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Fafciculm Chemkus : 


hymical CoUeaions. 


he Ingrefs, Progrefi , and Egrefs, 

of the Secret Hermetick Science. 

out of the choifcft and moft 

Famous Authors. 

Colleded and digcfted in fuch an 
jrdcr, that it may prove to the advantage, 
not onely of the Beginners, but Proficients 
of this high Art, by none hither- 
to difpofed in this Method. 

iVhcreunto is added , The Arcanum or 
Grand Secret of Hermetick Philofophy. 

Both made Englijyj^ 

; ^y fames HafoUe, Efquire, 

^ui efl Mercuriophilfu Anglicw, 

7ur Magiflry is begun andperfecl-ed^ hy ondj one 
thing'^ namely^ Mercury. Ventur. p,2^. 

Undon, Printed by f.FleJher for Richard Mjnne^ 
«Uic iign of St. Vmi in Little Bm^w. i6jo. 


Ingenioufly Elaborate 

In the moft 

Divine Myfteries 

O F 

HermeticJ^ Learning. 

Here prefent you with a 
Summary CoUeBim of the 
choifeft T lowers ^ growing 
in the Hermetkh^ Gardens , 
forted and bound up in one complea.t 
and lovely Vojie* A way whereby P^/V 
fftl In^mfttors avoid the ufual difcou- 
ragements met with in a tedious wander- 
ing through each XonofValk^^ orwincl" 
ing Maze ; which are the ordinary and 
guilful Ciraimftances, wherewith euyious 
£bihfi]>hfrj have inlarged MvLahrs^ 
* * purpofcly 


pnrpofely to puzzle or weary thcmoft 
rcfolvcd undertakings. 'Tis true, the 
manner of delivery uted by the Ancients 
upon this Suh]ea, is very far removed 
from the common path o^DifcoHrfe; 
yetlbeleeve they were conftrained (for 
the weight and majei^y of the Secret ) 
to invent thofe occult kindeof exprefli- 
ens in z^nigmaes^ Metaphors^ Para- 
hols, 2in^ Figures. 

Now amongft the Catalogue of Au- 
thors that have treated of this f^cred 
Learnings I have chiefly obfervcd four 

Thefirftarefuch whofe wel-mindcd- 
nefs and honefty , have caufed them to 
lay down the whole Myftery faithfully 
2ind plainly ; giving you a Clew.zsyidl 
as (hewing you ^ Labyrinth-, and they 
onely are to^be ftudied. r \ 

The fecond are thofe whofe Magifle- 
rial handling a part or branch thereof, 
did it rather todifcover themfelves Ma- 
ftersy then with intent to i nflrnB others : 
Thefe may be read, but they are too fub- 
lime for thofe, who ftand in need of an 

Others there are, who out of Ignth 
ranee 01 Mifiah/, have delivered blinde 



and unbotcomed FiEiions.^ which have 
too much deluded and abufed the credu- 
lous iVorld : fo that of this fort I may 
fay (not blemiOiing the honor , which Mt. 
lome of them have jiiftly acquired in 
other parts of learning.) their Works are 
hke Vigmaleons Image, [full of exquifite 
frofortioyijeature^ delicacie, and bean- ^ 
ty^ but not animated with the life and 
foHl of Truth '^'^ and whileft a man 
confults with fuch , he fliall always 
doubt, whether what he reads be to the 
matter^ or dot ; However the fudiciom 
may fmell their levity by the r^ink^efs of 
their imprtinancks. 

Butthelaftandwbrftfortof all, arc 
thofe, who through Envy have fcattered 
abroad their unfaithful recipes and falfe 
glomes ; (taking for prefident the Devil 
that can fow f 4r^/,and transform himfelf 
into an Angel of light ) with intent td 
choak^ and obfnfcate the more evident 
light of the plain dealing Philof6phers : 
And to difcern thefc Imj)ofiHres^ requires 
a Judgment able to divide a Hair. 

Froni this variety o^ Writers it is- 

that many, otherwife Rtdy Mindes arc 

toll up and down, as from Racket td 

Racket ^ being forced to change thel^ 

** % ' Thoughts^ 


Thoughts , as oft as they change their - 
Authors, and conceiving they havefet- 
led right upon a Point, (juft like ticklifh 
fVeather-cocksy) are neceffitated tofhift 
with the next j>ujf^ (although but of an 
empty windy conceit \) New difcoveries 
begetting new opmions, which raife more 
untoward and turbulent Doubts , then 
their greateft ftrength of Judgment can 
conjure down. Thus {unhappy men !) 
thinking thcmfelves ready to Anchor^ a 
crofs guft blows them off the fl^ore ; per- 
haps into a rougher fea of Debate and 
Perplexity then before, and with greater 
hazard and danger of fplitting. 

I know that the tmth of the proper 
Argent^ its Preparation^ and the Fire, 
(the three moft important fteps to this 
hleffed fVork^ with the whole procefs, 
is by fome Philofophers fo (inccrely laid 
down and unfolded, that to a knowing 
Artifi it is a caufe of much wonder, 
why he that reads (though but fmatter- 
ingly acquainted with Nature ) fhould 
not meet with cleer fatista^ftion : But 
here^s the realbn. Many are called, hut 
few are chofen : "Tis a Haven towards 
l^'hich many skilful Pilots have bent their 
courfe, yet few have reacht it. For as 



amongft the people of the pnvj,there was * 
but one that might enter into the Holj of 
Holies, ("and that but onceayecr,) fo 
there is feldom more in a Nation^ whom 
Godltts into this SanBum SanEiorum 
of Philofofhy ; yet fome there are. But 
though the number of thole Elecl are 
not many, and generally the fathom of 
moft mens Fancies , that attempt the 
fearchof this vafl; and (\^xAMyfleryy 
too narrow to comprehend it, and their 
ftrongcft Reafen too weak to pierce the 
depth it lies obfcured in • being indeed fo 
unlearchable and ambiguous, it rather 
cxa£ls the facred and courteous Illumi^ 
nation oi\CherHh^ then the weak ajftfl- 
ance of a Pen to reveal it. Yet let no 
Man defpair : Forfurely there is ajpirit 
in man^ and the inspiration of the Al- 
mighty giveth Hnderftanding ; and 
though all things before us lecm hud- 
led up in a deformed Chaos ^ yet can he 
place them in comltnefs and order. For 
many Philofo^hers clofely fhut up, or 
concealed divers things, which they left 
the ingenious Incjmrer to (ift into, or 
finde out ; prefuming to whom God 
intended the difcovery of the Wonder^ he 
would a&rd Eyes that (hould pierce 
* * 2 through 


tbrouoh the m\i\ of iVords , and 


them a ray of light which fhould lead 
them through this darknefs : To finde 
out that Path which nO Fowl k^oweth, 
and which the VttltHres eje hath not feen : 
For, if ferioufly perulcd^ you fhall finde 
their Books are much like Drawers, that 
lead tp fomechoife and fecrct ^o^' in a 
Cabinet^ [[one opening the way to the 
rert ] which if heedful ly revolved , the 
latisfailion you mifs of in one Author^ 
will be met with in another, and all per- 
haps may at length difcover fwch preg- 
nant and fublipie Secrets ; as ftiall mani- 
feft thee to be one of thofe chofen veffe/s, 
ordained to be informed of this Know- 
ledg , which fornetimes Gqd hath hid 
from the wife and prudent, hut revealed 
unto Babes. 

