The Holy War, Made by King Shaddai Upon Diabolus, for the Regaining of the Metropolis of the World; Or, the Losing and Taking Again of the Town of Man

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1821 edition. Excerpt: ...him. Know-all. My lord, this man was at the pulling H;j down of the image of Shaddai; yea, this proved." ceary is he that did it with his own hands. I myself stood by and saw him do it, and ha did it at the command of Diabolus. Yea, this Mr. No-truth did more than this, he did also set up the horned images of the beast Diabolus, in the same place. This is also he that, at the bidding of Diabolus, rent and tore, and caused to be consumed, all that he could of the remainders of the law of the king, even whatever he could lay his hands on in Mansoul. Clerk. Who saw him do this, besides yourself? Hate-lies. I did, my lord, and so did many others beside: for this was not done by stealth, or in a corner, but in the open view of all; yea, he chose himself to do it publicly, for he deliahted in doina it. Clerk. Mr. No-truth, how could you have the face to plead Not guilty, when you were so manifestly the doer of all this wickedness? No truth. Sir, I thought I must say something; and pii defence as m? name 's, so " sPea'i: 1 have been i eence. ajvautaged thereby before now, and did know but, by speaking No-truth, 1 might have reaped the same benefit now." Clerk. Set him by, Gaoler, and set Mr. Pitiless to the bar. Mr. Pitiless, thou art here Pitiless set to j0dicted by the name of Pitiless (an inthe bar... J, intruder upon the town ol Mansoul), tor that thou didsl most treacherously and wickedly shut H" Ind'-t t up aH bowels of compassion, and wouldst not suffer poor Mansoul to condole her own misery, when she had apostatized from her rightful king; but didst evade, and at all limes turn her mind away from those thoughts that had in them a tendency to lead her to repentance. What sayest thou to this indictment? guilty, or not guilty? Pitiless. Not guilty...

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John Bunyan was born in Elstow, Bedfordshire, England, in 1628. He learned to read and write at the village school and was prepared to follow his father's trade as a brazier when the English Civil War broke out in 1644 and he was drafted into the Parliamentary army. His military service brought him into contact with Oliver Cromwell's Puritan troops. Beginning in 1648, Bunyan suffered a crisis in religious faith that lasted for several years. He turned to the Nonconformist church in Bedford to sustain him during this period. His first writings were attacks against the Quakers. Then Charles II was restored to the throne and Bunyan was arrested for conducting services not in accordance with the Church of England. He spent 12 years in jail. During this time, he wrote his autobiography, Grace Abounding, in which he described his spiritual struggle and growth. During his last years in prison, Bunyan began his most famous work, The Pilgrim's Progress, a two-part allegorical tale of the character Christian and his journey to salvation. Part I was published in 1678 and Part II in 1684. The second part deals with the spiritual journey of Christian's wife and sons, as they follow in his footsteps. With its elements of the folktale tradition, The Pilgrim's Progress became popular immediately. Well into the nineteenth century it was a book known to almost every reader in England and New England, second in importance only to the Bible. So great was the book's influence that it even plays a major role in Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott. Such expressions as "the slough of despond" and "vanity fair" have become part of the English language. Bunyan's other works include The Life and Death of Mr. Badman and The Holy War. He also wrote A Book for Boys and Girls, verses on religious faith for children. Bunyan died in London on August 31, 1688.

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