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from a child, and have always Dr. Sm. I perceive that you known you to be a modest, sober are somewhat discomposed; and youth, and never addicted to any I would advise you to banish all disreputable practices.
such tho'ghts as occasioned your Sen. But I have heard that the late distress, and avoid every thing law of the king requires us to which is likely to suggest them. love him with all our hearts, and Endeavor to divert your mind.our neighbors as ourselves; and For if you dwell on these gioomy this without any interruption, up- subjects, you will be in danger of on pain of his eternal displeasure ; falling into a settled melaucholy, which I fear I have not done. and perhaps derangement of mind,
Dr. Sm. That was the law giv- which would be a dreadful calamen to man before the fall. The ity. Resort to some barmless aking then required perfect obed- musement. Frequent the compaience, upon pain of his eternal ny of your young friends. Take displeasure. But since we have
an innocent hand at cards, or en. become fallen, imperfect creat- gage in the sprightly dance, or ures, he has placed us under a go to the theatre. And when you milder law, better suited to our cannot avail yourself of these, circumstances. If we lead a so- read some diverting book, such as ber, regular life, go constantly to a novel or a play, to prevent the church, are honest in our deal- recurrence of gloomy thoughts. ings, kind to the poor, and do not These means are admirably calfall into any violent, out-breaking cnlated to prevent, or remove sins, we have no reason to fear but such distress of mind as yours.-that he will accept us. It is true And if these things will not afford that we may be guilty of some lit
you relief, and restore your
formtle sins, some venial ones, (as who er tranquility, I know not wbat is there, that is without some ?) will. but the king knows that these are Sen. I feel greatly obliged to infirmities which are incident to
your kind instruction our fallen nature; and as our good and advice. I have always been deeds so far overbalance these, particularly fond of these innocent the king will certainly bestow up- amusements, as most of the young on us a rich reward.
people in our city are.
I feel my Sen. You give me great comfort, mind greatly relieved already ; sir. I thank you for your whole. and hope that by attending to some instruction, and shall en- your directions, I shall soon redeavor to profit by it. Bat I feel gain my wonted tranquility and that my fears have very much dis- cheerfulness. turbed my mind; what shall I do Then I saw that Sensitive took to regain that composure which I his leave with a cheerful air, and have lost?
returned to his house, wellsetic":
you, sir, for
with himself, and with his minis- when I have remonstrated against ter, and no longer entertained any your conduct, in the most decided thoughts of leaving the city. terms. Consider how many times
After this, I turned to see what you have promised to amend was become of the other young your life, and have broken your man who had been alarmed at the promises; how often you have preaching of Evangelist. And I resolved to go on pilgrimage, and soon perceived that he had reach- bave acted contrary to those resed his house, and was retired to olutions. his room, to reflect upon
his Sin. All that you say is true. I present circumstances, anil the am, indeed, in great danger. great danger to which he was ex- What shall I do? I fear the king posed. I had observed that he will not accept me now, although did not appear to be so much I should leave the city, and go on moved, at first, as Sensitive had pilgrimage. If I remain here, I been ; but I now saw that what shall perish ; if I leave the city, he had heard had taken a strong I shall perish. Ah me! who can hold of his mind, and that he was endure the wrath of the king ?-walking bis room, absorbed in Oh that I had never been bord. deep thought. Upon this, one Con. Remember, also, how foolnamed Conscience came in, and ishly you have spent your time ; addressed himn with a stern air. how many precious moments you
Con. All that Evangelist said have wasted in vain and criminal concerning you is true.
amusements ; how often
baye Sincere. I know it is, and I have drunk deep of the streams of sensno longer any doubt that our city ual pleasure, not only contrary to will, sooner or later, be destroyed my advice, but on purpose to get and that if I remain in it, I shall rid of my unwelcome company. perish in its ruins.
