Written by: Bunyan, John Posted on: 03/31/2003
Category: Classic Christian Library
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Derby and Miller.
Geo. H. Derby and Co.
THAT WHICH IS TO COME;
DELIVERED UNDER THE SIMILTUDE OF A DREAM.
BY JOHN BUNYAN.
Author's Apology for his Book
THE FIRST STAGE. - Christian's deplorable condition - Evangelist directs
him - Obstinate and Pliable - Slough of Despond - Worldly Wiseman -
Mount Sinai - Conversation with Evangelist
THE SECOND STAGE. - The Gate - conversation with Good-Will - the
Interpreter's House - Christian entertained - the sights there shown him
THE THIRD STAGE. - Loses his burden at the Cross - Simple, Sloth,
Presumption, Formalist, Hypocrisy - hill Difficulty - the Arbor - misses
his roll - the palace Beautiful - the lions - talk with Discretion,
Piety, Prudence, and Charity - wonders shown to Christian - he is armed
THE FOURTH STAGE. - Valley of Humiliation - conflict with Apollyon -
Valley of the Shadow of Death - Giants Pope and Pagan
THE FIFTH STAGE. - Discourse with Faithful - Talkative and Faithful -
THE SIXTH STAGE. - Evangelist overtakes Christian and Faithful - Vanity
Fair - the Pilgrims brought to trial - Faithful's martyrdom
THE SEVENTH STAGE. - Christian and Hopeful - By-ends and his companions
- plain of Ease - Lucre-hill - Demas - the River of Life - Vain-
Confidence - Giant Despair - the Pilgrims beaten - the Dungeon - the Key
THE EIGHTH STAGE. - The Delectable Mountains - entertained by the
Shepherds - a by-way to Hell
THE NINTH STAGE. - Christian and Hopeful meet Ignorance - Turn-away -
Little-Faith - the Flatterer - the net - chastised by a Shining One -
Atheist - Enchanted Ground - Hopeful's account of his conversion -
discourse of Christian and Ignorance
THE TENTH STAGE. - Talk of Christian and Hopeful - Temporary - the
backslider - the land of Beulah - Christian and Hopeful pass the River -
welcome to the Celestial city
Conclusion of Part First
Author's Apology for the Second Part
Pilgrimage of Christiana and her children
THE FIRST STAGE. - Christiana and Mercy - Slough of Despond - knocking
at the gate - the Dog - talk between the Pilgrims
THE SECOND STAGE. - The Devil's garden - two ill-favored ones assault
them - the Reliever - entertainment at the Interpreter's house - the
Significant Rooms - Christiana and Mercy's experience
THE THIRD STAGE. - Accompanied by Great-Heart - the Cross - justified by
Christ - Sloth and his companions hung - the hill Difficulty - the Arbor
THE FOURTH STAGE. - The Lions - Giant Grim slain by Great-Heart - the
Pilgrims entertained - the children catechized by Prudence - Mr. Brisk
- Matthew sick - the remedy - sights shown the Pilgrims
THE FIFTH STAGE. - Valley of Humiliation - Valley of the Shadow of Death
- Giant Maul slain
THE SIXTH STAGE. - Discourse with Old Honest - character and history of
Mr. Fearing - Mr. Self-will and some professors - Gaius' house -
conversation - the supper - Old Honest and Great-Heart's riddles and
discourse - Giant Slay-good killed - Mr. Feeble-mind's history - Mr.
Ready-to-halt - Vanity Fair - Mr. Mnason's house - cheering
entertainment and converse - a Monster
THE SEVENTH STAGE. - Hill Lucre - River of Life - Giant Despair killed -
the Delectable Mountains - entertainment by the Shepherds
THE EIGHTH STAGE. - Valiant-for-Truth's-Victory - his talk with Great-
Heart - the Enchanted Ground - Heedless and Too-bold - Mr. Stand-fast -
Madam Bubble's temptations - the land of Beulah - Christiana summoned -
her parting addresses - she passes the River - she is followed by Ready-
to-halt, Feeble-mind, Despondency and his daughter, Honest, Valiant,
THE AUTHOR'S APOLOGY
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, 1 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 neighbor; no, not I;
I did it my 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 pull'd, it came; and so I penned
It down; until it came at last to be,
For length and breadth, the bigness which you see.
