Now when they had performed this their horrible ceremony, they got together again to consult what answer to send to their friends in Mansoul, and some advised one thing, and some another, but at length because the business required haste, they left the whole business to the Prince Diabolus, judging him the most proper Lord of the place. So he drew up a Letter as he thought fit, in answer to what Mr. Profane had brought, and sent it to the Diabolonians that did dwell in Mansoul, by the same hand that had brought theirs to him: And this was the Contents thereof:
To our offspring the high and mighty Diabolonians, that yet dwell in the Toum of Mansoul, Diabolus the great Prince of Mansoul, wisheth a prosperous issue and conclusion of those many brave enterprizes, conspiracies, and designs that you, of your love and respect to our honour, have in your hearts to attempt to do against Mansoul. Beloved children and disciples, my Lord Fornication, Adultery, and the rest, we have here in our desolate den received, to our highest joy and content, your welcome Letter by the hand of our trusty Mr. Profane, and to shew how acceptable your tidings were, we rang out our Bell for gladness; for we rejoiced as much as we could, when we perceived that yet we had friends in Mansoul, and such as sought our honour and revenge in the ruin of the Town of Mansoul. We also rejoiced to hear, that they are in a degenerated condition, and that they have offended their Prince, and that he is gone. Their sickness also pleaseth us, as does also your health, might and strength. Glad also would we be, right horribly beloved, could we get this Town into our clutches again. Nor will we be sparing of spending our wit, our cunning, our craft, and hellish inventions, to bring to a wished conclusion this your brave beginning in order thereto.
And take this for your comfort, (our birth, and our off-spring) that shall we again surprize it and take it, we will attempt to put all your foes to the sword, and will make you the great Lords and Captains of the place. Nor need you fear, (if ever we get it again) that we, after that, shall be cast out any more; for we will come with more strength, and so lay far more fast-hold, than at the first we did. Besides, it is the Law of that Prince, that now they own, that if we get Mat 12. 43 them a second time, they shall be ours for ever.
Do you therefore, our trusty Diabolonians, yet more pry into, and endeavour to spy out the weakness of the Town of Mansoul. We also would, that you yourselves do attempt to weaken them more and more. Send us word also by what means you think we had best to attempt the regaining thereof: to wit, whether by perswasion to a vain and loose life; or, whether by tempting them to doubt and despair; 'or, whether by blowing up of the Town by the Gunpowder of pride, and self-conceit. Do you also, O ye brave Diabolonians, and true sons of the Pit, be always in a readiness to make a most hideous assault within, when we shall be ready to storm it without. Now speed you in your project, and we in our desires, the utmost power of our Gates, which is the wish of your grraii Diabolus, Mansoul,s enemy, and him that trembles when he thinks of judgment to come. All the blessings of the Pit be upon you, and so we close up our Letter.
Given at the Pit,s mouth by the joint consent of all the Princes of Darkness, to be sent (to the force and power that we have yet remaining in Mansoul) by the hand of Mr. Profane. By me Diabolus.
This Letter, as was said, was sent to Mansoul, to the Diabolonians that yet remained there, and that yet inhabited the wall, from the dark Dungeon of Diabolus, by the hand of Mr. Profane, by whom they Flesh. also in Mansoul sent theirs to the Pit. Now when Profane this Mr. Profane had made his return, and was come
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ojoiw. to Mansoul again, he went and came as he was wont to the house of Mr. Mischief, for there was the Conclave, and the place where the Contrivers were met. Now when they saw that their messenger was returned safe and sound, they were greatly gladded thereat. Then he presented them with his Letter which he had brought from Diabolus for them; the which when they had read and considered, did much augment their gladness. They asked him after the welfare of their friends, as how their Lord Diabolus, Lucifer, and Beelzebub did, with the rest of those of the Den. To which this Profane made answer,'Well, well, my Lords, they are well, even as well as can be in their place. They also,, said he, 'did ring for joy at the reading of your Letter, as you well perceived by this when you read it.,
Now, as was said, when they had read their Letter, and perceived that it encouraged them in their work, they fell to their way of contriving again, to wit, how they might compleat their Diabolonian design upon Mansoul. And the first thing that they agreed upon was to keep all things from Mansoul as close as they could. 'Let it not be known, let not Mansoul be acquainted with what we design against it., The next thing was, how, or by what means they should try to bring to pass the ruin and overthrow of Mansoul; and one said after this manner, and another said after that. Then stood up Mr. Deceit, and said, 'My right Diabolonian friends, our Lords, and the high ones of the deep Dungeon do propound unto us these three ways:
'1. Whether we had best to seek its ruin, by making of Mansoul loose and vain.
'2. Or whether by driving them to doubt and despair.
'3. Or whether by endeavouring to blow them up Take need by the Gunpowder of pride and self-conceit.
'Now I think, if we shall tempt them to pride, that may do something; and if we tempt them to wantonness, that may help. But in my mind, if we could drive them into desperation, that would knock the nail on the head; for then we should have them in the first place question the truth of the love of the heart of their Prince towards them, and that will disgust him much. This, if it works well, will make them leave off quickly their way of sending Petitions to him; then farewell earnest solicitations for help and supply; for then this conclusion lies naturally before them, As good do nothing, as do to no pur
pose., So to Mr. Deceit they unanimously did consent.
Then the next question was, but how shall we do to bring this our project to pass? And ,twas answered by the same Gentleman, That this might be the best way to do it: 'even let,, quoth he, 'so many of our friends as are willing to venture themselves for the promoting of their Prince,s cause, disguise themselves with apparel, change their names, and go into the market like far Countrymen, and proffer to let themselves for servants to the famous Town of Mansoul, and let them pretend to do for their Masters as beneficially as may be; for by so doing they may, if Mansoul shall hire them, in little time so corrupt and defile the Corporation, that her now Prince shall be not only further offended with them, but in conclusion shall spue them out of his mouth. And when this is done, our Prince Diabolus shall prey upon them with ease: Yea, of themselves they shall fall into the mouth of the eater,
This project was no sooner propounded, but was as highly accepted, and forward were all Diabolonians now to engage in so delicate an enterprize; but it was not thought fit, that all should do thus, wherefore they pitched upon two or three, namely the Lord Covetousness, the Lord Lasciviousness, and the Lord Anger. The Lord Covetousness called himself by the name of Prudent - thrifty; the Lord Lasciviousness called himself by the name of Harmless-mirth; and the Lord Anger called himself by the name of Good-zeal.
So upon a Market-day they came into the Marketplace; three lusty fellows they were to look on, and they were clothed in sheep,s-russet, which was also now in a manner as white as were the white robes of the men of Mansoul. Now the men could speak the language of Mansoul well. So when they were come Take heed into the Market-place, and had offered to let themselves to the Townsmen, they were presently taken up, for they asked but little wages, and promised to do their Masters great service.
Mr. Mind hired Prudent-thrifty, and Mr. Godly- Take heed fear hired Good-zeal. True, this fellow Harmlessmirth did hang a little in hand, and could not so soon get him a Master as the others did, because the Town of Mansoul was now in Lent, but after a while because Lent was almost out, the Lord Willbewill hired Harmless-mirth to be both his Waiting-man, and his Lacquey, and thus they got them Masters.
These Villains now being got thus far into the houses of the men of Mansoul, quickly began to do great mischief therein; for being filthy, arch and sly, they quickly corrupted the families where they were; yea, they tainted their Masters much, especially this Prudent-thrifty, and him they call Harmless-mirth. True, he that went under the vizor of Good-zeal, was not so well liked of his Master, for he quickly found, that he was but a counterfeit Rascal; the which when the fellow perceived, with speed he made his escape from the house, or I doubt not but his Master had hanged him.
Well, when these Vagabonds had thus far carried on their design, and had corrupted the Town as much as they could, in the next place they considered with themselves at what time their Prince Diabolus without, and themselves within the Town should make an attempt to seize upon Mansoul; and they all A day of agreed upon this, that a Market-day would be best for that work; for why 1 Then will the Townsfolk be busy in their ways: and always take this for a rule, When people are most busy in the world, they least fear a surprize. 'We also then,, said they, 'shall be able with less suspicion to gather ourselves together Take, heed for the work of our friends, and Lords; yea, and in Mansoui. such a ^ we snall attempt our work, and miss it,
we may, when they shall give us the rout, the better hide ourselves in the crowd and escape.,
These things being thus far agreed upon by them, they wrote another Letter to Diabolus, and sent it by the hand of Mr. Profane, the Contents of which was this:
Look to u The Lords of Looseness send to the great and high
Diabolus from our Bens, caves, holes, ana strongholds, in, and about the wall of the Town of Mansoul, Greeting:
OUR great Lord, and the nourisher of our lives, Diabolus; how glad we were when we heard of your fatherhood,s readiness to comply with us, and help forward our design in our attempts to ruin Mansoul! None can tell but those who as we do set themselves Roin. 7. 21. against all appearance of good when and wheresoever Qal-ii-i7- we find it.
Touching the encouragement that your greatness is pleased to give us to continue to devise, contrive, and study the utter desolation of Mansoul, that we are not solicitous about, for we know right well that it cannot but be pleasing and profitable to us, to see our enemies and them that seek our lives, to die at our feet, or fly before us. We therefore are still contriving, and that to the best of our cunning, to make this work most facile and easy to your Lordships, and to us.
