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The Caucasines with locusts were annoyed1
2That all their
herbs2and fruits were quite destroyed;
3Whilst with sad hearts their suff’rings they
4And the assistance of the gods implore,
5The Seleucides birds, ne’er seen before,
6With their united strength and num’rous power
7Did instantly these locusts all devour.
8Their work being done, they straight flew all away,
9And ne’er were seen nor heard of to this day.
10So serpents once th’Egyptians did annoy;
ibis came and did these worms destroy4,
12But with his putrid filth he ten times more
Afflicted them5than they were e’er before.
So this sad kingdom locusts6did o’errun,
15Such clouds (ay me!) as did eclipse our sun.
16What house of this base vermin then were free?
17Such a like army let me never see.
were8never seen before,
these9down; none did their loss deplore.
subtle10serpents over all did crawl;
we12then did call.
ibis13came and swallowed this whole
23Some did repent that they to Heaven did cry,
24For all that sacred was, he did pollute;
25Yet let us once again to God make suit.
26Who knows? The
tumid15and tumultuous seas
27May bring a friend that may our suff’rings ease.
So Rochelle, by a shoal of unknown fish16,
29Outlived their siege above their hopes and wish.