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leviathan1, whose breathing blows
2Huge floods and
shoals2of fishes through his nose;
whose fair consort in salt pickle lies3
4To feast the Jews (or else their
he who treated Jonah in his belly5
8A diet as restorative as rare—
9Even he, the
chief of all the sons of pride10,
10Cannot pursue his prey without a guide.
The little musculus doth swim before11,
he12in shelves or sands his bulk should moor.
And of the whale’s abundance she but lives13;
15So may you see Nile’s
16Whilst in and out his mouth
the wren17doth fly
17To wake him when the
18Into her loathéd
entrails20strives to go;
19For which the putrid flesh
20Between her teeth, this being all her pay.
21So greatest monarchs poorest vassals need;
22So hungry peasants pampered nobles feed.
23Then let those that are placed the rest above
24Answer their labor with their care and love,
And pity those which labor at the plough22;
26’Tis God that made the difference and not thou.