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A DESCRIPTION OF A STRANGE FISH
10 The tongue on't is so mighty large, I will it not expresse, Lest I your credit ouer-charge,
but you may easily guesse, That sith his shape so far excels, The tongue doth answer all parts else. O rare, &c.
ii A man on horseback as tis try'd may stand within his mouth, Let none that hears it this deride,
for tis confirm'd for truth: By those who dare auouch the same, Then let the Writer beare no blame. O rare, &c.
12   His nerues or sinewes like Bulls pissles,
for riding rods some vse: Of Spermaceti there's some vessels:
if this be the worst newes, That of this monster we shall heare, All will be well I doe not feare. O rare, &c.
13   Already sixteene tuns of Oyle
is from this fish extracted, And yet continually they boyle,
no season is protracted: It cannot be imagin'd how much 'Twill yeeld, the vastnesse on't is such. O rare, &c.
14   When he vpon the sands was cast
aliue, which was awhile: He yell'd so loud, that many (agast)
heard him aboue sixe mile: Tis said the Female fish likewise Was heard to mourne with horrid cryes: O rare, &c.
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