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this Town, and build it again, and it shall be as though it had not been, and it shall then be the glory of the whole Universe., Diaboins When Diabolus heard this, and perceived that he was discovered in all his deceits, he was confounded and utterly put to a non plus; but having in himself the fountain of iniquity, rage, and malice against both Shaddai and his Son, and the beloved Town of Mansoul, what doth he but strengthen himself what he could to give fresh Battle to the ndble Prince Emanuel? So then, now we must have another fight before the Town of Mansoul is taken. Come up then to the Mountains you that love to see New iirepar. military actions, and behold by both sides how the tnfigh/°r fatal blow is given; while one seeks to hold, and the other seeks to make himself master of the famous Town of Mansoul.

Diabolus therefore having withdrawn himself from the wall to his force that was in the heart of the Town of Mansoul, Emanuel also returned to the Camp; and both of them after their divers ways, put themselves into a posture fit to bid Battle one to another. Diabolus Diabolus as filled with despair of retaining in his 'tSngof hands the famous Town of Mansoul, resolved to do therefore what mischief he could (if indeed he could do any) to dTuZZu the army of the Prince, and to the famous Town of mtechwhe jfant01d, (For alas it was not the happiness of the Mark 9.26, silly i<own 0f Mansoul that was designed by Diabolus, but the utter ruin and overthrow thereof); as now is enough in view. Wherefore he commands his Officers that they should then when they see that they could hold the Town no longer, do it what harm and mischief they could, rending and tearing of men, women and children. 'For,, said he, 'we had better quite demolish the place, and leave it like a ruinous heap, than so leave it that it may be an habitation for Emanuel.,

Emanuel again knowing that the next Battle would issue in his being made master of the place, gave out a Royal Commandment to all his Officers, high Captains, and men of War, to be sure to show themselves men of War against Diabolus and all Diabolonians, but favourable merciful and meek to all the old inhabitants of Mansoul. 'Bend therefore,, said the Noble Prince, 'the hottest front of the Battle against Diabolus and his men.,

So the day being come, the command was given, The Battle and the Prince,s men did bravely stand to their arms ; ^tV%i\ m and did as before, bend their main force against freelyTM Ear-gate, and Eye-gate. The word was then, Mansoul is Won; so they made their assault upon the Town. Diabolus also as fast as he could with the main of his power, made resistance from within, and his high Lords, and chief Captains for a time fought very cruelly against the Prince,s Army.

But after three or four notable Charges by the Prince, and his Noble Captains, Ear-gate was broken Ear-gate open, and the bars and bolts wherewith it was used bmkm 0,pen' to be fast shut up against the Prince, were broken into a thousand pieces. Then did the Prince,s Trumpets sound, the Captains shout, the Town shake, and Diabolus retreat to his hold. Well, when the

Thi Prince's Standard set up, and the Slings are played still at the Castle.


7'hey go up to the

Recorder's house.

They demand entrance.

Prince,s forces had broken open the Gate, himself came up and did set his Throne in it; also he set his standard thereby upon a mount that before by his men was cast up to place the mighty slings thereon. The mount was called mount Hear-well, there therefore the Prince abode, to wit, hard by the going in at the Gate. He commanded also that the Golden slings should yet be played upon the Town, especially against the Castle, because for shelter thither was Diabolus retreated. Now from Eargate the street was straight even to the house of Mr. Recorder, that so was before Diabolus took the Town, and hard by his house stood the Castle, which Diabolus for a long time had made his irksome den. The Captains therefore did quickly clear that street by the use of their slings, so that way was made up to the heart of the Town. Then did the Prince command that Captain Boanerges, Captain Conviction, and Captain Judgment, should forthwith march up the Town to the old Gentleman,s Gate. Then did the Captains in most warlike manner enter into the Town of Mansoul, and marching in with flying Colours, they came up to the Recorder,s house, (and that was almost as strong as was the Castle). Battering Rams they took also with them to plant against the Castle Gates. When they were come to the house of Mr. Conscience, they knocked and demanded entrance. Now the old Gentleman not knowing as yet fully their design, kept his Gates shut all the time of this fight. Wherefore Boanerges demanded entrance at his Gates, and no man making answer, he gave it one stroke with the head of a Ram, and this made the old Gentleman shake, and his house to tremble

and totter. Then came Mr. Recorder down to the

Gate, and as he could with quivering lips, he asked

who was there 1 Boanerges answered, 'We are the

Captains and Commanders of the great Shaddai, and

of the blessed Emanuel his Son, and we demand

possession of your house for the use of our noble

Prince., And with that the Battering Ram gave the

Gate another shake: This made the old Gentleman .

tremble the more, yet durst he not but open the

Gate. Then the King,s forces marched in, namely the They go in.

three brave Captains mentioned before. Now the

Recorder,s house was a place of much convenience for

Emanuel, not only because it was near to the Castle,

and strong, but also because it was large, and fronted

the Castle, the den where now Diabolus was; for

he was now afraid to come out of his hold. As for They do keep

Mr. Recorder, the Captains carried it very reservedly mervedfrom

to him; as yet he knew nothing of the great designs of fteEecorder

Emanuel, so that he did not know what judgment

to make, nor what would be the end of such thundring

beginnings. It was also presently noised in the Town,

how the Recorder,s house was possessed, his Rooms His house the

taken up, and his Palace made the seat of the War. seo<° ar'

And no sooner was it noised abroad but they took the

alarm as warmly, and gftve it out to others of his

friends, (and you know as a snow-ball loses nothing by

rolling) so in little time the whole Town was possessed

that they must expect nothing from the Prince but

destruction. And the ground of the business was

this, the Recorder was afraid, the Recorder trembled,

and the Captains carried it strangely to the Recorder. So many came to see, but when they with their own eyes did behold the Captains in the Palace, and their Battering Rams ever playing at the Castle gates to beat them down, they were riveted in their fears, and The ofix of it made them as in amaze. And, as I said, the man


when he is of the house would increase all this, for whoever came to him, or discoursed with him, nothing would he talk of, tell them, or hear, but that death and destruction now attended Mansoul.

For (quoth the old Gentleman) you are all of you sensible that we all have been Traitors to that once despised, but now famously victorious and glorious Prince Emanuel. For he now, as you see, doth not only lie in close siege about us, but hath forced his entrance in at our Gates. Moreover Diabolus flees before him, and he hath as you behold, made of my house a garrison against the Castle, where he is. I for my part have transgressed greatly {and he that is clean ,tis well for him.) But, I say, I have transgressed greatly in keeping of silence when I should have spoken, and in perverting of Justice when I should have executed the same. True, I have suffered something at the hand of Diabolus for taking part with the Laws of King Shaddai; but that, alas! What will that do? Will that make compensation for the Rebellions and Treasons that I have done, and have suffered without gain-saying, to be committed in the Town of Mansoul 1 Oh, I tremble to think what will be the end of this so dreadful and so ireful a beginning!

Now while these brave Captains were thus busy The brave

„ . Exploits of

in the house of the old Recorder, Captain Execution the captain

was as busy in other parts of the Town, in securing

the back-streets, and the walls. He also hunted the

Lord Willbewill sorely, he suffered him not to rest in

any corner. He pursued him so hard, that he drove

his men from him, and made him glad to thrust his

head into a hole. Also this mighty Warrior did cut

three of the Lord Willbewill,s Officers down to the

ground; one was old Mr. Prejudice, he that had his old Pre

crown crackt in the mutiny; this man was made by Lordjadice slaiv"

Willbewill Keeper of Ear-gate, and fell by the hand

of Captain Execution. There was also one Mr. Back- Backward.^

to all but

ward to all but naught, and he also was one of Lord naught slain Willbewill's Officers, and was the Captain of the two Guns that once were mounted on the top of Ear-gate, he also was cut down to the ground by the hands of Captain Execution. Besides, these two there was another, "a third, and his name was Captain Treacherous, Treacherous a vile man this was, but one that Willbewill did put a great deal of confidence in, but him also did this Captain Execution cut down to the ground with the rest.

He also made a very great slaughter among my Lord WillbewilVs souldiers, killing many that were stout and sturdy, and wounding of many that for Diabolus were nimble and active. But all these were Diabolonians, there was not a man, a native of Mansoul hurt.

Other feats of War were also likewise performed by other of the Captains, as at Eye-gate, where Captain Goodhope, and Captain Charity had a charge, was

doth slay

And old Illpause.

The old Townsmen meet and consult.

The Town does petition, and are answered with silence.

great execution done. For the Captain Goodhope with his own hands slew one Captain Blindfold, the Keeper of that Gate; this Blindfold was Captain of a thousand men, and they were they that fought with Mauls; he also pursued his men, slew many, and wounded more, and made the rest hide their heads in corners.

There was also at the Gate Mr. Ill-pause of whom you have heard before, he was an old man, and had a beard that reached down to his girdle, the same was he that was Orator to Diabolus, he did much mischief in the Town of Mansoul, and fell by the hand of Captain Goodhope.

What shall I say, the Diabolonians in these days lay dead in every corner, though too many yet were alive in Mansoul.

