An Advertisement to the Reader

Executton Captain Execution, and said: 'O Town of Mansoul! Once famous, but now like the fruitless bough; once the delight of the high ones, but now a Den for Diabolus: Hearken also to me, and to the words that I shall speak to thee in the name of the great Shaddai.

Mat. 3. 7, 8 Behold the Axe is laid to the root of the Trees, every Tree therefore that bringeth not forth good fruit, is hewn down and cast into the fire.

'Thou O Town of Mansoulf hast hitherto been this fruitless Tree, thou barest nought but Thorns and Briers. Thy evil fruit fore-bespeaks thee not to be a good Tree: thy Grapes are Grapes of Gall, thy clusters Deut. 32.32. are bitter. Thou hast rebelled against thy King, and lo we, the Power and Force of Shaddai, are the Axe that is laid to thy roots; what sayest thou, wilt thou turn? I say again, tell me before the first blow is given, wilt thou turn 1 Our Axe must first be laid to thy root, before it be laid at thy root. It must first be laid to thy root in a way of threatning, before it is laid at thy root by way of Execution; and between these two is required thy repentance, and this is all the time that thou hast. What wilt thou do? Wilt thou turn? Or shall I smite 1 If I fetch my blow Mansoul, down you go: For I have Commission to lay my Axe at, as well as to thy roots, nor will anything but yielding to our King, prevent doing of Execution. What art thou fit for O Mansoul if mercy preventeth not, but to be hewn down, and cast into the fire and burned 1

'O Mansoul! Patience and forbearance do not act for ever: A year or two, or three, they may; but if thou provoke by a three years, rebellion, and thou hast already done more than this, then what follows, but cut it down, nay after that thou shalt cut it down. Luk, i3- 9i And dost thou think that these are but threatnings, or that our King has not power to execute his words 1 O Mansoul! thou wilt find that in the words of our King, when they are by sinners made little or light of, there is not only threatning, but burning Coals of fire.

'Thou hast been a cumber-ground long already, and wilt thou continue so still? Thy sin has brought this Army to thy Walls, and shall it bring it in Judgment to do Execution into thy Town? Thou hast heard what the Captains have said, but as yet thou shuttest thy Gates. Speak out Mansoul, wilt thou do so still? Or wilt thou accept of conditions of

Mansoul

desires time to make answer. Upon what conditions the Captains would give them time.

Diabolus

interrupts
them and
sets Incredu-
lity to an-
swer them.

These brave speeches of these four noble Captains, the Town of Mansoul refused to hear, yet a sound thereof did beat against Ear-gate, though the force thereof could not break it open. In fine, the Town desired a time to prepare their answer to these demands. The Captains then told them, 'That if they would throw out to them one Ill-pause, that was in the Town, that they might reward him according to his works; then they would give them time to consider: But if they would not cast him to them over the Wall of Mansoul, then they would give them none; 'For,, said they, 'we know that so long as Ill-pause draws breath in Mansoul all good consideration will be confounded, and nothing but mischief will come thereon.,

Then Diabolus, who was there present, being loth to lose his Ill-pause, because he was his Orator, (and yet be sure he had, could the Captains have laid their fingers on him), was resolved at this instant to give them answer by himself, but then changing his mind, he commanded the then Lord Mayor, the Lord Incredulity to do it, saying: 'My Lord do you give these Runagates an answer, and speak out that Mansoul may hear and understand you.

So Incredulity at Diabolus,s command began and Hu speech. said: 'Gentlemen, you have here, as we do behold, to the disturbance of our Prince, and the molestation of the Town of Mansoul, camped against it: but from whence you come, we will not know; and what you are, we will not believe. Indeed you tell us in your terrible Speech, that you have this Authority from Shaddai, but by what right he commands you to do it, of that we shall yet be ignorant.

'You have also by the Authority aforesaid, summoned this Town to desert her Lord, and for protection, to yield up herself to the great Shaddai your King; flatteringly telling her, that if she will do it, he will pass by and not charge her with her past offences.

'Further, You have also to the terror of the Town of Mansoul, threatned with great and sore destructions to punish this Corporation, if she consents not to do as your wills would have her.

'Now Captains, from whencesoever you come, and The true though your designs be never so right; yet know ye, mbeiief? that neither my Lord Diabolus, nor I his servant Incredulity, nor yet our brave Mansoul, doth regard either your persons, message, or the King that you say hath sent you: His power, his greatness, his vengeance we fear not; nor will we yield at all to your Summons.

'As for the War that you threaten to make upon us, we must therein defend ourselves as well as we can: And know ye, that we are not without wherewithal to bid defiance to you. And in short, for I will not be tedious, I tell you that we take you to be some Vagabond, Runagate Crew, that having shaken off all obedience to your King, have gotten together in tumultuous manner, and are ranging from place to place to see, if, through the flatteries you are skilled to make, on the one side, and threats where with you think to fright, on the other, to make some silly Town, City, or Country, to desert their place and leave it to you: But Mansoul is none of them.

'To conclude, we dread you not, we fear you not, nor will we obey your summons. Our gates we keep shut upon you, our place we will keep you out of; nor will we long thus suffer you to sit down before

Luk. 11. 21. us. Our people must live in quiet; your appearance doth disturb them; wherefore, arise with Bag and Baggage, and begone, or we will let fly from the

Flesh. Walls against you.,

This Oration made by Old Incredulity, was seconded by desperate Willbewill, in words to this effect.

The speeA of' Gentlemen, we have heard your demands, and the

the Ijyrd

wiiibewiii. noise of your threats, and have heard the sound of your summons, but we fear not your force, we regard not your threats, but will still abide as you found us. And we command you, that in three days, time you cease to appear in these parts, or you shall know, what it is, once to dare offer to rouse the Lion Diabolus, when asleep in his Town of Mansoul.,

The Recorder whose name was Forget-good, he also added as followeth: 'Gentlemen, My Lords, as you see, have with mild and gentle words, answered your The speech of

i j i. Xt. I. • Forget-good

rough and angry speeches; they have moreover, in my the Recorder.

hearing, given you leave quietly to depart as you came.

Wherefore take their kindness and be gone. We might

have come out with force upon you, and have caused

you to feel the dint of our Swords: But as we love ease

and quiet ourselves, so we love not to hurt or molest

others.,

Then did the Town of Mansoul shout for joy, as if The Town

TcsotvBcL to

by Diabolus and his Crew, some great advantage had withstand tiie been gotten of the Captains. They also rang the Bells, and made merry, and danced upon the Walls.

Diabolus also returned to the Castle and the Lord Mayor and Recorder to their place: But the Lord Willbewill took special care that Gates should be secured with double guards, double bolts, and double locks and bars. And that Ear-gate (especially) might the better be looked to, for that was the Gate in at which the King,s forces sought most to enter; the Lord Willbewill made one old Mr. Prejudice (an angry and ill-conditioned fellow) Captain of the Ward at that Gate, and put under his power sixty men, called Deaf-men: Men advantageous for that service, The tand of forasmuch as they mattered no words of the Captains, to%ninsu? nor of their Souldiers. gate

Now when the Captains saw the answer of the The Captains great ones, and that they could not get an hearing rgfvelv£i from the old Natives of the Town, and that Mansoul Battle' was resolved to give the King,s Army battle: They prepared themselves to receive them, and to try it out by the power of the arm. And first they made their

force more formidable against Ear-gate. For they knew that unless they could penetrate that, no good could be done upon the Town. This done, they put the rest of their men in their places. The Battu After which they gave out the word, which was, Ye must be born again. Then they sounded the Trumpet, then they in the Town made them answer with shout against shout, charge against charge, and so the Battle began. Now they in the Town had Two guns planted upon the Tower over Ear-gate, two great lar-gatef'0" Guns, the one called Sigh-mind, and the other Heady. Unto these two Guns they trusted much, they were cast in the Castle by Diabolus,s founder whose name was Mr. Puff-up, and mischievous pieces they were. But so vigilant and watchful, when the Captain saw them, were they, that though sometimes their shot would go by their ears with a Whizz, yet they did them no harm. By these two Guns the Townsfolk made no question but greatly to annoy the Camp of Shaddai, and well enough to secure the Gate, but they had not much cause to boast of what execution they did, as by what follows will be gathered.

The famous Man&oul had also some other small pieces in it, of the which they made use against the Camp of Shaddai.

They from the Camp also, did as stoutly, and with as much of that as may (in truth) be called Valour, let fly as fast at the Town, and at Ear-gate: For they The sentence saw that unless they could break open Ear-gate, theworcT °f ,twould be but in vain to batter the wall. Now the King,s Captains had brought with them several slings and two or three Battering-Rams; with their slings therefore they battered the houses and people of the Town, and with their Rams they sought to break Eargate open.

The Camp and the Town had several skirmishes, and brisk encounters, while the Captains with their Engines made many brave attempts to break open or beat down the Tower that was over Ear-gate, and at the said Gate to make their entrance. But Mansoul The Town stood it out so lustily, through the rage of Diabolus, out.V*Umd> the valour of the Lord Willbewill, and the conduct of old Incredulity the Mayor, and Mr. Forget-good, the Recorder, that the charge and expense of that Summer,s Wars, (on the King,s side) seemed to be almost quite lost, and the advantage to return to Mansoul. The captains

returit to

But when the Captains saw how it was, they made a their winter fair retreat, and entrenched themselves in their Winter ®mrtersQuarters. Now in this War, you must needs think there was much loss on both sides, of which be pleased to accept of this brief account following.

The King,s Captains when they marched from the An account Court to come up against Mansoul to War; as they with refer

'.ii i , ence to the

came crossing over the Country, they happened to ioss on both light upon three young fellows that had a mind to go stdes' for Souldiers; proper Men they were, and Men of Three new courage, (and skill) to appearance. Their names were SouldtersMr. Tradition, Mr. Human-wisdom, and Mr. Man,s Invention. So they came up to the Captains, and proffered their service to Shaddai. The Captains then told them of their design, and bid them not to be rash in their offers: But the young Men told them

They are

taken

Prisoners.

They are brought before Diabolus, and are content fight under his banner.

they had considered the thing before, and that hearing they were upon their march for such a design, came hither on purpose to meet them, that they might be listed under their Excellencies. Then Captain Boanerges, for that they were men of Courage, listed them into his company, and so away they went to the War.

Now when the war was begun, in one of the briskest skirmishes, so it was, that a Company of the Lord WillbewilVs men sallied out at the Sally-port, or Postern of the Town, and fell in upon the Rear of Captain Boanerges, men, where these three fellows happened to be, so they took them Prisoners and away they carried them into the Town; where they had not lain long in durance, but it began to be noised about the streets of the Town, what three notable Prisoners the Lord WillbewilVs men had taken, and brought in Prisoners out of the Camp of Shaddai. At length tidings thereof was carried to Diabolus to the Castle, to wit, what my Lord WillbewilVs men had done, and whom they had taken prisoners.

Then Diabolus called for Willbewill, to know the certainty of this matter. So he asked him and he told him; then did the Giant send for the Prisoners, who t0 when they were come, demanded of them who they were, whence they came, and what they did in the Camp of Shaddai; and they told him. Then he sent them to ward again. Not many days after he sent for them to him again, and then asked them if they would be willing to serve him against their former Captains: They then told him, that they did not so much live by Religion, as by the fates of Fortune. And that since his Lordship was willing to entertain them, they should be willing to serve him. Now while things were thus in hand, there was one Captain Anything, Anything, a great doer in the Town of Mansoul, and to this Captain Anything did Diabolus send these men, with He therefore a note under his hand to receive them into his captainm Company; the Contents of which Letter were thus: wlftaieffer.

Anything, my Darling, the three men that are the bearers of this Letter, have a desire to serve me in the War; nor know I better to whose conduct to commit them, than to thine: receive them therefore in my name, and as need shall require make use of them against Shaddai and his men. Farewell. So they came and he received them, and he made of two of Anything them Serjeants, but he made Mr. Man,s Invention into his sethis Ancient Bearer. But thus much for this, and now to return to the Camp.

They of the Camp did also some execution upon the Town, for they did beat down the roof of the old The no/of

old Incredu

Lord Mayor,s house, and so laid him more open than lity's house

heat down.

he was before. They had almost (with a sling) slain my Lord Willbewill outright: But he made a shift to recover again. But they made a notable slaughter among the Aldermen, for with one only shot they cut SixAidermen

slain.

off six of them: To wit, Mr. Swearing, Mr. Whoring, Mr. Fury, Mr. Stand-to-lies, Mr. Drunkenness, and Mr. Cheating.

They also dismounted the two Guns that stood upon The two the Tower over Ear-gate, and laid them flat in the dtelLunta). dirt. I told you before that the King,s noble Captains had drawn off to their Winter-Quarters, and had there

entrenched themselves and their carriages, so as with the best advantage to their King, and the greatest annoyance to the enemy, they might give seasonable and warm alarms to the Town of Mansoul. And this design of them did so hit, that I may say they did almost what they would to the molestation of the Corporation.

Continual' Yoi now could not Mansoul sleep securely as before,

alarms given

to Mansoul. nor could they now go to their debaucheries, with that quietness as in times past. For they had from the Camp of Shaddai such frequent, warm, and terrifying The effects of alarms; yea, alarms upon alarms, first at one Gate though com- and then at another, and again, at all the Gates at moni/aUd- QnGe^ ^ev were broken to former peace. Yea,

they had their alarms so frequently, and that when the nights were at longest, the weather coldest, and so consequently the season most unseasonable; that that Winter was to the Town of Mansoul a Winter by itself. Sometimes the Trumpets would sound, and sometimes the slings would whirl the stones into the Town. Sometimes ten thousand of the King,s Souldiers would be running round the Walls of Mansoul at midnight, shouting, and lifting up the voice for the The Town, battle. Sometimes again, some of them in the Town moksted. would be wounded, and their cry and lamentable voice would be heard, to the great molestation of the now languishing Town of Mansoul: Yea so distressed, with those that laid siege against them, were they, that I dare say, Diabolus their King had in these days his rest much broken.

In these days, as I was informed, new thoughts,

and thoughts that began to run counter one to change of

. thoughts in

another, began to possess the minds of the men of the Mansoui. Town of Mansoul. Some would say, there is no living thus; others would then reply, this will be over shortly; then would a third stand up and answer, let us turn to the King Shaddai, and so put an end to these troubles; and a fourth would come in with a fear, saying, / doubt he will not receive us. The old Gentleman too, the Recorder, that was so before conscience

'speaks.

Diabolus took Mansoul; he also began to talk aloud, and his words were now to the Town of Mansoul,' as if they were great claps of thunder. No noise now, so terrible to Mansoul, as was his, with the noise of the Souldiers and shoutings of the Captains.

Also things began to grow scarce in Mansoul; HOW A famine in the things that her soul lusted after, were departing Luke 15.' 14,

15

from her. Upon all her pleasant things there was a blast and burning instead of beauty. Wrinkles now, and some shews of the shadow of death, were upon the inhabitants of Mansoul. And now, O how glad would Mansoul have been to have enjoyed quietness, and satisfaction of mind, though joined with the meanest condition in the World!

The Captains also, in the deep of this Winter, did They arc

'-n m summoned

send by the mouth of Boanerges Trumpeter, a summons again to to Mansoul to yield up herself to the King, the great King Shaddai. They sent it once, and twice, and thrice: Not knowing but that at some times there might be in Mansoul some willingness to surrender up themselves unto them, might they but have the colour of an invitation to do it under. Yea, so far as I could

gather, the Town had been surrendered up to them before now, had it not been for the opposition of old Incredulity, and the fickleness of the thoughts of my Lord Willbewill. Diabolus also began to rave, wherefore Mansoul as to yielding, was not yet all of one Mansoui in mind, therefore they still lay distressed under these

distress.

perplexing fears.

I told you but now, that they of the King,s Army had this Winter sent three times to Mansoul, to submit herself.

The first time the Trumpeter went, he went with ru contents words of peace, telling of them, That the Captains, summons*, the Noble Captains of Shaddai did pity and bewail the misery of the now perishing Town of Mansoul; and were troubled to see them so much to stand in the way of their own deliverance. He said moreover, that the Captains bid him tell them, that if now poor Mansoul would humble herself, and turn, her former Rebellions and most notorious treasons should by their merciful King be forgiven them, yea and forgotten too. And having bid them beware, that they stood not in their own way, that they opposed not themselves, nor made themselves their own losers, he returned again into the Camp.

Secondly, the second time the Trumpeter went, he •ru contents did treat them a little more roughly. For after

of the second, ipm ,1,11.1 rm 1 •

summons, sound oi Trumpet he told them, That their continuing in their Rebellion did but chafe, and heat the spirit of the Captains, and that they were resolved to make a conquest of Mansoul, or to lay their bones before the Town Walls.

Thirdly, He went again the third time, and dealt with them yet more roughly: telling of them, That The contents

7. 7 of the third

now, since they had been so horribly prophane, he did summons, not know, not certainly know, whether the Captains were inclining to mercy or judgment; only, said he, they commanded me to give you a summons to open the Gates unto them: So he returned, and went into the Camp.

These three summons, and especially the two last, The Town

Tit m It 11 soundsfora

did so distress the Town, that they presently call a parley. consultation, the result of which was this, That my Lord Willbewill should go up to Ear-gate, and there with sound of Trumpet call to the Captains of the Camp for a parley. Well, the Lord Willbewill sounded upon the Wall, so the Captains came up in their Harness with their ten thousands at their feet. The Townsmen then told the Captains, that they had heard and considered their summons, and would come to an agreement with them, and with their King Shaddai, upon such certain Terms, Articles, and j'Ticy proPropositions, as, with and by the Order of their Prince, ditions of they to them, were appointed to propound. To wit, agree7imtthey would agree upon these grounds to be one people with them:

1. If that those of their own company, as the now Proposition Lord Mayor, and their Mr. Forget-good, with their

brave Lord Willbewill, might under Shaddai be still the Governours of the Town, Castle, and Gates of Mansoul.

2. Provided that no man that now serveth under Proposition their great Giant Diabolus, be by Shaddai cast out of

house, harbour, or the freedom that he hath hitherto enjoyed in the famous Town of Mansoul. Proposition 3. That it shall be qranted them, that they of the

the third 9 . ,

Town of Mansoul shall enjoy certain of their rights, and priviledges: To wit, such as have formerly been granted them; and that they have long lived in the enjoyment of, under the Reign of their King Diabolus, that now is, and long has been their only Lord, and great defender.

Proposition 4. That no new Law, Officer, or Executioner of

the fourth. . ,

Law or Office, shall have any power over them, without their own choice and consent.

