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Then said the Diabolonians, "What had we best to do?" And it was
answered, it was best to quit the town ; and that said one, ye may do in
pursuance of your last council, and by so doing, also be better able to
give the enemy battle, should an army from within come upon us. So on
the second day they withdrew themselves from Mansoul, and abode in the
plains without ; but they encamped themselves before Eye-gate, in what
terrene and terrible manner they could. The reason why they would not
abide in the town, (besides the reasons that were debated in the last
conclave,) was, for that 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 plains. Besides, the
town would have been a pit for them, rather than a place of defence, had
the Prince come up, and enclosed them fast therein. Therefore they
betook themselves to the field, that they might also be out of the reach of
the slings, by which they were much annoyed all the while that they were
in the town.

Well, the time that the captains were to fall upon the Diabolonians
being come, they eagerly prepared themselves for action ; for Captain
Credence had told the captains over night, that they should meet their
Prince in the field to-morrow. This therefore made them yet far more
desirous to be engaging the enemy ; for you shall see the Prince in the
field to-mon'ow, 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

' The firmness of sincere Cliristkns has often astonished Diabolus and his friends. Even
in the most trying moments when their peril was greatest and unavoidable, they have been
enabled to say with the martjT Ridley, when at the stake, " Oh ! heavenly father, I give thee
most hearty thanks for that thou hast called me to be a professor of thee even unto death."



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desirous of the work. So, as I said, the hour being come. Captain Cre-
dence, with the rest of the men of war, drew out their forces before it was
day by the sally-port of the town. And being all ready, Captain Credence
went up to the head of the army, and gave to the rest of the captains the
word, and so they to their under officers and soldiers: the word was, "The
sword of the Prince Emmq,nuel, and the shield of Captain Credence :"
which is in the Mansoulian tongue, "The word of God and faith." Then
the captains fell on, and began roundly to front, and flank, and rear, Dia-
bolus's camp."

Now they left Captain Experience in the town, because he was yet ill
of his wounds which the Diabolonians had given him in the last fight.
But when he perceived that the captains were at it, what does he, but
calling for his crutches with haste, gets up, and away he goes to the battle,
saying, ' ' shall I lie here while my brethren ai'e in the fight, and when
Emmanuel the Prince will show himself in the field to his servants? But
when the enemy saw the man come with his crutches, they were daunted
yet the more ; for, thought they, what spirit has possessed these Man-
soulians, that they fight us upon their crutches ! Well, the captains, as I
said, fell on, and did bravely handle their weapons, still crying out, and
shouting as they laid on blows, " The sword of the Prince Emmanuel, and
the shield of Captain Credence.""

Now when Diabolus saw that the captains were come out, and that
so valiantly they surrounded his men, he concluded, that for the present,
nothing from them was to be looked for but blows, and the dints of their
two-edged sword.

Wherefore he also falls upon the Prince's army, with all his deadly force.
So the battle was joined. Now, who was it that at first Diabolus met with
in the fight, but Captain Credence on the one hand, and Lord Willbewill
on the other ; now Willbewill's blows were like the blows of a giant ; for
that man had a strong arm, and he fell in upon the Election-doubters, for
they were the life-guard of Diabolus, and he kept them in play a good
while, cutting and battering shrewdly. Now when Captain Credence saw

■ "■ Engaged in this Holy War, the feeling was, " Who shall separate us from the love of
Christ ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or
sword." — Romans, viii., 35.

■■ " Though hot the fight, why quit the field,
Why must I either fly or yield.
Since Jesus is my mighty shield ?" — Gems of Sacred Poetry.



