water of the river; and then lay down again to sleep. Thus they did several days
and nights. Then they sang:
"Behold ye how these crystal streams do glide,
So when they were disposed to go on--for they were not, as yet, at their journey's
end--they ate and drank, and departed.
To comfort pilgrims, by the highway side;
The meadows green, besides their fragrant smell,
Yield dainties for them: and he that can tell
What pleasant fruit, yea, leaves, these trees do yield,
Will soon sell all, that he may buy this field."
Now I beheld in my dream, that they had not journeyed far but the river and the way
for a time parted. At which they were not a little sorry; yet they durst not go out
of the way. Now the way from the river was rough, and their feet tender by reason
of their travels; so the souls of the pilgrims were much discouraged because of the
~ Numbers 21:4 ~
wherefore, still as they went on, they wished for a better way. Now a little before
them, there was on the left hand of the road a meadow, and a stile to go over into
it; and that meadow is called "By-path Meadow." Then said CHRISTIAN to
his fellow, "If this meadow lies along by our wayside, let us go over into it."
Then he went to the stile to see; and behold a path lay along by the way on the other
side of the fence. "'Tis according to my wish," said CHRISTIAN; "here
is the easiest going; come, good HOPEFUL, and let us go over."
Hope. But how if this path should lead us out of the way?
Chr. "That's not like," said the other; "look, doth it not
go along by the wayside?" So HOPEFUL, being persuaded by his fellow, went after
him over the stile. When they were going over, and were got into the path, they found
it very easy for their feet; and withal, they looking before them, espied a man walking
as they did (and his name was VAIN-CONFIDENCE.); so they called after him, and asked
him whither that way led? He said, "To the Celestial Gate." "Look,"
said CHRISTIAN, "did not I tell you so? By this you may see we are right."
So they followed; and he went before them. But behold, the night came on, and it
grew very dark; so that they that were behind lost the sight of him that went before.
He therefore that went before (VAIN-CONFIDENCE by name), not seeing the way before
him, fell into a deep pit, which was on purpose there made by the prince of those grounds,
to catch vain-glorious fools withal, and was dashed in pieces with his fall.
~ Isaiah 9:16 ~
Now CHRISTIAN and his fellow heard him fall. So they called, to know the matter;
but there was none to answer--only they heard a groaning. Then said HOPEFUL, "Where
are we now?" Then was his fellow silent, as mistrusting that he had led him
out of the way. And now it began to rain, and thunder, and lighten in a dreadful
manner; and the water rose suddenly.
Then HOPEFUL groaned in himself, saying, "Oh that I had kept on my way!"
Chr. Who could have thought that this path should have led us out of the way!
Hope. I was afraid of it at the very first; and therefore gave you that gentle
caution. I would have spoken plainer, but that you are older than I.
Chr. Good brother, be not offended; I am sorry I have brought thee out of
the way, and that I have put thee into such imminent danger. Pray, my brother, forgive
me; I did not do it of an evil intent.
Hope. Be comforted, my brother, for I forgive thee; and believe, too, that
this shall be for our good.
Chr. I am glad I have with me a merciful brother. But we must not stand thus;
let us try to go back again.
Hope. But, good brother, let me go before.
Chr. No, if you please, let me go first; that if there be any danger, I may
be first therein: because by my means we are both gone out of the way.
Hope. "No," said HOPEFUL, "you shall not go first; for your
mind being troubled, may lead you out of the way again." Then, for their encouragement,
they heard the voice of one saying, "Set thine heart toward the highway, even
the way that thou wentest; turn again".
~ Jeremiah 31:21 ~
But by this time the waters were greatly risen; by reason of which the way of going
back was very dangerous. (Then I thought that it is easier going out of the way when
we are in, than going in when we are out.) Yet they adventured to go back; but it
was so dark, and the flood was so high, that in their going back, they had like to
have been drowned nine or ten times.
Neither could they, with all the skill they had, get again to the stile that night.
Wherefore, at last, lighting under a little shelter, they sat down there till the
day brake; but being weary, they fell asleep. Now there was not far from the place
where they lay, a castle, called "Doubting Castle," the owner whereof was
GIANT DESPAIR, and it was in his grounds they were now sleeping; wherefore, he getting
up in the morning early, and walking up and down in his fields, caught CHRISTIAN
and HOPEFUL asleep in his grounds. Then, with a grim and surly voice, he bade them
awake; and asked them whence they were, and what they did in his grounds. They told
him they were pilgrims; and that they had lost their way.
Giant Despair. Then said the Giant, "You have this night trespassed on
me, by trampling in and lying on my grounds; and therefore you must go along with
me." So they were forced to go, because he was stronger than they. They also
had but little to say; for they knew themselves in a fault. The giant, therefore,
drove them before him, and put them into his castle, into a very dark dungeon, nasty
and stinking to the spirit of these two men.
~ Psalm 88:18 ~
Here then they lay, from Wednesday morning till Saturday night, without one bit of
bread, or drop of drink, or any light, or any to ask how they did. They were, therefore,
here in evil case; and were far from friends and acquaintance. Now in this place
CHRISTIAN had double sorrow; because 't was through his unadvised counsel that they
were brought into this distress.
Now Giant DESPAIR had a wife, and her name was DIFFIDENCE; so when he was gone to
bed, he told his wife what he had done, to wit, that he had taken a couple of prisoners,
and cast them into his dungeon, for trespassing on his grounds. Then he asked her
also what he had best to do further to them. So she asked him what they were; whence
they came; and whither they were bound: and he told her. Then she counselled him,
that when he arose in the morning he should beat them without any mercy: so when
he arose, he gets him a grievous crab tree cudgel, and goes down into the dungeon
to them, and there first falls to rating of them as if they were dogs, although they
gave him never a word of distaste; then he fails upon them, and beats them fearfully,
in such sort, that they were not able to help themselves, or to turn them upon the
floor. This done, he withdraws and leaves them, there to condole their misery, and
to mourn under their distress; so all that day they spent the time in nothing but
sighs and bitter lamentations. The next night, she talking with her husband about
them further, and understanding that they were yet alive, did advise him to counsel
them to make away with themselves. So when morning was come, he goes to them in a
surly manner, as before; and perceiving them to be very sore with the stripes that
he had given them the day before, he told them that since they were never like to
come out of that place, their only way would be, forthwith to make an end of themselves,
either with knife, halter, or poison: "For why," said he, "should
you choose life, seeing it is attended with so much bitterness?" But they desired
him to let them go; with that he looked ugly upon them, and rushing to them, had
doubtless made an end of them himself, but that he fell into one of his fits; for
he sometimes in sunshine weather fell into fits, and lost (for a time) the use of
his hand; wherefore he withdrew, and left them (as before) to consider what to do.
Then did the prisoners consult between themselves, whether 't was best to take his
counsel or not: and thus they began to discourse.
Chr. "Brother," said CHRISTIAN, "what shall we do? the life
that we now live is miserable: for my part I know not whether is best--to live thus,
or to die out of hand. 'My soul chooses strangling rather than life'; and the grave
is more easy for me than this dungeon. Shall we be ruled by the Giant?"
~ Job 7:15 ~
Hope. Indeed our present condition is dreadful, and death would be far more
welcome to me than thus for ever to abide; but yet let us consider, the Lord of the
country to which we are going hath said, "Thou shalt do no murder," no,
not to another man's person. Much more, then, are we forbidden to take his counsel
to kill ourselves. Besides, he that kills another can but commit murder upon his
body; but for one to kill himself, is to kill body and soul at once. And, moreover,
my brother, thou talkest of ease in the grave; but hast thou forgotten the hell,
whither for certain the murderers go? "for no murderer hath eternal life."
And let us consider again, that all the law is not in the hand of Giant DESPAIR;
others, so far as I can understand, have been taken by him as well as we, and yet
have escaped out of his hand: who knows but that God who made the world may cause
that Giant DESPAIR may die that, at some time or other, he may forget to lock us
in?--or, but he may in a short time have another of his fits before us, and may lose
the use of his limbs? And if ever that should come to pass again, for my part I am
resolved to pluck up the heart of a man, and to try my utmost to get from under his
hand. I was a fool that I did not try to do it before; but however, my brother, let
us be patient, and endure awhile; the time may come that may give us a happy release;
but let us not be our own murderers.
With these words HOPEFUL at present did moderate the mind of his brother; so they
continued together (in the dark) that day, in their sad and doleful condition.
Well, towards evening, the Giant went down into the dungeon again, to see if his
prisoners had taken his counsel. But when he came there, he found them alive; and
truly, alive was all: for now, what for want of bread and water, and by reason of
the wounds they received when he beat them, they could do little but breathe. But
I say, he found them alive; at which he fell into a grievous rage, and told them
that, seeing they had disobeyed his counsel, it should be worse with them than if
they had never been born.
At this they trembled greatly; and I think that CHRISTIAN fell into a swoon; but
coming a little to himself again, they renewed their discourse about the Giant's
counsel, and whether yet they had best to take it or not. Now CHRISTIAN again seemed
to be for doing it; but HOPEFUL made his second reply, as follows:
Hope. "My brother," said he, "rememberest thou not how valiant
thou hast been heretofore? APOLLYON could not crush thee; nor could all that thou
didst hear, or see, or feel, in the Valley of the Shadow of Death. What hardship,
terror, and amazement, hast thou already gone through--and art thou now nothing but
fear? Thou seest that I am in the dungeon with thee, a far weaker man by nature than
thou art! Also, this Giant has wounded me as well as thee, and hath also cut off
the bread and water from my mouth; and with thee I mourn without the light: but let
us exercise a little more patience. Remember how thou playedst the man at Vanity
Fair, and wast neither afraid of the chain nor cage, nor yet of bloody death; wherefore
let us--at least to avoid the shame that becomes not a Christian to be found in--bear
up with patience as well as we can."
Now night being come again, and the Giant and his wife being in bed, she asked him
concerning the prisoners; and if they had taken his counsel? To which he replied,
"They are sturdy rogues; they choose rather to bear all hardship than to make
away with themselves." Then said she, "Take them into the castle yard tomorrow,
and show them the bones and skulls of those that thou hast already dispatched; and
make them believe, ere a week comes to an end, thou also wilt tear them in pieces,
as thou hast done their fellows before them."
So when the morning was come, the Giant went to them again, and took them into the
castle yard, and showed them as his wife had bidden him. "These," said
he, "were pilgrims as you are, once, and they trespassed' in my grounds, as
you have done; and when I thought fit, I tore them in pieces; and so within ten days
I will do to you: go, get you down to your den again!" And with that he beat
them all the way thither. They lay, therefore, all day on Saturday in a lamentable
case, as before. Now when night was come, and when Mrs. DIFFIDENCE, and her husband
the Giant, were got to bed, they began to renew the discourse of their prisoners;
and withal the old Giant wondered that he could neither by his blows nor counsel
bring them to an end. And with that his wife replied: "I fear," said she,
"that they live in hope that some will come to relieve them; or that they have
picklocks about them; by the means of which they hope to escape." "And
sayest thou so, my dear?" said the Giant; "I will therefore search them
in the morning."
Well, on Saturday, about midnight the pilgrims began to pray; and continued in prayer
till almost break of day.
Now a little before it was day, good CHRISTIAN, as one half amazed, break out in
this passionate speech: "What a fool," quoth he, "am I, thus to lie
in a stinking dungeon, when I may as well walk at liberty! I have a key in my bosom
called Promise; that will, I am persuaded, open any lock in Doubting Castle."