'These be our Propositions, or conditions of peace: And upon these terms,, said they, 'we will submit to your King.,

But when the Captains had heard this weak and feeble offer of the Town of Mansoul, and their high and bold demands: they made to them again by their noble Captain, the Captain Boanerges, this speech following:

Boanerges 'O ye inhabitants of the Town of Mansoul, when

his answer.

I heard your Trumpet sound for a Parley with us, I can truly say I was glad; but when you said you were willing to submit yourselves to our King and Lord, then I was yet more glad: But when by your silly provisoes, and foolish cavils, you lay the stumbling block of your iniquity before your own faces; then was my gladness turned into sorrows, and my hopeful beginnings of your return, into languishing, fainting fears.

'I count, that old Ill-pause, the ancient enemy of Mansoul, did draw up those proposals that now you

present us with, as terms of an agreement, but they

deserve not to be admitted to sound in the ear of any 2 Tim. 2.10.

man that pretends to have service for Shaddai. We

do therefore jointly, and that with the highest disdain,

refuse, and reject such things, as the greatest of

iniquities.

'But O Mansoul, if you will give yourselves into our hands, or rather into the hands of our King; and will trust him to make such terms with, and for you, as shall seem good in his eyes, (and I dare say they shall be such as you shall find to be most profitable to you) then we will receive you, and be at peace with you: But if you like not to trust yourselves in the arms of Shaddai our King, then things are but where they were before, and we know also what we have to do.,

Then cried out old Incredulity the Lord Mayor, ou increduand said: 'And who, being out of the hands of their hty" "eV V' Enemies, as ye see we are now, will be so foolish as to put the staff out of their own hands, into the hand of they know not who 1 I for my part will never yield to so unlimited a proposition. Do we know the manner and temper of their King? ,Tis said by unuiiej some, that he will be angry with his Subjects, if but JZhhtuia'k the breadth of an hair they chance to step out of the way: And of others, that he requireth of them much Aievmslymore than they can perform. Wherefore it seems O Mansoul, to be thy wisdom, to take good heed what thou dost in this matter. For if you once yield, you give up yourselves to another, and so you are no more

your own. Wherefore to give up yourselves to an unlimited power, is the greatest folly in the World. For now you indeed may repent; but can never justly complain. But do you indeed know when you are his, which of you he will kill, and which of you he will save alive 1 Or whether he will not cut off every one of us, and send out of his own country another new people, and cause them to inhabit this Town?, This speech This speech of the Lord Mayor, undid all, and but it did threw flat to the ground their hopes of an accord. tu Wherefore the Captains returned to their Trenches, to their Tents, and to their Men as they were, and the Mayor to the Castle, and to his King.

Now Diabolus had waited for his return, for he had heard that they had been at their points: So when he was come into the Chamber of State, Diabolus saluted him, with, Welcome my Lord: How went matters betwixt you to-day? So the Lord Incredulity (with a low conge) told him the whole of the matter, saying, 'Thus and thus, said the Captains of Shaddai, and thus and thus said I., The which when ,twas told to Diabohis, he was very glad to hear it, and said, my Lord Mayor, my faithful Incredulity, / have proved thy fidelity above ten times already, but never yet found thee false. I do promise thee, if we rub over this brunt to prefer thee to a place of Honour, a place far better than to be Lord Mayor of Mansoul, / will make thee my Universal Deputy, and thou shalt next to me have all Nations under thy hand; yea, and thou shalt lay bands upon them that may not resist thee, nor shall any of our Vassals walk more at liberty, but those that shall be content to walk in thy Fetters.

Now came the Lord Mayor out from Diabolus, as if he had obtained a favour indeed; wherefore to his Habitation he goes in great state, and thinks to feed himself well enough with hopes until the time came that his greatness should be enlarged.

But now, though the Lord Mayor and Diabolus did thus well agree, yet this repulse to the brave Captains put Mansoul into a Mutiny. For while Old Incredulity went into the Castle to congratulate his Lord with what had passed, the Old Lord Mayor The underthat was so before Diabolus came to the Town, to Cmmst4 wit, My Lord Understanding, and the old Recorder rmive'conMr. Conscience, getting intelligence of what had a^Z* passed at Ear-gate: (for you must know that they £&S.a might not be suffered to be at that debate, lest they should then have mutinied, for the Captains; But, I say, they got intelligence what had passed there, and were much concerned therewith). Wherefore they getting some of the Town together, began to possess them with the reasonableness of the noble Captains, demands, and with the bad consequences that would follow upon the speech of old Incredulity, the Lord Mayor: To wit, how little reverence he shewed therein, either to the Captains, or to their King; also how he implicitly charged them with unfaithfulness, and treachery. 'For what less,, quoth they, 'could be made of his words, when he said he would not yield to their proposition; and added moreover a supposition that he would destroy us, when before he had

sent us word that he would shew us mercy., The multitude being now possessed with the conviction of tLir souf^e evi l ol d Incredulity had done, began to run together by companies in all places, and in every corner of the streets of Mansoul, and first they began to mutter, then to talk openly, and after that they ran to and fro, and cried as they ran, O the brave Captains of Shaddai! Would we were under the Government of the Captains and of Shaddai tlieir King. When the Lord Mayor had intelligence that Mansoul was in an uproar, down he comes to appease the people, and thought to have quashed their heat with the bigness and the show of his countenance. But when they saw him, they came running upon him, and had doubtless done him a mischief, had he not betaken himself to house. However they strongly assaulted the house where he was, to have pulled it down about his ears: but the place was too strong, so they failed of that. So he taking some courage, addressed himself out at a Window to the people, in this manner:

incredulity Gentlemen, what is the reason, that there is here such

seeks to quiet

the people, an uproar to-day i

My Lord Un- Und. Then answered my Lord Understanding: 'It amwrsAMm. is even because that thou and thy Master have carried it not rightly and as you should, to the Captains of Shaddai; for in three things you are faulty, first, in that you would not let Mr. Conscience and myself be at the hearing of your discourse. Secondly, In that you propounded such terms of peace to the Captains, that by no means could be granted, unless they had intended that their Shaddai should have been only a Titular Prince, and that Mansoul should still have had power by Law, to have lived in all lewdness and vanity before him, and so by consequence Diabolus should still here be King in power, and the other only King in name. Thirdly, for that thou didst thyself, after the Captains had shewed us upon what conditions they would have received us to mercy, even undo all again with thy unsavoury and unseasonable and ungodly speech.,

Incred. When Old Incredulity had heard this sin and the

Soul at odds

speech, he cried out, Treason, Treason. To your Arms, to your Arms, O ye, the trusty friends of Diabolus in Mansoul.

Und. 'Sir, you may put upon my words what meaning you please, but I am sure that the Captains of such a high Lord as theirs is, deserved a better treatment at your hands.,

Incred. Then said old Incredulity, This is but little They chide

T, „. , T 7 T 7on both sides

better. But Sir, quoth he, what 1 spake, 1 spake

for my Prince, for his Government and the quieting

of the people, whom by your unlawful actions you

have this day set to mutiny against us.

Cons. Then replied the old Recorder, whose

name was Mr. Conscience, and said, 'Sir you ought

not thus to retort upon what my Lord Understanding

hath said. ,Tis evident enough that he hath spoken

the truth, and that you are an enemy to Mansoul, be

convinced then of the evil of your saucy and malapert

language, and of the grief that you have put the

Captains to; yea, and of the damages that you have

G

done to Mansoul thereby. Had you accepted of the conditions, the sound of the Trumpet, and the alarm of War had now ceased about the Town of Mansoul; but that dreadful sound abides and your want of wisdom in your speech has been the cause of it.,

Incred. Then said old Incredulity: 'Sir, if I live I will do your errand to Diabolus, and there you shall have an answer to your words. Meanwhile we will seek the good of the Town, and not ask Counsel of you.,

Understanding. 'Sir, your Prince and you are both Foreigners to Mansoul, and not the Natives thereof. And who can tell but that when you have brought us into greater straits (when you also shall see that yourselves can be safe by no other means than by flight) you may leave us and shift for yourselves, or set us on fire, and go away in the smoak, or by the light of our burning, and so leave us in our ruins.,

Incred. 'Sir, you forget that you are under a Governor, and that you ought to demean yourself like a Subject, and know ye, when my Lord the King shall hear of this day,s work, he will give you but little thanks for your labour.,

Now while these Gentlemen were thus in their Men of Arms chiding words, down comes from the Walls and Gates come down. ^ ^e Town, the Lord WillbewiU, Mr. Prejudice, Old Ill-pause, and several of the new made Aldermen and Burgesses, and they asked the reason of the hubbub and tumult. And with that every man began to tell his own tale, so that nothing could be heard distinctly. Then was a silence commanded, and the old fox Incredulity began to speak: My Lord, quoth he, here are a couple of peevish Gentlemen, that have, as a fruit of their bad dispositions, and as I fear, through the advice of one Mr. Discontent, tumultuously gathered this Company against me this day; and also attempted to run the Town into acts of Rebellion against our Prince.

