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and courage at the success that he had obtained, to draw up to the walls, und demand entrance as he did, was in season and also advantageous.

The Lord Will-be-will did aiso play the man within; for while the captains and soldiers were in the field, he was in arms in the town, and wherever by him there was a Diabolian foud, they were forced to feel the weight of his heavy hand, and also the edge of his penetrating sword ; many therefore of the Diabolians he wounded, as the Lord Cavil, the Lord Brisk, the Lord Pragmatic, the Lord Murmur; several also of the meaner sort he did sorely maim; thongh there cannot at this time an account be given you of any that he slew outright. The cause, or rather the advantage that my Lord Will-be-wili had at this time to do thus, was, for that the captains were gone out to fight the enemy in the field. For now, thought the Diabolians within, is our time to stir and make an uproar in the town ; what do they therefore but quickly get themselves into a body, and fall forthwith to hurricaning in Mansoul, as if now 1101 hing but whirlwind and tempest should be there ; wherefore, as I said, he takes this opportunity to fall in among them with his men, cutting and slashing with

courage that is undaunted; at which the Diabolians . with all baste dispersed theniselves to their holds, and my Lord to his place as before.

This brave act of my Lord did somewhat revenge the wrong done by Diabolus to the captains, and also did let them know, that Mansoul was not to be parted with for the loss of a victory or two; wberefore the wing of the tyrant was clipt again, as to boasting, I mean, in comparison of what he would have done if the Diabolians had put the town to the same plight to which he had put the captains.

Well, Diabolus ret resolves to have the other bout with Mansuul; for, thought he, since I beat them

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I may beat thein twice: Wherefore he commanded his men to be ready at such an hour of the night to make a fresh assault upon the town, and he gave it out in special, that they should bend all their force against Feel-gate, and attempt to break into the town through that: The word that then he did give to his officers and soldiers was, Hill-fire. And, said he, if we break in upon them, as I wish we do, either with some, or with all our force, let them that break in look to it, that they forget not the word. And let nothing be heard in the town of Mausoul, but Hell-fire! Hell-fire! Hell-fire! The drummer was also to beat without ceasing, and the standard-bearers were to display their colours; the soldiers too were to put on what courage they could, and to see that they played manfully their parts against the town.

So the night was come, and all things by the tyrant made ready for the work, he suddenly makes his assault upon Feel-gate, and after he had a while struggled there, he throws the gate wide open. For the truth is those gates were het weak, and so most easily made to yield. When Diabolus had thus far made his attempt, he placed his captains, to wit, Torment and No-ease there; so he attempted to press forward, but the Prince's captains came down upon him, and made his entrance more difficult than he desired. And to speak truth, they made what resistance they could; but the three of their best and most valiant captains being wounded, and by their wounds made much uncapable of doing the service that they would, and all the rest having more than their hands full of the Doubters, they were overpowered with force, nor could they keep them out. Wherefore the Prince's men and their captains betook themselves to the castle, as to the strong hold of the town: and this they did for the security of themselves and the town, but chiefly to preserve to Emanuel the prerogative royal of