Then said HOPEFUL, "That's good news; good brother, pluck it out of thy bosom,
Then CHRISTIAN pulled it out of his bosom, and began to try at the dungeon door;
whose bolt (as he turned the key) gave back, and the door flew open with ease: and
CHRISTIAN and HOPEFUL both came out. Then he went to the outward door that led into
the castle yard; and with his key opened that door also. After, he went to the iron
gate, for that must be opened too; but that lock went exceedingly hard: yet the key
did open it. Then they thrust open the gate to make their escape with speed; but
that gate, as it opened, made such a creaking, that it waked Giant DESPAIR: who,
hastily rising to pursue his prisoners, felt his limbs to fail, for his fits took
him again, so that he could by no means go after them. Then they went on, and came
to the king's highway again; and so were safe, because they were out of his jurisdiction.
Now when they were gone over the stile, they began to contrive with themselves what
they should do at that stile, to prevent those that should come after from falling
into the hands of Giant DESPAIR. So they consented to erect there a pillar, and to
engrave upon the side thereof this sentence: "Over this stile is the way to
Doubting Castle; which is kept by Giant DESPAIR, who despises the King of the Celestial
Country, and seeks to destroy his holy pilgrims." Many, therefore, that followed
after, read what was written, and escaped the danger. This done, they sang as follows:
"Out of the way we went; and then we found
What 't was to tread upon forbidden ground:
And let them that come after have a care,
Lest heedlessness makes them, as we to fare;
Lest they, for trespassing, his prisoners are,
Whose castle's 'Doubting' and whose name's DESPAIR."
They went, then, till they came to the "Delectable Mountains," which mountains
belong to the Lord of that hill of whom we have spoken before. So they went up to
the mountains, to behold the gardens and orchards, the vineyards and fountains of
water; where also they drank, and washed themselves, and did freely eat of the vineyards.
Now there were on the tops of these mountains shepherds feeding their flocks; and
they stood by the highway side. The pilgrims therefore went to them; and, leaning
upon their staves (as is common with weary pilgrims when they stand to talk with
any by the way), they asked, "Whose delectable mountains are these? and whose
be the sheep that feed upon them?"
Shepherds. These mountains are Immanuel's Land, and they are within sight
of his City; and the sheep also are his, and he laid down his life for them.
~ John 10:11 ~
Chr. Is this the way to the Celestial City?
Shepherds. You are just in your way.
Chr. How far is it thither?
Shepherds. Too far for any but those that shall get thither indeed.
Chr. Is the way safe, or dangerous?
Shepherds. Safe for those for whom it is to be safe; but transgressors shall
~ Hosea 14:9 ~
Chr. Is there in this place any relief for pilgrims that are weary and faint
in the way?
Shepherds. The Lord of these mountains hath given us a charge, not to be forgetful
to entertain strangers; therefore the good of the place is even before you.
~ Hebrews 13:1, 2 ~
I saw also in my dream, that when the shepherds perceived that they were wayfaring
men, they also put questions to them (to which they made answer as in other places);
as, "Whence came you?" and "How got you into the way?" and, "By
what means have you so persevered therein? For but few of them that begin to come
hither do show their face on these mountains." But when the shepherds heard
their answers, being pleased therewith, they looked very lovingly upon them; and
said, "Welcome to the Delectable Mountains!"
The shepherds, I say--whose names were, KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE, WATCHFUL, and SINCERE--took
them by the hand, and had them to their tents, and made them partake of that which
was ready at present. They said, moreover, "We would that you should stay here
awhile, to be acquainted with us; and yet more to solace yourselves with the good
of these Delectable Mountains." They then told them that they were content to
stay; and so they went to their rest that night, because it was very late.
Then I saw in my dream, that in the morning the shepherds called up CHRISTIAN and
HOPEFUL, to walk with them upon the mountains. So they went forth with them, and
walked awhile, having a pleasant prospect on every side. Then said the shepherds
one to another, "Shall we show these pilgrims some wonders?" So when they
had concluded to do it, they had them first to the top of a hill called "Error,"
which was very steep on the furthest side; and bade them look down to the bottom.
So CHRISTIAN and HOPEFUL looked down; and saw at the bottom several men dashed all
to pieces by a fall that they had from the top. Then said CHRISTIAN, "What meaneth
this?" The shepherds answered, "Have you not heard of them that were made
to err, by hearkening to HYMENEUS and PHILETUS as concerning the faith of the resurrection
of the body?"
~ 2 Timothy 2:17, 18 ~
They answered, "Yes." Then said the shepherds, "Those that you see
lie dashed in pieces at the bottom of this mountain are they; and they have continued
to this day unburied (as you see), for an example to others to take heed how they
clamber too high, or how they come too near the brink of this mountain."
Then I saw that they had them to the top of another mountain--and the name of that
is "Caution"--and bade them look afar off. Which when they did, they perceived,
as they thought, several men walking up and down among the tombs that were there.
And they perceived that the men were blind; because they stumbled sometimes upon
the tombs, and because they could not get out from among them. Then said CHRISTIAN,
"What means this?"
The shepherds then answered, "Did you not see, a little below these mountains,
a stile that led into a meadow on the left hand. "From that stile there goes
a path that leads directly to Doubting Castle, which is kept by Giant DESPAIR; and
these men--(pointing to them among the tombs)--came once on pilgrimage as you do
now, even till they came to that same stile. And because the right way was rough
in that place, they chose to go out of it into that meadow, and there were taken
by Giant DESPAIR, and cast into Doubting Castle; where, after they had awhile been
kept in the dungeon, he at last did put out their eyes, and led them among those
tombs, where he has left them to wander to this very day, that the saying of the
wise man might be fulfilled: "He that wanders out of the way of understanding,
shall remain in the congregation of the dead".
~ Proverbs 21:16 ~
Then CHRISTIAN and HOPEFUL looked one upon another, with tears gushing out; but yet
said nothing to the shepherds.
Then I saw in my dream that the shepherds had them to another place, in a bottom,
where was a door in the side of a hill; and they opened the door, and bade them look
in. They looked in, therefore, and saw that within it was very dark and smoky; they
also thought that they heard there a rumbling noise as of fire, and a cry of some
tormented, and that they smelt the scent of brimstone. Then said CHRISTIAN, "What
means this?" The shepherds told them, saying, "This is a byway to hell,
a way that hypocrites go in at: namely, such as sell their birthright, with Esau;
such as sell their Master, with Judas; such as blaspheme the Gospel, with Alexander;
and that lie and dissemble, with Ananias and Sapphira, his wife."
Hope. Then said HOPEFUL to the shepherds, "I perceive that these had
on them, even everyone, a show of pilgrimage, as we have now; had they not?"
Shep. Yes, and held it a long time too.
Hope. How far might they go on pilgrimage in their day, since they, notwithstanding,
were thus miserably cast away?
Shep. Some farther, and some not so far as these mountains.
Then said the pilgrims one to another, "We had need to cry to the strong for
Shep. Aye, and you will have need to use it when you have it, too.
By this time the pilgrims had a desire to go forwards, and the shepherds a desire
they should; so they walked together towards the end of the mountains. Then said
the shepherds one to another, "Let us here show to the pilgrims the gates of
the Celestial City, if they have skill to look through our perspective glass."
The pilgrims then lovingly accepted the motion: so they had them to the top of a
high hill, called "Clear," and gave them their glass to look. Then they
essayed to look; but the remembrance of that last thing that the shepherds had showed
them made their hands shake, by means of which impediment, they could not look steadily
through the glass: yet they thought they saw something like the gate, and also some
of the glory of the place. Then they went away, and sang this song:
"Thus by the shepherds secrets are revealed,
Which from all other men are kept concealed:
Come to the shepherds, then, if you would see
Things deep, things hid, and that mysterious be."
When they were about to depart, one of the shepherds gave them a note of the way;
another of them bade them beware of the flatterer; the third bade them take heed
that they sleep not upon the enchanted ground; and the fourth bade them Godspeed.
So I awoke from my dream.
And I slept, and dreamed again; and saw the same two pilgrims going down the mountains,
along the high way towards the City. Now, a little below these mountains, on the
left hand, lies the country of "Conceit"; from which country there comes
into the way in which the pilgrims walked a little crooked lane. Here, therefore,
they met with a very brisk lad, that came out of that country; and his name was IGNORANCE.
So CHRISTIAN asked him, "From what part he came? and whither he was going?"
Ignorance. Sir, I was born in the country that lies off there, a little on
the left hand; and I am going to the Celestial City.
Chr. But how do you think to get in at the gate; for you may find some difficulty
Ign. "As other good people do," said he.
Chr. But what have you to show at that gate that may cause that the gate should
be opened to you?
Ign. I know my Lord's will, and I have led a good life: I pay every man his
own; I pray, fast, pay tithes, and give alms, and have left my country for whither
I am going.
Chr. But thou camest not in at the wicket gate that is at the head of this
way; thou camest in hither through that same crooked lane: and therefore I fear,
however thou mayest think of thyself, when the reckoning day shall come, thou wilt
have laid to thy charge, that thou art a thief and a robber, instead of getting admittance
into the City.
Ign. Gentlemen, ye be utter strangers to me, I know you not; be content to
follow the religion of your country, and I will follow the religion of mine. I hope
all will be well. And as for the gate that you talk of, all the world knows that
that is a great way off of our country. I cannot think that any man in all our parts
doth so much as know the way to it; nor need they matter whether they do or not,
since we have, as you see, a fine pleasant green lane, that comes down from our country
the next way into it.
When CHRISTIAN saw that the man was wise in his own conceit, he said to HOPEFUL whisperingly,
"There is more hope of a fool than of him".
~ Proverbs 26:12 ~
And said, moreover, "When he that is a fool walks by the way, his wisdom fails
him; and he saith to everyone that he is a fool.
~ Ecclesiastes 10:3 ~
What! shall we talk further with him? or outgo him at present, and so leave him to
think of what he hath heard already; and then stop again for him afterwards, and
see if by degrees we can do any good by him?" Then said HOPEFUL:
"Let IGNORANCE a little while now muse
On what is said; and let him not refuse
Good counsel to embrace, lest he remain
Still ignorant of what's the chiefest gain.
God saith 'Those that no understanding have
(Although he made them) them he will not save.'"
Hope. He further added, "It is not good, I think, to say all to him at
once; let us pass him by if you will, and talk to him anon, even as he is able to
So they both went on; and IGNORANCE he came after. Now when they had passed him a
little way, they entered into a very dark lane; where they met a man whom seven devils
had bound with seven strong cords, and were carrying of him back to the door that
they saw in the side of the hill.
~ Matthew 12:45 ~
~ Proverbs 5:22 ~
Now good CHRISTIAN began to tremble, and so did HOPEFUL his companion; yet as the
devils led away the man, CHRISTIAN looked to see if he knew him, and he thought it
might be one TURN-A-WAY, that dwelt in the town of Apostasy. But he did not perfectly
see his face, for he did hang his head like a thief that is found; but being gone
past, HOPEFUL looked after him, and espied on his back a paper with this inscription,
"Wanton professor, and damnable apostate."
Then said CHRISTIAN to his fellow, "Now I call to remembrance that which was
told me of a thing that happened to a good man hereabout. The name of the man was
LITTLE-FAITH; but a good man, and he dwelt in the town of Sincere. The thing was
this: at the entering in of this passage, there comes down from Broadway gate a lane
called Deadman's Lane; so called because of the murders that are commonly done there.
And this LITTLE-FAITH going on pilgrimage, as we do now, chanced to sit down there,
and slept. Now there happened, at that time, to come down the lane from Broadway
gate three sturdy rogues, and their names were FAINT-HEART, MISTRUST, and GUILT (three
brothers); and they, espying LITTLE-FAITH where he was, came galloping up with speed.
Now the good man was just awaked from his sleep, and was getting up to go on his
journey; so they came all up to him, and, with threatening language, bade him stand.
