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I was there when the gates were broken ope;
And saw how Mansoul then was stript of hope.
I saw the captains march into the town,
How there they fought, and did their foes cut down.

I heard the Prince bid Boanerges go
Up to the castle, and there feize his foe;
And saw him and his fellows bring him down
In chains of great contempt quite through the tower

I saw EMANUEL, when he poffeft
His town of Mansoul: and how greatly bleft
The town, his gallant town of Mansoul was
When the receiv'd his pardon, lov'd his laws.

When the Diabolonians were caught,
When tryd, and when to execution brought,
Then I was there ; yea, I was standing by
When Mansoul did the rebels crucify.

I also saw Manfoul clad all in white,
And heard ber Prince call her his heart's delight;
I saw him put upon her chains of gold,
And rings and bracelets, goodly to behold.

What shall I say? I heard the people's cries,
And saw the Prince wipe tears from Mansoul's eyes.,
I heard the groans, and saw the joy of many :


of all, I neither will, nor can I ;
But by what here I say, you well may fee
That Mansoul's matchless wars no fables be. (a)

Mansoul! the desire of both Princes was,
One keep his gain would, t'other gain his lofs;
Diabolus would cry, The town is mine ;
EMANUEL would plead a right divine
Unto his Mansoul: then to blows they go,
And Mansoul cries, “ These wars will ine undo!"
Mansoul, her wars seem'd endless in her eyes,
She's lost by one, becomes another's prize;
And he again that lost her last would swear,
Håve her I wili, or her in pieces tear.

Mansoul thus was the very seat of war ;
Wherefore her troubles greater were by far
Than only where the noise of war is heard,
Or where the thaking of a sword is fear'd !
Qr only where small skirmishes are fought,
Or where the fancy fighteth with a thought.

She saw the swords of fighting men made red, And heard the cries of those with them wounded.


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(a) The christian course is a warfare : but salvation is of the Lord.


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Muft not her frights, then, be much more by far
Than they that to such doings Strangers are ?
Or their's that hear the beating of a drum,
But need not fly for fear from house and home.?

Mansoul not only heard the trumpet found,
But saw her gallants gasping on the ground;
Wherefore we must not think that she could reft
With them whose greatest earnest is but jest:
Or where the bluft'ring threat'nings of great wars
Do end in parlies, or in wording jars.

Mansoul her mighty wars they do portend
Her weal, her woe, and that world without end;
Wherefore she must be more concern'd than they
Whose fears begin and end the self-fame day; (a)
Or where none other harm doth come to him

That is engag'd, but loss of life or limb;
As all must needs confess that now do dwell
In Universe, and can this story tell.

Count me not, then, with them who, to amaze
The people, set them on the stars to gaze ;
Insinuating with much confidence
They are the only men that have science
Of some brave creatures; yea, a world they will
Have in each star, though it be past their skill
To make it manifelt unto a man
That reason hath, or tell his fingers can.

But I have too long held thee in the porch,
And kept thee from the sun-fhine with a torch.
Well, now go forward, step within the door,
And there behold five hundred times much more
Of all sorts of such inward rarities,
As please the mind will, and will feed the eyes,
With those which of a christian, thou wilt lee;
Nor do thou go to work without my key, The margina
(In mysteries men do often lose their way,
And also turn it right; if thou would't know
My riddle, and would'st with my heifer plow;
It lies there in the window. Fare thee well,
My next may be to 'ring thy passing bell.


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(a) Implying, that religion is of the utmost importance : holding out to mankind heaven or hell, happiness or mifery to all eternity. May we chuse the better part !







With N O T E S,



the world.

IN my travels, as I walked through many regions and

countries, it was my chance to arrive at that famous continent of Universe.

A very large and spacious country it is: it lieth between the Description of two poles, and just amidst the four points of the heaven. It is a place well watered, and richly adorned with hills and vallies, bravely situated; and for the most part (at least where I was) very fruitful; also well peopled, and a very sweet air. (a)


(a) This is the world described, in it's present state; wherein, notwithstanding the alteration incurred by fin, we may still difcern the most lively traces of the wisdom, power, and providence of God: fince, as St. Paul says, Rom. i. 20. “ the invisible things of him, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen and understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead."


