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long time, and will atteft upon my oath before this honourable bench, That he is——
Judge. Hold-Give him his oath.
So they fware him. Then he faid, My lord, this man, notwithstanding his plaufible name, is one of the vileft men in our country; he neither regardeth prince nor people, law nor custom; but doth all he can to poffefs all men with certain of his disloyal setions, which he in general calls principles of faith and bolinefs; and, in particular, I heard him once myself affirm, That Chriftian and the customs of Bur town of Vanity were diametrica ly oppofite, and could no be reconciled. By which faying, my lord, he doth at once not only condemn all our laudable doings, but us in loing of them.
Judge. Then did the judge fay to him, Haft thou any more to say?
Envy. My lord, I could fay much more, only I would not be tedious to the court; yet, if need be when the other gen lemen have given in their evidence, rather than any thing fhall be wanting that will difpatch him, I will en arge my teftimony against him. So he was bid ftand by. Then they called Superftition, and bid him look upon the prifaner; they also asked, What he could fay for their ord the king against him? They then fware him; fo he began.
Super. My lord, I have no great ac- Superftition quaintance with this man, nor do I defire follows. to have further knowledge of him; however
this I know, that he is a very peftilent fellow, from fome difcourfe that the other day I had with him in this town for then talking with him, I heard him fay that our reli gion was naught, and tuch by which a man could by no means pleate God, which faying of his, my lord, your lordship very well knows what neceffarily thence will follow, to wit, that we still do worship in vain, are yet in our fins, and thall be damned; And this is that which I have finally to fay.
Then was Pickthank fworn, and bid fay what he knew, in the behalf of their lord the king, against the prisoner at
Pick. My lord, and you gentlemen all, Picktbank's This fellow I have known of a long time, teftimony,
and have heard him fpeak things that ought not to b Spoken; for he hath railed on our noble prince Beelzebub and hath spoken contemptibly of his ho Sins are all lords nourable friends, whofe names are, th and great men. Lord Old Man, the Lord Carnal Delight the Lord Luxurious, the Lord Defire o Vain Glory, my Old Lord Leachery, Sir Having Greedy with all the rest of our nobility; and he hath faid, more over, That if all men were of his mind, if possible, ther is not one of these noblemen fhould have any longer a be ing in this town. Besides, he hath not been afraid to rai on you, my lord, who are now appointed to be his judge calling you an ungodly villain, with many other fuch-like wilifying terms, with which he hath befpattered most of the gentry of our town,
When this "Pickthank had told his tale, the judge di rected his fpeech to the prifoner at the bar, faying. Thou renegade, heretic, and traitor, halt thou heard what thofe honeft gentlemen have witneffed against thee?
Faith. May I fpeak a few words in my own defence ? Judge. Sirrah, firrah, thou deferveft to live no longer but to be flain immediately upon the place; yet, that all men may fee our gentleness towards thee, let us fee what thou haft to say...
Faith. 1. I fay then, in answer to what fence of himself. Mr. Envy hath fpoken, I never faid ought but this, That what rule of laws, or cuf toms, or people, were flat against the word of God, are diametrically oppofite to Chriftianity. If I have faid amifs in this, convince me of my error, and I am ready here be fore you to make my recantation.
2. As to the fecond, to wit, Mr. Superftition, and his charge against me, I faid only this. That in the worship of Gd 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 divine revelation. cannot be done but by an human faith, which faith will not be profitable to eternal life.
3. As to what Mr. Pickthank hath faid, I fay, (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 fo the Lord have mercy up
Then the judge called to the jury (who all this while flood by to hear and obferve: Gentlemen of the jury, you fee this man, about whom fo great an uproar hath been made in this town; you have also heard what thefe worthy gentlemen have witneffed against him ;alfo you have beard his reply and confeffion, it lieth now in your breafts to hang him, or fave his life; but yet I thinks meet to inftru&t you in our law.
The judge's Speech to the jury.
There was an act made in the days of Exodus 1. Pharaoh the Great, fervant to our prince,
that left thofe of a contrary religion fhould multiply, and grow too ftrong for him, their males fhould be thrown in-to the river. There was alfo 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, hould be thrown into a fiery furnace. There was also an at made in the days of Darius, That whofo for some time called upon any God but his, should be caft into the lion's den. Now, the substance of these laws this rebel has broken, not only in thought, which is not to be borne, but alfo in word and deed; which must therefore needs be intolerable.
For that of Pharaoh, his law was made upon a fuppofition to prevent mischief, no crime being yet apparent; but here is a crime apparent. For the fecond and third, you fee he difputeth against our religion; and for the treafon he hath confeffed, he deferveth to die the death.
Then went the jury out, whofe names
were Mr. Blindman, Mr. No-good, Mr. The jury and Malice, Mr. Love-luft, Mr. Live-loofe, Mr. their names. Heady, Mr. High-mind, Mr. Enmity, Mr.
Lyar, Mr. Cruelty, Mr. Hate-light, and Mr. Implacable, who every one gave in his private verdict against him among E 3 themselves,
Now, Faithful, play the man, fpeak for thy God,
themselves, and afterwards unanimoufly concluded to bring him in guilty before the judge. And firft, among themfelves, Mr. Blindman, the foreman, faid, I fee clearly, that this man is an heretic. Then faid Mr. No-good, Away with fuch a fellow from the earth. Aye, faid Mr. Malice, for hate the very looks of him. Then faid Mr. Loveluft, I could never endure him. Nor I, faid M... Liveloofe, for he would always be condemning my way. Hang him, hang him faid Mr. Heady. A for y fcrub, faid Mr.. High-mind. My heart rifeth against him, faid Mr. Enmity. He is a rogue, faid Mr. Lyar. Hanging is too good for him, faid Mr. Cruelty. Let us difpatch him out of the way, faid Mr. Hate-light Then faid 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 fo they did. Therefore he was prefently condemned to be had from the place where he was,. to the place from whence he came, and to the most cruel death that could be in
They conclude to bring him in guilty of death.
there to be put vented.
They then, therefore, brought him out, to do with him according to the law; and firft they fcourged him, then they buffeted him, then they lanced his flesh with knives, after that they ftoned him with ftones, then pricked him with their fwords; and laft of all, they burnt him to afhee at the fake. Thus came Faithful to his end. Now I faw that there flood behind the multitude a chariot and a couple of horses waiting for Faithful, who fio toon as his adverfaries had dispatched him) was taken up into it, and Araightway was carried up through the clouds with found of trumpet, the nearest Chriftian fill a way to the celeftial gate. But as for Chrif prifoner. tian, he had fome refpite, and was remanded back to prifon; fo he there remained for a fpace: But he that overcometh all things, having the power of their rage in his own hand, fo brought it about, that Chriftian for that time efcaped them, and went on his way. And as he went he sung, saying,
Chariot and korfes take saway Faithful.