At this, LITTLE-FAITH looked as white as a clout; and had neither power to fight
nor fly. Then said FAINT-HEART, 'Deliver thy purse;' but he making no haste to do
it (for he was loth to lose his money), MISTRUST ran up to him, and thrusting his
hand into his pocket, pulled out thence a bag of silver. Then he cried out, 'Thieves!
thieves!' With that, GUILT, with a great club that was in his hand, struck LITTLE-FAITH
on the head, and with that blow felled him flat to the ground; where he lay bleeding,
as one that would bleed to death. All this while the thieves stood by; but at last,
they hearing that some were upon the road, and fearing lest it should be one GREAT-GRACE,
that dwells in the city of Good-confidence, they betook themselves to their heels,
and left this good man to shift for himself. Now, after awhile, LITTLE-FAITH came
to himself; and getting up, made shift to scrabble on his way. This was the story."
Hope. But did they take from him all that ever he had?
Chr. No; the place where his jewels were they never ransacked, so those he
kept still; but, as I was told, the good man was much afflicted for his loss, for
the thieves got most of his spending money. That which they got not (as I said) were
jewels; also he had a little odd money left, but scarce enough to bring him to his
~ 1 Peter 4:18 ~
nay (if I was not misinformed), he was forced to beg as he went, to keep himself
alive (for his jewels he might not sell). But beg, and do what he could, he went
(as we say) "with many a hungry belly" the most part of the rest of the
Hope. But is it not a wonder they got not from him his certificate by which
he was to receive his admittance at the Celestial Gate?
Chr. 'T is a wonder but they got not that, though they missed it not through
any good cunning of his; for he being dismayed with their coming upon him, had neither
power nor skill to hide anything: so 't was more by good providence than by his endeavour
that they missed of that good thing.
~ 2 Timothy 1:14 ~
~ 2 Peter 2:9 ~
Hope. But it must be a comfort to him that they got not his jewels from him.
Chr. It might have been great comfort to him, had he used it as he should;
but they that told me the story, said, That he made but little use of it all the
rest of the way; and that because of the dismay that he had in their taking away
of his money: indeed, he forgot it a great part of the rest of the journey. And besides,
when at any time it came into his mind, and he began to be comforted therewith, then
would fresh thoughts of his loss come again upon him; and those thoughts would swallow
Hope. Alas, poor man, this could not but be a great grief unto him.
Chr. Grief! Aye, a grief indeed; would it not have been so to any of us, had
we been used as he, to be robbed and wounded too, and that in a strange place, as
he was? 'Tis a wonder he did not die with grief, poor heart! I was told, that he
scattered almost all the rest of the way with nothing but doleful and bitter complaints.
Telling also to all that overtook him, or that he overtook in the way as he went,
where he was robbed, and how; who they were that did it, and what he lost; how he
was wounded, and that he hardly escaped with life.
Hope. But 'tis a wonder that his necessities did not put him upon selling
or pawning some of his jewels, that he might have wherewith to relieve himself in
Chr. Thou talkest like one upon whose head is the shell to this very day;
for what should he pawn them? or to whom should he sell them? In all that country
where he was robbed his jewels were not accounted of, nor did he want that relief
which could from thence be administered to him; besides, had his jewels been missing
at the gate of the Celestial City, he had (and that he knew well enough) been excluded
from an inheritance there; and that would have been worse to him than the appearance
and villainy of ten thousand thieves.
Hope. Why art thou so tart, my brother? Esau sold his birthright, and that
for a mess of pottage; and that birthright was his greatest jewel:
and if he, why might not LITTLE-FAITH do so too?
~ Hebrew 12:16 ~
Chr. Esau did sell his birthright indeed, and so do many besides; and by so
doing, exclude themselves from the chief blessing, as also that knave did. But you
must put a difference betwixt Esau and LITTLE-FAITH; and also betwixt their estates.
Esau's birthright was typical; but LITTLE-FAITH'S jewels were not so. Esau's belly
was his god; but LITTLE-FAITH'S belly was not so.
~ Genesis 25:32 ~
Esau's want lay in his fleshly appetite; LITTLE-FAITH'S did not so. Besides, Esau
could see not further than to the fulfilling of his lusts: "For I am at the
point to die," said he; "and what good will this birthright do me?"
But LITTLE-FAITH, though it was his lot to have but a little faith, was by his little
faith kept from such extravagances, and made to see and prize his jewels more than
to sell them, as Esau did his birthright. You read not anywhere that Esau had faith,
no, not so much as a little: therefore no marvel, if where the flesh only bears sway
(as it will in the man where no faith is to resist), if he sells his birthright,
and his soul and all, and that to the devil of hell; for it is with such as it is
with the ass, who in her occasion cannot be turned away.
~ Jeremiah 2:24 ~
When their minds are set upon their lusts, they will have them, whatever they cost.
But LITTLE-FAITH was of another temper, his mind was on things divine; his livelihood
was upon things that were spiritual, and from above: therefore, to what end should
he that is of such a temper sell his jewels (had there been any that would have bought
them), to fill his mind with empty things? Will a man give a penny to fill his belly
with hay? or can you persuade the turtledove to live upon carrion, like the crow?
Though faithless ones can, for carnal lusts, pawn, or mortgage, or sell what they
have, and themselves outright to boot; yet they that have faith, saving faith, though
but a little of it, cannot do so. Here, therefore, my brother, is thy mistake.
Hope. I acknowledge it; but yet your severe reflection had almost made me
Chr. Why, I did but compare thee to some of the birds that are of the brisker
sort, who will run to and fro in trodden paths with the shell upon their heads; but
pass by that and consider the matter under debate, and all shall be well betwixt
thee and me.
Hope. But, CHRISTIAN, these three fellows, I am persuaded in my heart, are
but a company of cowards: would they have run else, think you, as they did at the
noise of one that was coming on the road? Why did not LITTLE-FAITH pluck up a greater
heart? He might, methinks, have stood one brush with them, and have yielded when
there had been no remedy.
Chr. That they are cowards, many have said; but few have found it so in the
time of trial. As for a great heart, LITTLE-FAITH had none; and I perceive by thee,
my brother, hadst thou been the man concerned, thou art but for a brush, and then
to yield. And, verily, since this is the height of thy stomach now they are at a
distance from us, should they appear to thee, as they did to him, they might put
thee to second thoughts.
But consider again--they are but journeymen-thieves, they serve under the king of
the bottomless pit; who, if need be, will come in to their aid himself, and his voice
is as the roaring of a lion.
1 Peter 5:8 ~
I myself have been engaged as this LITTLE-FAITH was; and I found it a terrible thing.
These three villains set upon me; and I beginning like a Christian to resist, they
gave but a call, and in came their master: I would, as the saying is, have given
my life for a penny; but that, as God would have it, I was clothed with armour of
proof. Aye, and yet though I was so harnessed, I found it hard work to quit myself
like a man; no man can tell what in that combat attends us, but he that hath been
in the battle himself.
Hope. Well, but they ran, you see, when they did but suppose that one GREAT-GRACE
was in the way.
Chr. True, they have often fled, both they and their master, when GREAT-GRACE
hath but appeared; and no marvel, for he is the King's champion: but I trow, you
will put some difference between LITTLE-FAITH and the King's champion; all the King's
subjects are not his champions; nor can they, when tried, do such feats of war as
he. Is it meet to think that a little child should handle Goliath as David did? or
that there should be the strength of an ox in a wren? Some are strong, some are weak;
some have great faith, some have little: this man was one of the weak; and therefore
he went to the wall.
Hope. I would it had been GREAT-GRACE for their sakes.
Chr. If it had been he, he might have had his hands full: for I must tell
you, that though GREAT-GRACE is excellent good at his weapons, and has done--and
can do, so long as he keeps them at sword's point--well enough with them; yet if
they get within him, even FAINT-HEART, MISTRUST, or the other, it shall go hard but
they will throw up his heels. And when a man is down, you know--what can he do?
Whoso looks well upon GREAT-GRACE'S face, shall see those scars and cuts there, that
shall easily give demonstration of what I say. Yea, once I heard that he should say
(and that when he was in the combat), "We despaired even of life." How
did these sturdy rogues and their fellows make David groan, moan, and roar? Yea,
Heman and Hezekiah too, though champions in their day, were forced to bestir them
when by these assaulted; and yet, that notwithstanding, they had their coats soundly
brushed by them. Peter, upon a time, would go try what he could do; but, though some
do say of him that he is the Prince of the Apostles, they handled him so that they
made him at last afraid of a sorry girl.
Besides, their king is at their whistle, he is never out of hearing; and if at any
time they be put to the worst, he, if possible, comes in to help them. And of him
it is said, "The sword of him that lays at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart,
nor the habergeon. He esteems iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood. The arrow
cannot make him flee; slingstones are turned with him into stubble. Darts are counted
as stubble; he laughs at the shaking of a spear".
~ Job 41:26-29 ~
What can a man do in this case? 'Tis true, if a man could at every turn have Job's
horse, and had skill and courage to ride him, he might do notable things. For "his
neck is clothed with thunder; he will not be afraid as the grasshopper; the glory
of his nostrils is terrible. He paws in the valley, rejoices in his strength, and
goes out to meet the armed men. He mocks at fear, and is not affrighted, neither
turns back from the sword. The quiver rattles against him; the glittering spear,
and the shield. He swallows the ground with fierceness and rage; neither believes
he that it is the sound of the trumpet. He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and
he smells the battle afar off, the thundering of the captains, and the shouting".
~ Job 39:19-25 ~
But for such footmen as thee and I are, let us never desire to meet with an enemy,
nor vaunt as if we could do better, when we hear of others that they have been foiled;
nor be tickled at the thoughts of our own manhood, for such commonly come by the
worst when tried. Witness Peter, of whom I made mention before. He would swagger,
aye, he would: he would, as his vain mind prompted him to say, do better, and stand
more for his Master, than all men; but who was so foiled and run down by these villains
When, therefore, we hear that such robberies are done on the king's highway, two
things become us to do; first, to go out harnessed, and to be sure to take a shield
with us; for it was for want of that, that he that laid so lustily at Leviathan,
could not make him yield. For, indeed, if that be wanting, he fears us not at all.
Therefore he that had skill hath said, "Above all, take the shield of faith,
wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked".
~ Ephesians 6:16 ~
'Tis good also that we desire of the King a convoy, yea, that he will go with us
himself. This made David rejoice when in the Valley of the Shadow of Death; and Moses
was rather for dying where he stood, than to go one step without his God.
~ Exodus 33:15 ~
Oh, my brother, if he will but go along with us, what need we be afraid of ten thousands
that shall set themselves against us? but without him, the proud helpers fall under
~ Psalm 3:5-8 ~
~ Psalm 27:1-3 ~
~ Isaiah 10:4 ~
I, for my part, have been in the fray before now; and though (through the goodness
of him that is best) I am, as you see, alive, yet I cannot boast of my manhood. Glad
shall I be if I meet with no more such brunts; though I fear we are not got beyond
all danger. However, since the lion and the bear hath not as yet devoured me, I hope
God will also deliver us from the next uncircumcised Philistine.
Then sang Christian:
"Poor LITTLE-FAITH! hast been among the thieves?
So they went on, and IGNORANCE followed. They went then till they came to a place
where they saw a way put itself into their way, and seemed withal to lie as straight
as the way which they should go; and here they knew not which of the two to take,
for both seemed straight before them; therefore here they stood still to consider.
And as they were thinking about the way, behold a man, black of flesh, but covered
with a very light robe, came to them and asked them, "Why they stood there?"
