培根散文随笔集第35章：Of Prophecies 论预言（中英
35 of prophecies 论预言
i mean not to speak of divine prophecies; nor of heathen oracles; nor of natural
predictions; but only of prophecies, that have been of certain memory, and from hidden causes. saith the pythonissa to saul; tomorrow thou and thy son shall be with me homer hath these verses: at domus aeneae cunctis dominabitur oris, et nati natorum, et qui nascentur ab illis: a prophecy, as it seems, of the roman empire. seneca the tragedian hath these verses: venient annis secula seris, quibus oceanus vincula rerum laxet, et ingens pateat tellus, tiphysque novos detegat orbes; nec sit terris ultima thule: a prophecy of the discovery of america. the daughter of polycrates dreamed that jupiter bathed her father, and apollo anointed him: and it came to pass, that he was crucified in an open place, where the sun made his body run with sweat, and the rain washed it. philip of macedon dreamed, he sealed up his wife's belly: whereby he did expound it, that his wife should be barren: but aristander the soothsayer told him, his wife was with child, because men do not use to seal vessels that are empty.