Wholbcver therefore undertakes the 
fearch of this abftrufc zndfecret Learn- 
ing, muftknowit vcquives heedful and 
fiercing Judgments^ apt and deer Pan- 
cies^ faithful and diflinEi Conceptions : 
For the Philofophers writings are not 
pnely interwoven with moft exquifitc 
cunning and ingenious artifice, but the 
Golden Thred of the Matter is fo warily 
fliipofed, covertly concealed , and (o 



broken off and difperli ; ( they being 
ever fearful to afford too early light o^ 
fatlsf action to the Readers, ) that unlefs 
the Father of Iliuminations prompt, or 
lend an Angels hand to guide , the bcft 
principled Student may be loft in tracing 
itsfeveral Meanders^ and fall fhort.of^ 
finding out its fcattered ends. Be wary 
then in the applicatien of words ( for 
therein the Imaginatian is fubjedt to 
many mifcarriages , being apt to twifi 
and how each Sentence to the various 
frame of its prefeuc Conceptions , and 
the unwary difcoveries it firft makes:) 
Efpecially thofe words which appear to 
lie moR naked; for where the /'/:?^7(?/c>- 
phers feem to fpeak p/^jv/t^? , there they 
have written nothing at all; or clfcia 
fuch ordinary expreffions^ have wrapt up 
fome ienle, highly myfteriom : Generally 
fitting their difcourfe with Words ^ that 
like the Delphian Sword will cut both 
ways, or reach to a larger extenfion or 
latitude , then fome Conceptions can 
ftretch them too ; intending aixl ayming 
at things beyond^ (and fometimes beloiv) 
what wefuppofc thofe bare cxpreflions 

Jji fine, they havefet before us a task. 
* * 4 for 


for Explanation , other then isufed in 
our ordinary beaten track of Difcourfe : 
which he that vsill well underhand, muft 
frftbemafter of the language of Na- 
ture^ having run through the difcourage- 
pfients of the tedious progrefs, and la- 
borious difficulty ofjoyning her Letters^ 
dndjpelling her Syllables. 

Tis true, the dignity of this infallible 
Mjftery lies open to many hard C^n- 
ftires, and profane Scandals , lb well 
lcnown,Ineed not mention them; but that 
thereby I fhall endevour to remove, and 
purge this pure and heroick Science (al- 
moft generally contemptible) from the 
drofs, and corruption of an Impoftfire, 

Commonly we fhall finde them mofl 
traduce it as falfe and deceitful , who 
(having the repute of Schollers ) pre- 
tend to have fpcnt much time and in- 
duftry in the fearch thereof; and becaufe 
it is dreft in fuch variety of fiourijh and 
figurative Speeches, that their fhallow 
underrtandings cannot eafily pierce into 
it ; (their wilde unhappy Fancies like {o 
many Tailors Jhopsful of various yZ^rf^x 
of Conceits , making up out of fuch 
* changeable colours at beft but a Fools 
Coat:) Theyprofcls alhhc difcoverics 



thereof to be mecr Chimeraes^ and it 
felf 2i p-udied Fahle, But the Egyptians 
might as well deny light in the Land of 
Gojhen^ bccaufe thcmfelvcs lived in dark- 
ncfs, or wc, if either of the Luminaries ^^ 
fuffer defeEl to our view , conclude that 
the Eclipfe is Vniverfal, 

If thefe (otherwile well accomplifht) 
Men , would but confider how many 
occult, fpecifick, incomprehenfible, and 
inexplicable qualities there lies dormant 
and obicured inNatfire , of which no 
abfolute or true account can be ren- 
dered by themlelvcs : ^s the concate- 
nation of Spirits, their working with- 
out the Body , rhe Weapon Salve , 
the Sjmpathetical Powder, the Vcrtues 
of the Loadftone , the wonderful and 
never to be enough admired Secrets 
q£ MagnetickPhiUfophyy and Natural 
Magick^ : As alfo wha t Art it felf is 
able to perform , by the power of 
Mathematical conclu(ions,in Geometry, 
Numbers^ both myfterious and vulgar, 
PerJpeEiive Opticks, &c. What famous 
and accurate Works, induftrious Artifls 
have furnifhed thefe latter Ages with, 
and by Weights , wheels. Springs or 
Strings^ have imitated Uvely Metfen, 



as Regiomantantis his Eagle^ and Flj^ 
Drehler's perpetttal Motion^ the Spring 
in a JVatch^ and fuch like S elf -Af over s^ 
(Things that feem to carry with thcm- 
lelvcs (like living Creatures) the princi- 
ples of their own Motions^ and unaltied 
to any outward ObjeEt^ except onely to 
fct them g9ing :) The Arts of Navi^ 
gation. Printing, and making of Gfin- 
powder ( which for the honor ef our 
Countryman Roger Bacon^ I the rather 
mention, who lived above a hundred 
yeers before we heard of its original from 
the German MonJ^, and certainly knew 
its whole Compofttion ; but that his 
pious Thoughts (finding it might prove 
fb fwift and dcvilifli a deftruilion to 
Afen^Cities^ Caflles^O'c) would not 
fuffer him to reveal the way of making 
it, though he plainly difcovered its Na- 
ttirCy force, and horrible execution ; (as 
appears in i\\tfixt Chapter of his learned 
Epiftles De Secretin operibta Artis & 
Uaturdt.) In a word, what marvellous 
conclufions,^/^ (making ufc of Nature 
for an Inftrument) can perform,without 
the help of folow and inferior affiftants 
as CharaEierSy Charms, or Spells, (and 
yet thcfe have their feveral powers , if 


judicioufly and warily difpofed and 
handled;) infomuch, that no man that 
underflands the fafe and honefi power 
of Art and Nature, can juflly afperfe 
their Legitimate Children, as though 
they were the ofF-lpring for indeed had 
any relation) to Diabolical Arts, From 
which few particulars , I might infer 
many other wonders poflible to be 
vvTGUght , which yet to appearance or 
probability , are beyond the power of 
accomplifhmcnt : and where the vari- 
cm fredu^ions of Nature , Art, or 
both,have given the levity and infidelity 
of many mens judgments , the lie ; 
whofe prejudicate thoughts would never 
beleeve a thing could be done, till they 
found (beyond evafion or denial) it was 
done^y I fay, if fuch men would but 
ferioufly confider thefe and the like 
miraculous efe^s , they might be of 
force fufficient to perfwade the moft 
doubtful amongft them , that Art 
with the help of Nature , may arrive 
at fuch perfeilion, to work iVonders^ 
as far beyond thefe , as thefe would 
be beyond their apprehenfions , had " 
they never heard of them before ; nay 
to belecve , there is nothing incredible 



either in divine 6r humane things : and 
yet they never become Co happy Fa- 
vorites as to be made privy to the mjfie- 
ties of this Cunning* 

Another Error the(e curious Brains 
run into^ is. That they look hejond Na- 
J, turcy and often defpife the Path for the 
Plainnefs thereof/uppofing it too vulgar 
to condu6l them to fuch rare and intri- 
cate Wonders '^ whereas they confidcr 
not, that Nature in all her produEiions^ 
• Vfovks plainly^ eajily, and without in^ 
f9rcement» Briefly, liich ought to fufpe6l 
zsfalfe^ all things that appear notfea- 
fable, without it excel in/^^W/f7, or be 
rackt upon the Tenter : And this is 
the Rock^y againft which divers (uffer 
^^ fiifwrack^y apprehending they ought to 
place the materials of this glorious and 
magnificent buildings in more remote 
ztidfirange things, then really it is. 

Some again calumniate zndfcanda- 
liz£ this ferious and divine wor^ as a 
fiSiitioui thing, and they are fuch, whofc 
cafie confidence (forgetting the cautiona- 
ry Items of the Philofophers) belcevc all 
true they once finde Written : And 
when after tedious and chargeable Chy- 
mical operations , (the cxpreflions of 



the PhlUfophers (ceming to look that 
way ) they findc no reality in the Ex" 
periments anlwerable to their expeBati- 
ens ; but all prove as defedive in their 
production, as the birch of EriEibonitti 
was impcrfeifl ; then in a difcontented 
humor (perhaps having been cheated to 
boot) ruine (with their good opinion of 
the thing ) all they have before under- 
taken. But it is no wonder if they be at 
much expence, that make \xk.oi many 
things : What need is there of fo vain a 
ufe of many Giajfes^ fo much i? I owing 
of the Coals ^ fuch confumption of Fire^ 
and other imperdnent and expenfivc 
preparations : When the Phihfophers 
tell us, One Glafs^ one Furnace^ one Fire^ 
(and that an immaterial out ^ not to be 
found in the Furnace of the Chymifis^) 
isfufficient to perfeSi the TvorJ^ ; which 
whofoever attempts, and cannot firrt 
fancy the Complement thereof to be gone 
through without charge^ (at leaft very 
little or inconfiderable ) let them leave 
off, and defift ; left the confumption of 
x\it\r wealth leave their hearts as cold^ as 
the drudging in ?ifalfe Fire hath made 
iCitix fAces palu 

