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The History of the Devil

The History of the Devil

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The History of the Devil, by Daniel Defoe
The Project Gutenberg EBook of The History of the Devil, by Daniel Defoe This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away orre-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online atwww.gutenberg.orgTitle: The History of the Devil As Well Ancient as Modern: In Two PartsAuthor: Daniel DefoeRelease Date: January 23, 2010 [EBook #31053]Language: EnglishCharacter set encoding: ISO-8859-1*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE HISTORY OF THE DEVIL ***Produced by Michael Roe, Stephanie Eason, and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team athttp://www.pgdp.net. (This file was produced from images generously made available by The InternetArchive/Canadian Libraries.)THE HISTORY OF THE DEVIL, AS WELL ANCIENT as MODERN: IN TWO PARTS.PART I.
The History of the Devil, by Daniel Defoe1
 
Containing a State of the
Devil
's Circumstances, and the various Turns of his Affairs; from his Expulsion outof Heaven, to the
Creation
of Man; with Remarks on the Several Mistakes concerning the Reason and Mannerof his Fall.Also his Proceedings with
Mankind 
ever since
Adam
, to the first planting of the Christian Religion in theWorld.PART II.Containing his more private Conduct, down to the present Times: His Government, his Appearances, hismanner of Working, and the Tools he works with.
 Bad as he is, the Devil may be abus'd, Be falsly charg'd, and causelesly accus'd, When Men, unwilling to beblam'd alone, Shift off these Crimes on Him which are their Own.
The SECOND EDITION.
 LONDON:
Printed for T. WARNER, at the
Black Boy
in
Pater-noster Row
. 1727.The PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.
This Second Edition of this Work, notwithstanding a large Impression of the First, is a Certificate from theWorld of its general Acceptation; so we need not, according to the Custom of Editors, boast of it without  Evidence, or tell a F----b in its Favour.The Subject is singular, and it has been handled after a singular Manner: The wise World has been pleased with it, the merry World has been diverted with it, and the ignorant World has been taught by it; none but themalicious part of the World has been offended at it: Who can wonder, that when the
Devil
is not pleased,
hisFriends should be angry?
The strangest thing of it all is, to hear 
Satan
complain that the Story is handled prophanely: But who can think it strange that his Advocates should 
BE, what he was from the Beginning?
The Author affirms, and has good Vouchers for it (in the Opinion of such whose Judgment passes with him for an Authority) that the whole Tenor of the Work is solemn, calculated to promote serious Religion, and capable of being improv'd in a religious manner. But he does not think that we are bound never to speak of the
Devil
but with an Air of Terror, as if we were always afraid of him.'Tis evident the
Devil,
as subtle and as frightful as he is, has acted the ridiculous and foolish Part, as much asmost of God's Creatures, and daily does so. And he cannot believe 'tis any Sin to expose him for a foolish
Devil,
as he is, or shew the World that he may be laugh'd at.Those that think the Subject not handled with Gravity enough, have all the Room given them in the World tohandle it better; and as the Author professes he is far from thinking his Piece perfect, they ought not to beangry that 
he gives them leave to mend it.
He has had the Satisfaction to please some Readers, and to seegood Men approve it; and for the rest, as my Lord 
Rochester
says in another Case,
He counts their Censure Fame.
 As for a certain Reverend Gentleman, who is pleased gravely to dislike the Work 
(
he hopes, rather for the Author's sake than the
Devil's)
he only says,
Let the Performance be how it will, and the Author what he will,it is apparent he has not yet preach'd away all his Hearers.
The History of the Devil, by Daniel Defoe2
 
 It is enough to me (says the Author) that the
Devil
himself is not pleased with my Work, and less with the Design of it; let the
Devil
and all his fellow Complainers stand on one side, and the honest, well meaning,charitable World, who approve my Work, on the other, and I'll tell Noses with
Satan,
if he dares.
THE CONTENTS.PART I.CHAP. I.
 Being an Introduction to the whole Work 
, Page 1CHAP. II.
Of the Word 
DEVIL,
as it is a proper Name to the Devil, and any or all his Host, Angels
, &c. 18CHAP. III.
Of the Original of the
DEVIL,
who he is, what he was before his Expulsion out of Heaven, and in what Statehe was from that Time to the Creation of Man
31CHAP. IV.
Of the Name of the Devil, his Original, and the Nature of his Circumstances since he has been call'd by that  Name
38CHAP. V.
Of the Station Satan had in Heaven before he fell; the Nature and Original of his Crime, and some of Mr.
Milton's
Mistakes about it 
63CHAP. VI.
What became of the
Devil
and his Host of fallen Spirits after their being expell'd from Heaven, and hiswandring Condition till the Creation; with some more of Mr.
Milton
's Absurdities on that Subject 
77CHAP. VII.
Of the Number of Satan's Host; how they came first to know of the new created Worlds now in Being, and their Measures with Mankind upon the Discovery
86CHAP. VIII.
Of the Power of the Devil at the Time of the Creation of this World; whether it has not been farther straiten'd and limited since that Time, and what Shifts and Stratagems he is oblig'd to make use of to compass his Designs upon Mankind 
95CHAP. IX.
Of the Progress of Satan in carrying on his Conquest over Mankind, from the Fall of 
Eve
to the Deluge
111CHAP. X.
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