Chap Xxxi

How conjurors have beguiled witches, what Booty they carry a. bout to procure credit to their art) wicked affertions against Mo-festfrtijofeph.

THus you fee that conjurors are no fmall fooles. For whereas witches being poor and needy, goe from doore to doore for relief, have they never fo many todesorcats at home, or never fo much hogs dung and charvill about them,or never Jo many charmes in ftorc 5 thefe conjurors (I fay) have gotten them offices in the church of Rome, whereby thev. have obtained authority and great eftimation. And further to adde credit to that arc, thefe conjurors carry about at this day, books entitulcd under the names of Adam,Abd,Tobiei and Enoch 5 which Enoch they it. putc the moft divine fellow in fuch matters. They have alfo among ttyn bookesthat they fay Abraham, Aaron and Salomon made. Item tbey haw books of zacbary, Paul> Honoritis, Cyprian, Jerome, Jeremy, Albert ,and 7bomasn\io of the angels, Ri%iel3Rayiel^ nd Raphael 5 and doubtlefs thefe were fuch books as were laid to have been burnt in the Kfler Afia.Aniiot their further credit they boa ft ,t hat they muft be & are skilful! and Icmk cd in thefe arts 5to wit, ars AlmadeUtars Notoria, arsBulapbite, an Artfe pbii>arspQmenayarsRcvelationis,&c. Yea, thefe conjurors in corners ftick not (with Jufiine) to report and affirm, that jofpb who w'asatrw . figure of Chrift that delivered and redeemed us, was learned in thefe arts, and thereby prophefied and expounded dreams 5 and that thofe am. came to him from Mofes, and finally from Mofes to them : which thinf both Pliny and Tacitus affirm of Mofes. Atto Strabo in his cofmographi? maketh the very like WafphemouS report j and likewife ApoUoniusffiltt,, Peffidonm, Lijimacbm, and Appian term Mofes both a magician and K conjuror, whom tufebius confuteth with many notable arguments, For filefes differed as much from a magician, as truth from falfhood, and piety from vanity: for in truth,he confoundcd all rnagjck,and made the , world fee, and the cunningeft magicians of the earth confeiTe, that tbcit> own doings were but illufions, and that his miracles were wrought by tbe finger of God. But that the poore old witches knowledge reacneth tJntf far, (is Danam affirmetb it doth) is untrue v for their furtheft fetibes» that I can comprehend,are but to fetch a pot of milk,from their nciglK »»AuCtiglf a mile diftant from them.

A foul offence to backbite the 3bfent,and to belye the dead. Ads 19*

tuJUM*,

Strabdib.\6*

Dan. in dialog, defirtwits.

of Witchcraft;

char xxxii.

IJllMgicaft arts confuted by an argument concerning Nero, what• Cornelius Agripparftfrf Carolu^Gallus have left written tbereofcattdproved by experience.