They answered, "They were going to the Celestial City, but knew not which of
these ways to take." "Follow me!" said the man; "it is thither
that I am going." So they followed him in the way that but now came into the
road, which by degrees turned and turned them so from the city that they desired
to go to, that in a little time their faces were turned away from it; yet they followed
him. But by and by, before they were aware, he led them both within the compass of
a net, in which they were both so entangled that they knew not what to do; and with
that the white robe fell off the black man's back: then they saw where they were.
Wherefore there they lay crying some time; for they could not get themselves out.
Wast robbed? Remember this: whoso believes,
And gets more faith, shall then a victor be
Over ten thousand, else scarce over three."
Chr. Then said CHRISTIAN to his fellow, "Now do I see myself in an error.
Did not the shepherds bid us beware of the flatterers? As is the saying of the wise
man, so we have found it this day: 'A man that flatters his neighbour spreads a net
for his feet'".
~ Proverbs 29:5 ~
Hope. They also gave us a note of directions about the way, for our more sure
finding thereof; but therein we have also forgotten to read, and have not kept ourselves
from the paths of the destroyer. Here David was wiser than we; for, saith he, "Concerning
the works of men, by the word of Thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer."
~ Psalms 17:4 ~
Thus they lay bewailing themselves in the net. At last they espied a shining one
coming towards them, with a whip of small cord in his hand.
When he was come to the place where they were, he asked them whence they came? and
what they did there? They told him, "That they were poor pilgrims going to Zion;
but were led out of their way by a black man clothed in white, who bid us,"
said they, "follow him; for he was going thither too." Then said he with
the whip, "It is FLATTERER, a false apostle, that hath transformed himself into
an angel of light".
~ Proverbs 29:5 ~
~ Daniel 11:32 ~
~ 2 Corinthians 11:13, 14 ~
So he rent the net, and let the men out Then said he to them, "Follow me, that
I may set you in your way again." So he led them back to the way which they
had left to follow the Flatterer. Then he asked them, saying, "Where did you
lie the last night?" They said, "with the shepherds upon the Delectable
Mountains." He asked them then, "If they had not of those shepherds a note
of direction for the way?" They answered, "Yes." "But did you,"
said he, "when you were at a stand, pluck out and read your note?" They
answered, "No." He asked them why? They said they forgot. He asked, moreover,
"If the shepherds did not bid them beware of the Flatterer?" They answered,
"Yes; but we did not imagine," said they, "that this fine spoken man
had been he".
~ Romans 16:18 ~
Then I saw in my dream that he commanded them to lie down;
which when they did, he chastised them sore to teach them the good way wherein they
And as he chastised them, he said "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten;
be zealous therefore, and repent".
~ Deuteronomy 25:2 ~
~ 2 Chronicles 6:26, 27 ~
~ Revelation 3:19 ~
This done, he bade them go on their way, and take good heed to the other directions
of the shepherds. So they thanked him for all his kindness; and went softly along
the right way, singing:
"Come hither, you that walk along the way;
See how the pilgrims fare that go astray!
They catched are in an entangling net,
'Cause they good counsel lightly did forget.
'Tis true they rescued were; but yet you see
They're scourged to boot. Let this your caution be!"
Now after awhile, they perceived afar off one coming softly and alone, all along
the highway, to meet them. Then said CHRISTIAN to his fellow, "Yonder is a man
with his back toward Zion; and he is coming to meet us."
Hope. I see him; let us take heed to ourselves now, lest he should prove a
So he drew nearer and nearer; and at last came up unto them. His name was ATHEIST;
and he asked them whither they were going?
Chr. We are going to the Mount Zion.
Then ATHEIST fell into a very great laughter.
Chr. What is the meaning of your laughter?
Atheist. I laugh to see what ignorant persons you are, to take upon you so
tedious a journey, and yet are like to have nothing but your travel for your pains.
Chr. Why, man; do you think we shall not be received?
Ath. Received! There is no such place as you dream of in all this world.
Chr. But there is in the world to come.
Ath. When I was at home in mine own country, I heard as you now affirm, and
from that hearing went out to see; and have been seeking this city these twenty years,
but find no more of it than I did the first day I set out.
~ Jeremiah 17:15 ~
~ Ecclesiastes 10:15 ~
Chr. We have both heard and believe that there is such a place to be found.
Ath. Had not I, when at home, believed, I had not come thus far to seek; but
finding none (and yet I should, had there been such a place to be found, for I have
gone to seek it farther than you), I am going back again, and will seek to refresh
myself with the things that I then cast away for hopes of that which I now see is
Chr. Then said CHRISTIAN to HOPEFUL, his fellow, "Is it true which this
man hath said ?"
Hope. "Take heed, he is one of the flatterers; remember what it hath
cost us once already for our hearkening to such kind of fellows. What! no Mount Zion!
did we not see from the Delectable Mountains the gate of the city? Also, are we not
now to walk by faith? Let us go on," said HOPEFUL; "lest the man with the
whip overtake us again. You should have taught me that lesson, which I will round
you in the ears withal: 'Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causes to err
from the words of knowledge.' I say, my brother, cease to hear him, and let us believe
to the saving of the soul".
~ Proverbs 19:27 ~
~ Hebrews 10:39 ~
Chr. My brother, I did not put the question to thee, for that I doubted of
the truth of our belief myself; but to prove thee, and to fetch from thee a fruit
of the honesty of thy heart. As for this man, I know that he is blinded by the god
of this world: let thee and I go on, knowing that we have belief of the truth, and
"no lie is of the truth".
~ 1 John 2:21 ~
Hope. Now do I rejoice in hope of the glory of God!
So they turned away from the man; and he, laughing at them, went his way.
I saw then in my dream, that they went till they came into a certain country, whose
air naturally tended to make one drowsy, if he came a stranger into it. And here
HOPEFUL began to be very dull and heavy of sleep; wherefore he said unto CHRISTIAN,
"I do now begin to grow so drowsy, that I can scarcely hold up mine eyes; let
us lie down here and take one nap."
Chr. "By no means," said the other; "lest sleeping, we never
Hope. Why, my brother, sleep is sweet to the labouring man; we may be refreshed
if we take a nap.
Chr. Do you not remember that one of the shepherds bade us beware of the Enchanted
Ground? He meant by that, that we should beware of sleeping; wherefore let us not
sleep as do others, but let us watch and be sober.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:6 ~
Hope. I acknowledge myself in a fault; and had I been here alone, I had, by
sleeping, run the danger of death. I see it is true that the wise man saith, "Two
are better than one".
~ Ecclesiastes 4:9 ~
Hitherto hath thy company been my mercy; and thou shalt have a good reward for thy
Chr. "Now," then said CHRISTIAN, "to prevent drowsiness in
this place, let us fall into good discourse."
Hope. "With all my heart," said the other.
Chr. Where shall we begin?
Hope. Where God began with us. But do you begin, if you please.
Chr. I will sing you first this song.
"When saints do sleepy grow, let them come hither,
And hear how these two pilgrims talk together;
Yea, let them learn of them, in any wise,
Thus to keep ope their drowsy, slumbering eyes.
Saint's fellowship, if it be managed well,
Keeps them awake; and that in spite of hell."
Chr. Then CHRISTIAN began, and said, "I will ask you a question. How
come you to think at first of so doing as you do now?"
Hope. Do you mean, how came I at first to look after the good of my soul?
Chr. Yes, that is my meaning.
Hope. I continued a great while in the delight of those things which are seen
and sold at our fair; things which, as I believe now, would have (had I continued
in them still) drowned me in perdition and destruction.
Chr. What things were they?
Hope. All the treasures and riches of the world. Also I delighted much in
rioting, revelling, drinking, swearing, lying, uncleanness, Sabbath-breaking, and
what not, that tended to destroy the soul. But I found at last, by hearing and considering
of things that are divine, which indeed I heard of you--as also of beloved FAITHFUL,
that was put to death for his faith and good living in Vanity Fair--that the end
of these things is death; and that for these things' sake the wrath of God comes
upon the children of disobedience.
~ Romans 6:21-23 ~
~ Ephesians 5:6 ~
Chr. And did you presently fall under the power of this conviction?
Hope. No: I was not willing presently to know the evil of sin, nor the damnation
that follows upon the commission of it; but endeavoured, when my mind at first began
to be shaken with the word, to shut mine eyes against the light thereof.
Chr. But what was the cause of your carrying of it thus to the first workings
of God's blessed Spirit upon you?
Hope. The causes were,--1. I was ignorant that this was the work of God upon
me. I never thought that, by awakenings for sin, God at first begins the conversion
of a sinner. 2. Sin was yet very sweet to my flesh; and I was loth to leave it. 3.
I could not tell how to part with mine old companions; their presence and actions
were so desirable unto me. 4. The hours in which convictions were upon me were such
troublesome and such heart affrighting hours, that I could not bear, no, not so much
as the remembrance of them upon my heart.
Chr. Then, as it seems, sometimes you got rid of your trouble.
Hope. Yes, verily; but it would come into my mind again, and then I should
be as bad--nay, worse--than I was before.
Chr. Why, what was it that brought your sins to mind again?
Hope. Many things: as,--
1. If I did but meet a good man in the streets; or,
Chr. And could you at any time with ease get off the guilt of sin, when by
any of these ways it came upon you?
2. If I have heard any read in the Bible; or,
3. If mine head did begin to ache; or,
4. If I were told that some of my neighbours were sick; or,
5. If I heard the bell toll for some that were dead; or,
6. If I thought of dying myself; or,
7. If I heard that sudden death happened to others.
8. But especially, when I thought of myself, that I must quickly come to Judgment.
Hope. No, not latterly; for then they got faster hold of my conscience. And
then, if I did but think of going back to sin (though my mind was turned against
it), it would be double torment to me.
Chr. And how did you do then?
Hope. I thought I must endeavour to mend my life; or else, thought I, I am
sure to be damned.
Chr. And did you endeavour to mend?
Hope. Yes; and fled from, not only my sins, but sinful company too; and betook
me to religious duties, as praying, reading, weeping for sin, speaking truth to my
neighbours, and so on. These things I did, with many others too much here to relate.
Chr. And did you think yourself well then?
Hope. Yes, for awhile; but at the last my trouble came tumbling upon me again,
and that over the neck of all my reformations.
Chr. How came that about, since you were now reformed?
Hope. There were several things brought it upon me, especially such sayings
as these: "All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags." "By the works
of the law shall no flesh be justified." "When you have done all things,
say, We are unprofitable:"
~ Isaiah 64:6 ~
~ Galations 2:16 ~
~ Luke 17:10 ~
with many more such like. From whence I began to reason with myself thus: If all
my righteousnesses are filthy rags; if by the deeds of the law no man can be justified;
and if, when we have done all, we are yet unprofitable: then 'tis but a folly to
think of heaven by the law. I further thought thus: If a man runs
100 pounds into the shopkeeper's debt, and after that shall pay for all that he shall
fetch; yet if his old debt stands still in the book uncrossed, for that the shopkeeper
may sue him, and cast him into prison till he shall pay the debt.
Chr. Well, and how did you apply this to yourself?
Hope. Why, I thought thus with myself: I have by my sins run a great way into
God's book, and that my now reforming will not pay off that score; therefore I should
think still, under all my present amendments, but how shall I be freed from the damnation
that I have brought myself in danger of by my former transgressions?
Chr. A very good application; but pray go on.
Hope. Another thing that hath troubled me, even since my late amendments,
is, that if I look narrowly into the best of what I do now, I still see sin, new
sin, mixing itself with the best of that I do. So that now I am forced to conclude,
that notwithstanding my former fond conceits of myself and duties, I have committed
sin enough in one day to send me to hell, though my former life had been faultless.
Chr. And what did you do then?
