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use of them against Shaddai and his men. Fare- | be running round the walls of Mansoul at midnight, Anything receives

well.' So they came, and he received shouting, and lifting up the voice for the battle. them into his scr. them; and he made of two of them Sometimes, again, some of them in the town would

serjeants, but he made Mr. Man's- be wounded, and their cry and lamentable voice invention his armour-bearer. But thus much for would be heard, to the great molestation of the this, and now to return to the camp.

now languishing town of Mansoul. Yea, so disThey of the camp did also some execution upon tressed with those that laid siege against them The roof of old the town, for they did beat down the were they, that, I dare say, Diabolus their king Incredulity's house beat roof of the old Lord Mayor's house, had, in these days, his rest much broken.

and so laid him more open than he In these days, as I was informed, new thoughts, was before. They had almost, with a sling, slain and thoughts that began to run counter

Change my Lord Will-be-will outright; but he made a one to another, began to possess the thoughts in shift to recover again. But they made a notable minds of the men of the town of Manslaughter among the aldermen, for with one only soul. Some would say, “ There is no living thus;'

shot they cut off six of them; to wit, others would then reply, “This will be over shortly.'

Mr. Swearing, Mr. Whoring, Mr. Then would a third stand up and answer, ' Let us Fury, Mr. Stand-to-lies, Mr. Drunkenness, and turn to the King Shaddai, and so put an end to Mr. Cheating.”

these troubles.' And a fourth would come in with They also dismounted the two guns that stood a fear, saying, “I doubt he will not re

Conscience The two great guns upon the tower over Eargate, and ceive us. The old gentleman too, the

speaks. dismounted.

laid them flat in the dirt, I told Recorder, that was so before Diabolus took Manyou before, that the King's noble captains had soul, he also began to talk aloud; and his words drawn off to their winter quarters, and had there were now to the town of Mansoul as if they were intrenched themselves and their carriages, so as great claps of thunder. No noise now so terriblo with the best advantage to their King, and the to Mansoul as was his, with the noise of the solgreatest annoyance to the enemy, they might give diers, and shoutings of the captains. seasonable and warm alarms to the town of Man- Also, things began to grow scarce in Mansoul; soul. And this design of them did so hit, that, I now the things that her soul lusted a famine may say, they did almost what they would to the after were departing from her. Upon molestation of the corporation.

all her pleasant things there was a blast, and For now could not Mansoul sleep securely as burning instead of beauty. Wrinkles now, and Continual alarms before, nor could they now go to some shows of the shadow of death, were upon the given to Mansoul, their debaucheries with that quiet- inhabitants of Mansoul. And now, 0 how glad ness as in times past. For they had from the would Mansoul have been to have enjoyed quietcamp of Shaddai such frequent, warm, and terri- ness and satisfaction of mind, though joined with The effects of fying alarms; yea, alarms upon alarms, the meanest condition in the world !? though first at one gate, and then at another, The captains also, in the deep of this winter, mou, if'abiding. and again at all the gates at once, did send, by the mouth of Boanerges's They are sumthat they were broken as to former peace. Yea, trumpeter, a summons to Mansoul to moned again to

yield. they had their alarms so frequently, and that when yield up herself to the King, the great the nights were at longest, the weather coldest, King Shaddai. They said it once, and twice, and and so consequently the season most unseasonable; thrice; not knowing but that at sometimes there that that winter was to the town of Mansoul a might be in Mansoul some willingness to surrender winter by itself. Sometimes the trumpets would up themselves unto them, might they but have sound, and sometimes the slings would whirl the The town much stones into the town. Sometimes ten • Six aldermen, or great vices, slain ; Heady and Highmind thousand of the King's soldiers would dismounted, or pride laid in the dirt; conscience within and a

faithful ministry without, shaking Mansoul with terror upon

terror. How plainly is all this exhibited in Bunyan's startling Tradition, Human Wisdom, and Man's Invention have too experience, published in Grace Abounding. Poor soul, mercy often been enlisted into the service of religion, but they are in will prevail over all thy stubbornness.--(Ed.) their element when engaged on the contrary side. Let Diabo- 6 A famine in Mansoul; the pleasures of sin fail; the pro. lus and his Captain Anything have them, and welcome; the digal would be glad of the meanest service in his father's house; gospel of Jesus needs no such services.-(Burder.)

