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you also in your own eyes, from all false traitors that could compare with Mansoul—a town rethat may creep
deemed from the hand and from the power of Then he commanded that those that waited upon Diabolus—a town that the King The glorious state liim should go and bring forth out of his treasury Shaddai loved, and that he sent Em- of Mansoul.
those white and glistering robes that manuel to regain from the prince of the infernal White robes.
I, said he, have provided and laid up cave-yea, a town that Emmanuel loved to dwell in store for my Mansoul. So the white garments in, and that he chose for his royal habitation-a were fetched out of his treasury, and laid forth to town that he fortified for himself, and made strong the eyes of the people. Moreover, it was granted by the force of his army? What shall I say ? Manto them that they should take them and put them soul has now a most excellent Prince, golden on, according, said he, to your size and stature. captains and men of war, weapons proved, and So the people were put into white, into fine linen, garments as white as snow. Nor are these benefits white and clean. Re. xix &
to be counted little but great. Can the town of Then said the Prince unto them, This, O Man- Mansoul esteem them so, and improve them to that soul, is my livery, and the badge by which mine end and purpose for which they are bestowed upon are known from the servants of others. Yea, it them? is that which I grant to all that are mine, and When the Prince had thus completed the modelwithout which no man is permitted to see my face. ling of the town, to show that he had great delight Wear them therefore for my sake who gave them in the work of his hands, and took pleasure in the unto you; and also if you would be known by the good that he had wrought for the famous and world to be mine,
flourishing Mansoul, he commanded, and they set But now! can you think how Mansoul shone? his standard upon the battlements of the castle. It was fair as the sun, clear as the moon, and And then, terrible as an army with banners. Ca. vi.
First, He gave them frequent visits, not a day The Prince added further, and said, No prince, now but the elders of Mansoul must come to him, That which dis. potentate, or mighty one of Universe, or he to them, into his palace. Now they must
tinguisheth Mulisoul from giveth this livery but myself; behold walk and talk together of all the great things that other people. therefore, as I said before, you shall he had done, and yet further promised to do for be known by it to be mine
the town of Mansoul. 2 Co. vi. 16. Thus would ho said he, I have given you my livery, often do with the Lord-Mayor, my Understanding. let me give you also in con mandment concerning Lord Will-be-will, and the honest subthem; and be sure that you take good heed to my ordinate preacher Mr. Conscience, and Mr. Recorwords. First, Wear them daily, day by day, lest der. But 0! how graciously, how lovingly, how you should at sometimes appear to others as if courteously, and tenderly did this blessed prince you were none of mine. Secondly, Keep them now carry it towards the town of Mansoul! In all always white, for, if they be soiled, it is dishonour the streets, gardens, orchards, and other places to me. Ec. ix. 8. Thirdly, Wherefore gird them up where he came, to be sure the poor
Hungry from the ground, and let them not lag with dust should have his blessing and benedic- thoughts. and dirt. Fourthly, Take heed that you lose them tion; yea, he would kiss them, and if they wero not, lest you walk naked, and they see your shame. ill
, he would lay hands on them, and make them Fifthly, But if you should sully them, if well. The captains also he would daily, yea, someyou should defile them—the which I am greatly times hourly encourage with his presence and unwilling you should, and the prince Diabolus goodly words. For you must know that a smile would be glad if you would—then speed you to do from him upon them would put more vigour, more that which is written in my law, that yet you may life and stoutness into them, than would anything stand, and not fall before me, and before my else under heaven. throne. Lu. IX. 36. Also this is the way to cause
The Prince would now also feast them, and with that I may not leave you nor forsake you while them continually. Hardly a week would pass
but here, but may dwell in this town of Mansoul for a banquet must be had betwixt him and them.
remember that some pages beAnd now was Mansoul, and the inhabitants of fore we made mention of one feast that they had it, as the signet upon Emmanuel's right hand; together, but now to feast them was a thing more where was there now a town, a city, a corporation common; every day with Mansoul was a feast day
Re. iii, 2.
