The moste pleasuante arte of the interpretacion of dreames whereunto is annexed sundry problemes with apte aunsweares neare agreeing to the m atter, and very rare examples, not like the extant in the English tongue. Gathered by the former auctour Thomas Hill Londoner: and now newly imp rinted.
Hill, Thomas, b. ca. 1528.
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To the right worshipful Mayster George Keabel Es∣quier, Thomas Hil wisheth all health and felicity.

AFter I had increa∣sed this treatise of myne (ryghte worshipful) and waighing how {pro}¦fitable this Arte to be of the inter¦pretatiō of drea∣mes, in that the same sheweth to vs rather comfortable warninge then anye vayne nd vnfruitefull matter. And that none also but the vvise and discret par∣sons, may rightlye discerne and Iudge of Dreames, seeinge it is thoughte a rash matter to Iudge of vnknowen matters, 〈◊〉 those which a mā vnderstādeth not.

Yet hovv Dreames may be knowen to m, whiche neuer had true dreame, in at they onelye happen to suche, whose spirites are occupyed with no irrationall imaginatiōs, nor ouercharged with the Page  [unnumbered] burthē of meate or drinckes, or superflu∣ous humors, nor geuē to any other bode∣lie pleasures. For those which are cōtrary to this order, are not properly dreames, but be named vain dreames, no true sig∣nifiers of matters to come but rather she∣wers of the present affections and desiers of the body. And yet dreames seene by graue & sober persons, do signifie mat∣ters to come, and a spirite vndoubtedlie shewinge to them, whiche by her nature is a Prophetesse, that sēdeth forth such a motion & workemanshippe, throughe whiche the bodye as in her proper dwel∣lyng, may either be defended frō the in∣stant euiles & perils, or moued to the at∣tayninge of good things to come & that with diligence workinge the same, that as it were into loking Glasses of the bo∣dy placed, it might so beholde and fore∣shewe al matters imminent. Therefore this difference of true dreames from the vayn ought diligently to be noted. Fur∣ther who that knoweth rightlye to iudge these, vnderstādeth a great part of wise∣dom, and they which iudge of the same, haue a sure and perfite Arte. Besides Hip∣pocrates Page  [unnumbered] and Galen do wryte, howe that the Phisitionnes by the Dreames of the sicke) maye the redyar and aptlyar ap∣poynt a perfite diet and due medecines, also for the recouery of the sicke: where∣fore I see not nowe that the rashe iudge∣ment of the ignorante, can rightlye con∣dempne the knowledge of this Arte, se∣ing the learned, yea & holy Scriptures, do bothe allow and witnesse of Dreames. As the same I maye heere aptlye applye out of the Prophet Ioel. xi. where God sayeth I will breathe downe of my spiry∣••on all the earthe, so that youre sonnes and daughters shall Prophesie and youre olde mē dreame dreames, and your yong men see visions. Also in sondry places of the newe testamente wee reade howe that the Apostles and other holy men, were taught and warned by dreames. Besides the learned Trogus wryteth, that Ioseph the sonne of Iacob, first founde out this laudable Arte of the interpretation of dreames, althoughe Philo attribute the this inuētiō vnto Abrahā his great grād∣father. And after him did the Godly Da∣niel and wyse Salamō leaue in wrytinge Page  [unnumbered] of this arte, as their Pamphlettes extant at this day do manifestly shevv. But to be briefe we learne that this art of the in∣terpretatiō of Dreames, doth especially consiste of wysedome, and by cōiecture in that he which coniectureth cunning∣lye, is coūted a natural Prophet. So that the interpreters of Dreames (as vvitnes∣seth Quintiliā) are named coniecturers. Yet for that ther be so few parsons that see true Dreames, and fewer whiche vn∣derstande or obserue them, yea and most few vvhich can interpret them, therefore of this, is the arte now come into a con∣tempt with most persōs. And although I might here write sondry examples (for confirmation of this art) bothe of kin∣ges, Princes, and others, vvhiche vver vvarned by their dreames what to do o auoyde or what vvoulde succeade after yet for that I mind to be briefe, and no to seeme tedious vnto youre vvorshipp in so small a treatyse, therefore I omitt them, crauinge pardon of this my rud attempte vnto you. And to conclude, I sal perceiue this Treatise to be thank¦fullye accepted at youre handes, it shaPage  [unnumbered] encourage me shortly to set forth my lit¦tle Treatise of Probleames vvith their apt aunsvveares, vnder youre worship∣pes name.

Thus leauinge to trouble youre wor∣shippe any longer, I commit you to God vvho sende you a godly increase, & hap∣pye successe in this lyfe.

Your most bounden Thomas Hill.