A prophecy of the white king, and dreadfull dead-man explaned to which is added the prophecie of Sibylla Tibvrtina and prediction of Iohn Kepler, all of especiall concernment for these times
Lilly, William, 1602-1681., Kepler, Johannes, 1571-1630.
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To the Reader.

THou mayest wonder that I undertake the explanation of some antient, some moderne, perhaps no Canonicall Prophecies, all so slighted and contemned by many in our dayes, as the very mentioning or naming such a thing in the judgement of some conceited Animals, may sufficiently scandalize both my person and discourse: and yet me thinkes Merlinus now might escape scot-free, for unlesse he was Master of whole Legions of De∣vils, he could not now out-brave the numberlesse traducing spirits of our present age: t ey are not ashamed of being reputed full of spirits; I assure you I have no dividing, no envious, no factious, no lying, cheating, covetous, or cozening spirit, which properly attends these censuring Sycophants, I have onely one spirit, and that is the spirit of Love, Peace, and Truth, and with this one only I offer the combate to them all. I shall tell thee in part how, and upon what occasion I came to treat of this subject, and thou must be patient, and let me doe my doe, though to no purpose. In the yeare 1635. an honourable person of this Kingdome asked of me, What I did con∣ceive of the times then present and in future; I was little versed in those dayes in a studie of that intricate nature as since I have found it to be; my answere was quickly made, for I never inquired into the Cabbinet of Heaven; accordingly I returned my foolish Oracle, Omnia bene & in pra∣senti & in futuro: That answer gave no content, I was conjured by the bond of friendship to rally up my forces; and to give better satisfaction, for said this party, slight not my words, consider better, I have been informed other∣wayes, viz. that England should be ingaged in Civill warres within a few yeares: The words comming so seriously, and from so sound a judgement, made me curious in the inquisition of our English affaires; And God offered me a fit opportunity, for in the latter part of that yeare 1635. I was afflicted with much sicknesse, and enforced to betake my selfe in the Countrey to avoid the multiplicity of my acquaintance more then the infirmenesse it self. In April 1636. (I bad adieu to London) it was said by some and beleeved by many, that I did it to avoide the plague which that yeare ensued: it was in that yeare, I was first acquainted with the dreame of William Laud the now unfortunate Archbishop of Canterbury: viz. that in his greatest pompe, he should instantly sinke downe into hell: I doe not remember I was told, that he should ever ascend into Heaven: in its kind, some part of this dreame hath beene since verified, and he is upon the stage to act the remainder. In that yeare 1636. a Lady of unquestionable integritie acquainted me with Page  3 this following Story, viz. that about the yeare 1615. King Iames then be∣ing at Hampton Court, this party sent for a poore dumbe woman to a house in one of the Molseys (it was reported this silly woman could by signes predict many strange things) there was provided purposely the pi∣ctures of King Iames, Queene Anne, the Palsgrave and his Lady, the Duke of Richmond, Marquesse Hamilton, &c. perhaps of some others; the poore woman no sooner entred the roome, and had performed her homely complements; but she looked seriously on every picture, and with great si∣lence tooke downe Queene Annes, and gently laid it under the table, ma∣king signes with her fingers the number of yeares she should live, and so of King Iames, the Duke and Marquesse; not one of these exceeded the num∣ber of yeares by her limited, but died precisely at the time; she then tooke the Palsgraves and the Lady Elizabeths pictures, and threw them on the ground, and with her stick did nothing but beat the pictures, and when the Lady tooke them from her, and set them up againe, she would not suffer it, but againe fought against them and set the pictures with their heads up∣wards, and at last tore them all to peeces: she did other postures to other pictures: there came into the roome in this while, a proper young man and called her witch, she muttered after her manner, and made signes he should be hanged within two yeares and one halfe: and so he was, for coining sil∣ver: a young Gentlewoman in the roome wept bitterly, but she pointed her finger to her brest and made signes she should live but five yeares; nor did she, but died of a Cancer in her brest; she wept sorrowfully her owne selfe, and made signes she had but three yeares to live, nor did she exceed that proportion: she did by signes declare divers accidents, and which re∣ally did happen unto this Lady since my acquaintance; and which this La∣dy did then tell me in the yeare 1636. In the yeare 1638. I had frequent accesse to London, by reason of a vexatious suit, of which after much expence of time and money, the most honourable Lord Coventry quitted me, for which I must ever owe to his memorie all deserved acknowledgment; I well remember about that yeare at a Picture-makers neare Temple barre there was for some moneths space daily exhibited to publique view three pictures in full length, viz. his Majesties now living, the great Welsh Porter, and a yeoman of the Guard: his Majesties casually ever in the midst, Por∣ters are to keepe out enemies, yeomen of the Guard for defence. The Eclipse of the Sunne in May 1639. staggered me; being required from forraigne parts to send my opinion thereof; after some consideration of that Eclipse and the three Conjunctions of Saturne and Mars I returned a Page  4 weake judgement, but concluded in few words: Monarchy shall be eclipsed and darkned: Satia te sanguine miles: Souldier glut thee with bloud enough: Courtiers be well advised a storme is comming: It then appeared significantly England should not alwayes be in a happy and peaceable con∣dition, but should taste of the casualties attending on humane affaires. In April 1640. I had in the Countrey a most violent burning feaver: Mr Evans of Kingston advised to let bloud, and after some hopes of recovery, he so∣lemnly adjured me to acquaint him with my private thoughts of the affaires of our State, (for he still doubted my health;) after a short pause, and with many sighes and some teares, I let fall these words in Latine; Videbitis vos in Kingstonia multitudinem hominum armatorum, & etiam nos in hoc vico ubi nunc ago, & hoc infra paucos annos: nec ego quicquam tibi praeixero nisi bella & divisiones huic infelicissimo regno. viz. You at Kingston shall see thousands of armed men amongst you, and we also here in this pelting village where I live; all this within few yeares; nor can I tell you any thing, unlesse I must predict warre and distraction to this unhappy Kingdome: I well re∣member 8. or 10. dayes before these words, I was every halfe houre mole∣sted and awaked out of my sleep, with a most horrid sight of whole compa∣nies of armed troopers passing all along by my house: I had no sooner re∣vealed this to Mr Evans, but I afterwards slept quietly without the least di∣sturbance either of sleep or fancy; Whether my spirits at that time were more pure, the body being cleansed of all muddy vapours, I foresaw this as in a dreame, or whether my good Angell or Genius incited those objects to my intellect, I leave discussing: this I know, Kingston after the skirmish at Brainford, was full of his Majesties forces, and by my house passed many of his Majesties Regiments both of horse and foot, and Prince Rupert muste∣red his horse not very far from my dwelling, &c. and here opportunely I have occasion offered to give the honourable Lord of Andiver his due praise, that during he unruly souldiers billeting five nights in our village, he and his company lying at my house, I say, I had no prejudice in the least measure in any my goods, but most nobly protected them, and also my tenants cattle: for this his singular humanity, I render him my respective thankes, &c. It rests, and it will be doubted by many, how this dumbe woman could signifi∣cantly expresse her meaning, or be capable of prediction: That severall both men and women have had a spirit of divination, the Scriptures expresly ma∣nifest both in the old and new Testament, Acts 16. that this woman had one of that kind it may not be doubted; and for manifestation of her sence and meaning, experience tels us how active and intelligent your dumbe Page  5 people are, so that they will almost apprehend any thing by signes. Per∣haps the Reader may laugh at these my repetitions, but I assure thee that the pondering of what thou hast heard related, as also some private notions best knowne to my selfe, have partly induced the writing hereof, but es∣pecially and above all the naturall affection I bare to the English Common∣wealth and City of London: I am not of the number of those that too much magnifie prophecies, or altogether slight them; except they be well taken and as rightly understood, great mischiefe may succeed: this I know, ex∣cellent use might be made of some things in this Tract by some whom it may concerne, whether man or Nation, especially if it be apprehended, we are neere that destiny allotted to this people, or are in that age which must expect the iron execution of the prophecie; Paries cum proximus ar∣det: Let us live in feare of the worst, yet resolvedly armed to take all advan∣tages for our preservation. Thus much I say, and say it agane, and once more, he is not alive of any Nation whatever, that shall have his full carreere in vengeance upon the English, without his own proper destruction and per∣haps of the whole family.