First we considered of that most hellishly cunning Look to it compacted, three-fold project, that by you was propounded to us in your last; and have concluded that though to blow them up with the Gunpowder of pride would do well, and to do it by tempting them to be loose and vain will help on, yet to contrive to bring them into the gulf of desperation, we think will do best of all. Now we who are at your beck, have thought of two ways to do this: First, we for our parts will make them as vile as we can, and then you with us, at a time appointed, shall be ready to fall upon them with the utmost force. And of all the Nations that are at your whistle, we think that an army of Doubters may be the most likely to attack and overcome the Town of Mansoul. Thus shall we overcome these enemies, else Take Tieed the Pit shall open her mouth upon them, and despera- Mansou1' tion shall thrust them down into it. We have also, to effect this so much by us desired design, sent already three of our trusty Diabolonians among them; they are disguised in garb, they have changed their names, and are now accepted of them, to wit, Covetousness, Lasciviousness and Anger. The name of Covetousness is changed to Prudent-thrifty; and him Mr. Mind has hired, and is almost become as bad as our friend.
Lasciviousness has changed his name to Harmless-mirth, and he is got to be the Lord Willbewill,s lacquey, but he has made his Master very wanton. Anger changed his name into Good-zeal, and was entertained by Mr. Godly-fear, but the peevish old Gentleman took pepper in the nose and turned our companion out of his house. Nay he has informed us since, that he ran away from him, or else his old master had hanged him up for his labour.
Look to it Now these have much helped forward our work and
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design upon Mansoul; for notwithstanding the spite and quarrelsome temper of the old Gentleman last mentioned, the other two ply their business well, and are like to ripen the work apace.
Our next project is, that it be concluded that you come upon the Town upon a Market-day, and that when they are upon the heat of their business, for then to be sure they will be most secure, and least think that an assault will be made upon them. They will also at Take heed such a time be less able to defend themselves, and to
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offend you in the prosecution of our designs. And we your trusty, (and we are sure your beloved) ones shall, when you shall make your furious assault without, be ready to second the business within. So shall we in all likelihood be able to put Mansoul to utter confusion, and to swallow them up before they can come to themselves. If your Serpentine heads, most subtil Dragons, and our highly esteemed Lords can find out a better way than this, let us quickly know your minds.
To the Monsters of the Infernal Cave from the house of Mr. Mischief in Mansoul by the hand of Mr. Profane.
Now all the while that the raging runagates, and hellish Diabolonians were thus contriving the ruin of the Town of Mansoul, they, to wit, the poor Town itself, was in a sad and woful case, partly because they The sad state had so grievously offended Shaddai and his Son, and °f Mansou partly because that the enemies thereby got strength within them afresh, and also because though they had by many Petitions made suit to the Prince Emanuel, and to his Father Shaddai by him for their pardon and favour, yet hitherto obtained they not one smile; but contrariwise through the craft and subtilty of the Domestick Diabolonians, their cloud was made to grow blacker and blacker, and their Emanuel to stand at further distance.
The sickness also did still greatly rage in Mansoul, both among the Captains and the inhabitants of the • Town their enemies, and their enemies only were now lively and strong, and like to become the head whilst Mansoul was made the tail.
By this time the Letter last mentioned, that was Profane written by the Diabolonians that yet lurked in the HeiigateTown of Mansoul, was conveyed to Diabolus in the Slack-den, by the hand of Mr. Profane. He carried the Letter by Hellgate-hill as afore, and conveyed it by Cerberus to his Lord.
But when Cerberus and Mr. Profane did meet, they were presently as great as beggars, and thus they fell into discourse about Mansoul, and about the Project against her.
Talk utmm Cerb. Ah! Old friend, quoth Cerberus, art thou
berus. come to Hellgate-hill again 1 By St. Mary I am glad to see thee.
Prof. Yes, my Lord, I am come again about the concerns of the Town of Mansoul.
Cerb. Prithee tell me what condition is that Town of Mansoul in at present 1
Prof. In a brave condition, my Lord, for us, and for my Lords, the Lords of this place I trow; for they are greatly decayed as to Godliness, and that,s as well as our heart can wish; their Lord is greatly out with them, and that doth also please us well. We have already also a foot in their dish, for our Diabolonian friends are laid in their bosoms, and what do we lack but to be masters of the place.
Besides, our trusty friends in Mansoul are daily plotting to betray it to the Lords of this Town; also the sickness rages bitterly amongst them, and that which makes up all, we hope at last to prevail.
Cerb. Then said the Dog of Hellgate, no time like this to assault them. I wish that the enterprize be followed close, and that the success desired may be soon effected: Yea I wish it for the poor Diabdlonians' sakes that live in the continual fear of their lives in that Traitorous Town of Mansoul.
Prof. The contrivance is almost finished; the Lords in Mansoul that are Diabolonians are at it day and night, and the other are like silly doves, they want heart to be concerned with their state, and to consider that ruin is at hand. Besides, you may, yea must think when you put all things together, that there are many reasons that prevailed with Diabolus to make what haste he can.
Cerb. Thou hast said as it is; I am glad things are at this pass. Go in my brave Profane to my Lords, they will give thee for thy welcome as good a Coranto as the whole of this Kingdom will afford. I have sent thy Letter in already.
Then Mr. Profane went into the Den, and his Lord Profane's
Diabolus met him, and saluted him with, ' Welcome mmt.
my trusty servant. I have been made glad with thy
letter., The rest of the Lords of the Pit gave him
also their salutations. Then Profane after obeisance
made to them all, said, 'Let Mansoul be given to
my Lord Diabolus, and let him be her King for
ever., And with that, the hollow belly, and yawn-
ing gorge of Hell gave so loud and hideous a groan
(for that is the musict of that place) that it made
the mountains about it totter, as if they would fall
Now after they had read and considered the Letter, they consulted what answer to return, and the first that did speak to it was Lucifer.
Lucif. Then said he, the first project of the Dia- They consult
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bolonvans in Mansoul is like to be lucky, and to to give to the take; to wit, that they will by all the ways and means they can, make Mansoul yet more vile and filthy; no way to destroy a Soul like this; this is Probatum est. Our old friend Balaam went this way Lucifer, and prospered many years ago, let this therefore stand i6"mb- 31' with us for a maxim, and be to Diabolonians for a Rev' 2'14' general rule in all ages; for nothing can make this to
fail but Grace, in which I would hope that this Town has no share. But whether to fall upon them on a Market-day because of their cumber in business; that I would should be under debate. And there is more reason why this head should be debated, than why some other should; because upon this will turn the whole of what we shall attempt. If we time not our
Cumierments business well, our whole project may fail. Our friends
ous. the Diabolonians say that a Market-day is best, for
then will Mansoul be most busy, and have fewest thoughts of a surprize. But what if also they shall double their guards on those days, and methinks nature and reason should teach them to do it, and what if they should keep such a watch on those days as the necessity of their present case doth require]
They had Yea, what if their men should be always in arms on those days? Then you may my Lords, be disappointed in your attempts, and may bring our friends in the Town to utter danger of unavoidable ruin.
Beel. Then said the great Beelzebub, There is something in what my Lord hath said, but his conjecture may, or may not fall out. Nor hath my Lord laid it down as that which must not be receded from, for I know that he said it only to provoke to a warm debate thereabout. Therefore we must understand if
A Lesson fir we can, whether the Town of Mansoul has such sense and knowledge of her decayed state, and of the design that we have on foot against her, as doth provoke her to set watch and ward at her Gates, and to double them on Market-days. But if after enquiry made, it shall be found that they are asleep, then any day will do, but a Market-day is best; and this is my judgment in this case.
Diab. Then quoth Diabolus, how should we know this? and ,twas answered, enquire about it at the mouth of Mr. Profane. So Profane was called in and asked the question, and he made his answer as follows:
Prof. My Lords, so far as I can gather, this is at Frofane's
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present the condition of the Town of Mansoul: they are of die present
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decayed in their Faith and love; Emanuel their Prince soul.
has given them the back; they send often by Petition
to fetch him again, bat he maketh not haste to answer
their request, nor is there much reformation among
Diab. I am glad that they are backward to a reformation, but yet I am afraid of their Petitioning. However their looseness of life is a sign that there is not much heart in what they do, and without the heart, things are little worth. But go on my masters; I will divert you my Lords, no longer.
Peel. If the case be so with Mansoul, as Mr. Profane has described it to be, ,twill be no great matter what day we assault it; not their prayers, nor their power will do them much service.
