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3   So that in mans coniecture,
no man could there Hue long, But God the great Protector,
of all both old and young, Did shew his wondrous power,
in helping these men there, Whom beasts did not deuoure,
nor hunger pinch too neare.
4   These men abroad there wandred,
to hunt for Venson there, Meane while the royall standard
from heauen did appeare, I meane the Starre so constant,
which when they doe perceiue, They must perforce that instant
hoyst Sayles and take their leaue.
5   The Captaine he commanding
his men to goe abord, Alas there was no standing,
the time would not afford, So that these men being absent,
were left behinde on shore Because no time they had lent
to linger any more.
6   But when these men returned,
and found the ship was gone, Alasse their hearts then burned,
with woe they were1 forlorne: In pitious wise lamenting,
their hard and heauy fate, At last they all consenting,
(to grieue it was too late.)
1 Text we. 388
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