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greatness, they at any time should object that he had done them an injury; therefore, I say (that they might see that he did not intend to lessen their grandeur, or to take from them any of their advantageous things), be did chuse for them a lord mayor and a recorder to himself; and such as contented them to the heart, and such also as pleased him wonderous well. The name of the mayor that was of Diabolus's
making, was the lord Lustings. A man The new that had neither eyes nor ears; all that lord mayor.
he did, whether as a man or an officer, he did it naturally as doth the beast; and that which made him yet more ignoble, though not to Mansoul, yet to them that beheld, and were grieved for its ruin, was, that he could never favour good, but evil". The recorder was one whose name was Forget
good; and a very sorry fellow he was;
he could remember nothing but misrecorder.
* chief, and to do it with delight. He was naturally prone to do things that are hurtful; even hurtful to the town of Mansoul, and to all the dwellers there. These two, therefore, by their power and practice, examples, and smiles upon evil, did much more mischief, and settled the common people in hurtful ways; for who doth not perceive, that when those that sit aloft are vile and corrupt themselves, they corrupt the whole region and country where they are "
11 Instead of the understanding, which, before the revolution, governed the town, Mr. Lustings is made lord mayor. This wretch “had neither eyes nor ears.” So beastly are carnal lusts, that they pay no regard to reason nor danger, but are hurried on by mere appetite to every fleshly indulgence.
12 The memory has suffered much by the fall. It is wonderfully tenacious of eyil, but is sure to forget every thing that is good.
Besides these, Diabolus made several burgesses He doch make and aldermen in Mansoul; such as them new alder- out of whom the town, when it need
ed, might chuse them officers, governors, and magistrates; and these are the names of the chief of them : Mr. Incredulity, Mr. Haughty, Mr. Swearing, Mr. Whoring, Mr. Hard-heart, Mr. Pitiless, Mr. Fury, Mr. No-truth, Mr. Stand-. to-lies, Mr. False-peace, Mr. Drunkenness, Mr. Cheating, Mr. Atheism; thirteen in all. Mr. Incredulity is the eldest, and Mr. Atheism, the youngest of the company'3.
There was also an election of common-councilmen, and others: as bailiffs, serjeants, constables, &c. but all of them, like those afore-named, being either fathers, brothers, cousins, or nephews, to them, whose names, for brevity-sake, I omit to mention.
When the giant had thus far proceeded in his He buildeth work, in the next place he betook him three strong to build some strong holds in the town; holds. and he built three that seemed to be impregnable. The first he called the hold of Defiance, because it was made to command the whole town, and to keep it from the knowledge of its ancient king. The second he called Midnighthold, because it was built on purpose to keep Mansoul from the true knowledge of itself. The third was called Sweet-sin-hold, because by that he fortified Mansoul against all desires of good. The first of these holds stood close by Eye-gate, that the light might as much as possible be darkened there. The second was built hard by the old castle, to the end that that might be made
13 A fit set of wretches to govern under Diabolus ! It is well observed, that of these vile aldermen, Incredulity (or unbelief) was the eldest, and Atheism, the youngest. Unbelief naturally ends in atheism.
of these, we came with the at first, and be the
more blind, if possible. And the third stood in the market-place.
He that Diabolus made governor over the first of these, was one Spite-God, a most blasphemous wretch. He came with the whole rabble of them that came against Mansoul at first, and was himself one of themselves. He that was made the go. vernor of Midnight-hold was one Love-no-light, he was also one of them that came first against the town. And he that was made the governor of the hold called Sweet-sin-hold, was one whose name was Love-flesh; he was also a very lewd fellow, but not of that country from whence the others are bound. This fellow could find more sweetness when he was sucking a lust, than he did in the Paradise of God. And now Diabolus thought himself safe; he had
taken Mansoul; he had ingarrisoned
has himself therein; he had put down the made his nest. old officers, and set up new ones; he had defaced the image of Shaddai, and had set up his own; he had spoiled the old law-books, and had promoted his own vain lies; he had made him new magistrates, and set up new aldermen; he had built his new holds, and had mann'd them for himself. And all this he did to make himself secure, in case the good Shaddai, or his Son, should come to make an incursion upon him 14.
14 The revolution is completed. The understanding is darkened; the conscience debauched; the will perverted; the image of God defaced; the law of God suppressed; and beastly lusts triumphant. While the proud sinner defies God, loves midnight darkness, and wallows in sin. What an awful but accurate picture of apostate man! God be merciful to us sinners!
Information of the Revolution carried to Shaddai....
His great Řesentment on the Occasion....His gracious Intentions of restoring Mansoul....Some Intimation of this published.... Care of Diabolus to suppress this Information....His Stratagems to secure the Possession of the Town, and prevent its
Return to Shaddai. N OW you may well think, that, long before
W this time, word by some or other could not but be carried to the good king Shaddai, how his
Mansoul on the continent of UniTidings carried to the court, of
verse was lost; and that the giant what had hap Diabolus, once one of his majesty's pened to Mane servants, had, in rebellion against soul.
the king, made sure thereof for himself, and that to a very circumstance.
At first, How Diabolus came upon Mansoul, (they being a simple people and innocent) with craft, sublety, lies, and guile: Item, That he had treacherously slain their right noble and valiant captain, the Captain Resistance, as he stood upon the gate with the rest of the townsmen: Item, How my brave Lord Innocent fell down dead (with grief, some say; or with being poisoned with the stinking breath of one Ill-pause, as say others) at the hearing of his just lord and rightful prince Shaddai so abused by the mouth of so filthy a Diabolonian as that varlet Ill-pause was. The messenger further told, that after this Fll-pause had made a short oration to the townsmen, in behalf of Diabolus his master, the simple town, believing to be true what was said, with one consent did open Ear-gate, the chief gate of the corporation, and did let him with his crew into the possession of the famous town of Mansoul. He further shewed how Diabolus had served the Lord-mayor and Mr. Recorder, to wit, that he had put them from all place of power and trust. Item, He shewed also, that my Lord Will-be-will was turned a very rebel and runnagate, and that so was one Mr. Mind, his clerk; and that they two did range and revel it all the town over, and teach the wicked ones their ways. He said moreover, that this Will-be-will was put into great trust, and particularly that Diabolus had put into Will-be-will's hand all the strong places in Mansoul; and that Mr. Affection was made my Lord Will-be-will's deputy, in his most rebellious affairs. Yea, said the messenger, this monster, Lord Will-be-will, bas openly disavowed the King Shaddai, and hath given his faith and plighted troth to Diabolus.
Also, said the messenger, besides this, the new king, or rather rebellious tyrant, over the once famous, but now perishing town of Mansoul, has New officers set up a lord-mayor and recorder of appointed by his own. For mayor, he has set up Diabolus.: one Mr. Lustings; and, for recorder, Mr. Forget-good; two of the vilest of all the town of Mansoul. This faithful messenger also proceeded, and told what a sort of new burgesses Diabolus had made; also that he had built several strong forts, towers, and strong-holds in Mansoul. He told too, the which I had almost forgot, how Diabolus had put the town of Mansoul into arms, the better to capacitate them, on his behalf, to make resistance against Shaddai their king, should he come to reduce them to their former obedience.