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Mansoul now, as he had before, under the tyrants and man did eat angels' food, and had honey given Diabolus for the hurt and damage thereof. Ro. vi. 19. bim out of the rock. So Mansoul did eat the food Ep. iii. 17. 6. And throughout the rest of the town that was peculiar to the court, yea, they had now were quartered Emmanuel's forces, but Captain thereof to the full.* Ps. lxxviii. 24, 25. Credence with his men abode still in the castle. I must not forget to tell you that as at this So the Prince, his captains, and his soldiers were table there were musicians, so they were not those lodged in the town of Mansoul.1
of the country, nor yet of the town of Mansoul ; Now the ancients and elders of the town of but they were the masters of the songs that were
in- Mansoul thought that they never sung at the court of Shaddai.“
Now after the feast was over,
Emmanuel was Emmanuel.
Emmanuel; his person, his actions, for entertaining the town of Mansoul his words, and behaviour, were so pleasing, so with some curious riddles of secrets taking, so desirable to them. Wherefore, they drawn up by his Father's secretary, by the skill prayed him, that though the castle of Mansoul and wisdom of Shaddai; the like to these there is was his place of residence, and they desired that not in any kingdom. These riddles The Holy Scriphe might dwell there for ever, yet that he would were made upon the King Shaddai often visit the streets, houses, and people of Man himself, and upon Emmanuel his Son, and upon soul. For, said they, dread Sovereign, thy pre- his wars and doings with Mansoul. sence, thy looks, thy smiles, thy words, are the life, Emmanuel also expounded unto them some of and strength, and sinews of the town of Mansoul.? those riddles himself, but O how they were light
Besides this, they craved that they might have, ened! They saw what they never saw, they could They have ac.
without difficulty or interruption, con- not have thought that such rarities could have been cess unto him. tinual access unto him, so for that couched in so few and such ordinary words. I very purpose he commanded that the gates should told you before whom these riddles did concern; stand
open, that they might there see the manner and as they were opened, the people did evidently of his doings, the fortifications of the place, and see it was so. Yea, they did gather that the the royal mansion-house of the Prince. When he things themselves were a kind of portraiture, and They learn of spake they all stopped their mouths, that of Emmanuel himself; for when they read in
and gave audience; and when he the scheme where the riddles were writ, and looked walked, it was their delight to imitate him in his in the face of the Prince, things looked so like the goings.
one to the other that Mansoul could not forbear Now upon a time Emmanuel made a feast for but say, This is the Lamb, this is the Sacrifice, the town of Mansoul, and upon the feasting-clay this is the Rock, this is the Red Cow, this is the the townsfolk were come to the castle to partake Door, and this is the way; with a great many of his banquet. And he feasted them with all other things more. manner of outlandish food, food that grew not in And thus he dismissed the town of Mansoul. the fields of Mansoul, nor in all the whole kingdom But can you imagine how the people of the corof Universe. It was food that came from his poration were taken with this entertainment? 0 Promise after Father's court, and so there was dish they were transported with joy, they the end of that promise.
after dish set before them, and they were drowned with wonderment, while banquet. were commanded freely to eat. But still when a they saw and understood, and considered what fresh dish was set before them, they would whis-their Emmanuel entertained them withal, and what peringly say to each other, What is it?' Ex. xvi. 15. mysteries he opened to them; and when they were For they wist not what to call it. They drank at home in their houses, and in their most retired also of the water that was made wine; and were places, they could not but sing of him, and of his enter. very merry with him.
There was actions, Yea, so taken were the townsmen now music also all the while at the table, with their Prince, that they would sing of him in
their sleep. Much judgment is displayed in this distribution of the soldiers, particularly in quartering Boanerges and Conviction in and drink indeed; not of nature, but from heaven. The music the house of Conscience.—(Burder.)
is such as saints and angels sing before the throne; the word 2 The convert's anxious desire is, that Emmanuel should not of Christ, in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.—(Burder.) only reign in the heart or castle, but also visit and govern the
• Bunyan was fond of introducing spiritual riddles in godly head or judgment, and all the powers of the soul.—(Ev.)
company, and it must have been a very profitable pastime. The 3. What is it;' the meaniug of the word manua, put in the types of Christ in the Old Testament are excellent riddles. margin of the Bible.—(ED.)
