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Guicciardini book page 8-II

Guicciardini book page 8-IItwenty pound, Gugins, Eeles, Crabs, Creuises, and divers other small fish excellent good, and some oysters also (though in truth they com out ofthe Sea) wherof in times past great store were taken in this River, but within this 25 or thirtie yeares,the extreame colds and Frosts, have caused them to retire into the deapth of the Sea, possibly they may returne againe, but in the meane time, every month that hath R. in it, Oysters are brought out of England.

Haa, neere to Terrrouanne, hath his fountaine, and taking his course towards the North, passeth by S. Omer, and at Gravellinghe entereth into the Sea. Ems in Latine Amasius, riseth in Westphalia, and at Emden entereth the Sea.

Moselle riseth in Lorraine and at Confluens entereth the Rhine.

From this River of Moselle in the time of Nero the Emperour, Lucius vetus a Romaine Captaine determined to have cut a large Channell, which at ten leagues end should have entered the River of Soane, by means wher of he would have conveyed the Roman Army from the Levant Seas into the Rhosne, thense into the Soane, and so through this Channell into the Moselle, and from thense by the Rhine into the Ocean Sea. But Helius Gracilis envying this noble invention, overthrew his enterprise.

La Lise riseth by Lisburg in Artoys, whereof it taketh the name. At Gant it entereth into the Schelde.

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