ow when they were
got almost quite out of this wilderness, FAITHFUL chanced to east
his eye back, and espied one coming after them, and he knew him.
"Oh," said FAITHFUL to his brother, "who comes
yonder?" Then CHRISTIAN looked, and said, "It is my good
friend, EVANGELIST." "Aye, and my good friend too," saith
FAITHFUL; "for 'twas he that set me the way to the gate." Now
was EVANGELIST come up unto them, and thus saluted them:
Peace be with you, dearly beloved; and peace be to your helpers !
Welcome, welcome, my good EVANGELIST! the sight of thy countenance
brings to my remembrance thy ancient kindness and unwearied labouring
for my eternal good.
"And a thousand times welcome," said good FAITHFUL; "thy
company, O sweet EVANGELIST, how desirable is it to us poor pilgrims
Then said EVANGELIST, "How hath it fared with you, my friends,
since the time of our last parting? what have you met with, and how have
you behaved yourselves?"
Then CHRISTIAN and FAITHFUL told him of all things that had happened to
them in the way; and how, and with what difficulty, they had arrived to
"Right glad am I," said EVANGELIST--" not that you met
with trials, but that you have been victors; and for that you have
(notwithstanding many weaknesses) continued in the way to this very day.
I say, right glad am I of this thing, and that for mine own sake and
yours: I have sowed, and you have reaped; and the day is coming when
both he that sowed and they that reaped shall rejoice together--that is,
if you hold out: for in due time ye shall reap, if you faint not. The
crown is before you; and it is an incorruptible one: so run that you may
obtain it. Some there be that set out for this crown; and after they
have gone far for it, another comes in and takes it from them! Hold
fast, therefore, that you have: let no man take your crown;
- "And he that reapeth receiveth
wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that
soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together." John
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we
shall reap, if we faint not." Galatians
"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one
receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that
striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do
it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I
therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that
beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into
subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others,
I myself should be a castaway." 1
"Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that
no man take thy crown." Revelation
you are not yet out of the gunshot of the devil; you have not resisted
unto blood, striving against sin. Let the Kingdom be always before you;
and believe steadfastly concerning things that are invisible. Let
nothing that is on this side the other world get within you; and, above
all, look well to your own hearts, and to the lusts thereof, for they
are deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. Set your faces
like a flint; you have all power in heaven and earth on your side."
Then CHRISTIAN thanked him for his exhortation, but told him withal,
that they would have him speak further to them, for their help the rest
of the way; and the rather, for that they well knew that he was a
prophet, and could tell them of things that might happen unto them; and
also how they might resist and overcome them. To which request, FAITHFUL
also consented. So EVANGELIST began as followeth:
My sons, you have heard in the words of the truth of the Gospel, that
you must "through many tribulations enter into the Kingdom of
Heaven." And again, that in every city bonds and afflictions abide
on you; and therefore you cannot expect that you should go long on your
pilgrimage without them, in some sort or other. You have found something
of the truth of these testimonies upon you already, and more will
immediately follow; for now, as you see, you are almost out of this
wilderness, and therefore you will soon come into a town that you will
by and by see before you; and in that town you will be hardly beset with
enemies, who will strain hard but they will kill you. And be you sure
that one or both of you must seal the testimony which you hold with
blood; but be you faithful unto death, and the King will give you a
crown of life. He that shall die there, although his death will be
unnatural, and his pain perhaps great, he will yet have the better of
his fellow; not only because he will be arrived at the Celestial City
soonest, but because he will escape many miseries that the other will
meet with in the rest of his journey. But when you are come to the town,
and shall find fulfilled what I have here related, then remember your
friend, and quit yourselves like men; and commit the keeping of your
souls to your God in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
hen I saw in my
dream, that when they were got out of the wilderness, they presently
saw a town before them, and the name of that town is "Vanity";
and at the town there is a fair kept, called "Vanity Fair"; it
is kept all the year long. It bears the name of Vanity Fair, because the
town where 'tis kept is lighter than vanity; and also because all that
is there sold, or that comes thither is vanity. As is the saying of the
wise, "All that comes is vanity."
- "All nations before him are
as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and
vanity." Isaiah 40:17
"Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities;
all is vanity." Ecclesiastes
"I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and,
behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit." Ecclesiastes
"Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and
on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was
vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under
the sun." Ecclesiastes 2:11
"Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under
the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and
vexation of spirit." Ecclesiastes
"But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all;
yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many.
All that cometh is vanity." Ecclesiastes
This fair is no new erected business; but a thing of ancient standing. I
will show you the original of it.