Then stood up all the Diabolonians that were A great

Confusion

present, and affirmed these things to be true. Now when they that took part with my Lord Understanding, and with Mr. Conscience, perceived that they were like to come to the worst, for that force and power was on the other side, they came in for their help and relief: So a great company was on both sides. Then they on Incredulity,s side, would have had the two Old Gentlemen, presently away to Prison; but they on the other side said they should not. Then they began to cry up parties again: The Diabolonians cried up old Incredulity, Forget-good, the new Aldermen, and their great one Diabolus; and the other party, they as fast cried up Shaddai, the Captains, his Laws, their mercifulness, and applauded their conditions and ways. Thus the bickerment went a while, at last they passed from words to blows, and nay fan now there were knocks on both sides. The good Old «o°MoTM." Gentleman, Mr. Conscience, was knockt down twice by one of the Diabolonians, whose Name was Mr. Benumbing. And my Lord Understanding had like to have been slain with an Harquebus, but that he that shot wanted to take his aim aright. Nor did

A hot the other side wholly escape, for there was one Mr.

Rash-head a Diabolonian that had his brains beaten out by Mr. Mind, the Lord Willbewill,s servant; and it made me laugh to see how old Mr. Prejudice was kickt and tumbled about in the dirt. For though a while since he was made Captain of a Company of the Diabolonians, to the hurt and damage of the Town, yet now they had got him under their feet; and I,ll assure you he had by some of the Lord Understanding,s party, his crown soundly crackt to boot. Mr. Anything also, he became a brisk man in the broil, but both sides were against him, because he was true to none. Yet he had for his malapertness, one of his Legs broken, and he that did it, wisht it had been his

mm done neck. Much harm more was done on both sides, but 'this must not be forgotten; it was now a wonder to see my Lord Willbewill so indifferent as he was, he did not seem to take one side more than another, only it was perceived that he smiled to see how old Prejudice was tumbled up and down in the dirt. Also when Captain Anything came halting up before him, he seemed to take but little notice of him.

The, two old Now when the Uproar was over, Diabolus sends

Gentlemen

putmprison for my Lord Understanding, and Mr. Conscience, and Authors of claps them both up in prison as the ringleaders and rout. managers of this most heavy riotous Rout in Mansoul.

So now the Town began to be quiet again, and the Prisoners were used hardly, yea he thought to have made them away, but that the present juncture did not serve for that purpose: Tor that War was in all their Gates. But let us return again to our story. The Captains when they were gone back from the

Gate, and were come into the Camp again, called a The Captains

/~t „ „ callaCouncil

Council of War, to consult what was further for them ami consult to do. 'Now,, some said, 'let us go up presently and fall upon the Town,, but the greatest part thought, rather better ,twould be to give them another summons to yield; and the reason why they thought this to be best was, because, that so far as could be perceived, the Town of Mansoul now was more inclinable than heretofore. 'And if,, said they, 'while some of them are in a way of inclination we should by ruggedness give them distaste, we may set them further from closing with our summons, than we would be willing they should.,

Wherefore to this advice they agreed, and called a The result u, Trumpeter, put words into his mouth, set him his another time, and bid him God speed. Well many hours to summons were not expired before the Trumpeter addressed yield. himself to his journey. Wherefore coming up to the Wall of the Town, he steereth his course to Ear-gate; and there sounded as he was commanded; They then that were within came out to see what was the matter, and the Trumpeter made them this speech following:

'O hard-hearted and deplorable Town of Mansoul, The summons

. itself.

how long wilt thou love thy sinful, sinful simplicity, and ye fools delight in their scorning? As yet despise you the offers of peace and deliverance 1 As yet will ye refuse the golden offers of Shaddai, and trust to the lies and falsehoods of Diabolus? Think you when Shaddai shall have conquered you, that the remembrance of these your carriages towards him, will yield you peace, and comfort: Or that by ruffling language, you can make him afraid as a Grasshopper? Doth he intreat you, for fear of you 1 Do you think that you are stronger than he? Look to the Heavens, and behold, and consider the Stars, how high are they? Can you stop the Sun from running his course, and hinder the Moon from giving her light t Can you count the number of the Stars, or stay the bottles of Heaven? Can you call for the Waters of the Sea, and cause them to cover the face of the ground? Can you behold every one that is proud, and abase him? And bind their faces in secret? Yet these are some of the works of our King, in whose name, this day, we come up unto you, that you may be brought under his authority. In his name therefore I summon you again, to yield up yourselves to his Captains.,

The Town at At this summons the Mansoulians seemed to be at a stand, and knew not what answer to make: Wherefore Diabolus forthwith appeared, and took upon him to do it himself, and thus he begins, but turns his speech to them of Mansoul.

DiaMus 'Gentlemen,, quoth he, 'and my faithful Subjects,

makes a , * , J J i

speech to the if it is true that this Summoner hath said concerning

Town, and

endeavours the greatness of their King, by his terror you will

to terriJU it Ii.tt

with the always be kept i n bondage, and so be made to sneak.

greatness o now can yOU n0w, th0Ugn foe is afc a distance,

endure to think of such a mighty one? and if not to think of him, while at a distance, how can you endure to be in his presence? I, your Prince, am familiar with you, and you may play with me, as you would with a Grasshopper. Consider therefore, what is for your profit, and remember the immunities that I have granted you.

'Farther, if all be true that this man hath said, how comes it to pass, that the Subjects of Shaddai, are so enslaved in all places where they come? None in the Universe so unhappy as they, none so trampled upon as they.

'Consider, my Mansoul; would thou wert as loth to leave me, as I am loth to leave thee. But consider I say, the ball is yet at thy foot, liberty you have, if you know how to use it: Yea, a King you have too, if you can tell how to love and obey him.,

Upon this speech, the Town of Mansoul did again He drives

Mausoul in

harden their hearts yet more against the Captains of to despair.

Shaddai. The thoughts of his greatness did quite

quash them, and the thoughts of his holiness sank

them in despair. Wherefore after a short consult'

they (of the Diabolonian party they were) sent back

this word by the Trumpeter, That for their parts,

they were resolved to stick to their King, but never to

yield to Shaddai: So it was but in vain to give them

any farther summons, for they had rather die upon the Mansoul

place than yield. And now things seemed to be gone and worse,.

quite back, and Mansoul to be out of reach, or call;

yet the Captains who knew what their Lord could do,

would not yet be beat out of heart: They therefore

send them another summons, more sharp and severe

than the last, but the oftener they were sent to, to

reconcile to Shaddai, the further off they were. As

they called them, so they went from them, yea though Hos. 11. 2.

they called them to the Most High.

The Captains So they ceased that way to deal with them any

leave off to .

summonsand more, and inclined to think of another way. The selves to Captains therefore did gather themselves together, to 1 J have free conference among themselves, to know what was yet to be done to gain the Town, and to deliver it from the Tyranny of Diabolus: and one said after this manner, and another after that. Then stood up the right noble, the Captain Conviction and said: 'My Brethren, mine opinion is this:

'First, That we continually play our slings into the Town, and keep it in a continual alarm, molesting of them day and night; by thus doing we shall stop the growth of their rampant spirit. For a Lion may be tamed, by continual molestation.

'Secondly, This done, I advise that in the next place we with one consent draw up a Petition to our Lord Shaddai, by which, after we have shewed our King the condition of Mansoul, and of affairs here, and have begged his pardon for our no better success, we will earnestly implore his Majesty,s help, and that he will please to send us more force and power, and some gallant and well spoken Commander to head them, that so his Majesty may not lose the benefit of these his good beginnings, but may compleat his conquest upon the Town of Mansoul.,

To this Speech of the Noble Captain Conviction, they, as one man, consented and agreed that a Petition should forthwith be drawn up, and sent by a fit man, away to Shaddai with speed. The contents of the Petition were thus,

'Most gracious, and glorious King, the Lord of the best world, and the builder of the Town of Mansoul. We have, dread Soveraign, at thy commandment, put our lives in Jeopardy, and at thy bidding made a War, upon the famous Town of Mansoul. When we went Mat. 22. 5.

r Prov. 1. 25.

up against it, we did according to our Commission, zeoh. 7.10first offer conditions of peace unto it. But they, Great King, set light by our Counsel, and would none of our reproof: They were for shutting of their Gates and for keeping us out of the Town. They also mounted their guns, they sallied out upon us, and have done us what damage they could, but we pursued them, with alarm upon alarm, requiting of them with such retribution as was meet, and have done some execution upon the Town.

'Diabolus, Incredulity, and Willbewill, are the great doers against us; now we are in our Winter quarters, but so as that we do yet with a high hand molest, and distress the Town.

'Once, as we think, had we had but one substantial friend in the Town, such as would but have seconded the sound of our summons, as they ought, the people might have yielded themselves: But there were none but Enemies there, nor any to speak in behalf of our Lord, to the Town: Wherefore though we have done as we could, yet Mansoul abides in a state of rebellion against thee.

'Now King of Kings, let it please thee to pardon the unsuccessfulness of thy servants, who have been no more advantageous in so desirable a Work, as the conquering of Mansoul is; and send, Lord, as we now desire, more forces to Mansoul, that it may be subdued; and a man to head them, that the Town may both love and fear.

'We do not thus speak, because we are willing to relinquish the Wars (for we are for laying of our bones against the place) but that the Town of Mansoul may be won for thy Majesty. We also pray thy Majesty, for expedition in this matter, that, after their conquest, we may be at liberty, to be sent about other thy gracious designs. Amen., Who carried The Petition thus drawn up, was sent away with

this Petition. , i i i -, i ,

haste to the King, by the hand of that good man, Mr. Loee to Mansoul. To whom it When this Petition was come to the Palace of the

iv(ts (l€~

Uvered. King, who should it be delivered to, but to the King,s Son. So he took it and read it, and because the Contents of it pleased him well, he mended, and also in some things, added to the Petition himself. So after he had mad« such amendments and additions as he thought convenient, with his own hand, he carried it in to the King: To whom, when he had, with obeisance, delivered it, he put on authority, and spake to it himself.

