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Flamma sine Fumo

or, poems without fictions. Hereunto are annexed the Causes, Symptoms, or Signes of several Diseases with their Cures, and also the diversity of Urines, with their Causes in Poetical measure. By R. W. [i.e. Rowland Watkyns]
1 occurrence of shall rise with fleas
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To the profound and learned Gentleman, Mr. Vincent Wing;

Qui Naturæ Aruspex intimus, Atlas physicus, nec non sensus & rationis stupendus Arbiter.

Wise men believe, inferior bodies move
By dispensation from those Orbs above:


Stars do not force, or by compulsion cause
Our Natures to obey their constant laws.
Who serves the God of pow'r, that made the spheres,
No sad ecclipse or constellation fears;
Where vertuous Reason guides not, but the Sense,
There Planets have their greatest influence:
God did the Sun, the Moon, and Stars bestow,
Which do the course of time and seasons shew:
'Gainst Sisera in their orders sought the stars,
And helpt Gods people in their prosperous wars.
When Christ himself was born, a star did bring
And guide the wise men to find out their King:
And wise men still in stars a vertue find,
Which is kept secret from the duller mind:
Into brave spirits a pure light descends,
Which heavy darkness never comprehends.
I cannot call the stars by name, nor track
The Sun through twelve signs of the Zodiack:
Arcturus with his sons outgo my sense,
So do the Pleyades with their influence:
From the Pole-Artick what degrees there be
Unto th' Antartique is unknown to me:
Our Zenyth is too high for me to know
What things are there, our Nadyr is too low:
I do not understand how Planets move,
And differ in their several Orbs above.
The Circle from the Stars reflexion may
Escape my knowledge call'd the milky way:
Such knowledge is too deep; but yet I will
Admire the path of that mysterious skill.