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Or the Lofing and Taking again of the
TOWN of MANSOUL.

By JOHN BUN YAN,
The Author of the PILGRIM's PROGRESS.

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THE READER.
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IS ftrange to me, that they that love to tell
Their equals in bistoriology,
Speak pot of Mansoul's wars, but let them lie
Dead, like old fables, or such worthless things,
That to the reader no advantage brings ;
When men, let them make what they will their own,
Till they know this, are to themselves unknown,

Of stories I well know there's divers forts,
Some foreign, some domestic; and reports
Are therefore made as fancy leads the writers ;
(By books a man may guess at the inditers.)

Some will again, of that which never was,
Nor will be, feign (and that without a caufc)
Such matter, raise such mountains, tell such things
Of men, of laws, of countries, and of kings:
And in their story seem to be so sage,
And with such gravity clothe every page,
That though their frontispiece fays all is vain,
Yet to their way disciples they obtain.

But, readers, I have somewhat else to do,
Than with vain fiories thus to trouble you ;
What here I say some men do know so well,
They can with tears and joy the story tell.

The town of Mansoul is well known to many,
Nor are her troubles doubted of by any
That are acquainted with these histories
Thar Mansoul and her wars anatomize.

Then lend thine ear to what I do relate,
Touching the town of Mansoul and her state ;

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How she was lost, took captive, made a slave;
And how against him set that should her fave :
Yea, how by hoftile ways she did oppose
Her Lord, and with his enemy did close :
For they are true; he that will them deny,
Muit needs the best of records vilify :
For my pari, I myself was in the town,
Both when 'twas set up, and when pulling down :
I saw Diabolas in his poffeffion,
And Mansoul also under his oppreffion :
Yea, I was there when she own'd him for Lord,
And to him did submit with one accord:

When Mansoul trampled upon things divine,
And wallowed in filth as doth a swine;
When me betook herself unto her arnis,
Fought her Emmanuel, defpis’d his charms,
Then I was there, and did rejoice to see
Diabolus and Mansoul fo

agree.
Let no man then count me a fable-maker,
Nor make my name or credit a partaker
Of their derision; what is here in view,
Of mine own knowledge I dare say is true.

I saw the prince's armed men come down
By troops, by thousands, to beilege the town.;
I saw the captains, heard the trumpets found,
And how his forces cover'd all the ground.
Yea, how they set themselves in battle-ray,
I ball remember, to my dying day:

I saw the colours waving in the wind,
And they within to mischief how combin'd
Torvin Manfoul, and to make away
Her primum mobile without delay.

I saw the mounts cait up against the town,
And how the flings were placid to beat it down..
I heard the stones fly whizzing by my ears,
(What longer kept in mind than got in fears ?)
I heard them fall, and saw what work they made,
And how old Mars did cover with his Thade
The face of Mansoul; and I heard her cry,
Wo worth the day, in dying 1 hall die.

I saw the batering rams, and how they play'd
To beat up Ear-gate, and I was afraid,
Not only Ear-gate, but the very town,
Would by these batt'sing rams, be beaten down.

I saw the fights, and heard the captains lliout,
And in each battle faw who fac'd about :
I saw who wounded were, and who were Nain,
And who, wben dead, would come to lile again.

I heard the cries of those who wounded were,
(While others fought like men bereft of fear)
And when she cry, kill, kill, was in mine ears,
The gutters ran, not so with blood as tears.
Indced the captains did not always fight,
But then they would moleft us day and night;
Their cry, up, fall'on, let us take the town,
Kepi us from sleeping or from lying down.

I was there when the gates were broken ope,
And faw, how-Mansoul then was ftript of hope,

I saw the captains march into the town,
How there they fought, and did their foes cut down.

I heard the prince bid Boanerges go
Up to the cattle, and there feize his foe;
And saw him and his fellows bring him down,
In chains of great contempt, quite thro' the town.

I saw Emmanuel when he possess'd
His town of Mansoul; and how greatly bless'd
A town his gallant town of Mansoul was
When the receiv'd his pardon, lov'd his laws..

When the Diabolonians were caught,
When try'd, and when to execution brought,
Then I was there ; yea, I was standing by
When Mansoul did the rebels crucify.

I also saw Mansoul clad all in white,
And heard her Prince call her his heart's delight.
I saw him put upon her chains of gold,
And rings, and bracelets, goodly to behold.

What shall I fay? I heard the people's cries,
And faw the Prince wipe tears from Mansoul's eyes.
I heard the groans and saw the joy of many ;
Tell you of all, I neither will, nor can I. :

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