The King re- Now the King, at the sight of the Petition, was

ceives it with . ,

gladness. glad; but how much more think you, when it was seconded by his Son. It pleased him also to hear that his servants that camped against Mansoul, were so hearty in the work, and so stedfast in their resolves, and that they had already got some ground upon the famous Town of Mansoul. The King Wherefore the King called to him Emanuel, his callshwSon, 'Here am I, my Father., Then said the King, 'Thou knowest, as I do myself, the condition of and tells him

°, , J i that he shall

the Town of Mansoul, and what we have purposed, go to conquer

.. , , i , , n tht Tomt "1

and what thou hast done to redeem it. Come, now Mansoui,

therefore my Son, and prepare thyself for the War, for Pleased at it.

thou shalt go to my Camp at Mansoul. Thou shalt

also there prosper and prevail, and conquer the Town

of Mansoul.,

Then said the King,s Son: 'Thy Law is within my heart. I delight to do thy will. This is the day Heb. 10.7. that I have longed for, and the work that I have waited for all this while. Grant me therefore what force thou shalt in thy wisdom think meet, and I will He soiaccth

himself in

go, and will deliver from Diabolus, and from his power the tiumghu

of this work.

thy perishing Town of Mansoul. My heart has been often pained within me, for the miserable Town of Mansoul. But now ,tis rejoiced, but now ,tis glad ;, and with that he leaped over the Mountains for joy, saying:

'I have not, in my heart, thought anything too dear for Mansoul, the day of vengeance is in mine heart, for thee my Mansoul, and glad am I that thou my Father, hast made me the Captain of their Salvation: And I will now begin to plague all those Heb. 2.10. that have been a plague to my Town of Mansoul, and will deliver it from their hand.,

When the King,s Son had said thus to his Father, it presently flew like lightning round about at Court: Yea, it there became the only talk, what Emanuel was to go to do for the famous Town of Mansoul. But you cannot think how the Courtiers too, were taken with this design of the Prince. Yea, so affected were they

with this work, and with the justness of the War, The highest that the highest Lord, and greatest Peer of the

I €€T ili f/16

Kingdom Kingdom did covet to have Commissions under

covets to go on

this design. Emanuel, to go to help to recover again to Shaddai the miserable Town of Mansoul.

Then was it concluded that some should go and carry tidings to the Camp, that Emanuel was to come to recover Mansoul, and that he would bring along with him so mighty, so impregnable a force that he could not be resisted. But oh, how ready were the high ones at Court, to run like Lacqueys to carry these tidings to the Camp that was at Mansoul. Now when the Captains perceived that the King would send Emanuel his Son, and that it also delighted the Son to be sent on this errand by the great Shaddai his Father: They also to shew how they

shoutaf'P' W6re Pleased at thoughts of his coming, gave a when they shout that made the Earth rend, at the sound thereof.

hear the

tidings. Yea, the Mountains did answer again by Echo, and Diaholus himself did totter and shake.

For you must know, that though the Town of Mansoul itself was not much, if at all, concerned with the project (for alas for them, they were wofully besotted, for they chiefly regarded their pleasure and their lusts):

Djaboius Yet, Diabolus their Governour was, for he had his spies

afratd at the

news of his continually abroad, who brought him intelligence of

coming. "' °

all things, and they told him what was doing at Court against him, and that Emanuel would shortly certainly come with a power to invade him. Nor was there any man at Court, nor Peer of the Kingdom, that Diabolus so feared, as he feared this Prince. For if you remember, I shewed you before that Diabolus had felt the weight of his hand already. So that, since it was he that was to come, this made him the more afraid. Well, you see how I have told you that the King,s Son was engaged to come from the Court to save Mansoul, and that his Father had made him the Captain of the forces: The time therefore of his setting forth, being now expired, he addressed himself The Prince for his march, and taketh with him for his power, five Mmxiffir

his journey,

noble Captains and their forces.

1. The first was that famous Captain, the Noble Captain Credence, his were the Ked colours; and Mr. Promise bare them: and for a Scutcheon, he had the

Holy Lamb, and Golden Shield. And he had ten Joh. l. 29.

". Bph. 6. 16.

thousand men at his feet.

2. The second was that famous Captain, the Captain Good-hope, his were the Blue Colours: His Standard Bearer was Mr. Expectation, and for a Scutcheon he

had the Three Golden Anchors. And he had ten Heb. 6.19. thousand men at his feet.

3. The third Captain was that Valiant Captain,

the Captain Charity: His Standard Bearer was Mr. 1 Cor. 13. Pitiful, his were the Green Colours, and for his Scutcheon, he had three naked Orphans embraced in the bosom. And he had ten thousand men at his feet.

4. The fourth was that gallant Commander, the Captain Innocent: His Standard Bearer was Mr. Harmless, his were the White Colours, and for his Scutcheon, he had the three Golden Doves. Mat-10-16

5. The fifth was the truly Loyal, and well beloved Captain, the Captain Patience: His Standard Bearer was Mr. Suffer-long, his were the Black Colours, and for a Scutcheon, he had three Arrows through the Golden Heart.

Faith and These were Emanuel,s Captains, these their the work. Standard Bearers, their Colours, and their Scutcheons, c 'r>' ' and these the men under their command. So as was said, the brave Prince took his march, to go to the Town of Mansoul. Captain Credence led the Van, and Captain Patience brought up the Rear. So the other three with their men made up the main body. The Prince himself riding in his Chariot at the head of them.

Tkeir march. But when they set out for their march, Oh how the Trumpets soiinded, their Armour glittered, and how the Colours waved in the wind! The Prince,s Armour was all of Gold, and it shone like the Sun in the Firmament. The Captains, Armour was of proof, and was in appearance like the glittering Stars. There were also some from the Court that rode Reformades, for the love that they had to the King Shaddai, and for the happy deliverance of the Town of Mansoul.

Emanuel also when he had thus set forwards to go to recover the Town of Mansoul, took with him at The holy the Commandment of his Father, forty-four Battering

HibU con- iii. 1.1 -ii

taming en Rams, and twelve slings, to whirl stones withal.

Every one of these was made of pure Gold, and these they carried with them in the heart and body of their Army, all along as they went to Mansoul.

So they marched till they came within less than a league of the Town: And there they lay till the first four Captains came thither, to acquaint him with matters. Then they took their Journey, to go to the Town of Mansoul, and unto Mansoul they came, but when the old Souldiers that were in the Camp saw that they had new forces to join with, they again The forces gave such a shout before the Walls of the Town oi'njommg! Mansoul, that it put Diabolus into another fright. So they sat down before the Town, not now as the other four Captains did, to wit, against the Gates of Mansoul only: But they environed it round on every Mansoul side, and beset it behind and before, so that now let round. Mansoul look which way it will, it saw force and power lie in Siege against it. Besides, there were Mounts cast

up against it.

mounts cast up against it.

The Mount Gracious was on the one side, and Mount Justice was on the other. Farther, there were several small banks, and advance ground as Plaintruth hill and No-sin banks, where many of the Slings were placed against the Town. Upon Mount Gracious were planted four, and upon Mount Justice were placed as many: And the rest were conveniently placed in several parts round about the Town. Five of the best Battering-Rams, that is of the biggest of them, were placed upon Mount Hearken, a Mount cast up hard by Ear-gate with intent to break that open.

Now when the men of the Town saw the multitude of the Souldiers that were come up against the place, and the Rams and Slings, and the Mounts on which they were planted, together with the glittering of the Armour and the waving of their Colours, they were forced to shift, and shift, and again to shift their thoughts, but they hardly changed for thoughts more Tu heart 0/ stout, but rather for thoughts more faint. For begins to jail, though before, they thought themselves sufficiently guarded yet now they begin to think that no Man knew what would be their Hap or Lot.

When the good Prince Emanuel had thus beleaguered The white Mansoul: In the first place he hangs out the White

Flag hung r

<"* Flag, which he caused to be set up among the Golden

slings that were planted upon Mount Gracious. And this he did for two reasons: 1. To give notice to Mansoul that he could and would yet be gracious if they turned to him. 2. And that he might leave them the more without excuse, should he destroy them, they continuing in their rebellion.

So the White Flag, with the three Golden Doves in it, was hanged out for two days together, to give them time and space to consider. But they, as was hinted before, as if they were unconcerned, made no reply to the favourable Signal of the Prince.

The Red Flag Then he commanded, and they set the Red Flag

hung mt. jipoii Mount called Mount Justice. ,Twas the Red Flag of Captain Judgment, whose Scutcheon was the Burning Fiery Furnace. And this also stood waving before them in the wind, for several days together. But look, how they carried it under the White Flag, when that was hanged out, so did they also when the Ked one was: And yet he took no advantage of them.

