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another, (Galba, Otho, and Vitellius) and af ter them shall arise a great Destroyer of holy Men, who will be known by the first Letter of his Name, signifying 70 (Vespas fian); his Son shall destroy the Kingdom of the Jews, and the first Letter of his Name fignifies 300 (Titus); and after him there fhall be a fatal Prince, who fhall kill many, whose first Letter signifies 4, (Domitian); and after an honourable Man will reign, having the number 30, (Nérva); and after him, one whose first Letter stands for
300, who is of the Celtic Nation, out of the Mountains, who will hasten to the Eastern Wars, but he shall not evade. Death, but fall, and be buried in a strange Country, which bears the Name of the Flower Aner mone.
Note, That Trajan was born in Spain, which the Celte formerly inhabited; he died at Seleucia in Ifauria, but his Ashes were carried to Rome, and buried under a Pillar. He made Wars in Gallia, from whence some call him a Celtic.
After him another shall reign, a Man with a white Helmet; he shall have the Name of the Sea: he will be the best of Men, and will know all things, under thee, O very good Man, and most excellent Prince, with Hair of a blue colour !
Note, 'Tis a Garment of that colour; then fwr must be chang'd for xarte, or blue Armour go his white Helmet, or white Head. Neither
would excellent be put to any thing but his Royal Robes, or Armour. Under thy Branches all fhall live : Three fhall reign, and the third at last shall con- ,
I Nore, Adrian is moft particularly describd in the eighth Book, and the Eastern Roman Empire Thall be under the three Heads of the Eagle de fcrib'd by Efdras. 1. The Saracen; 2. The Eaftern Emperors 3. The Turk, who at last will poffess all the East; and under these three Branches, or Empires, the Days of all Men (that is, the duration of the World) shall be comprehended.
Note, Thar this Sibyl promisd in the begin. ning, to give an Account of the first Latin Emperors, the ends with Adrian, the 15th Emperor, whó dy'd about 140. And because there are but three intimated after him, some Authors fancy that some Person living in his time compos'd these Oracles; but this is notoriously absurd to any, who consider the following Prophecies in fucure Ages after Adrian
I am tormented, who am the Sister of Ifs, when an iinhappy Prophecy comes into my Mind, tho it be a divine Song of Oracles.
Note, That this Sibyl calls her self the Siftet of Isis, because she utter'd Oracles; not that she really was so, but the prophecies very much of Ægypt, what it is like to suffer by the Saracens, Mammalukes, and Turks, and á laf by the Æthiopians.
First the mad Women shall encrease The Inundatio about the Foundation of thy Temple, in
of Nile. which there will be much mourning, with their wicked Hands; and at that time Nile fhall overflow all the Land of Ægypt fixteen Cubits, which shall wash away the whole Soil; and Men shall fuffer by being continually wet; and the Beauty of that Land, and the Glory of its Face, shall perish. Memphis, you shall weep most on the ACcount, of Ægypt, for you govern'd the World formerly after a glorious manner : Thou shalt become sad, when the Author of Thunder cries with a loud Voice to thee, O strong Memphis, who formerly boastedst thy Might amongst. Cowards ! thou shalt weer, being forrowful, and unfortunate, till you do acknowledge the everlasting God, and Immortal in the Clouds. Where is thy great swelling Title among Men, for which thou didft rage against my Children; who were baptiz'd, and dealtest unjustlý with good Men? Thou shalt receive for such things such Fare and Punishment, and thou shalt no longer claim a place amongst the Blessed to appear in. Thou hast fala fron the Stars, thou shalt not afcend into Heaven. Such things God commanded me to speak to Ægypt, in the later Days, when Men shall be very wicked, but wicked Men become miserable, continuing in Sin, notwithstanding the Wrath of the Immortal Heavenly God, the great Thunderer. In
stead of God, you worship Stones, and adore Brutes, fearing many other things in different places which have no Reason, nor Understanding, nor Hearing. pot fit for me to speak of each Idol niade by Mens Hands; from their own Labour, and foolish Invention they have vainly receiv'd Gods of Wood, Stone, Brass, Gold, and Silver ; without Life, deaf, and melted in the Fire; these they have made, vainly trusting in them.
Thmuis and Youis shall be oppress’d, and the Counsel of Hercules, Jupiter, and Mera cury shall be taken away, and War shall not leave thee, O Alexandria! a famous Town for Trade, and Multitudes of Men:
Note, That this Inundation of Nile was an Omen of its Invasion by the Saracens, which are here call'd the worst of Men, in the last Times. This must happen after Adrian, and after the Pero fecutions of the Chriftians there, as appears by the Persecution of the soggiool. All these Suffer ings are occasion'd by Idolatry, which was de pos’d in Ægypt, in Constantine's and Theodofius's Reign : Then the Images were broke in the Temple of Serapis. Therefore this must be the Punishment of the Ægyptian Christians for their Idol-worship in the laft Days. The Fews made a great Slaughter of the Christians in Cyrene, Ægype; and Cyprus, in the time of Trajan; by Diocletian, Anno 303, that Persecution began.
Menes, the first King of Ægypt, built Memphis, not far from Grand Cairo ; the Pharoahs liv'd there, and there was a Temple of Apis and se rapis. Tomuis is a Town in Ægypé, of which
there was a Bishop. Tamus King of Thebes was Fupiter Ammon, whose Counsel here mention'd is his Oracles ; Xouis is an Isle or Town in Lomer Ægypt. The next Verses are deficient, and the fol. lowing relate to the Saracens in Ægypt.
A barbarous, ftrong, terrible Madman shaji This is Omar, destroy all thy Land, and the Men of evil liph, who con Arts, pouring out their Blood, and killing med Alexan them near thy horrible Altars, and filling thy sandy Country as he pursues thy DeItruction, then thou, once the most happy and rich City, shalt be very calamitous; and then all Asia shall lament the acceptable Merchandizes she receiv'd from thee, falling to the Ground, and covering her wretched Head : But he who possesses Perfia shall War against Ægypt, by killing all Men, and destroying their Provisions;
Note, That Omar, the Saracen Caliph, is this barbarous Man, who destroy'd Alexandria. The City of Alexandria had the great Trade of Spices from India, and fold them to Asia and Europe. The next Revolution in Ægypt was from the elzuccian Turks, who came from Perfia, and seiz'd Damascus, Anno 1075, and afterwards Ægype; for Noradin the Sultan at Damascus fent Saracon to affist the Sultan in Ægypt against the Christians, and he flew the Sultan; and Saladin the Turk succeeded him, and New the Caliph, and all his Family, and distributed the Riches of £ gypt amongst the Turks. Ægypt had been in the Hands of the Saracens till this time, Anno 1170. This Story agrees with the Prophecy. This Sultan at Damascus was subject to that in Persia, and