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THE FRENCHMEN'S WONDER
3   Yet few doth lay it unto heart,
nor to themselves the same apply, Or from their sins strive to depart,
though threatn'd judgements are so nigh.
4   But at the same they make a scoff,
which are for warnings dayly sent, To tell them they shall be cut off, except they of their sins repent.
5   'Tis known that pride, and drunkeness,
and swearing, doth so much abound, Men are so bent to wickedness, that soul and body they confound.
6   Which makes the Lord above to send
such signs our spirits to abate;
That we our lives may all amend,
by what hath happened of late.
7   Near unto Dole in firtile France,
a wonder strange was lately seen, Which doth fames Trumpet so advance, because the like hath never been.
8   Great multitudes of Birds appear'd,
one morning being clear and fair, The like whereof was never heard, for why they darkned all the ayr.
9   THe people stood amaz'd to see,
that wondrous sight which did appear, Or what the sad event might be,
why such strange Fowls was gathered there.
io For sometimes they were seen to fight, and skirmish in confused wise, To tug and pull, to claw and bite,
sometimes to fall, and sometimes rise.
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