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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Of the obseruation of the Autentiks in deuining or pronouncinge by similitudes

ANd they witnesse to this opynion, whiche the auncietne menne did ob∣serue, in deuininge or pronouncinge by them, for when as they saw and marked a certaine animall lyke to flye to go oute of certeyn appels, they pronosticated thē battaile to ensue takynge paraduenture theyr knowledge or perseuerāce by this, forasmuche as flyes be in continuall mo∣tion, and moue or stirre too and fro, and be also of a deceytfull and importunate nature, like as to mē of warre. Also they pronounced rayne to ensue, of the eger bytynge of them for that through the e∣leation of the vapoure one high they lac¦ked the fode, wyth the which before they were nourished, whereof they recurre to hard matters which when they sucke, by a greater inforcemente and myght, they thenne byte. But those beastes which cannot sucke or byte, lyke as be frogges, and such lyke, the which do sing or chirpe that they maye the better drawe the ayre Page  [unnumbered] to them, for asmuche as they maye not otherwyse bee nourished and liue. And o∣thers besydes seeyng wormes very why to come oute of the earthe, pronosticated plentye of corne to ensue, for asmuche as the whitenesse of them proceded not but of the fatnesse of the earth. And others also markinge litle spyders to go oute of certayne fruetes, did pronoūce pestilence to ensue, & paraduenture the reason was because the spider is an animal of the na∣ture of Saturne, whiche oftentymes is y cause of the death of beasts, or els because shee spinnethe or weauethe her webbes which be in a manner like to that matter in whiche the dead bodyes to bee buried is inuolued. And further by y similitude of a Serpent they pronounced a secret enemye and by that similitude also of a wolfe, they pronounced a tyrant. And al∣beit nowe that this place is not the selfe same wyth that afore by effecte, because that eyther is of the latter, and for that cause in procedyng of the better knowen to vs it swarued not muche from the mat¦ter to prosecute this waye the whiche al∣thoughe that, in manye it may be attay∣ned Page  [unnumbered] by knowledge, yet hee maye haue or come to it by the instinct or inwarde mo∣uing of nature, for according to this tru∣lye, the lambe yethe the wolfe, and the byrde also the hauke, & follow their dam∣mes. For in the ende life and the continu∣ance be not reserued, wythoute the prosecuion of the conferences, and eshewing also of them. which may hurte and harme.