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sage to this town, and to thee as a member thereof; | stand to their arms, and make themselves ready, the which, if you of Mansoul shall peaceably hear, so; and if not, you must take what follows.' Then said the Lord Will-be-will, I will carry Will-be-will. thy words to my lord, and will know what he will say." But the trumpeter The trumpeter. soon replied, saying, 'Our message is not to the giant Diabolus, but to the miserable town of Mansoul. Nor shall we at all regard what answer by him is made, nor yet by any for him. We are sent to this town to recover it from under his cruel tyranny, and to persuade it to submit, as in former times it did, to the most excellent King Shaddai.'

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Then said the Lord Will-be-will, 'I will do your errand to the town.' The trumpeter then replied, Sir, do not deceive us, The trumpeter. lest in so doing, you deceive yourselves much more.' He added, moreover, For we are resolved, if in peaceable manner you do not submit yourselves, then to make a war upon you, and to bring you under by force. And of the truth of what I now say, this shall be a sign unto you: you shall see the black flag, with its hot-burning thunder-bolts, set upon the mount to-morrow, as a token of defiance against your prince, and of our resolutions to reduce you to your Lord and rightful King.'

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So the said Lord Will-be-will returned from off the wall, and the trumpeter came into The trumpeter returns to the the camp. When the trumpeter was come into the camp, the captains and officers of the mighty King Shaddai came together to know if he had obtained a hearing, and what was the effect of his errand. So the trumpeter told, saying, When I had sounded my trumpet, and had called aloud to the town for a hearing, my Lord Will-be-will, the governor of the town, and he that hath charge of the gates, came up, when he heard me sound, and looking over the wall, he asked me what I was, whence I came, and what was the cause of my making this noise? So I told him my errand, and by whose authority 1 brought it. Then, said he, I will tell it to the governor and to Mansoul; and then I returned to my Lords.'

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if the town of Mansoul shall hear, to receive it forthwith to mercy, but if not, to force a subjection. So the day being come, the trumpeters sounded, and that throughout the whole camp, that the men of war might be in a readiness for that which then should be the work of the day. But when they that were in the town of Mansoul heard the sound of the trumpets throughout the camp of Shaddai, and thinking no other but that it must be in order to storming the corporation, they at first were put to great consternation of spirit; but after they were a little settled again, they also made what preparation they could for a war, if they did storm, else to secure themselves.

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Well, when the utmost time was come, Boanerges was resolved to hear their answer; wherefore he sent out his trumpeter again, to summons Mansoul to a hearing of the message that they had brought from Shaddai. So he went and sounded, and the townsmen came up, but made Eargate as sure as they could. Zec. vii. 11. Now when they were come up to the top of the wall, Captain Boanerges desired to see the Lord Mayor, but my Lord Incredulity was then Lord Mayor, for he came in the room of my Lord Lustings. So Incredulity he came up and showed himself over the wall; but when the Captain Boanerges had set his eyes upon him, he cried out aloud, This is not he, where is my Lord Understanding, the ancient Lord Mayor of the town of Mansoul, for to him I would deliver my message?'

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

Then Captain Boanerges, whose was the black colours, and whose escutcheon was the Boanerges ol. three burning thunder-bolts, taking no tains a hearing. notice of the giant or of his speech, thus addressed himself to the town of Mansoul: Be His speech. it known unto you, O unhappy and rebellious Mansoul, that the most gracious King, the great King Shaddai, my master, hath sent me unto you with commission,' and so he showed to the town his broad seal, to reduce you to his

'led captive by him at his will,' and not daring to listen to God without his [the devil's] leave.—(Burder.)

3 The trumpeters are the ministers of the everlasting gospel of peace; they proclaim the glad tidings of salvation through the blood-shedding and finished work of the Son of God.(Mason.) 35

obedience. And he hath commanded me, in case you yield upon my summons, to carry it to you as if you were my friends, or brother; but he also hath bid, that if after summons to submit, you still stand out and rebel, we should endeavour to take you by force.'

