To speak of a Mountain Shepherd as a 'mighty Phantasm,' having an 'awful presence unrevealed,' seems to be taking a considerable liberty with language.
of such as have had familiar company many years with them, and that in the habit of men and women Philostratus in his fourth book de vita Apollonii, hath a memorable instance in this kind, which I may not omit, of one Menippus Lycius, a young man twenty-five years of age, that going between Cenchreas and Corinth, met such a phantasm in the habit of a fair gentlewoman, which taking him by the hand, carried him home to her house in the suburbs of Corinth, and told him she was a Phoenician by birth, and if he would tarry with her, "he should hear her sing and play, and drink such wine as never any drank, and no man should molest him; but she being fair and lovely would live and die with him, that was fair and lovely to behold."
Peculiar symptoms are prodigious paradoxes, new doctrines, vain phantasms, which are many and diverse as they themselves.
Art thou a hell-born phantasm, Or word too true, sent by the mother of God?
Dazzled, amazed, our eyes half-blinded, fail, While sweeps the phantasm past our gliding sail-- Like as in festive scene, some sudden light Rises in clouds of stars upon the night.
But who can reckon upon the dotage, madness, servitude and blindness, the foolish phantasms and vanities of lovers, their torments, wishes, idle attempts?
She imagines that she perceives a phantasm--a strange something--globular-white--looking, as she says, "like a good-sized ball of cotton"--rise directly from the floor before her, ascending slowly upward, as if driven aloft by some invisible force.
That they see and hear so many phantasms, chimeras, noises, visions, &c. as Fienus hath discoursed at large in his book of imagination, and Lavater de spectris, part.