Almost five thousand years agone, there were pilgrims walking to the
Celestial City, as these two honest persons are; and BEELZEBUB, APOLLYON,
and LEGION, with their companions, perceiving by the path that the
pilgrims made, that their way to the City lay through this town of
Vanity, they contrived here to set up a fair; a fair wherein should be
sold of all sorts of vanity, and that it should last all the year long.
Therefore at this fair are all such merchandise sold: as houses, lands,
trades, places, honours, preferments, titles, countries, kingdoms;
lusts, pleasures, and delights of all sorts--as whores, bawds, wives,
husbands, children, masters, servants, lives, blood, bodies, souls,
silver, gold, pearls, precious stones, and what not.
And moreover, at this fair there is at all times to be deceivers,
cheats, games, plays, fools, apes, knaves, and rogues and that of every
Here are to be seen, too--and that for nothing--thefts, murders,
adulteries, false-swearers, and that of a blood red colour.
And as in other fairs of less moment, there are the several rows and
streets, under their proper names, where such and such wares are vended;
so here likewise you have the proper places, rows, streets (viz.,
countries and kingdoms), where the wares of this fair are soonest to be
found: here is the Britain row; the French row; the Italian row; the
Spanish row; the German row--where several sorts of vanities are to be
sold. But as in other fairs, some one commodity is as the chief of all
the fair, so the ware of Rome and her merchandise is greatly promoted in
this fair: only our English nation, with some others, have taken a
Now, as I said, the way to the Celestial City lies just through this
town, where the lusty fair is kept; and he that will go to the City, and
yet not go through this town, must needs go out of the world.
- "Yet not altogether with the
fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or
with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world."
1 Corinthians 5:10
The Prince of princes himself, when here, went through this town to his
own country, and that upon a fair day too; and as I think, it was
BEELZEBUB, the chief lord of this fair, that invited him to buy of his
vanities; yea, would have made him lord of the fair, would he but have
done him reverence as he went through the town. Yea, because he was such
a person of honour, BEELZEBUB had him from street to street, and showed
him all the kingdoms of the world in a little time, that he might, if
possible, allure that Blessed One to cheapen and buy some of his
vanities. But he had no mind to the merchandise; and therefore left the
town without laying out so much as one farthing upon these vanities.
- "Again, the devil taketh him
up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms
of the world, and the glory of them;" Matthew
"And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed
unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the
devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory
of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I
give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine."
This fair, therefore, is an ancient thing, of long standing, and a very
Now these pilgrims, as I said, must needs go through this fair: well, so
they did; but behold, even as they entered into the fair, all the people
in the fair were moved, and the town itself as it were in a hubbub about
them; and that for several reasons. For--
First, the pilgrims were clothed with such kind of
raiment as was diverse from the raiment of any that traded in that fair.
The people, therefore, of the fair made a great gazing upon them: some
said they were fools; some they were lunatics; and some they are
Secondly: and as they wondered at their apparel, so they did likewise at
their speech; for few could understand what they said. They naturally
spoke the language of Canaan; but they that kept the fair were the men
of this world: so that from one end of the fair to the other, they
seemed barbarians each to the other.
- "But we speak the wisdom of
God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God
ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes
of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not
have crucified the Lord of glory."
1 Corinthians 2:7, 8
Thirdly: but that which did not a little amuse the merchandisers was,
that these pilgrims set very light by all their wares--they cared not so
much as to look upon them; and if they called upon them to buy, they
would put their fingers in their ears, and cry, "Turn away mine
eyes from beholding vanity;" and look upwards, signifying that
their trade and traffic was in heaven.
- "Turn away mine eyes from
beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way." Psalm
"(Whose end is destruction, whose God is their
belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind
earthly things.) For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also
we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:"
Philippians 3:19, 20
One chanced mockingly, beholding the carriages of the men, to say unto
them, "What will ye, buy?" but they, looking gravely upon him,
said, "We buy the truth".
- "Buy the truth, and sell it
not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding."
At that there was an occasion taken to despise the men the more: some
mocking; some taunting; some speaking reproachfully; and some calling
upon others to smite them. At last, things came to a hubbub and great
stir in the fair, insomuch that all order was confounded. Now was word
presently brought to the great one of the fair, who quickly came down,
and deputed some of his most trusty friends to take these men into
examination, about whom the fair was almost overturned. So the men were
brought to examination: and they that sat upon them, asked them whence
they came; whither they went; and what they did there in such an unusual
The men told them that they were pilgrims and strangers in the world;
and that they were going to their own country, which was the heavenly
- "These all died in faith, not
having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and
were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and
confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For
they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from
whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have
returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an
heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for
he hath prepared for them a city."
and that they had given none occasion to the men of the town, nor yet to
the merchandisers, thus to abuse them, and to let them in their journey.
