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Yet they bore out to sea as soon as they were bound,1 and sailed three days, till the land was sunk.2 Then the fair wind fell off, and there arose north winds and fogs, and they knew not whither they fared; and so it went for many days. After that, they saw the sun, and could then get their bearings. Then they hoisted sail, and sailed that day before they saw land; and they counselled with themselves what land that might be.

A Norse ship.

But Biarni said he thought it could not be Greenland. They asked him whether he would sail to the land, or not. ‘This is my counsel, to sail nigh to the land,’ said he. And so they did, and soon saw that the land was without fells,3 and wooded, and small heights on the land; and they left the land to larboard, and let the

1 Or ‘made ready,’ as we say a ship is bound for Liverpool.

2 Disappeared below the horizon.

3 Mountains. This has been supposed to be Cape Cod.

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