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himself; for the breaking of them up, and the discovery of them to Mansoul, lieth only in the power, authority, and skill of the Lord High Secretary himself. Talk of them he may, and so may the rest of the town of Mansoul as occasion gives them opportunity, press them
upon each other for the benefit of the whole. These things I would have you observe and do, for it is for your life, and the lengthening of your days.
* And one thing more to my beloved town of Mansoul: You must not dwell in, nor stay upon any thing of that which he hath in commission to teach you as to your trust and expectation of the next world. Of the next world, I say, for I propose to give another to Mansoul, when this with them is worn out; but for that you must wholly and solely have recourse to, and make stay upon this doctrine, that is your teacher after the first order. Yea, Mr. Recorder himself must not look for life from that which he himself revealeth ; his dependance for that must be founded in the doctrine of the other preachers. Let Ms. Recorder also take heed, that he receive not any doctrine or point of doctrine, that is not communicated to him by his superior teacher, nor yet within the precincts of his own formal knowledge.'
Now after the Prince had thus settled things in the famous town of Mansoul, he proceeded to give the elders of the corporation a necessary caution, to wit, how they should carry it to the noble captains that he had, from’his Father's court, sent or brougbt with him to the famous town of Mansoul. These Čaptains, said he, do love the town of Mansoul, and they are men pickt out of abundance, as men that best suit, and that will most faithfully serve in the wars of Shaddai against the Diabelians, for the preseryation of the town of Mansoul. I charge you therefore, said he, 0.ye inhabitants of the : now fourishing town of Mansoul, that you carry it not untowardly lo iny captains or their men, since they are
pickt and choice men. Men chosen out of many, for the good of the town of Mansoul. I say, I charge you, that you carry it not untowardly to them; for tho' they have the hearts and faces of lions, when at any time they shall be called forth lo engage and fight with the King's foes, and the enemies of the town of Mapsoul ; yet a little discountenance cast upon them from the town of Mansoul, will deject and cast down their faces, will weaken and take away their courage. Do not therefore carry it unkindly to my valiant captains, and couragoous men of war, but love them, nourish them, succour them, and lay them to your bosoms, and they will not only fight for you, but cause to fly from you all those Diabolians that seek, and will, if possible, be your utter destruction.
If therefore any of them should be at any time sick or weak, and so not able to perform that office of love, which with all their hearts they are willing to do, and will also do when well and in health, Heb. xii. 12. Isa,
v. 3. slight them not, nor despise them, but rather strengthen them, and encourage them, tho' weak and ready to die, for they are your fence and your guard, your walls, your gates, your locks, and your bars, Rev. iii. 2. 1 Thes. v. 14. And although when they are weak they can do but little, but rather need to be helped by you, than that you should then expect great things from them; yet when well, you know what exploits, what feats of warlike atchievements they are able to do, and will perform for you.
• Besides, if they be weak, thy town of Mansoul cannot be strong;, if they be strong, then Mansoul cannot be weak. Your safety. therefore doth lie in their health, and in your countenancing of them. Remember also, that if they be sick, they catch that disease of the town of Mansoul itself.