Nor did he, when they returned to their 1 If by sin we lose the sense of being clothed with the garments of salvation, how does the soul feel its nakedness and vileness! 'O wretched man l' is the cry; the conscience is ? 'Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righwounded, God dishonoured, and the Holy Spirit grieved. — teousness, for they shall be filled. A smile from Jesus puts (Ed.)
vigour and life into the soul.-(Ev.)
ever. Re. vii, 15-17.
1 Co. v. 8.
1 A token of mar.
places, send them empty away, either they must / vation of it, that so long as all things went in Vían.
have a'ring, a' gold chain, a® bracelet, soul as this sweet-natured gentleman would, the [Thy a * white stone, or something; so dear town was in most happy condition. Now there
was Mansoul to him now; so lovely were no jars, no chiding, no interferings, no un. was Mansoul in his eyes.
faithful doings in all the town of Mansoul, every Secondly, When the elders and man in Mansoul kept close to his own employment. • A töken of townsmen did not come to lim, he The gentry, the officers, the soldiers, and all in pardoll.
would send in much plenty of provi- place observed their order. And as Holy conceptions, sion unto them, meat that came from court, wine for the women and children of the
Good thouy is. and bread that were prepared for his Father's town, they followed their business joyfully, they table. Yea, such delicates would he send unto would work and sing, work and sing from morning them, and therewith would so cover their table, till night; so that quite through the town of Mana that whoever saw it confessed that the like could soul now, nothing was to be found but harmony, not be seen in any kingdom,
quietness, joy, and health. And this lasted all Thirdly, If Mansoul did not frequently visit him that summer.“ as he desired they should, he would walk out to them, knock at their doors and desire entrance,
[CHAPTER XII.] that amity might be maintained betwixt them and [Contents:- Carnal-security prevailing in the town, a cool
him. If they did hear and open to him, The danger of
ness takes place between the inhabitants and Emmanuel; wandering as commonly they would, if they were who, being greatly offended, privately withdraws-Godlythoughts.
at home, then would he renew his fear, who detects the cause of his removal, excites the former love, and confirm it too with some new
people to destroy Mr. Carnal-security-Measures are then
taken to induce Emmanuel to return.] tokens and signs of continued favour. Re. iii. 20. Ca v. 2.
But there was a man in the town of Mansoul, And was it not now amazing to behold, that in and his name was Mr. Carnal-security. This that very place where sometimes Diabolus had his man did, after all this mercy bestowed The story of Mr. abode, and entertained his Diabolonians to the on this corporation, bring the town of Carnal-security. almost utter destruction of Mansoul, the Prince of Mansoul into great and grievous slavery and bondprinces should sit eating and drinking with them, age. A brief account of him and of his doings while all his mighty captains, men of war, trumpet- take as followeth :crs, with the singing-men and singing-women of When Diabolus at first took possession of the his Father, stood round about to wait upon them! town of Mansoul, he brought thither with himself
Now did Mansoul's cup run over, now a great number of Diabolonians, men of his own Mansoul's glory.
did her conduits run sweet wine, now condition. Now among these there was one whose did she eat the finest of the wheat, and drink milk name was Mr. Self-conceit, and a notand honey out of the rock! Now she said, How able brisk man he was, as any that in great is his goodness! for since I found favour in those days did possess the town of Mansoul. Diahis eyes, how honourable have I been!
bolus then perceiving this man to be active and The blessed Prince did also order a new officer bold, sent him upon many desperate designs, the in the town, and a goodly person he was; his name which he managed better, and more to the pleaswas Mr. God's-peace. Col. i. 15. This man was seting of his Lord, than most that came with him over my Lord Will-be-will, my Lord Mayor, Mr. from the dens could do. Wherefore finding of him Recorder, the subordinate Preacher, Mr. Mind, so fit for his purpose, he preferred him, and made and over all the natives of the town of Mansoul. him next to the great Lord Will-be-will, of whom Himself was not a native of it, but came with the we have written so much before. Now the Lord Prince Emmanuel from the court.