So when the Pilgrims are entertained by Gaius, nuts and ridules * These sweet views of Christ, and the comforts of his Spirit,
are introduced. are not uncommon at the soul's espousals to him after conver
• Hard texts are nuts (I will not call them cheaters), sion, when he brings her into his banqueting-house; and his
Whose shells do keep their kernels from the eaters.
Ope then the shells, and you shall have the meat, banner over her is love. Ca. ii. 4.-(Mason.)
They here are brought for you to crack and eat.' This is the gospel fenst—a feast of fat things, meat indeed, Care being taken vot to spoil tender teeth in cracking them.
Fathes set up
Now it was in the heart of the Prince Emmanuel | how to perform his office aright. IIe also made
to new model the town of Mansoul, and Mr. Knowledge the Recorder; not of Mr. Knəwledze lux new model to put it into such a condition as might contempt to old Mr. Conscience, who made Recorder.
be more pleasing .to him, and that had been Recorder before; but for that it was in might best stand with the profit and security of his princely mind to confer upon Mr. Conscience the now flourishing town of Mansoul. He provided another employ; of which he told the old gentlealso against insurrections at home, and invasions man he should know more hereafter. from abroad; such love had he for the famous town Then he commanded that the image of Diabolus of Mansoul. Wherefore he first of all commanded should be taken down from the place where it was The instruments that the great slings that were brought set up, and that they should destroy the image of the of u ar mounted from his Father's court, when he came it utterly, beating of it into powder, Prince and his to the war of Mansoul, should be mounted, some and casting it unto the wind, without again in Man? upon the battlenients of the castle, some upon the the town-wall; and that the image towers, for there were towers in the town of Man of Shaddai his Father should be set up again, with soul, towers new built by Emmanuel since he came his own, upon the castle gates, and that it should thither. There was also an instrument invented be more fairly drawn than ever; forasmuch as both A nameless ter. by Emmanuel, that was to throw his Father and himself were come to Mansoul in ment in "Man: stones from the castle of Mansoul, out more grace and mercy than heretofore. Re. xxii. 4.
at Mouthgate; an instrument that He would also that his name should be fairly encould not be resisted, nor that would miss of execu- graven upon the front of the town, and that it tion; wherefore for the wonderful exploits that it should be done in the best of gold, for the honour did when used, it went without a name, and it was of the town of Mansoul.* committed to the care of, and to be managed by the brave captain, the Captain Credence, in case
[Chapter X.] of war.?
[CONTENTS:—The strongholds of Diabolus destroyed—Incre. This done, Emmanuel called the Lord Will-be- dulity, Forget-good, Lustings, and other Diabolonians, apLord Will-bewill to him, and gave
him in command- prehended, tried, and executed, to the great joy of Man. will promoted. ment to take care of the gates, the
soul.] wall, and towers in Mansoul. Also the Prince After this was done, Emmanuel gave out a gave him the militia into his hand; and a special commandment that those three great Diabolonians charge to withstand all insurrections and tumults should be apprehended; namely, the two late Lord that might be made in Mansoul, against the peace Mayors ; to wit, Mr. Incredulity, Mr. Luetings, and of our Lord the King, and the peace and tranquillity Mr. Forget-good the Recorder. Besides these, of the town of Mansoul. He also gave him in there were some of them that Diabolus made commission, that if he found any of the Diaboloni- burgesses and aldermen in Mansoul, that were ans lurking in any corner in the famous town of committed to ward by the hand of the now valiant, Mansoul, he should forthwith apprehend them, and and now right noble, the brave Lord Will-be-will. stay them, or commit them to safe custody, that And these were their names, Alderthey may be proceeded against according to law. man Atheism, Alderman Hardheart,
Then he called unto him the Lord Understand and Alderman Falsepeace. The bur- to prison under My Lord Mayor ing, who was the old Lord-mayor, he gesses were Mr. Notruth, Mr. Pitiless,
