o 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."
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
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?
Nay, do you answer that question yourself; for you are the elder man.
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.
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.
Without all doubt it doth, if it be right; for so says the Word,
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.''
- "And unto man he said, Behold,
the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil
is understanding." Job
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good
understanding have all they that do his commandments: his
praise endureth for ever." Psalm
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but
fools despise wisdom and instruction." Proverbs
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and
the knowledge of the holy is understanding." Proverbs
How will you describe right fear?
True, or right fear, is discovered by three things:
- 1. By its rise. It is caused by saving convictions
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.
Well said; I believe you have said the truth. Are we now almost got past
the Enchanted Ground?
Why, are you weary of this discourse?
No, verily; but that I would know where we are.
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
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.
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 confident.
4. They see that these fears tend to take away from them their
pitiful old self holiness; and therefore they resist them with all
I know something of this myself; for before I knew myself, it was so
we will leave at this time our neighbour IGNORANCE by himself, and
fall upon another profitable question.
With all my heart; but you shall still begin.
Well then, did you not know, about ten years ago, one TEMPORARY in your
parts, who was a forward man in religion then?
Know him? Yes; he dwelt in Graceless, a town about two miles off to
Honesty, and he dwelt next door to one TURNBACK
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.
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 !"
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 to me.
Now, since we are talking about him, let us a little inquire into the
reason of the sudden backsliding of him and such others.
I may be very profitable; but do you begin.
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".
- "But it is happened unto
them 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
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".
- "The fear of man bringeth a
snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be
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 course.
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.
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.
Now I have showed you the reasons of their going back, do you show me
the manner thereof.
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 wanton men.
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.
The Country of Beulah
ow I saw in my
dream, that, by this time, the pilgrims were got over the Enchanted
Ground, and entering in the country of Beulah,
- "Thou shalt no more be termed
Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but
thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD
delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married." Isaiah
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.
- "My beloved spake, and said
unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the
winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear
on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and
the voice of the turtle is heard in our 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.
- "Thou shalt no more be termed
Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but
thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD
delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. For as a
young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee:
and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so
shall thy God rejoice over thee. I have set watchmen upon thy walls,
O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor
night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,
And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem
a praise in the earth. The LORD hath sworn by his right hand, and by
the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn to
be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall
not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast laboured: But they that
have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the LORD; and they that
have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my
Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people;
cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a
standard for the people. Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the
end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy
salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his
work before him. And they shall call them, The holy people, The
redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city
not forsaken." 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 dainties.
- "When thou comest into thy
neighbour's vineyard, then thou mayest eat grapes thy fill at thine
own pleasure; but thou shalt not put any in thy vessel."
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
- "And the building of the wall
of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like
unto clear glass." Revelation
"But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory
of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even
as by the Spirit of the Lord." 2
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.
The Last Difficulties
hese 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
- "Behold, I shew you a mystery;
We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in
the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall
sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be
changed." 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'.
- "For 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
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'".
- "When thou passest through the
waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they
shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou
shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee."
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.
he 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.
- "But ye are come unto mount
Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,
and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and
church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the
Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to
Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of
sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of
Abel." 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.
- "He that hath an ear, let him
hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh
will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the
paradise of God." Revelation 2:7
"Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled
their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are
worthy." Revelation 3:4
"And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them
the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb." Revelation
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.
"That he who blesseth himself in
the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth
in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former
troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes." Isaiah
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".
- "The righteous perisheth, and
no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken
away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the
evil to come. He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in
their beds, each one walking in his uprightness."
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.
- "Be not deceived; God is not
mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Galatians
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.
- "Beloved, now are we the sons
of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know
that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we 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."
- "But I would not have you to
be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye
sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe
that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in
Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word
of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the
coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the
Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice
of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ
shall rise first:" 1 Thessalonians
"And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these,
saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his
saints" Jude 14
"I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of
days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair
of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery
flame, and his wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream
issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered
unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the
judgment was set, and the books were opened." Daniel
"Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if
the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the
smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much
more things that pertain to this life? 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
- "And he saith unto me, Write,
Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of
the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of
God." 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".
- "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
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".
- "Open ye the gates, that the
righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in."
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".
- "And every creature which is
in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in
the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and
honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon
the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts
said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and
worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever." Revelation
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.
Ignorance Comes to His End
ow, 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!
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
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.
End of Part One