Now the old Recorder, and my Lord Understanding with some others of the chief of the Town, to wit, such as knew they must stand and fall with the famous Town of Mansoul, came together upon a day, and after consultation had, did jointly agree to draw up a Petition, and to send it to Emanuel, now while he sat in the Gate of Mansoul. So they drew up their Petition to Emanuel, the Contents whereof were this, That they the old inhabitants of the now deplorable Town of Mansoul, confessed their sin, and were sorry that they had offended his Princely Majesty, and prayed that he would spare their lives.

Unto this Petition he gave no answer at all, and that did trouble them yet so much the more. Now all this while the Captains that were in the Recorder,s house were playing with the battering Rams at the Gates of the Castle to beat them down. So after The Castu

Gates broken

some time, labour and travel, the Gate of the Castle open.
that was called Impregnable, was beaten open, and
broken into several splinters; and so a way made to
go up to the hold in which Diabolus had hid himself.
Then was tidings sent down to Ear-gate, for Emanuel
still abode there, to let him know that a way was
made in at the Gates of the Castle of Mansoul. But
Oh! How the Trumpets at the tidings sounded
throughout the Prince,s Camp, for that now the War
was so near an end, and Mansoul itself of being set

Then the Prince arose from the place where he Emanuel

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was, and took with him such of his men of War as Mansoul. were fittest for that Expedition, and marched up the street of Mansoul to the old Recorder,s house.

Now the Prince himself was clad all in Armour of Gold, and so he marched up the Town with his Standard borne before him; but he kept his countenance much reserved all the way as he went, so that the people could not tell how to gather to themselves love or hatred by his looks. Now as he marched up the street, the Townsfolk came out at every door to see, and could not but be taken with his person, and the glory thereof, but wondered at the reservedness of his countenance; for as yet he spake more to them by his actions and works, than he did by words or smiles. But also poor Mansoul, (as in such cases all are apt to do) they interpreted the carriages of How then Emanuel to them, as did Joseph,s Brethren his to Emanuel's them, even all the quite contrary way. 'For,, thought mrrmgcs

they,'if Emanuel loved us, he would shew it to us by word or carriage, but none of these he doth, therefore Emanuel hates us. Now if Emanuel hates us, then Mansoul shall be slain, then Mansoul shall become a dunghill., They knew that they had transgressed his Father,s Law, and that against him they had been in with Diabolus his enemy. They also knew that the Prince Emanuel knew all this; for they were convinced that he was as an Angel of God, to know all things that are done in the earth. And this made them think that their condition was miserable, and that the good Prince would make them desolate.

'And,, thought they, 'what time so fit to do this in as now, when he has the bridle of Mansoul in his hand., And this I took special notice of, that the inhabitants (notwithstanding all this) could not; no, they could not when they see him march through the Town, but cringe, bow, bend, and were ready to lick the dust of his feet. They also wished a thousand times over, that he would become their Prince and Captain, and would become their protection. They would also one to another talk of the comeliness of his person, and how much for glory and valour he outstript the great ones of the World. But poor hearts, as to themselves their thoughts would change, and go upon all manner of Extreams. Yea, through the working of them backward and forward Mansoul became as a ball tossed, and as a rolling thing before the whirlwind.

Now when he was come to the Castle-gates, he commanded Diabolus to appear and to surrender himself into his hands. But, Oh how loth was the He comes up

to the Castle,

beast to appear! How he stuck at it! How he and comshrunk! Ay how he cringed! Yet out he came to the bolus to Prince. Then Emanuel commanded, and they took umseif. Diabolus and bound him fast in chains, the better to reserve him to the Judgment that he had appointed for him. But Diabolus stood up to intreat for himself that Emanuel would not send him into the deep, but suffer him to depart out of Mansoul in peace.

When Emanuel had taken him and bound him in He u taken

i' ii1i■- in*-i i andboundin

chains, he led him into the Market-place, and there chains.
before Mansoul, stript him of his armour in which he
boasted so much before. This now was one of the
acts of Triumph of Emanuel over his enemy, and all
the while that the Giant was stripping, the Trumpets
of the Golden Prince did sound amain; the Captains
also shouted, and the Souldiers did sing for joy.

Then was Mansoul called upon to behold the be- Mansoui ginning of Emanuel,s Triumph over him in whom a"8' they so much had trusted, and of whom they so much had boasted in the days when he flattered them.

Thus having made Diabolus naked in the eyes of Mansoul, and before the Commanders of the Prince, in the next place he commands that Diabolus should be bound with chains to his chariot wheels. Then He is bound leaving of some of his forces, to wit, Captain Boanerges, wheels. and Captain Conviction, as a guard for the Castle gates, that resistance might be made on his behalf, _ „ .

B , ° ,The Prince

(if any that heretofore followed Diabolus should make TM** *»

x" Triumph

an attempt to possess it) he did ride in triumph over

him quite through the Town of Mansoul, and so out Mansoui.

at, and before the Gate called Eye-gate, to the Plain where his Camp did he.

But you cannot think, unless you had been there, (as I was) what a shout there was in Emanuel,s Camp, when they saw the Tyrant bound by the hand of their noble Prince, and tied to his Chariot-wheels!

EphefTs ^nd ^ev Sa^,' ^ caPtivity captive, he

hath spoiled Principalities and powers; Diabolus is subjected to the power of his sword, and made the object of all derision.,

Those also that rode Reforrnades, and that came r/ie Reform- down to see the Battle, they shouted with that greatness of voice, and sung with such melodious notes, Luk. 15.7, that they caused them that dwell in the highest Orbs 10' to open their windows, put out their heads, and look

down to see the cause of that Glory. Manama^ The Townsmen also, so many of them as saw this Emanuel!1 sigH were 3,3 were> wnile tnev looked, betwixt the earth and the Heavens. True, they could not tell what would be the issue of things as to them, but all things were done in such excellent methods; and I cannot tell how, but things in the management of them seemed to cast a smile towards the Town, so that their eyes, their heads, their hearts, and their minds, and all that they had were taken and held while they observed Emanuel,s order.

So when the brave Prince had finished this part of his Triumph over Diabolus his foe, he turned him up in the midst of his contempt and shame, having given him a charge no more to be a possessor of Mansoul. Then went he from Emanuel, and out of the midst of his Camp to inherit the parched places in a salt land,

seeking rest but finding none. Mat. 12. 43.

Now Captain Boanerges and Captain Conviction were both of them men of very great majesty, their faces were like the faces of Lions, and their words like the roaring of the Sea; and they still quartered in Mr. Conscience,s house, of whom mention was made before. When therefore the high and mighty Prince had thus far finished his Triumph over Diabolus, the Townsmen had more leisure to view and to behold the actions of these noble Captains. But the Captains The mrriace carried it with that terrour and dread in all that they "InaTofaq did, (and you may be sure that they had private tion do crush instructions so to do) that they kept the Town under Manama.0 continual heart-aking, and caused (in their apprehension) the well-being of Mansoul for the future, to hang in doubt before them, so that (for some considerable time) they neither knew what rest, or ease, or peace, or hope meant.

Nor did the Prince himself, as yet, abide in the Town of Mansoul, but in his Koyal Pavilion in the Camp, and in the midst of his Father,s forces. So at a time convenient, he sent special Orders to Captain Boanerges to summons Mansoul, the whole of the Townsmen, into the Castle-yard, and then and there, The Prince before their faces, to take my Lord Understanding, and the CapMr. Conscience, and that notable one the Lord three chief of Willbewill, and put them all three in Ward, and that ward!1 TM* they should set a strong Guard upon them there, until his pleasure concerning them were further known. The which orders, when the Captains had K

put them into execution, made no small addition to the fears of the Town of Mansoul: for now, to their thinking, were their former fears of the ruin of Mansoul confirmed. Now, what death they should die, and how long they should be in dying, was that which most perplexed their heads and hearts: yea, they were afraid that Emanuel would command them all into the deep, the place that the Prince Diabolus was afraid of; for they knew that they had deserved it. Also to die by the sword in the face of the Town, and in the open way of disgrace, from the hand of so good and so holy a Prince, that (too) troubled them sore. The Mansoul Town was also greatly troubled for the men that were treisui. *"" committed to Ward, for that they were their stay and their guide, and for that they believed that if those men were cut off, their execution would be but the beginning of the ruin of the Town of Mansoul. Wherefore what do they, but together with the They send a men in prison, draw up a Petition to the Prince,

Petition to

Emanuel and sent it to Emanuel by the hand of Mr. Would

by the Imnd 1 _ .

of Mr. live. So he went and came to the Prince s quarters, and presented the Petition; the sum of which was this:

Great and wonderful Potentate, Victor over Diabolus, and Conqueror of the Town of Mansoul: We the miserable inhabitants of that most woful Corporation, do humbly beg that we may find favour in thy sight, and remember not against us former transgressions, nor yet the sins of the chief of our Town, but spare us according to the greatness of thy mercy, and let us not die, but live in thy sight: so shall we be willing to be thy servants, and if thou shalt think fit, to gather our meat under thy Table. Amen.

So the Petitioner went as was said with his Petition to the Prince, and the Prince took it at his hand, T^y are


but sent him away with silence. This still afflicted mth silence.

the Town of Mansoul, but yet considering that now

they must either Petition, or die; for now they could

not do anything else; therefore they consulted again,

and sent another Petition, and this Petition was much They Petition again.

after the form and method of the former.