keeper. put into place. that was put out of place when Dia- Mr. Haughty, with the like. These bolus took the town, and put him into his former were committed to close custody; and the jailer's office again, and it became his place for his life- name was Mr. Trueman; this Trueman was one time. He bid him also that he should build him of those that Emmanuel brought with him from a palace near Eyegate, and what he should build his Father's court, when at the first he made a it in fashion like a tower for defence. He bid him war upon Diabolus in the town of Mansoul. also that he should read in the revelation of mys- After this, the Prince gave a charge that the teries: all the days of his life, that he might know three strong holds, that at the com
mand of Diabolus the Diabolonians 1 The slings are books of Scripture ; see the margin at p. 286, built in Mansoul, should be demolished,
pulled duwn. . probably referring to the epistles of the New Testament. These are powerful instruments, both defensive and offensive, and utterly pulled down; of which holds and their when properly mounted upon a renewed heart and mental names, with their captains and governors, you read powers.-(ED.)
? Does this nameless engine at Monthgate mean prayer? The unseen prayer of faith has performed wonderful exploits. * The understanding is chief magistrate directed by the study The silent ejaculations of the heart, the 'groanings which can of the Scriptures; knowledge of God in Christ, is to bear not be uttered.'-(Ed.)
sway, another office being appointed for Conscience; the image : The Bible, the only guide to all, but especially to my Lord of Satan is to be utterly destroyed, and that of God renewed Mayor, 'the understanding.'-—(Ed.)
in the soul.—(Burder.)
Some Diaboloni. ans committed
hand True-man the
Diabolus's strong hoids
A court to be
the witnesses sworn.
a little before. But this was long in doing, because a very pestilent fellow for many years in the of the largeness of the places, and because the miserable town of Mansoul. stones, the timber, the iron, and all rubbish, was CLERK. You are sure you know him. to be carried without the town.
Kvow. Know him! Yes, my Lord; I have hereWhen this was done, the Prince gave order that tofore too often been in his company, to be at this
the Lord Mayor and Aldermen of time ignorant of him. He is a Diabolonian, the called totrythe Mansoul should call a court of judi- son of a Diabolonian, I knew his grandfather, and
cature for the trial and execution of his father. the Diabolonians in the corporation, now under the CLERK. Well said. He standeth here indicted charge of Mr. Trueman the jailer.
by the name of Atheism, &c., and is charged that Now when the time was come, and the court he hath maintained and taught that there is no The prisoners
set, commandment was sent to Mr. God, and so no heed need be taken to any religion, brought to the Trueman the jailer, to bring the What say you, the King's witnesses, to this? Is
prisoners down to the bar. Then were he guilty, or not? the prisoners brought down, pinioned, and chained Know. My Lord, I and he were once in Villains' together, as the custom of the town of Mansoul Lane together, and he at that time did briskly talk was. So when they were presented before the of diverse opinions, and then and there I heard him Lord Mayor, the Recorder, and the rest of the say that for his part he did believe that there honourablc bench, first, the jury was impanelled, was no God. But, said he, I can profess one, and The jury im. and then the witnesses sworn. The be as religious too, if the company I am in, and panelled, and
names of the jury were these; Mr. the circumstances of other things, said he, shall
Belief, Mr. Trueheart, Mr. Upright, put me upon it. Mr. Ilatebad, Mr. Lovegod, Mr. Seetruth, Mr. CLERK. You are sure you heard him say thus. Leavenly-mind, Mr. Moderate, Mr. Thankful, Mr. Know. Upon mine oath I beard him say thus. Goodwork, Mr. Zeal-for-God, and Mr. Humble.? Then said the Clerk, Mr. Telltrue, What say The names of the witnesses were Mr. Knowall
, you to the King's judges, touching the prisoner at Mr. Telltrue, Mr. Hatelies, with my Lord Will the bar? be-will and his man, if need were.
