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Which, if but touched will such Musick make,
They'll make a Cripple dance, a Giant quake.

These Riddles that lie couch’t within thy breast,
Freely propound, expound: and for the rest
Of thy mysterious lines, let them remain
For those whose nimble Fancies shall them gain.



Now may this little Book a blessing be,
To those that love this little Book and me;
And may its buyer have no cause to say,
His money is but lost or thrown away:
Yea may this Second Pilgrim yield that Fruit
As may with each good Pilgrim's fancie suit;

may it perswade some that go astray,
To turn their Foot and Heart to the right way.

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Courteous Companions, some-time since, to tell you my Dream that I had of Christian the Pilgrim, and of his dangerous Journey toward the Cælestial Country, was pleasant to me, and profitable to you. I told you then also what I saw concerning his Wife and Children, and how unwilling they were to go with him on Pilgrimage; insomuch that he was forced to go on his Progress without them, for he durst not run the danger of that destruction which he feared

would come by staying with them, in the City of Destruction. 10 Wherefore as I then shewed you, he left them and departed.

Now it hath so happened, thorough the Multiplicity of Business, that I have been much hindred and kept back from my wonted Travels into those Parts whence he went, and so could not till now obtain an opportunity to make further enquiry after whom he left behind, that I might give you an account of them. But having had some concerns that way of late, I went down again thitherward. Now having taken up my Lodgings in a Wood about a mile off the place, as I slept I dreamed again.

And as I was in my Dream, behold, an aged Gentleman came by where I lay; and because he was to go some part of the way that I was travelling, methought I got up and



went with him. So as we walked, and as Travellers usually do, I was as if we fell into discourse, and our talk happened to be about Christian and his Travels : For thus I began with the old man.

Sir, said I, what Town is that there below, that lieth on the left hand of our way?

Then said Mr. Sagacity, for that was his name, It is the City of Destruction, a populous place, but possessed with a very ill conditioned and idle sort of People.

I thought that was that City, quoth I, I went once myself 10 through that Town, and therefore know that this report you give of it, is true.

SAG. Too true, I wish I could speak truth in speaking better of them that dwell therein.

Well Sir, quoth I, then I perceive you to be a well meaning man: and so one that takes pleasure to hear and tell of that which is good; pray did you never hear what happened to a man some time ago in this Town (whose name was Christian) that went on Pilgrimage up towards the higher Regions ?

Sag. Hear of him! Ay, and I also heard of the Molesta- 20 tions, Troubles, Wars, Captivities, Cries, Groans, Frights and Fears that he met with, and had in his Journey. Besides, I must tell you, all our Country rings of him ; there are but few Houses that have heard of him and his doings, but have sought after and got the Records of his Pilgrimage; yea, I think

I may say, that that his hazardous Journey, has got a many Christians well-wishers to his ways. For though when he was here,

he was Fool in every man's mouth, yet now he is gone, he is spoken of when gone: highly commended of all. For, 'tis said he lives bravely Fools while where he is : yea many of them, that are resolved never to 30

run his hazards, yet have their mouths water at his gains.

They may, quoth I, well think, if they think any thing that is true, that he liveth well where be is, for he now lives at and in the Fountain of Life, and has what he has without labour and sorrow, for there is no grief mixed therewith.

SAG. Talk! The people talk strangely about him. Some say, that he now walks in White, that he has a Chain of Gold about his Neck, that he has a Crown of Gold, beset with

are tuell

they are here.

Rev. 3. 4.


Pearls, upon his head. Others say that the shining ones that Chap. 6. II. sometimes shewed themselves to him in his Journey, are become his Companions, and that he is as familiar with them in the place where he is, as here one Neighbor is with another. Besides 'tis confidently affirmed concerning him, that the King of the place where he is, has bestowed upon him already a very rich and pleasant Dwelling at Court, and that he every Zec. 3. 7. day eateth and drinketh, and walketh, and talketh with him, and Luke 14. 15.

receiveth of the smiles and favours of him that is Judge of all 10 there. Moreover, it is expected of some that his Prince, the

Lord of that Country, will shortly come into these parts, and will know the reason, if they can give any, why his Neighbors set so little by him, and had him so much in derision when Jude 14, 15. they perceived that he would be a Pilgrim.

For they say, that now he is so in the affections of his Christian's Prince, and that his Soveraign is so much concerned with the Indignities that were cast upon Christian when he became a Pilgrim, that he will look upon all as if done unto himself; Luke 1o. 16.

and no marvel, for 'twas for the love that he had to his 20 Prince, that he ventured as he did.

I dare say, quoth I, I am glad on it; I am glad for the poor man's sake, for that now he has rest from his labour, and for that Rev. 14. 13. be now reapeth the benefit of his Tears with Joy: and for that he Ps. 136. 5, 6. bas got beyond the Gun-shot of his Enemies, and is out of the reach of them that hate him. I also am glad for that a rumour of these things is noised abroad in this country. Who can tell but that it

may work some good effect on some that are left behind? But, pray Sir, while it is fresh in my mind, do you hear anything of bis Wife and Children ? poor hearts, I wonder in my mind what

King will take Chris tian's part.

30 they do!


SAG. Who! Christiana, and her Sons! They are like to do Good Tid. as well as did Christian himself, for though they all play'd the interneta Fool at the first, and would by no means be perswaded by White and either the tears or the entreaties of Christian, yet second thoughts have wrought wonderfully with them; so they have packt up and are also gone after him.

Better and better, quoth 1. But what! Wife and Children and all ?


you that are churis to

SAG. 'Tis true, I can give you an account of the matter, for I was upon the spot at the instant, and was thoroughly acquainted with the whole affair.

Then, said I, a man it seems may report it for a truth?

SAG. You need not fear to affirm it, I mean that they are all gone on Pilgrimage, both the good Woman and her four Boys. And being we are, as I perceive, going some considerable way together, I will give you an account of the whole of the matter.

This Christiana (for that was her name from the day that 10

she with her Children betook themselves to a Pilgrim's life,) I part, page after her Husband was gone over the River, and she could

hear of him no more, her thoughts began to work in her mind. First, for that she had lost her Husband, and for that the loving bond of that Relation was utterly broken betwixt them. For you know, said he to me, nature can do no less but entertain the living with many a heavy Cogitation in the

remembrance of the loss of loving Relations. This therefore Mark this of her Husband did cost her many a Tear. But this was not

all, for Christiana did also begin to consider with herself, 20 your prodly whether her unbecoming behaviour towards her Husband,

was not one cause that she saw him no more, and that in such sort he was taken away from her. And upon this, came into her mind by swarms, all her unkind, unnatural, and ungodly Carriages to her dear Friend: which also clogged her Conscience, and did load her with guilt. She was moreover much broken with calling to remembrance the restless Groans, brinish Tears and self-bemoanings of her Husband, and how she did harden her heart against all his entreaties, and loving perswasions (of her and her Sons) to go with him, yea, there 30 was not any thing that Christian either said to her, or did before her, all the while that his burden did hang on his back, but it returned upon her like a flash of lightning, and rent

the Caul of her Heart in sunder. Specially that bitter outI part, page cry of his, What shall I do to be saved, did ring in her ears

most dolefully.

Then said she to her Children, Sons, we are all undone. I have sinned away your Father, and he is gone; he would

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