But when the Petition was drawn up, by whom should they send it, was the next question: for they They cannot

* , , tell by whom

would not send this by him by whom they sent the to send u. first, (for they thought that the Prince had taken some offence at the manner of his deportment before him,) so they attempted to make Captain Conviction their messenger with it, but he said, That he neither durst nor would petition Emanuel for Traitors; nor be to the Prince an Advocate for Rebels. 'Yet withal,, said he, 'our Prince is good, and you may adventure to send it by the hand of one of your Town; provided he went with a rope about his head, and pleaded nothing but mercy.,

Well, they made through fear their delays as long as they could, and longer than delays were good, but fearing at last the dangerousness of them, they thought but with many a fainting in their minds, to send their Petition by Mr. Desires-awake; so they sent for Mr. Desires-awake. Now he dwelt in a very mean cottage in Mansoul, and he came at his neighbours, request. So they told him what they had done, and what they would do concerning Petitioning, and that they did desire of him that he would go therewith to the Prince.

Mr. Desires- Then said Mr. Desires-awake,'Why should not I do *oiththePeti- the best I can to save so famous a Town as Mansoul Priaa.' from deserved destruction?, They therefore delivered the Petition to him, and told him how he must address himself to the Prince, and wished him ten thousand good speeds. So he comes to the Prince,s Pavilion, as the first, and asked to speak with his Majesty: So word was carried to Emanuel and the Prince came out to the Man. When Mr. Desiresawake saw the Prince he fell flat with his face to the ground, and cried out, O that Mansoul might live before thee! And with that he presented the Petition, His Enter- the which when the Prince had read, he turned away tammm. ^ a while and wept, but refraining himself he turned again to the man (who all this while lay crying at his feet as at the first) and said to him, Go thy way to thy place, and I will consider of thy requests.

Now you may think that they of Mansoul that had sent him, what with guilt, and what with fear, lest their Petition should be rejected, could not but look with many a long look, and that too with strange workings of heart, to see what would become of their Petition. At last they saw their messenger coming ms retun back; so when he was come, they asked him how he tothemthat fared, what Emanuel said, and what was become of

sent him. ^ petition^ But he told them that he would be

silent till he came to the Prison to my Lord Mayor, my Lord Willbewill, and Mr. Recorder. So he went

forwards towards the Prison-house, where the men of - Mansoul lay bound. But Oh! what a multitude flocked after to hear what the messenger said. So when he was come and had shewn himself at the Grate of the Prison, my Lord Mayor himself lookt as white as a clout, the Recorder also did quake : but they asked and said, Gome, good Sir, what did the great Prince say to you t Then said Mr. Desires-awake, 'When I came to my Lord,s Pavilion, I called, and he came forth; so I fell prostrate at his feet, and delivered to him my Petition, (for the greatness of his person, and the glory of his countenance would not surfer me to stand upon my legs.) Now as he received the Petition, I cried, O that Mansoul might live before thee I So when for a while he had looked thereon, he turned him about and said to his servant, Go thy way to thy place again, and I will consider of thy requests., The messenger added moreover and said, The Prince to whom you sent me, is such a one for beauty and glory, that whoso sees him must both love and fear him. I for my part can do no less, but I know not what will be the end of these things. At this answer they were all Mansoul

iiii. • ii i/*n i confointded

at a stand, both they in prison, and they that followed attheamwer

the Messenger thither to hear the news, nor knew they

what, or what manner of interpretation to put upon

what the Prince had said. Now when the Prison was

cleared of the throng, the Prisoners among themselves

began to comment upon Emanuel,s words. My Lord

Mayor said, That tlie answer did not look with a The Prisoners judgment

ruqqed face; but Willbewill said, it betokened evil; "!»"

Hl> J , _ , 'Prince's

and the Recorder, that it was a messenger of death, answer.

Misgiving thoughts oreed confusion in Mansoul.

in perplexity.

Now they that were left, and that stood behind, and so could not so well hear what the Prisoners said, some of them catcht hold of one piece of a sentence, and some on a bit of another, some took hold of what the Messenger said, and some of the prisoners, judgment thereon, so none had the right understanding of things; but you cannot imagine what work these people made, and what a confusion there was in Mansoul now.

For presently they that had heard what was said flew about the Town, one crying one thing and another the quite contrary, and both were sure enough they told true, for they did hear they said with their ears what was said, and therefore could not be deceived. One would say, We must all be killed; another would say, We must all be saved, and a third would say, that the Prince would not be concerned with Mansoul •' and a fourth, that the prisoners must be suddenly put to death. And as I said, every one stood to it, that he told his tale the rightest, and that all others but he were out. Wherefore Mansoul had now molestation upon molestation, nor could any man know on what to rest the sole of his foot; for one would go by now, and as he went, if he heard his neighbour tell his tale, to be sure he would tell the quite contrary, and both would stand in it, that he told the truth. Nay some of them had got this story by the end, That the Prince did intend to put Mansoul to the sword. And now it began to be dark, wherefore poor Mansoul was in sad perplexity all that night until the morning.

But so far as I could gather by the best information that I could get, all this hubbub came through the

words that the Recorder said, when he told them, whatwiii

mi x T\ • guilt do.

lhat in his Judgment the Prince s answer was a messenger of death. ,Twas this that fired the Town, and that began the fright in Mansoul; for Mansoul in former times did use to count that Mr. Recorder was a Seer, and that his sentence was equal to the best of Oracles; and thus was Mansoul a terrour to itself.

And now did they begin to feel what was the effects of stubborn rebellion, and unlawful resistance against their Prince. I say they now began to feel the effects thereof by guilt and fear that now had swallowed them up; and who more involved in the one but they that were most in the other, to wit the chief of the Town of Mansoul?

To be brief, when the fame of the fright was out They resolve

, iiTi to Petition

of the Town, and the prisoners had a little recovered again.
themselves, they take to themselves some heart, and
think to Petition the Prince for life again. So they
did draw up a third Petition, the Contents whereof
was this:

Prince Emanuel the Great, Lord of all Worlds and Their
master of Mercy, we thy poor wretched, miserable,
dying Town of Mansoul, do confess -unto thy great and
glorious Majesty that we have sinned against thy
Father and thee, and are no more worthy to be called
thy Mansoul, but rather to be cast into the pit. If
thou wilt slay us, we have deserved it. If thou wilt
condemn us to the deep, we cannot but say thou
art righteous. We cannot complain whatever thou
dost, or however thou carriest it towards us. But

Oh! let mercy reign / and let it be extended to us I O let mercy take hold upon us, and free us from our transgressions, and we will sing of thy mercy and of thy judgment. Amen. Prayer This Petition when drawn up was designed to be

attended wUh

difficulty. sent to the Prince as the first, but who should carry it, that was the question. Some said, 'Let him do it that went with the first,, but others thought not good to do that, and that because he sped no better. Now there was an old man in the Town, and his Name was

old Good- Mr. Good-deed. A man that bare only the name, but

deed pro

pounded an a had nothing of the nature of the thing; now some ramTtte were for sending of him, but the Recorder was by no ridReconier means for that: For, said he, we now stand in need and he is' of and are pleading for mercy, wherefore to send our rejected. Petition by a man of this name will seem to cross the Petition itself. Should we make Mr. Good-deed our Messenger, when our Petition cries for Mercy?

Besides, quoth the old Gentleman, should the Prince now, as he receives the Petition, ask him and say what is thy name? as nobody knows but he will, and he should say, Old Good-deed; what think you, would Emanuel say but this, Ay, is old Good-deed yet alive in Mansoul 1 Then let old Good-deed save you from your distresses. And if he says so, I am sure we are lost, nor can a thousand of old Good-deeds save Mansoul.

After the Recorder had given in his Keasons why old Good-deed should not go with this Petition to Emanuel, the rest of the Prisoners and chief of Mansoul opposed it also, and so old Good-deed was laid aside, and they agreed to send Mr. Desires-awake

again. So they sent for him, and desired him that he

would a second time go with their Petition to the

Prince, and he readily told them he would. But they

bid him that in any wise he should take heed that in

no word or carriage he gave offence to the Prince,'for

by doing so, for ought we can tell, you may bring

Mansoul into utter destruction,, said they.

. Now Mr. Desires-awake, when he saw that he must Mr. Desires

awake goes

go of this Errand, besought that they would grant again and

Tt7- Ttt takes one

that Mr. Wet-eyes might go with him. Now this Wet- Wet-eyes

. with him.

eyes was a near neighbour of Mr. Desires, a poor man, a man of a broken spirit, yet one that could speak well to a Petition. So they granted that he should go with him. - Wherefore they addressed themselves to their business; Mr. Desires put a rope upon his head, and Mr. Wet-eyes went with hands wringing together. Thus they went to the Prince,s Pavilion.

