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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
Embleme V
XVI. Geffrey Whitney
Motto: Prouidentia.

SVCHE prouidence hath nature secret wroughte
In creatures wilde, and eeke such knowledge straunge,
That man by them in somme thinges maie be taughte:
As some foretell when weather faire will chaunge;
  Of heate, of raine, of winde, and tempests’ rage,        5
  Some showe by signes, and with their songs presage.
But leauing theise, which almost all doe knowe;
The crocodile, by whome th’ Ægyptians watche
Howe farre that yeare shall mightie Nilus flowe,
For theire shee likes to laie her egges and hatche:        10
  Such skill deuine, and science to foretell,
  Hath nature lente vnto this serpent fell.
Which showes they should with due regarde foresee,
When anie one doth take in hande a cause,
The drifte and ende of that they doe decree,        15
And longe thereon to ponder and to pause:
  For after-witts are like a shower of rayne,
  Which moistes the soile when witherd is the graine.

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