Then he commanded again that his servants would

Tu Black hang out the Black Flag of defiance against them,

Flag hung

out. whose Scutcheon was the three burning Thunderbolts. But as unconcerned was Mansoul at this, as at those that went before. But when the Prince saw that neither Mercy nor Judgment, nor execution of Judgment would or could come near the heart of Mansoul, He was touched with much compunction and said, 'Surely this strange carriage of the Town of Mansoul, doth rather arise from ignorance of the manner, and chma3ass

° 'not War as

feats of War, than from a secret defiance of us, and *•World

', does,

abhorrence of their own lives. Or if they know the manner of the War of their own, yet not the Rites and Ceremonies of the Wars in which we are concerned, when I make Wars upon mine enemy Diabolus.,

Therefore he sent to the Town of Mansoul, to let H e sends to them know what he meant by those Signs and Cere- u^diSix monies of the Flag, and also to know of them which jusaLT' of the things they will chuse, whether Grace and Mercy, or Judgment and the Execution of judgment. All this while they kept their gates shut with locks, bolts and bars, as fast as they could. Their Guards also were doubled, and their Watch made as strong as they could. Diabolus also did pluck up what heart he could, to encourage the Town to make resistance.

The Townsmen also made answer to the Prince,s messenger, in substance, according to that which follows.

Great Sir, As to what by your Messenger you have The Towns

'17 17 a a folks answer,

signified to us, whether we will accept of your Mercy, or fall by your Justice, we are bound by the Law and Custom of this place, and can give you no positive answer. For it is against the Law, Government, and the Prerogative Royal of our King, to make either H

Peace or War without him. But this we will do, we will Petition that our Prince will come down to the Wall, and there give you such treatment as he shall think Jit and profitable for us. Emanuel When the good Prince Emanuel heard this answer

grieeed at , ,

the folly of and saw the Slavery and Bondage of the people, and how much content they were to abide in the Chains of the Tyrant Diabolus, it grieved him at the heart. And indeed, when at any time he perceived that any were contented under the Slavery of the Giant, he would be affected with it.

But to return again to our purpose. After the Town had carried this News to Diabolus, and had told him moreover, that the Prince that lay in the Leaguer, without the Wall, waited upon them for an

Diabolus Answer, he refused, and huffed as well as he could,

afraid.

but in heart he was afraid.

Then said he, 'I will go down to the gates myself, and give him such an answer as I think fit:, So he went down to Mouth-gate, and there addressed himself to speak to Emanuel (but in such language as the Town understood not) the Contents whereof were as follow:

the^riim O t1l0U 9reat Emanuel> Lord of all the world, I know thee, that thou art the Son of the great Shaddai! Wherefore art tlwu come to torment me, and to cast me out of my Possession? This Town of Mansoul, as thou very well knowest is mine, and that by a twofold Right. 1. It is mine by right of Conquest, I won it in the open field. And shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful Captive be delivered? 2. This Town of Mansoul is mine also by their Subjection. They have opened the Gates of their Town unto me. They have sworn fidelity to me, and have openly chosen me to be their King. They have also given their Castle into my hands; yea, they have put Heart, the whole strength of Mansoul under me.

Moreover this Town of Mansoul hath disavowed thee: Yea they have cast thy Law, thy name, thy image, and all that is thine, behind their back: And have accepted, and set up in their Room, my Law, my name, mine image, and all that ever is mine. Ask else thy Captains and they will tell thee that Mansoul hath in answer to all their summons, shown Love and Loyalty to me; but always disdain, despite, contempt, and scorn to thee, and thine: Now thou art the just one, and the holy, (and shouldest do no iniquity); depart then I pray thee therefore from me, and leave me to my just inheritance, peacably.

This Oration was made in the Language of Diabolus himself. For although he can to every man, speak in their own language (else he could not tempt them all as he does) yet he has a language proper to himself, and it is the language of the Infernal cave or black pit.

Wherefore the Town of Mansoul (poor hearts) understood him not, nor did they see how he crouched and cringed, while he stood before Emanuel their Prince.

Yea, they all this while took him to be one of that power and force that by no means could be resisted. Wherefore while he was thus intreating that he might have yet his residence there, and that Emanuel would not take it from him by force, the inhabitants boasted even of his valour, saying, Who is able to make War with him?

Well, when this pretended King had made an end of what he would say: Emanuel the Golden Prince stood up and spake, the Contents of whose words follow.

'Thou deceiving one,, said he, 'I have in my Father,s name, in mine own name, and on the behalf, and for the good of this wretched Town of Mansoul, somewhat to say unto thee. Thou pretendest a right, a lawful right, to the deplorable Town of Mansoul, when it is most apparent to all my Father,s Court, that the entrance which thou hast obtained in at the gates of Mansoul, was through thy lie and falsehood. Thou beliedst my Father, thou beliedst his Law, and so deceivedst the People of Mansoul. Thou pretendest that the people have accepted thee for their King, their Captain and right Liege-Lord, but that also was by the exercise of deceit and guile. Now if lying wiliness, sinful craft, and all manner of horrible hypocrisy, will go in my Father,s Court (in which Court thou must be tried) for equity and right, then will I confess unto thee that thou hast made a lawful conquest. But alas! What Thief, what Tyrant, what Devil is there that may not conquer after this sort? But I can make it appear O Diabolus, that thou in all thy pretences to a conquest of Mansoul, hast nothing of truth to say. Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou didst put the lie upon my Father and madest him (to Mansoul) the greatest deluder in the World 1 And what sayest thou to thy perverting knowingly the right purport and intent of the Law? Was it good also that thou madest a prey of the innocency and simplicity of the now miserable Town of Mansoul? Yea, thou didst overcome Mansoul by promising to them happiness in their transgressions against my Father,s Law, when thou knewest, and couldest not but know, hadst thou consulted nothing but thine own experience, that that was the way to undo them. Thou hast also thyself (O! Thou Master of enmity) of spite, defaced my Father,s image in Mansoul, and set up thy own in its place; to the great contempt of my Father, the heightening of thy sin, and to the intolerable damage of the perishing Town of Mansoul.

'Thou hast moreover, (as if all these were but little things with thee) not only deluded and undone this place, but by thy lies and fraudulent carriage hast set them against their own deliverance. How hast thou stirred them up against my Father,s Captains, and made them to fight against those that were sent of him to deliver them from their bondage! All these things and very many more thou hast done against thy light, and in contempt of my Father, and of his Law: Yea, and with design to bring under his displeasure for ever, the miserable Town of Mansoul. I am therefore come to avenge the wrong that thou hast done to my Father, and to deal with thee for the Blasphemies wherewith thou hast made poor Mansoul blaspheme his name. Yea upon thy head, thou Prince of the infernal Cave, will I requite it.

'As for myself, O Diabolus, I am come against thee by lawful power, and to take by strength of hand, this Town of Mansoul out of thy burning fingers. For this Town of Mansoul is mine, O Diabolus, and that by undoubted right, as all shall see that will diligently search the most ancient, and most authentick Records, and I will plead my title to it, to the confusion of thy face.

'First, for the Town of Mansoul, my Father built and did fashion it with his hand. The Palace also that is in the midst of that Town, he built it for his own delight. This Town of Mansoul therefore is my Father,s, and that by the best of Titles: And he that gainsays the truth of this, must lie against his soul.

'Secondly, O thou Master of the lie, this Town of Mansoul is mine. Heb. I. 2. '1. For that I am my Father,s heir, his firstborn, and the only delight of his heart. I am therefore come up against thee in mine own right, even to recover mine own inheritance out of thine hand.

'2. But further, as I have a right and title to Mansoul, by being my Father,s heir, so I have also by John 17. 6. my Father,s donation. His it was, and he gave it me;

nor have I at any time offended my Father, that he should take it from me, and give it to thee. Nor isa. 50. l. have I been forced, by playing the Bankrupt, to sell, or set to sale to thee, my beloved Town of Mansoul. Mansoul is my desire, my delight, and the joy of my heart. But,

'3. Mansoul is mine by right of purchase, I have bought it (O Diabolus) I have bought it to myself. Now since it was my Father,s and mine, as I was his heir, and since also I have made it mine by virtue of a great purchase, it followeth, that by all lawful right the Town of Mansoul is mine, and that thou art an Usurper, a Tyrant and Traitor in thy holding possession thereof. Now the cause of my purchasing of it was this: Mansoul had trespassed against my Father, now my Father had said, That in the day that they broke his Law, they should die. Now it is more possible for Heaven and earth to pass away, than for Mat 5. is. my Father to break his word. Wherefore when Mansoul had sinned indeed by hearkening to thy lie, I put in and became a surety to my Father, body for body, and soul for soul, that I would make amends o sweet

Prince

for Mansoul,s transgressions; and my Father did Emanuel, accept thereof. So when the time appointed was come, I gave body for body, soul for soul, life for life, blood for blood, and so redeemed my beloved Mansoul.

'A Nor did I do this to the halves, my Father,s Law and Justice that were both concerned in the threatning upon transgression, are both now satisfied, and very well content that Mansoul should be delivered.

'5. Nor am I come out this day against thee, but by commandment of my 'Father, ,twas he that said unto me, Go down and deliver Mansoul.

'Wherefore be it known unto thee (O thou fountain of deceit) and be it also known to the foolish Town of Mansoul, that I am not come against thee this day without my Father.

