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Dramatic and poetical miscellany, 1567-ca. 1620 [manuscript]
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compiled ca. 1600-ca. 1620
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simulæhrorum Dormientis. A dreame is a phantasie wrought by the motion of shapes in sleepe. The generall part of which definition is a Phantasie, yet not each, nor at all times: for there arise diuers ima = ges in mens mindes wakeinge, which are moued by the pre = sence of the externe obiect, or impression left in the Memorye. wheras these are meere broken reflections of shapes in sleepe, when the outward senses are barred from the apprehension of all sensible thinges. As touchinge the nature of a Phantasie wie may yeeld our selues some satisfaction from the notation of the name, whose theame and originall is .......... , appareo: i. to appeare to the eie, to giue resemblance, shadowe, or shewe of a thinge, whether really present, or but supposititi = ously suggested by way of delusion, as in those spectra of the former and yet incredulous world, amongst men giuen ouer to stronge illusions of the Deuill: appearingev vnto them vnder many and monstrouse shapes, beeinge soe true a Proteus & Vertumnus , that hee can transforme him = selfe into an Angell of light. These spectra, Ghosts, and night = frustra ferri di = apparitions, as x boddilesse as those which Æneas was like to haue uerberet vmbras swinged in hell, had hee not binne forwarn e de by Sybilla ; or such as the ingeniouse Bacon by the Mathematicall situation of his concaue Opticke glasses proiected into the aire, are therefore called Phantasticall bodyes, as set in opposition to the true. But to our purpose none other is heere meant; then the abstracted forme of a true body taken in the lookinge = glasses of the Imagination. A meere immateriall thinge whether 53 whether substance or accident scarse yet determined, a midle nature beetwixt a body and a spirit, not spirituall, but spiritall, as the acutest Philosophers have affirmed. Nowe as a Dreame consisteth of a Phantasie, soe is this com = posed of images and shapes produced by motion, with out which there can bee noe dreame. Because if the things appearinge were continu = ally firme and fixed, there would bee as much coherence and reason in Dreames as in our wakeinge meditations. Wheras wee finde it farre otherwise, insoemuch as it falleth out in our dreames, as when a stone is cast into the water from which ariseth presently a circle, which instantly begetteth an other, and that a third, and soe more successiuely, vntill it come to the banke, and soe vanisheth: soe in sleepe doth one image and forme tread vppon the heele of an other, and the latter still supplant the former, till all the matter of it and sleepe bee spent, and wee awaked. what kinde of motion this is, and to which of the sixe it ought to bee referred, is neyther easie to bee resolued, nor yet much materiall to this pointe; how = beeit if it may challenge interest in any, it must bee principally in Generation and Corruption. But beecause the occasions of these motions in sleepe are diuers, therefore hath learned Antiquitye obserued likewise a diuersitye of Dreames, reduceinge them vnto three kindes. X For eyther they Somma alia ex cor = proceed f r om the predominant humor in the constitution and complexc = poris dispositione : on, denotinge the excesse distermperature or disease, and then they alia ex iis quæ agi = are called Naturall Dreames: or from the daylye affaires about which mus emergunt wee haue beene last busied and imployed, and these are Animall: Gal: de Insomn. / or els they are instilled and infused into the minde su per naturally, and those are Diuine. Of each wherof in theire propper Order but principally of the Seconde./ Of Naturall Note: The last two words are placed much lower on the page after a large gap.
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