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Then stood forth Captain Conviction, and said -his was the pale colours, and for an Captain Con- escutcheon, he had the book of the viction. law wide open [from whence issued a flame of fire] Hear, O Mansoul ! Thou, O Mansoul, wast once famous for innocency, but now thou art degenerated into lies and deceit. Ro. iii. 8, 10–23; xvi. 17, 18. Thou hast heard what my brother the Captain Boanerges hath said; and it is your wisdom, and will be your happiness, to stoop to, and accept of, conditions of peace and mercy when offered; especially when offered by one against whom thou hast rebelled, and one who is of power to tear thee in pieces, for so is Shaddai our King; nor, when he is angry, can anything stand before him. Ps. 1. 21, 22. If you say you have not sinned, nor acted rebellion against our King, the whole of your doings, since the day that you cast off his service and there was the beginning of your sinwill sufficiently testify against you. What else means your hearkening to the tyrant, and your receiving him for your king? What means else your rejecting of the laws of Shaddai, and your obeying of Diabolus? Yea, what means this your taking up of arms against, and the shutting of your gates upon us, the faithful servants of your King? Be ruled then, and accept of my brother's invitation, and overstand not the time of mercy, but agree with thine adversary quickly. Lu. xii. 58, 59. Ah, Mansoul, suffer not thyself to be kept from mercy, and to be run into a thousand miseries, by the flattering wiles of Diabolus. Perhaps that piece of deceit may attempt to make you believe that we seek our own profit in this our service;1 but know, it is obedience to our King, and love to your happiness, that is the cause of this undertaking of ours.

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the red colours, and for an escutcheon he had the burning fiery furnace, and he said, 'O Captain Judg. ye, the inhabitants of the town of Man- ment, his speech soul, that have lived so long in rebellion and acts of treason against the King Shaddai; know that we come not to-day to this place, in this manner, with our message of our own minds, or to revenge our own quarrel; it is the King, my master, that hath sent us to reduce you to your obedience to him, the which if you refuse in a peaceable way to yield, we have commission to compel you thereto. And never think of yourselves, nor yet suffer the tyrant Diabolus to persuade you to think, that our King, by his power, is not able to bring you down, and to lay you under his feet; for he is the former of all things, and if he touches the mountains, they smoke. Nor will the gate of the King's clemency stand always open; for the day that shall burn like an oven is before him, yea, it hasteth greatly, it slumbereth not. Mal. iv. 1. 2 Pe. ii. 3.

O Mansoul! Is it little in thine eyes that our King doth offer thee mercy, and that, after so many provocations? Yea, he still holdeth out his golden sceptre to thee, and will not yet suffer his gate to be shut against thee. Wilt thou provoke him to do it? If so, consider of what I say :To thee it is opened no more for ever. Job xxxvi. 14. If thou sayest thou shalt not see him, yet judgment is before him; therefore trust thou in him. Yea, "because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee away with his stroke; then a great ransom cannot deliver thee." ver. 18. Will he esteem thy riches? No; not gold, nor all the forces of strength. "He hath prepared his throne for judgment." Ps. ix. 7. For" he will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire." Is. lxvi. 15. Therefore, O Mansoul, take heed, lest after thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked, justice and judgment should take hold of thee.'

Now, while the Captain Judgment was making of this oration to the town of Mansoul, it was observed by some that Diabolus trembled." But he proceeded in his parable, and said, 'O thou woful town of Mansoul! wilt thou not yet set open thy

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'Again, I say to thee, O Mansoul, consider if it be not amazing grace that Shaddai should so humble himself as he doth. Now, he by us reasons with you, in a way of entreaty and sweet persua-gate to receive us, the deputies of thy King, and sions, that you would subject yourselves to him. Has he that need of you, that we are sure you have of him? No, no; but he is merciful, and will not that Mansoul should die, but turn to him and live.' 2 Co. v. 18–21.

those that would rejoice to see thee live? thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong, in the days that he shall deal" in judgment "with thee?" Eze. xxii. 14. I say, canst thou endure to be forced to drink, as one would drink sweet wine, Then stood forth Captain Judgment, whose was the sea of wrath that our King has prepared for Diabolus and his angels? Consider betimes, consider.'

1 Godly ministers cannot be too careful in their conduct to guard against the appearance of preferring the fleece to the flock. The worldling has, alas, continual proofs that many are influenced by their own profit instead of love to immortal souls.-(ED.)

