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I ORACLES NOSTRADAMUS 3> JOHN M. KELLY LIBDADY Donated by The Redemptorists of the Toronto Province fromthe Library Collection of Holy RedeemerCollege, Windsor University of St. Michael's College, Toronto "QLr REQEEhi uhiff^fini WINDSOR Oracles of NostradaiMus TR^w CHAS. A. WARD. "Gentem quidem nullam video, ncque tarn humanam atque doctam, neque tam immanctn tamque barbaram, qua: non—significan futura, et h quibusdam intelligi prxdicique posac censcftt." CiCERo. /VPii/inatione,i. 2. LONDON : The Leadenhall Prefs, E.C. Sim/kin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent<&• Co., Ltd: & Neiv York: Scribmr Welford, 74s &= 74S, Broadway. (.4ftrightsreserved.) "Quorum poientia intellectualis immediate a Deo agitata creditur, prophetos dicuntur; quorum voluntas heroes; at quorum intellectus et voluntas censetur agitata —a potentiis invisibilibus dependentibus, appellantur magi." Christ. Thomasius,in Brumk, Hist.Phil. v. !;i2. THE LEADENHALL PRESS, LO.-^DON, E.C. (T.4543) ' Tutemocquesaussi des prophetesqueDieu Choisit en tes enfantset lesfait au milieu Detonseinapparoitre, afin de tepredire Ton ntaVieurdvcnir; matstuti^enfaisquirire. Ou soilquelegrand Dieu ['immenseeternite Ait de Nostradamus I'enthousiasmeexcite, Ou soit queledemon bonou mauvaisTagite . . . Commeun oracle antique, il ade mainte annee Predit laplus grand part denostre destinee." RoNSARD, ToNostradamus. i'AT^ TO MY MOTHER. OiSky4vavBpwwottrt warphs Kolfivrpits&fifivov 'EirAero,rots iffiTj, Ki'pce,fitfjLTjXe Si'kjj- Theocnis,p. i6,ed. 1766. "Buthigherfarmyproudpretensionsrise,— Thesonofparentspassedintotheskies." CowpER^OnMyMother'sPicture,line110. IP THERE CAN BE ANYTHING INABOOK LIKB THIS WORTHV OP DEDICATION TO A BEING SO NOBLE AS THOU IN LIFE WERT EVER. A CEINC NOW MORE ENNOBLED STILL DV THE HEAVEN- BLEACHED RAIMfNT OF IMMORTALITY lUT ON; TO THEE, PURE SOUL SERENE! TO THEE DOES THYSTILL LOVING SON,EARTH-HAMMERED,DEDI- CATE THIS THE BESTLABOUROPHIS HEARTAND HEAD AND YEARS* THE BEST OF IT IS THINE INDEED already; AND WERE THE REST WORSE — HARVESTED THAN TERHAP—S IT IS. MORTALITY BEINGALLOWEDFORDULY, THYSOULRECEIVING MUST BE MUCH CHANCED BY EXALTATION, IF QUBEN-LIKE, IT CANNOT MAKE A SORRY LOVE- GIFT RICH BY GOLDEN WELCOME GIVEN IT. IF THINGS OP KITH BE KIN,GOD WILLING, WE SHALL MEET AGAIN ERE LONG. TILL WHEN, FROM THIS BARE HEATH TERRENE ANU HOME- LESS, I SPEED THE WORD ADIEU- DEAR ONEI FOR A LITTLE WHILE ADIEU. THY SON. C. A. W. ''%^. THREE PROPHECIES OF OLD TIME. — Thai Troy should triumph in Rome Nvf8c St^Alvfiaa^it;Tpaitiratvava^fi, KcuiraidwyircuSfSf to/Kty^i^T&nKrBi yivuvrai. Iliad, XX. 306. — That Americashouldbediscovered " Venientannis Sxculaseris, quibus Oceanus Vincularerumlaxet, etingens PateatTellus, Tiphysque novos Delegatorbes; nee sit terris UltimaThule." Seneca. French Revolution, 1788-89, predictedin loih Century. "Des le X' siecle, Albumasaravait calcule queI'anneemil stptlent quatre-vingt-neuf serait feconde en revolutions sociales, a cause de I'une des grandes conjonctions de Satume. L'astrologie est vanile, erreur, mensonge, tout ce que vous voud—rez; mais enfin voila une prediction d'une authenticite irrecusable." .\LBUmasar, De Magiiis Conjunctionibus Tract, ii.. Different. 8. Vide MloNfe, />/</. des Prophities, ii. 339. fRANSFERfttU PREFACE. This is no doubt a strange book. An attempt to gather a meaning out of a few of the involved, crabbed, and mystical quatrains of the great seer of I'Vance, the greatest perhaps that the world has ever seen, must of necessity be strange. My treatment, too, may possibly seem to many no less strange than the subject-matter itself I will speak specially as to this latter point towards the close ofthe preface. In last December, treating upon Nostradamus in \.\\c'Gentleinan's jMaga::iiu; I had occasion to remark that every honest man of awakened powers is a kind of prophet, and has to do with the future, or eternity, as it is usually styled. Since then I have come upon the same idea in the writings of Philo Judaeus. He thinks that the Scriptures testify in some sort that every good man is a prophet : " For a prophet says nothing of his own, but everjthing that he says is strange, and prompted by some one else ; and it is not lawful for a wicked man to be an interpreter ofGod, as also no wicked man can be properly said to be inspired ; but this VIII PREFACE. statement is only appropriate to the wise man alone, since lie alone is asoundinginstrument ofGod'svoice."—PHILO,/^«rof Divine Things, § 52, Bohn, ii. 146. Again, at page 32 of this book, it will be seen that I have described the facultyof anticipating the future, a thing so remarkably developed in Nostradamus, as being, if once we admit its existence in him, a per- ceptive endowment of the whole human race, that must be classified as a sixth sense. I have since found, with no little delight, that Coleridge, in his 'Table Talk" (ed. 1836, p. 19), designated such faculty as "an inner sense," for, speaking of ghosts and dreams, he says ; " It Is impossible to say whether an inner sense does not really exist in the mind, seldom developed, indeed, but which may have a power of presentiment. All the external senses have their correspondents in the mind ; the eye can see an object before it is distinctly apprehended ; why may there not be a corresponding power in the soul? The power ofprophecy might have been merely a spiritual excitation of this dormant • faculty." * This noble and enlarged thought is worthy of Coleridge, who is the greatest thinkerofourcentury,whether you take him as poet or philosopher. Nobody has yet claimed for him the pre-eminence which, I believe, to be his. The peculiar, nay, unique frailties of the man have blinded the men of his own time tothesuper-eminent,intellectual,practical,andimaginative endowments with wl ich he was so affluently furnished. By the middle of next centurj-, some hundred or so years from his death, the fact will have dawned upon the world, ifnot before. It will then be recognized that sucha personalityas his, was"a great birth of time," and to be registered as such in the death- less calendar of genius. Saint, seer, and sage was that man. Not "spoilt in the making," as the witty Lamb put it, with all

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