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15   Then Captaine Towerson came in place,
to answer with the rest: To whom was told the treason was
by those before confest. Though all as false as God was true, Yet they affirme, the same he knew. Oh heauen looke downe, &c.
16   For which his goods were seized on,
which all our English had: And so vnto the Iudgement seat,
as traitors they were led. And there vniustly iudg'd to dye, Which was performed immediately. Oh heauen, looke downe, &c.
17   Ten of our men they hang'd forthwith,
the other ten went free: Which was a wrongfull Iudgement giuen,
and full of griefe to see,1 That after all those torments past, They thus should suffer death at last. Oh heauen looke downe, &c.
18   But on the execution day,
as God did so dispose, A sudden darkenesse and a gust
of violent winds arose,1 Which cast two of their ships away, As they at road in harbour lay.
Thus heauen lookes downe, &c.
19   Yea here to make Gods vengeance more,
the chiefest of that plot,1 In this tormenting of our friends,
as then escaped not, But felt Gods heauy Iron hand, And could no way the same withstand, Thus Heauen lookes downe &c. 1 Text has a period.
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