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that you may take courage to yourselves to apprehend these yillains wherever you find them, I give to
A commiffion you my lord-mayor, my lord Will-be-will,
to destroy the and Mr. Recorder, with all the inhabitants Diabolonians. of the town of, Mansoul, full power
and commission to seek out, to take, and cause to be put to death by the cross, all manner of Diabolonians, 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 you, for my four first captains, who came against the master and lord of the Diabolonians that was in Mansoul, they can, and (if need be) if they be required, will not only privately inform, but publicly preach to the corporation, good and wholsome doctrine : yea, they will set up a weekly, and, if need be, a daily lecture in thee, Oh Mansoul ! and will instruct thee in such profitable lessons, that, if attended to, will do thee good at the end. And take good heed that you spare not the men whom you have a commission to take and crucify. « Now as I have set before your eyes
the vagrants and runagates by name, fo 'I will tell you, that among yourselves some of them shall creep in to beguile you, even such as would feom, and that in appearance are, very șife and hot for religion : (a) and they, if you watch not, will do you a mischief, such an one as you do not think of. These will shew themselves to you in another hue than those under the description before ; wherefore 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 ano
(a) Such are self-righteousness, spiritual pride, vain-glory, and the like,
ther day, on which he intended, when the townsfolk came Another privi- together, to bestow a further badge of honour lege in Man 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 came, 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 thein he had promised. His speech to
• My Mansoul, faid he, that which I now Mansoul. am about to do, is, to make you known to
the world to be mine, and to diftinguish 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 glittering 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, that they should take them and put them on. So the people were put into white, into fine linen, white and clean. (a)
Then said the Prince unto thein, · This, O Mansoul, is my livery, and the badge by which mine are known from the fervants of others. Yea, it is that which I grant to all that are mine, and without which no man is permitted to see my face. Wear them, therefore, for my fake who gave them unto you ; and also if you would be known by the world to be mine.'
But now, can you think how Mansoul shone? It was fair as the sun, clear as the moon, and terrible as an army with banners.
The Prince added further, and said, “No prince, potentate, or mighty one of Universe, giveth this livery
but myself; behold, therefore, as I said before, you shall be known by it to be mine.
* And now, said he, I have given you my livery, let me give you also in commandment concerning them: and be fure that you take good heed to my words.
First, Wear them daily, day by day, lest you should at some times appear to others as if you were none of mine, Eccl. ix. 8.
Secondly, Keep them always white: for if they be soiled, it is dishonour to me,' Rev, iii. 2.
• Thirdly, Wherefore gird them up from the ground, and let them not be foiled with duft or dirt.
! Fourthly, Take heed that you lose them not, left you walk naked, and they see your shame.(a)
• Fifthly, But if you should fully them, if you should defile them (the which I am unwilling you should, and the prince Diabolus would be glad if you would), Rev. vii. 14-17, then speed to do that which is written in my law, that yet you may stand, and not fall before me, and before my throne, Luke xxi. 36. Also this is the way to cause that I may not leave you nor forsake
while here, but dwell in this town of Mansoul for ever.
And now was Mansoul, and the inhabi. The glorious tants of it, as the signet upon EMANUEL's state of Man.. right-hand: where was there now a town, a
soul. city, a corporation, that could compare with Mansoul! A town redeemed from the hand and from the
power Diabolus! A town that the king SHADDA I loved, and that he fent EMANUEL to regain from the prince of the infernal cave; yea, a town that EMANUEL loved to dwell in, and that he chose for his royal habitation ; a town that he fortified for himself, and made strong by the force of his
(a) Sin is disgraceful to professors, wounds conscience, is dishonourable to christianity, and grieves the holy Spirit.
arm. What shall I say ! Mansoul has now a moft excel. lent prince, golden captains and men of war, weapons proved, and garments as white as snow. Nor are these benefits to be counted little, but great ; can Mansoul esteem them fo, and improve them to that end and purpose for which they are bestowed upon them.
When the Prince had thus completed the modelling of the town, to thew that he had great delight in the works of his hands, and took pleasure in the good that he had
wrought for the famous and flourishing ManThe Prince's standard set up.
soul, he commanded and they set his standard
upon the battlements of the castle. And then,
First, He gave them frequent visits ; not a day now but the elders of Mansoul must come to him (or he to them) into his palace, 2 Cor. vi. 16. Now they must walk together, and talk of all the great things that he had done, (a) and yet further promised to do for the famous town of Mansoul. Thus would he often do with the lord-mayor, my lord Will-be-will, and the honest fubordinate preacher Mr. Conscience, and Mr. Recorder. But Oh how graciously, how lovingly, how courteously and tenderly, did this blessed Prince carry it towards the town of Mansoul ! In all the streets, gardens, orchards, and other places where he came, to be sure the poor should have his blesfing and benediction: yea, he would kiss them, and, if they were ill, he would lay hands on them, and make them well. The captains also he would daily, yea fometimes hourly, encourage with his presence and goodly words: for you must know, that a sinile from him upon them would put more vigour, life, and stoutness into them, than any thing else under heaven.
The Prince would now also feat them, and be with them continually; hardly a week would pass, but a ban.
(a) Jesus, and his falvation, Inpuld be our constant theme, Pr. lxvi. 16,
quiet must be had betwixt him and them, 1 Cor. v. 8.
Marks of the
Prince's favour. fo dear was Mansoul to him now, so lovely was Mansoul in his eyes.
Secondly, When the elders and townsmen did not come to him, he would send in much plenty of provision upon them; meat that came from court, wine and bread that were prepared for his Father's table: yea, such delicates would he send unto them, and therewith would so cover their table, that whoever saw it, confessed that the like could not be seen in any kingdom.
Thirdly, If Mansoul did not frequently visit him as he desired they should, he would walk out to them, knock at their doors, and desire entrance, that amity might be maintained betwixt them and him; if they heard and opened to him, as commonly they would if they were at home, then would he renew his former love, and confirm it too, with some new tokens, and signs of continued favour, Rev. iii. 20. Cant. v. 2. And it was now amazing to behold, that in
Mansoul's that very place where sometimes Diabolus had
ory. his abode, and entertained the Diabolonians, to the almost utter destruction of Mansoul, the Prince of princes should fit eating and drinking with them, while all his mighty captains, men of war, trumpeters, with the
(a) A token of marriage.
(c) A token of beauty. (d) A token of pardon,