lle was a
Will-be-will being in those days very well pleased great acquaintance of Captain Credence and Cap- with him, and with his achievements, gave him his tain Goodhope ; some say they were kin, and I daughter, the Lady Fear-nothing, to wife. Now am of that opinion too. Ro. xv. 13. This man, as I of my Lady Fear-nothing did this Mr. Carnal-securisaid, was made governor of the town in general, Self-conceit beget this gentleman Mr.
ty's original. especially over the castle, and Captain Credence Carnal-security. Wherefore there being then in was to help him there. And I made great obser- Mansoul those strange kinds of mixtures, it was
• How blessed is the Christian who lives in the holy enjoy- Abounding, No. 252—'I had strange apprehensions of the ment of his high and heavenly privileges! Every day is a grace of God, so that I could hardly bear up under it; it was fcast-day, bringing fresh discoveries of grace and foretastes of so out of measure amazing, that I think if it had abode long glory.- (Ed.)
it would have made me incapable of business.'• This is a beautiful representation of the holy enjoyment | (ED.) of Divine things, when the soul is emancipated from sin, and Carnal security, or comfort and security in the desh, tujoys a little heaven on earth. It is in Bunyan's Grace instead of living on Christ by faith.--- (F.v.)
serves the soul
tard for them in some cases to find out who were saw that some of the men of the town were tickled natives, who not; for Mr. Carnal-security sprang and taken with his discourse, he makes it his from my Lord Will-be-will by mother's side, though business, and walking from street to street, house ho had for his father a Diabolonian by nature.? to house, and man to man, he at last brought Well, this Carnal-security took much after his Mansoul to dance after his pipe, and to grow
father and mother; he was self-con- almost as carnally secure as himself; so from Ilis qualities.
ceited, he feared nothing, he was also talking they went to feasting, and from feasting a very busy man; nothing of news, nothing of to sporting; and so to some other matters. Now doctrine, nothing of alteration, or talk of alteration, Emmanuel was yet in, the town of Mansoul, and could at any time be on foot in Mansoul, but be he wisely observed their doings. My Lord Mayor, sure Mr. Carnal-security would be at the head or my Lord Will-be-will, and Mr. Recorder, were also tail of it; but to be sure he would decline those all taken with the words of this tattling Diabolonian He is always for
that he deemed the weakest, and gentleman, forgetting that their Prince had given the strongest stood always with them, in his way of them warning before to take heed that they were
standing, that he supposed was the not beguiled with any Diabolonian sleight. IIe strongest side.
had further told them that the secur- It is not grace Now when Shaddai the mighty, and Emmanuelity of the now flourishing town of received, but
grace improve his Son made war upon Mansoul to take it, this Mansoul, did not so much lie in hered, that preMr. Carnal-security was then in town, and was a present fortifications and force, as in from temporal great doer among the people, encouraging them in her so using of what she had, as might dangers. their rebellion, putting of them upon hardening of oblige her Emmanuel to abide within her castle.3 tiremselves in their resisting of the King's forces; For the right doctrine of Emmanuel was, that the but when he saw that the town of Mansoul was town of Mansoul should take heed that they forget taken and converted to the use of the glorious not his Father's love and his; also that they should Prince Emmanuel, and when he also saw what so demean themselves as to continue to keep themwas become of Diabolus, and how he was unroosted, selves therein. Now this was not the way to do and made to quit the castle in the greatest con- it, namely, to fall in love with one of the Diatempt and scorn, and that the town of Mansoul bolonians, and with such an one too as Mr. Carnal. was well lined with captains, engines of war, and security was, and to be led up and down by the men, and also provision, what doth he but slily nose by him. They should have heard their wheel about also; and as he had served Diabolus Prince, feared their Prince, loved their Prince, and against the good Prince, so he feigned that he have stoned this naughty pack to death, and took would serve the Prince against his foes.