the dreary winter of affliction succeeds the summer of gaiety; It is curious to note the order in which open profanity | the messages of mercy are renewed, but. unbelief yet prevails. hides its ugly heads under the powerful alarms of conscience. -(Ed.) Outward reformation gives up very gross sins, but change of

i Now was I both a burden and a terror to myself, weary heart abhors them all.-- (Ed.)

of life, afraid to die; gladly would I have been anything but a Called Highmind and Heady,' founded by Mr. Puffup. man. I counted the state of a dog and toad far better than -(ED.)

mine.'-Grace Abounding, No. 104 and 149. Painful and • Under awful convictions of sin, Bunyan suffered alarms in most distressing were the feelings of Bunyan, but it was the the night.—See Grace Abounding, No. 139.—(Ev.)

bitter before the sweet, to make the sweet the sweeter.'-(ED.)




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the colour of an invitation to do it under. Yea, men then told the captains that they had heard so far as I could gather, the town had been sur- and considered their summons, and

They piropound rendered up to them before now, had it not been would come to an agreement with

agreement. for the opposition of old Incredulity, and the fickle- them, and with their King Shaddai, ness of the thoughts of my Lord Will-be-will. upon such certain terms, articles, and propositions Diabolus also began to rave, wherefore Mansoul, as, with and by the order of their Prince, they to as to yielding, was not yet all of one mind, there them were appointed to propound—to wit, they Mansoul in dis- fore, they still lay distressed under these would agree upon these grounds to be one people perplexing fears.

with them. I told


but now that they of the King's army •1. If that those of their own company, as the had this winter sent three times to Mansoul, to now Lord Mayor, and their Mr. For- Proposition the submit herself.

get-good, with their brave Lord WillFirst. The first time the trumpeter went, he went be-will, might, under Shaddai, be still the governors

with words of peace, telling of them, of the town, castle, and gates of Mansoul. 2. Prothe first sum- «That the captains, the noble captains vided that no man that now serveth Proposition the

of Shaddai, did pity and bewail the under their great giant Diabolus, be misery of the now perishing town of Mansoul; and by Shaddai cast out of house, harbour, or the was troubled to see them so much to stand in the freedom that he hath hitherto enjoyed in the famway of their own deliverance.' He said, moreover, ous town of Mansoul. 3. That it shall be granted • That the captains bid him tell them, that if now them, that they of the town of Mansoul Proposition the poor Mansoul would humble herself, and turn, her shall enjoy certain of their rights and former rebellions and most notorious treasons privileges—to wit, such as have formerly been should, by their merciful King, be forgiven them, granted them; and that they have long lived in the yea, and forgotten too.' And having bid them enjoyment of, under the reign of their king Dia• beware that they stood not in their own way, bolus, that now is, and long has been, their only that they opposed not themselves, nor made them- lord, and great defender. 4. That no Proposition the selves their own losers,' he returned again into the new law, officer, or executioner of law

fourth. camp.

or office, shall have any power over them, without Second. The second time the trumpeter went, | their own choice and consent.

he did treat them a little more roughly. *These be our propositions or conditions of peace; sccond For after sound of trumpet, he told and upon these terms,' said they, 'we will submit to

them, That their continuing in their your King." rebellion did but chafe and heat the spirit of the But when the captains had heard this weak and captains, and that they were resolved to make a feeble offer of the town of Mansoul, and their high conquest of Mansoul, or to lay their bones before and bold demands, they made to them again, by the town walls.'

