A song in the Valley of Humiliation


James 4:5-7

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Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: “He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us”? But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.


From Part 2 of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. Here, Christiana, her sons, and fellow pilgrim, 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,

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‘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.

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‘I am content with what I have,

Little be it, or much:

And, Lord, contentment still I crave,

Because Thou savest such.

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‘Fullness to such, a burden is

That go on pilgrimage:

Here little, and hereafter bliss,

Is best from age to age.’


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