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off, which he had always worn over his eyes, and they saw his true name plainly in his forel ead, and knew him to be a villain and a spy. But they had a hard struggle to master him, for he was terribly strong, and caught at everything to prevent being thrown overboard, which nevertheless they did succeed in doing, for it was all over with them, if he stayed longer on board. But as to the fellow himself, he no sooner touched the water, than he swam like a fish to Beelzebub's vessel, and was there taken in. stantly in
Meantime, some of the hands set themselves as quick as thought to repair as much as possible the mischief done to the hose, and well was it that they had discovered it in season, for no time was to be lost. Grace to help in time of need" must come now, if it came ever.
For now the conflict raged terribly, because the enemy let fly a shower of darts, tipped with fire and brimstone, that came flaming and hissing through the air, and in spite of all that they could do to prevent it, would strike and stick, sometimes in the masts, sometimes in the sails, sometimes on the deck, and several times burst into a flame, so that the fire engine had to be handled with great swiftness and dexterity, and some of the crew had to be stationed in the shrouds, with buckets of water supplied continually.
11 Heb. iv. 16.
While they were hard pressed in this manner, several of the fiends, with that fellow, Pride, at their head, having thrown themselves into the sea, swam unperceived under the stern, got hold of some ropes that had there been left hanging by the villain for that very purpose, and by that means hoisted themselves up to an open cabin window, and entered. Then with shouts of blasphemy, and a rush, with hellish darts, they broke forth suddenly on deck, supposing they should surprise the whole ship’s company, and get entire possession. They struck John a terrible blow in the back, before he was aware, just as he was bending over in the act of aiming one of the great guns for another broadside, so that he fell flat beneath the force of the encounter, and would certainly have been murdered, had not one of the crew, named PRAY-WITHOUT-CEASING,"? who saw when the attack was made, ran with Peter to the rescue.
Then commenced a violent struggle, hand to hand with the fiends, who raised their terrible flaming darts, and also breathed fire so furiously upon them, that they had hard work to draw their very breath in the conflict. Nor is there any telling what would have come of it, had not the clouds, which had been rolling up very black and heavy, ever since the fight began, just then broke in a shower of rain so violent, that the burning darts became almost useless in it, and the fire which had caught in several places was put out.
12 1 Thess. v. 17.
Meantime they had the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God,"s also the same weapon with which the King himself once conquered Satan in the temptation in the wilderness;'' and with this they parried the darts wonderfully, and then struck nimbly and earnestly in the name of the Lord, at every blow crying to God for help, till at length every one of the fiends, being wounded almost unto the death, threw themselves over the side of the vessel, and
were seen no more.
Then they gave thanks to God for this deliverance, and now again amidst the confusion of the decks looked towards the Pirate Ship expecting a new conflict. But lo, a great black smoke was seen issuing ont of the hold, and fiery-forked flames rose up with it, for their own combustibles had suddenly taken fire, and burned so furiously, that nothing could quench them.
And now the night shut in with great rapidity, and the glare of the flames shone lurid over the sea, and the helm of the vessel being abandoned, having been disabled by a shot from the 13 Eph. vi. 17.
14 Matt. iv. 4, 7, 10.
King's ship, she drove on recklessly like a blinded tiger in a burning menagerie, and her shotted guns went off one after another, till at length there was a most awful and magnificent explosion, and for a moment the air was filled with burning, falling fragments, and then all was dark and still.
THE ANGEL OF THE COVENANT.
But oh, what thankfulness and joy there was on board the King's ship for this deliverance, mingled, however, all night long, with anxious fears and watchings, lest the Enemy might re-appear in boats, or lest the very explosion of his vessel might be only a trick to lull them, for they well knew the greatness of his power and resources, as well as the snares of his malignity and cunning. But the morning dawned without trouble, and the sun rose bright and lovely over the wide horizon, and the sea was smooth, and the wind fresh and balmy, and not a sail or a hulk appeared in sight to give them the least anxiety.
By and by a white flag like an Angel's wing came into view as they were looking eastward, just as if a fleecy cloud had been suddenly created when there was nothing but blue firmament, and then there was speedily a brave and splendid ship setting towards