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heard what these honest gentlemen have witnessed against thee?
Faith. May I speak a few words in my own defence ?
Judge. Sirrahı, Sirrah, thou deserveft to live no longer, but to be fain immediately upon the place; yet, that all men may see our gentleness towards thee, let us see what thou hast to say.
Faith. First then I say, in answer to what Mr. Envy hath spoken, that I never said aught but this, that what rule, or laws, or custom, or people, were fiat 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. And as to the second witness, 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, which is not agreeable to Divine revelation, cannot be done but by an human faith, which faith will not be profitable to eternal life. Thirdly, as to what Mr. Pick-thank hath said, I say (avoiding terms, as that I am faid to rail, and the like) that the prince of this town, with all the rabblement, 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 upon me,
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, left those of a contrary religion should multiply, and grow too strong for him, their males should be thrown into the river. There was also an act made in the days of Nebuchadnezzar the Great, another of his fervants, that whoever would not fall down and worship his golden image, should be thrown into a fiery furnace. There was also an act made in the days of Darius, that whoso for some time called upon any god but him, should be cast into the lions den. Now the substance of thefe 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.
As for the law made by Pharaoh, it was made upon supposition, to prevent mischief, no crime being yet apparent; but here is a crime the second and third, you see he disputeth against our religion; and the treason he hath confessed; he therefore deserveth to die the death. Then went the jury out, whose names were, Mr.
Blindman, Mr. No-good, Mr. Malice, Mr. Lovelust, Mr. Live-loose, Mr. Heady, Mr. High-mind, Mr. Enmity, Mr. Liar, Mr. Cruelty, Mr. Hatelight, and Mr. Implacable; who every one 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. Blindmán, the foreman, faid, I fee clearly that this man is an heretic. Then said Mr. No-good, Away with such a fellow from the earth. Ay, said Mr. Malice, for I hate the very looks of him. Then said Mr. Love luft, 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 riseth 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.” 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: first they scourged him ; then they buffeted him; then they lanced his Aesh K 2
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 blessing, 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 cage, 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 them felves 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 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, left 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 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 put
the other 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; cach 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.