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In my Travels, as I walked through many Regions and Countries, it was my chance to happen into that famous Continent of Universe; a very large and spacious Country it is. It lieth between the two Poles, and just amidst the four points of the Heavens. It is a place well watered, and richly adorned with Hills and Valleys, bravely situate; and for the most part (at least where I was) very fruitful, also well peopled, and a very sweet Air.

The people are not all of one complexion, nor yet of one Language, mode, or way of Religion; but differ as much as (,tis said) do the Planets themselves. Some are right, and some are wrong, even as it happeneth to be in lesser Regions.

In this Country, as I said, it was my lot to travel, and there travel I did, and that so long, even till I A natural state pleasing to the flesh.

Christ.

Man.

Scriptures. The Almighty.

Gen. 1.

Created
Angels.

learned much of their mother-tongue, together with the Customs, and manners of them among whom I was. And to speak truth, I was much delighted to see, and hear many things which I saw and heard among them: Yea I had (to be sure) even lived and died a Native among them, (so was I taken with them and their doings) had not my Master sent for me home to his House, there to do business for him, and to over-see business done.

Now, there is in this gallant Country of Universe, a fair and delicate Town, a Corporation, called Mansoul: a Town for its Building so curious, for its Situation so commodious, for its Priviledges so advantageous, (I mean with reference to its Original;) that I may say of it, as was said before, of the Continent in which it is placed, There is not its equal under the whole Heaven.

\ As to the Situation of this Town, it lieth just between the two worlds, and the first founder, and builder of it, so far as by the best, and most Authentick records I can gather, was one Shaddai; and he built it for his own delight. He made it the mirrour, and glory of all that he made, even the Toppiece beyond anything else that he did in that Country: yea, so goodly a Town was Mansoul, when first built, that it is said by some, the Gods at the setting up thereof, came down to see it, and sang for joy. And as he made it goodly to behold, so also mighty to have Dominion over all the Country round about. Yea all was commanded to acknowledge Mansoul for their Metropolitan, all were enjoyned to do homage to it. Ay, the Town itself had positive commission, and power from her King to demand service of all, and also to subdue any, that any ways denied to do it.

There was reared up in the midst of this Town, a most famous and stately Palace; for strength, it The heart, might be called a Castle; for pleasantness, a Paradise, for largeness, a place so copious as to contain all the Ecci. 3.11. World. This place, the King Shaddai intended but for himself alone, and not another with him: partly because of his own delights, and partly because he would not that the terror of strangers should be upon the Town. This place Shaddai made also a Garrison of, but committed the keeping of it, only, to the men The powers

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oi the Town.

The wall of the Town was well built, yea, so fast and firm was it knit and compact together, that had it not been for the Townsmen themselves, they could not have been shaken, or broken for ever.

For here lay the excellent wisdom of him that builded Mansoul, that the Walls could never be The body. broken down, or hurt, by the most mighty adverse Potentate, unless the Townsmen gave consent thereto.

This famous Town of Mansoul had five gates, in at which to come, out at which to go, and these were made likewise answerable to the Walls: To wit Impregnable, and such as could never be opened nor forced, but by the will and leave of those within. The names of the Gates were these, Ear-gate, Eye- Thefive gate, Mouth-gate, Nose-gate, and Feel-gate.

Other things there were that belonged to the Town

of Mansoul, which if you adjoyned to these will yet give farther demonstration to all, of the glory and

The state of strength of the place. It had always a sufficiency of

first. provision within its Walls; it had the best, most wholsome, and excellent Law that then was extant in the World. There was not a Rascal, Rogue, or Traitorous person then within its Walls: They were all true men, and fast joined together; and this you know is a great matter. And to all these, it was always (so long as it had the goodness to keep true to Shaddai the King) his countenance, his protection, and it was his delight, etc.

The aemi." Well, upon a time there was one Diabolus, a mighty Giant, made an assault upon this famous Town of ^kmmi^oui, to take it, and make it his own habitation.

Sinners the This Giant was King of the Blacks or Negroes, and

fallen Angels. .

a most raving Prince he was. We will if you please first discourse of the Original of this Diabolus, and then of his taking of this famous Town of Mansoul.

The original ^ This Diabolus is indeed a great and mighty Prince, of Dm oius. and ^ koth p00r m^ beggarly. As to his Original,

he was at first, one of the Servants of King Shaddai, made, and taken, and put by him into most high and mighty place, yea was put into such Principalities as belonged to the best of his Territories and Dominions, isa. 14,12. This Diabolus was made Son of the morning, and a brave place he had of it: It brought him much glory, and gave him much brightness, an income that might have contented his Luciferian heart, had it not been insatiable, and inlarged as Hell itself.

Well, he seeing himself thus exalted to greatness and honour, and raging in his mind for higher state, and degree, what doth he but begins to think with himself, how he might be set up as Lord over all, and have the sole power under Shaddai. Now that did the King reserve for his Son, yea, and had already bestowed it upon him. J Wherefore he first consults with himself what had best to be done, and then breaks his mind to some other of his companions, to the which they also agreed. So in fine, they came to this issue, that they should make an attempt upon the King,s Son to destroy him, that the inheritance might be theirs. Well, to be short, the Treason (as I said) was concluded, the time appointed, the word given, the Rebels rendezvouzed, and the assault attempted. Now the King, and his Son being All, and always Eye, could not but discern all passages in his Dominions; and he having always love for his Son, as for himself, could not, at what he saw, but be greatly provoked, and offended: Wherefore what does he, but takes them in the very nick, and first Trip that they made towards their design, convicts them of the Treason, horrid Rebellion, and Conspiracy that they had devised, and now attempted to put into practice: and cast them altogether out of all place of trust, benefit, honour, and preferment. This done, he banishes them the Court, turns them down into the horrible Pits, as fast bound in Chains, never more to 2 Pet. 2.4. expect the least favour from his hands, but to abide the-Judgment that he had appointed: And that for- Jude 6. ever, and yet:

Now they being thus cast out of all place of trust,

profit, and honour, and also knowing that they had lost their Prince,s favour for ever, (being banished his Court and cast down to the horrible Pits :) You maybe sure they would now add to their former pride, what malice and rage against Shaddai, and against 1 Pet. 5. 8. his Son, they could. Wherefore roving, and ranging in much fury from place to place (if perhaps they might find something that was the King,s) to revenge, by spoiling of that, themselves on him. At last they happened into this spacious Country of Universe, and steer their course towards the Town of Mansoul; and considering that that Town was one of the chief works, and delights of King Shaddai: What do they, but after Counsel taken, make an assault upon that. I say they knew that Mansoul belonged unto Shaddai, for they were there when he built it, and beautified it for himself. So when they had found the place they shouted horribly for joy, and roared on it as a Lion upon the prey, saying: 'Now we have found the prize, and how to be revenged on King Shaddai for A Council o/ what he hath done to us., So they sate down and Kab*fu8iM4 called a Council of War, and considered with themqjaSau selve8 what ways and methods they had best to engage Mansoul ini for the winning to themselves this famous Town of Mansoul j And these four things were then propounded to be considered of. Proposals. First, Whether they had best, all of them to show themselves, in this design to the Tenon of Mansoul.

Secondly, Whether they had best to go and sit down against Mansoul, in their now ragged, and beggarly guise.

Thirdly, Whether they had best to show to Mansoul their intentions, and what design they came about, or whether to assault it with words and ways of deceit.

Fourthly, Whether they had not best, to some of their Companions to give out private orders to take the advantage, if they see one, or more of the principal Townsmen, to shoot them: If thereby they shall judge their cause and design will the better be promoted.

It was answered to the first of these Proposals, in To the first the Negative, to wit, that it would not be best that all should show themselves before the Town: Because the appearance of many of them might alarm, and fright the Town. Whereas, a few or but one of them, was not so likely to do it. And to enforce, this advice to take place, ,twas added further, that if Mansoul was frighted, or did take the alarm, ',Tis impossible,, said Diabolus (for he spake now) 'that we should take the Town, for that none can enler into it without its own consent. Let therefore but few, or but one assault Mansoul, and in mine opinion,, said Diabolus, 'let me be he., Wherefore to this they all agreed, and then to the second Proposal they came, namely, The second Whether they had best to go and sit down beforepTOpom1' Mansoul, in their now ragged and beggarly guise. To which it was answered also in the Negative, by no means; and that because, though the Town of Mansoul, had been made to know, and to have to do before now, with things that are invisible; they did never as yet see any of their fellow Creatures in so sad, and rascal condition as they. And this was the advice of that fierce Alecto. Then said Apollyon, ipoiiyon. 'The advice is pertinent, for even one of us appearing to them as we are now, must needs, both beget, and multiply such thoughts in them as will both put them into a consternation of spirit, and necessitate them to put themselves upon their guard: And if so,, said he, 'Then, as my Lord Alecto said but now, ,tis in vain for us to think of taking the Town., Then said that

Beelzebub, mighty Giant Beelzebub, 'The advice that already is given is safe, for though the men of Mansoul have seen such things as we once were, yet hitherto they never did behold such things as we now are. And ,tis best in mine opinion to come upon them in such a guise as is common to, and most familiar among them., To this when they had consented: The next thing to be considered was, in what shape, hue or guise, Diabolus had best to show himself, when he went about to make Mansoul his own. Then one said one

Lucifer. thing, and another the contrary; at last Lucifer answered, that in his opinion, ,twas best that his Lordship should assume the body of some of those Creatures that they of the Town had dominion over. 'For,, quoth he, 'these are not only familiar to them but being under them they will never imagine that an attempt should by them be made upon the Town; and to blind all, let him assume the body of one of these

Gen. s. l. beasts that Mansoul deems to be wiser than any of the rest., This advice was applauded of all, so it was determined that the Giant Diabolus should assume

Kev. 20. i, 2. the Dragon, for that he was in those days as familiar with the Town of Mansoul as now is the bird with the Boy. For nothing that was in its primitive state was at all amazing to them. Then they proceeded to the third thing, which was,

3. Whether they had best to shew their intentions, Third or the design of his coming to Mansoul or no? This prop°sa' also was answered in the Negative, because of the weight that was in the former reasons, to wit, for that Mansoul were a strong people, in a strong Town, whose Wall and Gates were impregnable, (to say nothing of their Castle, nor can they by any means be won but by their own consent. 'Besides,, said Legion, (for he gave answer to this), 'A dis- Legion, covery of our intentions, may make them send to their King for aid, and if that be done, I know quickly what time of day ,twill be with us. Therefore let us assault them in all pretended fairness, covering of our intentions with all manner of lies, flatteries, delusive words; feigning of things that never will be, and promising of that to them, that they shall never find: This is the way to win Mansoul, and to make them of themselves to open their Gates to us; yea, and to desire us too, to come in to them.