Apoll. When Beelzebub had ended his Oration, Dreadful adthen Apollyon did begin. My opinion, said he, Mansoul. concerning this matter is, that we go on fair and softly, not doing things in a hurry. Let our friends in Mansoul go on still to pollute and defile it, by seeking to draw it yet more into sin (for there is nothing like sin to devour Mansoul). If this be done, R
and it takes effect, Mansoul of itself will leave off to watch, to Petition, or anything else that should tend to her security and safety; for she will forget her Emanuel, she will not desire his company, and can she be gotten thus to live, her Prince will not come to her in haste. Our trusty friend Mr. Carnal Security, with one of his tricks, did drive him out of the Town, and why may not my Lord Covetousness, and my Lord Lasciviousness, by what they may do, keep him out of th°e Town 1 And this I will tell you (not because you know it not) that two or three Diabolonians, if entertained and countenanced by the Town of Mansoul, will do more to the keeping of Emanuel from them, and towards making of the Town of Mansoul your own, than can an army of a legion that should be sent out from us to withstand him. Dreadful ad- Let therefore this first project that our friends in Mmisouitm' Mansoul have set on foot, be strongly and diligently carried on with all cunning and craft imaginable; and let them send continually under one guise or another, more and other of their men to play with the people of Mansoul; and then perhaps we shall not need to be at the charge of making a War upon them; or if that must of necessity be done, yet the more sinful they are, the more unable, to be sure, they will be to resist us, and then the more easily we shall overcome them. And besides, suppose (and that is the worst that can be supposed) that Emanuel should come to them again, why may not the same means (or the like) drive him from them once more? Yea, why may he not by their lapse into that sin again be driven from them for ever, for the sake of which he was at the first driven from them for a season 1 And if this should happen, then away go with him his Rams, his Slings, his Captains, his Souldiers, and he leaveth Mansoul naked and bare. Yea, will not this Town, when she sees herself utterly forsaken of her Dreadful
Prince, of her own accord open her Gates again unto against you, and make of you as in the days of old? But 0 this must be done by time, a few days will not effect so great a work as this.
So soon as Apollyon had made an end of speaking, Diabolus began to blow out his own malice, and to plead his own cause, and he said, 'My Lords and powers of the Cave, my true and trusty friends, I have with much impatience, as becomes me, given ear to your long and tedious Orations. But my furious gorge, and empty paunch, so lusteth after a repossession of my famous Town of Mansoul that whatever comes out I can wait no longer to see the events of lingering projects. I must, and that without further delay, seek by all means I can to fill my unsatiable gulf with the soul and body of the Town of Mansoul. Therefore lend me your heads, your hearts, and your Look to u help, now I am going to recover my Town of Mansoul., Man80Uh
When the Lords and Princes of the Pit saw the flaming desire that was in Diabolus to devour the miserable Town of Mansoul, they left off to raise any more objections, but consented to lend him what strength they could: Though had Apollyon,s advice been taken, they had far more fearfully distressed the Town of Mansoul. But, I say, they were willing to An army of Doubters raised to go against the Town of Mansoul.
The Princes of the Pit go ivith them.
Another Ijetter from Diabolus to the Diabolonians in Mansoul.
lend him what strength they could, not knowing what need they might have of him, when they should engage for themselves, as he. Wherefore they fell to advising about the next thing propounded, to wit, what Souldiers they were, and also how many, with whom Diabolus should go against the Town of Mansoul to take it; and after some debate it was concluded, according as in the Letter the Diabolonians had suggested, that none was more fit for that Expedition than an army of terrible Doubters. They therefore concluded to send against Mansoul an army of sturdy Doubters. The number thought fit to be employed in that service, was between twenty and thirty thousand. So then the result of that great counsel of those high and mighty Lords was, That Diabolus should even now out of hand beat up his Drum for men in the land of Doubting, (which land lieth upon the confines of the place called Hellgate-hill) for men that might be employed by him against the miserable Town of Mansoul. It was also concluded, that these Lords themselves should help him in the War, and that they would to that end head and manage his men. So they drew up a Letter and sent back to the Diabolonians that lurked in Mansoul, and that waited for the back-coming of Mr. Profane, to signify to them into what method and forwardness they at present had put their design. The contents whereof now followeth:
From the dark and horrible Dungeon of Hell, Diabolus with all the Society of the Princes of Darkness, sends to our trusty ones, in and about the walls of the Town of Mansoul, nowimpatiently waitingfor our most Devilish answer to their venomous and most poisonous design against the Town of Mansoul. OUR native ones, in whom from day to day we boast, and in whose actions all the year long we do greatly delight ourselves: We received your welcome, because highly esteemed Letter, at the hand of our trusty and greatly beloved, the old Gentleman, Mr. Profane. And do give you to understand, that when we had broken it up, and had read the Contents thereof (to your amazing memory be it spoken) our yawning hollow-bellied place, where we are, made so hideous and yelling a noise for joy, that the mountains that stand round about Hellgate-hill, had like to have been shaken to pieces at the sound thereof.
We could also do no less than admire your faithfulness to us, with the greatness of that subtility that now hath showed itself to be in your heads to serve us against the Town of Mansoul. For you have invented for us so excellent a method for our proceeding against that rebellious people, a more effectual cannot be thought of by all the wits of Hell. The proposals therefore which now at last you have sent us, since we saw them, we have done little else but highly approved and admired them.
Nay, we shall to encourage you in the profundity of your craft, let you know, that at a full assembly and conclave of our Princes and Principalities of this place, your project was discoursed and tossed from one side of our Cave to the other by their mightinesses, but a better, and as was by themselves judged a more fit and proper way by all their wits could not be invented to surprize, take, and make our own, the rebellious Town of Mansoul.
Wherefore in fine, all that was said that varied from what you had in your Letter propounded, fell of itself to the ground, and yours only was stuck to by Diabolus the Prince; yea, his gaping gorge and yawning paunch was on fire to put your invention into execution.
We therefore give you to understand that our stout, furious, and unmerciful Diabolus, is raising for your relief, and the ruin of the rebellious Town of Mansoul more than twenty thousand Doubters to come against that people. They are all stout and sturdy men, and men that of old have been accustomed to war, and that can therefore well endure the Drum; I say he is doing of this work of his with all the possible speed he can, for his heart and spirit is engaged in it. We desire therefore that as you hav.e hitherto stuck to us, and given us both advice and encouragement thus far; that you still will prosecute our design, nor shall you lose but be gainers thereby; yea, we intend to make you the Lords of Mansoul.
One thing may not by any means be omitted, that is, those with us do desire that every one of you that are in Mansoul would still use all your power, cunning and skill, with delusive persuasions, yet to draw the Town of Mansoul into more sin and wickedness, even that sin may be finished and bring forth death.
For thus it is concluded with us, that the more vile, sinful, and debauched the Town o/Mansoul is, the more backward will be their Emanuel to come to their help, either by presence, or other relief; yea, the more sinful, the more weak, and so the more unable will they be to make resistance when we shall make our assault upon them to swallow them up. Yea, that may cause that their mighty Shaddai himself may cast them out of his protection; yea, and send for his Captains and Take heed Souldiers home, with his Slings and Rams, and leave them naked and bare, and then the Town 0/Mansoul will of itself open to us, and fall as the fig into the mouth of the eater. Yea, to be sure that we then with a great deal of ease shall come upon her and overcome her.
As to the time of our coming upon Mansoul we as yet have not fully resolved upon that, though at present some of us think as you, that a Market-day, or a Market-day at night will certainly be the best. However do you be ready, and when you shall hear our roaring Drum without, do you be as busy to make the 1 pet. 5. s. most horrible confusion within. So shall Mansoul certainly be distressed before and behind, and shall not know which way to betake herself for help. My Lord Lucifer, my Lord Beelzebub, my Lord Apollyon, my Lord Legion, with the rest salute you, as does also my Lord Diabolus, and we wish both you, with all tlwt you do or shall possess, the very self-same fruit and success for their doing, as we ourselves at present enjoy for ours.
From our dreadful Confines in the most fearful Pit, we salute you, and so do those many Legions here with us, wishing you may be as hellishly prosperous as we desire to be ourselves. By the Letter-Carrier Mr. Profane.
More talk between Profane and Cerberus.
The land from the which the Doubters come.
Then Mr. Profane addressed himself for his return to Mansoul with his Errand from the horrible Pit to the Diabolonians that dwelt in that Town. So he came up the stairs from the deep to the mouth of the Cave where Cerberus was. Now when Cerberus saw him, he asked how matters did go below; about, and against the Town of Mansoul.
Prof. Things go as well as we can expect. The Letter that I carried thither was highly approved, and well liked by all my Lords, and I am returning to tell our Diabolonians so. I have an answer to it here in my bosom, that I am sure will make our masters that sent me glad; for the Contents thereof is to encourage them to pursue their design to the utmost, and to be ready also to fall on within, when they shall see my Lord Diabolus beleaguring of the Town o/Mansoul.
Cerb. But does he intend to go against them himself?
Prof. Does he? Ay, and he will take along with him more than twenty thousand, all sturdy Doubters, and men of war, pickt men, from the land of Doubting, to serve him in the Expedition.
Cerb. Then was Cerberus glad, and said, And is there such brave preparations amaking to go against the miserable Town of Mansoul; and would I might be put at the head of a thousand of them, that I might also show my valour against the famous Town of Mansoul.
Prof. Your wish may come to pass; you look like one that has mettle enough, and my Lord will have with him those that are valiant and stout. But my business requires haste.
Cerb. Ay, so it does. Speed thee to the Town of Mansoul, with all the deepest mischiefs that this place can afford thee. And when thou shalt come to the house of Mr. Mischief, the place where the Diabolonian s meet to plot, tell them that Cerberus doth wish them his service, and that if he may, he will with the army come up against the famous Town of Mansoul.
f Prof. That I will. And I know that my Lords that
are there, will be glad to hear it, and to see you also.
f So after a few more such kind of Compliments, Mr.
