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Image 011, folio 4a; A prognostication; the weather

A prognostication fo.4.
colde and windie. Wednesday prime, wonderfull. Thursday prime, fayre and
cleare. Friday prime, mixte weather. Saterday prime, moyst weather.
Now ensue extraordinary tokens for the knowledge
of weather
Some have observed evill weather to followe, when as watrye foules leave the
sea, desireinge lande: the fowles of the land flyinge high: the crying of fowles
about waters makeing a greate noyse with theire winges: allso the seas swelling
with unaccustomed waves: If beastes eate greedilye: If they licke thiere hoves*
If they suddenlye move heere and there making a noyse, breatheing up to the
ayre with open nostrells: rayne followeth. And the busy heaveing of moules*:
the appearinge or comeinge out of wormes: hennes resorting to the pearch or
rest covered with dust, declare rayne. The ample workeinge of the spinner*
in the ayre: the ant busied with her eggs: the bees in fayre weather not farre
wandringe: the continuall prateinge of the crowe, chiefely twise or thrise quicke
callinge, shewe tempeste. When the crowe or raven gapeth agaynst the sunne
in summer, heate followeth. If they busy themselves in proyning* or washeing,
and that in winter, looke for rayne. The unaccustomed noyse of poultrye, the
noyse of swine, of peackes, declare the same. The swallowe flyinge & beating
the water, the chirpinge of the sparrowe in the morninge signify rayne. Rayne
suddenlye dryed up. Woody coverings streighter then of custome. Bels hearde
further then commonlye, the walloweinge of doggs, the alteration of ye cockes
croweinge, all declare raynye weather. I leave these, wanteinge the good
grownde of the reste. If the learned be desireous of the aforesayde, let
reade grave Virgill, Primo Georgiorum. At Bor. &c.*
Seing that I have nowe sufficiently declared howe, by what rules and tokens wea-
ther is iudged: I thinke it convenient to adioyne* heere a briefe collection, howe
Plentye, Scarcitye, Sicknesse, Deathe, Altecation, Troubles, Warres, &c are forever
A rule to prognosticate the aforesayd by the
fallinge of Newyeares daye.
Sunday It is affirmed of some, when Newyeares day falleth on the Sunday, then a pleasant
winter doth ensue: a natural summer:fruite sufficient: harveste indifferent, yet
some winde and rayne: many marriages: plenty of wine and honye: death of yong
men, and cattell: robberies in most places, newes of prelates, of Kings, and cruell
warres in the ende.
Monday On Monday, a winter somewhat uncomfortable: Summer temperate: no plenty of
fruite: many fancies and fables opened: agues shall raigne: Kings and many others
shall die: Marriages shall bee in most places: and a common fall of gentlemen.
Tuesday On Tuesday, a stormy winter: a wet summer: a divers harvest: corne and fruite
indifferent, yet hearbes in gardens shall not flourishe: great sicknes of men,
women and young children. Beastes shall hunger starve, and dye of the botche*:
many shippes, gallies, and hulkes, shall be loste; And the bloudye fluxes shall
kill manye men: All things deare, save corne.

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