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than an army of twenty thousand men. Wherefore, to end as I began, my advice is, that we quietly withdraw ourselves, not offering any further force, or forcible attempt upon the castle, at least at this time, and let us set on foot our new project, and let's see if that will not make them destroy themselves.
This advice was highly applauded by them all, and . was accounted the very master-piece of Hell, to wit, to choak Mansoul with a fulness of this world, and to surfeit her heart with the good things thereof. But see how things meet together. Just as this Diabolian counsel was broken up, Captain Credence received a letter from Emanuel, the contents of wbich was this, Tbat upon tbe third day be would meet bim in tbe field in tbe plains about Mansoul. Meet me in the field ! quoth the captain; what meaneih my Lord by this? I know not what he meaneth by meeting of me in the field. So he took the note in his hand, and did carry it to my Lord Secretary, to ask his thoughts thereon, for
Lord was a seer in all matters concerning the King, and also for the good of Mansoul. So he shewed my Lord the note, and desired his opinion thereof. For my part, quoth Captain Credence, I know not the ineaning thereof.
So my Lord did take and read it, and after a little pause he said, The Diabolians bave bad against Mansoul a great consultation to-day; tbey bave, I say, this day been contriving the utter ruin of the town; and the result of their counsel is, to set Mansoul into sucb a way which, if taken, will surely make ber destray berself. And to this end they are making ready for their own departure out of the town, intending to take themselves to field again, and tbere to lie till they sball see wbetber tbein project will answer or no.
But be tbou ready with the men of thy Lord (for on the third day tbey will be in the plainz) ibere to fall upon the Diabolians; for the Prince will by that time be in tbe field ; yea, by that it is break of day, sun-rising, or before, with a mighty folie
against ibim. So be shall be before them, and thou shalt be bebind tben, and betawixt you both their army shall be destroyed.--When Capt. Credence heard this, he went and told the capiains, what a note he had a while since received from the hand of Emanuel. And he said, that which was dark therein has my Lord Secretary expounded unto me. He told them moreover, what by himself and by them, must be done, to answer the mind of their Lord. Then were the captains glad, and Capt. Credence commanded, that all the King's trumpeters should ascend to the battlements of the castle, and there in the audience of Diabolus, and of the whole town of •Mansoul, make the best music that heart could invent. The trumpeters then did as they were commanded; they got themselves up to the top of the castle, and thus they began to sound. Then did Diabolus start, and said, What do these mad men mean, that they should be so merry and glad? Then answered one of themselves and said, This is for joy that their Prince Einanuel is coming to relieve the town of Mansoul; and that this relief is near. The men of Mansoul also were greatly concerned at this melodious charm of the trumpets; they said to one another, Surely this can be no hạrm to us. Then said the Diabolians, what had we best to do? And it was answered that we had best to quit the town.
So on the second day they withdrew themselves from Mansoul, and abode in the plains, without, but they encamped before Eye-gate in as terrible a manner as they could. The reason why they could not abide in the town was because they were not possessed of the strong hold, and because, said they, we shall have more convenience to fight, and also to fly, if need be, when we are encamped in the open plain. Besides, the town would have been rather a pit for them than a place of defence, had the Prince come up and enclosed ihem. Well the time that the captains were to fall upon
Diabolians being come, they eager!y prepared themselves for action, for Capt. Credence had told the captains over night, that they should meet their Prince in the field tomorrow, was like oil to a flaming fire; for of a long time they had been at a distance, they therefore were for this the more earnest and desirous of the work. So the hour being come, Capt. Credence, with the rest the men of war, drew out their forces before it was day by the sa!!y-port of the town ; and being all ready, Capt. Credence went up to the head of the army, and gave to the rest of the captains the word, and so they to the under officers and soldiers, which was, The sword of Prince Emanuel, and the skield of Capt. Credence; which in the Mansoulian tongue is, The word of God and faitb. Then the captains fell on and began roundly to front, and flank, and rear Diabolus's camp.
