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would receive a petition for these matters from the band of any whoever, unless the Lord Secretary's band was to it; and this, quotb be, is the reason you privaikš not all tbis while. Then they said they would draw op one, and get the Lord Secretary's hand unto it. But Mr. Godly-fear answered again, That be knew also that the Lord Secretary would not set bis band to any petition that bimself bad not an band in drawing up; and besides, said he, the Prince doth know my Lord Secretary's band from all the hands in the world; wherefore be cannot be deceived by any prétence whatever; wherefure my advice is, that you go to niy Lord, and in store bim to lend you bis aid. Now he did yet abide in the castle, where all the captains and men at arms were. So they heartily thanked Mr. Godly-fear, took his counsel, and did as he bad bidden them ; so they went and came to my Lord, and made known the cause of their coming to him, to wit, that since Mansoul was in so deplorable a condition, his Highness would be pleased to draw up a petition for then to Emanuel, the Son of the mighty Shaddai, and to their King and his Father, by him.
Then said the Secretary to them, Wiat petition is it that you would bave me draw up for you? But they said, Our Lord knows best the condition of Mansoul, and how we are backslidden from the Prince; thou also knowest who is come up to war against us, and how Mansoul is now the seat of war. My Lord knows moreover, what barbarous usage our men, women, and children have suffered at their hands, and how our home-bred Diabolians do walk now with more boldness than dare the townsmen of Mansoul. Let our Lord therefore, according to the wisdom of God that is in him, draw up a petition for his poor servants to our Prince Emanuel. Well, said be, I will draw up a petition for you, and will also sét my band tbereto. Then said they, But when shall we call for it at the hand of our Lord? But he answered, Yourselves must be present at the doing of it; yed, you must put your desires to it. True,
tbc band and per sball be mine, but ibe ink and paper must be yours, ilse bow can you say, it is your petition nor bave I need to paiiion for my self, bicause I bave not offended. He also added as followeth: No pitition goes from me in my name to the Prince, and so to bis Futher by bim, but wben tbe people, ihat are chiefly concerned therein, do join in beart and soul in ibe matter, for that must be inserted therein. So they did heartily agree with the sentence of the Lord, and a petition was forthwiih drawn up for them. But now who sball carry it, that was the next. But the Secretary advised that Captain Credence should carry it, for he was a well spoker man. They therefore called, for him, and propounded to him the business. Well, said the Captain, I gladly accept of the motion; and though I am lame, I will do this business for you, with as much speed, and as well as I can. The contents of the petition were to
O our Lord and Sovereign Prince Emanuel, the potent, long-suffering Prince, grace is poured into thy lips, and to thee belongs mercy and forgiveness, tho' we have rebelled against thee. We wbo are no more worthy to be called thy Mansoul, nor yet hit to partake of common benefits, do beseech thee, and thy Father by thee, to do away our transgressions. We confess that thou mightest cast us a way for them, but do it not for thy name's sake; let the Lord rather take an opportunity at our miserable condition, to let out his bowels and compassion to us. We are compassed on every side; Lord, our own backslidings reprove us, our Diabolians within our town fright us, and the army of the angel of the bottomless pit distress us. Thy grace can be our salvation, and wbither to go but to thee we know not. Furthermore, O gracious Prince, we have weakened our captains, and they are discouraged, sick, and of late some of them grievously worsted, and beaten out of the field by the power and force of tbe tyrant. Yea, even those of our
captains, death And now by this time Capt. Credence was returned and come from the Court from Einanuel to the castle of Mausoul, and he returned to them with a
captains, in whose valour we used to put most confidence, are as wounded inen. Besides, Lord, our enemies are lively, and they are strong, they vaunt and boast themselves, and do threaten to part us among themselves for a booty. They are fallen also upon us, Lord, with many thousand Doubters, such as with whom we cannot tell what do; they are all grim-legked, and unmerciful ones, and they bid defiance to us and thee.