Except it was, for that when one asked them what they would buy, they
said they would buy the truth. But they that were appointed to examine
them did not believe them to be any other than lunatics 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. There, 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 befell them.
But the men being patient, and not rendering railing for railing, 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 misfortunes. 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
Then were these two poor men brought before their examiners again, and
there charged as being guilty of the late hubbub that 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 a terror to
others, lest any should further 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
Here therefore they called again to mind what they had heard from their
faithful friend, EVANGELIST; and were the more confirmed in their way
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 of it; therefore each man secretly wished that he might
have that preferment; but committing themselves to the all wise disposal
of him that rules all things, with much content they abode in the
condition in which they were, until they should be otherwise disposed
hen, a convenient
time being appointed, they brought them forth to their trial, in
order to their condemnation. When the time was come, they were brought
before their enemies and arraigned. The judge's name was LORD HATEGOOD.
Their indictment was one and the same in substance, though somewhat
varying in form; the contents thereof 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
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---"
Lord Hategood, the 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 regards prince nor people, law nor custom; but doth
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?"
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 anything shall be wanting that will dispatch him, I will
enlarge my testimony against him." So he was bidden to stand by.
Then they called SUPERSTITION, and bade 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 could by no means please
God; which sayings 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 bid say what he knew in 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 spoken. For he hath
railed on our noble Prince BEELZEBUB; and hath spoken contemptibly of
his honourable friends, whose names are, the Lord OLDMAN; the Lord
CARNALDELIGHT; the Lord LUXURIOUS; the Lord DESIRE OF VAINGLORY; 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 noble men 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 defaming 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 apostate, heretic, and
traitor !--hast thou heard what these honest gentle- men have witnessed
May I speak a few words in my own defence?
Sirrah, sirrah !--thou deservest to live no longer, but to be slain
immediately upon the place; yet that all men may see our gentleness
towards thee, let us hear what thou, vile apostate, hast to say.
1. I say, then, in answer to what Mr. ENVY hath spoken, I never said
aught but this: That what rule, or laws, or customs, or people, were
flat against the Word of God, are diametrically opposite to
Christianity. If I have said amiss in this, convince me of my error; and
I am ready here before you to make my recantation.
2. As to the second, to wit, Mr. SUPERSTITION, and his charge against
me, I said only this: That in the worship of God there is required a
divine faith; but there can be no divine faith without a divine
revelation of the will of God: therefore whatever is thrust into the
worship of God that is not agreeable to a divine revelation, cannot be
done but by a human faith; which faith will not profit to eternal life.
3. As to what Mr. PICKTHANK hath said, I say--avoiding terms, as that I
am said to rail, and the like--that the prince of this town, with all
the rabble--his attendants, by this gentleman named--are more fit for
being in hell than in this town and country; and so the Lord have mercy
Then the judge called to the jury--who all this while stood by, to hear
and observe,--" Gentlemen of the jury, you see this man about whom
so great an uproar hath been made in this town; you have also heard what
these worthy gentlemen have witnessed against him; also you have heard
his reply and confession: it lieth now in your breasts to hang him, or
save his life; but yet I think meet to instruct you into our law.
"There was an act made in the days of Pharaoh the Great, servant to
our prince, that lest those of a contrary religion should multiply and
grow too strong for him, their males should be thrown into the river.
- "And the children of Israel
were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed
exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them. Now there arose
up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. And he said unto
his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are
more and mightier than we: Come on, let us deal wisely with them;
lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth
out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us,
and so get them up out of the land. Therefore they did set
over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they
built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more
they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they
were grieved because of the children of Israel. And the Egyptians
made the children of Israel to serve with rigour: And they made
their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and
in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein
they made them serve, was with rigour. And the king of Egypt
spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was
Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah: And he said, When ye do
the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them
upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but
if it be a daughter, then she shall live. But the midwives
feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but
saved the men children alive.
And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them,
Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive?
And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are
not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are
delivered ere the midwives come in unto them. Therefore God dealt
well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very
mighty. And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that
he made them houses. And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying,
Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every
daughter ye shall save alive." Exodus
There was also an act made in the days of Nebuchadnezzar the Great,
another of his servants, that whoever would not fall down and worship
his golden image should be thrown into a fiery furnace.
