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the Time I foretold, and not Four Hours fooner, as the above-mentioned Author in his Letter to a Lord hath Maliciously Suggested, with design to blast my Credit, by charging me with so gross a Mistake,

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Famous Prediction

OF

MERLIN,

THE

British Wizard.

Written above a Thousand Years ago, and re

lating to this present Year, 1709.

With Explanatary Notes. By T. N. Philomath.

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AST Year was publish'd a Paper of Preditions pretended to be written by one Ifaac Bickerftaff, Esq; but the true De

lign of it was to ridicule the Art of Aftrology, and expose its Professors as Ignorant or Impostors. Against this Imputation, Dr. Para tridge hath vindicated himself in his Almanack for the present Year.

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For a farther Vindication of this famous Art, I have thought fit to present the World with the following Prophecy. The Original is said to be of the famous Merlin, who lived about a Thousand Years ago : And the following Translation is Two Hundred Years old, for it seems to be written near the End of Henry the Seventh's Reign. And I found it in an Old Eddition of Merlin's Prophecies; imprinted at London by Foban. Haukyns, in the Year 1530, Page 39. I set it down Word for Word in the Old Orthography, and shall take leave" to subjoyn a few Explanatory Notes.

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Even and Ten addyd to Nyne,

Of Fraunce hir woe thys is the sygne,
Tamys rivere twys y frozen,
Walke sans wetynge Shoes ne hozen.
Then còmyth foorthe, Ich understonde,
From "Toune of Stoffe to fattyn Londe,
An herdie Chiftan, woe the morne
To Fraunce, that evere he was borne'.
Then fall the Fyshe beweyle his Boffe ;
Nor shall grin Berrys make up the Loffe.
Yonge Symnele shall again miscarrye:
And Norways pryd' again shall marrey.
And from the Tree where Blosums fele,
Ripe Fruit shall come, and all is wele.
Reaums shall daunce honde in honde,
And it Thall be merye in olde Inglonde.
Then, old Inglonde Thall be no more,
And no Man Thall be forie therefore.
Geryon shall have three Hedes agayne,
Till Hapsburge maketh them but twayne.

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EXPLANATORY NOTES. Seven and Ten. This Line describes the Year when these Events shall happen. Seven and Ten makes Seventeen, which I Explain Seventeen Hundred ; and this Number added to Ninė, makes the Year we are now in: For it must be understood of the Natural Year, which begins the First of January.

Tamys Rivere twys, &c. The River Thames frozen twice in one. Year, só as Men to walk on it, is a very signal Accident ; which perhaps hath not fallen out for several Hundred Years before, and is the Reafon, why some Astrologers have thought that this Prophecy could never be fulfilled, becaufe they imagined such a thing would never happen in our Climate.

From Toune of Stoffe, &c. This is a plain Defignation of the Duke of Marlborough; One kind of Stuff used to fatten Land is called Marle, and every body knows that Borough is a Name for a Town; and this way of Expression is after the usual dark manner of Old Astrological Predicti

Then shall the Fybe, &c. By the Fish is underftood the Dolphin of France, as their Kings Eldeft Sons are called : 'Tis here said, he shall lament the Lofs of the Duke of Burgundy, called the Bofle, which is an old English Word for HumpShoulder, or Crosk-Back, as that Duke is known to be; and the Prophecy seems to mean, that he fhall be overcome or flain. By the Green Berrys in the next Line, is meant, the young Duke of Berry, the Dauphin's Third Son, who shall not have Valour or Fortune enough to supply the Loss of his Eldeft Brother.

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Young Symnele, &c. BY Symnele is meant the Pretended Prince of Wales, who, if he offers to attempt any thing against England, shall miscarry, as he did before. Lambert Symnele is the Name of a Young Man noted in our Histories for Personating the Son (as I remember) of Edward the Fourth.

And Norways Pryd, &c. I cannot guess who is meant by Norway's Pride, perhaps the Reader may, as well as the Sense of the two following Lines.

Reaums fball, &c. Reaums, or, as the Word is now, Realms, is the old Name for Kingdoms : And this is a very, plain Prediction of our happy Union, with the Felicities that Shall attend it. It is added, That Old England fhall be no more, and yet no Man shall be sorry for it. And indeed, properly speaking, England is now no more, for the whole Island is one Kingdom under the Name of Britain.

Geryon fall, &c. This Prediction, though somewhat obscure, is wonderfully adapt. Geryon is said to have been a King of Spain, whom Hercules flew. It was a Fi&ion of the Poets, that he had Three Heads, which the Author says he shall have again. That is, Spain shall have Three Kings; which is now wonderfully verifi’d: For besides the King of Portugal, which properly is part of Spain, there are now Two Rivals for Spain ; Charles and Pbilip. But Chare les, being descended from

the Count of Hapsburgh, Founder of the Auftrian Family, shall soon make those Heads but Two; by Overcoming Pbilip, and driving him our of Spain.

SOME of these Predictions are already fulfilled; and it is highly probable the rest may be

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