“Our wisdom is gone, our power is gone, because thou art departed from us, nor have we what we may call ours, but sin, shame, and confusion of face for sin. Take pity upon us, O Lord, take pity upon us thy miserable town of Mansoul, and save us out of the hands of our enemies. Amen.'
This petitio), as was touched afore, was handed by the Lord Secretary, and carried to court by Capt. Credence; he carried it out at Mouth-gate, and came to Emanuel with it. Now how it came out, I do not know, but it reached the ears of Diabolus. So Diabolus charged the town of Mansoul with it, saying, Tbou rebellious and stubborn bearted Mansoul, I will make tbve to leave off petitioning ; art tbou yet for petitioning ? I will make tbee to leave off. Yea, he knew also who the messenger was ; and it made him to fear and rage. Then said he to his Diabolians, Oye stout ones, be it known unto you, that there is a treacbery batcht against us in the rebellious torun of Mansoul ; for albeit the town is in our possession, yet these miserable Mansoulians bave attempted to dare, aud bave been so bardy as yet to send to the court of Emanuel for belp. This I give you to understand, tbat ye may yet know how to carry it to the wrctobed town of Mansoul. Wberefore, O niy trusty Diabolians, I command that yet more and more ye distress Mansoul, and vex it with your wiles. Let this be tbe reward of the Mansoulians, for tbeir desperate rebellion.
When Diabolus had done thus, he went the next way up to the castle gates, and demanded that upon pain of
cleath the gates should be opened to him, and that entrance should be given to him and his men that followed after. To whom Mr. Godly-fear replied, That the gate should not be opened unto him, nor his men. He said moreover, That Manson), when she had suffered awhile, should be made perfect, strengthened, and settled.
Then said Diabolus, Deliver me then the men tbe men that bave petitioned in gainst me, especially Capt. Credence that carried it to your Prince, deliver tbat varlet into my bands, and I will depart from the town.
Then did my Lord Mayot reply, I thou devouring
tyrant, be it known unto thee, we shall hearken to none resolus of thy words; we are resoleed to resist thee as long as a
captain, a man, a sling, or à stone to throw at thee shall
-Then said the Lord Mayor, We have sinned indeed, but that shall be no help to thee, for our Emanuel hath said it, and that in great faithfulness. And him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out. He hath also told us, 0 our enemy, that all manner of sin and blaspheny shall be forgiven to the gons of men. Therefore we dare not despair, but will look for, and wait for mercy.
pacquet. So niy Lord Mayor hearing that Capt. Credence was come, withdrew himself, from the noise of the roaring of the
tyrant, and left him to yell at the wall of the town, or against the gates of the castle. So he came up to the captain's lodgings, and saluting him, he asked him of his welfare, and what was the best news at court? But when he asked Capt. Credence that, the water stood in his eyes. Then said the captain, Cheer up, my Lord, for all will be well in time: And with that he first produced his pacquet, and laid it by; that the Lord Mayor and the rest of the captains took for a sign of good tidings. Now a season of grace being come, he sent for all the captains and elders of the town, to let then know that Capt. Credence was returned from the court, and that he had something in general, and something in special concerning them. When the Captain had saluted them, he opened his pacquet, and thence did draw out of it several notes for those that he had sent for. And the first note was for my Lord Mayor, wherein was signified : The Prince Emanuel had taken it well that my Lord had been so true and trusty in his office, and had: engaged so faithfully in his cause against Diabolus. He also signified that he should shortly receive his reward.
The second note that came out, was for the noble Lord Will-be-will, wherein there was signified, That Emanuel did well understand how valiant and courageous he had been for the honour of his Lord. The Prince had taken it well that he had been so faithful to Mansoul, in keep so strict an hand and eye over the Diabolians that still lay lurking in the town. He also understood that
Lord had with his own hand done great execution upon some of the chief of the rebels there, to the good example of the whole town; and that shortly his Lordship should have his reward.
The third note was for the subordinate preacher, and signified, That his Prince took it well from him, that he had so honestly and faithfully performed his office, and trust committed to him by his Lord, while he exhorted, No. 6.