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The men appointed went abroad
All infants blood to spill, Supposing that amongst the rest
They should Christ Jesus kill.
O cruel, &c. Now mark the judgments of the Lord
On their ungodly train, King Herod's son where he was nurs'd
Amongst the rest was slain.
O cruel, &c. Of Herod's bloody reign with sad
And grievous soul I speak, By whom this day was slain, 'tis said,
Ten thousand children weak.
O cruel, &c. Judah abounds with scarlet wounds
Of sucking babes that died, The earth was spread with crimson red,
All caused by Herod's pride.
O cruel, &c. For unto him was told, that born
There was a greater King, Whose matchless power should him soon
Unto subjection bring.
O cruel, &c. Wherefore he sent with full contempt
His armed bands in rage, For to destroy each mother's joy
Under two years of age. O cruel, &c