A song in the valley of humiliation

junge Lammer des Hausschafes by Bohringer Friedrich 2006 via Wikimedia

From part 2 of The Pilgrim’s Progress. Christiana, her sons, and good friend and sister in the Lord, Mercy, are being led through the Valley of Humiliation by Mr. Great-heart, their protector:

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Now as they were going along and talking, they espied a boy feeding his father’s sheep. The boy was in very mean clothes, but of a very fresh and well-favoured countenance, and as he sat by himself he sung. ‘Hark,’ said Mr. Great-heart, to what the shepherd’s boy saith. So they hearkened, and he said,

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‘He that is down, needs fear no fall,

He that is low, no pride:

He that is humble, ever shall

Have God to be his guide.

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‘I am content with what I have,

Little be it, or much:

And, Lord, contentment still I crave,

Because Thou savest such.

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‘Fullness to such, a burden is

That go on pilgrimage:

Here little, and hereafter bliss,

Is best from age to age.’

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