- "Nebuchadnezzar the king made
an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and
the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura,
in the province of Babylon. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to
gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the
judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the
rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image
which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. Then the princes, the
governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors,
the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered
together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the
king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar
had set up. Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O
people, nations, and languages,
That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute,
harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall
down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath
set up: And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same
hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. Therefore at
that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute,
harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people,
the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the
golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. Wherefore at
that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews.
They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for
ever. Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall
hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and
dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship the
golden image: And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that
he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. There
are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province
of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have
not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden
image which thou hast set up. Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage
and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then
they brought these men before the king.
Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor
worship the golden image which I have set up? Now if ye be ready
that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp,
sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall
down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye
worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a
burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver
you out of my hands? Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and
said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to
answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we
serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he
will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it
known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor
worship the golden image which thou hast set up." Daniel
There was also an act made in the days of Darius, that whoso, for some
time, called upon any God but his, should be cast into the lions' den.
- "It pleased Darius to set over
the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the
whole kingdom; And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was
first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king
should have no damage. Then this Daniel was preferred above the
presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in
him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. Then the
presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel
concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault;
forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or
fault found in him. Then said these men, We shall not find any
occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him
concerning the law of his God.
Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king,
and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever. All the
presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the
counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish
a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask
a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king,
he shall be cast into the den of lions. Now, O king, establish the
decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to
the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. Wherefore
king Darius signed the writing and the decree." Daniel
Now the substance of these laws this rebel has broken; not only in
thought (which is not to be borne), but also in word and deed, which
must therefore needs be intolerable.
"For that of Pharaoh, his law was made upon suspicion to prevent
mischief, no crime yet being apparent; but here is a crime apparent. For
the second and third, you see he disputes against our religion; and for
the treason he hath confessed, he deserves to die the death."
Then went the jury out, whose names were, Mr. BLIND-MAN, Mr. NO-GOOD,
Mr. MALICE, Mr. LOVE-LUST, Mr. LIVE-LOOSE, Mr. HEADY, Mr. HIGH-MIND, Mr.
ENMITY, Mr. LIAR, Mr. CRUELTY, Mr. HATE-LIGHT, and Mr. IMPLACABLE; who
everyone gave in his private verdict, against him among themselves, and
afterwards unanimously concluded to bring him in guilty before the
judge. And first among themselves, Mr. BLIND-MAN the foreman said,
"I see clearly that this man is a heretic." Then said Mr.
NO-GOOD, "Away with such a fellow from the earth!"
"Aye," said Mr. MALICE, "for I hate the very looks of
him." Then said Mr. LOVE-LUST, "I could never endure
him." "Nor I," said Mr. LIVE-LOOSE; "for he would
always be condemning my way," "Hang him, hang him !" said
Mr. HEADY. "A sorry scrub," said Mr. HIGH-MIND. "My heart
rises against him," said Mr. ENMITY. "He is a rogue,"
said Mr. LIAR. "Hanging is too good for him," said Mr.
CRUELTY. "Let us dispatch him out of the way," said Mr.
HATE-LIGHT. Then said Mr. IMPLACABLE, "Might I have all the world
given me, I could not be reconciled to him; therefore let us forthwith
bring him in guilty of death." And so they did; therefore he was
presently condemned to be had from the place where he was to the place
from whence he came, and there to be put to the most cruel death that
could be invented.
They therefore brought him out, to do with him
according to their law; and first they scourged him, then they buffeted
him, then they lanced his flesh with knives; after that they stoned him
with stones, then pricked him with their swords; and last of all they
burned him to ashes at the stake. Thus came FAITHFUL to his end. Now I
saw that there stood behind the multitude a chariot and a couple of
horses waiting for FAITHFUL, who--so soon as his adversaries had
dispatched him --was taken up into it, and straightway was carried up
through the clouds, with sound of trumpet, the nearest way to the
Celestial Gate. But as for CHRISTIAN, he had some respite, and was
remanded back to prison; so he there remained for a space. But he that
overrules all things, having the power of their rage in his own hand, so
wrought it about that CHRISTIAN, for that time, escaped them, and went
And as he went he sang, saying:
"Well, FAITHFUL, thou hast faithfully profest
Unto thy Lord, with whom thou shalt be blest,
When faithless ones, with all their vain delight,
Are crying out under their hellish plight.
Sing, FAITHFUL, sing!--and let thy name survive;
For though they killed thee, thou art yet alive."