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Image 012, folio 4b, A Prognostication; weather and the causes of weather phenomena.

A prognostication.
Wednesday On Wednesday, loe a warme winter: In the end snow and froste: a cloudy summer,
plentye of fruite, of corne, haye, wine, and honye: greate payne to women with
childe, and death to infants: good for sheepe: newes of kings: great warres, bat=
tell and slaughter towardes the middes*.
Thursday. On Thursday, winter and summer windie:A rayny harvest: Therefore wee
shall have overfloweings. Much fruite: plenty of honye: yet fleshe shall be
deare: cattell in generall shall dye: greate trouble, warres, &c. with a licen=
tious life of the feminine sexe.
Friday. On Friday, winter stormye: summer scante pleasante: harveste indifferente:
little store of fruite, of wine, and honye: corne deare: Many bleare eyed: youth
shall dye: earthquakes are perceived in many places: plenty of thunders,
lightnings, and tempests: with a sudden death of cattell.
Saterday. On Saterday, a meane winter: Summer very hot: a late harvest: good cheape
garden hearbes: much burninge: plenty of hempe, flaxe, and honye. Old folke
Shall dye in moste places: fevers and terrians*, shall grieve manye people: great
mutteringe of warres: murthers shall be suddenlye committed in many places,
for lighte matters.
Nowe that I have opened divers wayes, both for the learned and unlearned,
howe weather become at all times may be well judged and knowne, &c. I thoughte
it meete, for further knowledge therein, not to omit heere the naturall causes of
such and so many alterations of ayre. Lo, therefore orderly they followe.
Naturall causes, conduceing to all the aforesayde,
and first of the raynebowe.
The raynebowe is the shineinge and reboundinge of beames of lighte, that turne
to the contrary vapoure agayne in the cloude. It declareth sometime rayne, and
many times fayre weather: when the one, & how ye other, is before opened.
Of Rayne.
Rayne is a colde vapoure, an Earthlye humor, or fumosities, out of waters or
earth drawne up by the vertue of the sunne, to the neather part of the middle
space of the ayre, there through cold thickes, then dissolved: Thus engendred
falleth on the earth. Heere I leave to speake of miraculous raynes, as
milke, blud, fleshe, iron, wool, &c. for more satisfyinge in there, reade
Plinius* in the second booke. 58 chapter.
Of Froste, and Dewe.
A colde moyste vapor, a little waye drawen up in the day throughe faynte
heate of the sunne, descendeth in the nighte, dissolved on the earthe, there
congelated or resolved into water, the one called froste, the othere dewe.
The last is a signe of fayre weather in the spring or harveste.
Of Snowe.

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