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Mansoul, for so was the castle. The captains therefore being fled into the castie, the enemy, without much resistance, possess themselves of the rest of the town, and spreading themselves as they went, they cried out, Hellfire! Hell-fire! Hell-fire! so that nothing for a while throughout the town of Mansoul could be heard but the direful noise of Hell-fire, together with the roaring of Diabolus's drum. And now did the clouds ban; black over Mansoul, nor did any thing but ruin seem to attend it. Diabolus also quartered his soldiers in the houses of the inhabitants of Mansoul. Yea, the subordinate preacher's house was full of them, and so was tay Lord Mayor's and my Lord Will-be-will's. Yea, where was there a corner, a cottage, a barn, or a hog-sty, that now was not full of these vermin? Yea, they turned the men of the town out of their houses, and would lie in their beds, and sit at their tables themselves. Ah, poor Mansoul ! now thou feelest the fruits of sin, and what venom was in the flattering words of Mr. Carnal Security ! They inade great havock of whatever they laid their hands on ; yea, they fired the town in several places; many young children also were by them dashed in pieces, yea, those that were yet unborn they destroyed in their mother's wonsbs: For you must needs think that it could not now be otherwise, for what conscience, what pity, what bowels of compassion can any expect at the hands of these outlandish Doubters? And now did Mansoul seem to be nothing but a den of dragons, an emblem of hell, and a place of total darkness. Now did Mansoul lie, almost, like the barren wilderness ; nothing but nettles, briers, thorns, weeds, and stinking things seem now to cover the face of Mansoul. I told you before how that these Diabolian Doubters turned the men of Mansoul out of their beds, and now I will add, they wounded them, they mauled them, and almost brained many, yea, niost if not all of them. Mr. Conscience they so wounded, yea, and

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Wounds so festered, that he could have no ease day nor night, but lay as continually upon a rack; but that Shaddai rules all, certainly they had slain him outright. My Lord Mayor they so abused, that they almost put out his eyes ; and had not my Lord Will be-will got into the castle, they intended to have chopt him all to pieces, for they did look upon him, as his heart now stood, to be one of the very worst that was in Mansoul against Diabolus and his crew.

Now a man might have walked for many days together in Mansoul, and scarce have seen one in the town that looked like a religious man.

O the fearful state of Mansoul now! now every corner swarmed with outlandish Doubters; 'red-coats and black-coats walked the town by clusters, and filled up all the houses with hideous noises, vain songs, lying stories, and blasphemous language against Shaddai and his Son. Now also those Diabolians that lurked in the walls, and dens, and holes that were in the town, came forth and shewed themselves; yea, walked with open face in company with the Doubters that were in Mansoul.

But Diabolus and his outlandish men were not at peace in Mansoul; for they were not there entertained as were the captains and forces of Emanuel; the townsmen did brow-beat them what they could. Nor did they partake or make destruction of any of the necessaries of Mansoul, but that which they seized on against the townsmen's will; what they could they hid from them, and what they could not they had with an ill will. They, poor hearts, had rather have had their room than their company, but they were at present their captives, and their captives for the present they were forced to be, Rom. vii. But, I say, they discountenanced them as much as they were able, and shewed them all the dislike that they could.

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continual play with their slings, to the chafing and fretting of the minds of the enemies. True, Diabolus made a great many attempts to have broken open the gates of the castle, but Mr. Godly-fear was made the keeper of that; and he was a man of courage, conduct, and valour, that 'twas in vain as long as life lasted within him, to think to do that work, tho' mostly desired; wherefore all the attempts that Diabolus made against him, were fruitless; I have wished sometimes that that man had the whole rule of the town. Well, this was the condition of the town of Mansoul, for about two years and a half: the body of the town was the seat of war;

the people of the town were driven into holes, and the glory of Mansoul was laid in the dust; what rest then could be to the inhabitants, what peace could Mansoul have, and what sun could shine upon it? Had the enemny lain 80 long without in the plain against the town, it had been enough to have famished them ; but now whep they shall be within, when the town shall be their tent, their trench, and fort against the castle that was in the town, when the town shall be against the town, and shall serve to be a defence to the enemies of her strength and life; I say, when they shall make use of the forts and townholds, to secure themselves in, even till they shall take, spoil, and demolish the castle, this was terrible; and yet this was now the state of Mansoul. After Mansoul had been in this sad and lamentable condition for so long a time as I have told you, and no petitions that they presented their Prince with all this wbile, could prevail; the inhabitants of the town, to wit, the elders and chief of Mansoul, gather together, and after some time spent in condoling their miserable state, and this miserable judgment coming upon them, they agreed together to draw up yet another petition, and to send it away to Emanuel for relief. But Mr. Godly-fear stood up and answered, Toat be knew tbat bis Lord the Prince never did, nur evit

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