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It may be thought a curious argument ; which I cannot deny, and might well defcrve greater abilities.

It fhall be mentioned again, when we fpeak of raptures and extafies from natural caufes, and bring examples, which will be la the Chapter of Contemplative or Philofophical Eathu-* fiafmes» So much here in general, that the Reader may the bct C9: underfend my aim, vvbieh is the firft thing in every wcttk to be cohfidered of, and fo may the better know what to exped, if he (liall think it worth his pafns to read unto the end ; untill which done, it is but reafon that I fhould defile him to fufpcnd his judgement.

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 more.

-\ - ' ^ - "s* ^ A "^ I TREATISE I I CONCERNING | t E^Tn VSl ASME.l I As It is an Effcdl of ,? «re:but§ ^ is miftaken by many for either 2)i- ^ ^ Vine hifpirationfit Vkbolkal ^ojfefsion. be more concerned j- ("whereof I have given an account to my friends : 3 having offered k felf fome moneths ago, becaufe no- thing elfe did then offer it felf, that I thought more needfuil • I thank God, I have fatisfied my felf. Of the taufes of Divination many Ancients have Wflc- till very largely and varioufly .

• Now as rl'ii A'^nv is that which is replenulied with wind ; and to l^^f ov, with wifdome : fo, faith Plmarchy mult oy|«^/ge^3j in the Plut. fubjed where it is, import a [ full ] participa- tion and communion of Divine power.

Smhupafme ; In Greek ( fi^oi" whence we have the Englifli ) h^nffi Afffu?

^ Th^ confeq Hence of this kr/ow ledge or J).[qmjition. will produce a place o^Fltit Arch cothis iurpofe : not only becaule it eonteineth much in few wo Bds; But alfo becaufe in all editions of P/»^^rfl of later ycaresj ycares ; it is corruptly exhibited, and marvel oufly both by the French dindt-atin interpreters miftakcn, who hard- ly make lenfe of thofe which chey have, and leave out patc o^ Plutarch's '^oxds znd knk, p Uto(Jxiih p| , », j Flmarch ) andthe Stoicks hrmg in (or af- p Uc Llhil J. and others ; Lmlan hatli a i ^O fj^ vas himfclf relateth^^hat it was but mere Couzenage and Impoflure, he madeno fcruple to make o- pen recantation, and wrote againftit very learnedly.

Politickjpre^ tenjions to Enchufialme, or D'^vme Infiltration^ very ufuat in all jig(s : But miflal^ny through tgnor Ance of natter at caafe Siiour only Subject and aime tn thts Treat ife) as more frequent, fo more danger ous- Enthufiajlick^times and tern- pers noted by ancient Authors » in thoje times the Eleuiinia^ Bacchanalias and other Myfieries hatched* The abomi" yiation ofthofe /yfyjferieso t hough pretending to great holi'^ nejje andfteiy. neg ID^mon M infiin Bf* imfuljiive , fed vi morhi , hum Q- rumfl Pie ferocia, &c. And that thefe extraordinary operations do rather proceed from the Devil, to me is a great argument, ( befides other rea*- Tons,) becaufe the very lelf-fame things ar^ known to hap- pen to divers that arc immediately poflefi without any bodily diftemperj other then the very poffeflfton, which tnuft needs a|fe6t the body more or lefle. Georr gtfii Ragufeim is the man: whole words in his fecond book Vi Divinatione, Epift. Dff Orac Hli Sy are ; Nom ego Venettu fau^erem ^uandum mplteremy^Q* that is, / havi knff T^n at Venice a certain poor mman, phkb was fofefl ' fometimes fjhe vpoh U be fitifidmdfytti(l) -, fame- times [he didffeak^ with divers tong He St anddifcourfe of things helongingtothe Mathematicks^ and Fhilofoph),jfea 1 4^4 to Dtvtmty .

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