2 The devils believe and tremble;' so when Paul reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled. Alas! many tremble who never turn.-(Burder.)

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Then stood forth the fourth captain, the noble | thereof did beat against Eargate, Captain Execution, and said: 'O town force thereof could not break it open. of Mansoul! once famous, but now town desired a time to prepare their like the fruitless bough; once the de- answer to these demands. The caplight of the high ones, but now a den for Diabolus: tains then told them, 'That if they bearken also to me, and to the words that I shall would throw out to them one Illpause, that was speak to thee in the name of the great Shaddai. in the town, that they might reward him accordBehold "the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: ing to his works, then they would give them time therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good to consider; but if they would not cast Upon what confruit, is hewn down, and cast into the fire." Mat. iii. 7-10. him to them over the wall of Mansoul, ditions the captains would give Thou, O town of Mansoul! hath hitherto been then they would give them none; for,' them time. this fruitless tree; thou bearest nought but thorns said they, we know that so long as Illpause and briars. Thy evil fruit fore-bespeaks thee not draws breath in Mansoul, all good consideration to be a good tree. Thy "grapes are grapes of will be confounded, and nothing but mischief will gall, thy clusters are bitter." De. xxxii. 32. Thou hast come thereon.' rebelled against thy King, and lo! we, the power Then Diabolus, who was there present, being and force of Shaddai, are the axe that is laid to loth to lose his Illpause, because he thy roots. What sayest thou, wilt thou turn? I was his orator, (and yet be sure he say again, tell me before the first blow is given, had, could the captains have laid their credulity wilt thou turn? Our axe must first be laid to thy fingers on him,) was resolved at this root, before it be laid at thy root; it must first be instant to give them answer by himself; but then, laid to thy root in a way of threatening, before it changing his mind, he commanded the then Lord is laid at thy root by way of execution; and be- Mayor, the Lord Incredulity, to do it, saying, tween these two is required thy repentance, and My Lord, do you give these runagates an answer; this is all the time that thou hast. What wilt and speak out, that Mansoul may hear, and underthou do? wilt thou turn, or shall I smite? If I stand you.' fetch my blow, Mansoul, down you go; for I have commission to lay my axe at, as well as to thy roots, nor will anything but yielding to our King prevent doing of execution. What art thou fit for, O Mansoul, if mercy preventeth not, but to be hewn down, and cast into the fire and burned?

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So Incredulity, at Diabolus's command, began and said: 'Gentlemen, you have here, His speech. as we do behold, to the disturbance of our prince, and the molestation of the town of Mansoul, camped against it: but from whence you come we will not know, and what you are we will not believe. Indeed, you tell us in your terrible speech that you have this authority from Shaddai;

by what right he commands you to do it, of that we shall yet be ignorant. You have also, by the authority aforesaid, summoned this town to desert her lord; and for protection, to yield up herself to the great Shaddai, your King; flatteringly telling her, that if she will do it, he will pass by, and not charge her with her past offences. Further, you have also, to the terror of the town of Mansoul, threatened, with great and sore destructions, to punish this corporation, if she consents not to do as your wills would have her.

O Mansoul! patience and forbearance do not act for ever; a year or two, or three, they may; but if thou provoke by a three years' rebellion—but and thou hast already done more than this-then what follows but cut it down? Nay, "after that thou shalt cut it down." Lu. xiii. 9. And dost thou think that these are but threatenings, or that our King has not power to execute his words? O Mansoul! thou wilt find that in the words of our King, when they are by sinners made little or light of, there is not only threatening, but burning coals of fire. Thou hast been a cumber-ground1 long already, and wilt thou continue so still? Thy sin has brought this army to thy walls, and shall it bring it in judgment to do execution into thy town? Thou hast heard what the captains have said, but as yet thou shuttest thy gates; speak out, Mansoul, wilt thou do so still, or wilt thou accept of conditions of peace?' 2

These brave speeches of these four noble captains the town of Mansoul refused to hear, yet a sound

1 'Cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?' Lu. xiii. 7. 'A cumber-ground professor is not only a provocation to God, a stumbling-block to the world, and a blemish to religion, but a snare to his own soul also.'-Bunyan's Barren Fig Tree, Preface. (ED.)