Hope. Do! I could not tell what to do, till I brake my mind to FAITHFUL; for
he and I were well acquainted: and he told me, "That unless I could obtain the
righteousness of a Man that never had sinned, neither mine own nor all the righteousness
of the world could save me."
Chr. And did you think he spake true?
Hope. Had he told me so when I was pleased and satisfied with mine own amendments,
I had called him fool for his pains; but now, since I see my own infirmity, and the
sin that cleaves to my best performance, I have been forced to be of his opinion.
Chr. But did you think, when at first he suggested it to you, that there was
such a man to be found, of whom it might justly be said, that he never committed
Hope. I must confess the words at first sounded strangely; but after a little
more talk and company with him, I had full conviction about it.
Chr. And did you ask him what man this was, and how you must be justified
Hope. Yes; and he told me it was the Lord Jesus, that dwells on the right
hand of the Most High
~ Hebrews 10:11-18 ~
~ Romans 4:1-23 ~
~ Colossians 1:9-23 ~
~ 1 Peter 1:3-6 ~
"And thus," said he, "you must be justified by him, even by trusting
to what He hath done by himself in the days of his flesh, and suffered when he did
hang on the tree." I asked him further, "How that Man's righteousness could
be of that efficacy, to justify another before God?" And he told me, "He
was the mighty God, and did what he did, and died the death also, not for himself,
but for me; to whom his doings, and the worthiness of them, should be imputed, if
I believed on him."
Chr. And what did you do then?
Hope. I made my objections against my believing, for that I thought he was
not willing to save
Chr. And what said FAITHFUL to you then?
Hope. He bade me go to him, and see. Then I said, "It was presumption;"
but he said, "No; for I was invited to come".
~ Matthew 11:28 ~
Then he gave me a book of Jesus's inditing, to encourage me the more freely to come;
and he said concerning that book, That every jot and tittle thereof stood firmer
than heaven and earth.
~ Matthew 24:35 ~
Then I asked him, what must do when I came; and he told me, I must entreat upon my
knees, with all my heart and soul, the Father to reveal him to me.
~ Psalm 95:6 ~
~ Daniel 6:10 ~
~ Jeremiah 29:12, 13 ~
Then I asked him further, "How I must make my supplication to him?" and
he said, "Go, and thou shalt find him upon a mercy seat, where he sits all the
year long to give pardon and forgiveness to them that come."
~ Exodus 25:22 ~
~ Leviticus 16:2 ~
~ Numbers 7:89 ~
~ Hebrews 4:16 ~
I told him that I knew not what to say when I came; and he bid me say to this effect,
"God be merciful to me a sinner, and make me to know and believe in Jesus Christ;
for I see that if his righteousness had not been, or I have not faith in that righteousness,
I am utterly cast away. Lord, I have heard that Thou art a merciful God, and hast
ordained that Thy Son Jesus Christ should be the Saviour of the world: and moreover,
that Thou art willing to bestow him upon such a poor sinner as I am (and I am a sinner
indeed); Lord, take therefore this opportunity, and magnify Thy grace in the salvation
of my soul, through Thy Son Jesus Christ. Amen."
Chr. And did you do as you were bidden?
Hope. Yes; over, and over, and over.
Chr. And did the Father reveal the Son to you?
Hope. No, not at first, nor second, nor third, nor fourth, nor fifth; no,
nor at the sixth time either.
Chr. What did you then?
Hope. What? why I could not tell what to do.
Chr. Had you no thoughts of leaving off praying?
Hope. Yes, and a hundred times twice told.
Chr. And what was the reason you did not?
Hope. I believed that it was true which had been told me; to wit, that without
the righteousness of this Christ, all the world could not save me. And therefore,
thought I with myself, if I leave off, I die; and I can but die at the throne of
grace. And withal this came into my mind, "If it tarry, wait for it; because
it will surely come, and will not tarry". So I continued praying, until the
Father showed me his Son.
~ Habakkuk 2:3 ~
Chr. And how was he revealed unto you?
Hope. I did not see him with my bodily eyes, but with the eyes of mine understanding;
~ Ephesians 1:18, 19 ~
and thus it was: one day I was very sad, I think sadder than at anyone time in my
life, and this sadness was through a fresh sight of the greatness and vileness of
my sins. And as I was then looking for nothing but hell, and the everlasting damnation
of my soul, suddenly, as I thought, I saw the Lord Jesus looking down from heaven
upon me, and saying, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.
~ Acts 16:31 ~
But I replied, "Lord, I am a great, a very great sinner"; and he answered,
"My grace is sufficient for thee".
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9 ~
Then I said, "But, Lord, what is believing?" And then I saw from that saying,
"He that comes to Me shall never hunger; and he that believes on Me shall never
~ John 6:35 ~
that believing and coming were one: and that he that came, that is, that ran out
in his heart and affections after salvation by Christ, he indeed believed in Christ.
Then the water stood in mine eyes, and I asked further: "But, Lord, may such
a great sinner as I am be indeed accepted of Thee, and be saved by Thee?" And
I heard him say, "And him that comes to Me, I will in no wise cast out".
~ John 6:37 ~
Then I said, "But how, Lord, must I consider of Thee in my coming to Thee, that
my faith may be placed aright upon Thee?" Then he said, "Christ Jesus came
into the world to save sinners".
"He is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth".
"He died for our sins, and rose again for our justification".
"He loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood".
"He is Mediator between God and us".
"He ever lives to make intercession for us".
~ 1 Timothy 1:15 ~ ~ Romans 4:1-17 ~ ~ Romans 4:25 ~
~ Revelation 1:5 ~~ 1 Timothy 2:5 ~ ~ Hebrews 7:25 ~
From all which I gathered, that I must look for righteousness in his person, and
for satisfaction for my sins by his blood; that what he did in obedience, to his
Father's law, and in submitting to the penalty thereof, was not for himself, but
for him that will accept it for his salvation, and be thankful. And now was my heart
full of joy; mine eyes full of tears; and mine affections running over with love
to the name, people, and ways of Jesus Christ.
Chr. This was a revelation of Christ to your soul indeed; but tell me particularly
what effect this had upon your spirit.
Hope. It made me see that all the world, notwithstanding all the righteousness
thereof, is in a state of condemnation. It made me see that God the Father, because
he be just, can justly justify the coming sinner. It made me greatly ashamed of the
vileness of my former life, and confounded me with the sense of mine own ignorance;
for there never came thought into mine heart before now that showed me so the beauty
of Jesus Christ. It made me love a holy life, and long to do something for the honour
and glory of the name of the Lord Jesus. Yea, I thought, that had I now a thousand
gallons of blood in my body, I could spill it all for the sake of the Lord Jesus.
I saw, then, in my dream, that HOPEFUL looked back and saw IGNORANCE, whom they had
left behind, coming after. "Look," said he to CHRISTIAN, "how far
yonder youngster loiters behind."
Chr. Aye, aye, I see him; he cares not for our company.
Hope. But I trow it would not have hurt him had he kept pace with us hitherto.
Chr. That's true; but I warrant you he thinks otherwise.
Hope. "That I think he doth; but, however, let us tarry for him."
So they did.
Chr. Then CHRISTIAN said to him, "Come away, man; why do you stay so
Ign. I take my pleasure in walking alone, even more a great deal than in company,
unless I like it the better.
Chr. Then said CHRISTIAN to HOPEFUL (but softly), "Did I not tell you
he cared not for our company? but however," said he, "come up and let us
talk away the time in this solitary place." Then directing his speech to IGNORANCE,
he said, "Come, how do you? how stands it between God and your soul now?"
Ign. I hope well; for I am always full of good motions, that come into my
mind to comfort me as I walk.
Chr. What good motions? Pray tell us.
Ign. Why, I think of God and heaven.
Chr. So do the devils and damned souls.
Ign. But I think of them, and desire them.
Chr. So do many that are never like to come there; the soul of the sluggard
desires, and hath nothing.
~ Proverbs 13:4 ~
Ign. But I think of them, and leave all for them.
Chr. That I doubt, for leaving of all is a hard matter; yea, a harder matter
than many are aware of. But why, or by what, art thou persuaded that thou hast left
all for God and heaven?
Ign. My heart tells me so.
Chr. The wise man says, "He that trusts his own heart is a fool".
~ Proverbs 28:26 ~
Ign. This is spoken of an evil heart; but mine is a good one.
Chr. But how dost thou prove that?
Ign. It comforts me in the hopes of heaven.
Chr. That may be through its deceitfulness; for a man's heart may minister
comfort to him in the hopes of that thing for which he yet has no ground to hope.
Ign. But my heart and life agree together; and therefore my hope is well grounded.
Chr. Who told thee that thy heart and life agree together?
Ign. My heart tells me so.
Chr. "Ask my fellow if I be a thief." Thy heart tells thee so! Except
the Word of God bears witness in this matter, other testimony is of no value.
Ign. But is it not a good heart that has good thoughts? and is not a good
life one that is according to God's commandments?
Chr. Yes, that is a good heart that hath good thoughts; and that is a good
life that is according to God's commandments: but it is one thing indeed to have
these, and another thing only to think so.
Ign. Pray, what count you good thoughts, and a life according to God's commandments?
Chr. There are good thoughts of divers kinds: some respecting ourselves, some
God, some Christ, and some other things.
Ign. What be good thoughts respecting ourselves?
Chr. Such as agree with the Word of God.
Ign. When do our thoughts of ourselves agree with the Word of God?
Chr. When we pass the same judgment upon ourselves which the Word passes.
To explain myself: the Word of God saith of persons in a natural condition, "There
is none righteous, there is none that doth good." It saith also, "That
every imagination of the heart of man is only evil, and that continually".
~ Romans 3:9-18 ~
~ Romans 3:23 ~
~ Genesis 6:5 ~
And again, "The imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth." Now
then, when we think thus of ourselves, having sense thereof, then are our thoughts
good ones, because they are according to the Word of God.
Ign. I will never believe that my heart is thus bad.
Chr. Therefore thou never hadst one good thought concerning thyself in thy
life. But let me go on. As the Word passes a judgment upon our heart, so it passes
a judgment upon our ways: and when our thoughts of our hearts and ways agree with
the judgment which the Word gives of both, then are both good, because agreeing thereto.
Ign. Make out your meaning.
Chr. Why, the Word of God saith, that man's ways are crooked ways; not good,
but perverse. It saith, they are naturally out of the good way, that they have not
~ Psalms 125:5 ~
~ Proverbs 2:15 ~
~ Romans 3:9-18 ~
Now, when a man thus thinks of his ways--I say, when he doth sensibly and with heart
humiliation thus think, then hath he good thoughts of his own ways because his thoughts
now agree with the judgment of the Word of God.
Ign. What are good thoughts concerning God?
Chr. Even (as I have said concerning ourselves) when our thoughts of God do
agree with what the Word saith of him; and that is when we think of his being and
attributes as the Word hath taught, of which I cannot now discourse at large. But
to speak of him with reference to us: then we have right thoughts of God when we
think that he knows us better than we know ourselves, and can see sin in us when
and where we can see none in ourselves; when we think he knows our inmost thoughts,
and that our heart with all its depths is always open unto his eyes; also, when we
think that all our righteousness stinks in his nostrils, and that therefore he cannot
abide to see us stand before him in any confidence even of all our best performances.
Ign. Do you think that I am such a fool as to think God can see no further
than I? or that I would come to God in the best of my performances?
Chr. Why, how dost thou think in this matter?
Ign. Why, to be short, I think I must believe in Christ for justification.
Chr. How think thou must believe in Christ, when thou seest not thy need of
him! Thou neither seest thy original nor actual infirmities; but hast such an opinion
of thyself and of what thou doest, as plainly renders thee to be one that did never
see a necessity of Christ's personal righteousness to justify thee before God. How
then dost thou say, "I believe in Christ?"