Others there arc that clamor, and cry 



out againft this guiltleis Learning;^\\o(z 
eovetom dejires have made them rufli 
upon the pra6^ife fo far > that they arc 
forced to rccreat by weeping crofs. It is 
the common Fate of the Covetons to 
meet with a Cheat^ and the fmooth 
ftorics of a ^^ack^Ao oftentimes (et fo 
delightful and eager cdg upon their 
griping de fires , ( which doubcleis a 
Knavijh genim may cunningly carry 
on ) that the confiding Mifer fhall 
never difkuft him, till he be fet to rake 
among the Afies for his wealthy return 
And as unskilful men cannot ufe too 
much warinefsy if they be to deal wit! 
any that pretends to teach the proccis of 
this Mjfterj • fo they cannot take too 
much good advife to a void their illuji- 
ons^ Byway of C4;^//(?« therefore, be- 
ware of thofe mercenary pretenders^ 
that (boafling much of their abilities) 
offer to difcover you any of thoft 
Secrets^ upon condition you give them 
fuch or fuch a fum of money ; for by 
this tinkling/bund you fhall judg them 
counterfeit nietaL Never Was this Hoi) 
My fiery communicated to fo wicked a 
man^ as ever would or durft vmkt fait 
©f it J or indeed do fuch men ftand in 



need. They wane not Money ^ or are 
neceflitated to condition for a Trip^ 
that poflefs fo great and unexhauftiblc a 
treafptreifor length ofdajfs is in her right 
hand^and in her left hand^ riches and ho" 
nor. Therefore who hath this, hath all : ic 
incircling withb it felf, aH temporal feli^ 
city, health of hody^ and aH good fortune* 

Next, truft not thofe xhzt profiitute 
their skill ; thefe are the pra[ps that creep 
into the Hive o£ Hermes : fuch Vagrants 
^owhiltCszxQ empty znd mfraught, and 
have more nfe of what they m^Ly skrew 
out of you, then you can make benefit 
of what may be gained from them. It 
is a fewel of that price and eftimation, 
that they who finde themfelves once bleft 
with lis pojfej/i on, entertain itasZer did 
his Angels ; who would rather deliver 
up his onely daughters^ [[his dear and 
neareft comforts] dien expofe fuch choifc 
Gnej^s into the hands of Tvicked men j 
not daring to make the Secret common, 
left they become breakers of the Cele- 
ftial Seals ; much more to betray it into 
untrufiy hands , for any gain or 

But bcfides thefe, the generality of the 
World are nurft up in a belief, there, k 



nefuch thing : Firft^ bccaufe they never 
heard of any that fMikelj profefi it, 
or by vifible operations manifefted its 
truth in any age Secondly, in regard 
tliey as fddom found any Man, chat (by 
his Condition or Converfation ) made 
evident fhcvv to the World, that he was 
poffcfTor of fuch a wealthy Science: 
Many of the Profeffors commonly 
living miferably poor^ who though they 
boaft what vatt Treafures they can com- 
mand, yet fcarcc are feen to have a penny 
in their purfe^ or a whole Rag to their 

To rkcfirfi^ T anfwer, That there arc 
divers things which pccuHarly grow 
Vvithin the bowels of the Earthy and leem 
as bttried to us, becaufe they neither bad 
forth or grow up ; and withal, there be- 
ing fo few Adepted Priefls in the World, 
it is no wonder, the Ceremonies of (o di- 
vine a Miracle^ (hould be both feldom 
and privately celebrated. 

To the fecondj That there U^ thM 
maketh himfelf rich^ and hath nothing j 
and that maketh himfelf poor^ having 
great riches. For on whomfoever God 
out of his efpecial grace, is pleafcd to 
beftow this Blejfing^ he firft fits them for 

a mod 


a nioft vertHoHi life, to make theni the 
more capable and worthy of it ; and 
being fo qualified, they ttraighrvvay lay 
afide amhitlom thou^htSy and take up a 
retired:-iefs-yl\\ty dwell within their Root^ ^ 
and never care (oi fioHrifhing upon the 
Stage of the World : The confideration 
of this Magiftery being theirs , does 
liiore fill their Mindes ^t\\Qn all the 7Vf^- 
fares of the Indies^ were they entailed 
upon them, (it being not to be valued, 
bccaufe k'\s i\\t fummitj znd perfeflio» 
of all Terrefirial Sciences ;) nor indeed 
need fuch regard the airy and empty 
glory of Magnify ing'F ame , that catt 
command an fibfolute Content in all 
things. Nfay, fome lofe their t/^/^^/or^r 
^o far,as none (hall fcarcc ever hear them 
mention it ; counting nothing more ad- 
vantageous, then to ffl«ff<2/ what they 
tnpy. For, as it is a Secret^ of the high- 
eft nature and concernment ; fo God 
will not fuffer it to be revealed to any, 
butthofe that can tell how to conceal a 
Secret 'y and if we rightly weigh thisj 
that the poffeffion of the thing takes 
fiirom the pofTeffors , the root of all evil^ 
\Coveto^tfnefs 5] how then can any cor- 
rupt or finifter thoughts gxoyj up in them? 
A It 


It is alfo worthy confideration, how 
many eminent dafigers^ tronhles, fears^ 
and inconveniences , the very fufpition 
of having the Stone^ hath intitled Tome 
Men to ; and how many feveral ways 
their lives have been attempted j by 
powerful and wicked men ; becaufc 
they concealed the My fiery from them. 
But lee the reward of thofe who would 
forcibly ftrip t\\\s Secret from any brefl, 
be like that of the Sodomites , which 
would have Lot deliver them his An- 
gels, [^ Blindnefs in the eyes of their 
i4nder(tandings^ to wafte out their time 
in feeking the Door that lets in to this 
knowledg, but never findc it. 

Furthermore, this Learning is not re 
iftaled by any Mafier , but under the 
nioft weighty Ties and Obligations of an 
Oath ; and that by long tryal and ex 
ferience of a mans jiiif//>j', vertue^judg 
ment^ difcretion^faithfulnefs^ fecrefie^de 
fires ^ inclinations , . and converfation -. 
to (ift and try whether he be callable anc 
deferving ; for the neereft Relation 
(unlefs exadlly qualified with merit ] 
cannot obtain this k»owledg from them 
Every Childe cannot be an Heir^ mr e 
very bofinn Friend an Executor, Am 



this ftrift care is taken, left the Learner 
fliould milapply his Talent, by ferving the 
Ambition of evil men , or lupporting 
wicked znd unjufi Interefis; todomi- 
fiecr with violence and offreffiony per- 
haps to the trampling under foot the 
general Peace : For doubtlefs a feverc 
account will beexa61ed by God at the 
Teachers hand/if the Learner fliould mil- 
govern or abufe this fo great a Grace. 

It is iaid, IVifdom yvhich findes out 

Knowledg and Counfel , dwells with 

Prudence, A Confcientious breftmuft 

keep it moft religioufly inviolable, if 

pnce obtained : Stability and Conftancy 

uuft be refolved on by the undertaker, 

overflying thatinconftant humor y which 

bmetimes leads men on, with too greedy 

m appetite, and a while after withdraws 

ind cools. Such fickle and wavering 

Oifpojitions fliould leave off betimes, 

eft they meet with thofe frefli conceipts, 

hat fliall winde and turn their Fancies 

p many feveral ways, that at length like 

^enthetfs (diftra6led with, irrefolution) 

hey can fetle no where; and how ape 

ftch inconfiant Seekers are for this JVorkj^ 

beir impcrfcft froduUions will beax* 

%^m witnefs. 