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my Lord engaged, he did stoutly fall on, on the othei' hand, upon the same
company also ; so they put them to great disorder. Now Captain Good-
hope had engaged the Vocation-doubters, and they were sturdy men ; but
the captain was a vahant man : Captain Experience did also send him
some aid, so he made the Vocation-doubters to retreat. The rest of the
armies were hotly engaged, and that on every side, and the Diabolonians
did fight stoutly. Then did my 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 awhile, 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; wherefore the Prince's army 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, saying, "The sword of the Prince Emmanuel, and
the shield of Captain Credence;" and with that Diabolus gave back,
thinking that more aid had been come. But no Emmanuel had 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, Captain Credence
bravely encouraged his men to stand to it, and Diabolus did the like as
well as he could. But Captain Credence made a brave speech to his
soldiers, the contents whereof here follow :

" Gentlemen soldiers, and my brethren in this design, it rejoiceth me
much to see in the field for our Prince this day so stout and so valiant an
army, and such faithful lovers of Mansoul. You have hitherto, as hath
become you, shown yourselves men of truth and courage against the Dia-
bolonian forces ; so that for all their boast they have not yet much cause
to boast of their gettings. Now, take to yourselves your wonted courage,
and show yourselves men even this once only, for in a few minutes after
the next engagement this time, you shall see your Prince show himself in
the field ; for we must make this second assault upon this tyrant Diabolus,
and then Emmanuel comes."

No sooner had the captain made this speech to his soldiers, but
one Mr. Speedy came post to the captain from the Prince, to tell him
that Emmanuel was at hand. This news when the captain had
received, he communicated to the other field-officers, and they again
to their soldiers and men of war. Wherefore, like men raised from the
dead, so the captains and their men arose, made up to the enemy, and

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cried as before, The sword of the Prince Emmanuel, and the shield of
Captain Credence."

The Diabolonians also bestirred themselves, and made resistance as well
as they could ; but in this last engagement the Diabolonians lost their
courage, and many of the Doubters fell down dead to the ground. Now
■when they had been in heat of battle about an hour more. Captain Cre-
dence lift up his eyes and saw, and behold Emmanuel came, and he came
with colours flying, trumpets sounding, and the feet of his men scarce
touched the ground, they hasted with that celerity towards the captains
that were engaged. Then did Credence wind with his men to the town
ward, and gave to Diabolus the field. So Emmanuel came upon him on
the one side, and the enemies' place was betwixt them both ; then again
they fell to it afresh, and now it was but a little while more but Em-
manuel and Captain Credence met, still trampling down the slain as
they came.

But when the captains saw that the Prince was come, and that he fell
upon the Diabolonians on the other side, and that Captain Credence and
his Highness had got them up betwixt them, they shouted, (they so
shouted that the ground rent again,) saying, The sword of Emmanuel, and
the shield of Captain Credence. 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 wei-e with him, but make their escape and
forsake their army, and leave them to fall by the hand of Emmanuel, and
of his noble Captain Ci'edence : so they fell all down slain before them,
before the Prince, and before his royal array: there was not left so much
as one Doubter alive, they lay spread upon the ground dead men, as one
would spread dung upon the land.''

When the battle was over, all things came into order in the camp, then
the captains and elders of Mansoul came together to salute Emmanuel,
while without the corporation ; so they saluted him, and welcomed him,
and that with a thousand welcomes, for that he was come to the borders of
Mansoul again : so he smiled upon them, and said. Peace be to you.
Then they addressed themselves to go to the town ; they went then to go

° " I can do nothing of myself; but my strength is in the Lord of Hosts, who hath helped
me from my beginning to this clay, and will help me to the end." — Carew.

' " Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear : Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power
to cast into hell : yea, I say unto you, Feai- him." — Luke, xii.. 4, 5.



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up to Mansoul, they, the Prince, with all the new forces that now he had
brought with him to the war. Also all the gates of the town were set
open for his reception, so glad were they of his blessed return. And this
was the manner and order of this going of his into Mansoul.

1. As I said, all the gates of the town were set open, yea the gates
of the castle also ; the elders too of the town of Mansoul, placed them-
selves at the gates of the town, to salute him at his entrance thither:
and so they did ; for as he drew near, and approached towards the gates,
they said. Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting
doors, and the King of glory shall come in. And they answered again,
Who is the King of glory? And they made return to themselves. The
Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads,
O ye gates, even lift them up, ye everlasting doors, &c.