Profane took his leave of his friend Cerberus, and
Cerberus again with a thousand of their Pit-wishes,
bid him haste with all speed to his Masters. The
which when he had heard he made obeisance, and
began to gather up his heels to run.
Thus therefore he returned, and went and came to Mansoul, and going as afore to the house of Mr. Mischief, there he found the Diabolonians assembled, and waiting for his return. Now when he was come and had presented himself, he also delivered to them his Letter, and adjoined this Compliment to them therewith: 'My Lords from the Confines of the Pit, Profane re
the high and mighty Principalities and powers of the to Mansoul. Den salute you here, the true Diabolonians of the Town of Mansoul. Wishing you always the most proper of their benedictions, for the great service, high attempts, and brave atchievements that you have put yourselves upon, for the restoring to our Prince Diabolus the famous Town of Mansoul.,
This was therefore the present state of the miserable
Town of Mansoul: She had offended her Prince, and he was gone; she had encouraged the powers of Hell, by her foolishness, to come against her to seek her utter destruction.
True, the Town of Mansoul was somewhat made sensible of her sin, but the Diabolonians were gotten into her bowels; she cried, but Emanuel was gone, and her cries did not fetch him as yet again. Besides she knew not now whether ever or never he would return and come to his Mansoul again, nor did they know the power and industry of the enemy, nor how forward they were to put in Execution that plot of Hell that they had devised against her.
They did indeed still send Petition after Petition to the Prince, but he answered all with silence. They did neglect reformation, and that was as Diabolus would have it, for he knew, if they regarded iniquity in their heart, their King would not hear their prayer; they therefore did still grow weaker and weaker, and were as a rolling thing before the Whirlwind. They cried to their King for help, and laid Diabolonians in their bosom, what therefore should a King do to them? Yea, there seemed now to be a mixture in Mansoul, the Diabolonians and the Mansoulians would walk the streets together. Yea, they began to seek their peace, for they thought that since the sickness had been so mortal in Mansoul, ,twas in vain to go to handigripes with them. Besides, the weakness of Mansoul was the strength of their enemies; and the sins of Mansoul the advantage of the Diabolonians. The foes of Mansoul did also now begin to promise themselves the
Town for a possession: there was no great difference
now betwixt Mansoulian s and Diabolonians, both
seemed to be Masters of Mansoul. Yea, the Diabo-
lonians increased and grew, but the Town of Mansoul Good
B , thoughts,
diminished greatly. There was more than eleven good conceptions, and
thousand of men, women, and children that died by the good desires. sickness in Mansoul.
But now as Shaddai would have it, there was one whose name was Mr. Prywell, a great lover of the people of Mansoul. And he, as his manner was, did go listning up and down in Mansoul to see, and to hear if at any time he might, whether there was any design against it or no. For he was always n< story of a jealous man, and feared some mischief sometime Mr'Prywe" would befall it, either from the Diabolonians within, or from some power without. Now upon a time it so happened as Mr. Prywell went listning here and there, that he lighted upon a place called Vile-hill in Mansoul, where Diabolonians used to meet; so hearing a muttering (you must know that it was in the night) he softly drew near to hear; nor had he The Diabostood long under the house-end, (for there stood a discovered, house there) but he heard one confidently affirm, Somf That it was not, or would not be long before Diabolus should possess himself again of Mansoul, and that then the Diabolonians did intend to put all Mansoulians to the sword, and would kill and destroy the King,s Captains, and drive all his Souldiers out of the Town.
He said moreover, That he knew there were above twenty thousand fighting men prepared by Diabolus Understanding, Conscience.
The Subordinate Preacher
Prywell tells his news to Mansoul.
for the accomplishing of this design, and that it would not be months before they all should see it. When Mr. Prywell had heard this story, he did quickly believe it was true; wherefore he went forthwith to my Lord Mayor,s house, and acquainted him therewith; who, sending for the Subordinate Preacher, brake the business to him; and he as soon gave the alarm to the Town, for he was now the chief Preacher in Mansoul, because as yet my Lord Secretary was ill at ease. And this was the way that the Subordinate Preacher did take to alarm the Town therewith. The same hour he caused the Lecture-bell to be rung, so the people came together: he gave them then a short Exhortation to watchfulness, and made Mr. PrywelVs news the argument thereof. 'For,, said he, 'a horrible Plot is contrived against Mansoul, even to massacre us all in a day; nor is this story to be slighted, for Mr. Prywell is the author thereof. Mr. Prywell was always a lover of Mansoul, a sober and judicious man, a man that is no tattler, nor raiser of false reports, but one that loves to look into the very bottom of matters, and talks nothing of news but by very solid arguments.
'I will call him, and you shall hear him your own selves;, so he called him, and he came and told his tale so punctually, and affirmed its truth with such ample grounds, that Mansoul fell presently under a conviction of the truth of what he said. The Preacher did also back him, saying, 'Sirs, it is not irrational for us to believe it, for we have provoked Shaddai to anger, and have sinned Emanuel out of the Town; we have had too much correspondence with Diabolonians,
and have forsaken our former mercies; no marvel then
if the enemy both within and without should design
and Plot our ruin; and what time like this to do it 1
The sickness is now in the Town, and we have been Good desires.
made weak thereby. Many a good-meaning man is
dead, and the Diabolonians of late grow stronger and
'Besides,, quoth the Subordinate Preacher, 'I have received from this good Truth-teller this one inkling They take me
further, that he understood by those that he overheard, that several Letters have lately passed between the Furies and the Diabolonians in order to our destruction., When Mansoul heard all this, and not being • able to gainsay it, they lift up their voice and wept. Mr. Prywell did also, in the presence of the Townsmen, confirm all that their Subordinate Preacher had said. Wherefore they now set afresh to bewail their folly, and to a doubling of Petitions to Shaddai and his Son. They also brake the business to the Captains, They tell the high Commanders and men of War in the Town of Captains. Mansoul, entreating of them to use the means to be strong, and to take good courage, and that they would look after their harness, and make themselves ready to give Diabolus battle by night and by day shall he come, as they are inform,d he will, to beleaguer the Town of Mansoul.
When the Captains heard this, they being always true lovers of the Town of Mansoul, what do they but like so many Samsons they shake themselves, and They come
.it - , „ together to
come together to consult and contrive how to defeat commit
those bold and hellish contrivances that were upon the wheel by the means of Diabolus and his friends against the now sickly, weakly, and much impoverished Town of Mansoul; and they agreed upon these following particulars: Their agree- 1. That the Gates of Mansoul should be kept shut,
i Cor. io. is. and made fast with bars and locks, and that all persons that went out, or came in, should be very strictly examined by the Captains of the Guards. 'To thfc end,, said they, 'that those that are managers of the Plot amongst us, may either coming or going be taken; and that we may also find out who are the great contrivers (amongst us) of our ruin.,
Lam. s. 40. 2. The next thing was, that a strict search should be made for all kind of Diabolonians throughout the whole Town of Mansoul; and that every man,s house from top to bottom should be looked into, and that too, house by house, that if possible a further discovery might be made of all such among them as
Heb. 12- 15, , , , , . , , .
16. had a hand in these designs.
3. It was further concluded upon, that wheresoever or with whomsoever any of the Diabolonians were found, that even those of the Town of Mansoul that had given them house and harbour, should, to their
Jer. 2. 34. shame, and the warning of others, take penance in the
Ch. 5. 26. , r
Ezek. 16.52. open place.
4. It was moreover resolved by the famous Town of Joel 1.14. Mansoul, that a public fast, and a day of humiliation chap- 2.15, shoyid ke kepf. throughout the whole Corporation, to
the justifying of their Prince, the abasing of themselves before him for their transgressions against him, and against Shaddai his Father. It was further resolved, that all such in Mansoul as did not on that day endeavour to keep that fast, and to humble themselves for their faults, but that should mind their worldly employs, or be found wandring up and down the streets, should be taken for Diabolonians, and should suffer as Diabolonians for such their wicked doings.
5. It was further concluded then, that with what speed, and with what warmth of mind they could they would renew their humiliation for sin, and their Petitions to Shaddai for help; they also resolved to
send tidings to the Court of all that Mr. Prywell had Jer. s7. 3. told them.
6. It was also determined that thanks should be given by the Town of Mamoul to Mr. Prywell for his diligent seeking of the welfare of their Town; and further, that forasmuch as he was so naturally inclined Mr. Prywell
. is made
to seek their good and also to undermine their foes, Scoutthey gave him a Commission of Scout-master-general, general, for the good of the Town of Mansoul.
When the Corporation with their Captains had thus concluded, they did as they had said; they shut up their Gates, they made for Diabolonians strict search, they made those with whom any was found to take penance in the open place. They kept their fast, and renewed their Petitions to their Prince, and Mr. Prywell managed his charge, and the trust that Mansoul had put in his hands with great conscience, and good fidelity; for he gave himself wholly up to Mr. Prywell his employ, and that not only within the Town, but ing.asc<m he went out to pry, to see, and to hear.
