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The Flight of the Earls (Author: Tadhg Ó Cianáin)

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A certain Frenchman who was in the ship said: ‘Be not troubled nor concerned, princes,’ said he; ‘before sunrise tomorrow I will direct you to land in Normandy, a famous province belonging to the King of France.’ To Corunna, a great city belonging to the King of Spain, they had originally intended to go; in consequence of the amount of weariness and hardship they had endured, they were almost as well pleased and as glad to land in Normandy as to reach that city. They directed their course to that harbour. About midnight the sea rose in violent, quick, strong-sounding waves against them. It was the mercy of the Trinity that saved them and kept the ship and all that was in it from being drowned. A party of the gentlemen who were above the hatch were almost in danger of being carried out into the middle of the sea by the strength of the wind and the number of the waves. They were obliged to take down their sails by reason of the strength and power of the waves, and to leave the ship to itself to drift over the sea as God should will.