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ALBERTUS'S SECRETS OF

NATURE.

TO give a man's body the appear- forth immediately, allured as it is fupa ance of a headless trunk, take a ser-. posed, or overpowered by the effluvia

, pent's slough, or cast skin, which being To untie the most intricate knot, let mingled with orpine, pitch, bees wax, the following charm be used ; like ma. and ass's blood, and formed into a

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useful dilcoveries it owes its rise to paste, throw into a pot of water, and chance. A person rambling in a woad after it has boiled over a slow fire, let observed a magpy's nest ; resolving to it cool to a consistence : this being make a property of the nest and its made into candles and lighted, will contents, which he hoped would turn produce the extraordinary effect above- out to be considerable from the felonimentioned. It is said that a rope which ous disposition ascribed to birds of that has been used in the hanging of a male- fpecies, he ascends to the hoard, and factor, added to a hand-full of straw, to make sure of every article, effecthat has been whistled aloft in the air, tually prevented all ingress and egress, being put into a vefiel, endues it with by tying up the mansion with many a a poiver to break all others of the same round of cord, the extremities of which kind that happen to touch it. Lay a he knotted with such intricacy as to part of it on a baker's peel, and, what undo would require no common share is scarce credible, instead of submitting of patience. All things being adjusted, to the fiery ordeal, it will fly out of the moment he was preparing to transthe oven.

We fometimes see the hu- port the airy building with the infant man face divine distorted to the resem- inhabitants it chanced to contain, blance of irrationals ; in order to tranf- fome sudden emergency occasioned his form it in appearance to that of a dog, immediate descent from the tree; let whosoever is curious to try the ex- while nature kept him employed at periment, take the fat of a dog, that some distance, comes the mother bird which is found near the animal's ear, with all a parent's anxiety, and after and therewith anoint a piece of new having fluttered round her habitation bombazeen, which being put into a for some moments, unable to find any new lamp of green glass and set in the inlet, flew off apparently in despair. midst of a company, presents a spectacle The clown in the interiin secreted himtruly diverting to the beholders, while self, as an encouragement to the bird cach laughs at the canine configuration to make a second effort ; and promised of face of his neighbour. To enable himself mụch amusement from the un. one to see whạt remains invisible to availing endeavours of mag, having set others, it is necessary to be provided her as he imagined an insurmountable with the gall of a male cat, and the task. In a little time returned the disfat of a white hen, with which the 'consolate bird with an herb in her eyes are to be anointed, Perpetual iin- "beak ; the clown wondering what potence may be caused in a person by would be the event, kept his eyes

fixed giving hiin to drink any liquid in which upon her, and great was his astonishhas been infused a glow worm pulver- nient on seeing the ties that had cost ized. In the nest of the lapwing is him so much pains dissolved by the said to be found a stone of various co- application of the herb which she let lours, which renders the person who drop as soon as it had removed the imcarries it invisible. An easy method of pediments to her entrance. As the catching molcs is the laying at the above method may be employed for apertu e of their burrow, onions, leeks, discovering the herb which poliefies fa of garlick; which makes them fally fingular a property, Albertus omits

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Wonders in Nature.

189 the name and description of it. To violent fit of crepitation which gave terrify one in his sleep, let the skin of an him no respite while the candle contiape

be laid under his head. Be- nued lighted in his hand. An alarming fides divers other ways of worming the appearance may be assumed by the fol. secrets of women heretofore set down, lowing directions, without any hazard ; is that of laying upon the heart while take white mallows and some whites asleep the tongue of a frog. In order of eggs, beat them up together, after to foreknow in sleep the good or evil which smear your body, and after havthat may betide, by means of fumi- ing allowed it sufficient time to dry on, gation ; take the congealed blood of sprinkle over the unction some four of an ass, the fat of a lynx, and gum fto. sulphur, which you may set on flame rax, an equal quantity of each, with without apprehending any dangerous these ingredients made into pills, fumi- consequence. A coat of the same ointgate the house, and there will appear to ment being laid on the palm of the you during sleep a person ready to hand, fecures it in the same manner fatisfy all enquiries. A house may from the effects of fire. If you would be made to appear full of serpents form a substance that may be thrown as long as the following composition into the fire without being consumed continues burning in a lamp. Take therein, to a portion of fith's glue add the fat of a black serpent, with which an equal quantity of alum, diluting 11 mear a piece of a winding meet twist- with wine vinegar, which being mould ed into the shape of a candle, having into any thape you like and cast into previously inclosed in it the cast kin of the fire will receive no injury. If on a black serpent, and set fire to it in a the contrary you wish to make the green or black lamp. The croaking figure of a man, beaft, &c. which beof frogs is prevented by burning a can ing thrown into the water will take fire, dle formed of the fát of a crocodile and extinguished without any other mixed with wax bleached in the Sun's effort than taking it out, you may grarays. By the light of a candle consist- tify your curiosity thus; to fome uning of the following ingredients, things slacked lime add an equivalent of marl may be made to appear of a white or and sulphur, which catches flame on filver colour: cut off the tail of a being thrown into the water. To fee lizard, smear it with oil, which use as any thing by night as distinctly as by a wick.