A 2 -Another 


Another needful Caution may be 
given, and that proverbially : Haftc 
wakes wafle. This mifchicvous Evil is 
commonly forwarded by an over-cove- 
tons deftre ; and this is that grand enemy 
to the pvork^y which often proves the 
mine of ail. He muft therefore perfc-i 
vere in his undertakings , and patiently; 
contemplate on Natures flow and Ici- 
furely progrefs in the bringing forth of 
her beft things. It is not a Matter that 
is throughly apprehended at firtt, upon a 
flight or fuperficial view : The Philof^o- 
fhers that raifcd this Fabrick^y did it by 
many degrees , and it is by their/fpi 
we muft make our Afcenfion to thofe 
high Wonders, Do not thenprefumc^ 
(though your underftanding be able tc 
build a Stm6lure) that it is ftrongly oi 
cxadly compiled ; unlefs you jinde it 
raifed from a ground that is (inccrelj 
fUi?i and «^/-«r^/,managed and fquarcc 
by the ftri(fl Rules of Art, And con-' 
fidering that your Errors may prove 
fundamental, (for whofoever miffes hi 
way at the entrance, fliall build upon f( 
unfound a Foundation^ as allows of n( 
emendations, but a new beginning: 
You can never u(e too much Caution \\ 


your Courfcy or be over fedulom iii the 
guidance of your underfianding. It is 
wifdom to anatomize and diffedl every 
apprchenfion clearly, and examine what 
the operations of the Minde have effedl- 
ed ; and in what manner the Senfes con- 
vey them unto you : And as yon walk 
along, heedfully to obferve, where the 
principal Thred is broken off, and then 
fearch about where it is likely to be met 
with again ; for doubtlels the ends there- 
of are poffible to be found out, if heed- 
fully traced. However, if yet what you 
apprehend does not fo exa6lly hit the 
marhj, return to the fiudy of Nature^ 
rhere dwell, and look round to dilcover 
,:he bcft Way ; caft about again for a new 
Scent , and leave no path unfearched, 
;ior no bufli unbeaten ; for though you 
:readiJy ^ndt not the real Truth ^ yet ^ 
ipcrad venture you may meet with fuch 
Yatufa^ion^ as will quiet your Reafon^ 
rind make you take pleafure in the fearch. 
And he that once begins to love fVlfdom 
for its own fake , fhall fooncr be ac- 
quainted with her, then he that courts 
her for any finifter or by rcfpedt : where- 
fore in this fcnfe may be taken that of 
our Saviour , He that hath mmh^Jhall 
\ ' A3 nctivc 


receive more-, bat he that hath UttUy^ 
Jhall be taken areay^ even that -which he 
hath, Eli (ha obtained the fight of the. 
Uorfes and Chariots of Fire^ that car- 
ried £//^ up into Heaven I but it was? 
not till he had defircd, that a double por-* 
ti&n of his Jpirit might refl upon him* 
And Elijha'% fervant faw the Mountains 
full of Horfes and Chariots of Fire ; buc 
not till his Mafter had prayed to the 
Lord to open his eyes : Jf thy Thoughts 
are devout ^ honefl^and pure, perhaps God 
may at one time or other, lay open to 
thy Underrtanding, fomewhat that will 
truly and faithfully lead thee to the 
Knowledg of this Mj fiery, Solomons 
flothful man that fears the Lyon in the 
way^ muft not venture into thefe Streets 
of Wonders * where are Remoraes that 
will puzzle or abate the mod forward 
and fevere Inquiries , and quench the 
thirfl: and defire o^ farthefi fearch.ln our 
progrels.the higher wego,the more fhall 
we better our projpeB ; it is not a level 
ox z flat ^^zx. can aflford us the benefit of 
difcovery to a Knowledg, and Learning 
^o remote. 

Aftrologers well know the fecret 
Chambers of the\S9Uth^ and that there 



Site Stars t\\2iX.hdLyt influence under the 
depreflioii of the South Pole^ though 
not vifibic in our Hemijphere. A s there- 
fore in Filtration , we muft lay the 
drawing fide of the Filter^ as low or 
lower , then the fuperficies of Water ^ 
from whence it draws, elfc it hath not 
power to bring up any thing ; fowe 
muft fearch as deep. as the ancients 
Fountain , ere we {hall be able to draw 
any water out of their ^(?//j" ; which if 
once obtained, the time for operation is 
beft known by a fit EleBioHiVihcrcin the. 
Rules of Aflrology are to be confulted 
with ; in which Science y the Prad^ifers of 
this Art ought to be well read for the 
feveral ufes, that continually and neccf- 
farily muft be made thereof. 

Iprofefs, for my lelf,itis zfatisfymg 
Contentment^ that I can findc fome pro- 
bable grounds for the pojfifibility of fuch 
zn Enter prife '^ it is no more incredible 
to me, that from plab and fimple prin-^ 
ciples ^ it may be exalted to fuchati 
height, even beyond perfeEiion, then to 
(qc the firings of Jnfiruments, (framed 
and compofed of fo bafe, and neglefted 
things, as the Guts of Cats) ftiouldbe 
able (through degrees of refining,) to 
A 4 afford 


afford fuchrvsTeti mellow, and admira- 
ble Mfiftck^ Nor is it a mean degree of 
happinel's, I conceive my felf feared in, 
that in fo great a depth of Mj fiery ^ I 
am inabled to difcover fomc little Eighty 
though but glimmering and iraperfe6^ : 
If I enjoy no more but onely to live in 
the fVemh of fuch Know/edg , or if 
with a dim reflex (from this Rocl^of 
Elejh) I fee no more then the backjparts 
of this Divine Science^ though i\\t glory 
hath paffed by to the Ancients before ; 
it will contribute much to the quieting 
of my folicitous , and waking Inqtit- 

Wc are not a little beholding to the 
ihduftry of our Anceftors, for colleft- 
ing into Books this Elemented TVater 
falling from Heaven^ as into fo many 
(everal Vejfeb or Cifiems ; and there 
leferving it for our times zndufe ; which 
elfe would have foaked away, and in- 
Icnfibly loft it felf in the Earth of Ohli^ 
vion* But as to the freeing us from the 
toyl and difcouragcment of a tedious 
and irregular/e^rr/?, (many Philofopbers 
pointing but at one part of the Myftery, 
in the whole bundle of their Treatifes ;) 
WC arc eternally obliged to our Amhor^ 


for To highly befriending us with thcfe 
learned ColkEiions , of the oncly ferv 
and pertinent Things , from the reli of 
l\\tK large and unnece^ary DifcourfeSi 
(and that from cheir vprit'wgs who wcrq 
unqueftionably blelt with the knowlcdg 
of this Divine Mj fiery,) even as a skil- 
ful Chymift, who by Spagyrical opera- 
tions, leparaces the grofs and earthy trom 
the more fine and pure , and out of a 
large Afaf/ , cxtra6bs onely the Spirit. 
And though ic is not to be denied, that 
the Philojophers left many Lights be- 
hinde them , yet is it as true they left 
tiiem indoied in darh^UnthornS', and us 
to fearch them out in corners : But here 
our Author harh brought them out of 
that obfcurity^ and placed them before 
us in a branc hed Ca ndle fl:icky whereby 
we may view them aU at once , and 
where like a full Co nfort of Inf irtnnents 
each founds his part to make the har- 
mony compleat ; fo that it will evident- 
ly appe;ar to the fudicions and Learned^ 
that thefc ColleEhions were not rafhly, 
or with flight choice , fnatcht or ftript 
from the whole bulk of Authors-^ 
but with a wary and heedful Judgment, 
Ciilkd out and fekc^Iy chofen ^ and what 



the Ancients delivered fcattercd.and con- 
fufcd, is by his elaborate pains dilpofed 
in fo advantageous a Method , that wc 
are much the necrer to finde out the right 
path by the order wherein he liath ranked 
their fay ings : yet not fo, that the whole 
Procefs lies )uft in that Methodical 
Chain ^ as (cems linked together by each 
Paragraph; but that the fame is here 
and there intermixt, and irregularly pur- 
liied ; fometimes the beginning being 
difjpofed in the middle, the middle m the 
end, &c. And befides, part of the Phi- 
/ofophers fentences may (and muft) as 
well be referred to otlier Chapters^ and 
under other Heads ; and left for the in- 
duftrious and painful Contemplator to 
fct and joyn together. His Expojitions 
in the Corollaries are very remarkable, 
rendering him a man of a moft piercing 
Jntellefi and lingular Judgment ^ and 
letting in much light lothtdaxkphrafes 
oi the Philofophers ; Co that indeed they 
fliew rather the effe^is oC Experience, 
rfien Contemplation. In a word. The 
ypork^ i6 like the Sun , yohich though it 
feems little ^yet it is all light* 

