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A WONDER BEYOND EXPECTATION
11    And when their food was neare spent
and fearing they should want Vittaile for the remaining time,
they did begin to scant Themselues and feed but once a day,
thus spare they did their meate, And fasting dayes they did obserue,
on which they naught did eate.
12    In this their extremity,
when they did famine feare, They spide to Sea horses
that vnto them were neare, And kild them as they a sleepe
on th' Ice were set to rest, Which fishes much comfort gaue
these men so sore opprest.
13   WHen much danger by these men
they had past o're, much harme They did receiue for want for clothes,
wherewith to keepe them warme, For by time, and their toyling
their clothes were worne bare, And torne, that they could not
keepe out the piercing ayre.
14   But misery that makes men
industrious, was so kinde, To furnish them with a tricke
to keepe them from the winde: Their needle of Whales bone,
vntwisted Ropes their thred, They sow'd their clothes, & handsomly
their bodies couered.
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