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was,) sounded his trumpet for audience; at which the chief of the town of Mansoul, such as my Lord The Lords Innocent, my Lord Will-be-will, my Lord Mayor, appeared.
of Mansoul Mr Recorder, and Captain Resistance, came down to the wall to see who was there, and what was the matter. And my Lord Will-be-will, when he had looked over and saw who stood at the gate, demanded what he was, wherefore he was come, and why he roused the town of Mansoul with so unusual a sound.
Diabolus, then, as if he had been a lamb, began Diabolus's his oration, and said, Gentlemen of the famous town of Mansoul, I am, as you may perceive, no far dweller from you, but near, and one that is bound by the King to do you my homage and what service I can; wherefore, that I may be faithful to
I myself, and to you, I have somewhat of concern to impart unto you. Wherefore, grant me your audience, and hear me patiently. And first, I will assure you, it is not myself, but you—not mine, but your advantage that I seek by what I now do, as will full well be made manifest, by that I have opened my mind unto you. For, gentlemen, I am (to tell you the truth) come to shew you how you may obtain great and ample deliverance from a bondage that, unawares to yourselves, you are captivated and enslaved under.” At this the town of Mansoul began to prick up its ears.
And “What Mansoul is it? Pray what is it?” thought they. And he engaged. said, "I have somewhat to say to you concerning your King, concerning his law, and also touching yourselves. Touching your King, I know he is great and potent; but yet all that he hath said to you is
neither true nor yet for your advantage.
1. It is not true, for that wherewith he hath hitherto awed you, shall not come to pass, nor be fulfilled, though you do the thing that he hath forbidden. But if there was danger, what a slavery is it to live always in fear of the greatest of punishments, for doing so small and trivial a thing as eating of a little fruit is !
2. Touching his laws, this I say further, they are subtlety made up of both unreasonable, intricate, and intolerable. Un
reasonable, as was hinted before; for that the punishment is not proportioned to the offence: there is great difference and disproportion betwixt the life and an apple ; yet the one must go for the other by the law of your Shaddai. But it is also intricate, in that he saith, first, you may eat of all; and yet after forbids the eating of one. And then, in the last place, it must needs be intolerable, forasmuch as that fruit which you are forbidden to eat of (if you are forbidden any) is that, and that alone, which is able, by your eating, to minister to you a good as yet unknown by you. This is manifest by the very name of the tree; it is called the tree of knowledge of good and evil; and have you that knowledge as yet? No, no; nor can you conceive how good, how pleasant, and how much to be desired to make one wise it is, so long as you stand by your King's commandment. Why should you be holden in ignorance and blindness? Why should you not be enlarged in knowledge and understanding? And now, O ye inhabitants of the famous town of Mansoul, to speak more particularly to yourselves, you are not a free people! You are kept both in bondage and slavery, and that by a
grievous threat; no reason being annexed but ‘So I will have it ; so it shall be.' And is it not grievous to think on, that that very thing which you are forbidden to do, might you but do it, would yield you both wisdom and honour ? for then your eyes will be opened, and you shall be as gods. Now, since this is thus,” quoth he, can you be kept by any prince in more slavery and in greater bondage than you are under this day? You are made underlings, and are wrapped up in inconveniences, as I have well made appear. For what bondage greater than to be kept in blindness? Will not reason tell you, that it is better to have eyes than to be without them ? and so to be at liberty to be better than to be shut up in a dark and stinking cave ?"
And just now, while Diabolus was speaking these words to Mansoul, Tisiphone shot at Captain Resistance, where he stood on the gate, and mortally wounded him in the head; so that he, to the amazement of the townsmen, and the encouragement of Diabolus, fell down dead quite over the Captain wall. Now when Captain Resistance was dead, (and he was the only man of war in the town,) poor Mansoul was wholly left naked of courage, nor had she now any heart to resist. But this was as the devil would have it. Then stood forth that he, Mr Ill-pause, that Diabolus brought with him, who was his orator ; and he addressed himself to speak to the town of Mansoul; the tenor of whose speech here follows: “Gentlemen,” quoth he, “it is my master's hap- Mr Ill.
pause's piness that he has this. day a quiet and teachable Speech to the auditory; and it is hoped by us that we shall pre- Mansoul.
vail with you not to cast off good advice. My master has a very great love for you ; and although, he
very well knows, that he runs the hazard of the anger of King Shaddai, yet love to you will make him do more than that. Nor doth there need that a word more should be spoken to confirm for truth what he hath said; there is not a word but carries with it self-evidence in its bowels; the very name of the tree may put an end to all controversy in this matter. I therefore, at this time, shall only add this advice to you, under and by the leave of my lord,” (and with that he made Diabolus a very low congee, “consider his words, look on the tree and the promising fruit thereof; remember also that yet you know but little, and that this is the way to know more : and if your reasons be not conquered to accept of such good counsel, you are not the men that I took you to be.”
But when the townsfolk saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eye, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, they did as old Ill-pause advised ; they took and did eat thereof. Now this I should have told you before, that even then, when this Ill-pause was making his speech to the townsmen, my Lord Innocency (whether by a shot from the camp of the giant, or from some sinking qualm that suddenly took him, or whether by the stinking breath of that treacherous villain old Ill-pause, for so I am most apt to think) sank down in the place where he stood, nor could he be brought to life again. Thus these two brave men died ; brave men I call them, for they were the beauty and glory of Mansoul, so long as
Gen. 3. 6.
My Lord Innocency's
they lived therein : nor did there now remain any more a noble spirit in Mansoul; they all fell down and yielded obedience to Diabolus, and became his slaves and vassals, as you shall hear. Now these being dead, what do the rest of the The town
taken, and townsfolk, but, as men that had found a fool's how. paradise, they presently, as afore was hinted, fall to prove the truth of the giant's words. And, first, they did as Ill-pause had taught them; they looked, they considered, they were taken with the forbidden fruit : they took thereof, and did eat ; and having eaten, they became immediately drunken therewith. So they opened the gate, both Eargate and Eye-gate, and let in Diabolus with all his bands, quite forgetting their good Shaddai, his law, and the judgment that he had annexed, with solemn threatening to the breach thereof.
Diabolus, having now obtained entrance in at the gates of the town, marches up to the middle thereof, to make his conquest as sure as he could ; and finding, by this time, the affections of the people warmly inclining to him, he, as thinking it was best striking while the iron is hot, made this further deceivable speech unto them, saying, “Alas! my poor Mansoul! I have done thee indeed this service, as to promote thee to honour, and to greaten thy liberty ; but, alas ! alas! poor Mansoul, thou wantest now one to defend thee'; for assure thyself that when Shaddai shall hear what is done, he will come; for sorry will he be that thou hast broken his bonds, and cast his cords away from thee. What wilt thou do? Wilt thou, after enlargement, suffer thy privileges to be invaded