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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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receiued in by the exteriour sense, or at the least, corruptinge or deludeinge the Phantasie allready informed with some Idæas tendinge to such purpose: as our eie lookinge through a coloured glasse iudgeth all thinges of the same coloure: for each Imagi = nation will longest retaine such phantasies as iumpe neerest with his originall humour. Nowe for the iudgment of Diseases and theire criticall euents from the obseruation of Dreames, the renowned Hyppocrates in the very entrance of his booke de Insomn ia warranteth vs that whosoe will giue dilligent heeded to such thinges as fall out in dreames, shall finde them to bee of great consequence to all purposes. And Galen in his booke affirmeth, that from dreames wee may drawe profittable coniectures of the disposition of bodyes. Such dreames then as the minde offereth by night in sleepe concerninge the precedent actions of the daye, recordinge them in the same substance, method and order as they were donne, signi = fie health, beecause the minde perseuereth in the actions and determinations of the daye & The contrary argue distempe = rature, and soe much the greater, by howe much they are more repugnant. Galen maketh mention of one whoe dreameinge that his thigh was turned into a stone when he waked founde it strooke with a dead palsie. Some beeinge neere theire criticall day, which was to end by sweat, dreamed they were swimminge in hot baths. In the Incubus or Night = mare the vitall and Animall spirits are soe oppressed with the multitude of grosse vapours, that men thinke them = selues ouerlaine by some hagge, or oppressed with some ponderous burthen. By which 55 By which examples it is euident, that the actions of the minde close prisoned in the body in time of Sleepe (it selfe neuer sleep = inge) are distorted and missed, by similitude of the cheife swayeinge humours, nowe beecome exorbitant by inequality of tem per. Where a carefull difference is to bee put beetweene this first naturall kinde of Dreame, and the seconde: insoemuch as these vapours stirre the Phantasie, to make and forme images answerable to theire owne nature, with out the helpe of preinhærent formes in the Phantasie: whereas in the other the Phantasie workes only vppon the late imprinted formes and Idæs of the matters last thought of, or earnestly intreated of, the senses beeinge nowe kindely bounde by a temperate and milde ascendinge vapour. And this is the cause, why they are formall, rationall, and cohœrent: when these are only materially significatiue, from the Elementary part of the man, beeinge forerunners of a subsequent disease, as smoake is of fier./ Of the seconde sorte of Dreames called Animall or Sensible. Chap: 3 The seconde sorte haue theire originall from the minde, as caused from some vehement disturbance beefallinge the same, and is by some defined, to bee only a recounteinge of such things as passed the daye beefore, either through the Sense or the vnderstand = inge: as daylye experience teacheth vs. And this I meane cheifly to stande vppon, as beeing most common. For the better understand = inge wherof, it will bee beehoouefull to cast an eye backe to the parts and facultyes of the mynde, in the i Chap: breifly braunch = ed out.
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