'And the reason why I think that this project will do, is, because the people of Mansoul now, are every one simple and innocent; all honest and true: Nor do they as yet know what it is to be assaulted with Fraud, Guile, and Hypocrisy. They are strangers to lying and dissembling lips; wherefore, we cannot, if thus we be disguised, by them at all be discerned, our Lies shall go for true sayings, and our dissimulations for upright dealings. What we promise them, they will in that believe us: Especially if in all our lies The fourth Proposal.

Of Captain
Resistance.

and feigned words, we pretend great love to them, and that our design is only their advantage, and honour., Now there was not one bit of a reply against this, this went as current down, as doth the water down a steep descent: Wherefore they go to consider of the last Proposal, which was,

4. Whether they had not best to give out orders to some of their Company, to shoot some one or more of the principal of the Townsmen: If they judge that their cause may be promoted thereby.

This was carried in the Affirmative, and the man that was designed by this Stratagem to be destroyed, was one Mr. Resistance, otherwise called Captain Resistance. And a great man in Mansoul, this Captain Resistance was; and a man that the Giant Diabolus, and his band, more feared than they feared the whole Town of Mansoul besides. Now who should be the Actor to do the murder? that was the next, and they appointed one Tisiphone, a fury of the Lake to do it.

They thus having ended their Council of War, rose up, and assayed to do as they had determined; they The result of marched towards Mansoul, but all in a manner in

their Council. visikJe, save one onJy 0ne . n0J. fcfi Jie approach the

Town in his own likeness, but under the shade, and in the body of the Dragon.

So they drew up, and sate down before Ear-gate, for that was the Place of hearing for all without the Town, as Eye-gate was the place of Perspection. So, as I said, he came up with his Train to the Gate, and laid his ambuscado for Captain Resistance within bowshot of the Town. This done, the Giant ascended up Diatwius

i m -Mr j marches up

close to the Gate, and called to the Town of Mansoul to the Town for audience. Nor took he any with him, but one Audience. Ill-pause, who was his Orator in all difficult matters: Now, as I said, he being come up to the Gate, (as the manner of those times was) sounded his Trumpet for Audience. At which the chief of the Town of Mansoul, such as my Lord Innocent, my Lord Willbewill, The Lords of my Lord Mayor, Mr. Recorder, and Captain Resistance appeared. came down to the Wall to see who was there, and what was the matter. And my Lord Willbewill, when he had looked over and saw who stood at the Gate, demanded what he was, wherefore he was come,and why he roused the Town of Mansoul with so unusual a sound.

Diab. Diabolus then, as if he had been a Lamb, Diaboius began his Oration and said, Gentlemen of the famous Town of Mansoul, / am, as you may perceive no far dweller from you, but near, and one that is bound by the King to do you my homage, and what service I can; wherefore that I may be faithful to myself, and to you, I have somewhat of concern to impart unto you. Wherefore grant me your Audience and hear me patiently. And first, I will assure you it is not myself but you; not mine, but your advantage that I seek by what I now do, as will full well be made manifest, by that I have opened my mind unto you. For Gentlemen, I am (to tell you the truth) come to shew you how you may obtain great and ample deliverance from a bondage that unawares to yourselves, you are captivated and enslaved under. At this the Town of

Mansoui Mansoul began to prick up its ears, and 'What is it 1

engaged.

pray what is it?, thought they: And he said, / have somewhat to say to you concerning your King, concerning his Law, and also touching yourselves. Touching your King, I know he is great and potent, but yet all that he hath said to you is neither true, nor yet for your advantage. 1. ,Tis not true, for that wherewith he hath hitherto awed you, shall not come to pass, nor be fulfilled, though you do the thing that he hath forbidden. But if there was danger, what a slavery is it to live always in fear of the greatest of punishments, for doing so small and trivial a thing, as eating of a little fruit is. S. Touching his Laws, this I say further, they are both unreasonable, intricate and intolerable. Unreasonable as was Diaboius his hinted before, for that the punishment is not propormad^upof tioned to the offence. There is great difference and lies' disproportion betwixt the life, and an Apple: Yet the

one must go for the other by the Law of your Shaddai. But it is also intricate, in that he saith, first, you may eat of all; and yet after, forbids the eating, of one. And then in the last place, it must needs be intolerable, forasmuch as that fruit which you are forbidden to eat of {if you are forbidden any) is that, and that alone, which is able by your eating, to minister to you a good as yet unknown by you. This is manifest by the very name of the tree, it is called the Tree of knowledge of good and evil, and have you that knowledge as yet? No, no, nor can you conceive how good, how pleasant, and how much to be desired to make one wise it is, so long as you stand by your King,s commandment. Why should you be holden in ignorance and blindness? Why should you not be enlarged in knowledge and understanding? And now! Ah ye inhabitants of the famous Town of Mansoul, to speak more particularly to yourselves, you are not a free people: You are kept both in bondage and slavery, and tliat by a grievous threat; no reason being annexed, but so I will have it, so it shall be. And is it not grievous to think on, that that very thing that you are forbidden to do, might you but do it, would yield you both wisdom and honour? For then your eyes will be opened, and you shall be as Gods. Now, since this is thus, quoth he, can you be kept by any Prince in more slavery, and in greater bondage than you are under this day? You are made underlings, and are wrapt up in inconveniences, as I have well made appear: For what bondage greater than to be kept in blindness? will not reason tell you, that it is better to have eyes than to be without them, and so to be at liberty, to be better than to be shut up in a dark and stinking cave?

And just now while Diabolus was speaking these words to Mansoul, Tisiphone shot at Captain Resist- Captain

i Resistan

ance, where he stood on the Gate, and mortally slain. wounded him in the head; so that he to the amazement of the Townsmen, and the encouragement of Diabolus, fell down dead quite over the Wall. Now when Captain Resistance was dead (and he was the only man of War in the Town) poor Mansoul was wholly left naked of Courage, nor had she now any heart to resist. But this was as the Devil would

Mr. ill- have it. Then stood forth that He, Mr. Ill-pause,

pause his t _ ,

speecfc <o ffie that Diabolus brought with him, who was his Orator, Mansoui. and he addressed himself to speak to the Town of Mansoul: The tenure of whose speech here follows.

Ill-^pause. 'Gentlemen,, quoth he, 'it is my Master,s happiness, that he has this day a quiet and teachable Auditory; and it is hoped by us, that we shall prevail with you not to cast off good advice. My Master has a very great love for you, and although, as he very well knows, that he runs the hazard of the anger of King Shaddai, yet love to you will make him do more than that. Nor doth there need that a word more should be spoken to confirm for truth what .he hath said; there is not a word but carries with it self-evidence in its Bowels; the very name of the Tree may put an end to all Controversy in this matter. I therefore at this time shall only add this advice to you, under, and by the leave of my Lord,, (and with that he made Diabolus a very low Congee.) 'Consider his words, look on the Tree, and the promising Fruit thereof; remember also that yet you know but little, and that this is the way to know more: And if your Reasons be not conquered to accept of such good Counsel, you are not the men that I took you to be., But when the Townsfolk saw that the Tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eye, and a Tree to be desired to make one wise, they did as old Ill-pause advised, they took and did eat thereof. Now, this I should have told you before, that even then, when this Ill-pause was making of his speech to the Townsmen, my Lord Innocency, (whether by a shot from the Camp of the Giant, or from some

sinking qualm that suddenly took him, or whether by My Lord in

the stinking breath of that treacherous Villain old Sca<TMcy 8

Ill-pause, for so I am apt to think) sunk down in the

place where he stood, nor could he be brought to life

again. Thus these two brave men died; brave men

I call them, for they were the beauty and glory of

Mansoul, so long as they lived therein. Nor did

there now remain any more, a noble spirit in Mansoul,

they all fell down, and yielded obedience to Diabolus,

and became his Slaves and Vassals as you shall hear.

Now these being dead, what do the rest of the Townsfolk, but as men that had found a fool,s Paradise, they presently, as afore was hinted, fall to prove the truth of the Giant,s words; and first they did as Ill-pause had taught them, they looked, they considered, they were taken with the forbidden fruit, they took thereof, and did eat: And having eaten, they became immediately drunken therewith; so they opened the Gate, both Ear-gat^ and Eye-gate, and The Town

.r-v'T7 ni-i i • f • taken and

let in Diabolus with all his bands, quite forgetting how.
their good Shaddai, his Law, and the judgment that
he had annexed with solemn threatning to the breach
thereof.