care to have walked in the ways of their Prince's And having got some little smattering of prescribing, for then should their peace have been Emmanuel's things by the end, being bold, he as a river, when their righteousness had been like ventures himself into the company of the towns- the waves of the sea. men, and attempts also to chat among them. Now Now when Emmanuel perceived that, through the How Mr.Carnal. he knew that the power and strength policy of Mr. Carnal-security, the hearts of the men securities begins of the town of Mansoul was great, and of Mansoul were chilled, and abated in their practical
that it could not but be pleasing to the love to him ; first, he bemoans them, and condoles people if he cried up their might and their glory. their state with the Secretary, saying, O that my Wherefore he beginneth his tale with the power people had hearkened unto me, and Emmanuel beand strength of Mansoul, and affirmed that it was that Mansoul had walked in my ways ! impreghable. Now magnifying their captains, and I would have fed them with the finest of the wheat, their slings, and their rams; then crying up their and with honey out of the rock would I have sustained fortifications, and strong holds; and lastly, the them. Ps. lxxxi. 16. This done, he said in his heart, assurances that they had from their Prince that
3 Carual-security, the offspring of Self-conceit and FearMansoul should be happy for ever. But when he nothing, is one of our most subtle enemies, and needs our
utmost vigilance. To rejoice in our fortifications, or the doc. 1 Vices are so disguised, that no merely human vigilance trines of grace, is our duty and privilege; but all our trust or sagacity can detect them lurking in the walls of Mansoul ; must be in our living union to our ever-living Head.—(ED.) hence the necessity of the cry, ‘Search me, and try me, O 4 •Led by the nose;' to discover by any strong smell; to God.'-(ED.)
be led without resistance, or inquiring the reason.—(Ed.) ? I have not been able to find any illustration of this say- * A child in religion would naturally inquire why Carnal. ing. It probably means, that without any inquiry into the security was not forthwith seized, tried, and executed. But by former state of Mansoul-its lost, helpless, hopeless, miserable the time that he had rendered himself liable to punishment 110 condition, and its cry, Lord, save, I perish! Carnal-security, jury could have been found in Mansoul to convict him. God's proud of the elevation of Mansoul, considered it safe, without ways are not as our ways; he is permitted to carry on his the trouble of prayer or watchfulness. How essential it is treason, that the solid peace of Mansoul might be promoted. that we examine premises before we jump at conclusions, or Thus the bitter comes before the sweet, to make the sweet take things by the end 1-(ED.)
moans Mansoul, He is gone.
I will return to the court and go to my place, But thus Emmanuel carried it now, and by luis till Mansoul shall consider and acknowledge their his carriage he sought to make them bethink them. offence. And he did so, and the cause end man- selves and return to him. But, alas! they did not ner of his going away from them was thus- consider, they did not know his ways, they reThe cause was, for that Mansoul declined him, garded not, they were not touched with
as is manifest in these particulars, these, nor with the true remembranco The rayof Man. soul's backslid
1. They left off their former way of of former favours. Wherefore what does he but ing.
visiting of him, they came not to his in private manner withdraw himself, first from bis royal palace as afore. 2. They did not regard, palace, then to the gate of the town, and so away por yet take notice that he came, or came not to from Mansoul he goes, till they should acknowledge visit them. 3. The love-feasts that had wont to their offence, and more earnestly seek his face. be between their Prince and them, though he made Ho. v. 15. Mr. God's-peace also laid down his comthem still, and called them to them, yet they mission, and would for the present act no longer neglected to come at them, or to be delighted with in the town of Mansoul.? Eze. xi. 21. them. 4. They waited not for his counsels, but Thus they walked contrary to him, and he again began to be headstrong and confident in them- by way of retaliation, walked contrary to them. selves, concluding that now they were strong and Le. xxvi. 21–24. But, alas! by this time they were so invincible, and that Mansoul was secure, and be hardened in their way, and had so drunk in the yond all reach of the foe, and that her state must doctrine of Mr. Carnal-security, that the departneeds be unalterable for ever.1
