Trivium Pursuit

Part 8 Pilgrim’s Progress — Simple, Sloth, and Presumption

Part 8 — Simple, Sloth, and Presumption by John Bunyan audio

Simple, Sloth, and Presumption by John Bunyan read-along text

Then I saw in my dream, that Christian went on thus, until he came to a valley, where he saw, a little out of the way — three men fast asleep, with fetters upon their legs. The name of the one was Simple, the next Sloth, and the third Presumption.

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Then Christian seeing them fast asleep, went to them, if perhaps he might awaken them, and cried, “You are like those who sleep on the top of a mast, for the Dead Sea is under you — a gulf which has no bottom! Wake up! Wake up — and I will help you take off your fetters!”

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He also warned them, “If he who prowls about like a roaring lion comes by — you will most certainly be devoured!”

They then looked upon him, and Simple replied, “I see no danger!”

Sloth said, “Yet a little more sleep!”

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And Presumption said, “Every tub must stand upon its own bottom — so we don’t need your help!”

And so they lay down to sleep again — and Christian continued on his way. Yet was he troubled to think that men in such danger should so little regard the kindness which he so freely offered — by awakening them, warning them, and offering to help to remove their fetters.

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