their noble captain, the Captain Boanerges, this Third. He went again the third time, and dealt speech following:

with them yet more roughly; telling The contents of

.O ye inhabitants of the town of Mansoul, when the third sum- of them, • That now, since they had I heard your trumpet sound for a par- Boanerges, his

been so horribly profane, he did not ley with us, I can truly say I was know—not certainly know—whether the captains glad; but when you said you were willing to subwere inclined to mercy or judgment; only,' said mit yourselves to our King and Lord, then I was he, “they commanded me to give you a summons yet more glad. But when by your silly provisoes, to open

the gates unto them.' So he returned, and foolish cavils, you lay the stumbling-block of and went into the camp.

your iniquity before your own faces, then was my These three summons, and especially the two gladness turned into sorrows, and my hopeful belast, did so distress the town, that they presently ginnings of your return into languishing, fainting called a consultation; the result of which was this, fears. The town sounds


Lord Will-be-will should go • I count that old Illpause, the ancient enemy for a parley.

up to Eargate, and there, with sound of Mansoul, did draw up those proposals that now of trumpet, call to the captains of the camp for a you present us with as terms of an agreement, parley. Well, the Lord Will-be-will sounded upon but they deserve not to be admitted to sound in the wall, so the captains came up in their harness,the ear of any man that pretends to have service with their ten thousands at their feet. The towns- for Shaddai. We do, therefore, jointly, and that

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1' the unthought of imaginations, frights, fcars, and terrors, 3 Sinners, when alarmed by the fears of hell, are willing to that are effected by a thorough application of guilt

, yielding to become religious externally, provided they may retain their desperation.'-- Grace Abounding, No. 186.-(ED.)

lordly lusts: they are ready to assume the form of godliness, * Harness, warlike equipments, and accoutrements.-(ED.) but dislike its power.-(Burder.)




Unbelief never

with the highest disdain, refuse and reject such | Captains of Shaddai, and thus and thus said T. things as the greatest of iniquities. 2 Ti. ii. 19. The which when it was told to Diabolus, he was

• But, O Mansoul! If you will give yourselves into very glad to hear it, and said, “My Lord Mayor, our hands, or rather into the hands of our King ; my faithful Incredulity, I have proved thy fidelity and will trust him to make such terms with, and above ten times already, but never yet found theo for you, as shall seem good in his eyes—and I dare false. I do promise thee, if we rub over this brunt, say they shall be such as you shall find to be most to prefer thee to a place of honour, a place far profitable to you—then we will receive you, and be better than to be Lord Mayor of Mansoul. I will at peace


you. But if you like not to trust make thee my Universal Deputy, and thou shalt, yourselves in the arnis of Shaddai onr King, then next to me, have all nations under thy hand; yea, things are but where they were before, and we and thou shalt lay bands upon them that they may know also what we have to do.'

not resist thee, nor shall any of our vassals walk Then cried out old Incredulity, the Lord Mayor, more at liberty, but those that shall be content to

Incredu. and said, 'And who, being out of the walk in thy fetters.' lity's reply. hands of their enemies, as you see we Now came the Lord Mayor out from Diabolus, are now, will be so foolish as to put the staff out as if he had obtained a favour indeed; wherefore of their own hands, into the hand of they know not to his habitation he goes in great state, and thinks who ? I, for my part, will never yield to so unlimited to feed himself well enough with hopes, until the a proposition. Do we know the manner and tem- time came that his greatness should be enlarged. per of their King? It is said by some, that he But now, though the Lord Mayor and Diabolus will be

angry with his subjects if but the breadth did thus well agree, yet this repulse to the brave

of a hair they chance to step out of captains put Mansoul into a mutiny. For while is prontable in the way; and of others, that he re-old Incredulity went into the castle to congratulate talk, but al. ways speaks quireth of them much more than they his lord with what had passed, the old Lord Mayor mischievously,

can perform. Wherefore it seems, 0 that was so before Diabolus came to the town, to Mansoul, to be thy wisdom, to take good heed what wit, my Lord Understanding, and thou dost in this matter; for if you once yield, you the old Recorder Mr. Conscience, get- standing and give up yourselves to another, and so you are no ting intelligence of what had passed at more your own! Wherefore to give up yourselves Eargate, for you must know that they

