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 sang. “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:
He that is humble ever shall
Have God to be his guide.
I am content with what I have,
Little be it or much;
And, Lord, contentment still I crave,
Because Thou givest such.
Fulness to such a burden is,
That go on pilgrimage;
Here little, and hereafter bliss,
Is best from age to age.”
Then said their guide, “Do you hear him? I will dare to say that 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”.
John Bunyan “The Pilgrim’s Progress, Part 2”