Now they left Capt. Experience in the town, because he was ill of his wounds, which the Diabolians had given him in the last fight. But when be perceived that the captains were at it, what does he, but calling for his erutches with haste, gets up, and away he goes to the battle, saying, Sball I lie bere wben ny bretbren are in the fight, and wben Emanuel the Prince will sbew bimself in the field to bis servants? But when the enemy saw the man come with his crutches, they were daunted yet
more, for thought they, what spirit has possessed these Mansoulians, that they fight me upon crutches. Well, the captains fell on, and did bravely handle their weapons, crying and shouting as they laid on blows, The sword of the Prince Emanuel and the sbield of Capt. Credence.
When Diabolus saw that the captains had so valiantly surrounded his men, he concluded (for the present) nothing for them was to be looked for but blows. Wherefore he also falls upon the Prince's army with all his deadly force. Who was it that at first he met with in the tight, but Capt. Credence on the one hand, and Lord
Will-be-will on the other; now Will-be-will's blow's were like the blows of a giant, for he had a strong arni, and he fell in upon the Election-doubters, who were the life-guards of Diabolus, and he kept them in play a long while, cutting and battering shrewdly. When Captain Credence saw my Lord engaged, he did stoutly fall on the same company also on, the other hand, and so they put them to great disorder. Capt. Good-hope had engaged the Vocation-doubters, who were sturdy men, but he was a valiant man; Capt. Experience did also send him some aid ; so he inade them to retreat. The rest of the armies were hotly engaged, and that on every side, and the Diabolians did fight stoutly. Then did ny Lord Secretary.command that the slings from the castle should be played, and his men could throw stones at an hair's breadth. But after a while those that were made to fly before the captains of the Prince, did begin to rally: again, and they came up stoutly upon the rear of the Prince's army, where they began to faint, but remembering that they should see the face of their Prince by and by, they took courage, and a very fierce battle was fought. Then shouted the captains as before; and with that Diabolus gave back, thinking that more aid had been come ; but no Emanuel as yet appeared. Moreover the battle did hang in doubt, and they made a little retreat on both sides. Now in the time of respite, Capt. Credence bravely encouraged his men to stand to it, and Diabolus did the like to his men as well as he could. The contents of Capt. Credence's speech bere follows : Gentlemen soldiers, and niy brethren in this design, it rejoicetb me much to see in the field so stout and valiant an army, and such fuit ful lovers of Mansoul. You have bitberio shown yourselves men of truth and courage against the Diabolian forces, so that ibey have not yet mucb to boast of their gettings. Now take to yourselves your wonted courage, cind sbew yourselves men, even tbis once only ; fur in a few
minutes after the next engagement ibis time, you sball
see your Prince skew bimself in the field, for we must make tbis second assault upon tbis tyrant Diabolus, and tben Emanuel contes.
No sooner had the captain made this speech to his soldiers, but one Mr. Speedy came post to the captain, to teil him Emanuel was at hand. Wherefore, like pien raised from the dead, so the captains and their men.. arose, made up to the enemy, and cried, The sword of the Prince Emanuel, and the skield of Capt. Credence. The Diabolians also bestired themselves, and made resistance as well as they could, but in this last engagement the Diabolians lost their courage, and anany of the Doubters fell down dead to the ground. Now when they had been in the beat of battle about an hour or more, Capt. Credence lift up his eyes, and saw, and behold Emanuel came, and he came with colours flying, trumpets sounding, and the feet of his men scarce touched the ground with haste. Then did Capt. Credence wheel his to the townward, and gave to Diabolus the field. So Emanuel came upon hin on the one side, and the enemy's place was betwixt them both; then again they fell to it, and now it was but a little while more but Emanuel and Capt. Credence mut, still trampling down the slain as they came. But when the captains saw that the Prince was come, and that he fell upon the Diabolians on the other side, and that Capt. Credence and his Highness had
betwixt them, they so shouted that the ground rent again. Now when Diabolus saw that he and his forces were so hard beset by the Prince and his princely army, what does he and the Lords of the Pit that were with him, but make their escape, and forsake their army, and leave them to fall by the land of Emanuel, and of his noble Capt. Credence: So they fell all dow'n slain before them, before his Prince, and before his royal army; there was not left so much as one Doubter alive; they lay spread upon the ground like