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rebuked, and forewarned Mansoul according to the laws of the town, &c. And shortly he should receive his reward. -The fourth note came out for Mr. Godly., fear, wherein his Lord signified, That he was the first man in Mapsoul that detected Mr. Carnal-Security, as the only one that through his subtilty and cunning, had obtained' for Diabolus a defection and decay of goodness in the blessed town of Mansoul. His Lord gave him to understand, that he still remembered his tears and mourning for the state of Mansoul. Emanuel also noticed how stoutly he stood it at the gates of the castle against the threats and attempts of the tyrant, and how he had put the townsmen in a way to make their petition to Their Prince, so as that he might accept thereof, and as that they might obtain an answer of peace; and that therefore shortly he should receive his reward.,
After all this, there was yet produced a note which was written to the wbole town of Mansoul, whereby they perceived, that their Lord took notice of their so often repeating of petitions to him, and that they should see more of the fruits of such their doings in time to
Their Prince did also therein tell them, Tbat he took it well, that their beart and mind now at last abode fixed upon bim and bis
tbo? Diabolus bad made such inroads upon
them, and tbat neither flatteries on tbe one band, nor bardships on the otber, could make tben yield to serve bis cíuel designs. There was also inserted at the bottom of this note, That bis Lordsbip bad left the town of Mansoul in the bands
of the Lord Secretary, and under the care and fonduct of Capt. Credence, saying, Beware that you yield yourselves unto their governance, and in due time you sball receive your reward.
So after the brave Capt. Credence had delivered bis notes to those to whom they belonged, he retired to my Lord Secretary's lodgings, and there spends his time in conversing with him; for they two were very
great one with another, and did indeed know more how things would go with Mansoul than did all the townsmen besides; the Lord Secretary also loved Capt. Credence dearly, yea, many a good bit was sent him from my Lord's table; also he might have a shew of countenance when the rest lay under the clouds. So after some time for converse was spent, the captain betook himself to his chainbers to rest. But it was not long after but my Lord did send for the captain again; so he came, and they greeted one another with usual salutations. And the Lord Secretary took him and had him aside, and after a sign or two of more favour, he said, I have made thee the Lord Lieutenant over all the forces in Mansoul; so that from this day forward all men in Mansoul shall be at thy word. Thou shalt therefore manage according to thy plact the war for thy Prince, and for the town of Mansoul, against the force and power of Diabolus, and at thy command shall the rest of the captains be.
Now the townsmen began to perceive what interest the captain had with the court, and with the Lord Secretary. Wherefore what do they, after some lamentation that they made no more use of him in their distresses, but send by their subordinate preacher to the Lord Secretary, to desire him that all that ever they were and had, might be put under the care and conduct of Capt. Credence. So their preacher went and did his errand, and received this' answer from the mouth of his Lord, That Capt. Credence should be the great doer in all the King's army against his enemies, and also for the welfare of Mansoul. But all this was done with all imaginable secresy, because the foes had yet great strength in the town. But,
To return to our story again: When Diabolus saw himself thus boldly confronted by the Lord Mayor, and perceived the stoutness of Mr. Godly-fear, he fell into a
rage, and forthwith called a council of war, that he might be revenged. Now the effect and conclusion of the council that day was, How they might take the castle. So one advised this way, and another that; but when they could not agree in their verdict, Apollyon, the president of the council stood up, and thus he began: My brotherhood, I have some things to propound unto you; and my first is this, Let us withdraw ourselves from the town into the plain again, for our presence here will do us no good, because the castle is yet in our enemies hands; nor is it possible that we should take that, so long as so many brave captains are in it, and this bold fellow Godly-fear is the keeper of the gate: Now when we have withdrawn ourselves into the plain they will be glad of some little ease, and it may be of their own accord they may again begin to be remiss, and even their so being will give them a bigger blow than we can possibly give them. But if that should fail, our going forth of the town may draw the captains out after us, and you know what it cost them when we fought in the field before. Besides, can we but draw them into the fields, we may lay an ambush behind the town, which shall, when they are come forth, rush in and take possession of the castle.- -But Belzebub stood up and replied, 'Tis impossible to withdraw them all from the castle.' He therefore concluded, that what was done must be done by some other means; and the most likely means that the greatest of their heads could invent, was that which Apollyon had advised to before, to wit, to get the townsmen again to sin; for it is not our being in the town, nor in the field, nor our fighting, nor our killing of their men, that can make us the masters of Mansoul ; for so long as one in the town is able to lift his finger against us, Einanuel will take their parts, and if he shall take their parts, we know what time a day it will be with us. Wherefore there is in
my judgment no way to bring them into bondage to us inventing a way to make them sin, 2 Pet. ii. 18-21. Had we left all our Doubters at home, we had done as well as we have done now, uuless we could have made them the masters and governors of the castle; for Doubters at a distance, are but like objections repelled with arguments. Let us withdraw ourselves into the plain, not expecting the captains should follow us; but yet I say, let us do this, and before we do so, let us advise with our trusty Diabolians that are yet in their holds in Mansoul, and set them to work to betray the town to us; for indeed they must do it, or it will be left undone for.