For the Author himfelf, I mufl: not 
be filcnt in what I have learned, though 



lis ^«r j^render Hm fufficicntly famous, 
fpecially being reported to me, to be a 
jcntlcman, Nohle^ ingeniotiSy and de^ 
erving* He was Son to that excellent 
^byfitian, Do6lor fohn Dee^ (whofe 
*aiiie furvives by his many learned and 
precious jVorks , but chiefly celebrated 
imongft us , for that his incomparable 
Mathematical Preface to Euclids Eh- 
T^ents ) and chief Pbyfitian to the 
Emperor of Ru0a, , bekig made choice 
of, and recommended by King fames, 
to the (zid Emperor i upon his requeft, to 
fend him over one of his Phjfitians, 
In this imployment, he continued four- 
teen yeers , being all that time Munifi- 
cently entertained, as his merits and 
abilities well deferved. Upon his return 
into England^ he brought moft ample 
Teftimonies of his own wonh , and 
Emperial Commendations to his late 
Aiajefty ; and fince retired to Norwich^ 
where he now Xvits^And may he yet live 
the full fo^e (for of that honor due to his 
Eminent parts. 

Touching thz Tranjlation, I have as 
faithfully performed it , and given it as 
plain a Verfion , as the dignity of the 
SHb}eB will allow ; the better to fit it to 



their Underftandings , who have wanted 
the afliftance of being bred Scholars , 
arid yet perhaps are defigned to be in- 
formed of this wonderful i'^f-rff. Ne- 
verthclefs , I thought fit to retain the 
Subtilty of the Myflery^ though the 
words fpeak Englijh ; whereto the con- 
ftaiit Students may but with labor reach, 
and that to whet their appetite f , not 
that the lazy Vulgar fhould pluck with 
eafe^ left thty dejpife or abu/e. It is no 
defparagement to the SubjeEi that it ap- 
pears in an Englifh drefs , no more then 
it was when habited mGreek^^ Latin^ 
jirabick^^ &c, among the ancient Grc^ 
cians^ RmanSy and Arabians^ for to 
each of them it was their vulgar 
Tongue : And had not thofe Nations^ 
to whom Learning ( in her progrefs 
through the world ) came, taken the 
pains of Tranflation, and fo communis 
catcd to their own Countries the benefit 
of fcveral Faculties ; we had yet lived 
in much ignorance of Divinity , Philc- 
fophy^ Phyfick^, Hifiory, and all other 
^rts ; for it was by the help of Tranf- 
lation they all role to their feveral 
heights. I prcfume to hope you will 
pardon the want of that Elegancy and 



Rkhnefs^ which will ftay behinde with 
Originals, as their proper and peculiar 
Ornaments and Graces ; and accept of 
that homelj Hahit a Tranflation muft be 
concent to wear ; For faying the pains 
whereof to future times, if fome gene- 
ral F arms znd Characters were inyeated 
(agreeing as neer to the natural quality^ 
and conception of the Thing they arc to 
fignifie, as might be ;) that (to men of 
all Languages) ftiould univ erf ally eX" 
prefs , whatfocvcr we are to deliver by 
writiog ; it would be a welcome benefit 
to Mankinde , and much fweeten the 
C^r/f of^^W/Confufion^ favcagreat 
cxpence of Time taken up in Tranfla- 
tion^ and the Vndertak^rs merit extra-- 
ordinary encouragement* 

Nor will this unity in CharaEler 
feem impoflible, if we confiderthereis 
in all men one fir ft- principle of Reafon^ 
one common interior Intelligence , and 
that originally there was but one Lan^ 
guage. Nay, it will appear leis difficult, 
if we look back upon thofe fleps already 
laid to our hands ; for we may draw 
fome helps from the Egyptian HierO" 
glyphick^ Symbols , Mufical Notes ^ 
Stenography^ Algebra^ O'c. Befides, 



wc fee there are certain C^^r^^^r^ for 
the Planets^ Signes^ A^eBs, Metals^ 
Minerals y Weights , &c, all which 
have the power of Letters^ and run cur- 
rant in the Vnderftanding of every 
Lftngnage ^ and continue as Reliques 
and Remains of the more Sacred and 
Secret Learning of the A nciejcts, whofc 
intentions znd words, were notexprefled 
by the Compojttion of Syllables or Let 
ters ; but by Forms , Figures , and 

To pre(ent this invention as more 
fcifablc, we may confider that the ufe- 
ful radical words, if numbred, would 
not fwell beyond our Memories fathom, 
fpccially if well ordered and digcfted by 
the judicious dircdiori of an able and 
general Linguijl ; and fuch a one that 
rightly underftands the firft and true im- 
preffions, vAiich Nature hathftamped 
upon the things they would have figni- 
fied by the Form* Our mifcry now is, 
we fpcnd a great part of our beift and 
moft precious time in learning one Lan- 
gffage^ to underftand a little Matter^ 
(and in how many Tovgues is it ncceffa- 
ry to be perfeft, before a man can be 
generally knowing f) whereas, it this in- 


ir /ention were but compleated , Arts 
I, Arould arrive at a high perfe^^ion in a 
ci little fpace, and we might reckon upon 
jp more time^m the (hort account and mea- 
;„ fure of our dajs^ to be imployed in a 
^^ ""uhftantUl fttidj of Matter, 
^ But I muft retire ; and confels I have 
jjj sxtrcamly tranfgreft the limits of a Prf- 
Q face ; which (if it bore exadl proporti- 
j on to tlie Matter enfuing) flfiould be 
r^ more brief and compendious : And yet 
[ intended to deliver herewith fome (hort 
account of the firfl and true Matter^ 
with the proceis of the whole fVork^; 
but I fhall leave you to the C(j//f^/o»/ 
mfuing, for preient fatisfadion, and if 
encouraged by your acceptance of this, 
nay one day beftow my own Medita- 
tions upon a pardcular Difcourfe : In 
* the mean time, / charge all thofe that 
J ihall reap any benefit by this Tranflation , 
under the fecret and fevere Curfe of 
jod^That they befl-ow upon it the Augufl 
I reverence due tofuch a Secret^ by con- 
cealing it to themfelves^ and making ufe 
of it onely to the Glory of our Great 
_ Creator, That being the principal aym 
of this Work, and of all others ftampeS 
with the Signature of 
[ t. March. i6f|. fames Hafolle. 


' A P^^^ ^'^^^'>^^^f ?/?/> Preface, anc^ 
x\^committed it to thePrefs, I happ. 
Ij met with the following Arcanum, atta 
-perceivinz it tofuit fo punBpt^tlly with 
thefe Chymical Col lections, /or thefoli^ 
ditj, Ukenefs^ and bravery of the Matter 
and^Qvm^ and to confirm feme of thoft 
Dire^ions , Cautions^ and Admoniti- 
ons I had laid dawn in the ProlegOiTiena 
And withal^ finding it a piece of very 
Eminent Learning and Regard^ / ai-\ 
ventured to tranfiate it Ukewife , an'A 
ferfwaded the Printer to joyn them into 
one Book, which I hope will not difli^s 
the Reader, nor overcharge the Buyer 
jind thoHgh in the Tranflation thereof ^ 
I have ufed the fame folemnity and re 
fervationy as in the former ^ and finch as 
hefits fo venerable and tranfcendent a^f- 
Secret: Tet I hope^ that thofie who (/^t|| 
vored with a propitious Birth) fearcfi 
into the Sacred Remains of Ancient] 
Learning, admire the rare and di/guife 
effeH^s of ^zzuxQ^and through their Piet 
and Hone%, become worthy of it, ma 
finde Ariadnes thred to conduB them 
through the delufive windings of this a 
intricate ijihynmh. 