CUrcly Nen proved all thcfc magieall arts to be vain and fabulous lies, and nothing but confenage and knavery. He was a notable prince,ha-liig gifts of nature enough to have conceivcd fuch mat ¿«js, treafure e-uoughto have imployed i/ithe fcarch thereof,he made no confcicnce thereto, he had lingular conferences thereabouts. he 1 ft :red, and would have given halfe his kingdom to have learned thofe things, Which he heard might bs wrought l>y magicianshe procured all thecunning.magicians in the world to come to Rome, he fcarched for bookes alfo, and all other things neceffary for a magician y and never could find any thing,in it, kit cotifenage and legicrdeinainc. At length'he.mct with one Tmdates> trAAatcs the the great magician, who having.with him all his companions,. and fellow great magician magicians, witches, conjurors, and coufenors, invited NWo to c&taine biddeth the magieall bankets arid exercifcs, Which when Nero required to leame, Emperor Nero-! he (to hide his coufcnage) anfweted that he would not , ,nor cauld not to a banket, teach him, though he would have given him his kingdome. The matter I of his rcfufall (1 fay) was, leaft Nero (hould efpy the coufenine. devifes. I thereof. Which when Nero conceivcd, and faw the fame,. and all the re-fidne of that art to bo vaine,. lying and. ridiculous, havingonly ihadows M'f made laws of truth, ,and that their arts were only veneficall 5 hec prohibited tbe againft conju-I feme utterly, and made good and ftrong laws againft the ule and the pra- ror? an(lconJa~ I ftifes thereof, as Pliny and othfers doe report. It is marvell that any. l'ations. fcancan be fo muck abufed, as to fuppofe that Satan may be commanded* compelled, or tyed by the power of man 5 as though the Di vell would. ! yceid to man, beyond nature i that will not yecld to God his creator, ac-. J cording to the rules of nature. And in fo much as there be (as they con-feffe) good an|els as well as bad 5 I would know why they call up the angels of hell,ana not call downc the angels of heaven.But this they anCwer C.Amp.lib.'de (is Agrippa faith) Good angels (forfooth) doe hardly appeare, and the Vflnitat'fcient>. other are ready at hand®. Here ltnxv not omit to tell you how Cornelitto Agrippa bewrayeth,detefteth , and defaceth this art of conjuration,who in his youth travelled into the bottom of all thefe magieall fcienccs, and was not only a great conjuror and praftifcr thereof, but alfo wrote cun-ningly.De occidtajphilofophia. Howbeit afterwards in his wifer age, he recanteth his opinions,1 and lamenteth his follies in that behave, anddif-coirereth the impiety and vanities of logicians, and inchanters, which fcoaft they can da'e miracles | which a&ion is now ceafed (fahh he) and afligneth them a place with James and Jambres, affirming that this art teacheth nothing but vain toies for a (hew. Carolta GaUits alfo faith; 1 have tried oftentimes, fey the witches and conjurors themfelves, that tbeir arts, (cfpccially tbole which doe confift of ch?rm»s, impoifibilities, K r 3 r con^ -

328 i J. Boqk.; The diftp^aryV'; fylomons Cwj^u conjltrariuns,' and witchcrafts, whereof they were wont to boaftYtok mcer foolilhnefte,doting lies and dreams. I for my part can fay asmuT but that I delight not to alleadge mine owne proofs and authorities j that mine advcrfjjiks will fay they are partiail,and not indifferent. '

Of S al onion s conjurations ¿and of the opinion conceived of his 'can* ningandprdttife ¡herein*

IT is affirmed by fundry author.«, that Salomon was the firft inventor"^ thole conjurations; and thereof jofcphm'is the fiift reporter, wto jn his Hrft book Dc hid*<).im ai;ttqultatibui>cap. zi. reheaifcth ¿btjjy this ttory following; which Polyaore Vi'g'ly and many other repeat sp ba :im, in this wilt, md feem to credit the fable, whereof there is skaot i true word, , . '

• Salomon was thegreateft: philofopher, and did pbilofophy aboiirall things, and had the'full arid perfeft knowledge of all their propertiei; but he had that gift given from above to him,for the profit and healthof mankinde 5 which is cff<&\ioll againft divcls. Ho made alfo inchty. ' ments wherewith difeafes are driven away 5 and left divers manner» of conjurations written, where: it 0 the diveU'giving, place arc fo driven'a* way; that they,nevei'return. Xpd this^kindof healing is very tonunpn among my country men : f. r I Law a neighbour of mine,»' one Ekttyi l i. . that in theprefence of Vcjpaftan and his fonnes, and the reft of the foi be pre witiieiss jjcrS) curcij many wcrep0ff.with, {pirns. The manner.and'oi Ltgo no lie» jcr 0f |jjs cllre was tjlis> fje did pu t unto the nofe of the pofkflcd a ring, under the feal whereof was inclofed a kind of root* .whofc yertue Stdm declared, and the favour thereof drew the 'divell out at his noft j fo ft down fell the man, and then. Ekayu con jured the divell to depart, to return no more to him. In the mean time he made mention of $'m>. won, reciting incantations of Salomons owne making. And then ¿to* %jtr being willing to fhew the ftanders by his cunning,and the wonderMl ctficacy of his art, did fet not far from thence, a pot or bafen full of ler, and commanded the divell that went out of the man,that by tfie^ verthrowing thereof, he would give a figne to the beholders, that ficW utterly forfaken and left the man. Which thing biting done, none m doubted how great Salomons knowledge and wifdome was. Wbcreina ji£ ling knack waspioducedjto confirm a cogging caft of knavery of (Oil» fenage. . ■ /I

