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very mean clothes, but of a 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 :
Have God to be his guide.
I am content with what I have,
Little be it or much;
Because thou savest such.
Fulness to such a burden is,
That go on pilgrimage ;
Is best from age to age.
Then said the guide, Do you hear him? I will dare to say, this boy lives a merrier life, and wears more of that herb called heart's-ease in his bosom, than he that is clad in silk and velvet. But we will proceed in our discourse.
In this valley our Lord formerly had his countryhouse; he loved much to be here: he loved also to walk these meadows, for he COUNTRY - HOUSE IN found the air was pleasant.
Besides, here a man shall be free from the noise, and from the
CHRIST WHEN IN THE FLESH HAD HIS
THE VALLEY OP HU-
d Heb. xiii. 5.
ciled and contented; for here they find the visits of their Lord; and, in the depths of their humility, they behold the heights of his love, and the depths of his mercy, and cry out in joy, Where sin abounds, grace superabounds. Though sin abounds in me, the grace of Jesus superabounds towards me. Though I am emptied of all, yet I have an inexhaustible fulness in Jesus, to supply me with all I want and all I hope.
hurryings of this life: all states are full of noise and confusion, only the Valley of Humiliation is that empty and solitary place. Here a man shall not be so let and hindered in his contemplation, as in other places he is apt to be. This is a valley that nobody walks in, but those that love a pilgrim's life. And though Christian had the hard hap to meet here with Apollyon, and to enter with him in a brisk encounter: yet I must tell you, that in former times men have met with angels here, have found pearls here, and have in this place found the words of life.e*
Did I say our Lord had here in former days his country-house, and that he loved here to walk ? I will add, in this place, and to the people that live and trace these grounds, he has left a yearly revenue to be faithfully paid them at certain seasons for their maintenance by the way, and for their further encouragement to go on in their pilgrimage.
Now, as they went on, Samuel said to Mr. Greatheart, Sir, I perceive that in this valley my father and Apollyon had their battle ; but whereabout was the fight? for I perceive this valley is large.
e Hos, xii. 4, 5. Ever remember the word of our dear Lord, “ It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master.” If your Lord made it his chief delight to be in this Valley of Humiliation, learn from his example to prize this valley. Though you may meet with an Apollyon or a destroyer here; yet you are safe in the arms, and under the power, of your all-conquering Lord : for though the Lord is high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly. Therefore you may add, with David, “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me. Thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands," Psalm cxxxviii. 6, 7, 8. Such are the confidence, the reasoning, and the pleading of humble souls in the power of faith, which leads thein quite out of themselves, to their Lord.