'And now, (said the Golden-headed Prince) 'I have

a word to the Town of Mansoul, (but so soon as mention was made, that he had a word to speak to the besotted Town of Mansoul, the Gates were double guarded, and all men commanded not to give him audience) so he proceeded, and said, 'O unhappy Town of Mansoul, I cannot but be touched with pity and compassion for thee. Thou hast accepted of Diabolus for thy King, and art become a nurse and minister of Diabolonians against thy Sovereign Lord. Thy Gates thou hast opened to him, but hast shut them fast against me; thou hast given him a hearing, but hast stopt thine ears at my cry; he brought to thee thy destruction, and thou didst receive both him and it: I am come to thee bringing Salvation, but thou regardest me not. Besides, thou hast as with sacrilegious hands taken thyself with all that was mine in thee, and hast given all to my foe, and to the greatest enemy my Father has. You have bowed and subjected yourselves to him, you have vowed and sworn yourselves to be his. Poor Mansoul I what shall I do unto thee? Shall I save thee, shall I destroy thee 1 What shall I do unto thee? shall I fall upon thee and grind thee to powder, or make thee a monument of the richest grace? What shall I do unto thee? Hearken therefore thou Town of Mansoul, hearken to my word, and thou shalt live. I am merciful, Mansoul, and thou shalt find me so; shut Cant. 5.2 me not out of thy Gates.

John 12. 47. 'O Mansoul, neither is my Commission, nor inclination at all to do thee hurt; why fly est thou so fast Luk. 9.56. from thy friend, and stickest so close to thine enemy? Indeed I would have thee, because it becomes thee, to be sorry for thy sin; but do not despair of life, this great force is not to hurt thee, but to deliver thee from thy bondage, and to reduce thee to thy obedience.

I My Commission indeed is to make a war upon Diabolus thy King, and upon all Diabolonians with him; for he is the strong man armed that keeps the house, and I will have him out; his spoils I must divide, his armour I must take from him, his hold I must cast him out of, and must make it an habitation for myself. And this, O Mansoul, shall Diabolus know, when he shall be made to follow me in chains, and when Mansoul shall rejoice to see it so.

II could, would I now put forth my might, cause that forthwith he should leave you and depart; but I have it in my heart so to deal with him, as that the justice of the war that I shall make upon him, may be seen and acknowledged by all. He hath taken Mansoul by fraud, and keeps it by violence and deceit, and I will make him bare and naked in the eyes of all observers.

'All my words are true, I am mighty to save, and will deliver my Mansoul out of his hand., This speech was intended chiefly for Mansoul, but Mansoul would not have the hearing of it. They shut up Ear-gate, they barricaded it up, they kept it lockt and bolted, they set a guard thereat, and commanded that no Mansoulian should go out to him, nor that any from the Camp should be admitted into the Town; all this they did, so horribly had Diabolus enchanted them to do, and seek to do for him, against their Emanuel prepares to make war upon Mansoul.

Diabolus sends by the hand of his servant Mr. Loth-tostoop, and by him he propounds conditions of peace.

rightful Lord and Prince; wherefore no man, nor voice, nor sound of man that belonged to the glorious Host, was to come into the Town.

So when Emanuel saw that Mansoul was thus involved in sin, he calls his Army together (since now also his words were despised) and gave out a commandment throughout all his host to be ready against the time appointed. Now forasmuch as there was no way lawfully to take the Town of Mansoul, but to get in by the Gates, and at Ear-gate as the chief, therefore he commanded his Captains and Commanders to bring their Rams, their Slings, and their Men, and place them at Eye-gate and Ear-gate, in order to his taking the Town.

When Emanuel had put all things in a readiness to bid Diabolus Battle, he sent again to know of the Town of Mansoul, if in peaceable manner they would yield themselves, or whether they were yet resolved to put him to try the utmost extremity? They then together with Diabolus their King called a Council of War, and resolved upon certain Propositions that should be offered to Emanuel, if he will accept thereof. So they agreed, and then the next was, who should be sent on this Errand. Now there was in the Town of Mansoul an old man a Diabolonian, and his name was Mr. Loth-to-stoop, a stiff man in his way, and a great doer for Diabolus; him therefore they sent, and put into his mouth what he should say. So he went and came to the Camp to Emanuel, and when he was come, a time was appointed to give him audience. So at the time he came, and after a Diabolonian Ceremony or two, he thus began and said, Great Sir, Tit. 1. ie. that it may be known unto all men how good natured a Prince my master is, he hath sent me to tell your Lordship that he is very willing rather than to go to Mark this. War, to'deliver up into your hands one half of the Town of Mansoul. / am therefore to know if your mightiness will accept of this Proposition.

Then said Emanuel, 'The whole is mine by gift and purchase, wherefore I will never lose one half.,

Then said Mr. Loih-to-stoop, Sir, my master hath Mark this, said, that he will be content that you shall be the nominal and titular Lord of all, if he may possess but a part.

Then Emanuel answered, 'The whole is mine really; not in name and word only: wherefore I will be the sole Lord and possessor of all, or of none at all of Mansoul.,

Then Mr. Loth-to-stoop said again, Sir, behold the Mark this, condescension of my master! He says that he will be content, if he may but have assigned to him some place in Mansoul as a place to live privately in, and you shall be Lord of all the rest.

Then said the Golden Prince, 'All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and of all that he hath given me I will lose nothing, no not a hoof, nor a hair. I will not therefore grant him, no not the least corner in Mansoul to dwell in, I will have all to myself.,

Then Loth-to-stoop said again, But, Sir suppose that Mark this, my Lord should resign the whole Town to you, only with this proviso, that he sometimes when he comes into

this Country, may for old acquaintance sake, be entertained as a way-faring man for two days, or ten days, or a month, or so; may not this small matter be granted?

2Sam. 12. Then said Emanuel, 'No. He came as a wayfaring man to David, nor did he stay long with him, and yet it had like to have cost David his soul. I will not consent that he ever should have any harbour more there.,

Then said Mr. Loth-to-stoop, Sir, you seem to be sins and very hard. Suppose my Master should yield to all carnal lusts. your Lordship hath said, provided that his friends and kindred in Mansoul may have liberty to trade in the Town, and to enjoy their present dwellings; may not that be granted, Sir? Rom. 6. 13. Then said Emanuel, 'No, that is contrary to my Gal I 24 Father,s will; for all, and all manner of Didbolonians that now are, or that at any time shall be found in Mansoul, shall not only lose their lands and liberties, but also their lives., Mark this. Then said Mr. Loth-to-stoop again, But, Sir, may not my master, and great Lord, by letters, by passengers, by accidental opportunities and the like, maintain, if he shall deliver up all unto thee, some kind of old friendship with Mansoul.

Emanuel answered, 'No, by no means; forasmuch as any such fellowship, friendship, intimacy or acquaintance in what way, sort or mode soever maintained, will tend to the corrupting of Mansoul, the alienating of their affections from me, and the endangering of their peace with my Father.,

John 10. 8.

Mr. Loth-to-stoop yet added further, saying, But Marie this.

n. , , , . , , Rom. 6. 12

great sir, since my master hath many friends, and 13.
those that are dear to him in Mansoul, may he not, if
he shall depart from them, even of his bounty and
good nature, bestow upon them as he sees fit, some
tokens of his love and kindness, that he had for them,
to the end that Mansoul, when he is gone, may look
upon such tokens of kindness once received from their
old friend, and remember him who was once their
King, and the merry times that they sometimes
enjoyed one with another, while he and they lived in
peace together?

Then said Emanuel, 'No, for if Mansoul come to be mine, I shall not admit of nor consent that there should be the least scrap, Bhred, or dust of Diabolus left behind, as tokens or gifts bestowed upon any in Mansoul, thereby to call to remembrance the horrible communion that was betwixt them and him.,

Well Sir, said Mr. Loth-to-stoop, I have one thing more to propound, and then I am got to the end of my commission: Suppose that when my master is gone from Mansoul, any that yet shall live in the Town, should have such business of high concern to do, that Mark this.

J" , 2 Kings 1.

if they be neglected the party shall be undone; and 6, 7.
suppose Sir, that nobody can help in that case so well
as my master and Lord; may not now my master be
sent for upon so urgent an occasion as this? Or if
he may not be admitted into the Town, may not he
and the person concerned, meet in some of the Villages
near Mansoul, and there lay their heads together, and
there consult of matters?

This was the last of those ensnaring Propositions that Mr. Loth-to-stoop had to propound to Emanuel

l^Sam. 28. on behalf of his master Diabolus; but Emanuel would not grant it, for he said, 'There can be no case, or thing, or matter fall out in Mansoul when thy master shall be gone, that may not be solved by my

2 Kings i. Father: besides, ,twill be a great disparagement to my Father,s wisdom and skill to admit any from Mansoul to go out to Diabolus for advice, when they are bid before, in everything by prayer and supplication to let their requests be made known to my Father. Further this, should it be granted, would be to grant that a door should be set open for Diabolus, and the Diabolonians in Mansoul, to hatch and plot and bring to pass treasonable designs to the grief of my Father and me, and to the utter destruction of Mansoul.,

Loth-to- When Mr. Loth-to-stoop had heard this answer, he

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v^ts. took his leave of Emanuel, and departed, saying, that he would do word to his master concerning this whole affair. So he departed and came to Diabolus to Mansoul, and told him the whole of the matter, and how Emanuel would not admit, no not by any means, that he when he was once gone out, should for ever have anything more to do, either in, or with any that are of the Town of Mansoul. When Mansoul, and Diabolus had heard this relation of things, they with one consent concluded to use their best endeavour to keep Emanuel out of Mansoul, and sent old Ill-pause, of whom you have heard before, to tell the Prince and his Captains so. So the old Gentleman came up to the top of Ear-gate, and called to the Camp for a

hearing: Who when they gave audience he said, I

have in commandment from my high Lord to bid you

to tell it to your Prince Emanuel, That Mansoul and A speech 0/

their King are resolved to stand and fall together, and to the Camp.

that it is in vain for your Prince to think of ever

having of Mansoul in his hand, unless he can take it

by force. So some went and told to Emanuel what old

Ill-pause, a Diabolian in Mansoul, had said. Then

said the Prince, 'I must try the power of my sword, Bph. e. 17.

for I will not (for all the rebellions and repulses that

Mansoul has made against me) raise my siege and

depart, but will assuredly take my Mansoul and They must

fight.

deliver it from the hand of her enemy., And with

that he gave out a commandment that Captain Preparations

Boanerges, Captain Conviction, Captain Judgment,

and Captain Execution should forthwith march up to

Ear-gate with Trumpets sounding, Colours flying, and 1

with shouting for the battle. Also he would that

Captain Credence should join himself with them.

