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THE READING SKIRMISH. 245
The hereticks their guard did so keep,
Which put us in a trembling fear. ao
We concluded something further,
To seize the churches all in the town, With killing and slaying, while they were a praying,
But we were routed, and soon run down.
Nay, before noon, we vowed to despatch as
Every man, nay, woman and child ; This in our hearts we freely did hatch,
Vowing to make a prey of the spoil. But we straightways was prevented,
When we did hope for fame and renown; so
In less than an hour we [are] forced to scoure ;
By Chreest and St. Patrick, we are run down.
We were resolved Reading to clear,
Having in hand the flourishing sword ; The bloody sceen was soon to appear, ss
For we did then but wait for the word : While the ministers were preaching,
We were resolved to have at their gown; But straight was surrounded, and clearly confounded,
By Chreest and St. Patrick, we all go down. *)
Just as we all were fit to fall on,
In came the Dutch with fury and speed; And amongst them there was not a man,
But what was rarely mounted indeed; And rid up as fierce as tygers, «
Knitting their brows, they on us did frown ; Not one of them idle, their teeth held their bridle,
By Chreest and St. Patrick, we were run down.