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A WONDER BEYOND EXPECTATION
15   Foure of them watched duly,
whilst th' other foure did sleepe, Thus constantly and truly
their houres they did keepe, Els 't had beene impossible,
they should themselues sustaine. Thus they were neuer idle,
but still were taking paine.
16   The Sabbath day they obserued,
and spent it piously, Yet not as they desired,
nor yet so zealously As they would haue been willing
that holy day to keepe, Because they had not any booke
to keepe their eyes from sleepe.
17   Thus in that strange fashion,
they liued in that place, Till the ships of our English Nation,
keeping their wonted space, Did come againe and view them,
clad with the skinnes of Beares, The Captaine hardly knew them,
his heart was full of feares.
18   But when he truly found them,
so vnexpectedly, To be all perfect sound men,
he praised God on high: Who had so well preserued
these men of courage bold, Whom he thought to be starued
with hunger and with cold.
19   Now hauing past these dangers,
they are come safe from thence,1
1 Text thnce.
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