A Narrative of the Captivity, Sufferings, and Removes of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson/15 The fifteenth Remove

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The fifteenth Remove.

WE went on our travel. I having got an handful of ground-nuts, for my support that day. They gave me my load, and I went on cheerfully (with the thoughts of going homeward) having my burthen more upon my back than my spirit. We came to Baquaug river again that day, near which we abode a few days. Sometimes one of them would give me a pipe, another a little tobacco, another a little salt, which I would change for victuals. I cannot but think what a wolvish appetite persons have in a starving condition; for many times, when they gave me that which was hot, I was so greedy, that I should burn my mouth, that it would trouble me many hours after, and yet I should quickly do the like again. And after I was thoroughly hungry, I was never again satisfied. For though it sometimes fell out that I had got enough, and did eat till I could eat no more; yet I was as unsatisfied as I was when I began. And now could I see that scripture verified, there being many scriptures that we do not take notice of, or understand till we are afflicted, Mic. 6. 14. Thou shalt eat and not be satisfied. Now might I see more than ever before, the miseries that sin hath brought upon us. Many times I should be ready to run out against the heathen, but that scripture would quiet me again, Amos, 3. 6. Shall there be evil in the city, and the Lord hath not done it? The Lord help me to make a right improvement of his word, and that I might learn that great lesson, Mic. 6. 8. 9. He hath shewed thee, man, what is good, and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God? Hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.

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