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but that in their time and order they must all drink of the same cup.
Wherefore the town of Mansoul spent that night in mourning, and sack-
cloth, and ashes. The prisoners also, when the time was come for them to
go down before the Prince, dressed themselves in mourning attire, with
ropes upon their heads. The whole town of Mansoul also showed them-
selves upon the wall, all clad in mourning weeds, if perhaps the Prince
with the sight thereof might be moved with compassion. But, oh ! how
the busybodies that were in the town of Mansoul did now concern them-
selves ! They ran here and there through the streets of the town by
companies, crying out, as they run in tumultuous wise, one after one
manner, another the quite contrary, to the almost utter distraction of
Mansoul.

Well, the time is come that the prisoners must go down to the camp,
and appear before the Prince. And thus was the manner of their going
down : Captain Boanerges went with a guard before them, and Captain
Conviction came behind, and the prisoners went down bound in chains in
the midst ; so I say (the prisoners went in the midst, and) the guai'd went
with flying colours behind and before, but the prisoners went with droop-
ing spirits. Or, more particularly, thus : —

The prisoners went down all in mourning ; they put ropes upon them-
selves ; they went on smiting of themselves on the breasts, but durst not
lift up their eyes to heaven. Thus they went out at the gate of Mansoul,
till they came into the midst of the Prince's army, the sight and glory of
which did greatly heighten their affliction. Nor could they now longer
forbear, but ci-y out aloud, O unhappy men ! O wretched men of Mansoul !
Their chains, still mixing their dolorous notes with the cries of the
prisoners, made the noise more lamentable.''

So when they were come to the door of the Prince's pavilion, they cast
themselves prostrate upon the place. Then one went in and told his
Lord that the prisoners were come down. The Prince then ascended a

■• " Behold, i will bring a fear upon thee, saith the Lord God of Hosts, from all those that be
about thee ; and ye shall be driven out every man right forth ; and none shall gather up
l<im that wandereth." — Jeremiah, xlix., ;>.



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throne of state, and sent for the prisoners in ; who when they came, did
tremble before him ; also they covered their faces with shame. Now as
they drew nearer to the place where he sat, they threw themselves down
before him. Then said the Prince to the Captain Boanerges, Bid the
prisoners stand upon their feet. Then they stood trembling before him ;
and he said, Are you the men that heretofore were the servants of
Shaddai? And they said, Yes, Lord, yes. Then said the Prince again,
Are you the men that did suffer yourselves to be con-upted and defiled by
that abominable one Diabolus ? And they said. We did more than suffer
it. Lord ; for we chose it of our own mind. The Prince asked further,
saying. Could you have been content that your slavery should have con-
tinued under his tyranny as long as you had lived ? Then said the pris-
oners, Yes, Lord, yes ; for his ways were pleasing to our flesh, and we were
grown aliens to a better state. And did you, said he, when I came up
against this town of Mansoul, heartily wish that I might not have the
victory over you ? Yes, Lord, yes, said they. Then said the Prince, And
what punishment is it, think you, that you deserve at my hand, for these
and other your high and mighty sins ? And they said. Both death and
the deep, Lord, for we have deserved no less. He asked again. If they
had ought to say for themselves, why the sentence that they confessed
that they had deserved should not be passed upon them? And they said.
We can say nothing, Lord ; thou art just, for we have sinned. Then said
the Prince, And for what are these ropes on your heads ? The prisoners
answered, These ropes are to bind us withal to the place of execution, if
mercy be not pleasing in thy sight. So he further asked. If all the men
in the town of Mansoul were in this confession as they ? and they answered,
All the natives ; but for the Diabolonians that came into our town when
the tyrant got possession of us, we can say nothing for them.

Then the Prince commanded that an herald should be called, and that
he should in the midst, and throughout the camp of Emmanuel, proclaim,
and that with sound of trumpet, that the Prince, the Son of Shaddai, had
in his Father's name, and for his Father's glory, gotten a perfect conquest
and victory over Mansoul, and that the prisoners should follow him, and
say, Amen. So this was done as he had commanded. And presently
the music that was in the upper regions sounded melodiously. The
captains that were in the camp shouted, and the soldiers did sing songs
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was everywhere, only it was wanting as yet in the hearts of the men 'of
Mansoul.