Diabolus, having now obtained entrance in at the Gates of the Town, marches up to the middle thereof, to make his conquest as sure as he could, and finding by this time the affections of the people warmly inclining to him, he as thinking ,twas best striking while the Iron is hot, made this further deceivable speech unto them saying, Alas my poor Mansoul: / have done thee indeed this service, as to promote thee to honour, and to greaten thy liberty, but Alas: Alas: Poor Mansoul, thou wantest now one to defend thee, for assure thyself that when Shaddai shall hear what is done, he will come: For sorry will he be that thou hast broken his bonds, and cast his cords away from thee. What wilt thou do, wilt thou after enlargement suffer thy privileges to be invaded and taken away? Or what wilt resolve with thyself? Then they all with one consent said to this Bramble, 'Do He %s enter- thou Reign over us., So he accepted the motion and their King, became the King of the Town of Mansoul. This euiseYofthe being done, the next thing was, to give him possession firtifeditfor of the Castle, and so, of the whole strength of the Tam8eV- Town. Wherefore, into the Castle he goes (it was that which Shaddai built in Mansoul for his own delight and pleasure). This now was become a Den and hold for the Giant Diabolus.

Now having got possession of this stately Palace, or Castle, what doth he, but make it a Garrison for himself, and strengthens and fortifies it with all sorts of provision against the King Shaddai, or those that should endeavour the regaining of it to him and his obedience again.

This done, but not thinking himself yet secure enough, in the next place, he bethinks himself of new He new modelling the Town; and so he does, setting up one and

vwdelkth the ... , ., . 1 TTrl ~

Town. putting down another at pleasure. Wherefore my Lord Mayor, whose name was my Lord Understanding, and Mr. Recorder whose name was Mr. Conscience, those he puts out of place, and power.

As for my Lord Mayor though he was an under- My Lord

Mayorput

standing man, and one too that had complied with out of place.

the rest of the Town of Mansoul, in admitting of the

Giant into the Town, yet Diabolus thought not fit to

let him abide in his former lustre and glory, because

he was a seeing man. Wherefore he darkned it not

only by taking from him his Office and Power, but by 2 Cor. 10. 4,

building of an high and strong Tower, just between 5

the Sun,s reflections, and the Windows of my Lord,s

Palace: By which means his house and all, and the

whole of his habitation, was made as dark as darkness Ephes. 4. is

itself. And thus being alienated from the light, he 19

became as one that was born blind. To this his

house, my Lord was confined, as to a Prison; nor

might he upon his parole go further than within

his own bounds. And now had he had an heart to

do for Mansoul, what could he do for it, or wherein

could he be profitable to her? So then, so long as

Mansoul was under the power and government of

Diabolus, (And so long it was under him, as it

was obedient to him; which was, even until by a

War it was rescued out of his hand:) So long my

Lord Mayor was rather an impediment in, than an

advantage to, the famous Town of Mansoul.

As for Mr. Recorder, before the Town was taken, he was a man well read in the Laws of his King, and also a man of courage and faithfulness to speak truth at every occasion: And he had a tongue as bravely hung, as he had an head filled with judgment. Now The itasorthis man, Diabolus could by no means abide, because, o/p£.°'t' though he gave his consent to his coming into the Town,

yet he could not, by all wiles, trials, stratagems, and devices that he could use, make him wholly his own. True, he was much degenerated from his former King, and also much pleased with many of the Giant,s Laws, and service: but all this would not do, forasmuch as he was not wholly his. He would now and then think upon Shaddai, and have dread of his Law upon He sometimes him, and then he would speak with a voice, as great

speaks for

Ms first against Diabolus, as when a Lion roareth. Yea, and Kut9' would also at certain times when his fits were upon him (for you must know that sometimes he had terrible fits) make the whole Town of Mansoul shake with his voice: And therefore the now King of Mansoul could not abide him.

Diabolus therefore feared the Recorder more than any that was left alive in the Town of Mansoul, because, as I said, his words did shake the whole Town; they were like the rattling thunder, and also like Thunder-claps. Since therefore the Giant could not make him wholly his own, what doth he do but He is more studies all that he could, to debauch the old Gentlethan before, man, and by debauchery, to stupify his mind, and more harden his heart in ways of vanity. And as he attempted, so he accomplished his design: He debauched the man, and by little and little, so drew him into sin and wickedness, that at last he was not only debauched as at first, and so by consequence defiled, but was almost (at last, I say) past all Conscience of sin. And this was the farthest Diabolus could go. Wherefore he bethinks him of another project, and that was to persuade the men of the Town that Mr. Recorder was mad, and so not to be regarded. And for this he urged his fits, and said, 'If he be himself, why doth he not do thus always? But,, quoth he, 'as all mad folk have their fits, and in them their raving language; so hath this old and doating Gentleman., Thus by one means or another, he quickly got The Town Mansoul to slight, neglect, and despise whatever Mr. from Seeding Recorder could say. For besides what already you <^hmhave heard Diabolus had a way to make the old Gentleman, when he was merry, unsay and deny what he in his fits had affirmed. And, indeed, this was the next way to make himself ridiculous, and to cause that no man should regard him. Also now he never How conspake freely for King Shaddai, but always by force and ST806e, constraint. Besides, he would at one time be hot ^S0MS' against that at which at another he would hold his«"^mTM peace. So uneven was he now in his doings. Sometimes he would be as if fast asleep, and again sometimes as dead, even then when the whole Town of Mansoul was in her career after vanity, and in her dance after the Giant,s pipe.

Wherefore sometimes when Mansoul did use to be frighted with the thundring voice of the Recorder that was, and when they did tell Diabolus of it, he would answer, that what the old Gentleman said, was neither of love to him nor pity to them, but of a foolish fondness that he had to be prating: And so would hush, still, and put all to quiet again. And that he might leave no argument unurged that might tend to make them secure, he said, and said it often; 'O Mansoul! Consider that notwithstanding the old Gentleman,s rage, and the rattle of his high and thundring words, you hear nothing of Shaddai himself (when liar and deceiver that he was, every outcry of Mr. Recorder against the sin of Mansoul, was Satanicta the voice of God in him to them). But he goes on

Shetorick. , °

and says, 'You see that he values not the loss, nor rebellion of the Town of Mansoul, nor will he trouble himself with calling of his Town to a reckoning for their giving of themselves to me. He knows that though ye were his, now you are lawfully mine; so leaving us one to another, he now hath shaken his hands of us.

'Moreover, O Mansoul !, quoth he, 'Consider how I have served you, even to the uttermost of my power; and that with the best that I have, could get, or procure for you in all the World. Besides, I dare say, that the Laws and customs that you now are under, and by which you do homage to me, do yield you more solace and content, than did the paradise that at first you possessed. Your Liberty also, as yourselves do very well know, has been greatly widened, and enlarged by

His flatteries, me; whereas, I found you a pen,d-up people. I have not laid any restraint upon you; you have no Law, Statute, or Judgment of mine to fright you; I call none of you to account for your doings, except the

Conscience. Madman, you know who I mean: I have granted you to live, each man like a Prince in his own, even with as little controul from me, as I myself have from you.,

And thus would Diabolus hush up, and quiet the Town of Mansoul, when the Recorder that was, did at times molest them: Yea, and with such cursed

Orations as these, would set the whole Town in a Mm sometimes angry

rage, and fury against the old Gentleman: Yea, the with their

rascal crew, at sometimes would be for destroying of him. They have often wished (in my hearing) That he had lived a thousand miles off from them: his company, his words, yea, the sight of him, and especially when they remembred how in old times he did used to threaten and condemn them; (for all he was now so debauched) did terrify and afflict them sore.

But all wishes were vain, for I do not know how, unless by the power of Shaddai and his wisdom, he was preserved in being amongst them. Besides, his in thoughts. house was as strong as a Castle, and stood hard to a strong Hold of the Town; moreover, if at any time any of the crew or rabble attempted to make him away, he could pull up the sluices, and let in such floods, as would drown all round about him. of fears

But to leave Mr. Recorder, and to come to my The win. Lord Willbewill, another of the Gentry of the famous Town of Mansoul. This Willbewill was as high born, as any man in Mansoul, and was as much if not more a Freeholder than many of them were; besides, if I remember my tale aright, he had some priviledge peculiar to himself in the famous Town of Mansoul: Now together with these, he was a man of great strength, resolution, and courage, nor in his occasion could any turn him away. But I say, whether he was proud of his estate, priviledges, strength or what, (but sure it was through pride of something) he scorns now to be a slave in Mansoul; and therefore

resolves to bear Office under Diabolus, that he might (such an one as he was) be a petty Ruler and Governour in Mansoul. And (headstrong man that he was) thus he began betimes: for this man, when Diabolus did make his Oration at Ear-gate, was one of the first that was for consenting to his words, and for accepting of his counsel as wholesome, and that was for the opening of the Gate, and for letting him into the Town: wherefore Diabolus had a kindness for him; and therefore he designed for him a place: And perceiving the valour and stoutness of the man, he coveted to have him for one of his great ones, to act and do in matters of the highest concern. The wm S0 ne sent for him, and talked with him of that

takes place

under Dia- secret matter that lay in his breast, but there needed

bolus. V

not much perswasion in the case. For as at first he was willing that Diabolus should be let into the Town; so now he was as willing to serve him there: When the Tyrant therefore perceived the willingness of my Lord to serve him, and that his mind stood bending that way, he forthwith made him the Captain of the Heart. Castle, Governour of the Wall, and keeper of the Gates SenSs. of Mansoul: Yea, there was a Clause in his Commission, That nothing without him should be done in all the Town of Mansoul. So that now next to Diabolus himself, who but my Lord Willbewill in all the Town of Mansoul; nor could anything now be done, but at his Will and Pleasure throughout the Rom. 8.7. Town of Mansoul. He had also one Mr. Mind for my Lord's' his Clerk, a man to speak on, every way like his Master: For he and his Lord were in principle one, and in practice not far asunder. And now was Mansoul brought under to purpose, and made to Ephes. 2.2, fulfil the lusts of the will and of the mind. 3'4'

But it will not out of my thoughts, what a desperate one this Willbewill was, when power was put into his hand. First, he flatly denied that he owed any suit, or service to his former Prince, and Liege-Lord. This done, in the next place he took an Oath, and swore fidelity to his great Master Diabolus, and then being stated and settled in his places, offices, advancements and preferments; Oh! You cannot think unless you had seen it, the strange work, that this workman made in the Town of Mansoul.

