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SHADDAI UPON DIABOLUS,
FOR THE REGAINING OF
THE METROPOLIS OF THE WORLD;
OR, TAE LOSING AND TAKING AGAIN OF THE TOWN OB
BY JOHN BUNYAN,
« I Have used Similitudes."HOS. XII. 10.
T'Shtrange to me, that
they that love to tell
Things done of old, yea, and that do excel Their equals in historiology, Speak not of Mansouls 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 sorts,
Some will again of that which never was,
But, readers, I have somewhat else to do, Than with vain stories 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,