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13   The word of the Lord came to Ionas againe, Saying goe to Niniuies mighty Citie:
And preach vnto that people most plaine, The words which I before shewed thee,
then Ionas arose,
to the Citie he goes, And daily to them Gods iudgement he shewes, Fortie1 daies after yet remaineth quoth he, And Niniuie then destroyed shall be.
14   The King and the people of Niniuy then, At Ionas preaching repented full sore:
They proclaimed a fast both to beastes and to men, And sackcloth and ashes most humbly they wore,
and most bitterly,
to God they did cry, Asking forgiuenesse and crauing mercy. For forty daies yet remaineth quoth he, And Niniuy then destroyed shall be.
15   Their great repentance the Lord did behold, Their true humble hearts in euery degree: To them his mercy he did then vnfold And turned his punishment from their Citie.
his fauour and grace,
he sent to that place, And all their offences he cleane did deface. Sinne is the causer of sorrow and care, &c.
16   At this was Ionas greatly displeasd, And thus to the Lord in anger he said: Now well I see thy wrath is appeas'd, Whereby all falshood to me will be laid.
and therefore quoth he,
most blest should I be, If my hatefull life thou shouldst take now from me. Sinne is the causer of sorrow and care, &c.
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