TELL. My Lord, I formerly was a great com. So the prisone
ners were set to the bar; then said panion of his, for the which I now repent me, and Doright the Mr. Doright, for he was the town- I have often heard him say, and that with very
clerk, Set Atheism to the bar, jailer. great stomachfulness, that he believed there was So he was set to the bar. Then said the clerk, neither God, angel, nor spirit.
Atheism, hold up thy hand. Thou art CLERK. Where did you hear him say so? the bar; his in- here indicted by the name of Atheism, Tell. In Blackmouth Lane, and in Blasphemers'
an intruder upon the town of Mansoul, Row, and in many other places besides. for that thou hast perniciously and doultishly taught CLERK. Have you much knowledge of him? and maintained that there is no God; and so no Tell. I know him to be a Diabolonian, the son heed to be taken to religion. This thou hast done of a Diabolonian, and a horrible man to deny a against the being, honour, and glory of the King, Deity; his Father's name was Never-be-good, and and against the peace and safety of the town of he had more children than this Atheism. I havo Mansoul. What sayest thou, art thou guilty of no more to say. this indictment, or not?
CLERK, Mr. Ilatelies, look upon the prisoner at Ilis plea. ATHEISM. Not guilty.
the bar; do
know him? Crier. Call Mr. Knowall, Mr. Telltrue, and Mr. Hate. My Lord, this Atheism is one of the IIatelies, into the court. So they were called, and vilest wretches that ever I came near, or had to they appeared.
do with in my life. , I have heard him
that CLERK. Then said the Clerk, You, the witnesses there is no God; I have heard him say that there for the King, look upon the prisoner at the bar; do is no world to como, no sin, nor punishment hereyou know him?
after; and moreover, I have heard him say that it Know. Then said Mr. Knowall, Yes, my Lord, was as good to go to a whore-house as to go to we know him, his name is Atheism; he has been hear a sermon.
CLERK. Where did you hear him say thcao
things? 1 What a work of labour and time is here set to Mansoul. The strongholds of Satan are to be pulled down, and all the materials of which they were constructed are to be clean re- 2 A jury of good men and true. What a contrast between moved out of the town. This can only be effected by the in-them and Judge Lord Hategood, with the jury who tried dwelling of Christ in the soul. He comes to destroy the works Faithful - Blindman, Nogood, Malice, Lovelust, Liveloose, of the devil to pull down his strong-holds, and to purify the Heady, Highmind, Enmity, Liar, Cruelty, Hatelight, and soul.—(ED.)
Atheism set to
Ilate. In Drunkards' Row, just at Rascal Lane's, and an unclean person ; I know him to be guilty end, at a house in which Mr. Impiety lived." of abundance of evils. He has been to my know. Lustings set to
Clerk. Set him by, jailer, and set ledge a very filthy man.
CLERK. But where did he use to commit his Mr. Lustings, Thou art here indicted by the wickednesses, in some private corners, or more
name of Lustings, an intruder upon open and shamelessly? Ilis indictment.
the town of Mansoul, for that thou Know. All the town over, my Lord. hast devilishly and traitorously taught, by practice Clenk. Come, Mr. Telltrue, what have you to and filthy words, that it is lawful and profitable to say for our Lord the King against the prisoner at man to give way to his carnal desires; and that the bar? thou, for thy part, hast not, nor never wilt deny Tell. My Lord, all that the first witness has thyself of any sinful delight, as long as thy name said I know to be true, and a great deal more is Lustings. How sayest thou, art thou guilty of besides. this indictment or not?