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

2 There is much energy in this speech; pungent addresses to the conscience are often blessed of God to the conversion of souls. O sinner! consult not flesh and blood-throw over that old Illpause; nor let procrastination or 'a more convenient season' destroy thy soul.-(ED.)

As for the war that you threaten to make upon | bells, and made merry, and danced upon the walls. us, we must therein defend ourselves as well as we Diabolus also returned to the castle, and the Lord can; and know ye, that we are not without where- Mayor and Recorder to their place; but the Lord withal to bid defiance to you. And, in short, for Will-be-will took special care that the gates should I will not be tedious, I tell you that we take you be secured with double guards, double bolts, and to be some vagabond runagate crew, that, having double locks and bars. And that Eargate espeshaken off all obedience to your King, have gotten together in tumultuous manner, and are ranging from place to place to see if, through the flatteries you are skilled to make on the one side, and threats wherewith you think to fright on the other, to make some silly town, city, or country, to desert their place and leave it to you; but Mansoul is none of them. To conclude, we dread you not, we fear you not, nor will we obey your summons: our gates we keep shut upon you, our place we will keep you out of; nor will we long thus suffer you to sit down before us. Our people must live in quiet; your appearance doth disturb them (La. xi. 21.); wherefore arise with bag and baggage, and

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This oration, made by old Incredulity, was seconded by desperate Will-be-will, in words to this effect: Gentlemen, we have heard The speech of the Lord Will your demands, and the noise of your threats, and have heard the sound of your summons, but we fear not your force; we regard not your threats, but will still abide as you found us. And we command you, that in three days' time you cease to appear in these parts, or you shall know what it is once to dare offer to rouse the lion Diabolus, when asleep in his town of Mansoul.'

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The Recorder, whose name was Forget-good, he also added as followeth: Gentlemen, Forget-good the my Lords, as you see, have, with Recorder. mild and gentle words, answered your rough and angry speeches; they have, moreover, in my hearing, given you leave quietly to depart as you came. Wherefore, take their kindness, and begone. We might have come out with force upon you, and have caused you to feel the dint of our swords; but as we love ease and quiet ourselves, so we love not to hurt or molest others."

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Thus reasons the flesh-We will not know; we will not believe; we will not submit; we must not be disturbed; therefore begone ye faithful teachers, or we will persecute you.(Burder.)

If the Holy Spirit would let sinners sleep on, all mankind would lie in carnal security until plunged into destruction and perdition. Go into the highways and compel them to come in,' is the command of Divine mercy and irresistible grace.—(ED.) 3 How admirably is that great enemy Prejudice' pictured; old, angry, ill-conditioned, with Deafness under his command. -(ED.)

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[CONTENTS:-The captains resolve to give them battle-The town resolutely resists, and the captains retire to winter quarters-Tradition, Human-wisdom, aud Man's-invention enlist under Boanerges, but are taken prisoners, aud carried to Diabolus; they are admitted soldiers for him, under Captain Anything-Hostilities are renewed, and the town much molested-A famine and mutiny in Mansoul-The town sounds a parley-Propositions made and rejected-Understanding and Conscience quarrel with Incredulity-A skirmish ensues, and mischief is done on both sides.]

Now, when the captains saw the answer of the great ones, and that they could not The captains reget a hearing from the old natives of solved to give them battle. the town, and that Mansoul was resolved to give the King's army battle, they prepared themselves to receive them, and to try it out by the power of the arm. And first, they made their force more formidable against Eargate; for they knew that unless they could penetrate that, no good could be done upon the town. This done, they put the rest of their men in their places; after which they gave out the word, which was, YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN.'5 Then they sounded the trumpet; then they in the town made them answer, with shout against shout, charge against charge, and so the battle began. Now they in the town had planted upon the tower over Eargate, two great guns, Two guns planted the one called Highmind, and the upon Eargate. other Heady. Unto these two guns they trusted

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How often do poor mistaken sinners rejoice in their sins and misery-glorying in their shame. Small cause for joy have they who reject the counsel of God against themselves. Miserable is the state of that man whose ears are shut against the gospel of salvation; who is deaf to all the calls of God.(Burder.)

