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ÉPITRE DEDICATOIRE DE VINCENT SEVE, PRÉSENTÉE A HENRY IV, LE 19 MARS 1605.

AU ROY.

SIRE,

Having received ( several years ago ) certain Prophecies or Prognostications made by the late Michel Nostradamus, from the hands of one named Henry Nostradamus, nephew of the said Michel, before his death, I have held them in secret up to now. But since they concern the affairs of your State, and particularly of your person, and of your successors, and since the truth of several sixains has already been borne out exactly, as you can see, Sire, if Your Majesty will deign to glance at them, finding there some things worthy of admiration, I have taken the liberty ( unworthy as I am ) to present them to you, transcribed in this little Book, no less worthy and admirable than the other two books that he wrote, of which the last one expired in the year 1597, treating of that which will happenm in this century, not as obscurely as he had done in the first ones; but by enigmas, and the things so specified and clear that one can safely judge when something has happened. Desiring that Your Majesty have ocgnizance of them before any other, acquitting myself by this means of my duty as one of your very obedient and faithful subjects . . .

Your humble, very obedient and faithful servant and subject. From your town of Beaucaire in Languedoc.

SEVE.



Note:

There a several points that make the credibility of the sixains questionable. First there is no mention of a Henry Nostradamus anywhere else. Second the style of the sixains is very different from that in the centuries and the presages. Nontheless it seems unlikely that Seve made the sixains himself and then dared to present them to the King. The real origin of the Sixains may be a question for always.

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