The times are drawing on, and doe draw neare, if the wisedome of the an∣cients discerned any thing, or the more curious knowledge of the now sur∣viving have any prescience; when England shall miraculously and as it were in a moment be disburdened of all her oppressions and oppressors: England, England, England thou shalt flourish againe and againe, thou and thy impo∣verished Cities and Merchants, and of this be assured: and when the fulnes of time comes, or neere 1700. thou shalt have a principall hand with thy sister of Scotland and some Northerne people, in performing and concluding the mightiest action Europe ever beheld since the birth of our Saviour.

There's a generation living know I speake truth, which is the only cause that since 1605. a continuall counsell of the wicked Jesuits hath been yeare∣ly held, the result of whose privacies hath been to extinguish both the Name and Nation of the English and Scots, unlesse we would suffer perversion in Religion: I smile to see how vainely these statesmen spend their time, as if it were possible for any man to kill his successor, the work must be done in time: I am sorry; we must suffer yet a while; and sorrow; but let us not despaire, we that are true English; for looke how many single yeares we are afflicted, so many scores of yeares I know shall be added unto us for restoration of our misfortunes, &c. The zeale I owe to my Country, had almost made me forget that Merlinus Iunior must not prophesie, but para∣phrase, and rest contented to be stiled;

William Lilly.