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And therefore probably must know
What is, and hath been done below;
Who made the Balance, or whence came
The Brel, the Lion and the Ram ?
Did not we here the Argo rig,
Make Berenice's Perriwig:
Whose Livry does the Coachman wear?
Or who made Casiopeia's Chair?
And therefore as they came from hence,
With us may hold Intelligence.
Plato deny'd, The World can le
Govern'd without Geometrie ;
(For Money b’ing the common Scale
Of things by Measure, Weight, and Tale;
In all th' Affairs of Church and State,
'Tis both the Balance and the Weight):
Then much less can it be without
Divine Astrology made out;
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that the Learned use
Upon this Subje&t to produce ;
And yet th' are far from fatisfactory,
T'establish, and keep up your Fa£tory.
Th’Egyptians say,The Sun has twice,
Shifted his Setting and his Rise;
Twice has he risen in the West,
As many times set in the East :
But whether that be true, or no,
The Devil any of you know.
Some hold the Heavens, like a Top,
Are kept by Circulation up ;
And, were't not for their wheeling round,
They'd instantly fall to the Ground:
As sage Empedocles of old,
And, from him Modern Authors hold;
Plato believ'd the Sun and Moon,
Below all other Planets run.
Some Mercury, fome Venues feat,
Above the Sun himself in height,
The learned Scaliger complain’d
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That in twelve hundred Years and odd, :
The Sun had left its ancient Road,
And nearer to the Earth is come
'Bove Fifty Thousand Miles from home :
Swore 'twas a most notorious Flam,
And he that had so little Shame
To vent such Fopperies abroad,
Deserv'd to have his Rump well clawdi
Which Monsieur Bodin hearing, fwore
That he deserv'd the Rod much more,
That durst upon a Truth give doomi,
He knew less than the Pope of Rome.
Cardan believ'd great States depend
Upon the Tip o'th' Bear's Tail's End

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That as she whisk'd it t'wards the Sun,
Strow'd mighty Empires up and down;
Which others say must needs be false,
Because your true Bears have no Tails.
Some say the Zodiack-Constellations
Have long since chang’d their antique Stations
Above a Sign, and prove the same
In Taurus now, once in the Ram:

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Affirm the Trigons chop'd and cliang’d,
The Watry with the Fiery rang'd;
Then how can their Effe&ts still hold
To be the same they were of old?
This, though the Art were true, would make
Our Modern Soothfayers mistake ;
And is one cause they tell more Lies,
In Figures, and Nativities,
Than th' old Cbalde an Conjurers,
In so many hundred thousand Years;
Beside their Nonsense in translating,
For want of Accidence and Latin,
Like Ídus and Calenda, Englisht
The Quarter-Days by skilful Linguist;
And yet with Canting, Slight, and Cheat,
'Twill serve their turn to do the Feat :
Make Fools believe in their foreseeing
Of things before they are in Being ;
Tu swallow Gudgeons e'er th' are catch’d,
And count their Chickens, e'er th' hatch'd ;
Make them the Constellations proinpt,
And give 'em back their own Accompt ;

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But still the best to him that gives
The best Price for’t, or best believes.
Some Towns and Cities, foine for Brevity,
Have cast the 'versal World's Nativity ;
And made the Infant-Stars confess,
Like Fools or Children, what they please :
Some calculate the hidden Fates
Of Monkeys, Puppy-Dogs, and Cats;
Some Running-Nags, and Fighting Cocks,
Some Love, Trade, Lam-Suits, and the Pox
Some take a Measure of the Lives
Of Fathers, Mothers, Husbands, Wives ;
Make Opposition, Trine, and Quartile,
Tell who is Barren, and who Fertile ;
As if the Planet's first Aspect
The tender Infant did infect
In Soul and Body, and instill
All future Good, and future III :
Which in their dark Fatalities lurking,
At destin'd Periods fall a working ;
And break, out like the hidden Seeds -
Of long Diseases, into Deeds,

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