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that began the fright in Mansoul; for Mansoul, in former times, did use to count that Mr. Recorder was a seer, and that his sentence was equal to the best of oracles; and thus was Mansoul a terror to itself.
And now they began to feel what was the effects of stubborn rebellion, and unlawful resistance against their Prince, I say, they now began to feel the effects thereof, by guilt and fear that now had swallowed them up; and who more involved in the one, but they that were most in the other, to wit, the chief of the town of Mansoul.
To be brief, when the fame of the fright was out of the town, and the prisoners had a little 'recovered themselves, they take to themselves some heart, and think to petition the Prince for life again. So they did draw up a third petition, the contents whereof were this :
Prince Emanuel tbe great, Lord of all worlds, and master of mercy, we tby poor, wretched, miserable, dying town of Mansoul, do confess unto tby great and glorious Majesty, ibat we bave sinned against thy Father and tbee, and are no more worthy to be called thy Mansoul, but ratber to be cast into tbe pit. If thou wilt slay us, we have deserved it. If thou wilt condemn us to tbe deep, we cannot but say
tbou ari righteous. We cannot complain whatever thou dost, or bowever thou carriest it towards us. But 0! let mercy reign, and let it be extended to us! Olet mercy take bold upon us, and free us from our transgressions, and we will sing of thy mercy, and of thy judgment. Amen.
This petition when drawn up was designed to be sent to the Prince as the first, but who should carry it, that was the question. Some said, let him do it that went with the first, but others thought good not to do that, and that because he sped no better.
Now there was an old man in the town, and his name was Mr. Gooddeed. A man that bare only the name, but had nothing of the nature of the thing ; now some were for sending him, but the Recorder was by no means for that: For,
said he, we now stand in need of, and are pleading for mercy, wherefore to send our petition by a man of his name, will seem to cross the petition itself, should we make Mr. Good-deed our messenger, when our petition cries for mercy.
Besides, quoth the old gentleman, should the Prince now, as he receives the petition, ask him, and say, what is thy name? (and nobody knows but he will) and he should say, Old Good-deed! what think you
would Emanuel say but this : Aye, is old Good-deed yet alive in Mansoul! then let old Good-deed save you froin your distresses. And if he says so, I am sure we are lost, nor can a thousand of Good-deeds saye Mansoul.
After the Recorder had given in his reasons, why old Good-deed should not go with this petition to Emanuel ; the rest of the prisoners and chiefs of Mansoul opposed it also, and so old Good-deed was laid aside, and they agreed to send Mr. Desires-awake again; so they sent for Mr. Desires-awake again, and desired that he would a second time go with their petition to the Prince, and he readily told them he would. But they bid him, that in any wise he should take heed that in no word or carriage he gave offence to the Prince; for by doing so, for ought we can tell, you may bring Mansoul into utter destruction, said they.
Now Mr. Desires-awake, when he saw that he must go on this errand, besought that they would grant that Mr. Wet-eyes might go with him. Now this Weteyes was a near neighbour of Mr. Desires-awake, a poor man, a man of broken spirit, yet one that could speak well to a petition. So they granted that he should go with him. Wherefore they address themselves to their business ; Mr. Desires-awake put a rope upon his head, and Mr. Wet-eyes went with his hands wringing together. Thus they went to the Prince's pavilion.