And not many times after, he provided for bis Journey, and went towards Hellgate-hiU into the Country where the Doubters were, where he heard of all that had been talked of in Mansoul, and he perceived also that Diabolus was almost ready for his march, etc. So he came back with speed, and calling the Captains and Elders of Mansoul together, he told them where he had been, what he had heard, and what he had seen. H e returns Particularly he told them, that Diabolus was news?TM1' almost ready for his march, and that he had made old Mr. Incredulity that once brake prison in Mansoul, the General of his Army; that his Army consisted all of Doubters, and that their number was above twenty thousand. He told moreover, that Diabolus did intend to bring with him the chief Princes of the Infernal Pit, and that he would make them chief Captains over his Doubters. He told them moreover, that it was certainly true, that several of the Blackden would with Diabolus ride Reformades to reduce the Town of Mansoul to the obedience of Diabolus their Prince.
He said moreover, that he understood by the Doubters, among whom he had been, that the reason why old Incredulity was made General of the whole Army, was because none truer than he to the Tyrant; and because he had an implacable spite against the welfare of the Town of Mansoul. Besides, said he, he remembers the affronts that Mansoul has given, and he is resolved to be revenged of them.
But the black Princes shall be made high Commanders, only Incredulity shall be over them all, because (which I had almost forgot) he can more easily, and more dextrously beleaguer the Town of Mansotd, than can any of the Princes besides. Heb. 12.1.
Now when the Captains of Mansoul with the Elders of the Town, had heard the tidings that Mr. Prywell did bring, they thought it expedient, without further delay, to put into execution the Laws, that against the Diabolonians their Prince had made for them, and given them in commandment to manage against them. Wherefore forthwith a diligent and impartial search was made in all houses in Mansoul for all and all manner of Diabolonians. Now in the house of
Mr. Mind, and in the house of the great Lord Will- lonians taken
•'7 • • -r nr' T» ^Mansoul
bewill were two Diabolonians found. In Mr. Mind s and committed to
house was one Lord Covetousness found, but he had Prism. changed his name to Prudent-thrifty. In my Lord WillbewilUs house, one Lasciviousness was found, but he had changed his name to Harmless-mirth. These two the Captains and Elders of the Town of Mansoul took, and committed them to custody under the hand of Mr. Trueman the Gaoler; and this man handled them so severely, and loaded them so well with irons, that in time they both fell into a very deep Consumption, and died in the Prison house; their masters also, according to the agreement of the The Lord
Captains and Elders, were brought to take penance and Mr.
. i , T • i i t. • Mind take
in the open place to their shame, and for a warning penance. to the rest of the Town of Mansoul.
Now this was the manner of penance in those days. The persons offending being made sensible of the evil what. s
of their doings, were enjoined open confession of their faults, and a strict amendment of their lives.
After this the Captains and Elders of Mansoul sought yet to find out more Diabolonians, wherever they lurked, whether in dens, caves, holes, vaults, or where else they could, in, or about the wall, or Town of Mansoul. But though they could plainly see their footing, and so follow them by their tract and smell to their holds, even to the mouths of their caves and dens, yet take them, hold them, and do justice upon them they could not, their ways were so crooked, their holds so strong, and they so quick to take sanctuary there.
But Mansoul did now with so stiff a hand rule over the Diabolonians that were left, that they were glad to shrink into corners: time was when they durst walk openly, and in the day, but now they were forced to embrace privacy and the night: time was when a Mansoulian was their companion, but now they counted them deadly enemies. This good change did Mr. Prywell,s intelligence make in the famous Town of Mansoul.
By this time Diabolus had finished his Army, which he intended to bring with him for the ruin of Mansoul, and had set over them Captains, and other Fieldofficers, such as liked his furious stomach best, himself was Lord paramount, Incredulity was General of his Army. Their highest Captains shall be named afterDiaboius's wards; but now for their Officers, Colours and Army- Scutcheons.
I. Their first Captain was Captain Rage, he was Captain over the Election-Doubters, his were the Red Colours; his, Standard-bearer was Mr. Destructive,^, ,„ „
', Rev. 12. 3,
and the great Red Dragon he had for his Scutcheon. 4.13> 16>17
2. The second Captain was Captain Fury, he was Captain over the Vocation-doubters; his Standardbearer was Mr. Darkness, his Colours were those that were pale, and he had for his Scutcheon the fiery
flying Serpent. Num- »• 6
3. The third Captain was Captain Damnation, he was Captain over the Grace-doubters, his were the Red Colours, Mr. No-life bare them, and he had for his ***t 3- 22Scutcheon the Black-den. R(=v- 9-1
4. The fourth Captain was the Captain Insatiable, he was Captain over the Faith-doubters, his were the Red Colours, Mr. Devourer bare them, and he had for
a Scutcheon the yawning Jaws. ttov- 27, 20
5. The fifth Captain was Captain Brimstone, he was Psai- n. 6. Captain over the Perseverance-doubters, his also were
the Red Colours, Mr. Burning bare them, and his Scutcheon was the Blue and stinking flame. Eev- u- n.
6. The sixth Captain was Captain Torment, he was
Captain over the Resurrection-doubters, his Colours
were those that were pale, Mr. Gnaw was his AncientMar. 9. 44,
bearer, and he had the Black worm for his Scutcheon. 46, 48.
7. The seventh Captain was Captain No-ease, he
was Captain over the Salvation-doubters, his were the
Red Colours, Mr. Restless bare them, and his Scutcheon „ „ , , , Rev. 6.4.
was the ghastly picture of death. chaP- 6- 8.
8. The eighth Captain was the Captain Sepulchre ; Jer, 5 16 he was Captain over the Glory-doubters, his also were ch- 2- 25' the pale Colours, Mr. Corruptionwas his Ancient-bearer,
and he had for his Scutcheon a Skull, and dead men,s bones.
9. The ninth Captain was Captain Past-hope, he was Captain of those that are called the Felicitydoubters, his Ancient-bearer was Mr. Despair; his also were the Red Colours, and his Scutcheon was the
1 Tim. 4. 2. ,
Rom. 2. 5. hot iron, and the hard heart.
These were his Captains, and these were their forces, these were their Ancients, these were their Colours, and these were their Scutcheons. Now over these did the great Diabolus make superiour Captains, and they were in number seven: as namely, the Lord Beelzebub, the Lord Lucifer, the Lord Legion, the Lord Apollyon, the Lord Python, the Lord Cerberus, and the Lord Belial; these seven he set over the Captains, and Incredulity was Lord General, and Diabolus was King. Diaboius The Reformades also, such as were like themselves, wmpSed. were made some of them Captains of hundreds; and some of them Captains of more: and thus was the army of Incredulity compleated.
So they set out at Hellgate-hill (for there they had their Rendezvouz) from whence they came with a straight course upon their march toward the Town of Mansoul. Now as was hinted before, the Town had, as Shaddai would have it, received from the mouth of Mr. Prywell the alarm of their coming before. Wherefore they set a strong watch at the Gates, and had also doubled their guards, they also mounted their slings in good places where they might conveniently cast out their great stones to the annoyance of the furious enemy.
Nor could those JDiabolonians that were in the Town do that hurt as was designed they should; for Mansoul was now awake. But alas poor people, they were sorely affrighted at the first appearance of their foes, and at their sitting down before the Town, especially when they heard the roaring of their DRUM. 1 Pet. 5. 8. This, to speak truth, was amazingly hideous to hear, it frighted all men seven miles round, if they were but awake and heard it. The streaming of their Colours was also terrible, and dejecting to behold.
When Diabolus was come up against the Town, first he made his approach to Ear-qate, and gave Be makes an
it a furious assault, supposing as it seems, that his Bar-gate,
friends in Mansoul had been ready to do the repelled. work within; but care was taken of that before, by the vigilance of the Captains. Wherefore missing of the help that he expected from them, and finding of his Army warmly attended with the stones that the slingers did sling (for that I will say for the Captains, that considering the weakness that yet was upon them by reason of the long sickness that had annoyed the Town of Mansoul, they did gallantly behave themselves,) he was forced to make some retreat from He retreats Mansoul, and to intrench himself and his men in the trenches Aimfield without the reach of the slings of the Town.
Now having intrenched himself, he did cast up four Mounts against the Town; the first he called Mount Diabolus, putting his own name thereon, the more to affright the Town of Mansoul; the other three he called thus, Mount Alecto, Mount Megcera, and Mount Mounts Tisiphone; for these are the names of the dreadful Town.
Furies of Hell. Thus he began to play his game with Mansoul, and to serve it as doth the Lion his prey, even to make it fall before his terrour. But, as I said, the Captains and Souldiers resisted so stoutly, and did do such execution with their stones, that they made him, though against stomach, to retreat: Wherefore Mansoul began to take courage. Diaboius his Now upon Mount Diabolus, which was raised on standard set thfj Nortn_side of the Town, there did the Tyrant set
up his Standard, and a fearful thing it was to behold, for he had wrought in it by Devilish art, after the manner of a Scutcheon, a flaming flame fearful to behold, and the picture of Mansoul burning in it.
When Diabolus had thus done, he commanded that his Drummer should every night approach the walls of the Town of Mansoul, and so to beat a parley; the command was to do it at nights, for in the day time they annoyed him with their slings; for the Tyrant said that he had a mind to parley with the now He tids his trembling Town of Mansoul, and he commanded that bsaluT*" the Drums should beat every night, that through Drum. weariness they might at last (if possibly, at the first they were unwilling yet) be forced to do it.