Another ftory of Salofqm conjuration I finde.cited in pe jixt lew read in the, church of tome upon S.Margarejtt day, far ITiOif Lib.+dijl, 14. than this. Al fo Peter Xofobari maAcr of the Sentences» ?»»4 Vccm.auteum brother, the compiler of the golden, decrees S an d p^iut'bs.» djfi.n.Kub. imr 't liv'mrum, doe all foberly affirm Salomons cunning in,this beW de exorcip. and fpeciaily this tale 5 to wit, that S/tfo/w».iacIofcd

Trob.ti'.tm eft i'pon a patient

. oiwmk^cl'^7 , aap, • Jip ids in a bmtfi bo wle,andlefcitina, deep hole or lake, fo as afterwards ebi Mbylonians found it, and fuppofin^there bad beenegold or filver ibercin,brake it, and out flew all the divels,&c. And that this fable is of credit, you fhall perceive, in that it is thought worthy to be read in the

¿>mi(h church, as parcell of their divine (L-rvice. Look in leil'ons of the Left. f. & 6

jiy of S. Margaret the virgine, a«d you (hall finde thefc words verbatim»

which I the rather recite, becaufe it fci veth me for divers turns 5 to wit, for Salomons conjurations, for the tale of the brazen vellell, and for-the pipes con jurationj, which extendedboth to faith anddoft ilie.andtoMhcw ofwhatcrcdittheir reliyion ia, thatfo iliamefully is Ihined wi-h li said fibles. - u chap, xxxiv.

lejfont read in all Churches where the Tope hath authority> on S. Margarets day translated into Engl'rfh word for word. .

tlOly Margaret required of God, that fliee miVht have a conflift face I.eft.in dicfa;i-to face with her fecret enemy the divell 5 and riling from prayer, (lie ft'ffimA Marg. »aw a terrible dragon,that would have devoured her4binfhc made the fign vir.f* ofthe croft:,and the dragon burft in the midft,

" Afterwards, thefaw another man fitting like a Niger, having his . « ^

hands bound, faft to his knees, (lie taking him by the hair of the head, thiew hi'rn to the ground, and fet her foot on his hca.«! ; and her pray-

irs being made, a Tight fhincd from heaven into the p ¿ifon wherelhe w is, and the crofte of Chrift was feen in heaven, with a dovc.ficting thereon, whofaid 5 blefled art thou O Margaret, theaatesof Paradifc attend thy

(omming. Then flic giving thanks.to God, uid to the divell, 33ecla;e to me thy name. The divell faid; Take away thy foot from my head, fat I mav be able to fpeak, and tell thcc : which being done , the di-

fdlfaid, lam Vüw$ one of them whom Salomon Ihut.in the brnxen Look in the

«Bell, and the Babylonians comming,and fuppofmg there had been gold VVOI.j therein, brake the veffell, and then we flcwout $ ever fince lying in wait a ^ 5

toatinoy the juft. But feeing I have recited a par: of her ftory, you ihall ' '

alfohave the end thereof; for at the time of her cxccution this was her prayer following.

Grant therefore O father,that whofoever wrireth,rcadeth , orhearcth I my pailiDn, or maketh memoriall of me, may dclcrvc pardon far all his jfms: whofoever calleth on me, being at the point of death, deliver him , out of the hands of his adverfaries. And I alio require, O Lord , that *'or tllc P' ^fts ' whofoever ("hall build a church in the honour of me,or miniftreth unto me Pro»fjl war». I any candles * of his juft labour,let him obtain whatfoever he asketh for rant you. his health. Deliver all women in travell that call updn me,from the dan- This is com-

Her prayer ended, there were many great thunderclaps, and a d<*ve fay)wljen a öme down from heaven,faying 5 IMeflcd art thou O Margaret the fpoufe wlcch c<>n-Chrift, Such things as thou haft asked, are granted unto thee; .there- Jur<>* dieth.

fore

15.Bode Thcdlfcovcry;

fore com« thou Into everlafting reft, See. Then the hangman (th^ (he did bid him) refufed co cut off her head: to whom Hie faid j Bx£ thou doe it, thou canft have no part with me , and then loe he did it$ But fithence 1 have been, and muft be tedfouss,I thought good to reftdh my reader with a lamentable ftory, depending upon the matter dent,reported by many grave authors.,word for word,in manner following.

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