2. It was ordered also by those of Mansoul, that all the way from the
town-gates to those of the castle, his blessed Majesty should be entertained
with the song, by them that had the best skill in music in all the town of
Mansoul ; then did the elders, and the rest of the men of Mansoul, answer
one another as Emmanuel entered the town, till he came at the castle-
gates, with songs and sound of trumpets, saying. They have seen thy
goings, O God, upon the goings of my God, my King in the sanctuary.
So the singers went before, the players on instruments followed after, and
among them were the damsels playing on timbrels.

3. Then the captains, (for I would speak a word of them) they in their
order waited on the Prince as he entered into the gates of Mansoul. Cap-
tain Credence went before, and Captain Good-hope with him ; Captain
Charity came behind with other of his companions, and Captain Patience
followed after all, and the rest of the captains some on the right hand, and
some on the left, accompanied Emmanuel into Mansoul. And all the
while the colours were displayed, the trumpets sounded, and continual
shoutings were among the soldiers. The Prince himself rode into the
town in his armour, which was all of beaten gold, and in his chariot, the
pillars of it were of silver, the bottom thereof of gold, the covering of it
was of purple ; the midst thereof being paved with love for the daughters
of the town of Mansoul.

4. When the Prince was come to the entrance of Mansoul, he found all
the streets strewed with Hlies and flowers, curiously decked with boughs
and branches from the green trees that stood round about the town.



484 THE HOLY WAR.

Every door also was filled with persons who had adorned every one their
fore part against their house with something of variety, and singular
excellency to entertain him withal as he passed in the streets ; they also
themselves as Emmanuel passed by, did welcome him with shouts and
acclamations of joy, saying. Blessed be the Prince that cometh in the
name of his Father Shaddai. .

5. At the castle-gates the elders of Mansoul, to wit, the Lord Mayor,
the Lord Willbewill, the Subordinate Preacher, Mr. Knowledge, and Mr.
Mind, with other of the gentry of the place, saluted Emmanuel again.
They bowed before him, they kissed the dust of his feet, they thanked,*
they blessed, and praised his highness for not taking advantage against
them for their sins, but rather had pity upon them in their misery, and
returned to them with mercies, and to build up their Mansoul for ever.
Thus was he had up straightway to the castle ; for that was the royal
palace, and the place where his honour was to dwell ; the which was ready
prepared for his Highness, by the pi'esence of the Lord Secretary, and the
work of Captain Credence. So he entered in.

6. Then the people and commonalty of the town of Mansoul came to
him into the castle to mourn, and to weep, and to lament, for their wicked-
ness, by which they had forced him out of the town. So they, when they
were come, bowed themselves to the ground seven times ; they also wept,
they wept aloud, and asked forgiveness of the Prince, and prayed that he
would again, as of old, confirm his love to Mansoul.

To the which the great Prince replied, Weep not, but go your way, eat
the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions to them for whom naught
is prepared, for the joy of our Lord is your strength. I am returned to
Mansoul with mercies, and my name shall be set up, exalted and mag-
nified by it. Pie also took those inhabitants and kissed them, and laid
them in his bosom.

Moreover, he gave to the elders of Mansoul, and to each town-ofiicer,
a chain of gold, and a signet. He also sent to their wives ear-rings and
jewels, and bracelets, and other things. He also bestowed upon the true-
born children of Mansoul, many precious things.

When Emmanuel the Prince had done all these things for the famous

■i " When I was out of the bog, humbly on my knees I gave thanks to God's grace for his
goodness, being assured that he to whom God does good is not worthy thereof if he is not
thankful," — Goodyeare



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town of Mansoul, then he said unto them, first, Wash your garments, then
put on your ornaments, and then come to me into the castle of Mansoul.
So they went to the fountain that was open for Judah and Jerusalem to
wash in ; and there they washed, and there they made their garments
white, and came again to the Prince into the castle, and thus they stood
before him.