The following experiment day, smear your face with the blood of has often created a laugh at the expence a bat. A composition which being of unsuspecting persons who were the rubhed on the hand will extinguish the occasion of it. A wick dipped in the light of a lamp when the hand is held blood of a tortoise being put into the open over, and shut will rekindle it, is hand of him who was marked out for made by mixing Spum. Ind. with the object of laughter, brought on a camphorated water.

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THE ENGLISH FORTUNE-TELLER. N° V.

ACCORDING to the concurrent mankind, as all their actions have a prua testimony of all human nature, every dent reference to the future, and, as far individual feels a Itrong desire prompt as that can be guessed, their immediate him from within to know something actions are regulated. Though the age of his future destiny, how soon the pellation of fortune-teller is almolt present troubles will be over, and the obsolete and changed in fignification, hour of happiness arrive. This is yet I darc aver that I can prove every most wonderfully and clearly per- man and woman to be Fortune-tellers, rrived even in the daily pursuits of though not professedly fo, as is under

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Fortune and Wisdom.

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stood by the name, or such as get a the universal deluge, which most proprecarious penny from the credulous; bably they foreiaw approaching. but what is advising, giving council, After the fiood, the first people that but fortune-telling? In this view we we read of devoted to the science of commence fage admonishers of youth, knowing future events, were the Al“ to look to their path and mind fyrians; after that, the Chaldeans, what is right.” In this view our for- the Arabians, and the Indians became tune-telling cannot be repugnant to famous in this art. The Egyptians reason or morality, unless it be un- were always attached to this science, reasonable to study our present and fu- which thcir descendants have so much ture happiness.

disgraced by their manner of retailing. On the contrary, it has a tendency The Europeans borrowed their knowto elevate the mind, and cheer up the edge of it from the Greeks and Orienspirits in the pursuit of what is right, tals, who are still lovers of it even to and certainly may be attended with enthusiasın. real service to every person to know It is needless to speak here in praile something of what may happen here. of the utility of it. Every cne wilhes after. Every person may perceive the to know the future effect of the preleading features or dispclition of his sent direction, and how they may nature, by paying a little attention to mott fortunately manage their affairs the inward emotions of his passions, in the world : but it mostly behoves and accordingly frame the question, every one to regulate his passions, that to which he will easily find a reply in he may keep them in a proper degree his own mind.

of subserviency, for, as Dr. Watts obAccordingly if he pays attention to ferves, this, he will be fore-armed and fore- “ The brutal pafsions were made warned, and inaking up of his reason but to obey." and judga ent, be better able to correct the natural proneness he feels in himself to the evil which he is fenfible is predominant in his constitution ; or as Pope expresses it in his Eslay on Man

The Gentleman's second Question. Reason the bias turns from good to ill, To what pasion is he particularly And Nero reigos à Titus if he will; inclined ? The fiery soul abhorr’d in Catiline, In Decius charme, in Curtius is divine : The same ambition can destroy or save, And make a patriot as it makes a knaye. Ambition will po-Tess his whole

foul, to that idol he will facrifice his In respect to fortune-telling, the an. other passions, and every consideration tiquity is very remotę indeed : the

whatever. prophets were all feers, that is, they undertook to restore loft goods, and, according to the interpretation of the Especially his pride ; for when & most approved commentators, they al- man stoops fo low, he never can waih so foretold future events, and intin off the dirt with which he has fullied mated the consequences of pursuing himself. evil. Jofephas informs us that the patriarchs engraved the rudiments of the science on pillars of stone or brass, He will breathe only to accumulate to preserve the same to pofterity from riches; and glory in rendering ufe:

ORACLES

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OF FORTUNE

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FORTUNE.

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WISDOM.

FORTUNE.

Oracles of Fortune and Wisdim.