they set to an uulimited power, is the greatest folly in the might not be suffered to be at that

hubbub. world. For now you indeed may repent; but can debate, lest they should then have never justly complain. But do you indeed know, mutinied for the captains. But, I say, they got when you are his, which of you he will kill, and intelligence what had passed there, and were much which of you he will save alive; or whether he concerned therewith, wherefore, they, getting some will not cut off every one of us, and send out of his of the town together, began to possess them with own country, another new people, and cause them the reasonableness of the noble captains' demands, to inhabit this town ???

and with the bad consequences that would follow This speech of the Lord Mayor undid all, and upon the speech of old Incredulity, the Lord Mayor This specch un. threw flat to the ground their hopes of -to wit, how little reverence he showed therein, did please the

an accord. Wherefore the captains either to the captains, or to their King; also, how

returned to their trenches, to their he implicitly charged them with unfaithfulness, and tents, and to their men, as they were; and the treachery: for what less, quoth he, could be made Mayor to the castle, and to his king.

of his words, when he said he would not yield to Now Diabolus had waited for his return, for he their proposition, and added, moreover, a supposihad heard that they had been at their points. So tion that he would destroy us when before he when he was come into the chamber of state, had sent us word that he would show us mercy.* Diabolus saluted him with • Welcome, my lord, how The multitude being now possessed with the conwent matters betwixt you to day ?' So the Lord | viction of the evil that old Incredulity had done, Incredulity, with a low congé, told him the whole began to run together by companies in A mutiny in of the matter, saying, Thus and thus said the all places, and in every corner of the




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In the uproar which soon after followed, upon Lord Under- 3 'A low congé,' a low flattering servile salutation or bow; standing's speech, we find a plain declaration of the third of thus, in the Pilgrim's Progress, when Byeends meets Hold. these terms of peace; it was, that Mansoul should still live the world and Moneylove, he made them a very low congé, in all lewdness and vanity. This occasioned Boanerges, with and they also gave him a compliment.'-(ED.) the highest disdain, to give his decided refusal, referring to 4 Unbelief slanders the gospel, as though it proclaimed nothing 2 Ti. ii. 19.-(ED.)

but wrath, whereas, while it denounces destruction to the ob? Unbelief ever suggests hard thoughts of God, and repre- stinately rebellious, it proclaims free, sovereign, boundless sents his service as an intolerable burden. This is hateful to mercy and everlasting love, through Jesus Christ, to sensible God, but pleaseth the devil.-(Burder.)

returning siuners.-- (vlason.)

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streets of Mansoul; and first they began to mutter, by your unlawful actions you have this day set to then to talk openly, and after that they run to and mutiny against us.' fro, and cried as they run, 0 the brave captains Cons. Then replied the old Recorder, whose of Shaddai ! Would we were under the government name was Mr. Conscience, and said, “Sir, you of the captains, and of Shaddai their King.'? | ought not thus to retort upon what my Lord UnWhen the Lord Mayor had intelligence that Man- derstanding hath said. It is evident enough that soul was in an uproar, down he comes to appease he hath spoken the truth, and that you are an the people, and thought to have quashed their heat enemy to Mansoul; be convinced, then, of the evil with the bigness and the show of his countenance of your saucy and malapert language, and of the But when they saw him, they came running upon grief that you have put the captains to; yea, and him, and had doubtless done him a mischief, had of the damages that you have done to Mansoul he not betaken himself to house. However, they thereby. Had you accepted of the conditions, the strongly assaulted the house where he was, to have sound of the trumpet and the alarm of war had pulled it down about his ears; but the place was now ceased about the town of Mansoul; but that too strong, so they failed of that. So he taking dreadful sound abides, and your want of wisdom some courage addressed himself, out at a window, in your speech has been the cause of it.' to the people in this manner:

