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A15339 An exposition vppon the Booke of the Canticles, otherwise called Schelomons Song. Published for the edification of the Church of God. By T.VV. T. W. (Thomas Wilcox), 1549?-1608. 1585 (1585) STC 25622; ESTC S119964 142,941 290

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