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Does he know that avarice is the

It is certain that the least grain of paflion of vulgar fouls, and liberality vanity ought to preserve a man from the natural inclination of great

anger,

since he then discovers his im. Ones ?

pertinence, littleness, and folly.

FORTUNE.

FORTUNE.

Love will find an easy entrance in- He thinks that life is nothing if love to his heart, and there arbitrarily be not allowed, and his difpofition reign during the beit part of his life.

threatens his voyage with shipwreck.

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FORTUNE.

If reason oppofes not that tyranni

Let him bend the fails of his desire cal {way, what will be the emptiness to a good arbour, and be cautious of of his mind when he recovers his free- the rocks which are òn his passage. dom.

Hope, the sweet deceiver of the This young philosopher will de- human heart, still urges us on, and clare war against every passion, but never ceases till the last gleam of life I doubt much of his fuccels.

goes out; nor quits us then, but gives to desire the idea of breathing

empyreal air in a purer region, unHe looks on his inferiors with con

clouded with the dross of this musty

Yet, to-morrow, tempt, on his equals with uneasiness; atmosphere. these are certainly symptoms of pride

Shakespeare observes,

FORTUNE.

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and envy.

WISDOM.

Let him check the growth of this natural disposition ; a becoming pride never can be allied to envy.

Tomorrow, tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in a stealing pace from day to day,
To the last minute of revolving time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
To their eternal homes.
Life's but a walking-shadow ;

a poor
player,
That frets and struts his hour upon the

ftage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an ideot, foll of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing

FORTUNE.

At the slightest mark of disrespect he will fy into an excess of passion,

LIVES [ 192 ]

LIVES OF EMINENT ASTROLOGERS, &c.

CIAN.

died in 1644.

with a chemist, who artfully infused THE FIRST ENGLISH MATHEMATI- into his head the notions of the art of

making gold, universal dissolvents, and

the philosopher's stone, he devoted himJONAS Mocre, one of the most self to the new art. He is said to have eminent mathematicians of his age, carried his researches in physic and was born at Wittle, in Lancashire, natural history, (to which he certainly He had a frong propensity to study joined a great knowledge of minerolofrom his childhood, and in the early gy) to such a height, that he was ac. part

of his life taught the mathematics cused of magic, and in consequence, in London for his support. He was according to the prejudice of those employed in the survey of Norfolk for times, was immured in the prisons of draining the fens. In this he took the Inquisition for a considerable time, notice that the sea forined a curve on but afterwards had the happiness to get the beach, from which he took the out. He then retired to Welwoord, hint to keep it effe&tually out of Nor- where he spent the remainder of his folk. Mr. Aubrey says, he made a days ir, making experiments, and very model of a citadel for Cromwell, to often at the hazard of his life. He bridle the city of London, which was to have been the cross building of St. Paul's church.

He was

Mr. Flamstead's patron, whom he took

A WONDER SEEKER. under his protection. He and Sir Christopher Wren are said to have per- JAMES Gaffarel, a man of learning suaded King Charles to build the ob- in the seventeenth century, was born servatory at Greenwich, in which in Provence. He was a good Oriental. Flamstead was placed. He was the ift, and valued himself particularly first Englishman who composed a“ Syf- upon occult sciences and cabalistical tem of the Mathematics;" it was first inquiries. Cardinal Richlieu made published in 2 vols. 4to. 1681. He him his library-keeper, and sent him was knighted by Charles II. who ap- into Italy to buy up the best manupointed him surveyor general of the scripts and printed books he could ordnance. Sixty pieces of artillery meet with. Gaffarel published a book were discharged at his funeral, Au- intituled Curiositez Inouies," gust 16th, 1679

which made a great noise, and was censured by the Sorbonne, so that he

was forced to submit to a recantation. 'AN HERMETIC PHILOSOPHER: It is translated into English. Some

pretend that Cardina Richlieu made JOHN Baptist Van Helmont, a use of him to carry on his design of great chemiit and physician ; Was de- uniting the two religions, and to make scended from a noble family at Brufels, a trial how the project would be reand born in 1577. He applied him- lished, he gave him a commission to Telf to physic againit his father's con. preach againit the doctrine of purga. fent, and was created doctor åt twen- tory. Gaffarel died at Sigonce in 1681, ty-two years.

But finding the insuffi- being eighty years of age, having alciency of the school physic, which most finished the work he had been fee could not cure him of the itch, he veral years upon: it was a History of threw aside his profession in disgult, the fubterranean world, in which he and took to travelling; where meeing treats of caves, grottos, mines, vaults, and

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