INCRED. Then said old Incredulity: Sir, If I • Gentlemen, what is the reason that there is live I will do your errand to Diabolus, and there here such an uproar to day?'

you shall have an answer to your words. MeanUnd. Then answered my Lord Understanding : while we will seek the good of the town, and not Incredulity seeks

• It is even because that thou and thy ask council of you.' to quiet the peo- master have carried it not rightly, and Und. “Sir, your prince and you are both foreignple. My Lord Understanding as you should, to the captains of ers to Mansoul, and not the natives thereof. And

Shaddai; for in three things you are who can tell but that when you have brought us faulty:—First, In that you would not let Mr.Con- into greater straits, when you also shall see that science and myself be at the hearing of your dis- yourselves can be safe by no other means than by course. Secondly, In that you propounded such flight, you may leave us and shift for yourselves, terms of peace, to the captains, that by no means or set us on fire, and go away in the smoke, or by could be granted, unless they had intended that the light of our burning, and so leave us in our their Shaddai should have been only a titular ruins.' prince, and that Mansoul should still have had INCRED. “Sir, you forget that you are under a power by law, to have lived in all lewdness and governor, and that you ought to demean yourself vanity before him, and so by consequence Diabolus like a subject, and know ye, when my Lord the should still here be king in power, and the other King shall hear of this day's work, he will give only King in name. Thirdly, For that thou didst


but little thanks for your labour.' thyself, after the captains had showed us upon what Now while these gentlemen were thus in their conditions they would have received us to mercy,' chiding words, down come, from the walls and even undo all again with thy unsavoury, and un- gates of the town, the Lord Will-bescasonable, and ungodly speech.'

will, Mr. Prejudice, Old Illpause, and INCRED. When old Incredulity had heard this several of the new-made aldermen and burgesses,

the speech, he cried out, • Treason, trea- and they asked the reason of the hubbub and

son: To your arms, to your arms, 0 tumult. And with that every man began to tell ye, the trusty friends of Diabolus in Mansoul."?

his own tale, so that nothing could be heard disUND. Sir, you may put upon my words what tinctly. Then was a silence commanded, and the meaning you please, but I am sure that the cap- old fox Incredulity began to speak. “My Lord,' tains of such a high Lord as theirs is, deserves a quoth he, here are a couple of peevish gentlebetter treatment at your hands.'

men, that have, as a fruit of their bad disposiINCRED. Then said old Incredulity, 'This is but tions, and, as I fear, through the advice of one Mr. They cbide on

little better. But Sir,' quoth he, what Discontent, tumultuously gathered this company

I spake, I spake for my prince, for his against me this day; and also attempted to run government, and the quieting of the people, whom the town into acts of rebellion against our prince.'


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1 See Grace Abounding, No. 46. 'I was never out of the 3 This is the true language of antichrist to this day; when Bible, either by reading or meditation, still crying out to God, governors or laws infringe upon the rights of conscience in that I might know the truth, and way to heaven and glory.'- matters of the soul's health, and salvation; it is the Christian's (ED.)

duty to resist such wicked statutes. The answer is, 'It is the 2 This is a blessed mutiny; unbelief is opposed and the law, and whether right or wrong, if it even lead your souls to hope of pardoning inercy cherished, then as the margin says, perdition, you must obey; "demean yourself like a subject.'Sin and the soul are at odds.'—(Burder.)

- (ED.) VOL. III.



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call a coun and consult what to do.

Then stood up all the Diabolonians that were A great confu- present, and affirmed these things to

[CHAPTER VI.] be true.

