William Lilly's History of His Life and Times from the Year 1602 to 1681

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Re-printed for C. Baldwin, 1822 - 260 pages
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Page 227 - Columbia, laborer, not having the fear of God before his eyes, but being moved and seduced by the instigation of the devil...
Page 231 - Not far from hence doth dwell A cunning man, hight Sidrophel, That deals in destiny's dark counsels, And sage opinions of the moon sells ; To whom all people, far and near, On deep importances repair ; When brass and pewter hap to stray, And linen slinks out of the way ; When geese and pullen are...
Page 219 - Marchiston, made public his logarithms, Mr Briggs, then reader of the astronomy lectures at Gresham College, in London, was so surprised with admiration of them, that he could have no quietness in himself until he had seen that noble person...
Page 232 - Bestirs himself, and plies his feet, To climb the •wheel, but all in vain, His own weight brings him down again, And still he 's in the self-same place Where at his setting out he was...
Page 220 - My lord, I have undertaken this long journey purposely to see your person, and to know by what engine of wit or ingenuity you came first to think of this most excellent help...
Page 25 - Lilly, almost as great a knave himself) " with a very good report of the neighbourhood, especially of the poor, unto whom he was charitable. He was a person that in horary questions, especially thefts, was very judicious and fortunate, so also in sicknesses, which indeed was his master-piece. In resolving questions about marriage, he had good success ; in other questions, very moderate.
Page 165 - Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
Page 33 - Monday came, all was well. Tuesday came, he not sick. Wednesday came, and still he was well ; with which his impertinent wife did much twit him in the teeth. Thursday came, and dinner was ended, he very well : he went down to the water-side and took a pair of oars to go to some buildings he was in hand with in Puddle Dock. Being in the middle of the Thames, he presently fell down, only saying, ' An impost, an impost,
Page 63 - Ptolomy, which he well understood ; he had a hand in composing Sir Christopher Heydon's defence of judicial astrology, being that time his chaplain ; he was so given over to tobacco and drink, that when he had no tobacco, he would cut the bell-ropes and smoke them.
Page 99 - All the ancient astrologers of England were much startled and confounded at my manner of writing, especially old Mr .William Hodges, who lived near Wolverhampton in Staffordshire, and many others who understood astrology competently well, as they thought. Hodges swore I did more by astrology than he could by the crystal, and use thereof, which indeed he understood as perfectly as any one in England. He was a great royalist, but could never hit any thing right for that party, though he much desired...

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