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corn2was grown excessive
2By rats and mice, which in huge swarms appear,
hypocritical bishop4of the place
4Did seem to pity much the people’s case;
5And them unto a
6As if in charity he had delighted;
7But when he had
gotten them to his desire6,
8He (O, inhumane!) set the barn on fire.
9And thus these wretched creatures all did die,
his curséd soul in Hell did fry7.
11Then, pointing to them burning, said, “Look here!
12These are the vermin make our corn so dear!”
13But see, God’s judgments doth this wretch pursue,
14Which made him soon those curséd actions
15For nasty rats still after him did run,
16Not to be scared by
17At last he built a tower in the seas,
18Hoping that there he might remain in peace.
19But infinite ugly rats did thither swim,
20And, to his horrid pain, devouréd him.
21First, let this teach us
abound11) those whose disastrous fate
23Have made them miserable. Next, we may see
24From God’s revenging hand no place is free;
25For each despiséd reptile or insect
26He can empower, when we his laws neglect.
Pope Alexander was choked with a fly12;
Sulla and Herod by a louse did die13.
Cruel Popiel and his curséd wife14
same dismal stroke15did end their life.
31’Tis neither earth, nor sea, nor air, nor sky
32To which a sad despairing soul can
33For should I take
34And fly her shining circle, still it brings
35Me whence I came; or should Night’s sable
36Me hurry where is neither moon nor star,
37Yet would (my glorious God) one ray
involve19my soul in endless day.
39Then, seeing no place will hide my sins and me,
40I’ll from Thy justice to Thy mercy flee.