Now when they went to Petition this third time, they were not without thoughts that by often coming they might be a burden to the Prince. Wherefore when they were come to the door of his Pavilion they first made their apology for themselves, and for their coming to trouble Emanuel so often; and they said, That they came not hither to-day, for that they Their Apodelighted in being troublesome, or for that they de- cSrig 'hnr lighted to hear themselves talk, but for that necessity "gmncaused them to come to his Majesty; they could, they said, have no rest day nor night, because of their transgressions against Shaddai, and against Emanuel his Son. They also thought that some misbehaviour

of Mr. Desires-awake the last time might give distaste to his Highness, and so cause that he returned from so merciful a Prince empty, and without countenance. So when they had made this apology, Mr. Desiresawake cast himself prostrate upon the ground, as at the first, at the feet of the mighty Prince, saying, Oh! that Mansoul might live before thee! and so he dene Prince livered his Petition. The Prince then having read

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them. the Petition, turned aside awhile as before, and coming again to the place where the Petitioner lay on the ground, he demanded what his name was, and of what esteem in the account of Mansoul, for that he above all the multitude in Mansoul should be sent to him upon such an Errand? Then said the man to the Prince, Mr. Desires' O let not my Lord be angry; and why enquirest hisPHme!" thou after the name of such a dead dog as I am? Pass by I pray thee, and take not notice of who I am, because there is, as thou very well knowest, so great a disproportion between me and thee. Why the Townsmen chose to send me on this Errand to my Lord, is best known to themselves, but it could not be, for that they thought that I had favour with my Lord. For my part I am out of charity with myself, who then should be in love with me? Yet live I would, and so would I, that my Townsmen should; and because both they and myself are guilty of great transgressions, therefore they have sent me, and I am come in their names to beg of my Lord for mercy. Let it please thee therefore to incline to mercy, but ask not what thy servants are.

Then said the Prince, 'And what is he that is become thy companion in this so weighty a matter V So Mr. Desires told Emanuel, that he was a poor neighbour of his, and one of his most intimate Associates, 'and his name,, said he, 'may it please your most excellent Majesty, is Wet-eyes of the Town of Mansoul, I know that there are many of that name that are naught, but I hope ,twill be no offence to my Lord, that I have brought my poor neighbour with me.,

Then Mr. Wet-eyes fell on his face to the ground, and made this Apology for his coming with his neighbour to his Lord:

'O my Lord,, quoth he, 'what I am, I know not Mr. Wetmyself, nor whether my name be feigned or true, for Ms cam

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especially when 1 begin to think what some have said, neighbour. namely that this name was given me, because Mr. Repentance was my Father. Good men have bad children, and the sincere do oftentimes beget hypocrites. My Mother also called me by this name from my Cradle, but whether because of the moistness of my brain, or because of the softness of my heart, I cannot tell. I see dirt in mine own tears, and filthiness in the bottom of my prayers. But I pray thee, (and all this while the Gentleman wept) 'that thou wouldest not remember against us our transgressions, nor take offence at the unqualifiedness of thy servants, but mercifully pass by the sin of Mansoul, and refrain from the glorifying of thy grace no longer.,

So at his bidding they arose, and both stood trembling before him, and he spake to them to this purpose.

'The Town of Mansoul hath grievously rebelled amwer"TM against my Father, in that they have rejected him from being their King, and did chuse to themselves for their Captain, a liar, a murderer, and a runagateThe Original slave. For this Diabolm, and your pretended Prince,

o/Diabolus. 1.1,

though once so highly accounted of by you, made rebellion against my Father and me, even in our palace and highest Court there, thinking to become a Prince and King. But being there timely discovered and apprehended, and for his wickedness bound in chains, and separated to the pit with those that were his companions, he offered himself to you and you have received him.

'Now this is, and for a long time hath been an high affront to my Father; wherefore my Father sent to you a powerful army to reduce you to your obedience But you know how those men, their Captains, and their Counsels were esteemed of you, and what they received at your hand. You rebelled against them, you shut your Gates upon them, you bid them battle, you fought them, and fought for Diabolus against them. - So they sent to my Father for more power, and I with my men are come to subdue you. But as you treated the servants, so you treated their Lord you stood up in hostile manner against me, you shut up your Gates against me, you turned the deaf ear to me, and resisted as long as you could; but now I have made a conquest of you. Did you cry me mercy so long as you had hopes that you might prevail against me? But now I have taken the Town, you cry; but why did you not cry before, when the white flag of my Mercy, the red flag of Justice, and the black flag that threatened Execution, were set up to cite you to it? Now I have conquered your Diabolus, you come to me for favour; but why did you not help me against the mighty? Yet I will consider your petition, and will answer it so as will be for my Glory.

'Go bid Captain Boanerges, and Captain Conviction, bring the prisoners out to me into the Camp to-morrow, and say you to Captain Judgment, and Captain Execution; "Stay you in the Castle, and take good heed to yourselves that you keep all quiet in Mansoul, until you shall hear further from me : ", and with that he turned himself from them, and went into his Royal Pavilion again.

So the petitioners having received this answer from the Prince, returned as at the first, to go to their companions again. But they had not gone far, but thoughts began to work in their minds, that no mercy as yet was intended by the Prince to Mansoul: so they went to the place where the prisoners lay bound; but these workings of mind about what would become of Mansoul, had such strong power over them, that by that they were come unto them that sent them, they were scarce able to deliver their message.

But they came at length to the Gates of the Town (now the Townsmen with earnestness were waiting for their return) where many met them to know what answer was made to the Petition. Then they cried out to those that were sent, 'What news from the Prince, and what hath Emanuel said V But they said, that they must (as afore) go up to the prison, and there

.deliver their message. So away they went to the ofinquisi- Prison with a multitude at their heels. Now when"

tive thoughts.

they were come to the Gates of the Prison, they told the first part of Emanuel,s speech to the prisoners, to wit, how he reflected upon their disloyalty to his Father and himself, and how they had chose and closed with Diabolus, had fought for him, hearkened to him, and been ruled by him, but had despised him The messen- and his men. This made the prisoners look pale, but thZtrlateTM9 the messengers proceeded, and said, 'He, the Prince, prisoners, said moreover, that yet he would consider your Petition, and give such answer thereto as would stand with his glory., And as these words were spoken, Mr. Wet-eyes gave a great sigh. At this they were all of them struck into their dumps, and could not tell what to say. Fear also possessed them in marvellous manner, and death seem,d to sit upon some of their eyebrows. Now there was in the company a notable sharp-witted fellow, a mean man of estate, and his name was old oid inquisi- Inquisitive, this man asked the Petitioners, if they had told out every whit of what Emanuel said. And they answered, Verily no. Then said Inquisitive, 'I thought so indeed. Pray what was it more that he said unto you V Then they paused a while, but at last they brought out all, saying, 'The Prince did bid us bid Captain Boanerges, and Captain Conviction bring the prisoners down to him to-morrow, and that Captain Judgment, and Captain Execution should take charge of the Castle and Town, till they should hear further from him., They said also, That when the Prince had commanded them thus to do, he immediately turned his back upon them, and went into his Royal Pavilion.

'But, O how this return, and specially this last clause of it, that the prisoners must go out to the Prince into the Camp, brake all their loins in pieces! Wherefore with one voice they set up a cry that reached up to the Heavens. This done, each of the three prepared himself to die, (and the Recorder said unto them, Conscience. This was the thing that I feared) for they concluded that to-morrow by that the Sun went down, they should be tumbled out of the world. The whole Town also counted of no other, but that in their time and order they must all drink of the same cup. Wherefore the Town of Mansoul spent that night in mourning and sackcloth and ashes. The prisoners also when the time was come for them to go down before the Prince, dressed themselves in mourning attire, with ropes upon their head. The whole Town of Mansoul also, shewed themselves upon the wall, all clad in mourning weeds, if perhaps the Prince with the sight thereof might be moved with compassion. But Oh how the Busy vain


bodies that were in the Town of Mansoul, did now

concern themselves! They did run here and there

through the streets of the Town by companies, crying

out as they ran in tumultuous wise, one after one

manner, and another the quite contrary, to the almost

utter distraction of Mansoul.

Well the time is come that the prisoners must go

down to the Camp, and appear before the Prince. ThepHsonen . , , , » , . . , hadt0 TrM

And thus was the manner of their going down:

Captain Boanerges went with a guard before them,

and Captain Conviction came behind, and the prisoners
went down bound in chains in the midst; so I say
(the prisoners went in the midst, and) the Guard
went with flying Colours behind and before, but the
prisoners went with drooping spirits.
Or more particularly thus:

Hawiuy The prisoners went down all in Mourning; they put ropes upon themselves, and went on smiting of themselves on their breasts, but durst not lift up their eyes to Heaven. Thus they went out at the Gate of Mansoul, till they came into the midst of the Prince,s army, the sight and glory of which did greatly heighten their affliction. Nor could they now longer forbear, but cry out aloud, O unhappy men! O wretched men of Mansoul! Their Chains still mixing their dolorous notes with the cries of the prisoners, made the noise more lamentable.