By these sayings of Belzebub the whole conclave was forced to be of his opinion, to wit, That the way to get the castle, was to get the town to sin. Then they fell to inventing by what means they might do this.
Then Lucifer said, The counsel of Belzebub is pertinent; now the way to bring this to pass in mine opinion is this: Let us withdraw our force from Mansoul, and let us terrify them no more, either with summons of threats, or any other awakening means. Only let us lie in the field at a distance, and be as if we regarded them not (for frights I see do but awaken them, and make 'em. more stand to their arms.) I have also another stratagem in my head, you know Mansoul is a market-town, and a town that delights in commerce, what therefore if some of our Diabolians shall feign theinselves for countrymen, and shall go out and bring to the market some of our wares to sell; and what matter at what rates, though it be but for half the worth. Now let those that thus trade in their market, be those that are witty and true to us, and I will lay my crown to pawn, it will do. There are two that are come to my thoughts already, that I think will be arch at this work, and they are Mr. Penny-wisepound-foolish, and Mr. Get-i'th-hundred-and-loose-i'thshire; vor is this man with the long name at all inferior
: to the other. What also if you join with them.Mr. Sweetworld, and Mr. Present-good, they are civil and cunning, but our true friendsand helpers, Rev. iii. 17. Let these with as many more engage in this business for us, and let Mansoul be taken up in much business, and let them grow full and rich, and this is the way to get ground of them; remember ye not, that thus we prevailed upon Laodicea; how many presnte do we hold in this snare? Now when they begin to grow full, they will forget their misery, and if we shall not affright them, may happen to fall asleep, and so be got to neglect their town-watch, their castle-watch, as well as their watch at the gates.
Yea, may we not thus so cumber Mansoul with abundance, that they shall be forced to make of their castle a warehouse, instead of a garrison fortified against us, and a receptacle of men of war? Thus, if we get our goods and commodities thither, I reckon that the castle is more than half ours. Besides, could we so order it, that they should be filled with such kind of wares, that then, if we made a sudden assault upon thein, it would be hard for the captains to take a shelter there. Do you know that of the parable, Luke viii. 14. The deceitfulness af ricbes cboak the word; and again, W ben tbe beart is overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and the cares of this life, all mischief comes upon them unawares, chap. xxi. 34,35, 36. Furthermore, my Lords, quoth he, you very well know that it is not easy for a people to be filled with our things, and not to have some of our Diabolians as retainers to their bouses and services: Where is a Mansoulian that is full of this world, that has not for his servants Mr. Profuse, or Mr. Prodigality, or some other of our Diabolian gang, as Mr. Voluptuousness, Mr. Pragmatical, Mr. Ostentation, or the like? Now these can take the castle of Mansoul, or blow it up, or make it unfit for a garrison for Emanuel, and any of these will do. Yea, these for ought I know, may do it for us sooner