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Meet with the Parliaments Committee
At Woodstock on a Pers'nal Treaty:
Parliament fitting in the King's House in Woodstock-Park, were terrify'd with several Apparitions, the
particulars whereof were then the News of the whole Nation.
At Sarum took a Cavalier.
Withers has a long story in Doggerel, of a
Soldier of the King's Army, who being a Prisoner at Salisbury, and drinking a health to the Devil upon his Knees, was carried away by him through a single Pane of Glass.
Since old Hodg Bacon.
in the Reign of our Edward the I. and for
Pope Innocent the IV. and summond to appear at Rome, he appeal’d to the Tribunal of Christ; which our Lawyers say is illegal, if not a Pramunire, for offering to sue in a Foreign Court.
Which Socrates, and Chærephon
In vain asay'd so long agone. Aristophanes in hisComedy of the Clouds, brings
in Socrates and Cherephon,measuring the leap of a Flea, from the one's Beard to the other's.
Was rais’d by him, found out by Fisk. This Fisk was a late famous Astrologer, who
flourilh'd about the time of Subtile, and Face, and was equally celebrated by Ben. Johnson.
Unless it be that Cannon-Ball. This Experiment was try'd by some Foreign
Virtuoso's, who planted a piece of Ordnance point-blank against the Zenith, and having fir'd it, the Bullet never rebounded back a. gain; which made them all conclude that it iticks in the mark; but Des Cartes was of opinion, that it does but hang in the Air.
As lately was reveals to Sedgwyck.
This Sedgwyck had many Persons (and some of Quality) that believ'd in him, and
prepar’d to keep the Day of Judgment with him, but were disappointed, for which the false Prophet was afterwards call’d by the Name of Doomesday Sedgwyck.
Your Modern Indian Magician,
Makes bret a hole i' th' Earth to piss in. This compendious new way of Magick is af
firm'd by Monsieur Le Blanc (in his Travels) to be us’d in the East-Indies.
Bumbaftus kept a Devil's Bird, &c. Paracelsus is said to have kept a small Devil
Prisoner in the Pummel of his Sword, which was the reason, perhaps, why he was so valiant in his Drink; Howsoever it was to better purpose than Annibal carry'd Poyfon in his, to dispatch himself, if he should happen to be surpriz'd in any great extremity ; for the Sword would have done the Feat alone, much better, and more Soldier-like. And it was below the Honour of so great a Commander, to go out of the World like a Rat. LI
Agrippa kept a Stygian Pug. Cornelius Agrippa had'a Dog that was suspected
to be a Spirit, for some Tricks he was wont to do, beyond the Capacity of a Dog, as it was thought; but the Author of Magia Adamica has taken a great deal of pains to vindicate both the Doctor and the Dog from that Aspersion; in which he has shewn a very great Refpect and Kindness for them both.
As Averrhois play'd but a mean trick.
Averrhois Astronomiam propter Excentricos
contemplit. Phil. Melancton in Elein. Phyf.
The Median Emp'ror dreant his Daughter. Aftyages, King of Media, had this Dream of his
Daughter Mandane, and the Interpretation from the Magi ; wherefore he Married her to a Persian of a mean Quality, by whom she had Cyrus, who Conquer'd all Asia, and translated the Empire from the Medes to the Persians, Herodot. I. 2.
When Cæsar in the Senate fell.
Fiunt aliquando prodigiosi, e longiores Solis
Defe&tus, quales occiso Cæfare Dietatore di Antoniano Bello, totius Anni Pallore continuo, Plin.
Divus Augustus Lavum sibi prodidit calceum
præpoftere indutun, quo die feditione Militum propè affli&tus eft. Idem. I. 2.
The Roman Senate wben within
Romani L. Craffo & C. Mario Col. Bubone vi
so orbem luftrabant.
For Anaxagoras long agone,
Saw Hills as well ag you i'th' Moon. Anaxagoras affirmabat Solem candens Ferrum
elle, a Peloponneso majorem: Lunam Habitacula in se Habere, & Colles, & Valles. Fertur dixisse Cælum omne ex Lapidibus elle compofitum ; Damnatus & in exilium pulfus eft, quod impiè Solem candentem laminam esse dixisset. "Diogen. Laert. in Anaxag. P.11.13