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the men of the fair. There 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, not rendering railing for railing, but contrariwise blefling, and giving good words for bad, and kindness for ' injuries done; fome men in the fair, who were more observing and less prejudiced than the rest, began to check and blame the baser fort for their continual abufes done by them to the men: they therefore in an angry manner retorted upon them, counting them as bad as the men in the
cagey and telling them that they seemed confederates, and should be made partakers of their misfortunes. The others replied, that, for aught they could fee; the men were quiet and sober, and intended no body any harm: and, that there were many who traded in their fair who were more worthy to be put into the cage, yea, and the pillory too, than the men whom they had abused. Thus, after divers words had passed on both sides (the men behaving themfelves all the while very wisely and soberly before them), they fell to blows among themselves, and did harm one to another. Then these two poor men were brought before their examiners again, and there charged as being guilty of the hubbub that bad 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, left any should speak in their behalf, or join
themselves unto them. But Chriftian and Faithful behaved themselves yet more wisely, and received the ignominy and shame which 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
party into a greater rage yet, insomuch that they concluded the death of these two men. Wherefore they threatened, that neither 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 they were again remanded to the cage, 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 to mind what they had heard from their faithful friend Evangelist, and were the more confirmed in their ways and sufferings, by what he told them would happen to them. They also now comforted each other, that whosoever's lot it should be to suffer, he would have the best of it; each man therefore secretly wished that he might have that preferment: but, committing themselves to the all-wise disposal of him who ruleth all things, with much content they abode in the condition they were in, until they should be otherwise disposed of.
Then a convenient time was appointed for them to be brought 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 Hate Good: both their indictments was one and the fame in substance, though somewhat varying in form; the contents whereof was this: “ That they were enemies to, s 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 opi“nions, 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 who is higher than the highest. And, said he, as for disturbance, I make none, being myself a man of peace : the parties who were won to us, were won by beholding our truth and innocence, and they are only turned from the worse to 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 who 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, Superftition, and Pickthank: these were 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
Judge. Hold-Give him his oath.
So they sware him: then he faid, 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 doth all he can to possess all men with 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, ac once, not only condemn all our laudable doings, but us in the doing of them.
Judge. Then did the judge say to him, Hast thou any thing 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 should be wanting that will dispatch him, I will enlarge my testimony against him. So he was bid stand by.
Then they called Superstition, and bad him look upon the prisoner; they also asked, what he could fay for their lord the king against him? Then they sware him ; so he began :
Super. 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 discourle that I had with him the other day in this town; for when 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 saying of his, my lord, your lordship very well knows what inference will necessarily follow from it, 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 Pick-thank sworn, and bad say what he knew in the behalf of their lord the king, against the prisoner at the bar.
Pick. My lord, and you gentlemen all; this fellow I have known of a long time, and have heard him speak things which ought not to be spoken. 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 Defire of Vain Glory, my old Lord Leachery, 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, mý lord, who are now appointed to be his judge, calling you an ungodly villain, with many other fuchlike vilifying terms, with which he hath bespattered most of the gentry of our town.
When this Pick-thank had told his tale, the judge directed his speech to the prisoner at the bar, faying, Thou renegade, heretic, and traitor, hast thou