First, he maligned Mr. Recorder to death, he The carnal would neither endure to see him, nor to hear the Conscience. words of his mouth; he would shut his eyes when he saw him, and stop his ears when he heard him speak; Also he could not endure that so much as a fragment of the Law of Shaddai should be anywhere seen in the Town. For example, his Clerk Mr. Mind had some old, rent, and torn parchments of the Law of good Shaddai in his house, but when Willbewill saw them, he cast them behind his back. True Mr. Neh. 9.26. Recorder had some of the Laws in his study, but my Lord could by no means come at them: He also thought and said, That the windows of my old Lord corrupt will Mayor,s house, were always too light for the profit uSmtxmtt of the Town of Mansoul. The light of a candle he TM9' could not endure. Now nothing at all pleased Willbewill, but what pleased JDiabolus his Lord.

There was none like him to trumpet about the

Streets the brave nature, the wise conduct, and great glory of the King Diabolus. He would range and Vain rove throughout all the Streets of Mansoul, to cry up thoughts. his illustrious Lord, and would make himself even as an abject, among the base and Rascal crew, to cry up his valiant Prince. And I say, when, and wheresoever he found these Vassals, he would even make himself as one of them. In all ill courses he would act without bidding, and do mischief without commandment.

The Lord Willbewill also had a Deputy under him, and his name was Mr. Affection; one that was also Rom. 1.25. greatly debauched in his Principles, and answerable thereto in his life: He was wholly given to the flesh, and therefore they called him Vile Affection: Now there was he, and one Carnal Lust, the daughter of Mr. Mind (like to like quoth the Devil to the Collier) Amat&be- that fell in love, and made a match, and were affection and married; and as I take it, they had several children, canal lust. ^ Impudent, Blackmouth and Hate-reproof: these three were black boys: And besides these they had three daughters, as Scorn-Truth, and Slight-God, and the name of the youngest was Revenge; these were all married in the Town, and also begot and yielded many bad brats, too many to be here inserted. But to pass by this.

When the Giant had thus engarrisoned himself in the Town of Mansoul, and had put down and set up whom he thought good, he betakes himself to Defacing. Now there was in the market-place in Mansoul, and also upon the Gates of the Castle, an image of the blessed King Shaddai, this image was so exactly engraven (and it was engraven in gold) that it did the most resemble Shaddai himself of anything that then was extant in the World. This he basely commanded to be defaced, and it was as basely done by the hand mat No

, Truth did.

of Mr. No-Truth. Now you must know, that as Diabolus had commanded, and that by the hand of Mr. No-Truth, the image of Shaddai was defaced. He likewise gave order that the same Mr. No-Truth should set up in its stead the horrid and formidable image of Diabolus: to the great contempt of the former King, and debasing of his Town of Mansoul.

Moreover, Diabolus made havock of all remains of Ah Law the Laws and Statutes of Shaddai, that could be stroyed that found in the Town of Mansoul: To wit, such as contained either the Doctrines of Morals, with all Civil and Natural Documents. Also relative Severities he sought to extinguish. To be short, there was nothing of the remains of good in Mansoul, which he, and Willbewill sought not to destroy; for their design was to turn Mansoul into a brute, and to make it like to the sensual sow, by the hand of Mr. No-Truth.

When he had destroyed what Law, and good orders he could, then further to effect his design, namely, to alienate Mansoul from Shaddai her King, he commands, and they set up his own vain Edicts, Statutes and Commandments, in all places of resort or concourse in Mansoul, to wit, such as gave liberty to the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes, and the pride of 1 J0hn 2.16. life, which are not of Shaddai, but of the World. He encouraged, countenanced and promoted lascivious

ness, and all ungodliness there. Yea, much more did Diabolus to encourage wickedness in the Town of Mansoul, he promised them peace, content, joy, and bliss in doing his commands, and that they should never be called to an account for their not doing the contrary. And let this serve to give a taste to them that love to hear tell of what is done beyond their knowledge, afar off in other Countries.

Now Mansoul being wholly at his beck, and brought wholly to his bow, nothing was heard or seen therein but that which tended to set up him. They have a But now, he having disabled the Lord Mayor, and Mayor^and Mr. Recorder from bearing of Office in Mansoul: And corder. seeing that the Town before he came to it, was the most ancient of Corporations in the World, and fearing, if he did not maintain greatness, they at any time should object that he had done them an injury: Therefore, I say, (that they might see that he did not intend to lessen their Grandeur, or to take from them any of their advantageous things) he did chuse for them a Lord Mayor and a Recorder, himself: And such as contented them at the heart, and such also as pleased him wondrous well.

The name of the Mayor that was of Diabolus,s TVn«o making, was the Lord Lustings. A man that had neither Eyes nor Ears, all that he did whether as a man or as an Officer, he did it naturally as doth the beast. And that which made him yet the more ignoble, though not to Mansoul, yet to them that beheld, and were grieved for its ruins, was that he never could favour good but evil.

The Recorder, was one whose name was Forget- The new Recorder.

good. And a very sorry Fellow he was. He could remember nothing but mischief, and to do it with delight. He was naturally prone to do things that were hurtful, even hurtful to the Town of Mansoul, and to all the dwellers there. These two therefore by their power, and practice, example and smiles upon evil, did much more Grammar, and settle the common people in hurtful ways. For who doth not perceive Thoughts. but when those that sit aloft are vile and corrupt themselves, they corrupt the whole Region. and Country where they are 1

Besides these, Diabolus made several Burgesses, He doth make and Aldermen in Mansoul: Such as out of whom the Aldermen. Town, when it needed, might chuse them Officers, aMdwho' Governours, and Magistrates. And these are the names of the chief of them: Mr. Incredulity, Mr. Haughty, Mr. Swearing, Mr. Whoreing, Mr. Hardheart, Mr. Pitiless, Mr. Fury, Mr. No-truth, Mr. Stand-to-lies, Mr. False-peace, Mr. Drunkenness, Mr. Cheating, Mr. Atheism, thirteen in all. Mr. Incredulity, is the eldest, and Mr. Atheism the youngest of the company.

There was also an Election of Common Councilmen, and others; as Bailiffs, Serjeants, Constables, and others, but all of them like to those aforenamed, being either Fathers, Brothers, Cousins, or Nephews to them. Whose names, for brevity,s-sake I omit to mention.

When the Giant had thus far proceeded in his work, in the next place he betook him to build some UebuUdeth strongholds in the Town. And he built three that

three strong

holds, their seemed to be impregnable. The first he called the

names and

Governmrs. Hold of Defiance, because it was made to command the whole Town, and to keep it from the knowledge of its ancient King. The second he called Midnighthold, because it was builded on purpose to keep Mansoul from the true knowledge of itself. The third was called Sweet-sin-hold, because by that he fortified Mansoul against all desires of good. The first of these holds stood close by Eye-gate, that as much as might be, light might be darkened there; the second was builded hard to the Old Castle, to the end that that might be made more blind (if possible); and the third stood in the Market place.

He that Diabolus made Governour over the first of these, was one Spite-God, a most blasphemous wretch. He came with the whole rabble of them that came against Mansoul at first, and was himself one of themselves. He that was made the Governour of Midnight-hold was one Love-no-light. He was also of them that came first against the Town. And he that was made the Governour of the Hold called Sweet-sin-hold, was one whose name was Love-flesh, he was also a very lewd fellow but not of that Country where the other are bound. This fellow could find more sweetness when he stood sucking of a lust, than he did in all the Paradise of God. Diabolus And now Diabolus thought himself safe. He had nestmade hiS taken Mansoul; He had engarrisoned himself therein;

He had put down the old Officers, and had set up new ones; He had defaced the image of Shaddai, and had set up his own; He had spoiled the old Law Books, and had promoted his own vain Lies; He had made him new Magistrates, and set up new Aldermen; He had builded him new Holds, and had manned them for himself. And all this he did to make himself secure, in case the good Shaddai, or his Son, should come to make an incursion upon him.

Now you may well think, that long before this Tidings

G(tTT■\€cL to tlt€

time, word by some or other could not but be carried Court 0/what to the good King Shaddai, how his Mansoul in the fo^ansrouT* Continent of Universe was lost; and that the Runagate Giant Diabolus, once one of his Majesty,s Servants, had in Rebellion against the King made sure thereof for himself: Yea tidings were carried and brought to the King thereof, and that to a very circumstance.

