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LIBER. TERTIVS        119



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De Magis , & maleficis Finnorum.


CAP. XVI.


                                        QVÆ etiam vis sit magorum , & maleficorum in cogendis
                                        elementis , tam sua quam aliena manum incantatis ,vt mitius,
                                        vel rigidius naturalem ordinem temperent , figura superposita
                                        parumper ostendit : hoc præmisso , quod hæc extremi
                                        Aquilonis regio Finlandia , ac Lapponia , ita erat docta
                                        maleficiis olim in paganismo,ac si Zoroastren Persam in hac
                                        damnata disciplina præceptorem habuisset : licet & alii
                                        Oceani incolæ , vt Britanni , teste Plinio lib . XXX. cap.Britannia.
                                        I. ea vesania fascinati dicerentur: adeo enim attonite hancTotus orbis concors.
maleficam artem totus orbis in hoc, & simili malo plurimum concors , celebrat .
Solebant aliquando Finni inter cæteros gentilitatis errores negotiatoribus in eorumFinni.
littoribus contraria ventorum tempestate impeditis , ventum venalem exhibere ,Ventus venalis.
mercedeque oblata tres noctos magicos , non cassioticos loro constrictos , eisdemNodi tres.
reddere , eo servato moderamine , vt vbi primum dissolverint , ventos haberent1. 2. 3.
placidos: in vbi alterum , vehementiores :at vbi tertium laxaverint , ita sævas tempestates
se passuros , vt nec oculo extra proram in evitandis scopulis , nec pede in
navi ad vela deprimenda , aut in puppi pro clavo dirigendo , integris viribus potirentur .
Hique infelicius rem experti sunt, qui vim eiuscemodi nodis per contemptum
inesse negarunt . Et merito : quicunque enim magos consulunt , & vaticinia ,
aut auspicia rebus gerendis quærunt , semper sunt anxii , & nunquam inter
metum & spem avidi futurorum quiescunt . Si illi prospera nuntiant , inani &
vana spe iam tum lætari incipiunt : sin contra , repente tristitia affecti torpescunt.
Heu miseros mortales imbecillitas ingenii , & mens stupida huc illuc distrahit , atque
suspendit. Insana sane sunt documenta , quæ nostra credulitas excogitavit , vt



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