Then the Prince called for the prisoners to come and to stand again
before him ; and they came and stood trembling. And he said unto them,
" The sins, trespasses, iniquities, that you, with the whole town of Mansoul,
have from time to time committed against my Father and me, I have
power and commandment from my Father to forgive to the town of Man-
soul; and do forgive you accordingly.'" And having so said, he gave them
written in parchment, and sealed with several seals, a large and general
pardon, commanding both my Lord Mayor, my Lord Willbewill, and Mr.
Recorder, to proclaim and cause it to be proclaimed to-morrow, by that
the sun is up, throughout the whole town of Mansoul.

Moreover the Prince stripped the prisoners of their mourning weeds,
and gave them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the
garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

Then he gave to each of the three, jewels of gold, and precious stones,
and took away their ropes, and put chains of gold about their necks, and
ear-rings in their ears. Now the prisoners, when they did hear the
gracious words of Prince Emmanuel, and had beheld all that was done
unto them, fainted almost quite away ; for the grace, the benefit, the
pardon, was sudden, glorious, and so big, that they were not able, without
staggering, to stand up under it. Yea, my Lord Willbewill swooned
outright, but the Prince stept to him, put his everlasting arms under him,
embraced him, kissed him, and bid him be of good cheer, for all should be
performed according to his word. He also did kiss and embrace, and
smile upon the other two that were Willbewill's companions, saying. Take
these as further tokens of my love, favour, and compassion to you ; and
I charge you, that you, Mr. Recoi'der, tell in the town of Mansoul what
you have heard and seen.^

Then were their fetters broken to pieces before their faces, and cast into
the air, and their steps were enlarged under them. Then they fell down

' " Come in sorrow and contrition

Wounded, impotent, and bhnd ;
Here the guilty free remission.

Here the troubled peace may find." — Geins of Sacred Poetry.
> " Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound : they shall walk, O Lord, in the
light of thy countenance. In thy name shall they rejoice all the day : #nd in thy righteousness
shall they be exalted." — Psalm, \xxxyn\. 16 17.



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at4;he feet of the Prince, and kissed his feet, and wetted them with tears;
also they cried out with a mighty strong voice, saying. Blessed be the
glory of the Lord from this place. So they were bid rise up, and go
to the town, and tell to Mansoul what the Prince had done He com-
manded also, that one with a pipe and tabor should go and play before
them all the way into the town of Mansoul. Then was fulfilled what they
never looked for, and they were made to possess that which they never
dreamed of. The Prince also called for the noble Captain Credence, and
commanded that he and some of his officers should march before the
noblemen of Mansoul with flying colours into the town. He gave
also unto Captain Credence a charge, that about that time that the
Recorder did read the general pardon in the town of Mansoul, that at that
very time he should, with flying colours, march in at Eye-gate with
his ten thousands at feet, and that he should go until he came by the
high-street of the town up to the castle-gates, and that himself should
take possession thereof against his Lord came thither. He commanded,
moreover, that he should bid Captain Judgment, and Captain Execution,
to leave the strong-hold to him, and to withdraw from Mansoul, and
to return into the camp with speed unto the Prince.

And now was the town of Mansoul also delivered from the ten-or of the
first four captains and their men.

Well, I told you before how the prisoners were entertamed by the noble
Prince Emmanuel, and how they behaved themselves before him, and how
he sent them away to their home with pipe and tabor going before them.
And now you must think, that those of the town that had all this while
waited to hear of tlieir death, could not but be exercised with sadness of
mind, and with thoughts that pricked like thorns. Nor could their
thoughts be kept to any one point : The wind blew with them all this
while at great uncertainties, yea, tlieir hearts were like a balance that had
been disquieted with a shaking hand. But at last as they, with many a
long look, looked over the wall of Mansoul, they thought that they saw
some returning to the town ; and thought again, who should they be too,
who should they be ! At last they discerned, that they were the prisoners ;
but can you imagine how their hearts were surprised witli wonder!
especially when they perceived also in what equipage, and with what
honour they were sent home ! They went down to the camp in black, but
they came back to the town in white ; they went down to the camp



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in ropes, they came back in chains of gold ; they went down to the camp
with their feet in fetters, but came back with their steps enlarged under
them ; they went also to the camp looking for death, but they came back
from thence with assurance of life ; they went down to the camp with
heavy hearts, but came back again with pipe and tabor playing before
them. So as soon as they were come to Eye-gate the poor and tottering
town of Mansoul adventured to give a shout; and they gave such a shout,
as made the captains of the Prince's army leap at the sound thereof.