CLERK, Mr. Lustings, do you hear what these Lust. Then said Mr. Lustings, My Lord, I am gentlemen say?
a man of high birth, and have been Lust. I was ever of opinion that the happiest used to pleasures and pastimes of life that a man could live on earth,
Ilis second plea. greatness. I have not been wont to be snubbed was to keep himself back from nothing for my doings, but have been left to follow my that he desired in the world; nor have I been false will as if it were law. And it seems strange to at any time to this opinion of mine, but have lived me that I should this day be called into question in the love of my notions all my days. Nor was for that, that not only I, but also all men do either I ever so churlish, having found such sweetness in secretly or openly countenance, love, and ap- them myself, as to keep the commendations of
them from others.? CLERK. Sir, we concern not ourselves with your Court. Then said the court, There hath progreatness, though the higher the better you should ceeded enough from his own mouth to lay him open have been, but we are concerned, and so are you to condemnation, wherefore set him by, jailer, and dow, about an indictment preferred against you. set Mr. Incredulity to the bar. How say you, are you guilty of it, or not? Incredulity set to the bar. LUST. Not guilty.
CLERK. Mr. Incredulity, Thou art here indictel CLERK. Crier, Call upon the witnesses to stand by the name of Incredulity, an in- Incredulity set forth, and give their evidence.
upon the town of Mansoul, for Crier, Gentlemen, you the witnesses for the that thou hast feloniously and wickedly, and that King, come in, and give in your evidence for our when thou wert an officer in the town of Mansoul, Lord the King, against the prisoner at the bar. made head against the captains of the great King
CLERK. Comc, Mr. Knowall, look upon the pri- Shaddai, when they came and demanded possession soner at the bar; do you know him?
of Mansoul; yea, thou didst bid deKnow. Yes, my Lord, I know him.
fiance to the name, forces, and cause CLERK. What is his name?
of the King, and didst also, as did Diabolus thy Know. His name is Lustings; he was the son captain, stir up and encourage the town of Manof one Beastly, and his mother bare him in Flesh soul to make head against, and resist the said Street; she was one Evil-concupiscence's daughter. force of the King. What sayest thou to this inI knew all the generation of them.
dictment? Art thou guilty of it, or not? CLERK. Well said. You have here heard his in- Then said Incredulity, I know not Shaddai, I dictment, what say you to it, is he guilty of the love my old prince, I thought it my things charged against him or not?
duty to be true to my trust, and to do Know. My Lord, he has, as he saith, been a what I could to possess the minds of the men of great man indeed; and greater in wickedness than Mansoul, to do their utmost to resist strangers and vy pedigree, more than a thousand fold.
foreigners, and with might to fight against them. CLERK. But what do you know of his particular Nor have I, nor shall I change my opinion, for actions, and especially with reference to his indict- fear of trouble, though you at present are possessed ment?
of place and power. Know. I know him to be a swearer, a liar, a
Court. Then said the court, the man, as you sabbath-breaker; I know him to be a fornicator, see, is incorrigible, he is for maintaining his vil.
to the bar.
| Christian, is it possible that thoughts so desperately 2 The signer is not satisfied with his own destruction, but wicked were ever injected by Satan into your heart ? How is ever leading others into the same awful state; sin is a spreadthankful will you be to have them tried and destroyed; seeing plague, the unconverted heart is a mystery of iniquity.-Grace Abounding, No. 101.---(.)
to the bar.
to the bar.
lainies by stoutness of words, and his rebellion TELL. My Lord, I have heard him often say he with impudent confidence; and, therefore, set him had rather think of the vilest thing than of what by, jailer, and set Mr. Forget-good to the bar. is contained in the holy Scriptures. Forget-good set to the bar.