So this Drummer did as commanded; he arose and did beat his Drum. But when his Drum did go, if one looked toward the Town of Mansoul, Behold Mansoul darkness and sorrow, and the light was darkened in
trembles at 7 7 7 . ,
the noise of the heaven thereof. JN o noise was ever heard upon isa. 5. 30.' earth more terrible, except the voice of Shaddai when he speaketh. But how did Mansoul tremble! It now looked for nothing but forthwith to be swallowed up.
When this Drummer had beaten for a parley, he Diaboius made this speech to Mansoul, My Master has bid me Drum, tell you, That if you will willingly submit, you shall have the good of the earth, but if you shall be stubborn, he is resolved to take you by force. But by that the fugitive had done beating of his Drum, the people of Mansoul had betaken themselves to the Captains that were in the Castle, so that there was . none to regard, nor to give this Drummer an answer; so he proceeded no further that night, but returned again to his Master to the Camp. .
When Diabolus saw that by Drumming he could not work out Mansoul to his will, the next night he sendeth his Drummer without his Drum still to let the Townsmen know that he had a mind to parley with them. But when all came to all, his parley was turned into a Summons to the Town to deliver up themselves: but they gave him neither heed nor hearing, for they remembered what at first it cost them to hear him a few words.
The next night he sends again, and then who should be his Messenger to Mansoul but the terrible Captain Sepulchre; so Captain Sepulchre came up to the walls of Mansoul, and made this Oration to the Town:
'Oye inhabitants of the rebellious Town of Mansoul! Mansoul I summon you in the name of the Prince Diabolus, byc^atn that without any more ado, you set open the Gates of SePulchreyour Town, and admit the great Lord to come in. But if you shall still rebel, when we have taken to us the Town by force, we will swallow you up as the
grave; wherefore if you will hearken to my Summons, say so, and if not, then let me know.
'The reason of this my Summons,, quoth he, 'is for that my Lord is your undoubted Prince and Lord, as you yourselves have formerly owned. Nor shall that assault that was given to my Lord, when Emanuel dealt so dishonourably by him, prevail with him to lose his right, and to forbear to attempt to recover his own. Consider then, O Mansoul, with thyself, wilt thou show thyself peaceable, or no? If thou shalt quietly yield up thyself, then our old friendship shall be renewed, but if thou shalt yet refuse and rebel, then expect nothing but fire and sword.,
When the languishing Town of Mansoul had heard They answer this Summoner, and his Summons, they were yet 'word. more put to their dumps, but made to the Captain no
answer at all, so away he went as he came. They address But after some consultation among themselves, as tteir jood also with some of their Captains, they applied themSeoretary. selves afresh to the Lord Secretary for counsel and advice from him; for this Lord Secretary was their chief Preacher (as also is mentioned some pages before) only now he was ill at ease; and of him they begged favour in these two or three things.
1. That he would look comfortably upon them, and not keep himself so much retired from them as formerly. Also that he would be prevailed with to give them a hearing while they should make known their miserable condition to him. But to this he told them as before, That as yet he was but ill at ease, and therefore could not do as he had formerly done.
2. The second thing that they desired, was, that he would be pleased to give them his advice about their now so important affairs, for that Diabolus was come and set down before the Town with no less than twenty thousand Doubters. They said moreover, that both he and his Captains were cruel men, and that they were afraid of them. But to this he said, You must look to the Law of the Prince, and there see what is laid upon you to do.
3. Then they desired that his Highness would help them to frame a Petition to Shaddai, and unto Emanuel his Son, and that he would set his own hand thereto as a token that he was one with them in it: For, said they, my Lord, many a one have we sent, but can get no answer of peace; but now surely one with thy hand unto it, may obtain good for Mansoul.
But all the Answer that he gave to this, was, That The cause of
his being HI
they had offended their Emanuel, and had also grieved at ease,
himself, and that therefore they must, as yet, partake
of their own devices.
This answer of the Lord Secretary fell like a millstone upon them; yea, it crushed them so, that they could not tell what to do, yet they durst not comply with the demands of Diabolus, nor with the demands of his Captains. So then here were the straights Lam. l. 3.
r & The sad
that the Town of Mansoul was betwixt, when the straights of
enemy came upon her: Her foes were ready to swallow her up, and her friends did forbear to help her.
Then stood up my Lord Mayor, whose name was my Lord Understanding, and he began to pick and pick, until he had pickt comfort out of that seemingly bitter A Comment upon the Lord Secretary's Speech.
The Town of Mansoul in order.
saying of the Lord Secretary. For thus he descanted upon it: First, said he, This unavoidably follows upon the saying of my Lord, That we must yet suffer for our sins. 2. But, quoth he, the words yet sound, as if at last we should be saved from our enemies, and that after a few more sorrows Emanuel will come and be our help. Now the Lord Mayor was the more critical in his dealing with the Secretary,s words, because my Lord was more than a Prophet, and because none of his words were such, but that at all times they were most exactly significant, and the Townsmen were allowed to pry into them, and to expound them to their best advantage.
So they took their leaves of my Lord, and returned, and went, and came to the Captains, to whom they did tell what my Lord high Secretary had said, who when they had heard it, were all of the same opinion as was my Lord Mayor himself; the Captains therefore began to take some courage unto them, and to prepare to make some brave attempt upon the Camp of the enemy, and to destroy all that were Diabolonians, with the roving Doubters that the Tyrant had brought with him to destroy the poor Town of Mansoul.
So all betook themselves forthwith to their places, the Captains to theirs, the Lord Mayor to his, the Subordinate Preacher to his, and my Lord Willbewill to his. The Captains longed to be at some work for their Prince, for they delighted in Warlike Atchievements. The next day therefore they came together and consulted, and after consultation had, they resolved to give an answer to the Captain of Diabolus with slings: and so they did at the rising of the Sun on the morrow; for Diabolus had adventured to come nearer again, but the sling-stones were to him and his like Hornets. For as there is nothing to the Town of Mansoul so terrible as the roaring of Diabolus,s Drum, „
° , Wards ap
so there is nothing to Diabolus so terrible as the well pU'd against
him by faith.
playing of Emanuel s slings. Wherefore Diabolus was Zech. 9.15. forced to make another retreat, yet farther off from the famous Town of Mansoul. Then did the Lord Mayor of Mansoul cause the Bells to be rung, and that thanks should be sent to the Lord high Secretary by the mouth of the Subordinate Preacher; for that by his words the Captains and Elders of Mansoul had been strengthened against Diabolus.
When Diabolus saw that his Captains and Souldiers, high Lords, and renowned were frightened, and beaten down by the stones that came from the Golden slings of the Prince of the Town of Mansoul, he bethought himself, and said, / will try to catch them by fawning, I will try to flatter them into my net.
Wherefore after a while he came down again to the Diabolus wall, not now with his Drum, nor with Captain my?** Sepulchre, but having all to be sugared his lips, he seemed to be a very sweet-mouthed, peaceable Prince, designing nothing for humour,s sake, nor to be revenged on Mansoul for injuries by them done to him; but the welfare, and good, and advantage of the Town and people therein, was now, as he said, his only design. Wherefore after he had called for audience, and desired that the Townsfolk would give it to him, he proceeded in his Oration: And said,
'O! the desire of my heart, the famous Town of
Mansoul! how many nights have I watched, and how
many weary steps have I taken, if perhaps I might do
1 Pet. 5. 8. thee good! Far be it, far be it from me to desire to Rev. 12.10. 6 ,
make a war upon you; if ye will but willingly and
Mat. 4. 8. quietly deliver up yourselves unto me. You know that
Satan reads' you were mine of old. Remember also, that so long
wards. as you enjoyed me for your Lord, and that I enjoyed
you for my subjects, you wanted for nothing of all the
delights of the earth that I your Lord and Prince
could get for you, or that I could invent to make you
bonny and blithe withal. Consider, you never had so
many hard, dark, troublesome and heart-afflicting
hours, while you were mine, as you have had since you
revolted from me; nor shall you ever have peace
again, till you and I become one as before. But be
Mansoul? but prevailed with to embrace me again, and I will
grant, yea, enlarge your old Charter with abundance of
priviledges; so that your licence and liberty shall be
to take, hold, enjoy, and make your own all that is
pleasant from the East to the West. Nor shall any
of those incivilities wherewith you have offended me,
be ever charged upon you by me, so long as the Sun
sins. and Moon endureth. Nor shall any of those dear
friends of mine, that now, for the fear of you, lie
lurking in dens, and holes, and caves in Mansoul, be
hurtful to you any more, yea, they shall be your
The pleasure servants, and shall minister unto you of their sub
°J""' stance, and of whatever shall come to hand. I need
speak no more, you know them, and have sometimes
since been much delighted in their company, why then
should we abide at such odds 1 let us renew our old No, no, no,
acquaintance and friendship again. pain of
'Bear with your friend, I take the liberty at this damnation. time to speak thus freely unto you. The love that I have to you presses me to do it, as also does the zeal of my heart for my friends with you; put me not therefore to further trouble, nor yourselves to further fears and frights. Have you I will in a way of peace or war; nor do you flatter yourselves with the power and force of your Captains, or that your Emanuel will shortly come in to your help; for such strength will do you no pleasure.
