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that the town of Mansoul was taken and converted tu the use of the glorious Prince Emanuel; and when he also saw what was become of Diabolus, and how he was unroosted, and made to quit the castle in the greatest contempt and scorn, and that the town of Mansoul was well lined with captains, engines of war, and men, and also provisions, what doth he, but wheel about also; and as he had served Diabolus against the good Prince, so he teigned that he would serve the Prince against his foes; and having got some smattering of Emanuel's things by the end, being bold," he ventures himself into the company of the townsmen, and attempts also to chat among them. Now he knew that the power and strength of the town of Mansoul was great, and that it could not but be pleasing to the people, if he cried up their might and their glory. Wherefore he beginneth his tale with the power and strength of Mansoul, and affirmeth that it was impregnable. Now magnifying the captains, and their slings, and their rams, then crying up their fortifications and strong holds,; and lastly, the assurance they had from their Prince that Mansoul should be happy for ever. But when he saw that some of the nien of the town were tickled and taken with this discourse, he makes it his business, and walking from street to street, house to house, and man to man, he brought also Mansoul to dance after his pipe, and to grow almost as carnally secure as himself; so from talking they went to feasting, and from feasting they went to sporting; and so to some other matters. Now Emanuel was yet in the town of Mansoul, and he wisely observed their doings. My Lord Mayor, my Lord Will-be-will, and Mr. Recorder, were also taken with the words of this tattling Diabolian gentleman; forgetting that their Prince had given them warning before, to take heed that they were not beguiled by any Diabolian slight; he had told them further, that the security of the now flourish
ing town of Mapsoul did not so much lay in her present fortifications and force, as in her so using of what she had, as might oblige her Emanuel to abide within her castle. For the right doctrine of Emanuel was, that the town of Mansoul should take heed that they forget not his Father's love and his; also that they should so deein themselves as to continue to keep themselves therein. Now this was not the way to do it, namely, to fall in love with one of the Diabolians, and with such an one too as Mr. Carnal-security was, and to be led up and down by the nose by him. They should have heard their Prince, feared their Prince, loved their Prince, and have stoned this naugbty-pack to death, and took care to have walked in the ways of their Prince's prescribing, for then should their peace have been as a river, when their righteousness had been like the waves of the sea.
Now when Emangel perceived that through the policy of Mr. Carnal-security the hearts of the men of Mansoul were chilled and abated in their practical love to him;
First, he bemoans them, and condoles their state with the Secretary, saying, O that my people bad bearkened unto me, and that Mansoul bad walked in my ways! I would bave fed them with the finest of the wheat, and with boney out of tbe rock would I bave sustained them. This done, he said in his heart, I will return to the court, and go place, iill Mansoul sball consider and acknowledge their offence. And lie did so, and the cause and manner of his going away from them was thus :
The cause was for that,
First, Mansoul declined him, as is manifest in these particulars :
1. They left off their former way of visiting of him, they came not to his Royal Palace as afore.
2. They did not regard, nor yet take notice that he came, or came not to visit them.
3. The love-feasts that had wont to be between their Prince and them, though lie made them still, and called them to them, yet they neglected to come at them, or to be delighted with them.
4. They waited not for his councils, but began to be head-strong and confident in themselves, concluding that now they were strong and invincible, and that Mansoul was secure, and beyond all reach of the foe, and that her state must needs be unalterable for ever.
Now, as was said, Emanuel perceiving that by the craft of Mr. Carnal-security the town of Mansoul was taken off froni their dependance upon him, and
upon his Father by him, and set upon what by them was bestowed upon it. He first, as I said, bemoaned their state; then he used means to make them understand that the way they went on in was dangerous; for he sent my Lord High Secretary to them, to forbid them such ,ways; but twice when he came to them, he found them at dinner in Mr. Carnal-security's parlour, and perceiving also that they were not willing to reason about matters concerning their good, he took grief and went his way. The which when he had told to the Prince Emanuel, he was grieved also, and returned to his Father's court.
Now the methods of his withdrawing, as I was saying before, were thus:
1. Even while he was yet with them in Mansoul, he kept himself close, and more retired than formerly.
2. His specch was not now, if he came in their company, so pleasant and familiar as formerly.
3. Nor did he, as in times past, send to Mansoul from his table those dainty bits, which he was wont to do.
4. Nor when they came to visit him, as now and then they would, would he be so easily spoken with, as they found him in times past. They might now knock once, yea twice, but he would seem not at all to regard
them; whercas, formerly he would run and meet them half away, and take them too, and lay them in his bosom.
But thus Emanuel carried it now, and by this his carriage he sought to make them bethink themselves and return to him. But alas! they did not consider, they did not know his ways, they regarded not, they were not touched with these, nor with the true rem membrance of former favours, Ezek. xi. 21. Hos. y. 15. Lev. xxvi. 21, 22, 23, 24. Wherefore what does he but in private manner withdraw himself, first from bis palace, then to the gate of the town, and so away from Mansoul he goes, till they should acknowledge their offence, and more earnestly seek his face. Mr. God's-peace also laid down his commission, and would for the present act no longer.
Thus they walked contrary to him, and he again, by way of retaliation, walked contrary to them, Jer. ij. 33. But alas! by this time they were so hardened in their way, and had so drunk in the doctrine of Mr. Carnalsecurity, that the departing of their Prince touched them not, nor was he remembered by them when gone; and so of consequence his absence was not condoled by them.
Now there was a day, wherein this old gentleman Mr. Carnal-security, did again make a feast for Mansoul, and there was at that time in the town one Mr. Godly-fear, one now but little set by, tho' formerly onc of great request. This man old Carnal-security had a mind, if possible, to gull and abuse, as he did the rest, and therefore he now bids him to the feast with his neigbbours. So the day being come, they prepare, and he goes and
appears with the rest of the guests; and being all set at the table, they did eat and drink, and were merry, even all but this one man : for Mr. Godly-fear sat like a stranger, and did neither eat, nor was merry, wbich when Mr. Carnal-security perceived, he addressed himself in a speech thus to bim:
Mr. Godly-fear, are you not well ? you seem to be of ill body, or mind, or both. I have a cordial of Mr. Forget-good's making, which, Sir, if you will take, I hope it way make you bonny and blith, and so make you more fit for we feasting companions.
Unto whom the good old gentleman discretely replied, Sir, I thank you for all things courteous and civil, but for your cordial I have no list thereťo. But a word to the natives of Mansoul, You the elders and chief of Mansoul, to me it is strange to see you so jocund and merry, when the town of Mansoul is in such woeful case.
Then said Mr. Carnal-security, You want sleep, goed
you were not destitute of an honest heart, you could not do as you bave done and do.
Then said Mr. Carnal-security, Why??
Godly --Nay, pray interrupt me not. 'Tis true the town of Mansoul was strong, and (with a proviso) impregnable; but you have weakened it, and it now lies obnoxious to its foes; nor is it a time to be silent; 'tis you, Mr. Carnal-security, that have stripped Mansoul, and driven her glory from her; you have pulled down her towers, you have broken down her gates, you have spoiled her locks and bars.
And now to explain myself: From that time that my Lords of Mansoul, and you, Sir, grew so great, from that time the strength of Mansoul has been offended, and now he is risen and is gone. If any shall question the truth of my words, I will answer him by this, and such like questions : Wbere is tbe Prince Emanuel? Wben did a man or woman in Mansoul see bim ? When did you bear from bim, or taste any of his dainty bits? You are now a feasting with this Diabolian monster, but he is not your Prince; I say, therefore, though enemies from without,