Now when they went to petition this third time, they
were not without thoughts that by often coming they might be a burden to the Prince. Wherefore when they were come to the door of his pavilion, they first made their apology for themselves, and for their coming to trouble Emanuel so often ; and they said, that they came not bither to-day, for that they delighted to hear themselves talk, but for that necessity caused them to come to his Majesty; they could they said, have no rest day nor night, because of their transgressions against Shaddai and against Emanuel his Son. They also thought that some misbehaviour of Mr. Desires-awake, the last time, might give distrust to his Highness; and so cause that he returned from so merciful a Prince empty, and without countenance. So when they had made this apology, Mr.Desires-awake cast himself prostrate upon the ground as at the first, at the feet of the mighty Prince, saying, O! that Mansoul might live before thee! so he delivered his petition. The Prince when having read the petition, turned aside awhile as before, and coming again to the place where the petitioner lay on the ground, he demanded what his name was, and of what esteem in the account of Mansoul, for that he above all the niultitude in Mansoul should be sent to him on such an errand ? Then said the man to the Prince, O let not niy Lord be angry ; and why enquirest thou after the name of such a dead dog as I am? Pass by, I pray thee, and take no notice of whom I am, because there is, as thou very well knowest, so great a disproportion between me and thee. Why the townsmen chose to send me on this errand to my Lord, is best known to themselves, but it could not be for that they thought I had favour with my Lord. For my part I am: out of charity with myself, who then should be in love with me? Yet live would, and so would I that my townsmen should; and because both they and myself are guilty of great transgressions, therefore they have
sent me, and I have come in their names to beg of my Lord for mercy. Let it please thee therefore to incline to mercy, but ask not what thy servants are.
Then said the Prince, And what is be that is become thy companion in this so weighty a matter ; so Mr. Desires-awake told Emanuel, that he was a poor neighbour of his, and one of his most intimate associates, and his name, said he, may it please your excellent Majesty, is Wet-eyes of the town of Mansoul. I know that there are many of that name that are nought, but I hope it will be no offence to my Lord that I have brought my poor neighbour with me.
Then Mr. Wet-eyes fell on his face to the ground, and made this apology for his coming with his neighbour to his Lord :
O, my Lord, quoth he, what I am, I know not myself, nor whether my name be feigned or true, especially when I begin to think what some have said, namely, that this name was given me because Mr. Repentance was my father. Good men have bad children, and the sincere 'do often times beget hypocrites. My mother also called me by this naine from my cradle, whether because of the moistness of my brain, or because of the softness of my heart, I cannot tell. I see dirt in mine own tears, and filthiness in the bottom of my pray
But I pray thee (and all this while the gentleman wept) that thou wouldst not remember against us our transgressions, nor take offence at the unqualifiedness of thy servant, but mercifully pass by the sin of Mansoul, and refrain from glorifying of thy grace no longer.
So at his bidding they arose, and both stood trembling before him, and he spake to him to this purpose :
The town of Mansoul bath grievously rebelled against my Father, in that they have rejected him from being their King, and did choose for themselves for their capLain), a liar, a murderer, and a runagate slave. For this
Diabolus, your pretended Prince, though once so highly accounted of by you, made rebellion against my father and me, even in our palace and highest court there, thinking for to become a Prince and King. But being timely discovered and apprehended, and for his wickedsess bound in chains, and separated to the pit with those that were his companions, he offered himself to
have received him. Now this is, and for a long tinie hath been, an high affront to my Father; wherefore my Father sent to you a powerful army to reduce you to your obedience. But
you know how those men, their captains, and their councils were esteemed of you, and what they received at your hand. You rebelled against them, you shut your gates upon them, you bid them battle, you fought them and fought for Diabolus against them. So they went to my Father for more power, and I with my men am come to subdue you. But as you treated the servant, so you treated their Lord. You stood up in hostile manner against me, you shut up your gates against me, you turned the deaf ear to me, and resisted as long as you could; but now I have made a conquest
you cry to me for mercy so long as you had hopes that you might prevail against me? But now I have taken the town, you cry; but why did you not cry before, when the white flag of my mercy, the red flag of justice, and the black flag that threatned execution, were set up to.cite you to it? Now I have conquered your Diabolus, you come to me for favour; but why did you not help me against the mighty? Yet I will consider your petition, and will answer it so as will be for my glory.
Go, bid Captain Boanerges and Captain Conviction bring the prisoners out to me into the camp to-morrow, and say you to Captain Judgment and Captain Execution, stay in the castle, and take good heed to yourselves that you keep all quiet in Mansoul, until you shall hear