Emanuel moreover gave order that Captain Goodhope,

and Captain Charity should draw themselves up before

Eye-gate. He bid also that the rest of his Captains

and their men should place themselves for the best of

their advantage against the enemy round about the

Town, and all was done as he had commanded. Then

he bid that the word should be given forth, and the

word was at that time, Emanuel. Then was an

alarm sounded, and the battering Rams were played,

and the slings did whirl stones into the Town amain,

and thus the Battle began. Now Diabolus himself

Boanerges plays the man.

Conviction wounded.

Angels.

Goodhope and Charity play the men at Eye-gate.

did manage the Townsmen in the war, and that at every Gate; wherefore their resistance was the more forcible, hellish, and offensive to Emanuel. Thus was the good Prince engaged and entertained by Diabolus and Mansoul for several days together. And a sight worth seeing it was to behold how the Captains of Shaddai behaved themselves in this war.

And first for Captain Boanerges (not to undervalue the rest) he made three most fierce assaults one after another upon Ear-gate, to the shaking of the Posts thereof. Captain Conviction he also made up as fast with Boanerges as possibly he could, and both discerning that the Gate began to yield, they commanded that the Rams should still be played against it. Now Captain Conviction going up very near to the Gate, was with great force driven back, and received three wounds in the mouth. And those that rode Reformades, they went about to encourage the Captains.

For the valour of the two Captains made mention of before, the Prince sent for them into his Pavilion, and commanded that a while they should rest themselves, and that with somewhat they should be refreshed. Care also was taken for Captain Conviction, that he should be healed of his wounds, the Prince also gave to each of them a chain of gold, and bid them yet be of good courage.

Nor did Captain Goodhope, nor Captain Charity come behind in this most desperate fight, for they so well did behave themselves at Eye-gate, that they had almost broken it quite open. These also had a reward from their Prince, as also had the rest of the Captains, because they did valiantly round about the Town.

In this Engagement several of the Officers of Diabolus were slain, and some of the Townsmen wounded. For the Officers, there was one Captain Captain

n • ill Boasting

Boasting slain. This Boasting thought that nobody stein, could have shaken the Posts of Ear-gate, nor have shaken the heart of Diabolus. Next to him there was one Captain Secure slain: this Secure used to say, Captain

. ii. Secure slain.

that the blind and lame in Mansoul were able to keep 2 Sam. 5.6. the Gates of the Town against Emanuel,s army. This Captain Secure did Captain Conviction cleave down the head with a two-handed sword, when he received himself three wounds in his mouth.

Besides these, there was one Captain Bragman, a Captain very desperate fellow, and he was Captain over a band of slain. those that threw firebrands, arrows and death, he also received by the hand of Captain Goodhope at Eye-gate a mortal wound in the breast.

There was moreover one Mr. Feeling, but he was Mr. Feeling no Captain, but a great stickler to encourage MansoulhuTt' to rebellion, he received a wound in the eye by the hand of one of Boanerges, souldiers, and had by the Captain himself been slain, but that he made a sudden retreat.

But I never saw Willbewill so daunted in all my wmbewm life, he was not able to do as he was wont, and some say that he also received a wound in the leg, and that some of the men in the Prince,s army have certainly seen him limp as he afterwards walked on the wall.

I shall not give you a particular account of the

names of the souldiers that were slain in the Town, for many were maimed and wounded, and slain; for when they saw that the Posts of Ear-gate did shake, and Eye-gate was well nigh broken quite open, and also that their Captains were slain, this took away the hearts of many of the Diabolonians; they fell also by the force of the shot that were sent by the golden slings into the midst of the Town of Mansoul.

Of the Townsmen there was one Love-no-good, he was a Townsman, but a Diabolonian, he also received his mortal wound in Mansoul, but he died not very soon.

Mr. Ill^pause also, who was the man that came along with Diabolus, when at first he attempted the taking of Mansoul, he also received a grievous wound in the head; some say that his brain-pan was crackt. This I have taken notice of, that he was never after this able to do that mischief to Mansoul, as he had done in times past. Also old Prejudice, and Mr. Anything fled.

Now when the battle was over, the Prince commanded that yet once more the White flag should be set upon mount Gracious in sight of the Town of Mansoul; to show that yet Emanuel had grace for the wretched Town of Mansoul.

When Diabolus saw the White flag hanged out again, and knowing that it was not for him but Mansoul; he cast in his mind to play another prank, to wit, to see if Emanuel would raise his siege and be gone upon promise of a reformation. So he comes down to the Gate one evening, a good while after the Sun was gone down, and calls to speak with Emanuel, who presently came down to the Gate, and Diabolus saith unto him:

Forasmuch as thou makest it appear by thy White His speech to

7 T Emanuel.

flag, that thou art wholly given to peace and quiet; 1 thought meet to acquaint thee, that we are ready to accept thereof upon terms which thou may est admit.

I know that thou art given to devotion, and that holiness pleases thee; yea that thy great end in making a war upon Mansoul, is that it may be an holy habitation. Well, draw of thy forces from the Town, and I will bend Mansoul to thy bow.

First, / will lay down all acts of hostility against Diabolus thee, and will be willing to become thy deputy, and Emanuel's will, as I have formerly been against thee, now serve hemaidturn thee in the Town of Mansoul. And more particularly, nrmer'

1. / will perswade Mansoul to receive thee for their Lord, and I know that they will do it the sooner, when they shall understand that I am thy deputy.

2. / will show them wherein they have erred, and that transgression stands in the way to life.

3. I will show them the holy Law unto which they must conform, even that which they have broken.

4. / will press upon them the necessity of a reformation according to thy Law.

5. And moreover, that none of these things may fail, I myself, at my own proper cost and charge, will set up and maintain a sufficient Ministry, besides Lecturers, in Mansoul.

6. Thou shalt receive, as a token of our subjection to thee continually, year by year, what thou shalt think fit to lay and levy upon us, in token of our subjection to thee.

The Answer. Then said Emanuel to him, 'O full of deceit, how moveable are thy ways! how often hast thou changed and rechanged, if so be thou mightest still keep possession of my Mansoul, though as has been plainly declared before, I am the right heir thereof! Often hast thou made thy Proposals already, nor is this last a whit better than they. And failing to deceive when thou shewedst thyself in thy black; thou hast now

2 Cor. n. 14. transformed thyself into an Angel of light, and wouldest, to deceive, be now as a minister of righteousness.

'But know thou, O Diabolus, that nothing must be regarded that thou canst propound, for nothing is done by thee but to deceive; thou neither hast conDiaboius science to God, nor love to the Town of Mansoul; sconce to" whence then should these thy sayings arise, but from to°Man°soui!e sinful craft and deceit 1 He that can of List and Will propound what he pleases, and that wherewith he may destroy them that believe him, is to be abandoned with all that he shall say. But if righteousness be such a beauty-spot in thine eyes now, how is it that wickedness was so closely stuck to by thee before 1 But this is by the by.

'Thou talkest now of a reformation in Mansoul, , and that thou thyself, if I will please, wilt be at the head of that reformation, all the while knowing that the greatest proficiency that man can make in the Law, and the righteousness thereof, will amount to no more for the taking away of the curse from Mansoul,

than just nothing at all; for a Law being broken by Mansoul, that had before upon a supposition of the breach thereof, a curse pronounced against him for it of God, can never by his obeying of the Law deliver himself therefrom; (to say nothing of what a Reformation is like to be set up in Mansoul, when the Devil is become the Corrector of Vice.) Thou know,st that He knows all that thou hast now said in this matter is nothing do no good but guile and deceit; and is as it was the first, so is propounds * it the last 'card that thou hast to play. Many there ^Manaauif be that do soon discern thee when thou shewest them thy cloven foot; but in thy white, thy light, and in thy transformation thou art seen but of a few. But thou shalt not do thus with my Mansoul, O Diabolus, for I do still love my Mansoul.

'Besides, I am not come to put Mansoul upon works to live thereby, (should I do so, I should be like unto thee) but I am come that by me, and by what I have and shall do for Mansoul, they may to my Father be reconciled, though by their sin they have provoked him to anger, and though by the law they cannot obtain mercy.

'Thou talkest of subjecting of this Town to good, Ail things

, must be new

when none desireth it at thy hands. I am sent by in Mansoul. my Father to possess it myself, and to guide it by the skilfulness of my hands, into such a conformity to him as shall be pleasing in his sight. I will therefore possess it myself, I will dispossess and cast thee out: I will set up mine own standard in the midst of them: I will also govern them by new Laws, new Officers, new Motives, and new ways: Yea, I will pull down