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.

Of them which interprete dreames by the colours of the Stars, & by other accidentes.

ANd nowe some affirminge the arte of deuining by dreams, do teach yt things whiche appeare in the proper nature dooe forshe we good: like as dreaming to see the earthe whiche of her nature is colde and drye, and of this sheweth the dominion of the Melancolie humor in that person. And the lyke whereas they wryte, that to see drye trees or cleft, doth after signify perill of lyfe, which if that should be true, thē many husbandmē and fellers of trees shoulde die, because they often dreame of suche businesses which they earnestlye go about and busy them selues in. And in the like sort this is not true, that to see in the sleepe deformed thynges, that the same foresheweth a sicknesse to come, neyther is this also true, if that a thinge deformed of nature doth then appeare farre to the Page  [unnumbered] dreamer, that the farrenes doth forshewe an euill, for that some do thinke to see ar∣tificial garments should signifie a deceit, in that vnder these is the truethe often co∣uered. Nor it disagreeth not that to se fil∣thye thynges in the sleepe, that the same doth declare corrupt humors, because the stincke maye proceeade of the outwarde meanes or bee represented by the kyndes reserued and then shoulde it rather argue the goodnes of smelling. And althoughe the body greeued, maye be sayde to argue many humors, yet maye it declare that the expulsiue matter is shed forth to the cary∣ringe downe of the groundes, or that the sinewes or mouinge powers of the spirite are hindered & stopped throughe some va∣pour or humor greuing, wherof it faileth not vnder the propre working that it may be attributed to one cause, wt dependeth of many. But well consideringe that the ayre is the outward cause of dreames, be∣cause in the first it receiueth the impressiō of the starres, and after touchethe the bo∣dies of men and beastes, whiche are alt¦red of it yea in the daye tyme, like as ap∣pearethe in the nighte Rauen and Owle, Page  [unnumbered] whiche (as moste men affirme) by his syn∣ginge ouer the chamber of the sicke, is pro¦gnosticated shortlye after deathe, because as men say these, lyke as many other bea∣stes are more easelye chaunged in the re∣spece of men, for that those are not occu∣pyed with earnest cares, but that the ayre in this case doth not onely touch outward∣lye, but by the passages or poores the sence enterethe. And where that others say, that to see in the sleepe cleare and brighte formes doth signifie that the bodies not to bee altered, this also is vn∣true because this maye happen, when the melancholie humoure lyke to the sande, doth purge & cause cleare visible spirites, and then althoughe the clearenes of the formes, doth declare the goodnes of these sences, yet is the cause euill in it selfe, bee∣cause it declareth the dominion of that hu∣mour. Nor it is to be doubted, when si∣milytudes appeare darklye, or shadowed with cloudes, but that they maye declare a troublinge of the visible spirites, and when those tende vnto a witnes, then do they signifye mattery humors, and when the shadow appeareth smal, then doth the Page  [unnumbered] harme soone ceasse, and when it sheweth to the syght as water or earthe, then the harme shal bee the greuousser, and the flo∣wer apte to bee resoined. But wher some affirme, when the sleeaper dreameth to see starres shadowed with fyer or by a thynne cloude, that the same doth argue the dominion of choller, whiche rather maye declare an indisposition of the eyes eyther present or to come. And wher they also afirme, that when the starres ap∣peare to the dreamer that they are so bu∣sted, that they can not bee decerned of him, that the same is a note of death, especially if the personne then dreamynge the lyke should be sicke as though the stars coulde not then helpe hym. But this trulye is rather a matter to bee laughed at, that to prognosticate death of the impedimente of fight. Yet certaine doo allowe when the starres seame to the dreamer to moue swiftlye, that thē they prognosticate great Ire or madnes to ensew and that the inor∣dinate motions also of theym, to declare sadnes and heauines to ensue. For the selfe same doothe the inordinat motion of any matter argewe. And graunte that Page  [unnumbered] the order shoulde declare the goodnes of the organe, yet rather dothe it expresse the disposition of the powers of the sensitiue spirit, or of naturall heat. Wherefore in the like matters, are the other qualityes and proporcions of thinges, referred to the dreamer, considered.