he had to de liver to the Tanrous town

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, if the town of Mansoul shall hear, to receive it so;? and if not, you must take what follows.' forthwith to mercy, but if not, to force a subjec

Then said the Lord Will-be-will, ‘I will carry tion. So the day being come, the trumpeters Will-be-will. thy words to my lord, and will know sounded, and that throughout the whole camp,

what he will say.”2 But the trumpeter that the men of war might be in a readiness for The trumpeter.

soon replied, saying, 'Our message is that which then should be the work of the day. not to the giant Diabolus, but to the miserable But when they that were in the town of Mansoul town of Mansoul. Nor shall we at all regard what heard the sound of the trumpets throughout the answer by him is made, nor yet by any for him. camp of Shaddai, and thinking no other but that We are sent to this town to recover it from under it must be in order to storming the corporation, his cruel tyranny, and to persuade it to submit, as they at first were put to great consternation of in former tiines it did, to the most excellent King spirit; but after they were a little settled again, Shaddai.'

they also made what preparation they could for a Then said the Lord Will-be-will, ‘I will do your war, if they did storm, else to secure themselves. Will-be-will.

errand to the town.' The trumpeter Well, when the utmost time was come, Boan

then replied, “Sir, do not deccive us, erges was resolved to hear their answer; whereThe trumpeter. lest in so doing, you deceive yourselves fore he sent out his trumpeter again, to summons much more.' He added, moreover, . For we are Mansoul to a hearing of the message that they resolved, if in peaceable manner you do not sub- had brought from Shaddai. So he went and mit yourselves, then to make a war upon you, and sounded, and the townsmen came up, but made to bring you under by force. And of the truth Eargate as sure as they could. Zec. vii. 11. Now of what I now say, this shall be a sign unto you: when they were come up to the top of the wall, you shall see the black flag, with its hot-burning Captain Boanerges desired to see the

Boanerges retlıunder-bolts, set upon the mount tomorrow, as a Lord Mayor, but my Lord Incredulity fuses to make

Incredulity a token of defiance against your prince, and of our was then Lord Mayor, for he came in judge of what resolutions to reduce you to your Lord and rightful the room of my Lord Lustings. So King.'

Incredulity he came up and showed

of Mansouie So the said Lord Will-be-will returned from off | himself over the wall; but when the The trumpeter

the wall, and the trumpeter came into Captain Boanerges had set his eyes upon him, he returns is the the camp. When the trumpeter was cried out aloud, * This is not he, where is my

Loru come into the camp, the captains and Understanding, the ancient Lord Mayor of the officers of the mighty King Shaddai came together town of Mansoul, for to him I would deliver my to know if he had obtained a hearing, and what message ?' was the effect of his errand. So the trumpeter Then said the giant-for Diabolus was also told, saying, When I had sounded my trumpet, come down—to the captain, “Mr. Captain, you and had called aloud to the town for a hearing, have by your boldness given to Mansoul, at least, my Lord Will-be-will, the governor of the town, four summons to subject herself to your King, by and he that hath charge of the gates, came up, whose authority I know not, nor will I dispute when he heard me sound, and looking over the that now; I ask, therefore, what is the reason of wall, he asked me what I was, whence I came, all this ado, or what would

be at, if


knew and what was the cause of my making this noise ? yourselves ?' So I told him my errand, and by whose authority Then Captain Boanerges, whose was the black 1 brought it. Then, said he, I will tell it to the colours, and whose escutcheon was the

tains a hearing governor and to Mansoul; and then I returned to three burning thunder-bolts, taking no my Lords.'

notice of the giant or of his speech, thus addressed Then said the brave Boanerges, 'Let us yet for himself to the town of Mansoul: • Be

llis specch. a while lie still in our trenches, and see what these it known unto you, O unhappy and re

rebels will do.' Now when the time bellious Mansoul, that the most gracious King, Carnal wake a wrong drew nigh that audience by Mansoul the great King Shaddai, my master, hath sent me of the design must be given to the brave Boanerges unto you with commission, and so he showed to

istrug uspel and his companions, it was commanded the town his broad seal, 'to reduce you to his ministry.

that all the men of war, throughout the whole camp of Shaddai, should as one man

'led captive by him at his will,' and not daring to listeu to

God without his (the devil's] leave.-(Burder.) 1'So;' let it be so; let it be in that manner. • There is 3 The trumpeters are the ministers of the everlasting gospel Percy; if your father will do me any honour, so ; if not, let of peace; they proclaim the glad tidings of salvation through him kill the next Percy himself.'--Shak.; Imp. Dic.-(ED.) the blood-shedding and finished work of the Son of God.

