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THE FRENCHMEN'S WONDER
11   At length as it were by consent,
into two parties they devide; As if it were two Armies bent, to fight it out on either side.
12   And then with fearful hideous cries,
each party did the other dare, The like was never seen with eyes, how they proclaimed open war.
13   At last each other did engage,
with fury great on either side, Both parties being in a rage,
like two brave armies in their pride.
14   Most fiercely they did fight it out,
whilst thousands to the ground did fall; They were so furious and so stout, they freely ventured life and all.
15   Their bodies mangled, rent, and torn,
upon the earth most thick did lye, So that the child that's yet unborn; may wonder at this prodigy.
16   At length their forces being spent,
those that were left, away did flie, But whence they came, or whither went, there's no one ever could descry.
17   These birds which did the battle fight,
were of a hundred sundry sorts, Of several colours and of shape, as doth appear by all reports.
18   The greatest of their bodies were,
of four or five pounds weight each one; As to the people did appear,
which view'd them over as 'tis known.
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