'1 am come against you with a stout and valiant army, and all the chief princes of the den, are even at the head of it. Besides, my Captains are swifter than Eagles, stronger than Lions, and more greedy of prey than are the evening-wolves. What is Og of Bashan? what,s Goliah of Gath? and what,s an hundred more of them to one of the least of my Captains 1 how then shall Mansoul think to escape my hand and force ?,
Diabolus having thus ended his flattering, fawning, deceitful and lying speech to the famous Town of Mansoul, the Lord Mayor replied upon him as follows:
'O Diabolus, Prince of darkness, and master of all The Lord deceit; thy lying flatteries we have had and made answer. sufficient probation of, and have tasted too deeply of that destructive cup already; should we therefore again hearken unto thee, and so break the Commandments of our great Shaddai to join in affinity with thee^ Would not our Prince reject us, and cast us off for ever; and being cast off by him, can the place that he
has prepared for thee, be a place of rest for us? Besides, O thou that art empty and void of all truth, we are rather ready to die by thy hand, than to fall in with thy flattering and lying deceits.,
When the Tyrant saw that there was little to be got by parleying with my Lord Mayor, he fell into a Hellish rage, and resolved that again with his army of Doubters, he would another time assault the Town of Mansoul.
So he called for his Drummer, who beat up for his men, (and while he did beat, Mansoul did shake) to be in a readiness to give battle to the Corporation. Then Diabolus drew near with his army, and thus disposed of his men. Captain Cruel, and Captain Torment,
Feel-gate, these he drew up and placed against Feel-gate, and commanded them to sit down there for the war. And he also appointed, that if need were, Captain No-ease
Nose-gate, should come in to their relief. At Nose-gate he placed the Captain Brimstone, and Captain Sepulchre, and bid them look well to their Ward on that side of the
Eye-gate. Town of Mansoul. But at Eye-gate he placed that grim-faced one, the Captain Past-hope, and there also now he did set up his terrible standard.
Now Captain Insatiable he was to look to the Carriages of Diabolus, and was also appointed to take into custody, that, or those persons and things that should at any time as prey be taken from the enemy.
Mouth-gate. Now Mouth-gate the inhabitants of Mansoul kept for a Sally-port, wherefore that they kept strong, for that was it, by, and out of which the Townsfolk did send their Petitions to Emanuel their Prince, that also was the Gate, from the top of which the Captains did
play their slings at the enemies, for that Gate stood TM«°f
r" 0 , Mouth-gate.
somewhat ascending, so that the placing of them there, and the letting of them fly from that place did much execution against the Tyrant,s army; wherefore for these causes with others, Diabolus sought, if possible, to land up Mouth-gate with dirt.
Now as Diabolus was busy and industrious in preparing to make his assault upon the Town of Mansoul without, so the Captains and Souldiers in the Corporation were as busy in preparing within; they mounted their Slings, they set up their Banners, they sounded their Trumpets, and put themselves in such order as was judged most for the annoyance of the enemy, and for the advantage of Mansoul, and gave to their Souldiers orders to be ready at the sound of the Trumpet for war. The Lord Willbewill also, he took the The Lord
, .. Willbewill
charge of watching against the Kebels within, and to plays me do what he could to take them while without, or to stifle them within their caves, dens, and holes in the Town-wall of Mansoul. And to speak the truth of him, ever since he took penance for his fault, he has showed as much honesty and bravery of spirit as any he in Mansoul; for he took one Jolly, and his brother Jolly and
Griggish, the two sons of his servant Harmless-mirth taken and
(for to that day, though the Father was committed to Ward, the sons had a dwelling in the house of my Lord) I say he took them, and with his own hands put them to the Cross. And this was the reason why he hanged them up; after their Father was put into the hands of Mr. True-man the Gaoler, they his sons began to play his pranks, and to be ticking and toying with the daughters of their Lord; nay, it was jealoused that they were too familiar with them, the which was brought to his Lordship,s Ear. Now his Lordship being unwilling unadvisedly to put any man to death, did not suddenly fall upon them, but set watch and spies to see if the thing was true; of the which he was soon informed, for his two servants, whose names were Find-out and Tell-all, catcht them together in uncivil manner more than once or twice, and went and told their Lord. So when my Lord Willbewill had sufficient ground to believe the thing was true, he takes the two young Diabolonians, for such they were (for their Father was a Diabolonian born) and has Ttui place 0/ them to Eye-gate, where he raised a very high Cross
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Hon. just in the face of Diabolus, and of his army, and there he hanged the young Villains in defiance to Captain Past-hope, and of the horrible standard of the Tyrant.
Mortification Now this Christian act of the brave Lord Willbewill °igno}hope did greatly abash Captain Past-hope, discourage the of ufe. army of Diabolus, put fear into the Diabolonian runagates in Mansoul, and put strength and courage into the Captains that belonged to Emanuel the Prince; for they without did gather, and that by this very Act of my Lord, that Mansoul was resolved to fight, and that the Diabolonians within the Town could not do such things as Diabolus had hopes they would. Nor was this the only proof of the brave Lord WillbewilVs honesty to the Town, nor of his loyalty to his Prince, as will afterwards appear.
Now when the children of Prudent-thrifty who dwelt with Mr. Mind, (for Thrift left children with Mr. Mind
Mr. Mind, when he was also committed to prison, and man.
their names were Gripe and Rake-all, these he begat
of Mr. Mind,s Bastard-daughter, whose name was Mrs.
Holdfast-bad) I say when his children perceived how
the Lord Willbewill had served them that dwelt with
him, what do they but (lest they should drink of the
same cup) endeavour to make their escape. But Mr.
Mind being wary of it, took them and put them in hold
in his house till morning (for this was done over night)
and remembring that by the Law of Mansoul all
Diabolonians were to die, and to be sure they were at
least by father,s side such, and some say by mother,s
side too: What does he but takes them and puts them
in chains, and carries them to the self-same place where
my Lord hanged his two before, and there he hanged
The Townsmen also took great encouragement at Mansoul set this act of Mr. Mind, and did what they could to have rSbofon** taken some more of these Diabolonian troublers of lans' Mansoul; but at that time the rest lay so quat and close that they could not be apprehended; so they set against them a diligent watch, and went every man to his place.
I told you a little before that Diabolus and his army were somewhat abasht and discouraged at the sight of what my Lord WiUbewill did, when he hanged up those two young Diabolonians; but his discouragement Diabolus.
quickly turned itself into furious madness and rage turned into against the Town of Mansoul, and fight it he would, madness. T
Also the Townsmen and Captains within, they had their hopes and their expectations heightened, believing at last the day would be theirs, so they feared them the less. Their Subordinate Preacher too made a Sermon about it, and he took that theme for his Text,
Gen. 49. 19. Gad, a troop shall overcome him, but he sMll overcome at the last. Whence he showed that though Mansoul should be sorely put to it at the first, yet the victory should most certainly be Mansoul,s at the last.
So Diabolus commanded that his Drummer should beat a Charge against the Town, and the Captains also that were in the Town sounded a Charge against them, but they had no Drum; they were Trumpets of Silver with which they sounded against them. Then they which were of the Camp of Diabolus came down to the Town to take it, and the Captains in the Castle with the
with ?ieart slingers at Mouth-gate played upon them amain. And
and mouth. .
now there was nothing heard in the C&mp of Diabolus but horrible rage and blasphemy; but in the Town good words, Prayer and singing of psalms. 'The enemy replied with horrible objections, and the terribleness of their Drum; but the Town made answer with the flapping of their slings, and the melodious noise of their Trumpets. And thus the fight lasted for several days together, only now and then they had some small intermission, in the which the Townsmen refreshed themselves, and the Captains made ready for another assault.
The Captains of Emanuel were clad in Silver armour, and the Souldiers in that which was of Proof; the Souldiers of Diabolus were clad in Iron, which was
made to give place to Emanuel,s Engine shot. In the'
Town some were hurt, and some were greatly wounded.
Now the worst on,t was, a Chirurgeon was scarce in
Mansoul, for that Emanuel at present was absent.
Rev. 22. 2,
Howbeit, with the leaves of a tree the wounded were Psaf. 38. 5." kept from dying; yet their wounds did greatly putrify, and some did grievously stink. Of the Townsmen these were wounded, to wit:
My Lord Reason, he was wounded in the head. who of Man
Another that was wounded was the brave Lord wounded. Mayor, he was wounded in the Eye.
Another that was wounded was Mr. Mind, he received his wound about the Stomach.
The honest Subordinate Preacher also he received a shot not far off the heart, but none of these were mortal.
Many also of the inferior sort were not only Hopeful wounded, but slain outright.
Now in the Camp of Diabolus were wounded and who in the slain a considerable number. For instance, DiaKus
Captain Rage he was wounded, and so was Captain wounded mid
n , slain.
Captain Damnation was made to retreat, and to intrench himself further off of Mansoul; the standard also of Diabolus was beaten down, and his standard-bearer Captain Much-hurt had his brains beat out with a sling-stone, to the no little grief and shame of his Prince Diabolus.
Many also of the Doubters were slain outright, though enough of them are left alive to make Mansoul shake and totter. Now the Victory that day being The Victory turned to Mansoul, did put great valour into the
did titrji that -.^ . * T'i Ta • 7 7 »
day to Man- Townsmen and Captains, and did cover Viabolus s
,' camp with a cloud, but withal it made them far more furious. So the next day Mansoul rested, and commanded that the Bells should be rung; the Trumpets also joyfully sounded, and the Captains shouted round the Town.