ing of their Prince touched them not, nor was he Now, as was said, Emmanuel perceiving that remembered by them when gone; and so, of conby the craft of Mr. Carnal-security, the town of sequence, his absence not condoled by them. Je. ii. 82. Mansoul was taken off from their dependence upon Now there was a day wherein this old gentleman him, and upon his Father by him, and set upon Mr. Carnal-security did again make a Atrick put upon what by them was bestowed upon it; he first, as feast for the town of Mansoul, and Mr. Godly-feur. I said, bemoaned their state, then he used means there was at that time in the town one Mr. Godlyto make them understand that the way that they fear, one now but little set by, though formerly one went on in was dangerous. For he sent my Lord of great request. This man old Carnal.security High Secretary to them, to forbid them such ways; had a mind, if possible, to gull and debauch, and but twice when he came to them he found them at abuse as he did the rest, and therefore He goes to the dinner in Mr. Carnal-security's parlour, and per- he now bids him to the feast with his fcaste and sits ceiving also that they were not willing to reason neighbours; so the day being come stranger. about matters concerning their good, they prepare,
goes They grieve the
with the Tloly Ghost and he took grief and went his way. The rest of the guests; and being all set at the tablo,
which when lie had told to the Prince they did eat and drink, and were merry even all Emmanuel, he took offence, and was grieved also, but this one man. For Mr. Godly-fear sat like a and so made provision to return to his Father's stranger, and did neither eat, nor was merry. The court.
which when Mr. Carnal-security perceived, he preNow the methods of his withdrawing, as I was sently addressed himself in a speech thus to him: saying before, were thus, 1. Even wliile he was Carn. Mr. Godly-fear, are you not well ? you
yet with them in Mansoul, he kept seem to be ill of body or mind, or both. Talk
formerly. 2. His speech was not now, making, the which, Sir, if you will take Godly-fear. if he came in their company, so pleasant and fa- a dram of, I hope it may make you bonfly and miliar as formerly. 3. Nor did he, as in times past, blithe, and so make you more fit for we feasting send to Mansoul from his table those dainty bits companions. which he was wont to do. 4. Nor when they came GODLY. Unto whom the good old gentleman to visit him, as now and then they would, would discreetly replied, Sir, I thank you for all things he be so easily spoken with as they found him to courteous and civil, but for your cordial I have no be in times past. They might now knock once, list thereto. But a word to the natives of Man. The working of yea twice, but he would seem not at soul-you the elders and chief of Mansoul, to me their affections. all to regard them ; whereas formerly, it is strange to see you so jocund and merry, l
when at the sound of their feet, he would up and run, the town of Mansoul is in such woful case. and meet them half way, and take them too, and Carn. Then said Mr. Carnal-security, You want lay them in his bosom.
sleep, good Sir, I doubt. If you please lie down
and take a nap, and we, meanwhile, will be merry. 10 Christian, beware of the first step in backsliding! While you seek the Saviour's face, and walk humbly with 2 Christ and the Spirit, and consequently peace, withdraw God, you are safe.—(Ed.)
from the carnally secure.—(Mason.)
Christ withdraws not all at once.
Godly. Then said the good man as follows, Sir, | him gradually to depart from you, the which he if you were not destitute of an honest heart, you did for some time, if perhaps you would have been could not do as you have done, and do.