Alas ! for them poor hearts, who could blame them since their dead
friends were come to life again ? for it was to them as life from the dead,
to see the ancients of the town of Mansoul to shine in such splendour.
They looked for nothing but the axe and the block ; but behold joy and
gladness, comfort and consolation, and such melodious notes attending of
them that was sufficient to make a sick man well.'' So when they came
up they saluted each other with welcome, welcome, and blessed be he that
has spai'ed you. They added also, We see it is well with you, but how
must it go with the town of Mansoul, and will it go well with the
town of Mansoul, said they. Then answei'ed them the Recorder, and my
Lord Mayor, O ! tidings ! glad tidings ! good tidings of good ! and of
great joy to poor Mansoul ! Then they gave another shout that made the
earth to ring again. After this they inquired yet more particularly how
things went in the camp, and what message they had from Emmanuel to
the town. So they told them all passages that had happened to them at
the camp, and every thing that the Prince did to them. This made
Mansoul wonder at the wisdom and grace of the Prince Emmanuel ; then
they told them what they had received at his hands for the whole town of
Mansoul ; and the Recorder delivered it in these words, Pardon, Pardon,
Pardon for Mansoul ; and this shall Mansoul know to-morrow. Then
he commanded, and they went and summoned Mansoul to meet together
in the market-place to-morrow, there to hear their general pardon read.

But who can think what a turn, what a change, what an alteration, this
hint of things did make in the countenance of the town of Mansoul !
no man of Mansoul could sleep that night for joy ; in every house there

' And why, doubting, distrustful soul, rich in experience of the Lord's compassion, dost
thou tremble in abject fear, overwhelmed with grief, and destitute of comfort, and even of
hope ? Such a state of mind is not less criminal than it is miserable. Why in seasons of
the greatest difBculty do we not constantly bear in mind the blessed assurance, " God meant
it unto good ?" — Family Devotions.



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was joy and music, singing and making merry ; telling and hearing
of Mansoul's happiness, was then all that Mansoul had to do ; and this
was the burden of all their song : Oh ! more of this at the rising of
the sun ! more of this to-morrow ! Who thought yesterday, would one
say, that this day would have been such a day to us ? And who thought
that saw our prisoners go down in irons, that they would have returned
in chains of gold! yea, they that judged themselves as they went to
be judged of their judge, were by his mouth acquitted, not for that
they were innocent, but of the Prince's mercy, and sent home with
pipe and tabor.

But is this the common custom of princes, do tney use to show such
kind of favours to traitors ? No ! This is only peculiar to Shaddai, and
unto Emmanuel his Son.

Now morning drew on apace, wherefore the Lord Mayor, the Lord
Willbewill, and Mr. Recorder, came down to the market-place at the time
that the Prince had appointed, where the townsfolk were waiting for
them ; and when they came, they came in that attire, and in that
glory that the Prince had put them into the day before, and the street
was lightened with their glory ; so the Mayor, Recorder, and my Lord
Willbewill, drew down to Mouth-gate which was at the lower end of the
market-place, because that of old time was the place where they used
to read public matters. Thither therefore they came in their robes, and
their tabrets went before them. Now the eagerness of the people, to
know the full of the matter was great.

Then the Recorder stood up upon his feet, and first beckoning with his
hand for a silence, he read out with a loud voice the pardon. But when
he came to these words. The Lord, the Lord God merciful and gracious,
pardoning iniquity, transgressions, and sins ; and to them all manner of
sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven, &c. they could not forbear but leap
for joy. For this you must know, that there was conjoined herewith
every man's name in Mansoul ; also the seals of the pardon made a
brave show.

