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How truly did Homer of old deliver the prophecy of Eneas, many hundred years before it came to pass:
At domus Æneæ cunctis dominabitur oris,
A prophecy it was of the greatness of the Roman Empire; which we all know was fully verified.
How true is also that of Seneca:
Which was a prophecy of the discovery of the West Indies and America, never known to the ancients, and to us not above 280 years since.
What shall we say of that prophecy of Henry the Sixth, King of England, which he delivered so positively upon Henry the Seventh, then a boy, and holding water unto him:
"This is the lad or boy, (saith he) that shall enjoy the crown for which we strive."
Or of David Upan or Unanthony, who many years since prophesied of the pulling down of Charing Cross : his prophecy was printed 1588-the words are these:
"To tell the truth, many one would wonder,
R signifies Round-head; P Presbytery; S the Soldier,
Charing Cross, we know, was pulled down 1647, in
June, July, and August, and part of the stones converted to pave before Whitehall.
Cicero de Divinatione, Lib. I. says, "I know of no country, either so polished and learned, or so rude, barbarous, and uncivilized, but what always allowed that some particular persons are gifted with an insight into futurity, and are endued with a talent of prediction."
Peter Martyr, in his decades, tells us, that there was a prophet among the savages in America, that did foretell the coming in of strangers in ships, which they had not known.
Many other instances I could adduce from a variety of authors, but the present may suffice, while I guide the reader's attention to two books I regret I cannot procure, or would have given some extracts from them, as I know they contain many curious things, viz. Histoire Prodigieuse, written by Pere Arnault; and Lux ê Tenebris, a collection of Visions and Prophecies in Germany, translated into Latin by Jo. Amos Comenius, printed at Amsterdam, 1655.
Extract from F. Moore's Almanack, 1755. A remarkable Prophecy found in the Library of Salizarius of Heidelburgh; now extant.
A KING shall arise out of the nation of the illustrious lily, having a long forehead, high eyebrows, great eyes, and an eagle's nose. He shall gather a great army, and destroy all the tyrants of his kingdom, and slay all that fly in the mountains and caves from his face, for righteousness shall be joined unto him as the bridegroom unto the bride. With them he shall
wage war unto the 40th year, bringing into sub. jection the Islanders, Spaniards, and Italians. Rome and Florence he shall burn and destroy by fire, so as salt may be sown on that land. The greatest clergyman, who has invaded Peter's seat, he shall put to death, and in the same year obtain a double crown; at last, going over sea with a great army, he shall enter Greece, and be named king of the Greeks. The Turks and barbarians he shall subdue, making an edict, that every one shall die the death who worshippeth not the crucified one, and none shall be found able to resist him, because an holy arm of the Lord shall always be with him, and he shall possess the dominion of the earth. These things being accomplished, he shall be called The Rest of the holy Christians.
N. B. Here is to be observed a positive prediction of the subjection of the Spaniards-the downfal of popery and the papal see, and an utter extirpation of the fables of the Alcoran, and this probably by a king of England.
Also confirmed by Nostradamus in his 100th Stanza.-Century 10th.
Le grand empire sera par l'Angleterre ;
The great empire shall be England;
The Prophecy of Paul Grebnar, of Snebergh in Misnia, delivered by him, with other things in Manuscript, to Queen Elizabeth, in the year 1582. Obtained from her by Dr. Nevil, Clerk of the Closet, and presented to Trinity College Library, where to this day it remains. This being an attested copy out of that original.-See Catastrophe Mundi, p. 96.
A FATAL necessity having taken or torn away from the house A the Roman sceptre and diadem, and after an oppression of the same house, as well by the Germans as by foreigners, French, English, Danes, and Swedes, making their incursions on every side; there shall arise a horrid, bloody, and sharp contest, wherewith all Europe shall shake and tremble, and being several ways divided, torn in pieces, and laid waste, shall be obnoxious to many signal mutations.
A Swedish king, then reigning, shall, by the writings of the wicked emissaries of the See of Rome, be invited and stirred up to that quarrel, and to break in upon Pomerane, Mechlenburg, and some provinces belonging to Denmark; whereunto, if he hearken, he unseasonably and very unfortunately becomes involved as an ally or confederate in a war with one that is very nearly related to him. And, therefore, I advise him to leave Sweden in the same state he found it; so shall he, and his family, and posterity, in peace and quietness enjoy those dominions, over which contented they reign, and preserve in good order the kingdom, and retain his subjects devoted to his interests in due obedience. But if he shall imagine in his mind to pervert his people, and lead them aside out of the way, the Lord shall cut him off by death. And then Charles of Charles, or from a Charles, a great Charles comes to reign; who with great success and prosperity shall govern the northern parts of the world; and shall, with his fleet, happily oppose the power and tyranny of the Spaniard, and engage their navy or armada; and after a conjunction of his forces with the states of Christendom, he shall win a difficult cruel battle.
But God doth take out of this life the popish wife of the king, whence the Pope of Rome shall be much troubled; whose terror shall afterwards increase, when King Charles himself shall set