They jail So when they were come to the door of the Prince,s

down pros-

irate be/ore Pavilion, they cast themselves prostrate upon the place; then one went in and told his Lord that the prisoners were come down. The Prince then ascended a Throne of State and sent for the prisoners in; who when they came did tremble before him, also they covered their faces with shame. Now as they drew near to the place where he sat, they threw themselves down before him; then said the Prince to the Captain Boanerges, 'Bid the prisoners stand upon their feet:, then they stood trembling before him, and he said,

They are Are you the men that heretofore were the servants of

upon their'

trial. Shaddai? And they said; Yes Lord yes. Then said the Prince again, Are you the men that did suffer yourselves to be corrupted, and defiled by that abominable one Diabolus 1 And they said, 'We did more than suffer it Lord; for we chose it of our own mind., The Prince asked further, saying, Could you have been content that your slavery should have continued under his tyranny as long as you had lived? Then said the prisoners, ' Yes Lord yes, for his ways were pleasing to our flesh, and we were grown aliens to a better state., And did you, said he, when I came up against this Town of Mansoul, heartily wish that I might not have the victory over you? Yes Lord yes, said they. Then said the Prince, And what punishment is it, think you, that you deserve at my hand for these and other your high and mighty sins? And they said, Both death and the deep, Lord; for we have deserved no less. He asked again, If they had ought to say for themselves, why the Sentence that they confessed that they had deserved, should not be passed upon them? And they said, 'We can say nothing, They conLord; thou art just for we have sinned., Then said the «S.ttem, Prince, And for what are these ropes on your heads? The prisoners answered, 'These ropes are to bind us Sins. withal to the place of execution, if mercy be not pleasing in thy sight., So he further asked, If all the men in the Town of Mansoul were in this confession, as they? And they answered, 'All the Natives Lord; Powers of the but for the Diabolonians that came into our Town Corruptions when the Tyrant got possession of us, we can say . nothing for them.,

Then the Prince commanded that an Herald should be called; and that he should in the midst and L

A victory throughout the Camp of Emanuel proclaim, and that


with sound of Trumpet, that the Prince the Son of Shaddai, had in his Father,s name, and for his Father,s glory, gotten a perfect conquest and victory over Mansoul, and that the Prisoners should follow him and say, Amen. So this was done as he had Joy for the commanded. And presently the Musick that was in the upper region sounded melodiously. The Captains that were in the Camp shouted, and the Souldiers did sing Songs of Triumph to the Prince, the Colours waved in the wind, and great joy was everywhere, only it was wanting as yet in the hearts of the men of Mansoul.

Then the Prince called for the prisoners to come and stand again before him, and they came and stood trembling. And he said unto them, The sins, trespasses, iniquities, that you with the whole Town. of Mansoul, have from time to time committed against my Father and me, I have power and commandment from my Father to fwgive to the Town of Mansoul; They are par- and do forgive you accordingly. And having so

doned, and T . . T. ,

are mm- said, he gave them written in Parchment, and sealed proclaim with seven Seals, a large and general pardon, comin Mansoul. manding both my Lord Mayor, my Lord Willbewill, and Mr. Recorder, to proclaim, and cause it to be proclaimed to-morrow by that the Sun is up, throughout the whole Town of Mansoul. Their rags Moreover the Prince stript the Prisoners of their

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from them, mourning weeds, ana gave them beauty for ashes, t/ie oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

Then he gave to each of the three, Jewels of Gold, A strange

. alteration.

and precious stones, and took away their ropes, and put Chains of Gold about their necks, and Ear-rings in their ears. Now the prisoners when they did hear the gracious words of Prince Emanuel, and had beheld all that was done unto them, fainted almost quite away. For the grace, the benefit, the pardon, was sudden, glorious, and so big, that they were not able without staggering to stand up under it. Yea, my Lord Willbewill swounded outright, but the Prince stept to him, put his everlasting arms under him, embraced him, kissed him, and bid him be of good cheer, for all should be performed according to his word. He also did kiss and embrace and smile upon the other two that were Willbewill,s companions, saying, 'Take these as further tokens of my love, favour and compassions to you: And I charge you, that you Mr. Recorder tell in the Town of Mansoul what you have heard and seen.,

Then were their Fetters broken to pieces before Their gum. their faces, and cast into the air, and their steps were enlarged under them. Then they fell down at the feet of the Prince, and kissed his feet, and wetted them with tears, also they cried out with a mighty strong voice, saying, Blessed be the glory of the Lord from this place. So they were bid rise up, and go to the Town, and tell to Mansoul what the Prince had done. He commanded also that one with a Pipe and They are

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Tabor should go and play before them all the way with Pipe into the Town of Mansoul. Then was fulfilled what they never looked for, and they were made to possess

that which they never dreamt of. The Prince also called for the noble Captain Credence, and commanded Captain that he and some of his Officers should march before


guards mm the Noblemen of Mansoul with flying Colours into the Town. He gave also unto Captain Credence a charge, that about that time that the Recorder did read the general pardon in the Town of Mansoul, that at that very time he should with flying Colours march in at Eye-gate with his ten thousands at his feet, and that he should so go until he came by the high street of the Town, up to the Castle-gates, and that himself should take possession thereof against his Lord came

when Faith thither. He commanded moreover that he should

and Pardon

TnA^eST' Captain Judgment, and Captain Execution to and Kxecu- leave the stronghold to him, and to withdraw from

tion depart,

from the Mansoul, and to return into the Camp with speed

heart. , , . re

unto the Prince.

And now was the Town of Mansoul also delivered from the terrour of the first four Captains and their men.

Well, I told you before how the prisoners were entertained by the noble Prince Emanuel, and how they behaved themselves before him, and how he sent them away to their home with Pipe and Tabor going before them. And now you must think that those of the Town that had all this while waited to hear of their death, could not but be exercised with sadness of mind, and with thoughts that pricked like thorns. Nor could their thoughts be kept to any one point; the wind blew with them all this while at great uncertainties, yea their hearts were like a balance that had been disquieted with shaking hand. But at last as they with many a long look, looked over the wall of Mansoul, they thought that they saw some returning to the Town; and thought again, who should they be too, who should they be? At last they discerned that they were the prisoners; but can you imagine how their hearts were surprized with wonder 1 Specially when they perceived also in what equipage, and with what honour they were sent home! They went down to the Camp in black, but they came back to the Town in white; they went down to the Camp A strange in ropes, they came back in chains of Gold; they went down to the Camp with their feet in fetters but came back with their steps enlarged under them; they went also to the Camp, looking for death, but they came back from thence with assurance of life; they went down to the Camp with heavy hearts, but came back again with Pipe and Tabor playing before them. So, so soon as they were come to Eye-gate the poor and tottering Town of Mansoul, adventured to give a shout; and they gave such a shout as made the Captains and the Prince,s army leap at the sound thereof. Alas! for them, poor hearts, who could blame them, since their dead friends were come to life again 1 For ,twas to them as life from the dead, to see the ancients of the Town of Mansoul to shine in such splendour. They looked for nothing but the Axe and the Block; but behold! Joy and gladness, comfort and consolation, and such melodious notes attending of them, that was sufficient to make a sick isa. s3. uman well. So when they came up, they saluted each

other with 'Welcome, welcome, and blessed be he that hath spared you., They added also, 'We see it is well with you, but how must it go with the Town of Mansoul, and will it go well with the Town of nTuwUr- Mansoul V said they. Then answered them the Restanding. corder, and my Lord Mayor, 'Oh! Tidings! glad tidings! good tidings of good, and of great joy to poor Mansoul!, Then they gave another shout that made the earth to ring again. After this they enquired yet more particularly how things went in the Camp, and what message they had from Emanuel to the Town. So they told them all passages that had happened to them at the Camp, and everything that the Prince did to them. This made Mansoul wonder at the wisdom and grace of the Prince Emanuel; then they told them what they had received at his hands for the whole Town of Mansoul; and the Recorder o the joy of delivered it in these words, 'PARDON, PARDON,


PARDON for Mansoul; and this shall Mansoul know to-morrow., Then he commanded, and they went and summoned Mansoul to meet together in the Market place to-morrow, there to hear their general Pardon read.

But who can think what a turn, what a change, what an alteration this hint of things did make in the countenance of the Town of Mansoul? No man of Mansoul could sleep that night for joy; in every house there was joy and musick, singing and making merry, telling and hearing of Mansoul,s happiness was then all that Mansoul had to do. And this was the burden of all their Song: Oh I More of this at the rising of the Sun! more of this to-morrow I Who thought yesterday, would one say, that this day would have been such a day to us? And who thought Town talk 0/

, - the King's

that saw our prisoners go down in irons, that they mercy,
would have returned in chains of gold? Yea, they that
judged themselves as they went to be judged of their
Judge were by his mouth - acquitted, not for that they
were innocent, but of the Prince,s mercy, and sent
home with Pipe and Tabor.

'But is this the common custom of Princes, do they use to shew such kind of favours to Traitors 1 No! This is only peculiar to Shaddai, and unto Emanuel his Son.,

Now morning drew on apace, wherefore the Lord Mayor, the Lord Willbewill, and Mr. Recorder came down to the Market place at the time that the Prince had appointed, where the Townsfolk were waiting for them. And when they came, they came in that attire, and in that glory that the Prince had put them into the day before, and the street was lightened with their glory. So the Mayor, Recorder, and my Lord Willbewill, drew down to Mouth-gate, which was at the lower end of the Market place, because that of old time was the place where they used to read publick matters. Thither therefore they came in their Robes, and their Tabret went before them. Now the eagerness of the people, to know the full of the matter, was great.

Then the Recorder stood up upon his feet, and first The manner beckoning with his hand for a silence, he read out ojpa^d^n. . with loud voice the pardon. But when he came to

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these words. The Lord, the Lord God merciful and gracious, pardoning iniquity, transgressions and sins; and to them, all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven, dec, they could not forbear but leap for joy. For this you must know, that there was conjoined herewith every man,s name in Mansoul; also the seals of the pardon made a brave show.