[CONTENTS:-Lord Understanding and Mr. Conscience impri. Now when they that took part with my


soned as authors of the disturbance- A conference of the Understanding, and with Mr. Conscience, perceived

besieging officers, who agree to petition Shaddai for further that they were like to come to the worst, for that assistance—The petition approved at conrt-Emmanuel, force and power was on the other side, they came the King's son, is appointed to conquer the town— in for their help and relief. So a great company

Marches with a great army and surrounds Mansoul, was on both sides.? Then they on Incredulity's

which is strongly fortified against him.] side would have had the two old gentlemen pre- Now when the uproar was over, Diabolus sends sently away to prison; but they on the other side for my Lord Understanding, and Mr. The two ola said they should not. Then they began to cry up Conscience, and claps them both up gentlemen put

in prison, as parties again; the Diabolonians cried up old In- in prison, as the ring-leaders and credulity, Forget-good, the new aldermen, and managers of this most heavy riotous their great one Diabolus ; and the other party, rout in Mansoul. So now the town began to be they as fast cried up Shaddai, the captains, his quiet again, and the prisoners were used hardly; laws, their mercifulness, and applauded their con- yea, he thought to have made them away, but ditions and ways. Thus the bickerment went a that the present juncture did not serve for that They fall from while, at last they passed from words

purpose, for that war was in all their gates. But words to blows. to blows, and now there were knocks let us return again to our story. The captains, on both sides. The good old gentleman, Mr. Con- when they were gone back from the gate, and science, was knocked down twice by one of the were come into the camp again, called The captains Diabolonians, whose name was Mr. Benumming. a council of war, to consult what was And my Lord Understanding had like to have further for them to do. Now some been slain with a harquebus, but that he that said, Let us go up presently and fall upon the shot wanted to take his aim aright. Nor did the town, but the greatest part thought rather better other side wholly escape, for there was one Mr. it would be to give them another summons to Rashlead, a Diabolonian, that had his brains yield; and the reason why they thought this to be beaten out by Mr. Mind, the Lord Will-be-will's best was, because, that so far as could be perservant; and it made me laugh to see how old ceived, the town of Mansoul now was more inclinMr. Prejudice was kicked and tumbled about in able than heretofore. And if, said they, while

the dirt. For though a while since some of them are in a way of inclination, we should he

was made captain of a company of by ruggedness give them distaste, we may set them the Diabolonians, to the hurt and damage of the further from closing with our summons, than we town; yet now they had got him under their feet; would be willing they should.* and I will assure you he had by some of the Lord Wherefore to this advice they agreed, and called Understanding's party his crown soundly cracked a trumpeter, put words into his mouth,

The result is, to boot. Mr. Anything also, he became a brisk set him his time, and bid him God they send anman in the broil, but both sides were against him, speed. Well, many hours were not ex

other trumpetbecause he was true to none. Yet he had for his pired before the trumpeter addressed

yield. malapertness one of his legs broken, and he that himself to his journey. Wherefore, did it wished it had been his neck. Much harm coming up to the wall of the town, he steereth his

more was done on both sides, but this course to Eargate, and there sounded, as he was both sides.

must not be forgotten, it was now a commanded. They, then, that were within came wonder to see my Lord Will-be-will so indifferent out to see what was the matter, and the trumpeter as he was; he did not seem to take one side more made them this speech following:than another, only it was perceived that he smiled • O hard-hearted, and deplorable town of Manto see how old Prejudice was tumbled up and down soul, how long wilt thou love thy sin- The summons in the dirt. Also when Captain Anything came ful, sinful simplicity, and ye fools halting up before him, he seemed to take but little delight in your scorning? As yet despise you the notice of him.?

A hot skirmish.

er to summon the town to

Harm done on

offers of peace, and deliverance? As yet will yo See this solemn inward struggle faithfully narrated in conscience are offensive to Satan, as threatening to subvert his Grace Abounding, No. 86.

authority in the soul, and he would kill them if he could, but ? No small advantage is gained when sinful rashness is de- where the good work of grace is begun, they cannot be destroyed, prejudice thrown down into the dirt, and indifference stroyed.-(Burder.) about religion is discarded; while the will, that before was 4 Ministers should deal gently with awakened sinners. wholly on the part of Satan, begins rather to take the other Their great Master will not break the bruised reed, nor side.-(Burder.)

should they. Roughness discourages-gentleness attracts.3 The efforts of an enlightened understanding and a renewed | (Burder.)


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