I* April. 165Q. I^^^ 

James Hafolle. 

g? ^ fe# ^€? w W ^ ^ ^i' 






ing to Arijlotle) 
Mufick be rank- 
ed in the num- 
ber of Sciences: 
yet we read how 
K. Philip taunt- 
^id his Son Alexander ^ when he 
bund him Harmonioufly finging, 

To the Students in Chjmiftry. 

in thefc words 5 Alexander^ Art \ 
net thou ajhamed to (ing ($ finely ? 
By which words he accounts it 
diflionorablc foraKobie Man to 
ufe that Art puWikely 5 but rather 
when he is at leifure : Privately 
either to refre(h his Spirits, ori 
there be any difpute concerning |i^ 
Phyfick, that it fhouid be temper 
cd with all Harmonical fweetnefs, 
and proportion. In like manneri 
it is (to our grief be it fpoken) 
with the Art of Chyrpiftry-j 
whileft it is fo much d€faincd,difj 
paraged , and brought into dif-i 
grace, by the fraudulent dealingJlx^ 
of Impoftors, as that whofoevc|(i( 
profeifes it vfliallftill be ftigmatize 
with Publike Reproach. pj^ 

Neverthelefs very many, yap 
too many there are to be foun« g( 
at this day vXprpfeffing I know no j, 
what ihadow of this Divine Art ^ 
who ingrofs unto then^felves, a xcti 
it were the whole Worlds to it ^^^, 

Ta the Students tn Chjmiftrj, 
J Dcftruaiofl, [Brafsjron, or other 
.^ Metal,] not to convert the fame 
^t nto Goldj but are found at length 
■^ o cheat with it for Gold, to the 
^^ jrcat grief of niany : Orphans 
\ nourn, by reafon of fuch Knaves, 
'" /Vidows weep, Husbands lament, 
"[ Vives bewail their mifery. This 
'] Azw defireth his Lands, that his 
^\ loiife , another his Rents taken 
J^ X)m him. And amongft thefe al- 
'" l> (which is the more to be won- 
I red at ) we have known very 
;j| lany intruded in every Acade- 
:^l lical Science 5 becaufe of whom 
"8 Xing flruck no fefs with Admi- 
v( ition then Fear,) I begun to be 
z«<'^mething difcouraged, and by 
K example of their vam Expence^ 
)fi ive over any frniher fcrutiny rn 
iH> lis Golden Science. 
^^ But the remembrance of my 
\ri ifancy in this Study, wherein for 
J ven yceirs together I had becn^ ati 
)« ;^e witnefe of the Truth thereof; 
'i^ a 2 Ifpenc 

To the Students in Chjmtjirf. 

I fpent'many laborious days, and 
tedious nights, until that accord- 
ing to the advice of Count Ber^ 
nard^ I had for fome yeers read 
and more accurately perufed the 
moft feleft and approved Aa 
thors 5 the which ( although at 
firft I fuppofed they had differec 
amongft themfelvcs , as if whai 
this faycSj another denyes, wha 
here is raifed, there is ruined, yet 
at length I found (by Gods affift 
ance,) that they agreed Hermeti 
cally and Harmonically^ in on( 
Way, and one Truth •, by whicl 
means I difcovered the one for 
true PhilofopherS3 the other falf 
Chymifts, and at length, called 
to minde the memorable fayinj 
of I)a\Un the Philofopher : JIoa 
it fuffictth not to be Learned ^ unlej 
in the very thing from whence fh 
£lueftionarifeth. So I found men 
(otherwife Learned) unlearned ii 
this Art 5 amongft which I knev 

To the Students in Chjmi(iry. 

'"' 1 Bifhop^ (whofe fame in Chymi- 
^^ ftry was celebrated of many , 
^^' whom I vifited, after I had feen a 
^J little Chymical Trad, writ with 
f'^ lis own hand ; ) And when I took 
^^ !iim laboring in our Common 
Gold, whence he ftudied toEx- 
[paft Fitriol^ ( which he held his 
onely Secret) I left him ^ for that 
^ I faw he had neither before him 
!^ the proper Matter, nor the manner 
of Working , according to the 
^IDodrine of Philofophers 5 and 
that I knew he had many Coal- 
rakers, and Brokers of Receipts, 
J as well in England^ as in Germany^ 
^ and Bohemia : But truly I found 
^ 'not one Man for Thirty yeers to- 
gether, that wrought upon the 
proper Matter , and confequentlf^ 
not any who defcrved the name 
of a Fhilofofher. And for my 
own part , if more may not be 
granted me, then a far off to be- 
hold the Holy Land , I fhali ad- 
a 3 mire 

T^ the Students in Chjmiftrj. 

mire whatfoei'cr the Great and 
Omnipotent God, is plcaftd cue 
of his infinite Mercy , to grant 
me 5 yet in the interim , whilft 
(for delight fake) I was conver- 
fant (by the favor of Hortulanus) 
inthc phihfophical Rofarj^ Ipickti 
out fome no lefs pleafant thcni 
wholibme Flowers , which I have i 
made up into a Fafdculm ^fov the ! 
Eafe and Benefit of Young Stu-ii 
dents, in this Art (whilft in read- 1 
ing and perufing, they v/erc wont i 
to confume fome yeers , before I 
that they learned rightly how to ij 
handle? or in handling to com -I 
pound :) The which (u not too i 
boldly) I dedicate to you the Lo- 1: 
vers of this Truth , and have ac- ) 
counted it worthy of publikc 
view. Deign therefore ( ye inge- 
nious Men 5) that this my FafacU'^ 
/^, howfoever coUeded by my 
Labor, yet by your Authority 
and Favor; to be prcfentcd a more 


Tc the Students in Chjmifiry* ^ 

^ Illuftrious Work : whence ( by 
oin Gods Favor and Permiflion) they 
int may be able to pick out what is 
ilHidailyfomuchdcfired, and fought 
^' for, by multitudes. 
*) What in obfervance. Faith, and 
It all Duty, and in memory of your 
fn Merits , may in any wife be per- 
w formed by mej to your praife and 
t^ honor : the fame I moft freely, 
II' and dutifully promife , and vow 
i fliall be performed. Farewel moft 
nl ' Famous Men, and may ye not dif- 
K dain to cherifh me with your Pa- 

Yours moft devoted 
Arthur Dee. 
CM ArcUatfos Anglu6. 

a 4 



Candid Reader. | 

P^en a$ Reafon dnd 
Experience^ arejufi- 
ly called the Hands 
^/Phyfitians •, mth- 
cut which ^ neither 
Health [the Treafure of Life 3 can 
be freferved ^ nor Sicknef [ the 
Heranld of Death'] exfelUd: And 
that Phjfick it fdf remaineth Lame 
cndDifeBive : So, in this ihilo- 
fopkical Work^Natute and Art ought 
[q lovingly to endrace each oth^r, as 
that Art may net require r^hat iV^-. 
ttire denies ^ ncr Nature deny what 
fnay be ■perfc&ed tj Art. For Na- 
Hire afjr^ning^ jhe demeans her felf 
0bedie7Jtl'i to every Artiji^ whilefi by 
i heir Indu;hy fhe is helped^ net hin - 
dred. of wfjofe Steps , Prcgrejf^ 
Motion J and Cmdition^ whofoever 


To the Reader. 

