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folded up a parchment, written within and without, that no man could read but they themselves, and it was called the Earnest of the Inheritance and they were bidden to keep it in their bosoms, and never let it go,
for that it would be a great solace and joy to them in all the way of their voyage, even to the end. So with hearts full of thankfulness and love, they hastened down to the Harbor, to get all things in readiness for their departure. They found that by orders from the King a great supply of everything requisite for the continuation of their voyage was waiting their order, so that they had only to say the word, and everything was accomplished. Nothing was wanting
They were overjoyed at all this, and it seemed as if now there were no more troubles by sea or by land, between them and glory, but a certain and smooth passage thither. And, indeed, that had come about spoken of by the Prophet, that before they called, God answered them, and even while they were speaking, the blessing was with them."
But the Master of the Harbor, who was a very sage and venerable person, and of great experience, gave them some grave warnings in the midst of all their joy, and bade them beware of self-exaltation, for that they did not know what enemies within, as 39 Eph. i. 14.
40 Isa. lxv. 24.
well as without, they might yet have to encounter. He told them they must call to remembrance what it was that happened to Peter and John even after they came down from the Mount of Transfiguration. Be not high-minded, but fear, 42 said he; a contrite mind is the safest, and though present comforts and delights are precious indeed when God sends them, yet the soul that can follow the Lord contentedly without them is in a sweet and humble frame, that is very safe and exceedingly desirable. Moreover, the Lord is very near to such a soul, and communes with it, but the proud he knoweth afar off.43
And now were all hands active for again setting sail, and they went to work with great joyfulness, for the hope that maketh not ashamed animated them, because the love of God was shed abroad in their hearts by the Holy Spirit that was given them."
41 Luke ix. 46.
42 Rom. xi. 20.
43 Psa. cxxxviii. 6. 44 Rom. v. 5.
A CONFLICT WITH THE GREAT PIRATE, AND HOW TO
Now it happened that as they were all busy, getting in their water and provisions, there was a fellow named Pride, who came under the disguise of one of the King's Stevedores, and took hold along with the crew, to help them in their labors. He seemed to be an active, zealous workman, ready for anything, whether to carry coals, hew wood, or draw water. He had tried before to get in with the crew, in his own proper character, but could not succeed, and now resorted to this stratagem, for he was a secret spy and soldier in the service of Beelzebub, the Prince of the Devils. So he made himself very humble and very busy, and just as the ship was getting in her last supplies, and was all ready for sailing, he came on board with a wheelbarrow of packages for the ship's use, and instead of returning, slunk unperceived away to a dark place in the forecastle, to hide himself till the ship should be under weigh, and then stand his chance for holding on in the voyage, though there was no name under which he was down in the Ship’s manifest.
Well, for some time he kept quiet, but at length managed to get the key of one of their sea-chests, where he found a whole suit of seamen's clothes, even to a tarpaulin, and having rigged himself in this toggery, he made his appearance in the first dirty weather they encountered after leaving the harbor, and pulled at the ropes, and reefed sails, with the rest of them. They were too busy to take much note of the man, or even to see at first that he was a stranger, though Contrition and Sincere looked hard at him, and made up their minds to speak about him to Peter and John. But as the weather began to be rough and uncomfortable, they had much to occupy them; and what had never been known before, there began to be a spirit of discontent at the squalls and wet weather they were encountering; for the fellow Pride had a way of whispering and muttering, so peculiar that it was like ventriloquism, and what he said seemed to come from the heart and belly of the person to whom he said it, so that there began to be heart-burnings and hard thoughts, where before there had been nothing but sweet peace, content and patience.
Now all this was not for nothing, as the event proved. One night, while all the rest of the crew were sleeping, and the watch were looking astern, across the sea, this fellow, Pride, contrived to hoist a lantern signal with a blue light, which he had conveyed on board for that very purpose, and by which he was to communicate with his Master, whom he knew to be on the watch in those regions. For the devil is a great and cunning Pirate, who watches for ships richly laden; and the seas about the Island and Harbor of the Communion of Saints are a favorite cruising-ground for his privateers. So the fellow, Pride, who knew his Master to be somewhere thereabouts, kept up the signal as long as he dared, and then managed to haul it down again without discovery. The night was very dark, but the light could be seen so much the farther for the darkness.
The very next day there hove in sight a black, doubtful-looking craft, bearing down upon them, and as she neared, and got close enough for hailing, up went the black flag of Beelzebub, and the Master stood upon the quarter deck, and in a voice that roared through his trumpet like thunder, called upon the Captain of the King's ship in the name of his Infernal Majesty, to surrender at discretion, for that he was Master of those seas.
Then Peter stood forth and answered for his King,