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Whether is it most hurtful to the world, the Devil walk-
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
Of the tools the Devil works with; viz. witches, wizards or warlocks, conjurers, magician, diviners, astrologers, interpreters of dreams, tellers of fortunes, and, above all the rest, his particular modern privy-counsellors called wit»and fools. 289
Of the various methods the Devil takes to converse with mankind. 291
CHAP. XI. Of divination, sorcery, the black art, paw-wawing, and such like pretenders to devilisin; and how far the Devil is, or is not, concerned in them. 313
Of the Devil's last scene of liberty, and what may be
supposed to be his end; with what we are to under
• stand of his being tormented for ever and ever. 337 THE.
O F T H E
Being an Introduction to the whole Work.
I Doubt not but the title of this book will amuse some of my reading friends a little at sirst; they will make a pause, perhaps, as they do at a witches' prayer, and be some time a resolving whether they had best look into it or no, lest they should really raise the Devil, by reading his story. 'C hildren and old women have told themselves fa many frightfus things of the Devil, and have formed ideas of him in their minds, in so many horrible and monstrous shapes, that really it were enough to fright the devil himself to meet himself in the dark, dressed up in the several sigures which imagination has formed for him in the minds of men; and, as for themselves, ITcannot 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 aud avtrsion of mankind, which we call Devil; to shew what he is, and
what he h not; where he //, and where he it not s when he is in us, and when he /'/ 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 j his original and the sirst rise of his family is upon record; and as for his conduct, he has acted indeed in the dark, as £6 method, in many things; but in general, as cunning as he is, he has been fool enough to expose himself in some of the i, most considerable transactions of his lise, 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 thre work give an account of several of the sons of Adam, and some societies of them too, who have outwitted the Devil, nay, who have outsinu'd the Devil, and that 1 think may be called outmooting him in his own bow
st may perhaps be expected of me in this history, that since 1 seem inclined to speak favourably of Satan, to do him justice, and to write his story impartially, I should take somejniins to tell you what religion he is - *s; and even this part may not be so much a jest, as at sirst sight you may take it to be; for Satan has something of religion in him, I assure you; nor is he such an unprositable Devil that way as some may suppose him to be; for though, in reverence to my brethren, 1 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 prositable to hir hearers, it is as much their fault, as it is out of his design.
It has indeed been suggested, that he has taken orders; and that a certain Pope, famous for being an extraordinary favourite of his, gave him both inititution and induction i but as this is not •upon record, and therefore we have no authentic document sor the -probation, I shall not assirm 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 Hildebrand on an extraordinary occasion, and himself sitting in the chair apostolic, in a full congregation; and you may hear more of this hereaster: But as I do not meet with Pope Diabolus among the list, in all father Platina's lives of the popes, so I am willing to leave it as I sind it.
But to speak to the point, and a nice point it is, I acknowledge; namely, what religion the Devil is of i my answer will indeed be general, yet not at all ambiguous; for I love to speak positively, and with undoubted evidence.
I. He is a believer. And if in saying so it mould fol
. low, that even the Devil has more religion than
some of our men of fame can at this time be charged
with, 1 hope my Lord i———, and his Grace the
p —of—— , and some of the upper class in
the red-hot club, will not wear the coat, however well it may sit 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, 1 can assure them that the Devil is no insidel. .2. He fears God. We have such abundant evidence of this in sacred history, that if I were not at present, in common with a few others, talking to an insidel sort of gentlemen, with whom those remote things called Scriptures are not allowed in evidence, 1 rnight fay it was sufficiently proved; biit 1 doubt not in the process of this undertaking to shew, that *he Devi] really fears .God, and that after another -manner than ever he feared Saint Francis or Saint . Dunstan: And if that be proved, as 1 take upon Jne to advance, I mall leave it to judgment, who is tk? better christian, the Devil who believes and .'"' . '.'•'. • A 2