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Black-letter Broadside Ballads Of The years 1595-1639

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17   So Ionas went out of the Citie with speed, And on the east a boothe he did make: There to behold, to marke and take heed,
what course with the city the Lord God would take,
where God in one night,
brought vp in his sight, A wilde vine to shadow him from the Suns heate. Sinne is the causer of sorrow and care, &c.
18   Ionas of this was wondrous glad,
For great was the force of the Sun in that place. And he by that meanes a good couering had, But God the next day the vine did deface.
so then the Suns heate:
on him did so beat, That for this vine Ionas his anger was great. Sin is the causer of sorrow and care, &c.
19   Then said the Lord God to Ionas againe, And dost thou well to be angry for this ? He said I doe well to be angry certaine, Seeing my comfort so soone I doe misse.
and better quoth he,
it is now for me, To die then to Hue in this miserie, Sinne is the causer of sorrow and care, &c.
20   And hast thou such pitty the Lord God did say, On this wilde Vine which sprung in one night: And in a night likewise did wither away, Which thou neuer plantedst, nor cost thee a mite.
then why should not I,
in tender mercy, Pitty this great repenting Citie ? Sinne is the cause of great sorrow and care, But God by repentance his vengeance doth spare.
Printed at London by E.A.
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