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If any fludious of p Uto^ fhall deiire private fatis*- fa6^ion, I fliall hope that it oiay be given to their own good liking. We muft not expe(^ from Philofophers , that they (hould be very exa6l Grammarians ; for it will not hold in all words that are of that forme, as for example, lix^^'p Ttf]©- ; it im- plies an effe(5l of the thunder indeed, but not a participa- tion ( at leaft not a(^ive, but paffive ) of the power : in li^t^w A/®-, it is a mere relation ; but in %^7Wf Q;l confef Tc, and many ochers, it doth imply both participation and pie. But befides ; l^^^fft Myi U doth not fo properly anfwer to l^yy Kv and t^^^tv , as tv^®-^ or iy3««i^V9 and ifavvj^V' Pl^toi words are ib obfcure, that ic would take us much time to make him intelligible ; which I doubt to moft that will read this, will neither be pleafing nor profit table.The invention of convey mg fecreti thoughts at dny diftance^ whether of place or of time, by) wrtting^. {fime ^uefiton about the Author ; ) V the e^e Vts o J^kkx bllis or melancholy, a^robable ground, offoms mmrall divinati^ en* But after [ome general gromds andpofojittons^ the continual d-mppoi Aty or emanations of hodiesj according to Ariftotle and others, and the parturnions of caufesy ( or foregoing natural fignes offira^ge events and alter at ions i ) dijcernable to [ome tempers, as alfo the concatenation of 7Jatural Castf€s^ according to the Sioxcks, a more probable ground. Contemplation ; Saafi A ' the happineffe of Gody ( and thei^e the Greek^word,) according to Ariftotle .• The chief- efipleafure of man in this life, according to divers of the Epiclirean Se B;, \MCit(\k'i the Post, for they faid, &c* vindicated from a wrong and offenfive in^ terpr station, Ecftafis tahsn for a totall fnfpmfionof all A 3 fenfitive The Gontents. If a man examine all thofe wayes of enthufiaftick Divination that have been heretofore in ufe, which were not a few in number, and inmanycir- cumftances very different ; he may obferve in fome of the chiefeft , a ipanifeft concurrence of (bme natural caulcs preparing or difpofing the bodies for fuch imprefiions and operations ; if no admirable a thing* Their opinion that fetch Divination from the nature of the Incellecius ogcns, in e- very^ The Contents. The Divmat ton of dying men, A notable obfer- vation of Arctaeus, an a7cient Greek Phy/ician, to this purpofe* Enthtiflafme by vaj^ projpe^s, and other natural objetls, " ^m CHAP. fenfitive power Si the effe El fometmes of C^^t^^f^^^^eny mdearnesl intention of the mind,, Snthnfaflicf^ T)el%^ fens incidental to natural bodily diflemfers, proved hj many exttrnptesi ioth old ( out of Tertu II'ian, ^c, ) and late ; one very late^ in Suf Tex. I would infift in fome particulars, but that I would not be too long upon this point, as of leaft confideration to our main fc Qpe and argument.Some ufe to be made of him i for confirm at ton oftheamiqmtieofthe Scriptures of t The Contents. 7S(( Poets (rr^^ Poets) made hj Wine • difpmed and maintained agamfi: Scaliger': thengh it be granted^ that Wtne may contrihme much towards the ma* king of a good Poem j and why, So^ fome other things j proper, to fiirre up ( in fome tempers ) the fptrits, or the fhanfi Ci to Enthuiiafme \as Mnfick,-, &c. It is (lire enough, that there is not any one of Natures worksj how mean foe- ver and ordinary to vulgar fight and eyes, but may afford fomewhat in thecaufe whereof the reafon of the moft rati- onal and underftanding may be pofed. ^oi Adp Jttii lv^it9i AT9h e#9ws7m, ^to M:^ot3 iv^toiy Mi'^^i', and the like ; all which fignifie men inlpired by God.

According to Plutarch then , there be five kinds of Enthpijiafms : Divinatory, Bacchicalj ( or Cory- bantical, ) Poetical, ( under which he comprehends Mufi- cal alio, ) Martial, and Eroticall, or amatorie. This opportunitie, after I had acquitted my felf, fo iarre as in me lay, ot fome ether things, wherein the publick weal of Learning may be To the Rb A DER. And although h^mt&fffio^ C Enthufiafme ) be ufed to many purpoles, as will appear throughout this whole Difcourfe; yet it i^ rnoft properly ufed to imply Divination , fuch as Is. And becaufe fuch Divination among Heathens was not ufually without a temporary alienation 0f the mind, and diftraclion of the fen fes; hence it is that both U^^cn^v m Greek,^ and Pattcivariin Latin^ is taken i HMietimes for deliratton and idle [peaking.However, it is a fubjedl of^ that confequcnce, as will be (hewed in the Preface y- and, as all confef Te,, liable to fo much illufion ^ that no^ reader. A The Qontents of the federal Qhapters contained m r/;0 Treatife. Arro V ofinion, tlo M Heroick^men (hottldheliev^ ihemfelve S:, though falfelj) to be defcended of the God Si ^c^ noted and rejected : tn Alexan^ der the Great hts C^f^ particularly. Tul Ue^s firfl Book be bii/inatiofje is altogether of that Subject. Neverthelefle, for theii lakes that love and read Greeks books, ( which irt very deed, if any, after the Sacred, are beft able to make a man iyife and learned,)! tiled as ordinarily by Heathen as by Chriftian Authors, )) or to foretell, they have been generally deemed and termed! Men therefore, as many as have takcrii upon them (el ve Sjor have been believed to prophefy(a word!

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