2 How wretchedly are poor sinucrs enslaved to the devil, I (ason.) VOL. 111.



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obedience. And he hath commanded me, in case the red colours, and for an escutcheon he had the you yield upon my summons, to carry it to you as burning fiery furnace, and he said, “O

Captain Judg. if you were my friends, or brother; but he also ye, the inhabitants of the town of Man- ment, his speech hath bid, that if after summons to submit, you soul, that have lived so long in rebelstill stand out and rebel, we should endeavour to lion and acts of treason against the King Shaddai; take

know that we come not to-day to this place, in Then stood forth Captain Conviction, and said this manner, with our message of our own minds,

-his was the pale colours, and for an The speech of

or to revenge our own quarrel; it is the King, my Captain Con- escutcheon, he had the book of the master, that hath sent us to reduce you to your

law wide open [from whence issued a obedience to him, the which if you refuse in a flame of fire]—Hear, O Mansoul ! Thou, o peaceable way to yield, we have commission to Mansoul, wast once famous for innocency, but now compel you thereto. And never think of yourthou art degenerated into lies and deceit. Ro. iii. 3, selves, nor yet suffer the tyrant Diabolus to per10–23; xvi. 17, 18. Thou hast heard what my brother suade you to think, that our King, by his power, the Captain Boanerges hath said; and it is your is not able to bring you down, and to lay you wisdom, and will be your happiness, to stoop to, under his feet; for he is the former of all things, and accept of, conditions of peace and mercy when and if he touches the mountains, they smoke. offered; especially when offered by one against Nor will the gate of the King's clemency stand whom thou hast rebelled, and one who is of power always open ; for the day that shall burn like an to tear thee in pieces, for so is Shaddai our King; oven is before him, yea, it hasteth greatly, it slumnor, when he is angry, can anything stand before bereth not. Mal. iv. 1. 2 Pe. ii. 3. him. Ps. 1. 21, 22. If you say you have not sinned, O Mansoul ! Is it little in thine


that nor acted rebellion against our King, the whole of our King doth offer thee mercy, and that, after so your doings, since the day that you cast off his many provocations ? Yea, he still holdeth out his service—and there was the beginning of your sin- golden sceptre to thee, and will not yet suffer his will sufficiently testify against you. What else gate to be shut against thee.

Wilt thou provoke means your hearkening to the tyrant, and your him to do it? If so, consider of what I say :receiving him for your king ? What means else To thee it is opened no more for ever. Job xxxvi. 14. your rejecting of the laws of Shaddai, and your If thou sayest thou shalt not see him, yet judgment obeying of Diabolus ? Yea, what means this your is before himn; therefore trust thou in hiin. Yea, taking up of arms against, and the shutting of " because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee your gates upon us, the faithful servants of your away with his stroke; then a great ransom cannot King? Be ruled then, and accept of my brother's deliver thee.” Will he esteem thy riches ? invitation, and overstand not the time of mercy, No; not gold, nor all the forces of strength. “He but agree with thine adversary quickly. Lu. xii. 58, 59. hath prepared his throne for judgment." Ps. ix. 7. Ah, Mansoul, suffer not thyself to be kept from For “ he will come with fire, and with his chariots mercy, and to be run into a thousand miseries, by like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, the lattering wiles of Diabolus. Perhaps that and his rebuke with flames of fire.” Is. lxvi. 15. piece of deceit may attempt to make you believe Therefore, O Mansoul, take heed, lest after thou that we seek our own profit in this our service ;' hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked, justice but know, it is obedience to our King, and love to and judgment should take hold of thee.' your happiness, that is the cause of this under- Now, while the Captain Judgment was making taking of ours.

of this oration to the town of Mansoul, it was ob• Again, I say to thee, 0 Mansoul, consider if it served by some that Diabolus trembled.” But he be not amazing grace that Shaddai should so proceeded in his parable, and said, “O thou woful humble himself as he doth. Now, he by us reasons town of Mansoul ! wilt thou not yet set open thy 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. those that would rejoice to see thee live ?

