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THE Author of a Differtation
concerning Rain, the different sorts of Rain. He ascribes a Blood Rain to an extraordinary Quantity of Vapours ari
fing from Mines of natural Cinoper, or Vermillion, or from that Clay or Red Earth that serves to make Bricks. He ascribes to the fame Cause the seeming Changes of Water into Blood, like those that have been seen within these few Years in Dalecarlia, in the Country of Hele in 1684. and at Berlin in 1677. (See a Curious Observation of Mr. Maundrell in the Mar. gin *), Brimftore and Silver Rains, says the Author, proceed from the fame Cause.
Stone Rains are only, in all Probability, a very hard Hail, wherein gross Vapours happen to be entangled. Fire-Rains may arise from the fame Çauses, that produce Boiling-Wells, that is, from Sulphurous Vapours coming out of Marcaffite Mines. The Author mentions af
* Mr. Maundrell having said, that he came to a fair Large River, which is doubtless the famous River Adonis, fo Famous for the Idolatrous Rites performed there in Lamentation of Adonis, goes 'on chus. By this
Means we had the Fortune to see what may be "fupposed to be the Occasion of the Opinion, which “ Lucian relaces, concerning chis River, viz. That " the Stream at certain Seasons of the Year, efpeci. "ally about the Feast of Adonis, is of a bloody Co“ lour: Which the Heathens looked upon as pro. “ ceeding from a kind of Sympathy in the River “ for the Death of Adonis, who was killed by a wild Boar in the Mountains, out of which chis Stream
ter Scheffer a Fire-Rain, that fell in 1629. upon the . Lake of Landsee. It was mixed with Water ;
but the Sparks burol the Cloaths of those on whom they fell. Our Author affirms, That some credible Perfons told him, they saw a like Rain fall in 1705. upon the Lake of Vefman in the Western Dalia: It stuck to Cloaths like a Kind of burning Soot.
at Caen, wherein he decides several Cases con cerning Lords and Vaffals, Pátrons and Curates.
" Resolution de plusieurs Cas de conscience, & des plus importantes questions du Barreau, touchant les droits & devoirs' reciproques des Seigneurs & des Vaffaux, des Patrons & des Curez, tant pour le For exterieur que pour celui de conscience ; par Messire Joseph André de la Pàluelle, Licentie en Theologie & en Droit, Curé de Clinchamps, Syndic du Diocese de Coûtances, & Seigneur & Patron de la Lucerne. ' Caen 1710. Two Volumes in 8vo.
The Author examines this Question, among others : Whether the Lord of a Manor may lawfully require
rifes. Something like this we saw actually come to pass; for the Water was fained to a surprising Redness; and, as we observed in Travelling, had discoloured che Sea . a great way into a reddish Hue, occafioned doubtless by a Sore of Minium, or red Earth, washed into thac River by the Violence of the
Rain, and not by any Stain from Adonis's Blood ". A Journey from. Aleppo to Jerusalem. London 1907. Pag 34 35.
The Heathen Priests should have been so honeft, as to tell the People, That the Ghange of the Water into Red Colour was not a miraculous Thing.
from a Curate that he should present him the Sprinkle, to take some Holy Water with his Hand. The Abbot declares that such a Pretension is unjust, con trary to the Practice of the Ancient Times, and injurious to the Church. The Aspersion (says he) is made in the Church to purify the Congregation of the Faithful. The Lord of a Manor is one of the Faithful: He stands in need of that Spiritual Remedy as well as the People ; and therefore he ought to receive it, as others do, (that every Body may know the Spiritual Authority which God has bestowed upon the Priests over all the Laity,) and not in a manner unworthy of thole who minister at the Altar. If such a Novelty be introduced into the Church, (continues 'the Abbor,) “ we shall see, to the Dit
grace of the Clergy, the Curates, who represent
Jesus Christ, when they perform the Function of “ their Ministry, obliged to hear for a Quarter of an “ Hour the Compliments of the Ladies and Gentle
men, who fit in the Lord's Pew. The Minister of
Jesus Christ must stand still bare-headed, in his Albe " and Surplice, till all the Compliments are over, and
hold the Sprinkle in his Hand till my Lady pulls % off her Glove ".
A curious Dissertation concerning Tithes has been inserted in this work.
ΤΟΥ ΕΝ ΑΓΙΟΙΣ ΠΑΤΡΟΣ ΗΜΩΝ ΙΩΑΝΝΟΥ
ΤΟΥ ΔΑΜΑΣΚΗΝΟΥ, Μοναχύ, και Πρεσβυτέρα Ισe9σολύμων και τα ευρισκόμα πα.1α. Santi Patris noftri JOANNIS DAMASCENI, Monachi & Presbyteri Hierofolymitani, Opera omnia quæ exstant, & ejus no mine circumferuntur. Ex variis Editionibus, & Codicibus manu exaratis, Gallicanis, Italicis, & Anglicis, collecta, ręcensita, Latinė versa, atque annotationibus illustrata, cum præviis Disserta. tionibus, & copiosis Indicibus. Opera & studio P. MICHAELIS LEQUIEN, Morino-Boloniensis, Ordinis F. F. Præ dicatorum. Parisiis, apud Joannem-Ba. ptistam Delespine, viâ Jacobæâ, ad In, signe Divi Pauli, prope Fontem S. Se. verini. 1712.
That is, THE WORKS of St. JOHN DAMASCEN,
à Monk and Prieft of Jerusalem, collected, revised, translated into Latin, and illustrated with Notes? To which are added some
and large Indexes. By Father MICHAEL LEQUIEN, of the Order of St. Dominick Paris. 1712, Two Volumes in Folio. Vol. I. Pagg. 710, besides the Prolegomena. Yol. II. Pagg 926.
HE following Extract is taken from the “ Fournal des Sçavans, printed at Paris.
“ I have heretofore published * a smal Piece “ relating to this Edition, which was then in the “ Press.
mafcen : The Publick with'd for it a long time : Several Persons went about it with little Suc. cess; and it is at last brought to its Perfection by Father Lequien, whose Capacity, already known by some other Performances, made every body sensible that this Work would anfwer their Expectation. Many Qualifications were requisire to succeed in such a Design; a grear Skill in the Greek and Latin Langua: ges; an exact Knowledge of Ecclesiastical History; ani indefatigable Application in collating the Printed and Manuscript Copies ; a great Sagacity to make a right Choice among so many Variations. All those Qualities are to be found in the Learned Editor; and yet if we may believe his Epiftle Dedicatory, we thould be de. prived still of the Fruits of his Labour, had it not been for the Help and Protection of the Abbot Bignon, whereby Father Lequien was enabled to overcome the Difficulties, which appeared to him infurmountable with respect to the printing of this Work. A Booksel.
See Art. XL. in the Firf Volume.