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2   For wee that know not woes of war Forget the Ioyes of peace:
But if we once should feele wars stroak Then would our Ioyes decreace, Let men of Iudgement, ponder well The dangerous State of Armes And they will iudge a happy peace More good then feirce allarmes.
3   How many kingdomes hath bin spoyld? How many Cittyes sackt ?
How many valliant men byn foyld How many ships byn wrackt? What bloody massakers and Rapes What dismall horride deeds? The wars hath both vndon and don Whilst thousand thousands bleeds.
4   And true report to Britaines brings What warlike cruell strife
'Twixt Denmarke & the Sweauian kings
Where thousands lost their life
Till mighty lames our Royall Leidge
Did cause the wars to end,
And both these foes gaue or'e their seidge
And each is others freind.
5   For what the one demanded still The other still denyed:
And Kings contention was the cause
That many subiects dyed.
What Princes speake in heate of blood
Is feirce consuming wrath
And seldome can it be withstood
Without their subiects scath.
6   The Royall King of Denmarke layd lust clayme to certaine Land
The which the Sweauian King denay'd And did his force withstand
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