As first, How Diabolus came upon Mansoul (they being a simple people and innocent) with craft, subtlety, lies and guile; Item, That he had treacherously slain the right noble and valiant Captain, their Captain Resistance, as he stood upon the Gate with the rest of the Townsmen; Item, How my brave Lord Innocent fell down dead (with grief some say, or with being poisoned with the stinking breath of one Ill-pause, as say others) at the hearing of his just Lord, and rightful Prince Shaddai so abused by the mouth of so filthy a Diabolonian, as that Varlet Ill-pause was. The Messenger further told, that after this Ill-pause had made a short Oration to the Townsmen, in behalf of Diabolus his Master, the simple Town believing that what was said was true, with one consent did open Ear-gate, the chief Gate of the Corporation, and did let him with his Crew into a Possession of the famous town of Mansoul. He further shewed how Diabolus had served the Lord Mayor, and Mr. Recorder, to wit, That he had put them from all place of power and trust; Item, He shewed also that my Lord Willbewill was turned a very Rebel and Runagate, and that so was one Mr. Mind his Clerk, and that they two did range and revel it all the Town over, and teach the wicked ones their ways. He said moreover, That this Willbewill was put into great trust. And particularly, that Diabolus had put into Willbewill,s hand, all the strong places in Mansoul; And that Mr. Affection was made my Lord Willbewill,s Deputy in his most rebellious affairs. 'Yea,, said the Messenger, 'this monster, Lord Willbewill, has openly disavowed his King Shaddai, and hath horribly given his faith and plighted his Troth to Diabolus.,

'Also, said the Messenger, 'besides all this, the new King, or rather rebellious Tyrant, over the once famous, but now perishing Town of Mansoul, has set up a Lord Mayor, and a Recorder of his own. For Mayor he has set up one Mr. Dustings, and for Recorder, Mr. Forget-good: two of the vilest of all the Town of Mansoul., This faithful Messenger also proceeded and told what a sort of new Burgesses, Diabolus had made, also that he had builded several strong Forts, Towers, and strong Holds in Mansoul. He told too, the which I had almost forgot, how Diabolus had put the Town of Mansoul into Arms the better to capacitate them on his behalf to make resistance against Shaddai their King, should he come to reduce them to their former obedience.

Now this Tidings-teller did not deliver his Relation of things in private, but in open Court, the King and > his Son, high Lords, chief Captains, and Nobles, being all there present to hear. But by that they had heard the whole of the story, it would have amazed one to have seen, had he been there to behold it, what sorrow and grief, and compunction of spirit Grief at

, , ,, . , „ Court to hea

there was among all sorts, to think that famous the Tidings.

Mansoul was now taken: only the King, and his Son

foresaw all this long before, yea, and sufficiently

provided for the relief of Mansoul, though they told

not everybody thereof: Yet because they also would

have a share in condoling of the misery of Mansoul,

therefore they also did, and that at a rate of the

highest degree, bewail the losing of Mansoul. The

King said plainly, That it grieved him at the heart, Gen. 6. 5, 6.

and you may be sure that his Son was not a whit

behind him. Thus gave they conviction to all about

them, that they had love and compassion for the

famous Town of Mansoul. Well, when the King and

his Son were retired into the Privy Chamber, there

they again consulted about what they had designed

before, to wit, That as Mansoul should in time be The secret of

suffered to be lost; so as certainly it should be recovered ,nsPuri">sc

again; recovered I say, in such a way, as that both

the King and his Son would get themselves eternal

fame and glory thereby. Wherefore after this consult,

the Son of Shaddai (a sweet and comely Person, and The son of

one that had always great affection for those that were

Isa. 49. 5.
1 Tim. 1. 15.
Hos. 13. 14.

A brave design on foot for the Town of Man soul.

By the Holy
Ghost.

The Holy
Scriptures.

The Contents.

in affliction, but one that had mortal enmity in his heart against Diabolus, because he was designed for it, and because he sought his Crown and Dignity); This Son of Shaddai, I say, having stricken hands with his Father, and promised that he would be his Servant to recover his Mansoul again, stood by his resolution, nor would he repent of the same. The purport of which agreement was this; to wit, That at a certain time prefixed by both, the King,s Son should take a journey into the Country of Universe, and there, in a way of Justice and Equity, by making of amends for the Follies of Mansoul, he should lay a foundation of her perfect Deliverance from Diabolus, and from his Tyranny.

Moreover Emanuel resolved to make, at a time convenient, a War upon the Giant Diabolus, even while he was possessed of the Town of Mansoul. And that he would fairly, by strength of hand, drive him out of his hold, his nest, and take it to himself, to be his habitation. This now being resolved upon, order was given to the Lord chief Secretary, to draw up a fair Record of what was determined, and to cause that it should be published in all the Corners of the Kingdom of Universe. A short Breviat of the Contents thereof, you may, if you please, take here as follows:

Let all men know who are concerned, That the Son of Shaddai the great King, is engaged by Covenant to his Father, to bring his Mansoul to him again; Yea, and to put Mansoul too, through the power of his matchless Love, into afar better and more happy Condition, than ,twas in before it was taken by Diabolus.

These Papers therefore were published in several places, to the no little molestation of the Tyrant Diabolus, 'for now,, thought he, 'I shall be molested, and my habitation will be taken from me.,

But when this matter, I mean this purpose of the King and his Son, did at first take air at Court, who can tell how the high Lords, chief Captains, and noble Princes that were there, were taken with the business 1 First they whispered it to one another, and after that Among the it began to ring out throughout the King,s Palace, all Antds' wondring at the glorious design that between the King and his Son was on foot for the miserable Town of Mansoul. Yea the Courtiers could scarce do anything, either for the King or Kingdom, but they would mix with the doing thereof, a noise of the love of the King and his Son, that they had for the Town of Mansoul.

Nor could these Lords, high Captains, and Princes, be content to keep this News at Court, yea before the Records thereof were perfected, themselves came down and told it in Universe. At last it came to the ears, as I said, of Diabolus, to his no little discontent. For you must think it would perplex him, to hear of Diabolus such a design against him; well, but after a few aTnews. °* casts in his mind, he concluded upon these four things:

First that this News, this good tidings (if possible) should be kept from the ears of the Town of Mansoul: 'For,, said he, 'if they shall once come to the knowledge He concluded that Shaddai their former King, and Emanuel his lungsTM* Son, are contriving of good for the Town of Mansoul, what can be expected by me, but that Mansoul will

make a revolt from under my hand and government, and return again to him?,

Now to accomplish this his design, he renews his flattery with my Lord Willbewill, and also gives him First how to strict charge and command, that he should keep watch from^sm^8 by day, and by night at all the gates of the Town, h0uL especially Ear-gate and Eye-gate: 'For I hear of a design,, quoth he, 'a design to make us all Traitors, and that Mansoul must be reduced to its first bondage again. I hope they are but flying stories,, quoth he, 'however let no such news by any means be let into Mansoul, lest the people be dejected thereat: I think my Lord it can be no welcome news to you, I The Witt en- am sure it is none to me. And I think that at this «tei?osprf."s< time it should be all our wisdom and care, to nip the thoughts head of all such rumours as shall tend to trouble our Z?o¥tuvl People: Wherefore I desire, my Lord, that you will Mansoul. 'n t^ matter do as I say, let there be strong guards daily kept at every gate of the Town. Stop also and examine from whence such come, that you perceive do from far come hither to trade; nor let them by any means be admitted into Mansoul, unless you shall plainly perceive that they are favourers of our excellent Government. I command moreover,, said Diabolus, 'that there be spies continually walking up and down All good the Town of Mansoul, and let them have power to

thoughts and . , , , (1 , ,..

mrds in the suppress and destroy any that they shall perceive to oes^prelse°d. be plotting against us, or that shall prate of what by

Shaddai and Emanuel is intended.,

This therefore was accordingly done, my Lord

Willbewill hearkened to his Lord and Master, went willingly after the commandment, and with all the diligence he could, kept any that would from going out abroad, or that sought to bring these tidings to Mansoul, from coming into the Town.

Secondly, This done, in the next place, Diabolus that he might make Mansoul as sure as he could, frames and imposes a new Oath, and horrible covenant A new oath

imposed upon

upon the Townsfolk. Mapsoui.

To wit, That they should never desert him, nor his Government, nor yet betray him, nor seek to alter his Laws: But that they should own, confess, stand by, and acknowledge him for their rightful King in defiance to any that do or hereafter shall, by any pretence, Law, or Title whatever, lay claim to the Town of Mansoul. Thinking belike that Shaddai had not power to absolve them from this Covenant isa. 28.15. with death, and agreement with Hell. Nor did the silly Mansoul stick or boggle at all at this most monstrous engagement, but as if it had been a Sprat in the mouth of a Whale, they swallowed it without any chewing. Were they troubled at it? Nay, they rather bragged and boasted of their so brave fidelity to the Tyrant their pretended King, swearing that they would never be Changelings, nor forsake their Old Lord for a New.

Thus did Diabolus tie poor Mansoul fast, but jealousy that never thinks itself strong enough, put him in the next place upon another exploit, which was yet more, if possible, to debauch this Town of odious

Atheistical

Mansoul. Wherefore he caused by the hand of one Pamphlets

and filthy

Mr. Filth, an odious, nasty, lascivious piece of beastli- Ballads and

Bomances ness to be drawn up in writing, and to be set upon

full o/baldry. .

the Castle Gates: Whereby he granted, and gave licence to all his true and trusty sons in Mansoul, to do whatsoever their lustful appetites prompted them to do, and that no man was to let, hinder, or controul them, upon pain of incurring the displeasure of their Prince.

