“We sailed from Peru, where we had continued by the space of one whole year, for China and Japan, by the South Sea, taking with us victuals for twelve months; and had goog winds from the east, though soft and weak, for five months space and more.. But then the wind came about and settled in the west for many days, so as we could make little or no way, and again there arose strong and great winds from the south, with a point east; which carried us up, for all thewe could do, toward the north: by which time our victuals failed us, though we had made good spare of them. So that finding ourselves, in the midstof the greatest wilderness of waters in the world, without victual, we gave ourselves for lost men, and prepared for death. Yet we did lift up our hearst voices to God above, who showeth His wonders in the deep; beseeching Him of His mercy that as in the beginning He discovered the face of the deep, and brought forth dry land, so He would nowdiscover land to us, that we might not perish. ...“
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