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Petitions to the Gods

   Petitions to the Gods

The whole nation was no aroused. Re-enforcements poured in from all quarters to swell the host of the defenders. From the monasteries and temples all over the country went up unceasing prayer to the gods to ruin their enemies and save the land of Japan. The emperor went in solemn state to the chief priest of Shinto, and writing out his petitions to the gods, sent him as a messenger to the shrines of Ise.

It is recorded, as a miraculous fact, that at the hour of noon, as the sacred envoy arrived at the shrine and offered the prayer -- the day being perfectly clear -- a streak of cloud appeared in the sky, which soon overspread the heavens, until the dense masses portened a storm of awful violence.

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