Batons of Now this he did for these Reasons:

his thus

doing- 1. That the Town of Mansoul might be yet made

weaker and weaker, and so more unable, should tidings come, that their redemption was designed, to believe, hope, or consent to the truth thereof. For reason says, The bigger the sinner, the less grounds of hopes of mercy.

2. The second reason was, If perhaps Emanuel the Son of Shaddai their King, by seeing the horrible, and prophane doings of the Town of Mansoul, might repent, though entred into a Covenant of redeeming them, of pursuing that Covenant of their redemption; for he knew that Shaddai was holy, and that his Son Emanuel was holy, yea he knew it by woful experience: For, for the iniquity and sin of Diabolus, was he cast from the highest Orbs. Wherefore what more rational than for him to conclude that thus, for sin, it might fare with Mansoul. But fearing also lest this knot should break, he bethinks himself of another, to wit:

3. Thirdly, To endeavour to possess all hearts in the Town of Mansoul, that Shaddai was raising of an Army, to come to overthrow, and utterly to destroy this Town of Mansoul, (and this he did to forestall any tidings that might come to their ears, of their deliverance) 'for,, thought he, 'if I first bruit this, the tidings that shall come after, will all be swallowed up of this; for what else will Mansoul say, when they shall hear that they must be delivered, but that the true meaning is, Shaddai intends to destroy them., Wherefore, he summons the whole Town into the Market place, and there with deceitful Tongue thus The place of

'hearing and

he addresses himself unto them: of consider

ing.

Gentlemen, and my very good Friends, You are all as you know my legal Subjects and men of the famous Town of Mansoul; you know how from the first day that I have been with you until now, I have behaved myself among you, and what liberty, and great priviledges you have enjoyed under my Government, I hope to your honour, and mine, and also to your content and delight. Now my famous Mansoul, a noise of trouble there is abroad, of trouble to the Town of Mansoul, sorry I am thereof for your sakes. For I received but now by the Post from my Lord Lucifer, (and he useth to have good intelligence), That your old King Shaddai, is raising of an Army to come against you, to destroy you root and branch: And this O Mansoul! is now the cause, that at this time I have called you together; namely to advise what in this juncture is best to be done. For my part, I am but one, and can with ease shift for myself; did I list to seek my own ease, and to leave my Mansoul in all the danger: But my heart is so firmly united to you, and so unwilling am I to leave you, that I am willing to stand and fall with you, to tlte utmost hazard that shall befall me. What say you, O my Mansoul 1 Will you now desert your old friend, or do you think of standing by me? Then as one man, with one mouth, they cried out together, Let him die the death that will not.

Then said Diabolus again, ,Tis in vain for us to hope for quarter, for this King knows not how to shew it. True perhaps, he at his first sitting down before us, will talk of and pretend to mercy, that thereby with the more ease, and less trouble, he may again make himself the master of Mansoul; whatever therefore he shall say, believe not one syllable or tittle of it, for all such language is but to overcome us, and to make us while we wallow in our blood, the Trophies of his merciless victory. My mind is therefore, that we resolve to the last man to resist him, and not to believe him upon any terms, For in at that door will come our danger. But shall we be flattered out of our lives? I hope you know more of the rudiments of Politicks than to suffer yourselves so pitifully to be served.

But suppose he should, if he gets us to yield, save some of our lives, or the lives of some of them that are underlings in Mansoul, what help will that be to you that are the chief of the Town, especially of you whom I have set up, and whose greatness has been procured by you through your faithful sticking to me? And suppose again, that he should give quarter to every one of you, be sure he will bring you into that bondage under which you were captivated before, or a worse, and then what good will your lives do you? Shall you with him live in pleasure as you do now? No, no, you must be bound by Laws that will pinch you, and be made to do that which at present is hateful to you; I am for you if you are for me, and it is better to die 'valiantly, than to live like pitiful Slaves. But He is afraid I say, the life of a Slave, will be counted a life too UsHisoalf good for Mansoul now. Blood, blood, nothing but blood is in every blast of Shaddai,s Trumpet against poor Mansoul now: Pray be concerned, I hear he is coming; Up and stand to your Arms, that now while you have any leisure, I may learn you some feats of War. Armour for you I have, and by me it is; Yea, and it is sufficient for Mansoul from top to toe; nor can you be hurt by what his force can do, if you Be puts them shall keep it well girt and fastened about you: Come ingofthemtherefore to my Castle and welcome, and harness yourselves for the War. There is Helmet, Breast-plate, Sword, and Shield, and what not, that will make you fight like men.

1. My Helmet, otherwise called a Head-piece, is His Helmet. hope of doing well at last what lives soever you live:

This is tliat which they had, who said, That they Deut. 29.19. should have peace though they walked in the wickedness of their heart, to add drunkenness to thirst; A piece of approved Armour this is, and whoever has it and can hold it, so long no Arrow, Hart, Sword or Shield can hurt him; this therefore keep on, and thou wilt keep off many a blow, my Mansoul.

2. My Breast Plate is a Breast Plate of Iron; / His Breasthad it forged in mine own Country, and all my Rev. 9.9. Souldiers are armed therewith, in plain language it

is an hard heart, an heart as hard as Iron, and as much past feeling as a stone, the which if you get, and. keep, neither mercy shall win you, nor judgment fright you. This therefore is a piece of Armour, most necessary for all to put on that hate Shaddai, and that would fight against him under my Banner. His sword. 3. My Sword is a Tongue that is set on fire of Psai! ?i. 3. Hell, and that can bend itself to speak evil of Shaddai, Jam. 3. 6. fog ways, and people: Use this, it has been

tried a thousand times twice told, whoever hath it, keeps it, and makes that use of it as I would have him, can never be conquered by mine enemy. His shidd. 4. My Shield is unbelief, or calling into question Psai. 76. 3.' the truth of the word, or all the sayings that speak of

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'' the judgment that Shaddai has appointed for wicked men. Use this Shield; many attempts he has made upon it, and sometimes, ,tis true, it has been bruised; but they that have writ of the wars of Emanuel against my servants, have testified that he could do no mighty work there because of their unbelief. Now to handle this weapon of mine aright, it is, not to believe things, because they are true, of what sort or by whomsoever asserted. If he speaks of Judgment, care not for it; if he speaks of mercy care not for it; if he promises, if he swears that he would do to Mansoul, if it turns, no hurt but good, regard not what is said, question the truth of all; for it is to wield the Shield of unbelief aright, and as my servants ought and do. And he that doth otherwise loves me not, nor do I count him but an Enemy to me.

5. Another part or piece, said Diabolus, of mine excellent Armour is, a dumb and prayerless Spirit, a spirit that scorns to cry for mercy; wherefore be you my Mansoul, sure that you make use of this. What! Cry for quarter, never do that, if you would be mine; I know you are stout men, and am sure that I have clad you with that which is Armour of proof; wherefore to cry to Shaddai for mercy, let that be far from you. Besides all this, I have a Maul, Firebrands,' Arrows and Death, all good hand-weapons, and such as will do execution.

After he had thus furnished his men with Armour He backs all and Arms, he addressed himself to them in such like to them. words as these, Remember, quoth he, that I am your rightful King, and that you have taken an Oath, and entred into Covenant to be true to me and my cause; I say remember this, and shew yourselves stout, and valiant men of Mansoul. Remember also the kindness that I always shewed to you, and. that without your petition; I have granted to you external things, wherefore the Priviledges, Grants, Immunities, Profits, and honours wherewith I have endowed you, do call for at your hands returns of loyalty, my Lion-like men of Mansoul. And when so fit a time to shew it, as when another shall seek to take my dominion over you, into their own hands. One word more and I have done: Can we but stand, and overcome this one shock or brunt, I doubt not but in little time, all the world will be ours; And when that day comes, my true hearts, I will make you Kings, Princes and Captains, and what brave days shall we have then!

Diabolus having thus armed, and forearmed his

Servants and Vassals in Mansoul against their good and lawful King Shaddai, in the next place he doubleth his Guards at the Gates of the Town, and he takes himself to the Castle, which was his strong They 0/ Man- Hold: His Vassals also to shew their wills, and

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their loyalty supposed (but ignoble) gallantry, exercise themselves

to the Giant. . . . .

in their Arms every day, and teach one another feats of War; they also defied their Enemies and sang up the praises of their Tyrant; they threatned also what men they would be, if ever things should rise so higli as a War between Shaddai and their King. Shaddai pre- ^ow a^ ^hia time, the good King, the King Shaddai Mmy/o'r the was preparing to send an Army to recover the Town Ma°nsouio/ Mansoul again from jinder Hhe Tyranny of their pretended King Diabolus. But he thought good at the first, not to send them by the hand and conduct of brave Emanuel his Son, but under the hand of some of his Servants, to see first by them the temper of Mansoul; and whether by them they would be won to the obedience of their King. The Army consisted of above forty thousand, all true men: For they came The words of from the King,s own Court, and were those of his

God. ° ,

own chusing.

They came up to Mansoul under the conduct of four stout Generals, each man being a Captain of ten thousand men, and these are their names, and their TheCaptains signs: The name of the first was Boanerges; The name of the second was Captain Conviction; The name of the third was Captain Judgment; And the name of the fourth was Captain Execution: These were the Captains that Shaddai sent to regain Mansoul.

These four Captains (as was said) the King thought fit in the first place to send to Mansoul, to make an attempt upon it; for indeed generally in all his Wars he did use to send these four Captains in the Van, for they were very stout and rough-hewn men, men that were fit to break the ice, and to make their way by dint of Sword, and their men were like themselves.