Ign. I believe well enough for all that.
Chr. How dost thou believe?
Ign. I believe that Christ died for sinners; and that I shall be justified
before God from the curse, through his gracious acceptance of my obedience to his
law; or thus, Christ makes my duties that are religious acceptable to his Father
by virtue of his merits, and so shall I be justified.
Chr. Let me give an answer to this confession of thy faith:
1. Thou believest with a fantastical faith; for this faith is nowhere described in
Ign. What! would you have us trust to what Christ in his own person has done
without us? This conceit would loosen the reins of our lust, and tolerate us to live
as we list; for what matter how we live, if we may be justified by Christ's personal
righteousness from all, when we believe it?
2. Thou believest with a false faith; because it taketh justification from the personal
righteousness of Christ, and applies it to thy own.
3. This faith makes not Christ a justifier of thy person, but of thy actions; and
of thy person for thy actions' sake, which is false.
4. Therefore this faith is deceitful, even such as will leave thee under wrath in
the day of God Almighty; for true justifying faith puts the soul (as sensible of
its lost condition by the law) upon flying for refuge unto Christ's righteousness--which
righteousness of his is not an act of grace by which he makes for justification thy
obedience accepted with God; but his personal obedience to the law in doing and suffering
for us what that required at our hands. This righteousness, I say, true faith accepts;
under the skirt of which, the soul being shrouded, and by it presented as spotless
before God, it is accepted, and acquitted from condemnation.
Chr. IGNORANCE is thy name; and as thy name is, so art thou: even this thy
answer demonstrateth what I say. Ignorant thou art of what justifying righteousness
is; and as ignorant how to secure thy soul, through the faith of it, from the heavy
wrath of God. Yea, thou also art ignorant of the true effects of saving faith in
this righteousness of Christ: which is, to bow and win over the heart to God in Christ,
to love his name, his Word, ways, and people; and not as thou ignorantly imaginest.
Hope. Ask him if ever he had Christ revealed to him from heaven.
Ign. What! you are a man for revelations! I do believe that what both you
and all the rest of you say about that matter is but the fruit of distracted brains.
Hope. Why, man, Christ is so hid in God from the natural apprehensions of
the flesh, that he cannot by any man be savingly known, unless God the Father reveals
him to them.
Ign. That is your faith, but not mine: yet mine, I doubt not, is as good as
yours, though I have not in my head so many whimsies as you.
Chr. Give me leave to put in a word. You ought not so slightly to speak of
this matter; for this I will boldly affirm (even as my good companion hath done),
that no man can know Jesus Christ but by the revelation of the Father; yea, and faith
too, by which the soul lays hold upon Christ (if it be right), must be wrought by
the exceeding greatness of his mighty power;
the working of which faith, I perceive, poor IGNORANCE, thou art ignorant of. Be
awakened, then, see thine own wretchedness, and fly to the Lord Jesus; and by his
righteousness, which is the righteousness of God (for He himself is God), thou shalt
be delivered from condemnation.
~ Matthew 11:27 ~
~ 1 Corinthians 12:3 ~
~ Ephesians 1:18 ~
Ign. You go so fast, I cannot keep pace with you. Do you go on before; I must
stay awhile behind.
Then they said:
"Well, IGNORANCE, Wilt thou yet foolish be,
To slight good counsel ten times given thee?
And if thou yet refuse it, thou shalt know
Ere long the evil of thy doing so.
Remember, man, in time; stoop, do no fear:
Good counsel taken well, saves; therefore hear
But if thou yet shalt slight it, thou wilt be
The loser, IGNORANCE, I'll warrant thee."
Then CHRISTIAN addressed himself thus to his fellow:
Chr. Well, come, my good HOPEFUL; I perceive that thou and I must walk by
So I saw in my dream that they went on apace before, and IGNORANCE he came hobbling
after. Then said CHRISTIAN to his companion, "It pities me much for this poor
man; it will certainly go ill with him at last."
Hope. Alas, there are abundance in our town in his condition: whole families,
yea, whole streets (and that of pilgrims too); and if there be so many in our parts,
how many, think you, must there be in the place where he was born?
Chr. Indeed the Word saith, "He hath blinded their eyes, lest they should
see," etc. But now we are by ourselves, what do you think of such men? Have
they at no time, think you, convictions of sin; and so, consequently, fears that
their state is dangerous?
Hope. Nay, do you answer that question yourself; for you are the elder man.
Chr. Then I say sometimes (as I think) they may; but they, being naturally
ignorant, understand not that such convictions tend to their good; and therefore
they do desperately seek to stifle them, and presumptuously continue to flatter themselves
in the way of their own hearts.
Hope. I do believe as you say, that fear tends much to men's good, and to
make them right, at their beginning, to go on pilgrimage.
Chr. Without all doubt it doth, if it be right; for so says the Word, "The
fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.''
~ Job 28:28 ~
~ Psalm 111:10 ~
~ Proverbs 1:7 ~
~ Proverbs 9:10 ~
Hope. How will you describe right fear?
Chr. True, or right fear, is discovered by three things:
1. By its rise. It is caused by saving convictions for sin.
Hope. Well said; I believe you have said the truth. Are we now almost got
past the Enchanted Ground?
2. It drives the soul to lay fast hold of Christ for salvation.
3. It begets and continues in the soul a great reverence of God, His Word, and ways;
keeping it tender, and making it afraid to turn from them, to the right hand or to
the left; to anything that may dishonour God, break its peace, grieve the Spirit,
or cause the enemy to speak reproachfully.
Chr. Why, are you weary of this discourse?
Hope. No, verily; but that I would know where we are.
Chr. We have not now above two miles farther to go thereon. But let us return
to our matter. Now the ignorant know not that such convictions that tend to put them
in fear are for their good; and therefore they seek to stifle them.
Hope. How do they seek to stifle them?
1. They think that those fears are wrought by the devil (though indeed
they are wrought of God); and thinking so, they resist them, as things that directly
tend to their overthrow.
Hope. I know something of this myself; for before I knew myself, it was so
2. They also think that these fears tend to the spoiling of their faith (when, alas
for them, poor men that they are, they have none at all); and therefore they harden
their hearts against them.
3. They presume they ought not to fear; and therefore, in despite of them, wax presumptuously
4. They see that these fears tend to take away from them their pitiful old self holiness;
and therefore they resist them with all their might.
Chr. Well, we will leave at this time our neighbour IGNORANCE by himself,
and fall upon another profitable question.
Hope. With all my heart; but you shall still begin.
Chr. Well then, did you not know, about ten years ago, one TEMPORARY in your
parts, who was a forward man in religion then?
Hope. Know him? Yes; he dwelt in Graceless, a town about two miles off to
Honesty, and he dwelt next door to one TURNBACK
Chr. Right; he dwelt under the same roof with him. Well, that man was much
awakened once. I believe that then he had some sight of his sins, and of the wages
that was due thereto.
Hope. I am of your mind; for (my house not being above three miles from him)
he would oft times come to me, and that with many tears. Truly, I pitied the man,
and was not altogether without hope of him; but one may see it is not everyone that
cries, "Lord, Lord !"
Chr. He told me once, that he was resolved to go on pilgrimage, as we do now;
but all of a sudden he grew acquainted with one SAVE-SELF, and then he became a stranger
Hope. Now, since we are talking about him, let us a little inquire into the
reason of the sudden backsliding of him and such others.
Chr. I may be very profitable; but do you begin.
Hope. Well, then, there are in my judgment four reasons for it.
1. Though the consciences of such men are awakened, yet their minds are not changed;
therefore, when the power of guilt wears away, that which provoked them to be religious
ceaseth. Wherefore, they naturally turn to their own course again; even as we see
the dog that is sick of what he hath eaten, so long as his sickness prevails, he
vomits and casts up all; not that he doth this of a free mind (if we may say a dog
has a mind), but because it troubles his stomach.; but now, when his sickness is
over, and so his stomach eased, his desires being not at all alienate from his vomit,
he turns him about and licks up all. And so it is true which is written, "The
dog is turned to his own vomit again".
~ 2 Peter 2:22 ~
This, I say, being hot for heaven, by virtue only of the sense and fear of the torments
of hell, as their sense of hell and the fear of damnation chills and cools,--so their
desires for heaven and salvation cool also. So then it comes to pass, that when their
guilt and fear are gone, their desires for heaven and happiness die and they return
to their course again.
2. Another reason is, they have slavish fears that do overmaster them. I speak now
of the fears that they have of men: "For the fear of man brings a snare".
~ Proverbs 29:25 ~
So then, though they seem to be hot for heaven so long as the flames of hell are
about their ears, yet when that terror is a little over, they betake themselves to
second thoughts; namely, that 'tis good to be wise, and not to run (for they know
not what) the hazard of losing all, or at least of bringing themselves into unavoidable
and unnecessary troubles: and so they fall in with the world again.
3. The shame that attends religion lies also as a block in their way. They are proud
and haughty, and religion in their eye is low and contemptible; therefore, when they
have lost their sense of hell and wrath to come, they return again to their former
4. Guilt and to meditate terror are grievous to them; they like not to see their
misery before they come into it. Though perhaps the sight of it first, if they loved
that sight, might make them fly whither the righteous fly and are safe: but because
they do, as I hinted before, even shun the thoughts of guilt and terror; therefore,
when once they are rid of their awakenings about the terrors and wrath of God, they
harden their hearts gladly, and choose such ways as will harden them more and more.
Chr. You are pretty near the business; for the bottom of all is, for want
of a change in their mind and will. And therefore they are but like the felon that
stands before the judge: he quakes and trembles, and seems to repent most heartily.
But the bottom of all is, the fear of the halter, not of any detestation of the offence;
as is evident, because, let but this man have his liberty, and he will be a thief,
and so a rogue still; whereas if his mind was changed he would be otherwise.
Hope. Now I have showed you the reasons of their going back, do you show me
the manner thereof.
Chr. So I will willingly:
1. They draw off their thoughts all that they may from the remembrance of God, death,
and judgment to come.
2. Then they cast off by degrees private duties: as closet prayer, curbing their
lusts, watching, sorrow for sin, and the like.
3. Then they shun the company of lively and warm Christians.
4. After that they grow cold to public duty: as hearing, reading, godly conference,
and the like.
5. Then they begin to pick holes, as we say, in the coats of some of the godly; and
that devilishly, that they may have a seeming colour to throw religion (for the sake
of some infirmity they have spied in them) behind their backs.
6. Then they begin to adhere to, and associate themselves with, carnal, loose, and
7. Then they give way to carnal and wanton discourses in secret; and glad are they
if they can see such things in any that are counted honest, that they may the more
boldly do it through their example.
8. After this they begin to play with little sins openly.
9. And then, being hardened, they show themselves as they are. Thus, being launched
again into the gulf of misery, unless a miracle of grace prevent it, they everlastingly
perish in their own deceivings.
Now I saw in my dream, that, by this time, the pilgrims were got over the Enchanted
Ground, and entering in the country of Beulah,
~ Isaiah 62:4 ~
whose air was very sweet and pleasant; the way lying directly through it, they solaced
themselves there for a season. Yea, here they heard continually the singing of birds
and saw every day the flowers appear in the earth, and heard the voice of the turtle
in the land.
~ Song of Solomon 2:10-12 ~
In this country the sun shines night and day: wherefore this was beyond the Valley
of the Shadow of Death; and also out of the reach of Giant Despair; neither could
they from this place so much as see Doubting Castle. Here they were within sight
of the City they were going to, also here met them some of the inhabitants thereof;
for in this land the Shining Ones commonly walked, because it was upon the borders
of heaven. In this land also the contract between the Bride and the Bridegroom was
renewed; yea, here, "as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so did their
God rejoice over them." Here they had no want of corn and wine; for in this
place they met with abundance of what they had sought for in all the pilgrimage.
