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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
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.
Clerk. Mr. Know-all, what say you for our lord the king, against the prisoner at the bar ? Know-all. My lord, this man hath for a long
time made it, to my knowledge, his Mr. Know-all's business to keep the town of Manevidence.
soul in a sinful quietness, in the midst of all her lewdness, filthiness, and turmoils; and hath said, and that in my hearing, Come, come, let us fly from all trouble, on what ground soever it comes, and let us be for a quiet and peaceable life, though it wanteth a good foundation.
Clerk. Come, Mr. Hate-lies, what have you to
Hate-lies. My lord, I have heard him say, that peace, though in a way of unrighteousness, is better than trouble with truth. Clerk. Where did
hear him say this? Hate-lies. I heard him say it in Folly-yard, at the house of one Mr. Simple, next door to the sign of the Self-deceiver. Yea, he hath said this, to my knowledge, twenty times in that place ®.
8 False-peace denies his name, justifies his conduct, and pleads his mild pacific disposition; but the witnesses, Searchtruth, Vouch-truth, and others, prove he is rightly called Falsepeace, and that he had laboured to keep the town in a state of sinful quiet, in the midst of all its abominations, and when it ought to have been alarmed; for “there is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.” Every gracious soul will unite in its condemnation.
Court. We may spare further witness; this evi
dence is plain and full. Set him by, No-truth set to Gaoler, and set Mr. No-truth to the
bar.--Mr. No-truth, thou art here indicted by the name of No-truth (an intruder
upon the town of Mansoul), for that His indictment. thou hast always, to the dishonour of Shaddai, and to the endangering of the utter ruin of the famous town of Mansoul,
set thyself to deface and utterly to spoil all the remainders of the law and image of Shaddai, that have been found in Mansoul, after her deep apostacy from her king, to Diabolus, that envious tyrant. What sayest thou? art thou guilty of this indictment, or not?
No-truth. Not guilty, my lord.
Then the witnesses were called; and Mr. Knowall first gave in his evidence against him. Know-all. My lord, this man was at the pulling
down of the image of Shaddai; yea, His guilt clearly this is he that did it with his own proved.
hands. I myself stood by and saw him do it, and he did it at the commandment of Diabolus. Yea, this Mr. No-truth did more than this, he did also set up the horned images of the beast Diabolus, in the same place. This is also he that, at the bidding of Diabolus, rent and tore, and caused to be consumed, all that he could of the remainders of the law of the king, even whatever he could lay his hands on in Mansoul.
Clerk. Who saw him do this, besides yourself?
Hate-lies. I did, my lord, and so did many others beside: for this was not done by stealth, or
Pitiless set to the bar.
in a corner, but in the open view of all; yea, he chose himself to do it publicly, for he delighted in doing it.
Clerk. Mr. No-truth, how could you have the face to plead Not guilty, when you were so manifestly the doer of all this wickedness ? No-truth. Sir, I thought I must say something;
and as my name is, so I speak: I have His defence. been advantaged thereby, before now, and did not know but, by speaking No-truth, I might have reaped the same benefit now.. Clerk. Set him by, Gaoler, and set Mr. Pitiless
to the bar.Mr. Pitiless, thou art here indicted by the name of Pitiless (an intruder
the town of Mansoul), for that thou didst most treacherously and
wickedly shut up all bowels of comHis indictment.
passion, and wouldst not suffer poor Mansoul to condole her own misery, when she had apostatized from her rightful king; but didst evade, and at all times turn her mind away from those thoughts that had in them a tendency to lead her to repentance. What sayest thou to this indictment? guilty, or not guilty? Pitiless. Not guilty of pitilessness: all I did,
was, to chear up, according to my Pitiless denies
name; for my name is not Pitiless,
but Chear-up; and I could not abide to see Mansoul inclined to melancholy. Clerk. How! do you deny your name, and
say it is not Pitiless, but Chear-up? Call for witness: what say you the witnesses to this plea?
No-truth, or Falsehood, is a desperate Diabolonian; it was he who defaced the image of God, hated his law, and endeavoured utterly to destroy all goodness in the town; but he that knows all, and who requireth truth in the inward parts, will detect and destroy him.
Kľnow-all. My lord, his name is Pitiless; so he hath wrote himself in all papers of concern wherein he has had to do. But these Diabolonians love to counterfeit their names. Mr. Covetousness covers himself with the name of Good-husbandry, or the like:* Mr. Pride can, when need is, call himself Mr. Neat, Mr. Handsome, or the like, and so of all the rest of them.
Clerk. Mr. Tell-true, what say you? · Tell-true. His name is Pitiless, my lord: I have known him from a child; and he hath done all that wickedness wherewith he stands charged in the indictment; but there is a company of them that are not acquainted with the danger of damning, therefore they call all those melancholy, who have serious thoughts how that state should be shunned by them Clerk. Set Mr. Haughty to the bar, Gaoler.
Mr. Haughty, thou art here indicted Haughty set to
by the name of Haughty (an intruder the bar.
upon the town of Mansoul), for that thou didst most traitorously and devilishly teach
the town of Mansoul to carry it lofHis indictment,
tily and stoutly against the summonses that were given them by the captains of the king Shaddai. Thou didst also teach the town of Mansoul to speak contemptuously and villifyingly of their great king Shaddai; and didst moreover encourage, both by words and example,
10 Pitiless is charged with wickedly evading all those thoughts which should have led to repentance; but endeavours to exculpate himself under the name of Chear-up; so many sins shelter themselves under pleasing names:
« With names of virtue she deceives
The aged and the young ;,
She makes his fetters strong."
Mansoul to take up arms both against the king, and his son Immanuel. How sayest thou? art thou guilty of this indictment or not?
Haughty. Gentlemen, I have always been a man of courage and valour, and have not used, when under the greatest clouds, to sneak or hang down the head like a bulrush; nor did it at all at any time please me to see men veil their bonnets to those that have opposed them. Yea, though their adversaries seemed to have ten times the advan
tage of them. I did not use to conMr. Haughty sider who was my foe, nor what the justifies himself.
cause was in which I was engaged; it was enough for me if I carried it bravely, fought like a man, and came off a victor.
Court. Mr. Haughty, you are not here indicted for that you have been a valiant man, nor for your courage and stoutness in times of distress; but for that you have made use of this your pretended vaJour to draw the town of Mansoul into acts of rebellion both against the great king and Immanuel
This is the crime, and the thing wherewith thou art charged in and by the indictment. But he made no answer to that. 11
Now when the court had thus far proceeded against the prisoners at the bar, then they put them over to the verdict of their jury, to whom they addressed themselves after this manner: Court. Gentlemen of the jury, you have been
here, and have seen these men : you The Court's ad- have heard their indictments, their dress to the jury.
pleas, and what the witnesses have testified against them : now what remains, is, that you forth with withdraw yourselves to some place,
11 The haughtiness of man must be brought low, for God ahaseth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble.