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Wit and reasons tell them                                     ,
He trusteth not his country-men, He shews the right condition of a thief.
At Tunis in Barbary
Now he buildeth stately A gallant palace and a royal place,
Decked with delights most trim,
Fitter for a prince than him, The which at last will prove to his disgrace.
To make the world to wonder,
This captain is commander Of four-and-twenty ships of sayl,
To bring in treasure from the sea
Into the markets every day : The which the Turks do buy up without fail.
His name and state so mounteth,
These countrey-men accounteth Him equal to the nobles of that land;
But these his honours we shall find
Shortly blown up with the wind, Or prove like letters written in the sand.
THE SONG OF DANSEKAR THE DUTCHMAN {Second Part of the Sea-man's Song of Ward and Dansekar.)
Sing we sea-men, now and than,
Of Dansekar the Dutchman, Whose gallant mind hath won him great renown ;
To live on land he counts it base,
But seeks to purchase greater grace By roving on the ocean up and down.
His heart is so aspiring,
That now his chief desiring Is for to win himself a worthy name ;
The land hath far too little ground,
The sea is of a larger bound, And of a greater dignity and fame.