Sin. Oh the precious moments Con. I have often told you the that I have murdered. The resame thinge ; and have often re. coilection of each plants a dagger proved you for your stupid and in my bosom. What a fool have I careless life.
been, to trifle, as I bave done, Sin. You have, indeed ; but I pon the brink of eternal burnhave slighted your admonitions, ings! I cannot bear to hold my and have been unwilling to listen finger in the candle for one minto your voice.
ute; how then can i bear the torCon. You have so ; and you ments of the pit, through the deserve now to perish with the ci- countless ages of eternity! Oh! ty. Look back also on your past that word--Eternity! How it lise. Consider how many acts of rings in my ears! Could I hope rebellion against the king you that the torments of the pit would have committed ; and that, too, ever have an end, the anticipa
The King must seni 222 The Pilgrim's Progress in the nineteenth Century. tion of thein would be less intoler- the king himself that has given able! But who can dwell with the you this view of your danger, and devouring fire ? Who can inhab. excited these desires to escape it; it everlasting burnings ?
and where the king has begun a Then I saw that Sincere was in good work in any, he will carry great agony of mind; and although it on. he threw himseif upon his bed,
Sin. But I have heard that it is he found no rest, but spent the necessary for me to repent of my night in meditating terror, and sins, to enter in at the wicket looking frequently for the pit to gate, and go on pilgrimage ; and open beneath him ; and swallow I fear I have not that repentance And it'he feil into a mo
which is unto lite. mentary slumber, he would pres. Doct. S. Do you not desire to ently start, and scream as if the repent ? And are you not greatly fiends of the pit were alreadly seiz- distressed to think of the folly and ing him for their prey.
In the wickedness of your past life? morning he rose, and attempted Sin. I am, indeed, greatly disto ailend to some business; but tressed, to think that I have, by his mind 1:13 SO disturbed with my own folly and wickedness, exthe thongs of his present situa- posed myself to the wrath of the tion, that he found it impossible. King; and I think I do sincerely Io the afternoon, he resolved to desire to have that repentance go to his minister, Doctor Sooth- which is necessary to my being ing, for he belonged to his parish) delivered from the punishment to ani obtain bis instructions and di- which I am exposed. rections about setting out on pil
Dr. S. “ He that desires to regrimage, as he was determined to pent dves it already in some measset out without any more delay.-- ure.” And it must needs be very Accordingly he went to the house pleasing to the King 'to see you of Doctor Soothing, who received ihus distressed, and grieving that him with great kindness, and in- you have offended him. quired in the tenderest manner Sin. Your words are full of conwhat was the cause of his distress. solation, sir. And I think myself
Sincere. It is the fear, sir, of happy in having the privilege of the wrath of the King, that makes your instructions.
But I underme tremble.
I see myself expoz. stand sir, that I must leave the city, ed to fall into the burning pit; and go on pilgrimage, if I wouid while I remain in this city. And secure the favor of the King. I fear it is too late for me to es. Dr. S. You
must ultimately cape. Do, sir, tell me if there is leave the city, and go on pilgrimany hope that I may yet escape age; but you cannot go yet. You from the wrath to come.
must wait the King's time. No Doct. Soothing. There is every
one can enter the gate which is ground of hope that can be wish. at the head of the way, by an act ed. If the king has given you a
of his owo. desire to escape, it is an evidence a messenger to carry you through that he intends to gratify that de- the gate. You must isait, there. sire. It gives me sincere pleas- fore, the good pleasure of the ure to see you
anxious for King. All that you can do is, to your safety, because I consider it reform your life, to use the meang an indication that the king has de- of obtaining the King's favor, and signs of mercy towards you. It is to remain in the city until he shall
see fit to send his messenger to thy of all acceptation, that the carry you through the gate. But Prince Immanuel came into the if you faithfully persevere in the world to save sinners. Only comuse of means, and in this way do ply with the prescribed conditions what you can, antecedentiy to and you may be delivered. passing the gate, there is no fear T'h. What are the conditions but that the King will accomplish which I must perform ? all the rest.
Ev. You must cordially justify Sin. What are the means which the King, and condemn yourself. I must use to obtain the King's You must remember your own favor ?
evil ways, and your doings that Dr. S. You must pray to him, have not been good, and loathe go constantly to church, read good yourself in your own sigbt, tor books, and lead a strictly moral your iniquities and for your abomlife.
inations. You must approve of Sin. Is it certain, that if I use the method which the king has these means, I shall obtain his fa- provided of bestowing pardon upvor ?
on his rebellious subjects, through Dr. S. Yes for he said, “ Ask, the atoning blood of the Prince and ye shall receive; seek and ye Immanuel. In short, you must shall find, knock and it shall be o enter the gate, and walk in the pened unto you."
