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THE FIRST STAGE
 AS I walked through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain
place where was a den, 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?"
In this plight, therefore, he went home, and restrained himself as long as
he could, that his wife and children should not perceive his
dis-  tress; 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?"
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, and I
find that I am not willing to do the first, nor able to
do the second."
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. 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."
I FEAR THAT THIS BURDEN
THAT IS UPON MY BACK WILL SINK ME LOWER THAN THE GRAVE
 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?" The man said, "No." Then said the other,
"Do you see yonder shining light?" 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! So he looked not behind him, but
fled towards the middle of the plain.
THE MAN PUT HIS FINGERS
IN HIS EARS, AND RAN ON CRYING, LIFE! LIFE! ETERNAL LIFE!
The neighbors 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. 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."
What, said Obstinate, and leave our friends and
our comforts behind us!
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, 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.
 OBSTINATE: What are the things you seek, since you leave all the world
to find them?
CHRISTIAN: I seek an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that
fadeth not away, and it is laid up in heaven, and safe
there, to be bestowed, at the time appointed, on them
that diligently seek it. Read it so, if you will, in my book.
OBSTINATE: Tush, said Obstinate, away with your book; will you go
back with us or no?
CHRISTIAN: No, not I, said the other, because I have laid my hand
to the plough.
OBSTINATE: 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.
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 neighbor.
OBSTINATE: 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 be wise.
CHRISTIAN: 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.
PLIABLE: 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?
CHRISTIAN: 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.
PLIABLE: Come then, good neighbor, let us be going. Then they
went both together.
OBSTINATE: 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 discourse.
CHRISTIAN: 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.
PLIABLE: 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.
CHRISTIAN: 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.
PLIABLE: And do you think that the words of your book are certainly true?
CHRISTIAN: Yes, verily; for it was made by Him that cannot lie.
PLIABLE: Well said; what things are they?
CHRISTIAN: There is an endless kingdom to be inhabited, and
everlasting life to be given us, that we may inhabit that kingdom
PLIABLE: Well said; and what else?
CHRISTIAN: There are crowns of glory to be given us; and garments
that will make us shine like the sun in the firmament of
PLIABLE: This is very pleasant; and what else?
CHRISTIAN: There shall be no more crying, nor
sor-  row; for he that
is owner of the place will wipe all tears from our
PLIABLE: And what company shall we have there?
CHRISTIAN: There we shall be with seraphims and
cherubims, 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, there we shall see the holy virgins with their
golden harps, 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, all well, and
clothed with immortality as with a garment.
PLIABLE: 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?
CHRISTIAN: The Lord, the governor of the country, hath recorded that
in this book, the
substance of which is, if we be truly willing to have it, he will
bestow it upon us freely.
PLIABLE: Well, my good companion, glad am I to hear of these things:
come on, let us mend our pace.
CHRISTIAN: I cannot go as fast as I would, by reason of this burden
that is on my back.
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.
THE NAME OF THE
SLOUGH WAS DESPOND
PLIABLE: Then said Pliable, Ah, neighbor Christian, where are you now?
CHRISTIAN: Truly, said Christian, I do not know.
PLIABLE: 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.
CHRISTIAN: 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?
CHRISTIAN: 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, 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. 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."
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 again did mock at his
cowardliness, saying, "Surely, since you began to venture, I
would not have been so base as to have given out for a few
difficulties:" so Pliable sat sneaking among them. But at last
he got more confidence, and then they all turned their tales,
and began to deride poor Christian behind his back. And thus
much concerning Pliable.
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.
Now as Christian was walking solitary by himself, he espied 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. Wordly 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)—Mr. 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.
MR. WORLDLY WISEMAN: How now, good fellow, whither away after
this burdened manner?
CHRISTIAN: A burdened manner indeed, as ever I think poor
creature had! And whereas you ask 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 burden.
MR. WORLDLY WISEMAN: Hast thou a wife and children?
CHRISTIAN: 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.
MR. WORLDLY WISEMAN: Wilt thou hearken to me, if I give thee counsel?
CHRISTIAN: If it be good, I will; for I stand in need of good counsel.
MR. WORLDLY WISEMAN: 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 blessings which God hath bestowed upon thee till then.
CHRISTIAN: 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.
MR. WORLDLY WISEMAN: Who bid thee go this way to be rid of thy burden?
CHRISTIAN: A man that appeared to me to be a very great and
honorable person: his name, as I remember, is Evangelist.
