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think of; thy age therefore, and thy pretended craziness, thou makest use of to blind the court withal, and as a cloak to cover thy knavery. But let us hear what the witnesses have to say for the King against the prisoner at the bar; is he gnilty of this indictment or not?
Hate My Lord, I have heard this Forget-good say, that he could never abide to think of goodness, do not for a quarter of an hour. Clerk..Where did
say Hate.-In Allbase-lane, at a house next door to the sign of the Conscience seared with an Hot Iron.
Clerk. Mr. Know-all, what can you say for our Lord the King, against the prisoner at the bar?
Know.--My Lord, I know this man well, he is a Diabolian, the son of a Diabolian, his father's name was Love-naught, and for him, I have often heard him say, That he counted the very thoughts of goodiress the most burthensome thing in the world. Clerk..Where have
these words? Know.-In Flesh-lane, right opposite the church.
Then said the Clerk, Come, Mr. Tell-true, give in your evidence concerning the prisoner at the bar, about ihat for which he stands here, as you see, indicted before this honourable court.
Tell.--My Lord, I have heard him often say he had rather think of the vilest thing, than of what is contained in the holy scriptures.
Cierk. Where did you hear him say sach grievous words? -Tell.--Where! in a great many places ; particularly in Nauseous-street, in the house of one Shameless, and in Filth-lane, at the sign of the Reprobate, next door to the Descent into the Pit.
Court.-Gentlemen, you have heard the indictment, his plea, and the testimony of the witnesses. Gaoler, set Mr. Hard-heart to the bar. He is set to the bar.
Clerk.-. Mr. Haird-beart, thorl art bere indicted by the name of Heart-beart (an intruder upon the town of Mansoul), for that ibou didst most desperately and wickedly possess the towil of Minsoul with impenitency and obdurateness, and didst keep them from remorse and sorrow for their evils, all the time of tbeir apostary from, and rebellion against the blessed King Shaddai. ivhat suyest tbou to this indictment, art tbou guilty or not guilty?
Hard:--My Lord, I never knew what remorse or sorrow meant in all my life: I am impenetrable; I care for for no man;
nor can I be pierced with men's grief; their groans will not enter into my heart; whomever I mischief, whomever I wrong, to me it is music, when to others mourning.
Court.--You see the man is a right Diabolian, and has convicted himself. Set him by, guoler, and set Mr. False-peace to the bar.
Mr. False-peace, thou art here indicted by the name of False-peace (an intruder upon tbe town of Mansoul), for tbut thou diel most-wickedly and satannically bring, bold, and keep the town of Mansoul, both in ber apostacy, and in ber bellish rebellion, in a false, groundless, and dangerous peace, and dimnable security, to the dishonour of the King, the transgression of bis law, and the great damage of ibe town of Marsoul. Ibat sayest tbou, art tbou guilty of this indictment or not ?
Then said Mr. False-peace, Gentlemen, and you now appointed to be my judges, I acknowledge that my name is Mr. Peace; but that my name is Falsepeace, I utterly deny. -If your honours should please to send for any that do intimately know me, or for the midwife that laid my mother of me, or for the gossips that were at my christening; they will any, or all of them prove that my name is not False-peace, but Peace. Wherefore I cannot plead to this indictment, for as much as my name is not inserted therein, and as No. 4, T
is my true name, so also are my conditions. I was always a man that loved to live at quiet, and what I loved myself, that I thought others might love also. Wherefore when I saw any of my neighbours to labour under a disquieted mind, i endeavoured to help them what I. could; and instances of this good temper of mine many I could give; as,
1. When at the beginning our town of Mansoul did decline the ways of Shaddai, they some of them afterwards began to have disquieting reflections upon themselves for what they had done; but I, as one troubled to see them disquieted, presently sought out means to get them quiet again.
2. When the ways of the old world, and of Sodom, were in fashion ; if any thing happened to molest those that were for the customs of the present times, I laboured to make them quiet again, and to cause them to act without molestation.
3. To come nearer home, when the pars fell out between Shaddai and Diabolus, if any time I saw any of the town of Mansoul afraid of destruction, I often used by some way, device, invention or other, to labour to: bring them to peace again. Wherefore since I have been always the man of so viri irous a temper, as some say the peace-maker is, and if a peace-maker be so de-treatment, but liberty, and also a licence to seek damage serving a man as soine have been bold to assert he is, then let me. gentlemen, be accounted by you, who have a great name for justice and equity in Mansoul, for
man that deserveth not this inhumane way of those that have been my accusers.
Then said the clerk, Cryer, make proclamation.
Cryer. - yes, for as much as the prisoner at the bar hath denied his name to be that which is mentioned in the indictment, the court requireth that if there be any in this place that can give information to the court of the
original and right name of the prisoner, they would come forth and give in their evidence; for the prisoner stands upon his own innocence.
Then came two into the court, and desired that they might have leave to speak what they knew concerning the prisoner at the bar; the name of the one was Searchtruth, and the name of the other Vouch-truth : so the court demandel of these men, if they knew the prisoner, and what they could say concerning him, for hre stands, said they, upon its own vindication.
Then said Mr. Search-truth, My Lord Court, Hold, give him his oath. Then they swore him. So he proceeded :
My I, rd, I know, and have known this man from a child, and can attest his name is False-peace. I knew his father, his name was Mr. Flatterer, and his mother, before she was married, was called by the name of Mrs. Sooth-up; and these two, when they came together, lived not long without this son, and when he was born, they called his nacie False-petce. I was his play-fellow, only I was somewhat older than le; and when his mother did use to call him home from his play, she used to say, False-peace, False-peace, come home quick, or or I'll fetch you. Yea, I knew him when he sucked; and though I was then but little, yet I can remember that when his mother did use to sit at the door with him or did play with him in her arms, she would call him twenty times together, my little False-peace, my pretty False-peace, and O my sweet rogue False-peace; and again, O my little bird False-peace, and how do I love my child! The gossips also know it is thus, though he has had the face to deny it in open court.
Then Mr. Vouch-truth was called upon to speak what he knew of him. So they sware himn.
Then said Mr. Vouch-truth, My Lord, all that the former witness hath said, is true ; his name is False
As to your
peace, the son of Mr. Flatterer, and Mrs. Sooth-up his inother; and I have in former times seen him angry with those that called him any thing else but Falsepeace, for he would say that all such did mock and nick-name him ; but this was in the time when Mr. False-peace was a great man, and when the Diabolians were the brave men in Mansoul.
Court.-Gentlemen, you have heard what these two men have sworn against the prisoner at the bar: And now Mr. False-peace to you: You have denied your name to be False-peace, yet you see that these honest men have sworn that this is your name. plea, in that you are quite besides the matter of your indictment; you are not by it charged for evil doing, because you are a man of peace, or a peace-maker among your neighbours; but for that you did wickedly and satannically bring, keep, and hold the town of Mapsoul both under its apostacy from, and in its rebellion against its King, in a false, lýing, and damnable peace, contrary to the law of Shaddai, and to the hazard of the destruction of the then miserable town of Mansoul; all that you have pleaded for yourself is, that you have denied your name, &c. but here you see we have witnesses to prove
that you are the man. that you so much boast of making among your neighbours, know that Peace that is not a companion of truth and holiness, but that which is without this foundation is grounded upon a lie, and is both deceitful and damnable; as also the great Shaddai hath said. Thy plea therefore hath not delivered thee from what by thy indictment thou art charged with, but rather it doth fasten all upon
thee. But thou shalt have very fair play, let us call the witnesses that are to testify, as to matters of fact, and see what they have to say for our Lord the King, against the prisoner at the bar
For the peace