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BEING now come into the Low Countries, they saw many goodly and
fortified cities, strongly walled and garded with troopes of armed men. Also
they heard a strange and uncouth language, and beheld the differente manners
and customes of the people, with their strange fashons and attires; all so
farre differing from that of their plaine countrie villages (wherin they were
bred, and had so longe lived) as it seemed they were come into a new world. But
these were not the things they much looked on, or long tooke up their thoughts;
for they had other work in hand, and an other kind of warr to wage and
maintaine. For though they saw faire and bewtifull cities, flowing with
abundante of all sorts of welth and riches, yet it was not longe before they
saw the grimme and grisly face of povertie coming upon them like an armed man,
with whom they must bukle and incounter, and from whom they could not flye; but
they were armed with faith and patience against him, and all his encounters;
and though they were sometimes foyled, yet by Gods assistance they prevailed
and got the victorie. 20.

Being thus arived in a good harbor and brought safe to land, they fell upon their knees & blessed ye God of heaven, who had brought them over ye vast & furious ocean, and delivered them from all ye periles & miseries therof, againe to set their feete on ye firme and stable earth, their proper elemente. And no marvell if they were thus joyefull, seeing wise Seneca was so affected with sailing a few miles on ye coast of his owne Italy ; as he affirmed, that he had rather remaine[d] twentie years on his way by land, then pass by sea to any place in a short time; so tedious & dreadfull was ye same unto him.
But hear I cannot but stay and make a pause, and stand half amased at this poore peoples presente condition; and so I thinke will the reader too, when he well considers ye same. Being thus passed ye vast ocean, and a sea of troubles before in their preparation (as may be remembered by yt which wente before), they had now no friends to wellcome them, nor inns to entertaine or refresh their weatherbeaten bodys, no houses or much less townes to repaire too, to seeke for succoure ...
Let it also be considered what weake hopes of supply & succoure they left behinde them, yt might bear up their minds in this sade condition and trialls they were under; and they could not but be very smale. It is true, indeed, ye affections & love of their brethren at Leyden was cordiall & entire towards them, but they had little power to help them, or them selves; and how ye case stode betweene them & ye marchants at their coming away, hath already been declared. What could not sustaine them but ye spirite of God & his grace? May not & ought not the children of these fathers rightly say : Our faithers were Englishmen which came over this great ocean, and were ready to perish in this willdernes; but they cried unto ye Lord, and he heard their voyce, and looked on their adversitie, &c. Let them therfore praise ye Lord, because he is good, & his mercies endure for ever.  ... [2]

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