MR. WORLDLY WISEMAN: I beshrew him for his counsel! there is not a
more dangerous and troublesome way in the world than is that into
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
is upon thee: but that slough is the beginning of the sorrows
that do attend those that go on in that way. Hear me; I am older
than thou: thou art like 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 should a man so carelessly cast away
himself, by giving heed to a stranger?
CHRISTIAN: Why, sir, this burden on 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.
MR. WORLDLY WISEMAN: How camest thou by thy burden at first?
CHRISTIAN: By reading this book in my hand.
MR. WORLDLY WISEMAN: 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 have done thee, but they
run them upon desperate ventures, to obtain they know not what.
CHRISTIAN: I know what I would obtain; it is ease from my heavy burden.
MR. WORLDLY WISEMAN: 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.
CHRISTIAN: Sir, I pray open this secret to me.
MR. WORLDLY WISEMAN: 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 is 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 to his son, whose name is Civility, that
can do it (to speak on) 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
not wish thee,) thou mayest send for thy wife and children to
this village, where there are houses now standing empty, one of
which thou mayest have at a reasonable rate: provision is there
also cheap and good; and that which will make thy life the more
happy is, to be sure there thou shalt live by honest neighbors,
in credit and good fashion.
Now was Christian somewhat at a stand; but presently he concluded,
If this be true which this gentleman hath said, my wisest course
is to take his advice: and with that he thus farther spake.
CHRISTIAN: Sir, which is my way to this honest man's house?
MR. WORLDLY WISEMAN: Do you see yonder high hill?
CHRISTIAN: Yes, very well.
MR. WORLDLY WISEMAN: By that hill you must go, and the first house
you come at 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 that side of it that was next the way-side
did hang so much over, that Christian was afraid to venture further,
lest the hill should fall on his head; wherefore there he stood
still, and wotted 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 burnt: here therefore he
did sweat and quake for fear. 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
EVANGELIST: What doest 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 farther,
Art not thou the man that I found crying without the walls of
the city of Destruction?
CHRISTIAN: Yes, dear sir, I am the man.
EVANGELIST: Did not I direct thee the way to the little wicket-gate?
CHRISTIAN: Yes, dear sir, said Christian.
 EVANGELIST: How is it then thou art so quickly turned aside?
For thou art now out of the way.
CHRISTIAN: 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.
EVANGELIST: What was he?
CHRISTIAN: 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.
EVANGELIST: What said that gentleman to you?
CHRISTIAN: Why, he asked me whither I was going; and I told him.
EVANGELIST: And what said he then?
CHRISTIAN: He asked me if I had a family; and I told him. But, said
I, I am so laden with the burden that is on my back, that I cannot
take pleasure in them as formerly.
EVANGELIST: And what said he then?
CHRISTIAN: He bid 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 farther 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; which way, said he, will direct you to a gentleman's
house that hath 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.
EVANGELIST: Then said Evangelist, Stand still a little, that I 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 not we escape,
if we turn away from Him that speaketh 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." 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 feet 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 blasphemies shall be forgiven
unto men." "Be not faithless, but
believing." Then did Christian again a little revive,
and stood up trembling, as at first, before Evangelist.
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 savoreth only the doctrine of this
world, (therefore he always goes to the town of Morality
to church;) and partly because he loveth that doctrine best, for it
saveth him best from the cross, and because he is of this
carnal temper, therefore he seeketh 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 laboring to render the cross odious to thee.
3 And his setting thy feet in that way that leadeth unto the
administration of death.
First, Thou must abhor his 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 straight gate," the
gate to which I send thee; "for strait is the gate that leadeth
unto life, and few there be that find it." 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 laboring to render the cross odious
unto thee; for thou art to prefer it before the treasures of
Egypt. 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, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also,
he cannot be his
disciple. I say,
therefore, for a man to labor 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
He to whom thou wast sent for ease, being by name Legality, is the
son of the bond-woman which now is, and is in bondage with her
children, 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
this noise that thou hast heard of these sottish men, but a 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, which made
the hair of his flesh stand up. The words were pronounced: "As many as
are of the works of the law, are under the curse; for it is written,
Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written
in the book of the law to do them."
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 the prevalency with
him so far as to cause him to forsake the right way. This done, he applied
himself again to Evangelist in words and sense as follows.
CHRISTIAN: 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?
EVANGELIST: 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."