CLERK. Where did you hear him say such griev. CLERK. Mr. Forget-good, thou art here indicted ous words? Forget-good set by the name of Forget-good, an in- TELL. Where? in a great many places; par
truder upon the town of Mansoul, for ticularly in Nauseous Street, in the house of one IIis indictment that thou, when the whole affairs of Shameless, and in Filth Lane, at the sign of the the town of Mansoul were in thy hand, didst ut- Reprobate, next door to the Descent-into-the-pit. terly forget to serve them in what was good, and COURT. Gentlemen, you have heard the indictdidst fall in with the tyrant Diabolus against ment, his plea, and the testimony of the witnesses. Shaddai the King, against his captains, and all Jailer, set Mr. Hardheart to the bar. his host, to the dishonour of Shaddai, the breach He is set to the bar. of his law, and the endangering of the destruction Clerk. Mr. Hardheart, thou art here indicted of the famous town of Mansoul. What sayest thou by the name of Hardheart, an in- Hardheart set to this indictment? Art thou guilty, or not guilty? truder upon the town of Mansoul, for Then said Forget-good, Gentlemen, and at this that thou didst most desperately and wickedly
time my judges, as to the indictment possess the town of Mansoul with impenitency and His plea.
by which I stand of several crimes obdurateness, and didst keep them from remorse accused before you, pray attribute my forgetful- and sorrow for their evils, all the time of their ness to mine age, and not to my wilfulness; to the apostasy from, and rebellion against, the blessed craziness of my brain, and not to the carelessness King Shaddai. What sayest thou to this indictof my mind, and then I hope I may by your charity ment? Art thou guilty, or not guilty? be excused from great punishment, though I be Hard. My Lord, I never knew what remorse or guilty.
sorrow meant in all my life; I am impenetrable, I Then said the court, Forget-good, Forget-good, care for no man; nor can I be pierced with men's thy forgetfulness of good was not simply of frailty, griefs, their groans will not enter into my heart; but of purpose, and for that thou didst loathe to whomever I mischief, whomever I wrong, to me it keep virtuous things in thy mind. What was bad is music, when to others mourning. thou couldest retain, but what was good thou Court. You see the man is a right Diabolonian, couldest not abide to think of; thy age, therefore, and has convicted himself. Set him by, jailer, and thy pretended craziness, thou makest use of and set Mr. Falsepeace to the bar. to blind the court withal, and as a cloak to cover Falsepeace set to the bar. thy knavery. But let us hear what the witnesses Mr. Falsepeace, Thou art here indicted by tho have to say for the King against the prisoner at name of Falsepeace, an intruder upon Falsepeace set the bar—is he guilty of this indictment, or not? the town of Mansoul, for that thou
Hate. My Lord, I have heard this Forget-good didst most wickedly and satanically bring, hold, say that he could never abide to think of goods and keep the town of Mansoul, both in her aposness, no, not for a quarter of an hour.
tasy, and in her hellish rebellion, in a false, groundCLERK. Where did
hear him say so? less, and dangerous peace, and damnable security,' Hate. In Allbase Lane, at a house next door to to the dishonour of the King, the transgression of thie Sign of the Conscience-seared-with-an-hot-iron. his law, and the great damage of the town of
CLERK. Mr. Knowall, what can you say for our Mansoul. What sayest thou? Art thou guilty Lord the King against the prisoner at the bar? of this indictment, or not?
Know. My Lord, I know this man well, he is a Then said Mr. Falsepeace, Gentlemen, and you, Diabolonian, the son of a Diabolonian, his Father's now appointed to be my judges, I ac
His plca. name was Lovenaught, and for him, I have often knowledge that my name is Mr. Peace, heard him say that he counted the very thoughts but that my name is Falsepeace I utterly deny. of goodness the most burthensome thing in the If your honours will please to send for any that do world,
intimately know me, or for the midwife that laid CLERK. Where have you heard him say these my mother of me, or for the gossips that were at words?
my christening, they will any, or all of them prove KNOW. In Flesh Lane, right opposite to the church.
| Sce the woeful end of such, in Ro. ii. 5; Je, vi. 14.
(Mason.) Then said the clerk, Come, Mr. Telltrue, give ? The gossips at a christening reminds me of a singular cir. in your evidence concerning the prisoner at the cumstance that took place at the christening of a friend's child bar about that for which he stands liere, as you said, " Ladies and Gentlemen, I hear some talking politics
, and about forty years ago.
Our host rapped hard on the table, and sec, indicted before this honourable court.
somne religion ; I beg you to recollect that we have nothing now
to the bar.