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to the old inhabitants of Mansoul. Bend therefore, said the noble prince, the hottest front of the battle against Diabolus and his men.
So the day being come, the command was The battle join- given, and the prince's men stood ed, and they
bravely to their arms; nor did, as befight on both
fore, bend their forces against Earsides fiercely.
gate and Eye-gate. The word was then, MANSOUL IS WON: so they made their assault upon the town. Diabolus also, as fast as he could, with the main of his power, made resistance from within, and his bigh lords and chief captains for a time fought very cruelly against the prince's army, But, after three or four notable charges by the
prince' and his noble captains, EarEar-gate broke gate was broke
and the bars open.
and bolts, wherewith it was used to be fast shut up against the prince, were broken into a thousand pieces. Then did the prince's trum
pets sound, the captains shout, the The prince's standard set up,
town shake, and Diabolus retreat to and the slings
his hold? Well, when the prince's are played still forces had broke open the gate, him
self came up, and did set up his throne in it; also he set his standard near it, upon
at the castle.
* Thus was the promise fulfilled, Isa. xxiv. 18, “ in that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book ;” and xxxv. 18, “ 'the ears of the deaf shall be opened.” It is a glorious event, when the soul is made sincerely willing to listen to the word of God, when it truly says “ speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth ;" for the way is strait, as the author observes, from Eargate to the Recorder's house, that is, to the conscience; and from thence to the Castle, that is, the heart. The importance of opening Ear-gate may be learned from that frequent expression in our Lord's discourses— he that hath an ear to hear, let him hear.” May God bestow the “ hearing ear” upon every reader !
a mount that his men had before cast up to place the mighty slings thereon. The mount was called Mount Hearwell, there therefore the prince abode, to wit, hard by the going in at the gate. He commanded also that the golden slings should yet be: played upon the town,
especially against the castle, because for shelter thither was Diabolus retreated. Now from Ear-gate the street was strait, even to the house of him who was the recorder before Diabolus took the town; and hard by his house stood the castle, which Diabolus for a long time had made his irksome den. The captains therefore quickly cleared the street by the use of their slings, so that way was made up to the heart of the town. Then the prince commanded that Captain Boanerges, Captain Conviction, and Captain Judgment, should forthwith march up the
town to the old gentleman's gate. * Conscience.
Then did the captains in most warlike manner enter into the town of Mansoul, and, marching in with flying colours, they came up to They go to the
the Recorder's house (and that was almost as strong as the castle). Bat
tering-rams they took also with them, to plant against the castle-gates. When they were come to the house of Mr. Conscience, they knocked, and demanded entrance. Now the old tleman, not knowing as yet fully their design, kept his gates shut all the time of this fight.
Wherefore Boanerges demanded enThey demand
trance at his gates; and no man making answer,
he gave it one stroke with the head of a ram, and this made the old gentleman shake, and his house tremble and totter. Then came Mr. Recorder down to the gate,
and as well as he could, with quivering lips, he asked who was there? Boanerges answered, " We are
the captains and commanders of the great Shaddai, and of the blessed Immanuel his son, and we demand possession of your house for the use of our noble prince.” And with that the battering-ram gave the gate another shake : this made the old gentleman tremble the more, yet durst he not but open the gate; then the king's forces marched in,
namely, the three brave captains menThey go in. tioned before. Now the recorder's house, was a place of much convenience for Immanuel, not only because it was near and fronted the castle, the den where now Diabolus was; for he was now afraid to come out of his hold. As
for Mr. Recorder, the captains carThey keep themselves re
ried it very reservedly to him: as yet servedly from he knew nothing of the great designs the recorder.
of Immanuel; so that he did not know what judgment to make, nor what would be the end of such thundering beginnings. It was
noised in the town, how the recorder's house was possessed, his rooms
taken up, and his palace made the war;
and no sooner was it noised abroad, but they took the alarm as warmly, and gave it out to others of his friends, and as, you know, a snow-ball loses nothing by rolling, so in little time the whole town was possessed, that they must expect nothing from the prince but destruction; and the ground of the business was this, the recorder trembled, and the captains carried it strangely to him: so many came to see; but when they with
His house the seat of war.
8 The conscience submits and trembles. When the soul listens to the threatenings of the holy law, conscience cannot but fear and quake, and till further enlightened with the knowledge of the gospel, and the gracious design of God by his gospel, can think and talk of nothing but « death and destruciion.”