When the Recorder had made an end of reading the pardon, the Townsmen ran up upon the walls of the Town, and leaped and skipped thereon for joy, and bowed themselves seven times with their faces toward Emanuel,s Pavilion, and shouted out aloud for joy, and said, Let Emanuel live for ever. Then order was given to the young men in Mansoul, that they should ring the Bells for joy. (So the Bells did ring, and the people sing, and the musick go in every house in Mansoul.)

When the Prince had sent home the three prisoners of Mansoul with joy, and Pipe and Tabor: he comThe carriage manded his Captains with all the Field Officers and o/t camp. Souldiers throughout his army to be ready in that morning, that the Recorder should read the pardon in Mansoul, to do his further pleasure. So the morning as I have shewed, being come, just as the Recorder had made an end of reading the pardon, Emanuel commanded that all the Trumpets in the Camp should sound, that the Colours should be displayed, half of them upon mount Gracious, and half of them upon mount Justice. He commanded also that all the Captains should shew themselves in all their Harness, and that the Souldiers should shout for joy. Nor was Captain Credence, though in the Castle, silent in such a day, but FaUh will

not be silent

he from the top of the hold shewed himself with sound -when Man

, soul is saeed.

of Trumpet to Mansoul, and to the Prince s Camp.

Thus have I shewed you the manner and way that Emanuel took to recover the Town of Mansoul from under the hand and power of the Tyrant Diabolus.

Now when the Prince had compleated these, the out- The Prince ward ceremonies of his joy. He again commanded that Graces before his Captains and Souldiers should shew unto Mansoul Mansou1, some feats of War. So they presently addressed themselves to this work. But Oh! with what agility, nimbleness, dexterity and bravery did these military men discover their skill in feats of War to the now gazing Town of Mansoul /

They marched, they counter-marched, they opened to the right and left, they divided, and sub-divided, they closed, they wheeled, made good their front and rear with their right and left wings, and twenty things more, with that aptness, and then were all as they were again, that they took, yea ravished the hearts that They are were in Mansoul to behold it. But add to this, the the sight °/ handling of their arms, the managing of their weapons of war, were marvellous taking to Mansoul and Rm.

When this action was over, the whole Town of Mansoul came out as one man to the Prince in the Camp to thank him, and praise him for his abundant favour, and to beg that it would please his Grace to They beg that

, ° r the Prince

come unto Mansoul with his men, and there to take and his men

'n .> Ti. dwell

up their quarters for ever. And this they did in withtumfor most humble manner, bowing themselves seven times

to the ground before him. Then said he, All peace be to you: So the Town came nigh and touched with the hand the top of his Golden Sceptre, and they said, Oh! that the Prince Emanuel with his Captains and men of War would dwell in Mansoul for ever, and that his battering Rams and Slings might be lodged in her for the use and service of the Prince; and for the help and strength of Mansoul. 'For,, said they,' we have room for thee, we have room for thy men, we have also room for thy weapons of war, and a place to Siy and make a Magazine for thy Carriages. Do it Emanuel,

hold to it

Mansoul. - and thou shalt be King and Captain in Mansoul for ever. Yea, govern thou also according to all the desire of thy soul, and make thou Governours and Princes under thee of thy Captains and men of War, and we will become thy servants, and thy Laws shall be our direction.,

They added moreover, and prayed his Majesty to consider thereof, 'for,, said they, 'if now after all this grace bestowed upon us thy miserable Town of Mansoul, thou shouldest withdraw, thou and thy Captains from us, the Town of Mansoul will die. Yea,, said they, 'our blessed Emanuel, if thou shouldest depart from us now, now thou hast done so much good for us, and shewed so much mercy unto us, what will follow, but that our joy will be as if it had not been, and our enemies will a second time come upon us with more rage than at the first? Wherefore we beseech thee, O thou the desire of our eyes, and the strength and life of our poor Town, accept of this motion that now we have made unto our Lord, and come and dwell in the midst of us, and let us be thy people. 'Besides, Lord,

we do not know, but that to this day many Diabol- Their Fears.

onians may be yet lurking in the Town of Mansoul,

and they will betray us when thou shalt leave us, into

the hand of Diabolus again. And who knows what

designs, plots, or contrivances have passed betwixt

them about these things already 1 Loth we are to fall

again into his horrible hands. Wherefore let it please

thee to accept of our Palace for thy place of residence,

and of the houses of the best men in our Town for the

reception of thy Souldiers, and their furniture.,

Then said the Prince, If I come to your Town, will The Prince's

Jp ^7 T • 7' question to

you suffer me further to prosecute that which is in Mansoul. mine heart against mine enemies and yours? Yea, will you help me in such undertakings?

They answered, 'We know not what we shall do, Their


we did not think once that we should have been such Traitors to Shaddai, as we have proved to be: What then shall we say to our Lord 1 Let him put no trust in his Saints, let the Prince dwell in our Castle and make of our Town a Garrison; let him set his noble Captains, and his Warlike Souldiers over us. Yea, let him conquer us with his love, and overcome us with his Grace, and then surely shall he be but with us and help us, as he was and did that morning that our pardon was read unto us, we shall comply with this our Lord, and with his ways, and fall in with his word against the mighty.

'One word more, and thy Servants have done, and in this will trouble our Lord no more. We know not the depth of the wisdom of thee our Prince. Who could have thought that had been ruled by his reason, that so much sweet as we do now enjoy, should have come out of those bitter trials wherewith we were tried at the first? But, Lord, let light go before, and let love come after: Yea, take us by the hand, and lead us by thy counsels, and let this always abide upon us, that all things shall be for the best for thy servants, and come to our Mansoul and do as it pleaseth thee. Or, Lord, come to our Mansoul, do what thou wilt, so thou keepest us from sinning, and makest us serviceable to thy Majesty., He consenteth Then said the Prince to the Town of Mansoul, again, Mansoul, Go return to your houses in peace, I will willingly in ektommin this comply with your desires. I will remove my to-morrow. R0yal pavHiont I will draw up my forces before Eyegate to-morrow, and so will march forwards into the Town of Mansoul. / will possess myself of your Castle of Mansoul, and will set my ■Souldiers over you; yea, I will yet do things in Mansoul that cannot be parallel,d in any Nation, Country or Kingdom under Heaven.

Then did the men of Mansoul give a shout, and returned unto their houses in peace; they also told to their kindred and friends the good that Emanuel had promised to Mansoul. 'And to-morrow,, said they,' he will march into our Town, and take up his dwelling, he and his men in Mansoul., Mansoul's Then went out the inhabitants of the Town of for^isreoe,p- Mansoul with haste to the green trees, and to the meadows to gather boughs and flowers, therewith to strew the streets against their Prince, the son of Shaddai should come. They also made Garlands, and other fine works to betoken how joyful they were, and should be to receive their Emanuel into Mansoul; yea, they strewed the street quite from Eye-gate to the Castle-gate, the place where the Prince should be. They also prepared for his coming what musick the Town of Mansoul would afford, that they might play before him to the Palace of habitation.

So at the time appointed he makes his approach to Mansoul and the Gates were set open for him; there also the Ancients and Elders of Mansoul met him to salute him with a thousand welcomes. Then he arose and entered Mansoul, he and all his servants. The Elders of Mansoul did also go dancing before him till he came to the Castle gates. And this was the manner of his going up thither. He was clad in his He enters the

b b ^ Town of

Golden Armour, he rode in his Royal Chariot, the Mansoul

and how.

Trumpets sounded about him, the Colours were displayed, his ten thousands went up at his feet, and the Elders of Mansoul danced before him! And now were the walls of the famous Town of Mansoul filled with the tramplings of the Inhabitants thereof, who went up thither to view the approach of the blessed Prince and his Koyal Army. Also the casements, windows, balconies, and tops of the houses were all now filled with persons of all sorts, to behold how their Town was to be filled with good.

Now when he was come so far into the Town as to the Recorder's house, he commanded that one should go to Captain Credence to know whether the Castle of Mansoul was prepared to entertain his Royal presence Act. 15.9. (for the preparation of that was left to that Captain) and word was brought, that it was. Then was Captain Credence commanded also to come forth with his power Eph. s. 17. to meet the Prince, the which was as he had commanded, done, and he conducted him into the Castle. This done, the Prince that night did lodge in the Castle with his mighty Captains and men of War, to the joy of the Town of Mansoul. The Towns- Now the next care of the Townsfolk was, how the who shall Captains and Souldiers of the Prince,s army should the Souldiers be quartered among them, and the care was not how Prime. they should shut their hands of them, but how they should fill their houses with them. For every man in Mansoul now had that esteem of Emanuel and his men, that nothing grieved them more, than because they were not enlarged enough, every one of them to receive the whole army of the Prince, yea, they counted it their glory to be waiting upon them, and would in those days run at their bidding like Lacqueys. At last they came to this result: How they 1. That Captain Innocency should quarter at Mr.

were quar-
tered iTM the Reason,s.
Town of _

Mansoul. 2. That Captain Patience should quarter at Mr.

Mind,s. This Mr. Mind was formerly the Lord Willbewill,s Clerk in time of the late rebellion.

3. It was ordered that Captain Charity should quarter at Mr. Affection,s house.

4. That Captain Good-hope should quarter at my Lord Mayor,s. Now for the house of the Recorder, himself desired, because his house was next to the Castle, and because from him it was ordered by the

Prince, that if need be the alarm should be given to
Mansoul; It was, I say, desired by him, that Captain
Boanerges, and Captain Conviction should take up
their quarters with him, even they and all their men.