Well, when I had thus put mine ends together
I show'd 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 ye 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 loath;
Yet since your brethren pleased with it be,
Forbear to judge, till you do further see.
If that thou wilt not read, let it alone;
Some love the meat, some love to pick the bone.
Yea, that I might them better palliate,
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 carpeth not at either,
But treasures up the fruit they yield together;
Yea, so commixes both, that in their 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 blessing null.
You see the ways the fisherman doth take
To catch the fish; what engines doth he make!
Behold how he engageth 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 engine can make thine:
They must be groped for, and be tickled too,
Or they will not be catch'd, whate'er you do.
How does the fowler seek to catch his game
By divers means! all which one cannot name.
His guns, 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 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 2 of it, there to look,
That they may find it. Now my little book,
(Though void of all these 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 drown the weak; metaphors make us blind."
Solidity, indeed, becomes the pen
Of him that writeth 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 speaketh to him; and happy is he
That finds the light and grace that in them be.
But 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 parable despise not we,
Lest things most hurtful 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 inclose the gold.
The prophets used much by metaphors
To set forth truth: yea, who so 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 to days.
Come, let my carper to his life now look,
And find there darker lines than in my book
He findeth 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 durst adventure ten,
That they will take my meaning in these lines
Far better than his lies in silver shrines.
Come, truth, although in swaddling-clothes, 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 imagination 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 him nowhere doth 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,
(Example too, and that from them that have
God better pleased, by their words or ways,
Than any man that breatheth 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 designs?
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 chalketh 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 obtain;
Here also you may see the reason why
They lose their labor, and like fools do die.
This book will make a traveler 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?
Or would'st thou see a truth within a fable?
Art thou forgetful? Wouldest thou remember
From New-Year's day to the last of December?
Then read my fancies; they will stick like burs,
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.
Would'st thou divert thyself from melancholy?
Would'st thou be pleasant, yet be far from folly?
Would'st thou read riddles, and their explanation?
Or else be drowned in thy contemplation?
Dost thou love picking meat? Or would'st thou see
A man i' the clouds, and hear him speak to thee?
Would'st thou be in a dream, and yet not sleep?
Or would'st thou in a moment laugh and weep?
Would'st thou lose thyself and catch no harm,
And find thyself again without a charm?
Would'st read thyself, and read thou know'st not what,
And yet know whether thou art blest or not,
By reading the same lines? O then come hither,
And lay my book, thy head, and heart together.
THE FIRST STAGE.
As I walked through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain
place where was a den, 3 and 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. Isa 64:6;
Luke 14:33; Psalm 38:4. 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?" Acts 2:37; 16:30; Habak 1:2,3.
In this plight, therefore, he went home, and restrained 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 lieth hard upon me; moreover, I am
certainly informed that this our city will be burnt 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 carriage 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
shall 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
he 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, Heb. 9:27; and I
find that I am not willing to do the first, Job 10: 21,22, nor able to
do the second." Ezek. 22:14.
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. Isa. 30:33. And Sir, if I be not fit to go
to prison, I am not fit 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 whither to go." Then he gave
him a parchment roll, and there was written within, "Fly from the wrath
to come." Matt. 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?" Matt.
7:13,14. The man said, "No." Then said the other, "Do you see yonder
shining light?" Psalm 119:105; 2 Pet. 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 shalt do." So I saw in my dream that the
man began to run. Now he had not run far from his own door when 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! Luke 14:26. So he looked not behind him, Gen. 19:17,
but fled towards the middle of the plain.
The neighbors also came out to see him run, Jer. 20:10; 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. The name of the one was Obstinate and the name of the
other Pliable. Now by this time the man was got 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, "Neighbors,
wherefore are you come?" They said, "To persuade you to go back with
us." But he said, "That can by no means be: you dwell," said he, "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
neighbors, and go along with me."
