24feet, and take them up the mountain. Well might this heavenly messenger exclaim, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which
27are sent unto thee, . . . Behold, your house is left unto you desolate."
Discerning in his path the penitent one who had groped
30his way from the dwelling of luxury, the Stranger saith unto him, "Wherefore comest thou hither?"
He answered, "The sight of thee unveiled my sins, and
1turned my misnamed joys to sorrow. When I went back into the house to take something out of it, my misery
3increased; so I came hither, hoping that I might follow thee whithersoever thou goest."
And the Stranger saith unto him, "Wilt thou climb
6the mountain, and take nothing of thine own with thee?"
He answered, "I will."
"Then," saith the Stranger, "thou hast chosen the
9good part; follow me."
Many there were who had entered the valley to specu- late in worldly policy, religion, politics, finance, and to
12search for wealth and fame. These had heavy baggage of their own, and insisted upon taking all of it with them, which must greatly hinder their ascent.
15The journey commences. The encumbered travellers halt and disagree. They stoutly belay those who, hav- ing less baggage, ascend faster than themselves, and
18betimes burden them with their own. Despairing of gaining the summit, loaded as they are, they conclude to stop and lay down a few of the heavy weights, — but
21only to take them up again, more than ever determined not to part with their baggage.
All this time the Stranger is pointing the way, show-
24ing them their folly, rebuking their pride, consoling their afflictions, and helping them on, saying, "He that loseth his life for my sake, shall find it."
27Obstinately holding themselves back, and sore-footed, they fall behind and lose sight of their guide; when, stumbling and grumbling, and fighting each other, they
30plunge headlong over the jagged rocks.
Then he who has no baggage goes back and kindly