To each of these Captains the King gave a Banner pSai. 60.4. that it might be displayed, because of the goodness of his cause, and because of the right that he had to Mansoul.

First to Captain Boanerges, for he was the chief, to him, I say, was given ten thousand men; His Ensign was Mr. Thunder, he bare the black Colours, and his Mark 3.17. Scutcheon was the three burning Thunder-Bolts.

The second Captain was Captain Conviction, to him also was given ten thousand men; his Ensign,s name was Mr. Sorrow, he did bare the pale Colours, and his Scutcheon was the Book of the Law wide open, from whence issued a flame of fire. Dent. 33.2.

The third Captain was Captain Judgment, to him was given ten thousand men; his Ensign,s name was Mr. Terror, he bare the red Colours, and his Scutcheon was a burning fiery furnace.

The fourth Captain was Captain Execution; to him was given ten thousand men: his Ensign was one Mr. Mat. 13.40, Justice, he also bare the red Colours, and his Scutcheon was a fruitless tree with an Axe laying at the root Mat. s.10. thereof.

These four Captains, as I said, had every one of them under his command ten thousand men, all of

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good fidelity to the King and stout at their Military actions.

Well, the Captains and their forces, their men and Under Officers, being had upon a day by Shaddai into the Field, and there called all over by their names; were then and there put into such harness as became their degree, and that service that now they were going about for their King.

Now when the King had mustered his Forces, (for it is he that mustereth the Host to the Battle) he gave unto the Captains their several Commissions: With charge and commandment in the audience of all the Souldiers, that they should take heed faithfully and courageously to do and execute the same. Their Commissions were for the substance of them the same in form, though as to name, title, place and degree of the Captains there might be some, but very small variation: And here let me give you an account of the matter and sum contained in their Commission.

A Commission from the great Shaddai King of Mansoul, to his trusty and noble Captain, the Captain Boanerges, for his making War upon the Town of Mansoul.

Thar Com- 'O! Thou Boanerges, one of my stout and thundring Captains, over one ten thousand of my Mat. 10. n. valiant and faithful Servants: Go thou in my name Luke 10.5. tnv Force t0 the miserable Town of Mansoul,

and when thou comest thither, offer them first conditions of peace, and command them, that casting off the yoke and tyranny of the wicked Diabolus, they return to me their rightful Prince and Lord. Command them also that they cleanse themselves from all

that is his in the Town of Mansoul, (and look to

thyself that thou hast good satisfaction touching the

truth of their obedience.) Thus when thou hast

commanded them (if they in truth submit thereto)

then do thou to the uttermost of thy power, what in

thee lies, to set up for me a Garrison in the famous

Town of Mansoul. Nor do thou hurt the least Native

that moveth or breatheth therein, if they will submit

themselves to me, but treat thou such as if they were

thy Friend or Brother; for all such I love, and they

shall be dear unto me: And tell them that I will1 Thes. 2.

7-11.

take a time to come unto them, and to let them know that I am merciful.

'But if they shall, notwithstanding thy Summons and the producing of thy Authority, resist, stand out against thee, and rebel: Then do I command thee to make use of all thy cunning, power, might, and force to bring them under by strength of hand. Farewell.,

Thus you see the sum of their Commissions, for as I said before, for the substance of them, they were the same that the rest of the noble Captains had.

Wherefore they having received each Commander They prept his authority, at the hand of their King, the day f°r" Mar° being appointed, and the place of their Rendezvouz prefixed, each commander appeared in such gallantry, as became his cause and calling. So after a new entertainment from Shaddai, with flying Colours, they set forward to march towards the famous Town of Mansoul. Captain Boanerges led the Van: Captain Conviction and Captain Judgment made up the main

Body: And Captain Execution brought up the Rear. Bph. 2. is, They then having a great way to go, (for the Town of Mansoul was far off from the Court of Shaddai) they marched through the Regions and Countries of many people, not hurting, or abusing any, but blessing wherever they came. They also lived upon the King,s cost in all the way they went.

Having travelled thus for many days, at last they came within sight of Mansoul: The which when they saw, the Captains could for their hearts do no less than for a while bewail the condition of the Town; for they quickly saw how that it was prostrate to the will of Diabolus, and to his ways and designs.

Well, to be short, the Captains came up before the

Town, march up to Ear-gate, sit down there (for that

was the place of hearing). So when they had pitched

their Tents, and entrenched themselves, they addressed

The world themselves to make their Assault. Now the Townsare convinced

^a^dfje at ^rst, beholding so gallant a Company, so of the godly, bravely accoutred, and so excellently disciplined, having on their glittering Armour, and displaying of their flying Colours, could not but come out of their Houses and gaze. But the cunning Fox Diabolus, fearing that the people after this sight should, on a sudden Summons, open the Gates to the Captains, came down with all haste from the Castle, and made them retire into .the body of the Town, who when he had them there made this lying and deceivable speech unto them.

Diabolus 'Gentlemen,, quoth he, 'although you are my trusty their minds and well beloved Friends, yet I cannot but (a little)

from them.

chide you for your late uncircumspect action in going out to gaze on that great and mighty force, that but yesterday sat down before (and have now entrenched themselves, in order to the maintaining of a Siege against) the famous Town ofMansoul. Do you know who they are, whence they come, and what is their purpose in sitting down before the Town of Mansoul? They are they of whom I have told you That's false, long ago, that they would come to destroy this Town, and against whom I have been at the cost to arm you with cap-a-pe for your body, besides great fortifications for your mind: Wherefore then did you not rather, even at the first appearance of them, cry out, "Tire the Beacons," and give the whole Town an Alarm concerning them, that we might all have been in a posture of defence, and a been ready to have received them with the highest acts of defiance, then had you shewed yourselves men to my liking, whereas by what you have done, you have made me half afraid; I say Satan half afraid, that when they and we shall come to push afraid of a Pike, I shall find you want courage to stand it out Isters, that any longer. Wherefore have I commanded a watch, Mansoul and that you should double your Guards at the Gates 1 agamst **• Wherefore have I endeavoured to make you as hard as Iron, and your hearts as a piece of the nether Millstone 1 Was it think you, that you might shew yourselves Women, and that you might go out like a company of Innocents to gaze on your mortal foes? Fy, fy, put yourselves into a posture of defence, beat up the Drum, gather together in warlike manner, that He stirs them

, „ , , ,, up tobid de

OWC Foes may know, that before they shall conquer jumce to the

Ministers of this Corporation, there are valiant men in the Town

the Word. 1 ,

of Mansoul.

'1 will leave off now to chide, and will not further rebuke you: But I charge you, that hence-forwards, you let me see no more such actions. Let not henceforward a man of you, without order first obtained from me, so much as shew his head over the Wall of the Town of Mansoul: you have now heard me; do as I have commanded, and you shall cause me that I dwell securely with you, and that I take care as for myself, so for your safety and honour also. Farewell.,

Now were the Townsmen strangely altered: They men. sin- were as men stricken with a panick fear: They ran to

iters hearken

to Satan they and fro through the Streets of the Town of Mansoul

are set in a

rage against crying out, 'Help, help, The men that turn the World upside down are come hither alsonor could any of them be quiet after, but still as men bereft of wit, they cried out, 'The destroyers of our peace and people are come., This went down with Diabolus; 'Ay!, quoth he to himself, 'this I like well, now it is as I would have it, now you shew your obedience to your Prince; hold you but here, and then let them take the Town if they can.,

Well, before the King,s Forces had sat before Mansoul three days, Captain Boanerges commanded The King's his Trumpeter to go down to Ear-gate, and there in louSlat the name of the great Shaddai to summons Mansoul Bar-gate. to give aui^ience t0 the message that he in his Master,s name was to them commanded to deliver. So the Trumpeter, whose name was, Take heed what you hear, went up as he was commanded to Ear-gate, and there sounded his Trumpet for a hearing: But there

was none that appeared, that gave answer or regard ; They wui not

for so had Diabolus commanded. So the Trumpeter

returned to his Captain, and told him what he had

done, and also how he had sped. Whereat the

Captain was grieved, but bid the Trumpeter go to his

Tent.

Again Captain Boanerges sendeth his Trumpeter to Ear-gate, to sound as before for a hearing; But they again kept close, came not out, nor would they give A second

, . , , - , , Summons re

alm an answer, so observant were they ot the command pulsed.

of Diabolus their King.

Then the Captains, and other Field Officers, called

a Council of War to consider what further was to be A Council oi

War.

done for the gaining of the Town of Mansoul, and

after some close and thorough debate upon the contents

of their Commissions, they concluded yet to give to

the Town by the hand of the forenamed Trumpeter

another Summons to hear; but if that shall be refused,

said they, and that the Town shall stand it out still:

Then they determined, and bid the Trumpeter tell

them so, that they would endeavour, by what means

they could, to compel them by force to the obedience Luk. 14. 23.

of their King.

So Captain Boanerges commanded his Trumpeter to go up to Ear-gate again, and in the name of the A third Sumgreat King Shaddai to give it a very loud Summons to come down without delay to Ear-gate, there to give audience to the King,s most noble Captains. So the Trumpeter went, and did as he was commanded: he went up to Ear-gate, and sounded his Trumpet, and

The Trumpeter,

is. 58. i gave a third Summons to Mansoul: He said moreover, That if this they should still refuse to do, the Captains of his Prince would with might come down upon them, and endeavour to reduce them to their obedience by force.