As our Lord began with Nicodemus, so it behoves his followers to commence with sinners. How startling the cry, Ye must be born again, or perish everlastingly. If thou hast anything less than regeneration, believe me, thou canst never see heaven. There is no hope of heaven till then, till thou art born again.'-(Archbishop Usher's Sermons.)-(ED.)

So they came up to the captains, and proffered their services to Shaddai. The captains then told them of their design, and bid them not to be rash in their offers; but the young men told them they had considered the thing before, and that hearing they were upon their march for such a design, came hither on purpose to meet them, that they might be listed under their excellencies. Then Captain Boanerges, for that they were men of courage, listed them into his company, and so away they went to the war.

much; they were cast in the castle by Diabolus's | tion. founder, whose name was Mr. Puffup; and mischievous pieces they were.1 But so vigilant and watchful, when the captains saw them, were they, that though sometimes their shot would go by their ears with a whiz, yet they did them no harm. By these two guns the towns-folk made no question but greatly to annoy the camp of Shaddai, and well enough to secure the gate, but they had not much cause to boast of what execution they did, as by what follows will be gathered.

The famous Mansoul had also some other small pieces in it, of the which they made use against the camp of Shaddai.

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They from the camp also did as stoutly, and with as much of that as may in truth be called valour, let fly as fast at the town and and power of at Eargate: for they saw that unless they could break open Eargate, it would be but in vain to batter the wall. Now the King's captains had brought with them several slings, and two or three battering-rams; with their slings, therefore, they battered the houses and people of the town, and with their rams they sought to break Eargate open.

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The camp and the town had several skirmishes, and brisk encounters, while the captains, with their engines, made many brave attempts to break open, or beat down, the tower that was over Eargate, and at the said gate to make their entrance. But Mansoul stood it out so lustily, through the rage of Diabolus, the valour of the Lord stands out, and Will-be-will, and the conduct of old turn to their Incredulity, the Mayor, and Mr. Forwinter quarters. get-good, the Recorder, that the charge and expense of that summer's wars, on the King's side, seemed to be almost quite lost; and the advantage to return to Mansoul. But when the captains saw how it was, they made a fair retreat, and intrenched themselves in their winter quarters. Now in this war, you must needs think there was much loss on both sides, of which be pleased to accept of this brief account following:-2

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Now when the war was begun, in one of the briskest skirmishes, so it was, that a company of the Lord Will-be-will's men sallied out at the sally-port, or postern of the town, and fell in upon the rear of Captain Boanerges's men, where these three fellows happened to be, so they They are taken took them prisoners, and away they prisoners. carried them into the town; where they had not lain long in durance, but it began to be noised about the streets of the town what three notable prisoners the Lord Will-be-will's men had taken, and brought in prisoners out of the camp of Shaddai. At length tidings thereof were carried to Diabolus to the castle, to wit, what my Lord Willbe-will's men had done, and whom they had taken prisoners.

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Then Diabolus called for Will-be-will, to know the certainty of this matter. So he asked him, and he told him; then did the giant They are brought send for the prisoners, who, when before Diabolus, they were come, demanded of them to fight under his who they were, whence they came, and what they did in the camp of Shaddai; and they told him. Then he sent them to ward again. Not many days after, he sent for them to him again, and then asked them if they would be willing to serve him against their former captains. They then told him that they did not so much live by religion, as by the fates of fortune; and that since his lordship was willing to entertain them, they should be willing to serve him. Now while things were thus in hand, there was one Anything. Captain Anything, a great doer in the town of Mansoul, and to this Captain Anything did Diabolus send these men, with a note under his hand to receive them into his com- He pany; the contents of which letter were thus:

therefore sends them to Anything, with a letter.

Anything, my darling, the three men that are the bearers of this letter have a desire to serve me in the war, nor know I better to whose conduct to commit them than to thine; receive them, therefore, in my name, and, as need shall require, make

2 The opposition of a raging devil and inbred lusts would lead the most able ministers to despair of success, but for the promise, 'I am with you always;' and 'All that the Father giveth me SHALL come to me.'-(Meson.)

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