My Lord My Lord Willbewill also was not idle, but did taketh one notable service within against the Domesticks, or the and oae°g' Diabolonians that were in the Town, not only by aiSrom-0'' keeping of them in awe, for he lighted on one at last Inward?TM whose name was Mr. Anything, a fellow of whom mention was made before; for ,twas he, if you remember, that brought the three fellows to Diabolus, whom the Diabolonians took out of Captain Boanerges, Companies; and that perswaded them to list themselves under the Tyrant, to fight against the army oiShaddai. My Lord Willbewill did also take a notable Diabolonian whose name was Loose-foot; this Loose-foot was a scout to the vagabonds in Mansoul, and that did use to carry tidings out of Mansoul to the camp, and out of the camp to those of the enemies in Mansoul. Both these my Lord sent away safe to Mr. Trueman the Gaoler, with a commandment to keep them in irons; for he intended then to have them out to be crucified, when ,twould be for the best to the Corporation, and most for the discouragement of the camp of the enemies.
My Lord Mayor also, though he could not stir about so much as formerly, because of the wound that he lately received, yet gave he out orders to all that were the Natives of Mansoul, to look to their watch, and
V stand upon their guard, and as occasion should offer The captains
consult to fall
to prove themselves men. upon the
Mr. Conscience the Preacher, he also did his utmost to keep all his good documents alive upon the hearts of the people of Mansoul.
Well, a while after the Captains and stout ones of the Town of Mansoul agreed, and resolved upon a time to make a sally out upon the Camp of Diabolus, and this must be done in the night, and there was the folly of Mansoul (for the night is always the best for the enemy, but the worst for Mansoul to fight in) but yet they would do it, their courage was so high; their last victory also still stuck in their memories.
So the night appointed being come, the Prince,s brave They fight in Captains cast lots who should lead the Van in this whodoiead new and desperate Expedition against Diabolus, and against his Diabolonian army, and the lot fell to Captain Credence, to Captain Experience, and to Captain Goodhope to lead the Forlorn-hope. (This Captain Experience the Prince created such when himself did reside in the Town of Mansoul;) so as I said, they made their Sally out upon the army that lay in the siege against them; and their hap was to fall in with the main body of their enemies. Now How they fail Diabolus and his men being expertly accustomed to night-work, took the alarm presently, and were as ready to give them battle, as if they had sent them word of their coming. Wherefore to it they went amain, and blows were hard on every side; the Hell-drum also was beat most furiously, while the Trumpets of the
Prince most sweetly sounded. And thus the battle was joined, and Captain Insatiable looked to the enemy,s carriages, and waited when he should receive some prey.
braeelyTM Prince,s Captains fought it stoutly, beyond what
indeed could be expected they should; they wounded many; they made the whole army of Diabolus to make a retreat. But I cannot tell how, but the brave Captain Credence, Captain Goodhope, and Captain Experience, as they were upon the pursuit, cutting down, and following hard after the enemy in the Rear, Captain Captain Credence stumbled and fell, by which fall he hurt. caught so great a hurt that he could not rise till Captain Experience did help him up, at which their men were put in disorder; the Captain also was so full of pain that he could not forbear but aloud to cry The rest of out; at this the other two Captains fainted, supposing fainLVtainS that Captain Credence had received his mortal wound: Their men also were more disordered, and had no list to fight. Now Diabolus being very observing, though at this time as yet he was put to the worst, perceiving that an hault was made among the men that were the pursuers, what does he but taking it for granted that the Captains were either wounded or dead, he Diabolus therefore makes at first a stand, then faces about, and so
comes up upon the Prince,s army with as much of his fury as Hell could help, him to, and his hap was to fall in just among the three Captains, Captain Credence, Captain Goodhope, and Captain Experience, and did cut, wound and pierce them so dreadfully, that what through discouragement, what through disorder, and what through the wounds that now they had received, The Prince's
and also the loss of much blood, they scarce were able,J1>rMS }xat'n^
though they had for their power the three best bands
in Mansoul, to get safe into the hold again.
Now when the body of the Prince,s army saw how Satan sometimes makes
these three Captains were put to the worst, they saints eat^ thought it their wisdom to make as safe and good a retreat as they could, and so- return by the Sally-port again, and so there was an end of this present action. But Diabolus was so flusht with this night,s work, Diabolus that he promised himself in few days, an easy and ht compleat conquest over the Town of Mansoul; wherefore, on the day following, he comes up to the sides thereof with great boldness, and demands entrance, He demands
. the Town.
and that forthwith they deliver themselves up to his Government. (The Diabolonians too that were with him, they began to be somewhat brisk, as we shall shew afterward.)
But the valiant- Lord Mayor replied, That what he The Lord
got, he must get by force, for as long as Emanuel answer.
their Prince was alive (though he at present was not
so with them as they wisht) they should never consent
to yield Mansoul up to another.
And with that the Lord Willbewill stood up, and said, 'Diabolus, thou master of the den, and enemy to Bmvf Vrm
, , , "bewill'a
all that is good; we poor inhabitants of the Town of speech.
Mansoul, are too well acquainted with thy rule and
government, and with the end of those things that for
certain will follow submitting to thee, to do it.
Wherefore though while we were without knowledge
we suffered thee to take us (as the bird that saw not
the snare, fell into the hands of the fowler) yet since we have been turned from darkness to light, we have also been turned from the power of Satan to God. And though through thy subtilty, and also the subtilty of the Diabolonians within, we have sustained much loss, and also plunged ourselves into much perplexity, yet give up ourselves, lay down our arms, and yield to so horrid a Tyrant as thou we shall not; die upon the place we chuse rather to do. Besides, we have hopes that in time deliverance will come from Court unto us, and therefore we yet will maintain a war against thee.,
The Captains This brave Speech of the Lord Willbeteill, with encouraged. also of the Lord Mayor, did somewhat abate the boldness of Diabolus, though it kindled the fury of his rage. It also succoured the Townsmen and Captains; yea, it was as a plaister to the brave Captain Credence his wound; for you must know that a brave speech now, when the Captains of the Town with their men of war came home routed, and when the enemy took courage and boldness at the success that he had obtained to draw up to the walls, and demand entrance, as he did, was in season, and also advantageous.
The Lord Willbewill also did play the man within, for while the Captains and Souldiers were in the field, he was in arms in the Town, and wherever by him there was a Diabolonian found, they were forced to feel the weight of his heavy hand, and also the edge of his penetrating sword; many therefore of the Diabolonians he wounded, as the Lord Cavil, the Lord Brisk, the Lord Pragmatick, and the Lord Murmur; several also of the meaner sort he did
sorely maim; though there cannot at this time an
account be given you of any that he slew outright.
The cause, or rather the advantage that my Lord
Willbewill had at this time to do thus, was for that
the Captains were gone out to fight the enemy in the
field. 'For now,, thought the Diabolonians within, 'is
our time to stir and make an uproar in the Town;,
what do they therefore, but quickly get themselves
into a body, and fall forthwith to hurricaning in
Mansoul, as if now nothing but whirlwind and
tempest should be there; wherefore as I said, he takes
this opportunity to fall in among them with his men, Ga^mtry!8
cutting and slashing with courage that was undaunted;
at which the Diabolonians with all haste dispersed
themselves to their holes, and my Lord to his place as
This brave act of my Lord did somewhat revenge the wrong done by Diabolus to the Captains, and also did let them know that Mansoul was not to be parted with for the loss of a victory or two: wherefore the Nothing Uke
faith to crush
wing of the Tyrant was dipt again, as to boasting, I Diabolus. mean in comparison of what he would have done, if the Diabolonians had put the Town to the same plight, to which he had put the Captains.
Well, Diabolus yet resolves to have the other bout with Mansoul; 'for,, thought he, 'since I beat them once, I may beat them twice:, wherefore he commanded his men to be ready at such an hour of the night to make a fresh assault upon the Town, and he gave it out in special, that they should bend all their force He tries what against Feel-gate, and attempt to break into the Town
he can do _
upon the through that. The word that then he did give to his feeling of the Officers and Souldiers was Hell-fire; 'And,, said he, 'if we break in upon them, as I wish we do, either with some, or with all our force, let them that break in look to it, that they forget not the word. And let nothing be heard in the Town of Mansoul but Hellfire, Hell-fire, Hell-fire., The Drummer was also to beat without ceasing, and the Standard-bearers were to display their Colours; the Souldiers too were to put on what courage they could, and to see that they played manfully their parts against the Town.
So the night was come, and all things by the Tyrant made ready for the work; he suddenly makes his assault upon Feel-gate, and after he had a while struggled there, he throws the Gates wide open. For the truth is, those Gates were but weak, and so most easily made to yield. When Diabolus had thus far made his attempt, he placed his Captains, to wit, Torment and No-ease there ; so he attempted to press forward, but the Prince,s Captains came down upon him, and made his entrance more difficult than he desired. And to speak truth, they made what resistance they could; but the three of their best and most valiant Captains being wounded, and by their wounds made much incapable of doing the Town that service they would (and all the rest having more than their hands full of the Doubters, and their Captains that did follow Diabolus,) they were overpowered with force, nor could they keep them out of the Town. Wherefore the Prince,s men and their Captains betook
When these three Captains are disabled, what can the rest do for the Town of Mansoul?