Nostradamus

(Michael). An astrologer who published an annual “Almanack,” very similar in character to that of “Francis Moore,” and a Recueil of Prophecies, in four-line stanzas, extending over seven centuries. (1503-1566.)

The Nostradamus of Portugal.
Goncalo Annes Bandarra, a poet-cobbler, whose lucubrations were stopped by the Inquisition. (Died 1556.)

As good a prophet as Nostradamus
-i.e. so obscure that none can make out your meaning. Nostradamus was a provincial astrologer of the sixteenth century, who has left a number of prophecies in verse, but what they mean no one has yet been able to discover (French proverb.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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