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A WONDER BEYOND EXPECTATION
7   Then one man best experienc'd
in pollicy and cunning, The rest to try their wits incenc'd,
quoth he, here is no running: And seeing we are left here
in this vnfertile place, Lets doe our best with hearty cheare,
the rest leaue to Gods grace.
8   Then with this resolution
they firmely all agreed, To search out the conclusion,
and try how they could speed: A'Caue they dig'd i'th ground then,
to shrowd them from the cold, Wherein they liued sound men,
most wondrous to behold.
9   Their Venson they dry baked,
which serued them for bread, For drinke their thirst they slaked
with Snow water, in stead Of English Beere and French Wine:
to warme them they did burne Three hundred Tunne of Casks,
which stood there for their turne.
i o The flesh of Beares they boyled,
in stead of powdered Beefe, Their Hues had all been spoyled,
but for this course reliefe, In oyle which they had left there,
with shirts and other clothes,1 They made lamps to burn most cleer,
beleeue it on their oathes.
1 Text has a period. 389
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