And now there was music and dancing throughout the whole town of
Mansoul ; and that because their Prince had again granted to them his
presence, and the light of his countenance; the bells also did ring, and the
sun shone comfortably upon them for a great while together."

The town of Mansould did also now more throughly seek the destruc-
tion and ruin of all remaining Diabolonians that abode in the walls, and
the dens (that they had) in the town of Mansoul ; for there was of them
that had to this day escaped with life and limb from the hands of their
suppressors in the famous town of Mansoul.

But the Lord Willbewill was a greater terror to them now than ever he
had been before ; forasmuch as his heart was yet more fully bent to seek,
contrive, and pursue them to death ; he pursued them night and day, and
did put them now to sore distress, as will afterwards appear.

After things were thus far put into order in the famous town of Man-
soul, care was taken, and orders given by the blessed Prince Emmanuel,
That the townsmen should, without further delay, appoint some to go
forth into the plain to bury the dead that were there ; the dead that fell
by the sword of Emmanuel, and by the shield of the Captain Credence,
lest the fumes and ill favours that would arise from them might infect the
air, and so annoy the famous town of Mansoul. This also was a reason
of this order, to wit, that as much as in Mansoul lay, they might cut off
the name, and being, and remembrance of those enemies from the thought
of the famous town of Mansoul and its inhabitants.

So order was given out by the Lord Mayor, that wise and trusty friend
of the town of Mansoul, that persons should be employed about this
necessary business ; and Mr. Godly-fear, and one Mr. Upright, were to be
overseers about this matter ; so persons were put under them to work in

■• " From the period in which this change is produced by the work of the Holy Spirit, their
alienation and estrangements are ended ; they become members of the family of tlie re-
deemed ; that which s-in took from them grace restores, the privileges which were forfeited
by the offence of their first progenitor are received through the atonement of the second
Adam." — Robins.



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the fields, and to bury the slain that lay dead in the plains. And these
were their places of employment, some were to make the graves, some to
bury the dead, and some were to go to and fro in the plains, and also
round about the borders of Mansoul, to see if a skull, or a bone, or a piece
of a bone of a Doubter, was yet to be found above ground anywhere near
the corporation ; and if anywhere found, it was ordered that the searchers
that searched should set up a mark thereby, and a sign, that those that
were appointed to bury them might find it and buiy it out of sight, that
the name and remembrance of a Diabolonian Doubter might be blotted
out from under heaven. And that the children, and they that were to be
born in Mansoul, might not know (if possible) what a skull, what a bone,
or a piece of a bone of a Doubter was.

So the buriers, and those that were appointed for that purpose, did as
they were commanded ; they buried the Doubters, and all the skulls and
bones, and pieces of bones, of Doubters, wherever they found them, and
so they cleansed the plains. Now also Mr. Gods-peace took up his com-
mission, and acted again as in former days.'

Thus they buried in the plains about Mansoul, the Election-doubters,
the Vocation-doubters, the Grace-doubters, the Perseverance-doubters,
the Resurrection-doubters, the Salvation-doubters, and the Glory-doubters,
whose captains were Captain Rage, Captain Cruel, Captain Damnation,
Captain Insatiable, Captain Brimstone, Captain Torment, Captain No-
ease, Captain Sepulchre, and Captain Past-hope : and old Incredulity was
under Diabolus their general. There were also the seven heads of their
army, and they were the Lord Beelzebub, the Lord Lucifer, the Lord
Legion, the Lord ApoUyon, the Lord Python, the Lord Cerberus, and the
Lord Belial. But the princes and the captains, with old Incredulity their
general, did all of them make their escape ; so their men fell down slain
by the power of the Prince's forces, and by the hands of the men of the
town of Mansoul. They also were buried as before related, to the exceed-
ing great joy of the now famous town of Mansoul. They that buried
them, buried also with them their arms, which were cruel instrumenta of
death, (their weapons wez-e arrows, darts, mauls, firebrands, and the like ;)
they buried also their armour, their colours, banners, with the standard

" " Therefore did my lieart rejoice, and my tongue was glad ; moreover also my flesh shall
rest in hope : Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suft'cr thine Holy
One to see corruption. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life." — Acts, ii., 2G,



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of Diabolus, and what else soever they could find, that did but smell of a
Diabolonian Doubter.

