William Lilly's History of His Life and Times: From the Year 1602 to 1681

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Re-printed for Charles Baldwin, 1822 - Astrologers - 260 pages
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Page 235 - Marchiston, made public his logarithms, Mr Briggs, then reader of the astronomy lectures at Gresham College, in London, was so surprised with admiration of them, that he could have no quietness in himself until he had seen that noble person...
Page 258 - Bestirs himself, and plies his feet, To climb the •wheel, but all in vain, His own weight brings him down again, And still he 's in the self-same place Where at his setting out he was...
Page 237 - ... spoke. At last Mr. Briggs began : ' My lord, I have undertaken this long journey purposely to see your person, and to know by what engine of wit or ingenuity you came first to think of this most excellent help into astronomy, viz. the logarithms ; but, my lord, being by you found out, I wonder no body else found it out before, when now known it is so easy.
Page 35 - Lilly, almost as great a knave himself) " with a very good report of the neighbourhood, especially of the poor, unto whom he was charitable. He was a person that in horary questions, especially thefts, was very judicious and fortunate, so also in sicknesses, which indeed was his master-piece. In resolving questions about marriage, he had good success ; in other questions, very moderate.
Page 185 - Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
Page 75 - Ptolomy, which he well understood ; he had a hand in composing Sir Christopher Heydon's defence of judicial astrology, being that time his chaplain ; he was so given over to tobacco and drink, that when he had no tobacco, he would cut the bell-ropes and smoke them.
Page 55 - I practised or since ; of a middle stature, broad forehead, beetlebrowed, thick shoulders, flat-nosed, full lips, down-looked, black curling stiff hair, splay-footed ; to give him his right, he had the most piercing judgment naturally upon a figure of theft, and many other questions, that I ever met withal ; yet for money he would willingly give contrary judgments, was much addicted to debauchery, and then very abusive and quarrelsome, seldom without a black eye, or one mischief or other...
Page 115 - All the ancient astrologers of England were much startled and confounded at my manner of writing, especially old Mr. William Hodges, who lived near Wolverhampton in Staffordshire, and many others who understood astrology competently well, as they thought. Hodges swore I did more by astrology than he could by the crystal, and use thereof, which indeed he understood as perfectly as any one in England. He was a great royalist, but could never hit any thing right for that party, though he much desired...
Page 189 - Lo, hear what Lilly saith ; you are in this month promised victory ; fight it out, brave boys — and then read that month's prediction...
Page 218 - Brooke spoke to this purpose : — " ' Mr. Lilly, this Committee thought fit to summon you to appear before them this day, to know, if you can say anything as to the cause of the late fire, or whether there might be any design therein. You are called the rather hither, because, in a book of your's long since printed, you hinted some such thing by one of your hieroglyphics.

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