Oracles of Nostradamus Free PDF book 1891 by Charles A. Ward

Oracles of Nostradamus Free PDF book 1891 by Charles A. Ward

Oracles of Nostradamus Free PDF

Contents of the book

 Life of Nostradamus - The Preface of Michael Nostradamus to his Prophecies - Epistle to Henry II - Magic-  Historical Fragments - Henri Quatre-  Louis XIII -  Louis XIV.- Louis - England .- French Revolution- Louis XVI-  The National Convention .- Pius V-Napoleonic Rule - Louis XVIII. and Louis Philippe- Republic,-1848, and Napoleon III. .Appendix.

Excerpt from the author's introduction:

MICHEL DE NOSTREDAME was born in Provence, in the town of St. Remy, in the year 1503, upon a Thursday, the 14th of December, about noon. 


This is no doubt a strange book. An attempt to gather a meaning out of a few of the involved, crabbed, and mystical quatrains of the great seer of I'Vance, the greatest perhaps that the world has ever seen, must of necessity be strange. My treatment, too, may possibly seem to many no less strange than the subject-matter itself I will speak especially as to this latter point towards the close of the preface.
" For a prophet says nothing of his own, but everything that he says is strange and prompted by someone else; and it is not lawful for a wicked man to be an interpreter of God, as also no wicked man can be properly said to be inspired; but this statement is only appropriate to the wise man alone since lie alone is a sounding instrument of God's voice."Divine Things, 52, Bohn, ii. 146.

Again, at page 32 of this book, it will be seen that I have described the faculty of anticipating the future, a thing so remarkably developed in Nostradamus, as being, if once we admit its existence in him, a perceptive endowment of the whole human race, that must be classified as a sixth sense. I have since found, with no little delight, that Coleridge, in his 'Table Talk" (ed. 1836, p. 19), designated such faculty as " an inner sense," for, speaking of ghosts and dreams, he says; " It Is Impossible to say whether an inner sense does not really exist in the mind, seldom developed, indeed, but which may have a power of presentiment. All the external senses have their correspondents in the mind; the eye can see an object before it is distinctly apprehended; why may there not be a corresponding power in the soul? The power of prophecy might have been merely a spiritual excitation of this dormant faculty." •


* This noble and enlarged thought is worthy of Coleridge, who is the greatest thinker of our century, whether you take him as poet or philosopher. Nobody has yet claimed for him the pre-eminence which, I believe, to be his. The peculiar, nay, unique frailties of the man have blinded the men of his own time to the super-eminent, intellectual, practical, and imaginative endowments with wl ich he was so affluently furnished. By the middle of the next century-, some hundred or so years from his death, the fact will have dawned upon the world, if not before.


It will then be recognized that such a personality as his, was " a great birth of time," and to be registered as such in the deathless calendar of genius. Saint, seer, and sage was that man. Not "spoilt in the making," as the witty Lamb put it, with all In the matter of prophecy, Photius says, in his " Amphilochia," that prophecy is by no means the lambent malice of a friend jocose. We must admit, of course, some damage that hindered general currency, as also the attainment of such now worthless cash-results as fell to beings distinctly inferior to himself, such as Hyron, South, Wordsworth, Moore, great as some estimate them to be; and this failure shut Coleridge out from social success, — that success which most of us so ignorantly and greedily covet here because it makes the present comfortable. But the chief reason, of any shortcoming hurtful to success, that may be observable in Coleridge, no doubt arose from his being far too great to be adequately measured by any of his fellow-men. Many of them were, it is true, highly capable men as the world goes

Author: Charles A. Ward 
Publication Date:  1891 


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