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THE HISTORIE of Irelande.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 _ALthough vndoubtedlye, the Originall of all nations for the more part is ſo vn|certaine, that who ſo euer ſhall enter in|to the ſearche thereof further than hee fyn|deth in the holie ſcriptures, may ſeeme (as it were rather to talk with men that dreame) than to ga|ther authorities ſufficient wherevpon to grounde any warranted opinion:

Id [...]end Cam|p [...].

G [...]raldus Cam|brenſis.

yet for as muche as the authors (whom in this Iriſh hyſtorie we chiefly followe) haue ſet downe what they haue founde in the Iriſhe antiquities, concerning the firſte in|habitation of this countrey of Ireland: and by|cauſe the reader alſo maye be peraduenture deſi|rous to vnderſtande the ſame, we haue thoughte good to recite what they haue written thereof, leauyng the credite vnto the due conſideration of the circumſpecte reader, and where the errours are to groſſe, giuing by the waye ſome cauti|ous, in lyke ſorte as oure Authours themſelues haue done.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 According therfore to the order of al other na|tions and people that ſeeke to aduaunce the glory of their countreyes in fetching their beginnyng with the fartheſt from ſome one of auncient an|tiquitie: ſo lykewiſe the Iriſhmen haue regiſtred in their Chronicles, that their Countrey was firſte inhabited by one of Noes neeces after this manner.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 In the yeare of the world .1525. the Patriarke Noe began to admoniſh the people of vengeance to followe for their wickedneſſe and abhominable ſinnes, to buyld his arke, to foreſhew his kinſfolk and frendes, of that vniuerſal floud whiche was to come, wherewith the whole face of the earthe ſhoulde be couered with water, and that within fewe yeeres, except they amended in tyme. This did he before the generall Floud one hundred and xxv. [...]a [...]a nece [...] Noe. yeeres. But when euery man ſeemed to ne|glect this wholſom admonition, one Ceſara that was neece to Noe, hearyng hir vncles fearefull prophecie, doubted leaſt the ſame ſhould come to paſſe, and therfore determined with certayne hir adherentes to ſeeke aduentures in ſome forrayne region, perſuading hir ſelf, that if the might finde a countrey neuer yet inhabited, and ſo with ſinne vnſpotted, the generall ſentence of Gods wrathe. ſhould not there take effecte. Whervpon rigging a nauie, ſhe committed hirſelf to the ſeas, ſayling foorth, till at length ſhe arriued in Irelande only with three men, and fiftie women, hauing loſte the reſidue of hir companie by miſfortune of ſun|drie ſhipwracks made in that hir long & troubles ſome iourney. The names of the men wer theſe, Bythi, Laigria, and Fintan. The coaſt where ſhe fyrſt ſet foote a lande, and where alſo the lyeth buried, is called Nauicular [...]li [...], yt is the ſhip|ping riuage or ſhore. The ſtones wherin the me|morie hereof was preſerued from violence of wa|ters, haue bin ſeene of ſome (as they them ſelues haue reported,) but how truly I haue not to ſay.Anno mundi. 1556. Within .xl. days after hir comming a land there, the vniuerſall floud came and ouerflowed al that coaſt as well as all other partes of the worlde.

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