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SHADDAI UPON DIABOLUS,
FOR THE REGAINING OF
THE METROPOLIS OF THE WORLD;
OR, THE LOSING AND TAKING AGAIN OF THE TOWN OF
BY JOHN BUNYAN,
“ I bave used Similitudes."—H05. XII, 10.
TIS strange to me, that they that love to tell
Things done of old, yea, and that do excel Their equals in historiology, Speak not of Mansoul's wars, bụt 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, Nor will be, feign, (and that without a cause) Such matter, raise such mountains, tell such things Of men, of laws, of countries, and of kings : And in their story seem to be so sage, And with such gravity clothe ev'ry page, That though their frontis-piece says all is vain, Yet to their way disciples they obtain.
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,