OBST. What, said Obstinate, and leave our friends and our comforts
CHR. Yes, said Christian, (for that was his name,) because that all
which you forsake is not worthy to be compared with a little of that I
am seeking to enjoy, 2 Cor. 4:18; 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. Luke 15:17. Come away, and prove my words.
OBST. What are the things you seek, since you leave all the world to
CHR. I seek an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not
away, 1 Peter 1:4; and it is laid up in heaven, and safe there, Heb.
11:16, to be bestowed, at the time appointed, on them that diligently
seek it. Read it so, if you will, in my book.
OBST. Tush, said Obstinate, away with your book; will you go back with
us or no?
CHR. No, not I, said the other, because I have laid my hand to the
plough. Luke 9:62.
OBST. Come then, neighbor 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.
PLI. 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 neighbor.
OBST. What, more fools still! Be ruled by me, and go back; who knows
whither such a brain-sick fellow will lead you? Go back, go back, and
CHR. Nay, but do thou come with thy neighbor 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. Heb. 9: 17-21.
PLI. Well, neighbor 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
PLI. Come then, good neighbor, let us be going. Then they went both
OBST. And I will go back to my place, said Obstinate: I will be no
companion of such misled, fantastical fellows.
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
CHR. Come, neighbor 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, neighbor Christian, since there are none but us two here,
tell me now farther, 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. Tit. 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. Isa. 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. 2 Tim. 4:8;
Rev. 22:5; Matt. 13:43.
PLI. This 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. Isa. 25:8; Rev 7:16, 17;
PLI. And what company shall we have there?
CHR. There we shall be with seraphims and cherubims, Isaiah 6:2; 1
Thess. 4:16,17; Rev. 5:11; creatures that will dazzle your eyes to
look on them. There also you shall meet with thousands and ten
thousands that have gone before us to that place; none of them are
hurtful, but loving and holy; every one 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, Rev. 4:4; there we shall
see the holy virgins with their golden harps, Rev. 14:1-5; there we
shall see men, that by the world were cut in pieces, burnt in flames,
eaten of beasts, drowned in the seas, for the love they bare to the Lord
of the place, John 12:25; all well, and clothed with immortality as with
a garment. 2 Cor. 5:2.
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 that in this
book, Isaiah 55:1,2; John 6:37; 7:37; Rev. 21:6; 22:17; the substance
of which is, if we be truly willing to have it, he will bestow it upon
PLI. Well, my good companion, glad am I to hear of these things: come
on, let us mend our pace.
CHR. I cannot go as fast as I would, by reason of this burden that is on
Now I saw in my dream, that just as they had ended this talk, they drew
nigh 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, neighbor Christian, where are you now?
CHR. Truly, said Christian, I do not know.
PLI. At this Pliable began to be offended, and angrily said to his
fellow, Is this the happiness you have told me all this while of? If we
have such ill speed at our first setting out, what may we expect between
this and our journey's end? May I get out again with my life, you shall
possess the brave country alone for me. 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 endeavored to struggle to that side of the slough that was
farthest from his own house, and next to the wicket-gate; the 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 bid 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 not you 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 thine hand: so he gave him his hand, and he
drew him out, Psalm 40:2, and he set him upon sound ground, and bid him
go on his way.
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 arise 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. Isa. 35:3,4. His laborers also have, by the direction of his
Majesty's surveyors, been for above this sixteen hundred years employed
about this patch of ground, if perhaps it might have been mended: yea,
and to my knowledge," said he, "there have been swallowed up at least
twenty thousand cart loads, yea, millions of wholesome instructions,
that have at all seasons 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 even through the very midst of this slough;
but at such time as this place doth much 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 are once got in at the gate." 1 Sam. 12:23.
Now I saw in my dream, that by this time Pliable was got home to his
house. So his neighbors came to visit him; and some of them called him
wise man for coming back, and some called him fool for hazarding himself
with Christian: others agai
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