3 Those who lived long ago in your holy land
their works of sorcery and unholy rites,
5 their merciless slaughtera of children,
and their sacrificial feasting on human flesh and blood.
These initiates from the midst of a heathen cult,b
you willed to destroy by the hands of our ancestors,
might receive a worthy colony of the servantsc of God.
and sent waspsd as forerunners of your army
to destroy them little by little,
or to destroy them at one blow by dread wild animals or your stern word.
though you were not unaware that their origine was evil
and their wickedness inborn,
and that their way of thinking would never change.
and it was not through fear of anyone that you left them unpunished for their sins.
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