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I saw, moreover, in my dream, that the Interpreter took him by the hand, and had him into a little room, where sat two little children, each one in his chair. The name of the elder was Passion, and the name of the other Patience. Passion seemed to be much discontented; but Patience was very quiet. Then Christian asked, What is the reason of the discontent of Passion? The Interpreter answered, The Gov-ernor of them would have him stay for his best things till the beginning of the next year; but he will have all now; but patience is willing to wait.Then I saw that one came to Passion, and brought him a bag of treasure, and poured it down at his feet, the which he took up and rejoiced therein, and withal laughed Patience to 49Rom. 7:6; 1 Cor. 15:56; Rom. 5:2050John 15:3; Eph. 5:26; Acts 15:9; Rom. 16:25, 26; John 15:1331EvangelistFindethChristianUnderMountSinaiscorn. But I beheld but a while, and he had lavished all away, and had nothing left him but rags.CHRISTIAN. Then said Christian to the Interpreter, Ex-pound this matter more fully to me.INTERPRETER. So He said, These two lads are figures: Passion, of the men of this world; and Patience, of the men of that which is to come; for, as here thou seest, Passion will have all now this year, that is to say, in this world; so are the men of this world: they must have all their good things now, they cannot stay till next year, that is, until the next world, for their portion of good. That proverb, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush,” is of more authority with them than are all the Divine testimonies of the good of the world to come. But as thou sawest that he had quickly lavished all away, and had presently left him nothing but rags; so will it be with all such men at the end of this world.CHRISTIAN. Then said Christian, Now I see that Pa-tience has the best wisdom, and that upon many accounts. First, Because he stays for the best things. Second, And also because he will have the glory of his, when the other has nothing but rags.INTERPRETER. Nay, you may add another, to wit, the glory of the next world will never wear out; but these are suddenly gone. Therefore Passion had not so much reason to laugh at Patience, because he had his good things first, as Patience will have to laugh at Passion, because he had his best things last; for first must give place to last, because last must have his time to come; but last gives place to nothing; for there is not another to succeed. He, therefore, that hath his portion first, must needs have a time to spend it; but he that hath his portion last, must have it lastingly; therefore it is said of Dives, “Thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good 32ThePilgrim’sProgressthings, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is com-forted, and thou art tormented”.51CHRISTIAN. Then I perceive it is not best to covet things that are now, but to wait for things to come.INTERPRETER. You say the truth: “For the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal”.52 But though this be so, yet since things present, and our fleshly appetite, are such near neighbours one to an-other; and again, because things to come, and carnal sense, are such strangers one to another; therefore it is that the first of these so suddenly fall into amity, and that distance is so continued between the second. Then I saw in my dream that the Interpreter took Christian by the hand, and led him into a place where was a fire burning against a wall, and one standing by it, always casting much water upon it, to quench it; yet did the fire burn higher and hotter.Then said Christian, What means this?The Interpreter answered, This fire is the work of grace that is wrought in the heart; he that casts water upon it, to extinguish and put it out, is the Devil; but in that thou seest the fire notwithstanding burn higher and hotter, thou shalt also see the reason of that. So he had him about to the backside of the wall, where be saw a man with a vessel of oil in his hand, of the which He did also continually cast, but secretly, into the fire.Then said Christian, What means this?The Interpreter answered, This is Christ, who contin-ually, with the oil of his grace, maintains the work already begun in the heart: by the means of which, notwithstanding what the devil can do, the souls of His people prove gracious 51Luke 16:25522 Cor. 4:1833EvangelistFindethChristianUnderMountSinaistill.53 And in that thou sawest that the man stood behind the wall to maintain the fire, that is to teach thee that it is hard for the tempted to see how this work of grace is main-tained in the so