made sensible thereby, and have been renewed by Carn. Then said Mr. Carnal-security, Why? humbling of yourselves; but when he saw that none
Godly. Nay, pray interrupt me not. It is true would regard, nor lay these fearful beginnings of the town of Mansoul was strong, and, with a pro- his anger and judgment to heart, he went away viso, impregnable; but you, the townsmen, have from this place, and this I saw with mine eye. weakened it, and it now lies obnoxious to its foes; Wherefore now, while you boast, your strength is nor is it a time to flatter, or be silent. It is you, gone, you are like the man that had lost his locks Mr. Carnal-security, that have wilily stripped Man- that before did wave about his shoulders. You soul, and driven her glory from her; you have may with this lord of your
feast shake yourselves, pulled down her towers, you have broken down her and conclude to do as at other times; but since gates, you have spoiled her locks and bars. without him you can do nothing, and he is departed
And now to explain myself. From that time that from you, turn your feast into a sigh, and your my Lords of Mansoul and you, Sir, grew so great, mirth into lamentation. from that time the strength of Mansoul has been Then the subordinate Preacher, old Mr. Conoffended, and now he is arisen and is gone. If science by name, he that of old was Reany shall question the truth of my words, I will corder of Mansoul, being startled at what answer him by this, and such like questions: was said, began to second it thus. Where is the Prince Emmanuel ? When did a man Con. Indeed, my brethren, quoth he, I fear that or woman in Mansoul see him ? When did you hear Mr. Godly-fear tells us true: Ī, for my part, have from him, or taste any of his dainty bits? You are not seen my Prince a long season, I cannot renow a feasting with this Diabolonian monster, but member the day for my part. Nor can I answer he is not your prince. I say, therefore, though Mr. Godly-fear's question. I doubt, I am afraid enemies from without, had you taken heed, could that all is naught with Mansoul. not have made a prey of you, yet since you have GODLY. Nay, I know that you shall not find liim sinned against your Prince, your enemies within in Mansoul, for he is departed and gone; yea, and have been too hard for you.
gone for the faults of the elders, and for that Carn. Then said Mr. Carnal-security, Fie, fie, they rewarded his grace with unsufferable unkindMr. Godly-fear, fie; will you never shake off your nesses. timorousness? Are you afraid of being sparrow
Then did the subordinate Preacher look as if he blasted ?? Who hath hurt you ? Behold I am on would fall down dead at the table, also They are all your side, only you are for doubting, and I am for all there present, except the man of the aghast. being confident. Besides, is this a time to be sad house, began to look pale and wan. But havin? A feast is made for mirth ; why then do ye ing a little recovered themselves and jointly agreenow, to your shame and our trouble, break out into ing to believe Mr. Godly-fear and his sayings, they such passionate melancholy language, when you began to consult what was best to be done (now should eat, and drink, and be merry ?
Mr. Carnal-security was gone into his withdrawing Godly. Then said Mr. Godly-fear again, I may room, for he liked not such dumpish doings) both well be sad, for Emmanuel is gone from Mansoul. to the man of the house for drawing them into evil, I say again, he is gone, and you, Sir, are the man and also to recover Emmanuel's love. that has driven him away; yea
without And with that, that saying of their Prince came so much as acquainting the nobles of Mansoul with very hot into their minds, which he had bidden his going, and if that is not a sign of his anger I them do to such as were false prophets that should am not acquainted with the methods of godliness.* arise to delude the town of Mansoul. They His speech to
And now, my lords and gentlemen— So they took Mr. Carnal-security, the elders of for my speech is still to you—your gra- concluding that he must be he, and dual declining from him did provoke
seasons when the Christian rises above all doubts; but while I Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit be
we have a sinful heart of unbelief, doubts, like clouds, will fore a fall.' Pr, xvi. 18.–(Ed.)
arise to obscure the Sun of righteousness.—(Ed.) * This is an obsolete termn, alluding to a man being as much
* Sin grieves the Holy Spirit, and causes the Lord to hide alarmed at the twitter of a sparrow, as at the blast of a trum- his face. In humble, close walking with God, is our safety, pet urging him to deeds of war.—(Ev.)
comfort, and peace; but departing from the Lord's ways brings * Carnal-security bas got into the scorner's seat—a fearful darkness and distress to the soul.-(Mason.) state. Lord Erskine said, “I respect Lawyer Dalton's doubts
6 Samson; sec Ju. xvi. more than some men's certainties. The late venerable Row- Godly-fear cannot be stupified with Forget-good's corilial. laud Hill, when appealed to by one of those carnally-secure lle is not like the man who 'lost liis locks.' professors, said to him, “Sir, as you have no doulsts, then I
"So Samson, when liis hair was lost, shall both doubt of yon and for you.' Doubts of the merits
Shook his vain limbs with sad surprise, or willingness of Christ to save are very sinful, and there are
Made feeble fight, and lust liis eyes.'-(Watts.)
consult and burn their feast - master's house.
Met the Philistine to his cost;