narrow way that leads to life. Then I observed that Sincere Th. I am convinced that the appeared to be greatly relieved King is right, and that his sentence from his distress ; and though his of condemnation upon me is just; countenance still had the appear- for I have done nothing but reance of deep thoughtfulness, it bel against him all the days of iny was evident that the conversation life. But I find that it is one thing of Dr. Soothing had kindied a to be convinced of this in my conhope, resolved to pursue the science, and another thing to apcourse pointed out to him by prove of it in my heart. I find his minisier, and to be very dil. my heart wholly opposed to the igent in it, that he might not fail King, and to his law and governof success.
ment; and chiefly because he conUpon this, I turned my attention demns me. If I could only be asagain towards the gate,
sured that he intends to show fæEvangelist engaged in conversa vor to me, I think I could love tion with a man, whose counte. him ; but while he condemns me, nance indicated a sedate, but deep- I cannot. ly anxious mind.
So I drew near; Ev. That is you could love and listened to their discourse.- a sin-pardoning King, but not a Then said Evangelist to the man, sin-punishing King. And yet, the whose name was Thoughtful. King will pardon some, and punish
Ev. What is the cause of your others. And he does perfectly distress ?
right in both ; and you ought to Th. I see that I am, indeed, a love him for doing right. sinner, and that I am exposed to Th. I know I ought; but I do the wrath of the King.
pot; and this is my misery. For Ev. You are, no doubt, a great- if I could only persuade myself er sinner than you are sensible of that the King is unjust, it would and are justly condemned; but be some support to me. I think this is a faithful saying, and wor. I could bear up under the infliction
of an unjust sentence; but, to be So saying, I beheld him enter condemned by a just sentence, and the Wicket Gate, with a composed to have no excuse, nor palliation countenance; and Goodwill said of my conduct; to have no room unto him, “ Whosoever will save to complain of the King ; to have his life shall lose it; but whosoevmy own conscience condemn me; er will lose his life for my sake, that is what I cannot bear. Under the same shall save it.” And, obthis, I feel my spirits wholly sink. serving in his hand a book which Ob! what shall I do ?
Evangelist had given him, he said, Ev. Submit yourself to the “ Search the scriptures; for in King. He has determined to par- them ve think ye bave eternal don some, for the glory of his life, and they are they which tes. grace; and he has determined to tify of me.” “ All scripture is punish others according to their given by inspiration of God, and deserts, for the glory of his jus- is profitable for doctrine, foi re. tice. You know not which he proof, for correction, for instruc. has determined respecting you.-- tion in righteousness, that the man But you know that his glory is of of God may be perfect, thoroughly more importance than your per- furnished unto all good works.” sonal interests. Give up yourself Then, having bid, bim to call at into his hands, to be disposed of the house of the Interpreter, as he shall see best. Why should where he should be more fully you wish the King to sacrifice his instructed in the King's statutes. glory to secure your personal in- he dismissed him to go on his terests? His glory is of more in- way, saying, “ Take heed that no portance than the interest of any man deceive you." creature; and he does right in so he went on his wav,
still making it his supreme object : keeping his book in bis hand, and and in disposing of every creature sometimes reading therein, and in that way which will best pro- sometimes talking to himself, of mote it.
the glorious character of the King Th. I know he does right in and of the might of his terrible preferring his glory to my happi- acts. And presently I heard him ness. I know I deserve 10 perish sing : forever. I know that I am alto 66 The Lord is God ; 'tis he alone gether unrea-onable and wicked
Doth life, and breath, and being give ; in preferring my happiness to the
We are his works, and not our own ; glory of the King. Oh! what a
The sheep that on his pastures live. vile creature I am! How glorious and excellent is the King, even in
His truth and justice I'll proclaim : the execution of his threateninga !
His bounty flows an endless stream : I deserve to be cast off, and if he
His mercy swift, bis anger slow, does cast me off, he will be glo
But dreadful to the stubborn foe. rious in it, and I think I can praise His works with sovereign glory shine, him for it. How glorious is his And speak his majesty divine ; mercy ! how glorious is his justice! Let every realm with joy proclaim I will praise him for both. I will
The sound and honor of his name." submit. I will put myself into his hands. 6 And if he thus say, I have no delight in thee; behold here am I, let him do to me as seemeth
" A Sermon” and “ Restraints on degood unto him."
pravity" are received.