•s ignorant , let him mi frefume to 
tttempt this Work^ {of it felf Ab' 
hufe\ and otherwife wonderfully 
ladotved over by philofophers^ rvith 
n finite Clouds ;) For nothing An- 
\wers his Exfetidticn^ who either 
zKOws not^ or Jl rives to compel Na- 
ure. Tor thai fhe ( as learnedly 
ilaymund) mil not be enforced^ or' ' 
Iraitned. But he that covets after 
Vame^ by the Honor of th^ Art^ or 
reach the Stimmifj thereof ^^ let 
limfirji obferve , and ohfcquioufly 
oHorv Nature^ Propa- 
[Ating^ Multiplying^ and being the 
Miftref? and Guid'^ znujl re[ernble 
4rt in rvhatjle is able : which al- 
hough in divers things it be a Cor- 
-ecirix^ ^nd help of Nature, whilji 
tcleanfethhsr from all Errors and 
Defilements^ and being hindred in 
Motion^ is holpen by it •, yet is it im- 
wfthU jhe jhould be imitated in all 
F$r^ as in this Divine Work {not 


To the Reader. 
mdefervedlj fo CM/Iedy imfmuch oi 
it is affirmed of all Philofofhers^thai 
never any Man ef htmftlf^ mihon\ 

;. Divine Injpiratifin^ could comfre^ 
htnd , or underftand it , though 
other wife he af feared a meji Lear nee 
FhJofopkr :) So^ in all other Com^ 
found Bodies^ w the firji Mixture i 
or Compofition of Elements ( that J 
may conceal the occult caufe of Mo-^ 
tion and Conjunction ) the migk 
and proportion of every Element 
are utterly unknown. That Secret ^ 
Secrets J beflorved hj God upon Ni 

^ture in the Beginning 3 fhejlill re- 
tains in her own Power ^ andfhallfe\ 
until the end of the World r Per 
haps 5 lefl Mortal Men ( if it hoi 
been made known to them) elated b 
the infolence and pride of Devil: 
Jhould prefume to Create , which i k 
f roper to God onely • who by the un » 
fpeakable Power of his Wotd^ hat\ ^ 
endued Nature {as hii Minijier k 
with the Generation, Propagation 


To the Reader. 

dnd Mnltiflicatim cf all things. 

Ter when he inf^ired in things 

Cnated^the Generation of the World 

(f^ing^ Encrcafe and Multiply •) 

he gave alfo a certain Springing or 

Budding 5 t that is^ Greennef^ or 

Strength j^ whereby all things mul- 

t -iply themfelves {whence fome more 

jj profoundly contetnflating/aid^That 

i/j tS things were green ; whereas to 

\e green^ may he f aid to encreafe^ 

^ md grow up together, ) and that 

;ii ^reennej^thej called Nature. There- 

^1 ^<^e it is not without caufe^ that the 

[,i mme PhUofophers do fo feek after^ 

^ indfacrifice to Nature : when with^ 

pj m her helf^ Art (in this knowkdg) 

f^ )er forms nothing. Nor any wonder^ 

jjl / the mofl Learned Englijh Monk^ 

^11 "Roger Bacon J writ of the won- 

:(jf ferful Power of Nature , and the 

iji marvellous Secrets in Art. Nor 

j^ kth Parmcnides lef? admire the 

P ^^wer of Nature^ [^ in thefe words^ 

^ that Heavenly Nature 5 over- 

1,1 ruling 

To the Reader. 

tuling, and excelling the Natures 
of Truth, and caufing them to • 
rejoycc. This is that fpecial and 
Spiritual Nature, to whom God ! 
^ gave a Power, above the violence 
of Fire ^ and therefore let us mag- 
nifie it/eeing that nothing is more 
Pretious ! ] 

Therefore (Friendly Reader) i 
ncf^mmend to thee , and the Sons of 
Art^ this Lady of Honor ^ tvithout 
rphich we attain not, (or perfect any 
thing in) this Art • that fo it may 
be your work, and chief fiudj to eb» 
tain her Friendjbip^ fo, as when an 
occasion ferves , je may he found 
fudges, not jugglers of Nature and 

For which caufe I have writ this 
little Tra6i ^ [ viz. My Fafciculus 
Chemicus •,] wherein I have given 
youthemore abjlrufe Secrets of Na^ 
ture, chofen, culled^ compa^ed^ and 
digefled in no ordinary manner^ as\ 
being a renowned Speculum, whofA 


To the Reader. 
refulgent^ and refle^fing Beams 
make knownythe tmkmrvn Secrets ef 
Nature 5 taking original from the ^ 
Chaos, proceeding to the Separati- 
en of Light from Darknef 'j andhy 
the Degree of Perfc£iion {Art hand- 
ling it) the Foot-path is manifefted^ 
and chdked out 5 whereby Nature 
is at lajl brought to more VerfeBion. 
Which Book indeed^ although per- 
hap it maj he looked upon ^ by manj^ 
AS a thing of no value ^ becaufe it 
confifis ( for the mojl part) of the 
fayings of Philofophers, digejied 
cnely in order ^ {yet is it n>e eafie buji- 
\nef?^ when as David Lagncus wit- 
nefjes of himfelf^ in his Epijlle to 
/'//Harmonious ChymiOLvy ^whiljl 
he was Counfellor and Phyfitian to 
the mojt Chrtflian King , That he 
fweat with continual Labor, for 
twenty two yeers , until he had 
compofed {tt may be) fuch another 
little Tra(fi.) As touching the Me- 
thod of this Work it contains ten 

To the Reader. 

fmall chapter Sy and every Chapter^ 
follows the Order of the Work r 
rvhence alfo a Mjfiery is revealed, 
which for matter of di([embling^ or 
concealing things ^ was never before 't 
fet forth in this manner : Other men 
having ever put the Beginning at 
the End^ and the End at the Begin- 
ing^ in fuch fort {as witneffes Dy- 
nyfius) that it was impofTiblc (the 
Divine Counfel fo difpoftng tt) to 
findc all things orderly writ. Some 
Chapters a I jo are noted^ not onelj 
mth Titles Ifcarce hitherto heard of) 
but rare Things^ [] even the Secrets 
tf the Art laid open^ ] which {as 
very many affirm ) ought net to he 
published. But in the end of every 
Chapter^ I have briefly comprized^ 
and expounded the extraffed Mar^ 
row thereof, otherwife {as Senior 
(aith) If I did not expound fome 
thing out of them, my Book 
fhould be the fame, with tnc Book 
of thofe Wife men^and my word j 

theirs j 

To the Reader. 

heirs •, and, as if I had taken their 
irords, and ufcd them for ray own. 
^hich were both unworthy , and 

difgrace to him that fliould 
!a fo. 

But the Authors i have fro- 
laced, rvhefoevtr hath r?ad therr;^ 
nil not dtny^ but that they are the 
Mceft, the mo^ Acute^ and Af- 
ffdved ; arfd that the things fcleSf- 
d and culled from their Writings^ 
m (ach onelj , as wujl nece(jarily 
H known ^ That fo Art may he made 
mown in things requifite^ and the 
rivolou4 omitted^ by rvhtch many 
'uve been Reduced from the way of 
truth^ whilefl onely it behooves the 
intelligent Reader^ to difiinguifh 
Truth from Falfhood. For the Truth 
's not ctherwife hid in their Wri- 
tings, thenWheat among fi the Chaf^ 
\ht which with Labor and Tcil I 
have found out y and here prefented, 
Vnmasked and Naked) to theStu- 
iiom Readers, for the Publtke good -^ 


To the Reader. 

Bofingj that this my Labor will not \ 
cnely be ufeful to the younger Profici- , 
ents-^bttt even grateful to the Learn- » 
edthemfelves j J?jd which I defirt \ 
you may all of you^ f^i^h-> ^^^ f^^^ly > 
accepof. FareweL 

From my Study at Mufco ^ the 
Q^Xcnisoi March. 1629. 

Arthur Dee 

Dodor of Phyfick, 

Chymicall CoUeBions. 

C H A p. L 

Nat ar a/I Matter^ what it is, and 
from whence. 

N truth the matter of p^^^^ i 
which the Stone is «ww* 
made, is onely one 5 
nor can this neigh- 
bouring Faculty bee 
)und in any other thing. And it 
that which is mod like to Gold, 
is alfo that of which it is begot- * 
:n 5 and it is Argent P'ivCy alone^ 
are, without the commixtion of* 
ly other thing, and it is obfcured 
ith infinite names, andtheman- 
:r of operating is onely one, but 
B it 

2; Chymtcdii Couettions. 

it is diverfly varied by the Philofo - 
phers, therefore no wonder if the 
Art be difficult, and the Artifts 
greatly erre. Nevertheleflc Art 
begets Medicine from the fame^ or 
altogether the like principles, as 
Nature begets metalls. Petrus Bo- 
nns^-page 120. 
toldm. The Vive Argent is compoun- 
ded with Citrine Sulphur, fo that 
they are changed and become the 
fame in one mafle Lucide Red, 
weighty, of which two kindcs are 
fufficient for the compofition of 
the Elixir. He therefore that de- 
fires to fearch into the fecrets of 
this Art, it is fit he know the firft 
matter of Metalls, left he lofc his 
labour. Armldus Alchimiay 
Art willing to follow Nature 
inquires out her end, and findes 
thefe principles congealed by Na- 
ture into this middle Nature, and 
not impure 5 andendevourstodi- 


Ckymicall ColUBions. 3 

»cft and piiriiie fuch aMatter with 
:he heat of Fire, that from thence 
Tic might draw the form of Gold, 
with which all imperfe(5l merals 
are turned into Gold, in as much 
IS they arc ordained by nature to 
this end , Fetrus Bonus p,io^. 