* These things I have said unto you, because I love your welfare and your honour. Observe therefore, ()
my Mansoul! to be punctual in all things that I have given in charge unto you, and that not only as a town corporate, and so to your officers, and guard, and guides in chief, but to you as you are a people whose well being, as single persons, depends on the observation of the orders and commandments of their Lord. Next, Oh my Minsool, I warn you of that of which, notwithstanding that reformation that at present is wrought among yoii, you have need to be warned about; wherefore hearken diligently unto me, I am now sure, and you will know hereafter, that there are yet some Diabolians remaining in the town of Mansoul; Diabolians that are sturdy and implacable, and that do already while I am with you!, and that will yet more when I am from you, study, plot, contrive, inveni, and jointly attempt to bring you to desolation, and so to a state far worse than that of Egyptian bondage; they are the avowed friends of Diabolus, therefore look about you, Mat. vii. 21. 22. They used therefore to lodge with their Prince in the castle, when Incredulity was Lord Mayor of this town, but since my coming hither, they lie inore in the oui-sides, and walls, and have made themselves dens, and caves, and holes, and strong holds therein, Rom. vii. 18. Wherefore, Oh. Mansoul! thy work as to this, will be so much the more difficult and hard; that is, to take, mortify, and put them to death, according to the will of my Father. Nor can you utterly rid yourselves of them, unless you should pull down the walls of your town, the which I am by no means willing you should. Do
Wbat shall we then do? Why, be you diligent, and quit you like men; observe their holds, find out their haunts, assault thein, and make no peace with them. Wherever they haunt, lurk, or abide, and what terms of peace soever they offer you, abhor; and all shall be well betwixt you and me. And that you may the better know them from those that are tbe natives of Mansoul, I will
you ask me,
give you this brief schedule of the names of the chief of them; and they are these that follow : The Lord Fornication, the Lord Adultery, the Lord Murder, the Lord Anger, the Lord Lasciviousness, the Lord Deceit, the Lord Evil-eye, Mr. Drunkenness, Mr. Revelling, Mr. Idolatry, Mr. Witchcraft, Mr. Variance, Mr. Emulation, Mr. Wrath, Mr. Sirife, Mr. Sedition, and Mr. Heresy. These are some of the chief, O Mansoul! of those that will seek to overthrow thee for ever. These, I say, are the skulkers in Mansoul, bizt look well into the law of thy King, and thou shalt fiod ibeir physiog·mony, and such other characteristical notes of them by which they may be koown.
These, O my Mansoul (and I would gladly that you should certainly know it) if they be suffered to run and range about the town as they would, would quickly, like vipers, eat out your bowels, yea poison your captains, cut the sinews of your soldiers, break the bars and bolts of your gates, and turn your now mosi flourishing Mansoul, into a barren and desolate wilderness and ruinous heap. Wherefore that you may take courage to yourselves to apprehend these villains wherever you find them, I give to you, my Lori Mayor, iny Lord Will-bewill, and Mr. Recorder, with all the inhabitants of the town of Mansoul, full power and commission to seek ont, to take, and to cause to be put to death by the cross, all manner of Diabolians, wherever you shall find them lurk within, or without the walls of the town of Mansoul. I told you before that I had placed a standing ministry among you, not that you have but these with yoll, for my four first captains who came against the master and Lord of the Diabolians that was in Mansoul, they can, and it necd be, if they be required, will not only privately inform, but publickly preach to the corporation, both good and wholesome doctrine; yea, they will set up a weekly, y a, if need be, a daily lecture in thee,
O Mansoul! and will instruct thee in such profitable lèssons,
that, if heeded, will do thee good at the end. And take good heed that you spare not the men that you have a commission to take and crucify. Now as I have set out before
the vagrants and runagates by name, so I will tell you that among yourselves, some of them shall creep in to beguile you, even such as would seem, and that in appearance are, very rife and hot for religion. And they, if you watch not will do you a mischief, such an one as at present you cannot think of. These, as I said, will shew themselves to you in another hue than those under the description before. Wherefore Mansoul, watch and be sober, and suffer not thyself to be betrayed.'
When the Prince had thus far new-modelled the town of Mansoul, and had instructed (them in such matters as were profitable for them to know, then he appointed another day, in which he intended, when the townsfolk came together, to bestow a further badge of honour upon the town of Mansoul, a badge that should distinguish them from all people, kindreds and tongues, that dwell in the kingdom of Universe. Now it was not long before the day appointed was come, and the Prince and the people met in the King's palace, where first Emanuel made a short speech unto them, and then did for them as he had said, and unto them as he had proinised. My Mansoul, said he, that which I now am about to do, is to make you known to the world to be mine, and to distinguish you also in your own eyes, from all false traitors that may creep in among you.
Then he commanded that those that waited upon him should go and bring forth out of his treasury, those white glistering robes that I, said he, have provided and laid up in store for my Mansoul. So the white garments were fetched and laid forth to the eyes of the people, Rev. xix. 8. Moreover, it was granted to them