When the Recorder had made an end of reading the pardon, the towns-
men ran upon the walls of the town, and leaped and skipped thereon for
joy, and bowed themselves seven times with their faces towards Em-
manuel's pavilion, and shouted out aloud for joy, and said, Let Emmanuel
live for ever. Then order was given to the young men in Mansoul, that



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they should ring the bells for joy. (So the bells did ring, and the people
sing, and the music go on in every house in Mansoul.)

When the Prince had sent home the three prisoners of Mansoul with
joy, and pipe and tabor, he commanded his captains, with all the field-
officers and soldiers throughout his army, to be ready in that morning,
that the Recorder should read the pardon in Mansoul, to do his further
pleasure. So the morning, as I have showed, being come, just as the
Recorder had made an end of reading the pardon, Emmanuel commanded,
that all the trumpets in the camp should sound, that the colours should
be displayed, half of them upon Mount Gracious, and half of them upon
Mount Justice. He commanded also, that all the captains should show
themselves in all their harness, and that the soldiers should shout for joy.
Nor was Captain Credence, though in the castle, silent in such a day ; but
he from the top of the hold showed liimself with sound of trumpet to
Mansoul, and to the Prince's camp.

Thus have I showed you the manner and way that Emmanuel took to
recover the town of Mansoul from under the hand and power of the tyrant
Diabolus.

Now when the Prince had completed these, the outward ceremonies of
his joy, he again commanded, that his captains and soldiers should show
unto Mansoul some feats of war. So they presently addressed themselves
to this work. But oh ! with what agility, nimbleness, dexterity, and
bravery, did these military men discover their skill in feats of war to
the now gazing town of Mansoul !

They marched, they counter-marched, they opened to the right and
left, they divided and subdivided, they closed, they wheeled, made good
their front and rear with their right and left wings, and twenty things
more, with that aptness, and then were all as they were again, that they
took, yea, ravished, the hearts that were in Mansoul to behold it.' But
add to this, the handling of their arms, the managing of their weapons of
war, were marvellous taking to Mansoul and me.

When this action was over, the whole town of Mansoul came out as one
man to the Prince in the camp to thank him, and praise him for his
abundant favour, and to beg that it would please his Grace to come unto
Mansoul, with his men, and there to take up their quarters for ever. And

' " Verily, verily, I say unto you, that ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall re-
joice : and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy." — John, xvi., 20.

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this they did in most humble manner, bowing themselves seven times to
the ground before him ; then said he, All peace be to you : so the town
came nigh, and touched with the hand the top of his golden sceptre, and
they said, Oh ! that the Prince Emmanuel, with his captains and men of
war would dwell in Mansoul for ever ; and that his battering-rams and
slings might be lodged in her for the use and service of the Prince, and
for the help and strength of Mansoul ; For, said they, we have room for
thee, we have room for thy men, we have also room for thy weapons of
war, and a place to make a magazine for thy carriages. Do it, Emmanuel,
and thou shalt be king and captain in Mansoul for ever. Yea, govern
thou also according to all the desire of thy soul, and make thou governors
and princes under thee of thy captains and men of war, and we will become
thy servants, and thy laws shall be our direction.

They added, moreover, and prayed his Majesty to consider thereof; for,
said they, if now after all this grace bestowed upon us thy miserable town
of Mansoul, thou shouldest withdraw, thou and thy captains from us, the
town of Mansoul will die. Yea, said they, our blessed Emmanuel, if thou
shouldest depart from us now, thou hast done so much good for us, and
showed so much mercy unto us ; what will follow, but that our joy will
be as if it had not been, and our enemies will a second time come upon us
with more rage than at the first ? wherefore we beseech thee, O thou the
desire of our eyes, and the strength and life of our poor town, accept of
this motion that now we have made unto our Lord, and come and dwell
in the midst of us, and let us be thy people." Besides, Lord, we do not
know but that to this day many Diabolonians may be yet lurking in the
town of Mansoul, and they will betray us, when thou shalt leave us, into
the hand of Diabolus again ! and who knows what designs, plots, or con-
trivances, have passed betwixt them about these things already ; loth we
are to fall again into his horrible hands. Wherefore let it please thee to
accept of our palace for thy place of residence, and of the houses of the
best men in our town for the reception of thy soldiers, and their furniture.
Then said the Prince, " If I come to your town, will you suffer me

