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A DESCRIPTION OF A STRANGE FISH
But now it is as we would wish, cast vp o'th sands i'th meads, In Chess/iire; and tis certaine true, Describ'd by those who did it view. O rare
beyond compare, in England nere the like.
3   Full twenty one yards and one foot
this fish extends in length, With all things correspondent too't,
for amplitude and strength: Good people what I shall report, Doe not account it fained sport. O rare
beyond compare, in England nere the like.
4   It is almost fiue yards in height,
which is a wondrous thing, O mark what maruels to our sight
our Potent Lord can bring. These secrets Neptune closely keeps Within the bosome of the deeps. O rare
beyond compare, in England nere the like.
5   His lower jaw-bone's fiue yards long,
the vpper thrice so much, Twelue yoak of oxen stout and strong,
(the weight of it is such) Could not once stir it out o'th sands Thus works the All-creating hands. O rare
beyond compare, in England nere the like.
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