Here they heard voices from out of the City, loud voices, saying, "Say ye to
the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him."
Here all the inhabitants of the country called them "The holy people; the redeemed
of the Lord;" "Sought out," etc.
~ Isaiah 62:4-12 ~
Now, as they walked in this land, they had more rejoicing than in parts more remote
from the Kingdom to which they were bound; and drawing near to the City, they had
yet a more perfect view thereof. It was builded of pearls and precious stones, also
the street thereof was paved with gold; so that, by reason of the natural glory of
the City, and the reflection of the sunbeams upon it, CHRISTIAN, with desire, fell
sick; HOPEFUL also had a fit or two of the same disease; wherefore, here they lay
by it awhile, crying out, because of their pangs, "If you see my Beloved, tell
him that I am sick of love."
But being a little strengthened, and better able to bear their sickness, they walked
on their way, and came yet nearer and nearer; where were orchards, vineyards, and
gardens, and their gates opened into the highway. Now, as they came up to these places,
behold the gardener stood in the way, to whom the pilgrims said, "Whose goodly
vineyards and gardens are these?" He answered, "They are the King's; and
are planted here for his own delights, and also for the solace of pilgrims."
So the gardener had them into the vineyards, and bid them refresh themselves with
~ Deuteronomy 23:24 ~
He also showed them there the King's walks, and the arbours where he delighted to
be: and here they tarried and slept.
Now I beheld in my dream that they talked more in their sleep at this time than ever
they did in all their journey; and being in a muse thereabout, the gardener said
even to me, "Wherefore musest thou at the matter? It is the nature of the fruit
of the grapes of these vineyards to go down so sweetly as to cause the lips of them
that are asleep to speak."
So I saw that when they awoke they addressed themselves to go up to the City; but,
as I said, the reflection of the sun upon the City (for the City was pure gold) was
so extremely glorious, that they could not, as yet, with open face behold it, but
through an instrument made for that purpose.
~ Revelation 21:18 ~
~ 2 Corinthians 3:18 ~
So I saw that, as they went on, there met them two men in raiment that shone like
gold, also their faces shone as the light.
These men asked the pilgrims whence they came, and they told them; they also asked
them where they had lodged, what difficulties and dangers, what comforts and pleasures
they had met in the way; and they told them. Then said the men that met them, "You
have but two difficulties more to meet with, and then you are in the City."
CHRISTIAN then, and his companion, asked the men to go along with them; so they told
them they would. "But," said they, "you must obtain it by your own
faith." So I saw in my dream that they went on together till they came in sight
of the gate.
Now I further saw that betwixt them and the gate was a river; but there was no bridge
to go over: the river was very deep. At the sight, therefore, of this river, the
pilgrims were much astounded; but the men that went with them said, "You must
go through, or you cannot come at the gate."
The pilgrims then began to inquire if there was no other way to the gate; to which
they answered, "Yes, but there hath not any, save two, to wit, Enoch and Elijah,
been permitted to tread that path since the foundation of the world, nor shall until
the last trumpet shall sound".
~ 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52 ~
The pilgrims then--especially CHRISTIAN--began to despond in their minds; and looked
this way and that, but no way could be found by them by which they might escape the
river. Then they asked the men if the waters were all of a depth? They said, "No";
yet they could not help them in that case, for said they, "you shall find it
deeper or shallower as you believe in the King of the place."
They then addressed themselves to the water; and entering, CHRISTIAN began to sink.
And crying out to his good friend, HOPEFUL, he said, "I sink in deep waters,
the billows go over my head; all his waves go over me."
Then said the other, "Be of good cheer, my brother; I feel the bottom, and it
is good." Then said CHRISTIAN, "Ah! my friend, the sorrows of death have
compassed me about; I shall not see the land that flows with milk and honey. And
with that a great darkness and horror fell upon CHRISTIAN, so that he could not see
before him; also here he, in great measure, lost his senses, so that he could neither
remember nor orderly talk of any of those sweet refreshments that he had met with
in the way of his pilgrimage. But all the words that he spake still tended to discover
that he had horror of mind, and hearty fears that he should die in that river, and
never obtain entrance in at the gate; here also, as they that stood by perceived,
he was much in the troublesome thoughts of the sins that he had committed, both since
and before he began to be a pilgrim. 'Twas also observed that he was troubled with
apparitions of hobgoblins and evil spirits; for ever and anon he would intimate so
much by words. HOPEFUL, therefore, here had much ado to keep his brother's head above
water; yea, sometimes he would be quite gone down, and then ere awhile he would rise
up again half dead. HOPEFUL also would endeavour to comfort him, saying, "Brother,
I see the gate, and men standing by it to receive us." But CHRISTIAN would answer,
"'Tis you, 'tis you they wait for; you have been hopeful ever since I knew you."
"And so have you," said he to CHRISTIAN. "Ah, brother," said
he, "surely, if I was right, he would now arise to help me; but, for my sins,
he hath brought me into the snare, and hath left me." Then said HOPEFUL, "My
brother, you have quite forgot the text where it is said of the wicked, 'There are
no bands in their death, but their strength is firm; they are not in trouble as other
men, neither are they plagued like other men'.
~ Psalms 73:4, 5 ~
These troubles and distresses that you go through in these waters are no sign that
God hath forsaken you; but are sent to try you, whether you will call to mind that
which heretofore you have received of his goodness, and live upon him in your distresses."
Then I saw in my dream that CHRISTIAN was as in a muse awhile, to whom also HOPEFUL
added this word, "Be of good cheer, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole "; and
with that CHRISTIAN brake out with a loud voice, "Oh, I see him again! and he
tells me, 'When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through
the rivers, they shall not overflow thee'".
~ Isaiah 43:2 ~
Then they both took courage, and the enemy was after that as still as a stone, until
they were gone over. CHRISTIAN therefore presently found ground to stand upon; and
so it followed that the rest of the river was but shallow. Thus they got over. Now
upon the bank of the river, on the other side, they saw the two shining men again
who there waited for them; wherefore, being come up out of the river, they saluted
them, saying, "We are ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for those
that shall be heirs of salvation." Thus they went along towards the gate. Now
you must note that the City stood upon a mighty hill; but the pilgrims went up that
hill with ease, because they had these two men to lead them up by the arms; also
they had left their mortal garments behind them in the river; for though they went
in with them, they came out without them. They therefore went up here with much agility
and speed; though the foundation upon which the City was framed was higher than the
clouds. They therefore went up through the regions of the air, sweetly talking as
they went; being comforted, because they safely got over the river, and had such
glorious companions to attend them.
The talk they had with the Shining Ones was about the glory of the place; who told
them that the beauty and glory of it was inexpressible. "There," said they,
"is the Mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem; the innumerable company of angels;
and the spirits of just men made perfect.
~ Hebrews 12:22-24 ~
You are going now," said they, "to the Paradise of God; wherein you shall
see the tree of life, and eat of the never fading fruits thereof. And when you come
there, you shall have white robes given you; and your walk and talk shall be every
day with the King, even all the days of eternity.
~ Revelation 2:7 ~
~ Revelation 3:4 ~
~ Revelation 21:14 ~
There you shall not see again such things as you saw when you were in the lower region
upon the earth: to wit, sorrow, sickness, affliction, and death; for the former things
are passed away.
~ Isaiah 65:16 ~
You are going now to Abraham, to Isaac, and Jacob, and to the prophets; men that
God hath taken away from the evil to come, and that are now resting upon their beds,
each one walking in his righteousness".
~ Isaiah 57:1, 2 ~
The men then asked, "What must we do in the holy place?" To whom it was
answered: "You must there receive the comfort of all your toil, and have joy
for all your sorrow; you must reap what you have sown, even the fruit of all your
prayers, and tears, and sufferings for the King by the way.
~ Galations 6:7 ~
In that place you must wear crowns of gold, and enjoy the perpetual sight and visions
of the Holy One; for there you shall see him as he is.
~ 1 John 3:2 ~
There, also, you shall serve him continually with praise, with shouting, and thanksgiving;
whom you desired to serve in the world, though with much difficulty, because of the
infirmity of your flesh. There your eyes shall be delighted with seeing, and your
ears with hearing the pleasant voice of, the mighty One. There you shall enjoy your
friends again, that are got thither before you; and there you shall with joy receive
even every one that follows into the holy place after you. There, also, you shall
be clothed with glory and majesty, and put into an equipage fit to ride out with
the King of Glory. When he shall come with sound of trumpet in the clouds, as upon
the wings of the wind, you shall come with him; and when he shall sit upon the Throne
of Judgment, you shall sit by him; yea, and when he shall pass sentence upon all
the workers of iniquity, let them be angels or men, you also shall have a voice in
that Judgment, because they were his and your enemies. Also, when he shall again
return to the City, you shall go too, with sound of trumpet, and be ever with him."
~ 1 Thessalonians 4:13-16 ~
~ Jude 14 ~
~ Daniel 7:9, 10 ~
~ 1 Corinthians 6:2, 3 ~
Now, while they were thus drawing towards the gate, behold a company of the heavenly
host came out to meet them; to whom it was said, by the other two Shining Ones, "These
are the men that have loved our Lord when they were in the world, and that have left
all for his holy Name; and he hath sent us to fetch them, and we have brought them
thus far on their desired journey, that they may go in and look their Redeemer in
the face with joy." Then the heavenly host gave a great shout, saying, "Blessed
are they that are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb".
~ Revelation 19:9 ~
There came out also at this time, to meet them, several of the King's trumpeters,
clothed in white and shining raiment; who, with melodious noises, and loud, made
even the heavens to echo with their sound. These trumpeters saluted CHRISTIAN and
his fellow with ten thousand welcomes, from the world: and this they did with shouting
and sound of trumpet.
This done, they compassed them round on every side: some went before, some behind,
and some on the right hand, some on the left (as 'twere to guide them through the
upper regions); continually sounding as they went, with melodious noise, in notes
on high; so that the very sight was, to them that could behold it, as if heaven itself
was come down to meet them. Thus, therefore, they walked on together; and as they
walked, ever and anon these trumpeters, even, with joyful sound, would, by mixing
their music with looks and gestures, still signify to CHRISTIAN and his brother how
welcome they were into their company, and with what gladness they came to meet them.
And now were these two men, as 't were, in heaven, before they came at it; being
swallowed up with the sight of angels, and with hearing of their melodious notes.
Here also they had the City itself in view; and they thought they heard all the bells
therein to ring, to welcome them thereto; but, above all, the warm and joyful thoughts
that they had about their own dwelling there, with such company, and that for ever
and ever. Oh, by what tongue or pen can their glorious joy be expressed! And thus
they came up to the gate.
Now when they were come up to the gate, there was written over it, in letters of
gold, "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to
the tree of life and may enter in through the gates into the City".
~ Revelation 22:14 ~
Then I saw in my dream, that the shining men bid them call at the gate, the which
when they did, some from above looked over the gate: to wit, Enoch, Moses, and Elijah;
to whom it was said, "These pilgrims are come from the city of Destruction,
for the love that they bear to the King of this place." And then the pilgrims
gave in unto them each man his certificate, which they had received in the beginning;
those, therefore were carried in to the King, who, when he had read them, said "Where
are the men?" To whom it was answered, "They are standing without the gate."
The King then commanded to open the gate, "That the righteous nation,"
said he, "that keeps truth, may enter in".
