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INTERPRETER. Tarry till I shall show thee one thing more, and then thou shalt go on thy way.So He took Christian by the hand again, and led him into a chamber, where there was one rising out of bed; and as he put on his raiment, he shook and trembled. Then said Christian, Why doth this man thus tremble? The Interpreter then bid him tell to Christian the reason of his so doing. So he began and said, This night, as I was in my sleep, I dreamed, and behold the heavens grew exceeding black; also it thundered and lightened in most fearful wise, that it put me into an agony; so I looked up in my dream, and saw the clouds rack at an unusual rate, upon which I heard a great sound of a trumpet, and saw also a man sit upon a cloud, attended with the thousands of Heaven; they were all in flaming fire: also the heavens were in a burning flame. I heard then a voice saying, “Arise, ye dead, and come to judgment”; and with that the rocks rent, the graves opened, and the dead that were therein came forth. Some of them were exceeding glad, and looked upward; and some sought to hide themselves under the mountains.59Then I saw the man that sat upon the cloud open the book, and bid the world draw near. Yet there was, by reason of a fierce flame 591 Cor. 15:52; 1Thess. 4:16; Jude 14; John 5:28, 29; 2Thess. 1:7, 8; Rev. 20:11–14; Isa. 26:21; Micah 7:16, 17; Psa. 95:1–3; Dan. 7:1037EvangelistFindethChristianUnderMountSinaiwhich issued out and came from before him, a convenient distance betwixt him and them, as betwixt the judge and the prisoners at the bar.60 I heard it also proclaimed to them that attended on the man that sat on the cloud, “Gather togeth-er the tares, the chaff, and stubble, and cast them into the burning lake”61 And with that, the bottomless pit opened, just whereabouts I stood; out of the mouth of which there came, in an abundant manner, smoke and coals of fire, with hideous noises. It was also said to the same persons, “Gath-er My wheat into the garner”.62 And with that I saw many catched up and carried away into the clouds, but I was left behind.63 I also sought to hide myself, but I could not, for the man that sat upon the cloud still kept his eye upon me: my sins also came into my mind; and my conscience did ac-cuse me on every side.64 Upon this I awaked from my sleep.CHRISTIAN. But what was it that made you so afraid of this sight?MAN. Why, I thought that the day of judgment was come, and that I was not ready for it: but this frighted me most, that the angels gathered up several, and left me be-hind; also the pit of hell opened her mouth just where I stood. My conscience, too, afflicted me; and, as I thought, the Judge had always his eye upon me, showing indignation in his countenance.Then said the Interpreter to Christian, Hast thou con-sidered all these things?CHRISTIAN. Yes, and they put me in hope and fear.INTERPRETER. Well, keep all things so in thy mind that 60Mal. 3:2, 3; Dan. 7:9, 1061Matt. 3:12; 13:30; Mal. 4:162Luke 3:17631Thess. 4:16, 1764Rom. 2:14, 1538ThePilgrim’sProgressthey may be as a goad in thy sides, to prick thee forward in the way thou must go. Then Christian began to gird up his loins, and to address himself to his journey. Then said the Interpreter, The Comforter be always with thee, good Christian, to guide thee in the way that leads to the City. So Christian went on his way, saying—“Here I have seen things rare and profitable;Things pleasant, dreadful, things to make me stableIn what I have begun to take in hand;Then let me think on them, and understandWherefore they showed me were, and let me beThankful, O good Interpreter, to thee.”39PROCEEDSTOTHECROSSNow I saw in my dream, that the highway up which Chris-tian was to go, was fenced on either side with a wall, and that wall was called Salvation.65 Up this way, therefore, did burdened Christian run, but not without great difficulty, be-cause of the load on his back.He ran thus till he came to a place somewhat ascend-ing, and upon that place stood a cross, and a little below, in the bottom, a sepulchre. So I saw in my dream, that just as Christian came up with the cross, his burden loosed from off his shoulders, and fell from off his back, and began to tumble, and so continued to do, till it came to the mouth of the sepulchre, where it fell in, and I saw it no more.Then was Christian glad and lightsome, and said, with a merry heart, “He hath given me rest by His sorrow, and life by His death.” Then he stood still awhile to look and wonder; for it was very surprising to him, that the sight of the cross should thus ease him of his burden. He looked, therefore, and looked again, even till the springs that were in his head sent the waters down his checks.66 Now, as he stood looking and weeping, behold three Shining Ones came to him and saluted him with “Peace be to thee.” So the first 65Isa. 26:166Zech. 12:1040ThePilgrim’sProgresssaid to him, “Thy sins be forgiven thee:67 the second stripped him of his rags, and clothed him “with change of raiment”;68the third also set a mark in his forehead, and gave him a roll with a seal upon it, which he bade him look on as he ran, and that he should give it in at the Celestial Gate (Eph. 1:13). So they went their way. Then Christian gave three leaps for joy, and went on singing—Thus far I did come laden with my sin;Nor could aught ease the grief that I was inTill I came hither: What a place is this!Must here be the beginning of my bliss?Must here the burden fall from off my backMust here the strings that bound it to me crack?Blest cross! blest sepulchre! blest rather beThe man that there was put to shame for me