James I, King of Great Britain. Dæmonologie.
Edinburgh: Robert Walde-grave, 1597. Ed. G.B. Harrison. London: John Lane, 1924.
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lent forme they cannot be carryed, but a shorte
boundes, agreeing with the space that they may re-
teine their breath: for if it were longer, their breath
could not remaine vnextinguished, their bodie be-
ing carryed in such a violent & forceable maner, as
be example: If one fall off an small height, his life is
but in perrell, according to the harde or soft light-
ing: But if one fall from an high and stay* rocke, his
breath wilbe forceablie banished from the bodie,
before he can win to the earth,* as is oft seen by ex-
perience. And in this transporting they say them-
selues, that they are inuisible to anie other, except
amongst themselues; which may also be possible in
my opinion. For if the deuil may forme what kinde
of impressiones he pleases in the aire, as I haue said
before, speaking of Magie, why may he not far easi-
lier thicken & obscure so the air, that is next about
them by contracting it strait together, that the
beames of any other mans eyes, cannot Pearce
thorow the same, to see them? But the third way of
their comming to their conuentions, is, that where
in I think them deluded: for some of them sayeth,
that being transformed in the likenesse of a little
beast or foule, they will come and pearce through
whatsoeuer house or Church, though all ordinarie
passages be closed, by whatsoeuer open, the aire
may enter in at. And some sayeth, that their bodies
lying stil as in an extasy, their spirits wil be rauished
out of their bodies, & caried to such places. And for
verefying therof, wil giue euident tokens, aswel by
witnesses that haue seene their body lying senseles