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qua sublata qui locus est divinationi ? " 1 This illogicality is characteristic of divination to the end. Lilly, for example, in his "Apology to the Impartial and Understanding Reader," defends his art on the ground of the benefits which a knowledge of the future confer. "Now if I say, in such a year of his age, by reason that one of those 5 Hylegiacalls, which is the significator, comes to the Q or S or d> of a male-fical promittor, and that this intimates a sicknesse proceeding from the depravation of this or that humour, and name it especially that is vitiated, andj say in time consult with the phisition, and prevent the disease, and be sure to evacuate that predominating humour principally, what hurt is in this manner of direction ; whereby (longe ante) he is delivered of the peccant humour before it could radicate, and from a pestilent fever or a long lasting quartan ague, so that when the significator and the promittor meete, the native is crazy two or three dayes and no more, scarce that, whereas otherwayes his life might have been endangered, and he a long time sick." 2

Divination, then, even after it has parted company with magic, has still the object of

1 Cicero, De div. ii. 7. 19. 2 Lilly, England's Propheticall Merline.

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