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tals, wearied with wars, shall unanimously desire peace. They shall strive, indeed, by occasion of a long-lasting interregnum, with various studies which shall obtain the reigns of empire. But at last the offspring of the ancient blood shall overcome, and proceed victoriously by force of ,arms, until resisted by contrary fates. For about the same time, this star being set, another coeval light, blazing with more ardent flames of war, shall spread his empire even to the coasts of the Antipodes.

But first, France shall submit her neck to his yoke, and Brittany, suppliant in ships, shall cast herself at his feet: Italy, faintly breathing towards sceptres so high, shall stretch out to him her languishing hand. But this bright beam before his time shall, with the vast desire of men, abscond himself in the clouds of the gods.

Who being extinct, after direful and bloody comets, and flashings of fire seen in the heavens, there shall remain nothing for the future safe or healthy amongst men; the firmament of heaven shall be dissolved, and the planets be opposed in contrary courses; the spheres shall jostle one among another, and the fixed stars move faster than the planets.

This ancient prophecy is recited by Cornelius Gemma, in his Treatise of Supernatural Appa

ritions, and taken notice of by several other good authors; as particularly by the incomparablylearned Tycho Brahe, in his discourse on the new star that appeared anno 1572, who thus expresses his judgment of it: "There were (saith he) divers expositions of this prophecy, at the time when it was first found out; some interpreting it of Charles the Fifth, others drew the meaning of it to Philip, king of Spain, and some thought the king of France was meant thereby; but I think that it doth rather point out those Iberi, who inhabit northward toward Muscovia. So that this oracle of Sybella Tiburtina did not denote the Spaniards, but those Iberians, which are near unto the Muscovites; especially when she useth these words, Supra Iberos ad Magnam Septentrionis Domum ; over the Iberi towards the great house of the North. And truly Muscovia, Scythia, and Tartaria, do make a great part of Europe, so that it may well be called the great house of the North; and therefore, since this unusual star did cast its perpendicular beams and influences on the country of Muscovia, it is not to be doubted but that this star, together with that tract of land, doth agree with the Sybilline oracle.

Thus that noble Dane, a person so famous that our king James, at his being in Denmark, went to his castle of Uraniberg, to visit him, and made verses in his commendation:

What Phaeton dared, or what's by Phoebus done,
To rule the fiery horses of the sun?

More Tycho doth: he rules the stars above;
And is Urania's favourite and love.

This same Tycho, in the treatise before cited, hath some expressions, which we may call prophetic as having spoken of a glorious and happy age, to be in the end portended by that star; and having started an objection, that some might say, That the light of the gospel and purity of religion doth now shine out clearly, having already overcome the darkness of papal error, he shapes an answer thereunto, in the words, "If it were so, whence then are those controversies, and varieties of opinions defended by learned men, insomuch that the war of pens is more dangerous than that of swords? Truly, (saith he) it is rather to be feared, lest we take this dawning and break of day to be the clear moon-light. Therefore, I suppose that this star doth signify, that there shall be a new change, both in religion and the estate of human affairs; of which we may say,

"We are come now to the highest perfection; the power of Antichrist and the pope shall decay, and be brought to ruin; and God, who ruleth in heaven, shall also rule all things on earth."

The Prophecy of Malachy*, a popish Saint, declaring the Number, and some Marks of all the Popes that shall be hereafter, together with the final Destruction both of Popery and the City of Rome.

THIS Malachy was archbishop of Dublin, in Ireland, and of the Cistertian order of monks; a contemporary with St. Bernard, and very intimate with him about the year 1140: he, pretending to the gift of foresight, undertook, by certain hieroglyphical descriptions, to give an account of all and every the popes that should be from his time to the world's end; or at least until the utter subversion of the papacy. All which I find both recited, and as far as then was accomplished, explained, and by application found to be very true and significant, in an appendix to a book, intitled, Flores Historici, written by Johannes de Bussieres, a French Jesuit, in the year 1655.

To recite all the old ones from the year 1143 would be both tedious and impertinent, being so

He caused the church of Ireland to be restored to the communion of the Roman see, and obtained, in 1124, the bishopric of Connor, after it had been possessed by one family for fifteen generations.

long past; those that are curious may find them in the author just now cited: only to give the reader a taste, that he may the better apprehend the humour of this Irish pope's symbols, and their explications, for near one hundred years past, and also all those that are to come; I will begin at the year 1592.

The Prophecy. Popes' Names.

The year of our Lord, and explanation. Crux Romulia,the Clement VIII. 1592. His arms a Roman Cross. Elected Jan. 28, triple oblique papal 1592. Died cross. March 2, 1605.

Undosus vir, al man gone as soon as a wave.

Leo XI. 1605. He continued
Elected April 1, but 24 days.
1605. Died
April 27, 1605.]

Gens perversa, a perverse people.

Paul V. 11605. In his days Elected May 16, the Bohemians rose 1605. Died against the House Jan. 28, 1621. of Austria, whom our author will have to be the perverse nation; but why not' rather the Venetians, with whom this Pope had great broils.

In

tribulatione Gregory XV. 1621. As soon as pacis, in the work Elected Feb. 8, he was made Car1621. Died dinal, he was sent July 8, 1622. by Paul V. Legate to Savoy, and concluded a peace between the Duke and the King of Spain, and soon after was chosen Pope.

of peace.

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