Englands Monethly Observations and Predictions, for the Yeare of our Blessed Saviour, 1653. Fore-told by those two Famous Astrologers of our Age, Mr. William Lilly, and Mr. Culpeper.

The Tune is. Faire Angel of England.
[man in frock coat and hat, gesticulating]

[man sat at a table, with astrological paraphernalia]
WHat learned Astrologers writeth this Yeare,
I purpose now unto you for to declare,
Especially Lilly a man of great learning,
In famous Astrology by our discerning.
And likewise Cullpeper, a man of great fame
Knowne all over England even by that name,
What they have foretold you here shall finde,
Strange and remarkable if it you will minde
In January small newes you shall heare,
Vnlesse it be so to fill you with care,
The poore Country men will be grounded indéed,
When he hath no fodder his Cattell to féed.
From Spaine; and Italy, we shall heare newes,
God grant poore men may not be sold for old shoos
O trust to your selves where eare you sée me
Though I have good judgment in Astrologie.
In February men will not be dumbe;
Though Angels of gold have quieted some,
Nor yet shall this government altred be,
Though turbulant spirits doe strive to be frée.
We shall make a peace with some sorrain nation,
Then for our own good to kéepe ffirm our station
And though many thunder-bolts séeke to disturb us
It doth not lye in their power yet for to curb us.
All Urope this Month shall be at a stand
At our preparations by Sea, and by Land
Though we amongst our selves cannot agree
Yet England, by others now feared shall bee.
The hearts of the dutch men this month shall wax colde,
Then by the courage of our Sea-men bold,
And if I mistake not they shall seeke their peace
And so shall the honour of England encrease.
The common-wealth this Month of Aprill.
Shall stand in great feare some things will fall ill
For Taxes Increase and moneys grow scant
And the poorer sort shall be in great want.
We shall have a feare although we are strong,
The Scot, or the Dutch, will doe us some wronge
Not by their power: but by treacheries,
Although we from them have taine many a prise.
Now this Month of May. it cannot be good,
It séemes to begin with horrour and blood.
Feavers and other diseases most strange.
About the Citty and Country shall range.
And this Month all Urope shall make preparation
For war as I guesse nations against nations
Yet if wee fight. we still shall see,
England shall still victorious be.

The second Part, to the same Tune.

[a crowd of people looking at an army in the sky]
Our governors shall labour to keep us still quiet,
From civil desention, mischief and r [...]yot,
And good moderate people shall labour each day,
To perswade rude people to love and obay.
This month we expect some newese from the north
And I doe guesse some matters of worth▪
From Scotland and Holland & from other parts,
But God send our Country, men true loyal hearts
This July the Land shall quieted be,
And in good condition as all men shall see,
Holland once more shall sue for a peace,
And there will be hopes the mischief will cease.
If no peace be granted they'le do us small harme,
Although about us like Locus they swarme,
For our brave Sea-men wée néed not to doubt,
Will after some knocking put them to the rout.
Much thunder and lightning in this moneth wil be.
The Ayre much distempered the people shall sée,
Many Sea-fights and blood shall be shed,
And many for want of wit are missed:
But after a while good newes shall wée heare,
Come from the West to banish our feare,
A Mutiny in Spaine is likely to be,
And wée in this Nation shall hardly agrée.
This moneth of September if things fall out right,
Holland and wée shall give over to fight.
By means of Embassadours we are made friends.
And Holland be willing to make us amends:
The wings will grow high and may us affright,
But there is no Enemy 'gainst us dare fight,
Then be of good comfort and be not cast downe,
For we shall live quiet, though fortune may frown
The 1 wéeke of this moneth wée shall heare good Newes,
Our Merchants returne and nothing shall loose.
From the Western parts with joy and content,
After much toyling and labour is spentt:
Our Land now shall flourish and Holland decline,
And to sée us prosper our Foes shall repine,
If God be with us, who can us with-stand,
It is he alone that protecteth our Land.
In this moneth of November good people shal strive
Out of this Nation Tythes for to drive,
Who squze the country-man out of his estate,
Even by their tyranny of their deceit:
Enough for to make all the people to rise,
Against those that over them thus tyranize,
Who cannot be quiet untill they be eased.
And til that time come they will not be pleased,
I would not have Merchants now for to grieve,
Their ships shall come home their minds to relieve
For providence kéeps them, then do not despaire,
This moneth of December good news you shal hear,
And since it is now the last moneth in the Yeare,
I would not have any possessed with feare,
Let's pray unto God our comfort in chiefe,
At the end of the yeare for to end all our griefe.

Printed for W. Gilbertson.

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