“ Can Ilas he that need of you, that we are sure you thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong, have of him ? No, no; but he is merciful, and in the days that he shall deal” in judgment " with will not that Mansoul should die, but turn to him thee?” Eze. xxii. 14. I say, canst thou endure to and live.' 2 Co. v. 18–21.

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, con1 Godly ministers cannot be too careful in their conduct to sider.' guard against the appearance of preferring the fleece to the flock. The worldling has, alas, continual proofs that many ? “The devils believe and tremble;' so when Paul reasoned are influenced by their own profit instead of love to immortal of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix souls.-(ED.)

trembled. Alas! many tremble who never turu.—(Burder.)

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Then stood forth the fourth captain, the noble | thereof did beat against Eargate, though the

Captain Execution, and said: “O town force thereof could not break it open. In fine, the The speech of Captain Exe- of Mansoul! once famous, but now town desired a time to prepare their

Mansoul desires 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 sball 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 whit confruit, is hewn down, and cast into the fire." Mat. iii. 7-10. him to them over the wall of Mansoul, ditions the cap.

• Thou, 0 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 tly 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 So Incredulity, at Diabolus's command, began commission to lay my axe at, as well as to thy and said: 'Gentlemen, you have here,

His speech. roots, nor will anything but yielding to our King as we do behold, to the disturbance of prevent doing of execution. What art thou fit our prince, and the molestation of the town of for, 0 Mansoul, if mercy preventeth not, but to be Mansoul, camped against it: but from whence you hewn down, and cast into the fire and burned ? come we will not know, and what you are we will

O Mansoul! patience and forbearance do not not believe. Indeed, you tell us in your terrible act for ever; a year or two, or three, they may; speech that you have this authority from Shaddai; but if thou provoke by a three years' rebellion — but by what right he commands you to do it, of and thou hast already done more than this—then that we shall yet be ignorant. You have also, by what follows but cut it down? Nay, “after that the authority aforesaid, summoned this town to thou shalt cut it down." 11. xiii. 9. And dost thou desert her lord; and for protection, to yield up think that these are but threatenings, or that our herself to the great Shaddai, your King; flatterKing has not power to execute his words ? 0ingly telling her, that if she will do it, he will pass Mansoul! thou wilt find that in the words of our by, and not charge her with her past offences. King, when they are by sinners made little or light Further, you have also, to the terror of the town of, there is not only threatening, but burning coals of Mansoul, threatened, with great and sore deof fire. Thou hast been a cumber-ground I long structions, to punish this corporation, if she conalready, and wilt thou continue so still ? Thy sin sents not to do as your wills would have her. has brought this army to thy walls, and shall it • Now, captains, from whencesoever you come, bring it in judgment to do execution into thy town? and though your designs be never so right, yet Thou hast heard what the captains have said, but know ye, that neither my lord Diabolus, nor I his as yet thou shuttest thy gates; speak out, Mansoul, servant Incredulity, nor yet our brave Mansoul, wilt thou do so still, or wilt thou accept of con- doth regard either your persons, message, or the ditions of peace ?'?

King that you say hath sent you: his power,

his These brave speeches of these four noble captains greatness, his vengeance, we fear not; nor will we the town of Mansoul refused to hear, yet a sound yield at all to your summons.


1 'Cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground ?' Lu. xiii. 7. ? There is much energy in this speech; pungent addresses 'A cumber-ground professor is not only a provocation to God, to the conscience are often blessed of God to the conversion of a stumbling-block to the world, and a blemish to religion, but souls. O sinnerl consult not flesh and blood—throw over that a snare to his own soul also.'- Bunyan's Barren Fig Tree, old Illpause; nor let procrastination or 'a more convenient Preface.-(Ed.)

season' destroy thy soul.–(ED.)