Now, when the tyrant had arrived at Hell-gate-hill, with his old friend
Incredulity, they immediately descended the den, and having there, with
their fellows for awhile condoled their misfortune, and great loss that they
sustained against the town of Mansoul, they fell at length into a passion,
and revenged they would be for the loss that they sustained before the
town of Mansoul ; wherefore they presently call a council to contrive yet
farther what was to be done against the famous town of Mansoul ; for
their yawning paunches could not wait to see the result of their Lord
Lucifer's and their Lord Apollyon's counsel that they had given before,
(for their raging gorge thought every day even as long as a short-for-ever,
until they were filled with the body and soul, with the flesh and bones,
and with all the delicates of Mansoul.) They therefore resolve to make
another attempt upon the town of Mansoul, and that by an army mixed
and made up, partly of Doubters, and partly of Bloodmen. A more par-
ticular account now take of both.

The Doubters are such as have their name from their nature, as well as
from the land and kingdom where they are born : their nature is to put a
question upon every one of the truths of Emmanuel ;* and their countiy
is called. The land of Doubting; and that land Heth off, and furthest
remote to the north, between the Land of Darkness, and that called the
Valley of the Shadow of Death. For though the land of Darkness, and
that called the Valley of the Shadow of Death, be sometimes called as if
they were one and the selfsame place ; yet indeed they are two, lying but
a little way asunder, and the land of Doubting points in, and lieth between
them. This is the land of Doubting, and these that came with Diabolus
to ruin the town of Mansoul are the natives of that country.

The Bloodmen are a people that have their name derived from the
malignity of their nature, and from the fury that is in them to execute it
upon the town of Mansoul ; their land lieth under the Dog-star, and by
that they are governed as to their intellectuals.

The name of their country is the Province of Loath-good, the remote

' " Jesus saith unto him, have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known
me, Phillip ? he that hath seen me, hath seen the Father ; and how sayest thou then, shew
us the Father ? BeUeve me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me : or else believe
me for the very work's sake." — John, xiv., 9, 1 1



488 THE HOLY WAR.

parts of it are far distant from the Land of Doubting, yet they do both
butt and bound upon the hill called Hell-gate-hill. These people are
always in league with the Doubters, for they jointly do make question of
the faith and fidelity of the men of the town of Mansoul, and so are both
alike qualified for the service of their prince.

Now of these two countries did Diabolus, by the beating of his drum,
raise another army against the town of Mansoul, of five-and-twenty thou-
sand strong. There were ten thousand Doubters, and fifteen thousand
Bloodmen, and they were put under several captains for the war ; and old
Incredulity was again made general of the army.

As for the Doubters, their captains were five of the seven that were
heads of the last Diabolonian army, and these are their names, Captain
Beelzebub, Captain Lucifer, Captain Apollyon, Captain Legion, and Cap-
tain Cerberus ; and the captains that they had before, were some of them
made heutenants, and some ensigns of the army.

But Diabolus did not count that in this expedition of his these Doubters
would prove his principal men, for their manhood had been tried before,
also the Mansoulians had put them to the worst, only he did bring them
to multiply a number, and to help, if need was, at a pinch ; but his trust
he put in his Bloodmen ; for that they were all rugged villains, and he
knew that they had done feats heretofore.

As for the Bloodmen, they also were under command, and the names of
their captains w^ere. Captain Cain," Captain Nimrod, Captain Ishmael,
Captain Esau, Captain Saul, Captain Absalom, Captain Judas, and Cap-
tain Pope.

L Captain Cain was over two bands, to wit, the zealous and the angry
Bloodmen ; his standard-bearer bare the red colours, and his escutcheon
was the murdering club.

2. Captain Nimrod was captain over two bands, to wit, the tyrannical
and encroaching Bloodmen ; his standard-bearer bare the red colours, and



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