The people are not all of one complexion, nor yet of language, mode, or way of religion; but differ' as much (it is said) as do the planets themselves : fome are right, and some are wrong, even as it happenech to be in lesser regions. (a)

In this country, as I said, it was my lot to travel ; and there travel I did, and that so long, even till I had learned much of their mother-tongue, together with the customs and manners of them among whom I was. And, to speak A natural state

truth, I was much delighted to see and hear pleafing to the

many things which I faw and heard among Lelh.

them: yea, I had, to be sure, even lived and died a native among them (I was fo taken with them and their doings), had not my Master sent for me home to his house, there to do business for him, and to oversee business done. (6)

Now there is, in this gallant country of Universe,

a fair


(a) Here the world (with respect to its inhabitants) is delineated in the disordered state it was reduced to by the fall of our frit parents, who involved all their potterity. Before that fatal event, all was harmony, beauty, and united praises to the beneficent Creator; but fin introduced discord, a comparative deformity, difease, and death, and entailed a curse on the whole creation: thenceforward the mind became depraved, and debilitated in all it's faculties, so that the undertanding, will, and affections, were not only totally alienated and ettranged from God, but branched out into various fpecies of error and difcordancy, in proportion as mankind increased, whose hearts, being thus infected, became utterly blind, and theis imaginations vain ; giving themielves up to commit all kinds of abomination with greedinesswhich, in the early ages, Gen. vii. 23. provoked God, after much forbearance and long fuffering, to sweep them all off, from the face of the earth, by a deluge of water, except one family of eight persons, Noah and his children.

(6) Certain it is, that, in our natural state, the luit of the fteth, the luft of the eye, and the pride of life, captivate and enfnare the foul; fo that, if the Lord did not work a miraculous change upon us by the quickening power of his Spirit, we could be content to take up with the poor, unsatisfying enjoyments of time and fenfe which this world affords, to remain unacquainted with, and regardless of, God and happiness; and, what is worst of all, (but inevitable, if unrenewed at deacha) to become certain heirs of eternal misery in a future life.

a fair and delicate town, a corporation called MANSOUL; a town for it's building so curious, for it's situation so commodious, for it's privileges so advantageous (I mean with reference to it's original), that I may say of it, as was faid before of the continent in which it is placed, “There is not it's equal under the whole heaven." (a)

As to the situation of this town, it lieth between the two worlds : and the first founder and builder of it, so far as by the best and most authentic records I Scriptures. can gather, was one SHADDAI; (6) and he

The Almighty. built it for his own delight, Gen. i. 26. He made it the mirror and glory of all that he made, even the top-piece, beyond any thing else that he did in that country: Yea, fo goodly a town was Mansoul, when first built, that it is said by fome, the gods, at

Created angels. the setting up thereof, came down to see it, and sung for joy. And as he made it goodly to behold, so also mighty to have dominion over all the country round about. Yea, all were commanded to acknowledge Mansoul for their metropolitan, all were enjoined to do homage to it. Ay, the town itself had positive commission, and power from her King, to demand service of all, and also to subdue those that any ways denied it.


la) The foul of man, being immortal, is of inestimable value. It is the breath of God, a particle of the divine nature; created, at first, in righteousness and true holiness, but now dreadfully disfigured and defiled by fin; very far (not to say wholly) gone from original righteousness. The soul is all that is intrinsically and supereminently valuable in the human composition; for according to the nature, disposition, and bias of it, so is the whole man. The body dies, and moulders to dust: but the soul lives for ever, and, if re-united to God here, will flourish in immortal youth in a better world. The care of that precious deposit (if I may so term it) is therefore of the utmolt consequence ; for “what will it profit a man, to gain the whole world, and lote his own soul ? or what can he give in exchange for his soul?” Matt. xxvi. 25. O may the promoting it's internal and best interests be our principal object and concern!

(6) All-fufficient; or almighty, as in the margin. Grammarians differ with respect to the etymology of this word; some deriving it from the Hebrew, others from the Greek.

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