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and immediately two roafted partridges came/j^, and rett- ed upon his plate, to be devoured. Thefe ftories arc cir- cumftantially told and vouched by unexceptionable people, and were a grievous (tumbling-block to the Jefuits, who could not pretend their own miracles were either better e- ilablifhed, or more worthy of belief.
There are other books of lefs fize and confequence, par- ticularly the Organon Denghel, or the Virgin Mary's Mufi- cal Inurnment, compofed by Abba George about the year j 440, much valued for the purity of its language, though he himfelf was an Armenian. The lad of this Ethiopic li- brary is the book of Enoch *. Upon hearing this book firft mentioned, many literati in Europe had a wonderful defire to fee it, thinking that, no doubt, many fecrets and un- known hiftories might be drawn from it. Upon this fome impoltor, getting an Ethiopic book into his hands, wrote for the title, The Prophecies of Enoch, upon the front page of it. M. Pierifc fno fooner heard of it than he purchafed it of the impoftor for a confiderable mm of money : being placed afterwards in Cardinal Mazarine's library, where Mr Ludolf had accefs to it, he found it was a Gnoftic book up- on myfteries in heaven and earth, but which mentioned not a word of Enoch, or his prophecy, from beginning to end ; and, from this difappointment, he takes upon him to deny the exiftence of any fuch book any where elfe. This, however, is a miflake ; for, as a public return for the ma- ny obligations I had received from every rank of that moft
Vol. I. 3 R humane,
- Vid. Origen contra Celfum, lib. 5. Tertuli.de Idolol. c. 4. .Drus in fuo Enoch.
Bangius in Ccelo Orientis Exercit; I. quxft. J. and 6. f Gaffend in vita Pierifc, lib. 5.