5. As for Captain Judgment, and Captain Execution, my Lord Willbewill took them and their men to him, because he was to rule under the Prince for the good Rom- 6.19.

& Ep. 3. 17.

of the Town of Mansoul now, as he had before under the Tyrant Diabolus for the hurt and damage thereof.

6. And throughout the rest of the Town were quartered Emanuel,s forces, but Captain Credence with his men abode still in the Castle. So the Prince, his Captains, and his Soldiers were lodged in the Town of Mansoul.

Now the Ancients and Elders of the Town of Mansoul in

, liii flamed with

Mansoul, thought that they never should have enough their Prince of the Prince Emanuel; his person, his actions, his words and behaviour, were so pleasing, so taking, so desirable to them. Wherefore they prayed him, that though the Castle of Mansoul was his place of residence (and they desired that he might dwell there for ever) yet that he would often visit the streets, houses, and people of Mansoul, 'For,, said they, 'Dread Soveraign, thy presence, thy looks, thy smiles, thy words, are the life and strength and sinews of the Town of Mansoul.,

Besides this, they craved that they might have, They have without difficulty or interruption, continual access unto S* TM1' him, (so for that very purpose he commanded that the Gates should stand open) that they might there see the manner of his doings, the fortifications of the place, and the Royal Mansion-house of the Prince.

They lean 0/ When he spake, they all stopped their mouths and gave audience; and when he walked, it was their delight to imitate him in his goings.

Now upon a time Emanuel made a Feast for the Town of Mansoul, and upon the Feasting-day the Townsfolk were come to the Castle to partake of his Banquet. And he feasted them with all manner of outlandish food, food that grew not in the field of Mansoul, nor in all the whole Kingdom of Universe. It was food that came from his Father,s Court, and so

Promise after there was dish after dish set before them, and they


were commanded freely to eat. But still when a fresh dish was set before them, they would whisperingly say Exod. 16.15. to each other, What is it? for they wist not what to Brave enter- call it. They drank also of the water that was made Wine, and were very merry with him. There was Musick also all the while at the Table, and man did Ps. 78.24,25. eat Angels, food, and had honey given him out of the Rock; so Mansoul did eat the food that was peculiar to the Court, yea they had now thereof to the full.

I must not forget to tell you, that as at this Table there were Musicians, so they were not those of the Country, nor yet of the Town of Mansoul; but they were the Masters of the Songs that were sung at the Court of Shaddai. Riddles. Now after the Feast was over, Emanuel was for entertaining the Town of Mansoul with some curious riddles of secrets drawn up by his Father,s Secretary, ne Holy by the skill and wisdom of Shaddai; the like to these scriptures. ^iere is not in any Kingdom. These Riddles were

made upon the King Shaddai himself, and upon

Emanuel his Son, and upon his wars and doings with

Emanuel also expounded unto them some of those Riddles himself; but Oh how they were lightned! They saw what they never saw. They could not have thought that such rarities could have been couched in so few and such ordinary words. I told you before, whom these Riddles did concern; and as they were opened, the people did evidently see ,twas so. Yea, they did gather that the things themselves were a kind of a Portraiture, and that of Emanuel himself; for when they read in the Scheme where the Riddles were writ, and looked in the face of the Prince, things looked so like the one to the other, that Mansoul could not forbear but say, 'This is the Lamb, this is the Sacrifice, this is the Hock, this is the Red Cow, this is the Door, and this is the Way ;, with a great many other things more.

And thus he dismissed the Town of Mansoul. But can you imagine how the People of the Corporation were taken with this Entertainment 1 Oh they were transported with joy, they were drowned with wonder- Tke ami oj ment, while they saw and understood, and considered tluitBa,m' what their Emanuel entertained them withal, and what mysteries he opened to them; and when they were at home in their houses, and in their most retired places, they could not but sing of him, and of his actions. Yea, so taken were the Townsmen now with their Prince, that they would sing of him in their sleep.

Now it was in the heart of the Prince Emanuel to

Mansoui new model the Town of Mansoul, and to put it into mMfeifei.'6'" such a condition as might be most pleasing to him, and that might best stand with the profit and security of the now flourishing Town of Mansoul. He provided also against insurrections at home, and invasions from abroad; such love had he for the famous Town of Mansoul.

Wherefore he first of all commanded, that the great slings that were brought from his Father,s Court, Theinstru- when he came to the War of Mansoul, should be mmnt°d.Uar mounted, some upon the battlements of the Castle, some upon the Towers, for there were Towers in the Town of Mansoul, Towers new built by Emanuel since he came thither. There was also an instrument A nametes invented by Emanuel, that was to throw stones from strument in the Castle of Mansoul, out of Mouth-gate; an instruMansoui. ment that could not be resisted, nor that would miss of execution; wherefore for the wonderful exploits that it did when used, it went without a name, and it was committed to the care of, and to be managed by the brave Captain, the Captain Credence, in case of war.

wiUbewiii This done, Emanuel called the Lord Willbewill to him, and gave him in commandment to take care of the Gates, the Wall and Towers in Mansoul. Also the Prince gave him the Militia into his hand, and a special charge to withstand all insurrections and tumults that might be made in Mansoul against the peace of our Lord the King, and the peace and tranquillity of the Town of Mansoul. He also gave him in commission, that if he found any of the Diabolonians lurking in any corner in the famous Town of Mansoul he should forthwith apprehend them, and stay them, or commit them to safe custody, that they may be proceeded against according to Law.

Then he called unto him the Lord Understanding, My Lord

-r , , , »Mayor put

who was the old Lord Mayor, he that was put out of into place. place when Diabolus took the Town, and put him into his former office again, and it became his place for his lifetime. He bid him also, that he should build him a Palace near Eye-gate, and that he should build it in fashion like a Tower for defence. He bid him also, that he should read in the Revelation of Mysteries all the days of his life, that he might know how to perform his Office aright.

He also made Mr. Knowledge the Recorder, not of Mr. Know

ledge witttifi

contempt to old Mr. Conscience, who had been Recorder Recorder, before, but for that it was in his Princely mind to' confer upon Mr. Conscience another employ; of which he told the old Gentleman he should know more hereafter.

Then he commanded that the image of Diabolus should be taken down from the place where it was set up; and that they should destroy it utterly, beating of it into powder, and casting it into the wind, without the Town-wall. And that the image of Shaddai his The image 0/

tlt€ 1*TX H€€

Father, should be set up again, with his own upon the and his Castle gates. And that it should be more fairly again in drawn than ever; forasmuch as both his Father and Eev.S22.''4. himself were come to Mansoul in more grace and mercy than heretofore. He would also that his name should be fairly engraven upon the front of the Town,

and that it should be done in the best of Gold for the honour of the Town of Mansoul.

After this was done, Emanuel gave out a Commandment that those three great Diabolonians should be apprehended, namely the two late Lord Mayors, to wit, Mr. Incredulity, Mr. Lustings, and Mr. Forgetgood the Recorder. Besides these, there were some of them that Diabolus made Burgesses and Aldermen in Mansoul, that were committed to Ward by the hand of the now valiant, and now right noble, the brave Lord Willbewill.

And these were their names, Alderman Atheism, Alderman Hard-heart, and Alderman False-peace. The Burgesses were Mr. No-truth, Mr. Pitiless, Mr. Some Dia- Haughty, with the like. These were committed to rommiS to close custody; and the Gaoler,s name was Mr. True-man. ^uhanT'oY This True-man was one of those that Emanuel brought man aTM' "with him from his father,s Court, when at the first he keeper. made a war upon Diabolus in the Town of Mansoul.

After this the Prince gave a charge, that the three . strongholds, that at the command of Diabolus the Diaboius's Diabolonians built in Mansoul, should be demolished, puivddown. and utterly pulled down; of which Holds and their Names, with their Captains and Governours, you read a little before. But this was long in doing, because of the largeness of the places, and because the stones, the timber, the iron, and all rubbish was to be carried without the Town. A Court to be When this was done, the Prince gave order, that mvl°-try the Lord Mayor and Aldermen of Mansoul should call a Court of Judicature, for the Trial and Execution of the Diabolonians in the Corporation, now under the charge of Mr. True-man the Gaoler.

Now when the time was come, and the Court set, commandment was sent to Mr. True-man the Gaoler to bring the Prisoners down to the Bar. Then were the Prisoners brought down, pinioned, and chained ThePris

i»im - 7 oners brougM

together, as the custom of the Town of Mansoul was. to the Bar.

So when they were presented before the Lord Mayor,

the Recorder; and the rest of the Honourable Bench,

First, the Jury was impanelled, and then the Witnesses The Jury impanelled, anil

sworn. The names of the Jury were these, Mr. Witnesses


Belief, Mr. True-heart, Mr. Upright, Mr. Hate-bad,
Mr. Love-God, Mr. See-truth, Mr. Heavenly^nind.,
Mr. Moderate, Mr. Thankful, Mr. Good-work, Mr.
Zeal-for-God, and Mr. Humble.