" Penetrated with the goodness and mercy e.xtcnded to him. the p.irdoned sinner can now
sing,—

" Jeeus, I my cross have taken,
All to leave and follow thee :
Naked, poor, despised, forsaken,
'Ihou, from hence mj all sliall be." — Geins of Sactfd Pootry



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further to prosecute that which is in mine heart against mine enemies and
yours ; yea, will you help me in such undertaldngs ? "

They answered, " We know not what we shall do; we did not think once
I that we should have been such traitors to Shaddai, as we have proved to
I ! be ; what then shall we say to our Lord ? let him put no trust in his
saints ; let the Prince dwell in our castle, and make of our town a gar-
rison : let him set his noble captains, and his warlike soldiers over us.
Yea, let him conquer with his love, and overcome us with his grace, and
then surely shall he be but with us, and help us, as he was, and did that
morning that our pardon was read unto us, we shall comply with this our
Lord, and with his ways, and fall in with his word against the mighty.

" One word more, and thy servants have done, and in this will trouble
our Lord no more. We know not the depth of the wisdom of thee our
Prince. Who could have thought, that had been ruled by his reason, that
so much sweet as we do now enjoy, should have come out of those bitter
trials wherewith we were tried at the first ? but. Lord, let light go before,
and let love come after ; yea, take us by the hand, and lead us by thy
counsels, and let this always abide upon us, that all things shall be for the
best for thy servants, and come to our Mansoul, and do as it pleaseth thee.
Or, Lord, come to our Mansoul ; do what thou wilt, so thou keepest us
from sinning, and makest us serviceable to thy Majesty."

Then said the Prince to the town of Mansoul again, " Go, return to
your houses in peace, I will willingly in this comply with your desires. I
will i-emove my royal pavilion, I will draw up my forces before Eye-gate
to-morrow, and so will march forwards into the town of Mansoul. I will
possess myself of your castle of Mansoul, and will set my soldiers over
you ; yea, I will yet do things in Mansoul that cannot be parallelled in any
nation, country, and kingdom, under heaven."

Then did the men of Mansoul give a shout, and returned unto their
houses in peace ; they also told to their kindred and friends the good that
Emmanuel had promised to Mansoul. And to-morrow, said they, he will
march into our town, and take up his dwelUng, he and his men, in
Mansoul."

° Well hast thou taught the way that might direct
Our knowledge, and the scale of nature set
From centre to circumference ; whereon
In contemplation of created things,
By step.s we may ascend to God. — Milton.



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Then went out the inhabitants of the town of Mansoul with haste to the
green trees, and to the meadows, to gather boughs and flowers, therewith
to strew the streets against their Prince, the Son of Shaddai, should come;
they also made garlands, and other fine works, to betoken how joyful they
were, and should be, to receive their Emmanuel into Mansoul ; yea, they
strewed the street quite from Eye-gate to the Castle-gate, the place where
the Prince should be. They also prepared for his coming what music the
town of Mansoul could afford, that they might play before him to the
palace, his habitation.

So at the time appointed he makes his approach to Mansoul, and the
gates were set open for him ; there also the ancients and elders of Mansou!
met him to salute him with a thousand welcomes. Then he arose and
entered Mansoul, he and all his servants. The elders of Mansoul did also
go dancing before him till he came to the castle-gates. And this was the
manner of his going up thither. He was clad in his golden armour, he
rode in his royal chariot, the trumpets sounded about him, the colours
were displayed, his ten thousands went up at his feet, and the elders of
Mansoul danced before him. And now were the walls of the famous town
of Mansoul filled with the tramphngs of the inhabitants thereof, who went
up thither to view the approach of the blessed Prince, and his royal army.
Also the casements, windows, balconies, and tops of the houses, were all
now filled with persons of all sorts to behold how their town was to be
filled with good."

Now, when he was come so far into the town as to the Recorder's house,
he commanded, that one should go to Captain Credence, to know whether
the castle of Mansoul was prepared to entertain his Royal Presence, (for
the preparation of that was left to that captain ;) and word was brought
that it was. Then was Captain Credence commanded also to come forth
with his power to meet the Prince ; the which was, as he had commanded,



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