Then stood up my Lord Willbewill, who was the Governour of the Town: (this Willbewill was that wilibewiii Apostate of whom mention was made before) and the Ms Speech, to keeper of the Gates of Mansoul. He therefore with

the Irurtir

peter. big and ruffling words demanded of the Trumpeter who he was? whence he came 1 and what was the cause of his making so hideous a noise at the gate, and speaking such insufferable words against the Town of Mansoul?

The Trumpeter answered, 'I am servant to the most noble Captain, Captain Boanerges, General of the Forces of the great King Shaddai, against whom both thyself with the whole Town of Mansmd have rebelled, and lift up the heel; and my Master the Captain hath a special message to this Town, and to thee as a member thereof: the which if you of Mansoul shall peaceably hear, so: And if not, you must take what follows.,

Willbewill. Then said the Lord Willbewill, 'I will carry thy words to my Lord, and will know what he will say.,

But the Trumpeter soon replied, saying, 'Our message is, not to the Giant Diabolus, but to the miserable Town of Mansoul: Nor shall we at all regard what answer by him is made; nor yet by any for him. We are sent to this Town to recover it from under his cruel Tyranny, and to persuade it to sub

The Trumpeter.

mit, as in former times it did, to the most excellent King Shaddai.,

Then said the Lord Willbewill, 'I will do yourwaibawiu. errand to the Town.,

The Trumpeter then replied, 'Sir, do not deceive The rTM»us, lest in so doing, you deceive yourselves much more., He added moreover, 'For we are resolved, if in peaceable manner you do not submit yourselves, then to make a War upon you, and to bring you under by force. And of the truth of what I now say, this shall be a sign unto you, you shall 3ee the black Flag with its hot burning-thunderbolts set upon the mount to-morrow, as a token of defiance against your Prince, and of our resolutions to reduce you to your Lord, and rightful King.,

So the said Lord Willbemll returned from off the The TramWall, and the Trumpeter came into the Camp. When to the Camp. the Trumpeter was come into the Camp, the Captains and Officers of the mighty King Shaddai came together to know if he had obtained ta hearing, and what was the effect of his errand: So the Trumpeter told, saying, 'When I had sounded my Trumpet, and 'had called aloud to the Town for a hearing: My Lord Willbemll the Governour of the Town, and he that hath charge of the Gates came up, when he heard me sound, and looking over the wall, he asked me what I was 1 whence I came 1 and what was the cause of my Carml[ So,(!s making this noise? So I told him my errand, and by ^^X,1'' whose Authority I brought it. "Then," said he, "I 'Jj^*fa will tell it to the Governour and to Mamoul." And ?i3Fd3fin'

istry.

then I returned to my Lords/

Then said the brave Boanerges, 'Let us yet for a while, lie still in our Trenches, and see what these Rebels will do., Now when the time drew nigh that audience by Mansoul must be given to the brave Boanerges and his Companions, it was commanded that all the men of war throughout the whole Camp of Slutddai, should as one man stand to their Arms, and make themselves ready, if the Town of Mansoul shall hear, to receive it forthwith to mercy; but if not, to force a subjection. So the day being come, the Trumpeters sounded, and that throughout the whole Camp that the men of war might be in a readiness for that which then should be the work of the day. But when they that were in the Town of Mansoul, heard the sound of the Trumpets throughout the Camp of Shaddai, and thinking no other, but that it must be in order to storming the Corporation, they at first were put to great consternation of Spirit; but after they a little were settled again, they also made what preparation they could for a War, if they did storm; else to Zeeh. 7. ii. secure themselves.

Well, when the utmost time was come, Boanerges was resolved to hear their answer; wherefore he sent out his Trumpeter again to summon Mansoul to a hearing of the message that they had brought from Shaddai. So he went and sounded, and the Townsmen came up, but made Ear-gate as sure as they could. Now when they were come up to the top of the Wall, Captain Boanerges desired to see the Lord Mayor, but my Lord Incredulity was then Lord Mayor, for he came in the room of my Lord Lustings. So Incredulity, he came up and shewed himself over Boanerges

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the Wall; but when the Captain Boanerges had set his make in

• i Ti mi • • T credulity

eyes upon him, he cried out aloud, This is not he, a judge of where is my Lord Understanding, the ancient Lord to deliver to Mayor of the Town of Mansoul, for to him I would Tmmtf"

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deliver my message i

Then said the Giant, (for Diabolus was also come down) to the Captain; Mr. Captain, You have by your boldness given to Mansoul at least four Summons to subject herself to your King: by whose Authority I know not; nor will I dispute that now. I ask therefore what is the reason of all this ado, or what would you be at if you knew yourselves?

Then Captain Boanerges, whose was the Black Boanerges Colours, and whose Scutcheon was the three burning- hearing, thunder-bolts, (taking no notice of the Giant or of his speech) thus addressed himself to the Town of Mansoul; 'Be it known unto you, O unhappy and re- His speech. bellious Mansoul: That the most Gracious King, the great King Shaddai my Master, hath sent me unto you with Commission, (and so he shewed to the Town his broad Seal)'to reduce you to his obedience. And he hath commanded me, in case you yield upon my Summons, to carry it to you as if you were my Friends, or brother; but he also hath bid, that if after Summons to submit, you still stand out and rebel, we should endeavour to take you by force.,

Then stood forth Captain Conviction and said, (his were the pale Colours, and for a Scutcheon he had the Book of the Law wide oven, &c.) 'Hear O Mansoul: The speech of

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Thou O Mansoul, wast once famous for innocency, but viction.

Rom. 3.10, now thou art degenerated into lies and deceit: Thou

11,12, 13,14,

is, 16,17, is, hast heard what my Brother the Captain Boanerges

chap.'16.17, hath said, and it is your wisdom, and will be your happiness to stoop to, and accept of conditions of peace and mercy when offered; specially when offered by one, against whom thou hast rebelled, and one who is

Psai. 50.2i, of power to tear thee in pieces, for so is Shaddai our King, nor when he is angry, can anything stand before him. If you say you have not sinned, or acted rebellion against our King, the whole of eur doings since the day that you cast off his service (and there was the beginning of your sin) will sufficiently testify against you. What else means your hearkening to the Tyrant, and your receiving him for your King 1 What means else your rejecting of the Laws of Shaddai, and your "obeying of Diabolus? Yea, what means this your taking up of Arms against, and the shutting of your gates upon us, the faithful servants of your King] Be ruled then, and accept of my Brother,s invitation, and over-stand not the time of mercy, but

Lnk. 12. 58, agree with thine adversary quickly. Ah, Mansoul, suffer not thyself to be kept from mercy, and to be run into a thousand miseries, by the flattering wiles of Diabolus. Perhaps that piece of deceit may attempt to make you believe that we seek our own profit in this our service; but know ,tis obedience to our King, and love to your happiness that is the cause of this undertaking of ours.

'Again I say to thee O Mansoul, consider if it be not amazing grace that Shaddai should so humble himself as he doth; now he by us reasons with you, in a way of entreaty and sweet perswasions, that you 2 cor. s. 18,

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would subject yourselves to him. Has he that need ''
of you, that we are sure you have of him 1 No, no,
but he is merciful, and will not that Mansoul should
die, but turn to him and live.,

Then stood forth Captain Judgment, whose were the captain red Colours, and fen' a Scutcheon he had the burning uf^peedt\ fiery Furnace, and he said: 'O ye the Inhabitants of Mansoulthe Town of Mansoul that have lived so long in rebellion and acts of Treason against the King Shaddai: Know that we come not to-day to this place, in this manner, with our message of our own minds, or to revenge our own quarrel; it is the King my Master that hath sent us to reduce you to your obedience to him, the which if you refuse in a peaceable way to yield, we have Commission to compel you thereto. And never think of yourselves, nor yet suffer the Tyrant Diabolus to perswade you to think, that our King, by his power is not able to bring you down, and to lay you under his feet, for he is the Former of all things, and if he touches the Mountains they smoak. Nor will the Gate of the King,s clemency stand always open, for the day that shall burn like an Mai. 4.1. Oven is before him, yea it hasteth greatly, it slumber- 2 Pet. 2.3. eth not.

O Mansoul! is it little in thine eyes that our King doth offer thee mercy, and that after so many provocations? Yea he still holdeth out his golden Sceptre to thee, and will not yet suffer his Gate to be shut against thee: wilt thou provoke him to do it 1 If so, consider of what I say; To thee it is opened no

Job 35.14. more for ever. If thou say est thou shalt not see him, yet judgment is before him; therefore trust thou in

chap. 36. is. him: Yea, because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee away with his stroak; then a great ransom cannot deliver thee. Will he esteem thy riches? No, not

Psai. 9. 7. gold, nor all the forces of strength. He hath prepared

is. 66. is. his Throne for Judgment; for he will come with fire, and with his Chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. Therefore O Mansoul take heed, lest after thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked, Justice and Judgment should take hold of thee., Now while the Captain Judgment was making of this Oration to the Town of Mansoul, it was observed by some that Diabolus trembled: But he proceeded in his parable and said, 'O thou woful Town of Mansoul? Wilt thou not yet set open thy Gate to receive us, the Deputies of thy King, and those that would rejoice to see thee

Ezek. 22.14. live 1 Can thine heart endure, or can thy hands be strong in the day that he shall deal in Judgment with thee: I say canst thou endure to be forced to drink as one would drink sweet Wine, the Sea of wrath that our King has prepared for Diabolus and his Angels 1 Consider, betimes consider.,

The speech Then stood forth the fourth Captain the noble