James I, King of Great Britain. Dæmonologie.
Edinburgh: Robert Walde-grave, 1597. Ed. G.B. Harrison. London: John Lane, 1924.
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actiones in the aire? As God by visiones, dreames,
and extases reueiled what was to come, and what
was his will vnto his seruantes; vsed he not the like
meanes to forwarne his slaues of things to come?
Yea, euen as God loued cleannes, hated vice, and
impuritie, & appoynted punishmentes therefore:
vsed he not the like (though falselie I grant, and but
in eschewing the lesse inconuenient,* to draw them
upon a greater) yet dissimuled* he not I say, so farre
as to appoynt his Priestes to keepe their bodies
cleane and vndefiled, before their asking respon-
ses of him? And feyned* he not God to be a pro-
tectour of euerie vertue, and a iust reuenger of the
contrarie? This reason then moues me, that as he
is that same Deuill; and as craftie nowe as he was
then; so wil hee not spare a pertelie in these acti-
ones that.I haue spoken of, concerning the witches
persones: But further, Witches oft times confesses
not only his conueening in the Church with them,
but his occupying of the Pulpit: Yea, their forme
of adoration, to be the kissing of his hinder partes.
Which though it seeme ridiculous, yet may it like-
wise be true, seeing we reade that in Calicute, he ap-
pearing in forme of a Goate-bucke, hath publicklie
that vn-honest homage done vnto him, by euerie
one of the people: So ambitious is he, and greedie
of honour (which procured his fall) that he will
euen imitate God in that parte, where it is said, that
Moyses could see but the hinder partes of God, for
the brightnesse of his glorie: And yet that speache is
spoken but [metaphorically*].