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Knowest thou the time when the wilde goates bring foorth yong?
or doest thou marke when the hindes doe calue?
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Canst thou nomber the moneths that they fulfill?
or knowest thou the time when they bring foorth?
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They bow them selues: they bruise their yong and cast out their sorowes.
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Yet their yong waxe fatte, and growe vp with corne: they goe foorth and returne not vnto them.
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Who hath set the wilde asse at libertie?
or who hath loosed the bondes of the wilde asse?
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It is I which haue made the wildernesse his house, and the salt places his dwellings.
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He derideth the multitude of the citie: he heareth not the crie of the driuer.
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He seeketh out the mountaine for his pasture, and searcheth after euery greene thing.
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Will the vnicorne serue thee?
or will he tary by thy cribbe?
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Canst thou binde the vnicorne with his band to labour in the furrowe?
or will he plowe the valleyes after thee?
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Wilt thou trust in him, because his stregth is great, and cast off thy labour vnto him?
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Wilt thou beleeue him, that he will bring home thy seede, and gather it vnto thy barne?
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Hast thou giuen the pleasant wings vnto the peacockes?
or winges and feathers vnto the ostriche?
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Which leaueth his egges in the earth, and maketh them hote in the dust,
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And forgetteth that the foote might scatter the, or that the wild beast might breake the.
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He sheweth himselfe cruell vnto his yong ones, as they were not his, and is without feare, as if he trauailed in vaine.
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For God had depriued him of wisedom, and hath giuen him no part of vnderstanding.
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When time is, he mounteth on hie: he mocketh the horse and his rider.
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Hast thou giuen the horse strength?
or couered his necke with neying?
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Hast thou made him afraid as the grashopper?
his strong neying is fearefull.
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He diggeth in the valley, and reioyceth in his strength: he goeth foorth to meete the harnest man.
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He mocketh at feare, and is not afraid, and turneth not backe from the sworde,
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Though the quiuer rattle against him, the glittering speare and the shield.
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He swalloweth the ground for fearcenes and rage, and he beleeueth not that it is the noise of the trumpet.
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He sayth among the trumpets, Ha, ha: hee smelleth the battell afarre off, and the noyse of the captaines, and the shouting.
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Shall the hauke flie by thy wisedome, stretching out his wings toward the South?
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Doeth the egle mount vp at thy commandement, or make his nest on hie?
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Shee abideth and remaineth in the rocke, euen vpon the toppe of the rocke, and the tower.
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From thence she spieth for meate, and her eyes beholde afarre off.
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His young ones also sucke vp blood: and where the slaine are, there is she.