The names of the Witnesses were Mr. Know-all, Mr. Tell-true, Mr. Hate-lies, with my Lord Willbewill and his man if need were. —

So the prisoners were set to the Bar, then said Mr. Do-right the Do-right, (for he was the Town Clerk,) 'Set Atheism to the Bar, Gaoler., So he was set to the Bar. Then to the Bar, said the Clerk, Atheism, hold up thy hand:' Thou art mmtf^ here indicted by the name .of Atheism, (an intruder upon the Town of Mansoul) for that thou hast perniciously and doultishly taught and maintained, that there is no God, and so no heed to be taken to Religion. This thou hast done against the being, honour, and glory of the King, and against the peace and safety of the Town of Mansoul. What sayest thou, art thou guilty of this Indictment, or not?

Atheism. Not guilty. His Plea.

Cry. Call Mr. Know-all, Mr. Tell-true, and Mr. Hate-lies into the Court.

So they were called, and they appeared.

Clerk. Then said the Clerk, You the Witnesses for the King, look upon the Prisoner at the Bar, do you know him?

Know. Then said Mr. Know-all, Yes, my Lord, we know him, his name is Atheism, he has been a very pestilent fellow for many years in the miserable Town of Mansoul.

Clerk. You are sure you know him?

Know. Know him! Yes, my Lord. I have heretofore too often been in his company, to be at this time ignorant of him. He is a Diabolonian, the son of a Diabolonian, I knew his Grandfather, and his Father.

Clerk. Well said: He standeth here indicted by the name of Atheism, &c. and is charged that he hath maintained and taught that there is no God, and so no heed need be taken to any Religion. What say you the King,s Witnesses, to this? Is he guilty or not?

Know. My Lord, I and he were once in Villain,sLane together, and he at that time did briskly talk of divers opinions, and then and there I heard him say, That for his part he did believe that there was no God. 'But,, said he, 'I can profess one, and be as Religious too, if the company I am in, and the circumstances of other things,, said he, 'shall put me upon it.,

Clerk. You are sure you heard him say thus?
Know. Upon mine Oath I heard him say thus.

Then said the Clerk, Mr. Tell-true, What say you to the King,s Judges, touching the prisoner at the Bar?

Tell. My Lord, I formerly was a great companion of his, (for the which I now repent me) and I have often heard him say, and that with very great stomachfulness, that he believed there was neither God, Angel, nor Spirit.

Clerk. Where did you hear him say so? Tell. In Blackmouth-l&ne and in Blasphemer,s row, and in many other places besides.

Clerk. Have you much knowledge of him? Tell. I know him to be a Diabolonian, the son of a Diabolonian, and a horrible man to deny a Deity; his Father,s name was Never-be-good, and he had more children than this Atheism. I have no more to say.

Clerk. Mr. Hate-lies look upon the prisoner at the Bar, do you know him i

Hate. My Lord, this Atheism is one of the vilest wretches that ever I came near, or had to do with in my life. I have heard him say, that there is no God; I have heard him say that there is no world to come, no sin, nor punishment hereafter; and moreover, I have heard him say that ,twas as good to go to a ^1S£l»fe-house as to go to hear a Sermon.

Clerk. Where did you hear him say these things? Hate. In Drunkards row, just at Raskal-laae,send, at a house in which Mr. Impiety lived.

Clerk. Set him by, Gaoler, and set Mr. Lustings L"s.ti|Vg3

S€t tO lite

to theBar\ . , Bar.

Mr. Lustings, thou art here indicted by the name

iihindid- of Lustings (an intruder upon the Town o/Mansoul) for that thou hast devilishly and traitorously taught by practise and filthy words, that it is lawful and profitable to man to give way to his carnal desires, and that thou for thy part hast not, nor never wilt deny thyself of any sinful delight as long as thy name is Lustings. How sayest thou, art thou guilty of this Indictment or not? HsPiea Lust. Then said Mr. Lustings, My Lord, I am a man of high birth, and have been used to pleasures and pastimes of greatness. I have not been wont to be snub,d for my doings, but have been left to follow my will as if it were Law. And it seems strange to me, that I should this day be called into question for that, that not only I, but almost all men do either secretly or openly countenance, love, and approve of.

Clerk. Sir, we concern not ourselves with your greatness (though the higher the better you should have been) but we- are concerned, and so are you now, about an Indictment preferred against you. Horn say yon, are you guilty of it, or not? Lust. Not guilty.

Clerk. Cryer, call upon the Witnesses to stand forth, and give their Evidence.

Cry. Gentlemen, you the Witnesses for the King, come in and give in your Evidence for our Lord the King against the prisoner at the Bar.

Clerk. Come, Mr. Know-all, look upon the prisoner at the Bar, do you know him?

Know. Yes, my Lord, I know him.

Clerk. What,s his name 1

Know. His name is Lustings, he was the son of one Beastly, and his mother bare him in Flesh-Street; she was one Evil-concupiscence,s daughter. I knew all the generation of them.

Clerk. Well said, You have here heard his Indictment, what say you to it, is he guilty of the things charged against him, or not?

Know. My Lord, he has, as he saith, been a great man indeed; and greater in wickedness than by Pedigree, more than a thousand-fold.

Clerk. But what do you know of his particular actions, and especially with reference to his Indictment?

Know. I know him to be a swearer, a liar, a Sabbath-breaker; I know him to be a fornicator, and an unclean person; I know him to be guilty of abundance of evils. He has been to my knowledge a very filthy man.

Clerk. But where did he use to commit his wickednesses, in some private comers, or more open and shamelessly?

Know. All the Town over, my Lord.

Clerk. Come, Mr. Tell-true, what have you to say for our Lord the King against the prisoner at the Bar?

Tell. My Lord, all that the first Witness has said I know to be true, and a great deal more besides.

Clerk. Mr. Lustings, do you hear what these Gentlemen say 1

Lust. I was ever of opinion that the happiest life His second that a man could live on earth, was to keep himself back from nothing that he desired in the world; nor

have I been false at any time to this opinion of mine, but have lived in the love of my notions all my days. Nor was I ever so churlish, having found such sweetness in them myself, as to keep the Commendations of them from others.

Court. Then said the Court, There hath proceeded enough from his own mouth to lay him open to condemnation, wherefore set him by, Gaoler, and set Mr. Incredulity to the Bar. incredulity Incredulity set to the Bar.

set to the

Bar. Clerk Mr. Incredulity, thou art here indicted by

mmtndict ^ name of Incredulity, (an intruder upon the Town of Mansoul) for that thou hast feloniously and wickedly, and that when thou wert an Officer in the Town of Mansoul, made head against the Captains of the great King Shaddai when they came and demanded possession of Mansoul; yea thou didst bid defiance to the name, forces, and cause of the King, and didst also, as did Diabolus thy Captain, stir up and encourage the Town of Mansoul to make head against, and resist the said force of the King. What sayest thou to this indictment? Art thou guilty of it, or not? His plea. Then said Incredulity, 'I know not Shaddai, I love my old Prince, I thought it my duty to be true to my trust, and to do what I could to possess the minds of the Men of Mansoul, to do their utmost to resist strangers and foreigners, and with might to fight against them. Nor have I, nor shall I change mine opinion for fear of trouble, though you at present are possessed of place and power.,

Court. Then said the Court, the man as you see is


incorrigible, he is for maintaining his Villanies by stoutness of words, and his rebellion with impudent confidence. And therefore set him by, Gaoler, and set Mr. Forget-good to the Bar.

Forget-good set to the Bar. Forget-good

n 7 set to the

Clerk. Mr. Forget-good, thou art here Indicted by Bar. the name of Forget-good (an intruder upon the Town ^i^ndiot' of Mansoul) for that thou, when the whole affairs of the Town of Mansoul were in thy hand, didst utterly forget to serve them in what was good, and didst fall in with the Tyrant Diabolus against Shaddai the King, against his Captains, and all his host, to the dishonour of Shaddai, the breach of his Law, and the endangering of the destruction of the famous Town of Mansoul. What sayest thou to this Indictment? Art thou guilty, or not guilty?

Then said Forget-good, 'Gentlemen, and at this time ms pica. my Judges, as to the Indictment by which I stand of several crimes accused before you, pray attribute my forgetfulness to mine age, and not to my wilfulness; to the craziness of my brain, and not to the carelessness of my mind, and then I hope I may by your charity be excused from great punishment, though I be guilty.,

Then said the Court, Forget-good, Forget-good, thy forgetfulness of good was not simply of frailty, but of purpose, and for that thou didst loth to keep virtuous things in thy mind. What was bad thou couldest retain, but what was good thou couldest not abide to think of; thy age therefore, and thy pretended craziness, thou makest use of to blind the Court withal, and as a cloak to cover thy Knavery. But let us hear what the Witnesses have to say for the King against the Prisoner at the Bar, is he guilty of his Indictment or not?'

Hate. My Lord, I have heard this Forget-good say, That he could never abide to think of goodness, no not for a quarter of an hour.

Clerk. Where did you hear him say so?

Hate. In All-base-lane, at a house next door to the Sign of the Conscience seared with an hot iron.

Clerk. Mr. Know-all, what can you say for our Lord the King against the prisoner at the Bar 1

Know. My Lord, I know this man well, he is a Diabolonian, the son of a Diabolonian, his Father,s name was Love-naught, and for him I have often heard him say that he counted the very thoughts of goodness the most burdensome thing in the world.

Clerk. Where have you heard him say these words?

Know. In Flesh-lane right opposite to the Church.