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• 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 defance 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 cially might the better be looked to—for that was together in tumultuous manner, and are ranging the gate in at which the King's forces sought from place to place to see if, through the flatteries most to enter—the Lord Will-be-will made one old you are skilled to make on the one side, and threats Mr. Prejudice, an angry and ill-conditioned fellow, wherewith you think to fright on the other, to captain of the ward at that gate, and make some silly town, city, or country, to desert put under his power sixty men, called deaf men set to their place and leave it to you; but Mansoul is Deafmen ;

men advantageous for keep Eargate. none of them. To conclude, we dread you not, we that service, forasmuch as they mattered no words fear you not, nor will we obey your summons: our of the captains, nor of their soldiers.* gates we keep shut upon you, our place we will keep you out of; nor will we long thus suffer you to

[CHAPTER V.] sit down before us. Our people must live in quiet; your appearance doth disturb them (Lu. xi. 21.); [CONTENTS:—The captains resolve to give them battle-The

wherefore arise with bag and baggage, and town resolutely resists, and the captains retire to winter Flesh.

begone, or we will let fly from the walls quarters— Tradition, Human-wisdom, and Man's-invenagainst you.

tion enlist under Boanerges, but are taken prisovers, and

carried to Diabolus; they are admitted soldiers for him, This oration, made by old Incredulity, was

under Captain Anything—Hostilities are renewed, and seconded by desperate Will-be-will, in words to the town much molested - A famine and mutiny in Man

this effect: ‘Gentlemen, we have heard soul—The town sounds a parley-Propositions made and The speech of the Lord Will your demands, and the noise of your rejected - Understanding and Conscience quarrel with threats, and have heard the sound of Incredulity-A skirmish ensues, and mischief is done on

both sides.] your summons, but we fear not your force; we regard not your threats, but will still abide as you Now, when the captains saw the answer of the found us. And we command you, that in three great ones, and that they could not

The captains re. days' time you cease to appear in these parts, or get a hearing from the old natives of solved to give you shall know what it is once to dare offer to the town, and that Mansoul was rerouse the lion Diabolus, when asleep in his town solved to give the King's army battle, they preof Mansoul.'

pared themselves to receive them, and to try it out The Recorder, whose name was Forget-good, he by the power of the arm. And first, they made

also added as followeth : Gentlemen, their force more formidable against Eargate; for The speech of Forget-good the my Lords, as you see, have, with they knew that unless they could penetrate that, Recorder.

mild and gentle words, answered your no good could be done upon the town. This done, rough and angry speeches ; they have, moreover, they put the rest of their men in their places; in my hearing, given you leave quietly to depart after which they gave out the word, which was, as you came. Wherefore, take their kindness, and · YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN.'5 Then

The battle begun. begone. We might have come out with force upon they sounded the trumpet; then they you, and have caused you to feel the dint of our in the town made them answer, with shout against swords; but as we love ease and quiet ourselves, shout, charge against charge, and so the battle so we love not to hurt or molest others.

began. Now they in the town had planted upon the Then did the town of Mansoul shout for joy; as tower over Eargate, two great guns, Two

guns planted The town re- if, by Diabolus and his crew, some the one called Highmind, and the upon Largate. stand the cap- great advantage had been gotten of other Heady. Unto these two guns they trusted the captains. They also rang the

them battle.


* How often do poor mistaken sinners rejoice in their sins 1 Thus reasons the flesh-We will not know; we will not and misery--glorying in their shame. Small cause for joy believe; we will not submit; we must not be disturbed; there have they who reject the counsel of God against themselves. fore begone ye faithful teachers, or we will persecute you.— Miscrable is the state of that man whose ears are shut against (Burder.)

the gospel of salvation ; who is deaf to all the calls of God.? If the Holy Spirit would let sinners sleep on, all mankind (Burder.) would lie in carnal security until plunged into destruction and As our Lord began with Nicodemus, so it behoves his perdition. 'Go into the highways and compel them to come in,' followers to commence with siuners. How startling the cry, is the command of Divine mercy and irresistible grace.—(Ed.) Ye must be born again, or perish everlastingly. *If thou hast

3 How admirably is that great enemy 'Prejudice' pictured ; anything less than regeneration, believe me, thou canst never old, angry, ill-conditioned, with Meafuess under his command. see heaven. There is no hope of heaven till then, till thou art -(ED.)

born again.'—(Archbishop Usher's Sermons.)–(Ev.)




