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CALEB SHILLOCK'S PROPHECY
3   No mortall man shall able bee, (As he affirmes) to looke Upon this fearefull Progedie, This sinners bloody Booke:
this booke, by which he soone may know the cause of all our griefe and woe. O Lord, Lord in thy mercie, &c.
4   For he that dares to gaze vpon The Sunne, so dreadfull-bright, Shall neuer after gaze vpon An obiect'sad, or light:
But suddainly be striken blind, As leaues are shaken with the wind. O Lord, Lord in thy mercie, &c.
5   And next to this, old Shillock sayes, The waters shall arise,
And set a period to the dayes
Of many fond, and wise:
And all that know't by eye, or eare, shal stand (almost) distraught with feare. O Lord, Lord in thy mercie, &c.
6   And after this hath playde his part, In Calebs Scrowle I finde, Another woe to wound the heart, And terrifie the minde:
The winds (he sayes) shall strangly blow And strong-built Houses ouerthrow. O Lord, Lord in thy mercie, &c.
7   With greater Waters after this, The Earth shall plagued bee, So sore our God incensed is, By our impietie:
So sore a Flood since godly Noe, As is to come, neare man did know. O Lord, Lord in thy mercie, &c.
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