~ Isaiah 26:2 ~
Now I saw in my dream, that these two men went in at the gate; and lo, as they entered,
they were transfigured; and they had raiment put on that shone like gold. There were
also those that met them with harps and crowns, and gave them to them; the harps
to praise withal, and the crowns in token of honour. Then I heard in my dream, that
all the bells in the City rang again for joy; and that it was said unto them, "Enter
ye into the joy of your Lord." I also heard the men themselves, that they sang
with a loud voice, saying, "Blessing, honour, glory, and power, be to him that
sitteth upon the throne, and to the Lamb for ever and ever".
~ Revelation 5:13, 14 ~
Now, just as the gates were opened to let in the men, I looked in after them: and
behold, the City shone like the sun: the streets also were paved with gold; and in
them walked many men, with crowns on their heads, palms in their hands, and golden
harps to sing praises withal.
There were also of them that had wings; and they answered one another without intermission,
saying, "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord!" And after that they shut up the
gates, which when I had seen, I wished myself among them.
Now, while I was gazing upon all these things, I turned my head to look back, and
saw IGNORANCE come up to the river side; but he soon got over, and that without half
the difficulty which the other two men met with. For it happened that there was then
in that place one VAIN-HOPE, a ferryman, that with his boat helped him over: so he,
as the other I saw, did ascend the hill to come up to the gate; only he came alone,
neither did any man meet him with the least encouragement. When he was come up to
the gate, he looked upon the writing that was above, and then began to knock, supposing
that entrance should have been quickly administered to him; but he was asked by the
men that looked over the top of the gate, "Whence came you? and what would you
have?" He answered, "I have ate and drank in the presence of the King,
and he has taught in our streets." Then they asked him for his certificate,
that they might go in and show it to the King. So he fumbled in his bosom for one,
and found none. Then said they, "Have you none?" But the man answered never
a word. So they told the King; but he would not come down to see him, but commanded
the two Shining Ones that conducted CHRISTIAN and HOPEFUL to the City, to go out,
and take IGNORANCE, and bind him hand and foot, and have him away. Then they took
him up, and carried him through the air to the door that I saw in the side of the
hill, and put him in there. Then I saw that there was a way to hell, even from the
gates of heaven, as well as from the city of Destruction. So I awoke, and behold
it was a dream!
Now, reader, I have told my dream to thee;
See if thou canst interpret it to me,
Or to thyself, or neighbour: but take heed
Of misinterpreting; for that, instead
Of doing good, will but thyself abuse:
By misinterpreting evil ensues.
Take heed also that thou be not extreme
In playing with the outside of my dream;
Nor let my figure, or similitude,
Put thee into a laughter or a feud.
Leave this for boys and fools; but as for thee,
Do thou the substance of my matter see.
Put by the curtains, look within my veil
Turn up my metaphors, and do not fail
There, if thou seekest them, such things to find
As will be helpful to an honest mind.
What of my dross thou findest there, be bold
To throw away; but yet preserve the gold.
What if my gold be wrapped up in ore?
None throws away the apple for the core.
But if thou shalt cast all away as vain
I know not but 'twill make me dream again.
THE AUTHOR'S APOLOGY FOR HIS BOOK
WHEN at the first I took my pen in hand
Thus for to write, I did not understand
That I at all should make a little book
In such a mode: nay, I had undertook
To make another, which when almost done,
Before I was aware, I this begun.
And thus it was: I, writing of the way
And race of saints in this our gospel day,
Fell suddenly into an allegory
About their journey and the way to glory,
In more than twenty things, which I set down.
This done, I twenty more had in my crown;
And they again began to multiply,
Like sparks that from the coals of fire do fly.
Nay, then, thought I, if that you breed so fast,
I'll put you by yourselves, lest you at last
Should prove ad infinitum, and eat out
The book that I already am about.
Well, so I did: but yet I did not think
To show to all the world my pen and ink
In such a mode; I only thought to make I knew not what.
Nor did I undertake
Thereby to please my neighbour--no, not I!
I did it mine own self to gratify.
Neither did I but vacant seasons spend
In this my scribble; nor did I intend
But to divert myself in doing this,
From worser thoughts, which make me do amiss.
Thus I set pen to paper with delight,
And quickly had my thoughts in black and white,
For having now my method by the end,
Still as I pulled, it came; and so I penned
It down; until it came at last to be,
For length and breadth, the size which you see.
Well, when I had thus put my ends together,
I showed them others, that I might see whether
They would condemn them, or them justify:
And some said, "Let them live";some, "Let them die";
Some said, "John, print it"; others said, "Not so";
Some said, "It might do good"; others said, "No."
Now was I in a strait, and did not see
Which was the best thing to be done by me:
At last I thought, "Since you are thus divided:
I print it will"; and so the case decided:
"For," thought I, "some, I see, would have it done,
Though others in that channel do not run."
To prove then who advised for the best,
Thus I thought fit to put it to the test.
I further thought: if now I did deny
Those that would have it thus to gratify,
I did not know but hinder them I might
Of that which would to them be great delight.
For those which were not for its coming forth,
I said to them, "Offend you I am loth;
Yet, since your brethren pleased with it be,
Forbear to judge, till you do further see.
If that thou will not read, let it alone:
Some love the meat; some love to pick the bone."
Yea, that I might them better moderate,
I did too with them thus expostulate:
"May I not write in such a style as this;
In such a method too; and yet not miss
My end--thy good? Why may it not be done?
Dark clouds bring waters, when the bright bring none.
Yea, dark or bright, if they their silver drops
Cause to descend, the earth, by yielding crops
Gives praise to both, and carps not at either;
But treasures up the fruit they yield together:
Yea, so mixes both, that in her fruit
None can distinguish this from that: they suit
Her well when hungry: but if she be full,
She spews out both, and makes their blessings null.
You see the ways the fisherman doth take
To catch the fish: what devices doth he make!
Behold how he engages all his wits;
Also his snares, lines, angles, hooks, and nets:
Yet fish there be that neither hook nor line,
Nor snare, nor net, nor device, can make thine;
They must be groped for, and be tickled too,
Or they will not be caught whate'er you do.
How doth the fowler seek to catch his game
By divers means, all which one cannot name!
His gun, his nets, his lime twigs, light, and bell:
He creeps, he goes, he stands; yea, who can tell
Of all his postures? Yet there's none of these
Will make him master of what fowls he please.
Yea, he must pipe and whistle to catch this;
Yet if he does so, that bird he will miss.
If that a pearl may in a toad's head dwell,
And may be found too in an oyster shell;
If things that promise nothing do contain
What better is than gold; who will disdain
That have an inkling of it, there to look,
That they may find it? Now my little book
(Though void of all those paintings that may make
It with this or the other man to take),
Is not without those things that do excel
What do in brave but empty notions dwell."
"Well, yet I am not fully satisfied
That this your book will stand when soundly tried."
"Why, what's the matter?" "It is dark." "What though?"
"But it is feigned." "What of that?" I trow
Some men by feigned words as dark as mine
Make truth to spangle, and its rays to shine."
"But they want solidness." "Speak, man, thy mind."
"They'd drown the weak; metaphors make us blind."
Solidity, indeed, becomes the pen
Of him that writes things Divine to men;
But must I needs want solidness because
By metaphors I speak? Were not God's laws,
His gospel laws, in olden time held forth
By types, shadows, and metaphors? Yet loth
Will any sober man be to find fault
With them, lest he be found for to assault
The highest wisdom. No, he rather stoops,
And seeks to find out what by pins and loops,
By calves and sheep, by heifers and by rams,
By birds and herbs, and by the blood of lambs,
God speaks to him; and happy is he
That finds the light and grace that in them be.
Be not too forward, therefore, to conclude
That I want solidness--that I am rude.
All things solid in show, not solid be:
All things in parables despise not we;
Lest things most harmful lightly we receive,
And things that good are of our souls bereave.
My dark and cloudy words they do but hold
The truth, as cabinets enclose the gold.
The prophets used much by metaphors
To set forth truth; yea, whoso considers
Christ, his apostles too, shall plainly see
That truths to this day in such mantles be.
Am I afraid to say that Holy Writ,
Which for its style and phrase puts down all wit,
Is everywhere so full of all these things--
Dark figures; allegories; yet there springs
From that same book, that lustre, and those rays
Of light that turn our darkest nights todays?
Come, let my carper to his life now look,
And find there darker lines than in my book
He finds any; yea, and let him know
That in his best things there are worse lines too.
May we but stand before impartial men,
To his poor one I dare adventure ten,
That they will take my meaning in these lines
Far better than his lies in silver shrines.
Come: Truth, although in swaddling clouts,
I find Informs the judgment; rectifies the mind;
Pleases the understanding; makes the will
Submit: the memory too it doth fill
With what doth our imaginations please;
Likewise it tends our troubles to appease.
Sound words, I know, Timothy is to use,
And old wives' fables he is to refuse;
But yet grave Paul, he nowhere did forbid
The use of parables, in which lay hid
That gold, those pearls, and precious stones that were
Worth digging for, and that with greatest care.
Let me add one word more: O man of God,
Art thou offended? Dost thou wish I had
Put forth my matter in another dress?
Or that I had in things been more express?
Three things let me propound, then I submit
To those that are my betters, as is fit.
1. I find not that I am denied the use
Of this my method, so I no abuse
Put on the words, things, readers; or be rude
In handling figure or similitude
In application: but, all that I may,
Seek the advance of truth, this or that way.
Denied, did I say? Nay, I have leave--
(Examples too and that from them that have
God better pleased by their words or ways
Than any man that breathes now-a-days)--
Thus to express my mind, thus to declare
Things unto thee, that excellentest are.
2. I find that men (as high as trees) will write
Dialogue wise; yet no man doth them slight
For writing so: indeed, if they abuse
Truth, cursed be they and the craft they use
To that intent; but yet let truth be free
To make her sallies upon thee and me
Which way it pleases God: for who knows how
Better than he that taught us first to plough,
To guide our minds and pens for his design
And he makes base things usher in divine.
3. I find that Holy Writ in many places
Hath semblance with this method, where the cases
Do call for one thing to set forth another.
Use it I may then, and yet nothing smother
Truth's golden beams; nay, by this method may
Make it cast forth its rays as light as day.
And now, before I do put up my pen,
I'll show the profit of my book, and then
Commit both thee and it unto that hand
That pulls the strong down, and makes weak ones stand.
This book it chalks out before thine eyes,
The man that seeks the everlasting prize:
It shows you whence he comes, whither he goes,
What he leaves undone; also what he does:
It also shows you how he runs, and runs
Till he unto the gate of glory comes.
It shows too who set out for life amain,
As if the lasting crown they would attain:
Here also you may see the reason why
They lose their labour, and like fools do die.
This book will make a traveller of thee,
If by its counsel thou wilt ruled be;
It will direct thee to the Holy Land,
If thou wilt its directions understand:
Yea, it will make the slothful active be;
The blind also delightful things to see.
Art thou for something rare and profitable?
Wouldst thou see a truth within a fable?
Art thou forgetful? Wouldst thou remember
From New Year's day to the last of December?
Then read my fancies; they will stick like burrs
And may be, to the helpless, comforters.
This book is writ in such a dialect,
As may the minds of listless men affect:
It seems a novelty, and yet contains
Nothing but sound and honest gospel strains.
Wouldst thou divert thyself from melancholy,
Wouldst thou be pleasant, yet be far from folly?
Wouldst thou read riddles, and their explanation
Or else be drowned in thy contemplation?
Dost thou love picking meat? Or wouldst thou see
A man in the clouds, and hear him speak to thee?
Wouldst thou be in a dream, and yet not sleep?
Or wouldst thou in a moment laugh and weep?
Wouldst thou lose thyself and catch no harm?
And find thyself again without a charm?
Wouldst read thyself, and read thou know'st not what,
And yet know whether thou are blest or not,
By reading the same lines? Oh then, come hither,
And lay my book, thy head, and heart together.