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:
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,
‘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.
‘I am content with what I have,
Little be it, or much:
And, Lord, contentment still I crave,
Because Thou savest such.
‘Fullness to such, a burden is
That go on pilgrimage:
Here little, and hereafter bliss,
Is best from age to age.’