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And much of Terra Incognita,
Th' Intelligible World could say ;
A deep Occult Philosopher,
As learn'd as the Wild Irish are,
Or Sir Agrippa, for profound
And solid Lying much renown'd:
He Anthroposophus, and Floud,
And Jacob Behmen understood
Knew many an Amulet and Charm,
That would do neither good nor harm :
In Rosy-Crucian Lore as Learned,
As he that Vere adeptus earned.
Heunderstood the Speech of Birds
As well as they themselves do words:
Could tell what fubtlest Parrots mean,
That speak and think contrary clean,
What Member ’tis of whom they talk
When they cry Rope, and Walk, Knave, Walk.
He'd extract Numbers out of Matter,
And keep them in a Glass, like Water ;
Of Sov’reign Pow'r to make Men wise;
For dropt in blear, thick-lighted Eyes;
They'd make them see in darkest Night,
Like Owls, though pur-blind in the Light.
By help of these (as he profest)
He had First Matter feen undrest:
He took her naked all alone,
Before one Rag of Form was on.
The Chaos too he had descry'd,
And seen quite through, or else he lyd:
Not that of Paft-board, which men shew
For Groats at Fair of Barthol'mew;
But its great Granfire, first o'th'Name,
Whence that and Reformation came,
Both Cousin Gerinars, and right able
T'Inveigle and draw in the Rabble.
But Reformation was, some say,
House to Puppet-play.
He could foretel whats'ever was
By consequence to come to pass.
As Death of Great Men, Alterations,
Diseases, Battles, Inundations,
All this without thi’ Eclipse of Sun,
Or.dreadful Comet, lie hat li done
By inward Light, a way as good, And easie to be understood. But with more lucky hit than those That use to make the Stars depose, Like Knights oʻth Poft, and fallly charge Upon themselves what others forge: As if they were consenting to All mischief in the World Men do: Or, like the Dev'l, did teinpt and fway 'em To Rogueries, and then betray'em. They'll search a Planet's House, to know Who broke and robb'd a House below: Examine Venues and the Moon Who stole a Thimble or a Spoon: And though they nothing will confess, Yet by their very Looks can guess, And tell what guilty Aspect bodes, Who stole, and who receiv'd the Goods, They'll question Mars, and by his look Detect who 'twas that nim’da Cloke : Make Mercury confess, and peach Those Thieves which he himself did teach.
They'll find i' thPhysiognomies
O'th'Planets, all Mens Destinies.
Like him that took the Doctor's Bill,
And swallow'd it instead o'th' Pill.
Cast the Nativity o'th' Question,
And from Positions to be guest on,
Assure as if they knew the Moment
Of Natives Birth, tell what will come on't,
They'll feel the Pulses of the Stars,
To find out Agues, Coughs, Catarrhs j
And tell what Crisis does Divine
The Rot in sheep, or Mange in Swine ;
In Men what gives or Cures the Itch,
What makes them Cuckolds, poor or rich :
What gains or loses, hangs or saves;
What makes Men great, what Fools or Knaves ;
But not what Wise, for only of those
The Stars (they say) cannot difpofe,
No more than can the Astrologians,
There they fay right, and like true Trojans.
This Ralpho knew, and therefore took
The other Course, of which we spoke.
Thus was th’ Accomplish'd Squire endu'd With Gifts and Knowledge, per’lous fhrewd. Never did trusty Squire with Knight, Or Knight with Squire 'ere jump inore right: Their Arms and Equipage did fit, As well as Vertues, Parts, and Wit, Their Valours too were of a Rate, And out they sally?d at the Gate; Few Miles on Horseback had they jogged, But Fortune untothém turn'd dogged. For they a sad Adventure met, Of which anon we mean to Treat: But e'er we venture to unfold Atchievements so resolvd and bold, We should, as learned Poets use, Invoke th’Assistance of fome Muse; However Criticks count it Gillier Than Juglers talking to Familiar. We think ’tis no great Matter which, They're all alike, yet we shall pitch On one that fits our purpose most, Whom therefore thus do we accost.