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Rhys, Ernest, ed. (1859–1946). The Haunters and the Haunted. 1921.

XLIII. Ben Jonson’s Prevision

DRUMMOND’S “Conversations”

BEN JONSON told Drummond of Hawthornden that “when the king came to England, about the time that plague was in London, he being in the country, at Sir Robert Cotton’s house with old Cambden, he saw in a vision his eldest son, then a young child and at London, appear unto him with the mark of a bloody cross on his forehead, as if it had been cut with a sword, at which amazed he prayed unto God, and in the morning he came unto Mr Cambden’s chamber to tell him, who persuaded him it was but an apprehension, at which he should not be dejected. In the meantime there came letters from his wife of the death of that boy in the plague. He appeared to him, he said, of a manly shape, and of that growth he thinks he shall be at the resurrection.”