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с н А Р. II.
C Η Α Ρ. 111.
с нА Р. V.
с н А Р VIII. Of the cloven foot walking about the world without
the Devil'; viz. of witches making bargains for the Devil; and particularly of selling souls to the Devil.
CH A P. IX. Of the tools the Devil works with ; viz. witches, wi
zards or warlocks, conjurers, magiciars, diviners, aftrologers, interpreters of dreams, tellers of fortunes, and, above all the rest, his particular modern privy-counsellors called wits and fools.
CH A P. X. Of the various methods the Devil takes to converse with mankind.
с нА Р. XI. Of divination, sorcery, the black art, paw-wawing, and
such like pretenders to devilism; and how far the Devil is, or is not, concerned in them.
The CONCLUSION. Of the Devil's last scene of liberty, and what may be
supposed to be his end; with what we are to under • Atand of his being tormented for ever and ever. 337
Doubt not but the title of this book will amuse fome of my reading friends a little at first ; they
will make a pause, perhaps, as they do at a witches' prayer, and be fome time a resolving whether they had best look into it or no, left they should really raise the Devil, by reading his story.
Children and old women have told themselves fo many frightful things of the Devil, and have formed ideas of him in their minds, in so many horrible and monftrous shapes, that really it were enough to fright the devil himself to meet himself in the dark, dressed up in the several figures which imagination has formed for him in the minds of men ; and, as for themselves, I'cannot think by any means that the Devil would terrify them half so much, if they were to converse face to face with him.
It must certainly therefore be a most useful undertaking, to give the true history of this tyrant of the air, this god of the world, this terror and averfion of mankind, which we call Devil; to Thew what he is,
what he is not; where he is, and where he is not ;" when he is in us, and when he is not; for I cannot doubt but that the Devil is really and bona fide in a great many of our honest weak-headed friends, when they themselves know nothing of the matter,
Nor is the work so difficult as some may imagine. The Devil's history is not so hard to come at, as it seems to be; his original and the first rise of his family is upon record ; and as for his conduct, he has acted indeed in the dark, as tó method, in many things ; but in general, as cunning as he is, he has been fool enough to expose himself in some of the molt considerable transactions of his life, and has not shewn himself a politician at all: Our old friend Machiavel outdid him in many things, and I may in the process of this work give an account of feveral of the sons of Adam, and lome societies of them too, who have outwitted the Devil, nay, who have outlinn'd the Devil, and that I think may be called outhooting him in his own bow
It may perhaps be expected of me in this history, that since 1 teem inclined to speak favourably of Satan, to do him justice, and to write his story impartially, I hould take some pains to tell you what religion he is of; and even this part may not be so much a jest, as at first fight you may take it to be ; for Satan has fomething of religion in him, I assure you ; nor is he such an unprofitable Devil that way as some may suppose him to be ; for though, in reverence to my bre. thren, I will not reckon him among the clergy; no, not so much as a gifted brother ; yet I cannot deny but that he often preaches ; and if it be not profitable to his hearers, it is as much their fault, as it is out of his delign:
It has indeed been suggested, that he has taken orders; and that a certain Pope, famous for being an **traordinary favourite of his, gave him both in litu
ion and induction ; but as this is not eupon record, and therefore we have no authentic document for the
probation, I shall not affirm it for a truth, for I would not slander the Devil.
It is said also, and I am apt to believe it, that he was very familiar with that holy father Pope Silvester II. and some charge him with personating Pope Hil. debrand on an extraordinary occasion, and himself fite ting in the chair apostolic, in a full congregation ; and you may hear more of this hereafter : But as I do not meet with Pope Diabolus among the lift, in all father Platina's lives of the popes, fo I am willing to leave it as I find it.
But to speak to the point, and a nice point it is, I acknowledge ; namely, what religion the Devil is of; my answer will indeed be general, yet not at all ambiguous ; for I love to speak positively, and with uirdoubted evidence. 1. He is a believer. And if in saying so it should fol. . low, that even the Devil has more religion than fome of our men of fame can at this time be charged with, 1 hope my Lord, and his Grace the
- of and some of the upper class inthe red-hot club, will not wear the cuat, however well it may fit to their shapes ; or challenge the satire, as if it were pointed at them, because it is due to them: In a word; whatever their lordships
are, I can assure them that the Devil is no infidel. 2. He fears God. We have such abundant evidence
of this in facred history, that if I were not at present, in common with a few others, talking to an infidel sort of gentlemen, with whom those remote things called Scriptures are not allowed in evidence, I might say it was sufficiently proved; but I doubt not in the process of this undertaking to thew, that the Devil really fears God, and that after another manner than ever he feared Saint Francis or Saint Dunftan : And if that be proved, as I take upon me to advance, I shall leave it to judgment, who is the better christian, the Devil who believes a