and so


much; they were cast in the castle by Diabolus's | tion. So they came up to the captains, and prof. founder, whose name was Mr. Puffup; and mis- fered their services to Shaddai. The captains chievous pieces they were. But so vigilant and then told them of their design, and bid them not watchful, when the captains saw them, were they, to be rash in their offers ; but the young men told that though sometimes their shot would go by their | them they had considered the thing before, and ears with a whiz, yet they did them no harm. that hearing they were upon their march for such By these two guns the towns-folk made no ques- a design, came hither on purpose to meet them, tion but greatly to annoy the camp of Shaddai, that they might be listed under their excellencies. and well enough to secure the gate, but they had | Then Captain Boanerges, for that they were men not much cause to boast of what execution they of courage, listed them into his company, did, as by what follows will be gathered.

away they went to the war. The famous Mansoul had also some other small Now when the war was begun, in one of the pieces in it, of the which they made use against briskest skirmishes, so it was, that a company of the camp of Shaddai.

the Lord Will-be-will's men sallied out at the They from the camp also did as stoutly, and sally-port, or postern of the town, and fell in upon with as much of that as may in truth be called the rear of Captain Boanerges's men, where these

valour, let fly as fast at the town and three fellows happened to be, so they They are taken The and power of at Eargate: for they saw that unless took them prisoners, and away they

prisoners. the Word.

they could break open Eargate, it carried them into the town; where they had not would be but in vain to batter the wall. Now the lain long in durance, but it began to be noised King's captains had brought with them several about the streets of the town what three notable slings, and two or three battering-rams; with their prisoners the Lord Will-be-will's men had taken, slings, therefore, they battered the houses and and brought in prisoners out of the camp of Shadpeople of the town, and with their rams they sought dai. At length tidings thereof were carried to to break Eargate open.

Diabolus to the castle, to wit, what my Lord WillThe

camp and the town had several skirmishes, be-will's men had done, and whom they had taken and brisk encounters, while the captains, with their prisoners. engines, made many brave attempts to break open, Then Diabolus called for Will-be-will, to know or beat down, the tower that was over Eargate, the certainty of this matter. So he asked him, and at the said gate to make their entrance. But and he told him; then did the giant

They are brought Mansoul stood it out so lustily, through the rage send for the prisoners, who, when before Diabolus,

of Diabolus, the valour of the Lord they were come, demanded of them stands out, and Will-be-will, and the conduct of old who they were, whence they came, turn to their Incredulity, the Mayor, and Mr. For- and what they did in the camp of Shaddai; and winter quarters.

get-good, the Recorder, that the they told him. Then he sent them to ward again. charge and

expense of that summer's wars, on the Not many days after, he sent for them to him King's side, seemed to be almost quite lost; and again, and then asked them if they would be willing the advantage to return to Mansoul. But when to serve him against their former captains. They the captains saw how it was, they made a fair then told him that they did not so much live by retreat, and intrenched themselves in their winter religion, as by the fates of fortune; and that since quarters. Now in this war, you must needs think his lordship was willing to entertain them, they there was much loss on both sides, of which be should be willing to serve him. Now while things pleased to accept of this brief account follow- were thus in hand, there was

Anything. ing:

Captain Anything, a great doer in the The King's captains, when they marched from town of Mansoul, and to this Captain Anything An account of

the court to come up against Mansoul did Diabolus send these men, with a note under this war, with to war, as they came crossing over his hand to receive them into his com- He the loss on both the country, they happened to light pany; the contents of which letter sides.

Anything, with upon three young fellows that had a were thus:

a letter. mind to go for soldiers ; proper men they were, Anything, my darling, the three men that are and men of courage and skill, to appearance. the bearers of this letter have a desire to serve me Three new sol. Their names were Mr. Tradition, Mr. in the war, nor know I better to whose conduct Human-wisdom, and Mr. Man's-inven- to commit them than to thine; receive them, there

The town stoutly

content to fight under his banner.



therefore sends them to


fore, in my name, and, as need shall require, make * Pride and vain conceit puff up multitudes in every class of society. My soul, art thou thus puffed up, or hast thou fallen 2 The opposition of a raging devil and inbred lusts would into the arms of Divine mercy? Almighty grace can bring the lead the most able ministers to despair of success, but for the mountain low, and cxalt the valley. A learned persecuting promise, 'I am with you always;' and 'All that the Father Saul may become a chosen vessel.-(Ed.)

giveth me shall come to me.'-(Moson.)


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