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THEIR CONFINEMENT, AND MEEK BEHAVIOUR.
the truth.—But they that were appointed to examine them, did not believe them to be any other than bedlams and mad, or else such as came to put all things into a confusion in the fair. Therefore they took them and beat them and besmeared them with dirt, and then put them into the cage, that they might be made a spectacle to all the men of the fair. Therefore they lay for some time, and were made the objects of any man's sport, or malice, or revenge ; the great one of the fair laughing still at all that befel them. But, the men being patient, and “ not rendering railing for railing, si but contrariwise blessing,” and giving good words for bad, and kindness for injuries, done, some men in the fair, that were more observing and less prejudiced than the rest, began to check and blame the baser sort for their continual abuses done by them to the men : they therefore in angry manner let fly at them again, counting them as bad as the men in the cage, and telling them that they seemed confederates, and should be made partakers of their misfortune. The other replied that, for aught they could see, the men were quiet and sober, and intended nobody any harm : and that there were many that traded in their fair that were more worthy to be put into the cage, yea, and pillory too, than were the men that they had abused. Thus after divers words had passed on both sides (the men behaving themselves all the while very wisely and soberly before them) they fell to some blows among themselves, and did harm one to another. Then were these two poor men brought before their examiners again, and there charged as being guilty of the late hubbub that
ITS EFFECTS; AND THEIR FURTHER SUFFERINGS.
had been in the fair. So they beat them pitifully, and hanged irons upon them, and led them in chains up and down the fair, for an example and terror to others, lest
any should speak in their behalf, or join themselves unto them. But CHRISTIAN and FAITHFUL behaved themselves yet more wisely, and received the ignominy and shame that was cast upon them, with so much meekness and patience, that it won to their side (though but few in comparison of the rest) several of the men in the fair. This put the other party yet into a greater rage, insomuch that they concluded the death of these two men.
Wherefore they threatened that the cage nor irons should serve their turn, but that they should die for the abuse they had done, and for deluding the men of the fair.
Then were they remanded to the cage again, until further order should be taken with them. So they put them in, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
Here, therefore, they called again to mind what they had heard from their faithful friend EVANGELIST, and were the more confirined in their ways and sufferings by what he told them would happen to them. They also now comforted each other, that whose lot it was to suffer even he should have the best on it; therefore each man secretly wished that he might have that preferment: but committing themselves to the all-wise dispose of Him that ruleth all things, with much content they abode in the condition in which they were, until they should be otherwise disposed of.
Then a convenient time being appointed, they brought them forth to their trial in order to their
THEIR INDICTMENT. FAITHFUL'S ANSWER.
condemnation. When the time was come they were brought before their enemies, and arraigned. The judge's name was Lord HaTE-GOOD: their indictment was one and the same in substance, though somewhat varying in form; the contents whereof was this :
That they were enemies to, and disturbers of their trade : that they had made commotions and divisions in the town, and had won a party to their own most dangerous opinions, in contempt of the law of their prince.
Then Faithful began to answer, that he had only set himself against that which had set itself against Him that is higher than the highest. And, said he, as for disturbance, I make none, being myself a man of peace; the parties that were won to us, were won by beholding our truth and innocence, and they are only turned from the worse to the better. And as to the king you talk of, since he is BEELZEBUB, the enemy of our LORD, I defy him and all his angels.
Then proclamation was made, that they that had aught to say for their lord the king, against the prisoner at the bar, should forthwith appear and give in their evidence. So there came in three witnesses, to wit, ENVY, SUPERSTITION, and PickTHANK : they were then asked, if they knew the prisoner at the bar; and what they had to say for their lord the king against him?
Then stood forth Envy, and said to this effect : My Lord, I have known this man a long time, and will attest upon my oath before this honourable bench, that he is
THE TESTIMONY OF ENVY AND SUPERSTITION.
JUDGE. Hold, give him his oath.
So they sware him.—Then he said, My Lord, this man, notwithstanding his plausible name, is one of the vilest men in our country; he neither regardeth prince nor people, law nor custom ; but doeth all that he can to possess all men with certain of his disloyal notions, which he in the general calls “principles of faith and
holiness. And, in particular, I heard him once myself affirm, that christianity and the customs of our town of VANITY were diametrically opposite, and could not be reconciled. By which saying, my lord, he doth at once not only condemn all our laudable doings, but us in the doing of them.
Then did the judge say unto him, Hast thou any more to say ?
Envy. My Lord, I could say much more, only I would not be tedious to the court. Yet if need be, when the other gentlemen have given in their evidence, rather than any thing shall be wanting that will dispatch him, I will enlarge my testimony against him.-So he was bid to stand by.
Then they called SUPERSTITION, and bid him look upon the prisoner ; they also asked, what he could say for their lord the king against him! Then they sware him ; so he began :
My Lord, I have no great acquaintance with this man, nor do I desire to have further knowledge of him; however, this I know, that he is a very pestilent fellow, from some discourse that the other day I had with him in this town; for then, talking with him, I heard him say that our religion was naught, and such by which a man
PICKTHANK CLOSES THE EVIDENCE.
could by no means please God. Which saying of his, my lord, your lordship very well knows what necessarily thence will follow, to wit, that we still do worship in vain, are yet in our sins, and finally shall be damned: and this is that which I have to say.
Then was PickTHANK sworn, and did say what he knew in the behalf of their lord the king against the prisoner at the bar.
My lord, and you gentlemen all, this fellow I have known of a long time, and have heard him speak things that ought not to be spoke; for he hath railed on our noble prince BEELZEBUB, and hath spoken contemptibly of his honourable friends, whose names are the Lord OLD-MAN, the Lord CARNAL-DELIGHT, the Lord LUXURIOUS, the Lord DESIRE-OF-VAIN-GLORY, my old Lord LECHERY, Sir HAVING GREEDY, with all the rest of our nobility: and he hath said, moreover, that if all men were of his mind, if possible there is not one of these noblemen should have any longer a being in this town. Besides he hath not been afraid to rail on you, my lord, who are now appointed to be his judge, calling you an ungodly villain, with many other such-like vilifying terms, with which he hath bespattered most of the gentry of our town.
When this PickTHANK had told his tale, the judge directed his speech to the prisoner at the bar, saying, Thou renegade, heretic, and traitor, hast thou heard what these honest gentlemen hath witnessed against thee?
Faith. May I speak a few words in my own defence ?