We fay that the whole is but LuUms. 

>ne thing, which is varied into the 

lumber of thrce^by its operations, 

md in varying by one decodion is 

)ne thing of one fingle power^and 

ifter this palling by degrees to in- 

brmation, by another digeftion it 

vill be another thing, which wc 

:all Argent Vive, Earth, Water, 

md Ferment, Gumm and our fe- 

iond Salfature, bitter and fbarp, 

vhich by its Compound virtue and 

,>ropriety got by the fecond dige- 

? ^ion,» doth loole the whole body^ 

J; ind after by another digeftion 

^^ lath a greater force. And fo thou 

^ -naifl: underftand that in our Ma- 

^ jifteriall there are three proper 

8 B % EarthSj 


Chjmicall ColU&ions. 

Earths, three Waters, and three 
proper Ferments ^ three proper 
Gumms, three Salfatures, three 
Argent Vives Congealing, as in 
our Pradifc is manifeft.Z,////// The- 
orica p. lo^. 

Such a Matter muft be chofen 
in which is Argent Vive, pure, 
clean, clear, vvhite,and rcdjand not 
brought to perfeftion, but equally 
and proportionably mixt by a due 
meane.withfuch a fulphur, and i 
congealed into a folid Maffe, that 
by our difcretion and prudence,and , 
our artificiall Fire, we may attain 
its inmoft purity 3 that after the 
perfeftion of the work it may be 2 
Thoufand Thoufand times ftron- 
ger then fimple bodies digefted by 1 
naturall heat. Tauladams pag.^i^, 

If we had Sulphur and Mercury 
from that mattef upon the Earth, 
of whichGold and Silver arc made 
under the Earth, from them w( 
could eafily make Gold and Sil 


ChjmtCAu CoueSttom, 5 

ver, with the propriety of their * 
own nature. Therefore there is no- 
thing farther requifite^ but that wc 
finde what is neareft to it, of its 
own nature. Mercury in all Ele- 
mented fubftanccs is one and the 
fame ^ which Mercury is indeed / 
naturall heat, which produceth as ^ 
well Vegetables as Minerals, al- 
though diverfly according to the / 
command of Nature. And fo our 
Mercury never is vifiblc, but intel- 
ligible only, and fo it is manifcft,' 
that it is in every thing and every // 
place^hence common to all things. /> 
LuUti Codtcillus pag. 131. 

In our StonCjthere arc the Sun, Fiatntim, 
and the Moon vive> and they can 
..generate other Suns and other 
": Moons •, other Gold and Silver, 
1 to thefe, are dead. FUmelHAnnO" 
I Ution€s^pngA^%. 

jj; ' The Philofophers Stone is found f^of.phUof. 
I created by nature and our Mercu- 
ry, viz, the matter in which the 

B 3 Phi- ^ 

6 Chymicall CelUClionf. 

Philofoph^rs Mercury is contai- 
ned,is that whjch nature hath a lit- 
tle wrought and framed in a Mc-s- 
tallick form, but yet left imperfed, 
Rof. Philof. pag.i^i. 

jd^iem, I faw a red Toad drinking the j 
juycc of Grapes even till his Bow- 
els were burft. niflei Sifmnium. 

H''i' Art following Nature will not 

ufe Argent viye alone^nor Sulphur 
alone, nor Argent viveand Sul- 
phur together j but the fame Mat- ; 
tcrmixt and compounded ofthciij 
fame Principles, which Nature 
hath prepared for Art, like a care- 
full Mother for herDaughter. And 
hath conjoyned them from the be- 
ginning of the generation of Me- 
tals not othcrwife, as in MilkjBut- 
ter, Cheefe,and Whay.But after- 
TOrds Art fepavates arid fequefters 
it, and again joyns and digcfts it. 
being purified by the addition ol i 
piitward heat only : Nature opera- 
• ting from within^ untill that out- 


ChjwicdUCoUeEihns. ^ 

I ward Sulphur be divided from the 

I Argent vive.^. 

Think with thy felf whereto ^afuhn 
hou would ft labour to bring our ^'*^* 
Stone, then flialt thou know , it 
lows trom no other then a certain 
VIetallick Radix •, from whence al- 
b Metalls themfelves are ordained 
^y the Creator. Bajilms Vdemi- 
ms page 15. 

When I fpeak of Mercuriall wa- cUugsr 
ler, doe not underftand Crude buc. 
MIercury, but the Philofophers 
Mercury of a Red fubftance^drawn 
iom Mineralls, having tke matter 
n thcmfdves, from Sulphur and 
viercury, and that Argent vive 
ad Sulphur are one thing, and 
Proceed from one thing, therefore 
vhiten the Lcton, viz. Braffe with ^ 

'Mercury, becaufe Leton is of rhe 
iun and Moon, a compound Ci- 
rine imperfeft body, which when 
houhaft whitened &c. CUnger 
luccind /'/t^. 503 .470. 

B4 The 

The Philofophcrs Gold and 
Silver, arc two principall Tin- 
durcs, red and \yhite5buried in one 
& the fame body, which Tinftures 
can never naturally come to their 
perfcdl complement, yet they arc 
fepar^ble from accidcntall droffe, 
and earthly lutofity, and after- 
wards by their proper qualities in 
their pure Earths the tindures red 
and white ^rc found commixtable, 
and the moft fit Ferments for 
them, fo that they may in a man- 
lier be faid to want no other thing. 
Of this very Body the matter of 
the Stone, three things are chiefly 
fpokcn, viz. The green Lion^ Affa 
fa^tidaydndvfhite Fume-^ but this is 
inferred by the Philofophers fron^ 
the Compound, that they might 
anfwer the fooliih according to 
their own folly, and deceive them 
by the , divers multiplicity of 
frames. But doe thou always un- 
derftand one thing to be really in- 

Chjmkdll CoUi^lions. 

tended , although accidentally 
three things may & fo called. For 
the green Lyon, Affa foetida, and 
iwhite Fume, are altogether attri- 
buted to one and the fame fubjeft, 
:>nd are always coucht in one and 
the fame fubjeft, untill by Art 
made manifeft. By the green Ly- 
on, all Philofophers wnatfoever 
underftood, green Gold, multipli- 
cable, fperraatick, and not yet per- 
fefted by Nature-,having|)tQwcr to 
reduce Bodies into their firft mat- 
ter, and to fix volatile and fpiritu- 
all things^and therefore not unfitly 
called a Lyon.By Ada foetida, we 
underftand a certain unfavory O- 
dor, exhaled from the unclean bo- 
dy in the firft operation, which 
may in all things be likened to 
ftinking Affa foetida. The reafon 
why it is called white Fume is this: 
In the firft diftillation, before the 
RedTindureafcends, there arifcs 
9 fmoak truly whircj whereby the 


lo Chjmicdl CoSeifimf. 

receiver is darkncd or filled with a 
certain milky fhadow, whence it 
receives the name of Virgins milk. 
Therefore where ever thou findcft 
a fubftance endowed with theft 
three propertieSjknow that it is the 
matter of the Philofophers Stohe* 

jj^^y Therefore let us take a matter 
:ciK^> which will be Gold, and which by 
the mediation of our skill is 
brought into a true ferment. CIm^ 
gor.pag^^ 10. 
arm The matter of Metalls is acer- 
^^^' tain fmoaky fubftance, artd it is the 
firft matter of Metalls, containing 
in it felf an unduous or oyly moi- 
fture, from which fubftance the 
Artift feparates the Philofophi- 
call humidity, which is fit for the 
work, which will be as clear as a 
water drop, in which is coucht the 
metallick Quinteflence, and that is • 
placable Metall^and therefore hath ' 
in it a meane of Joyning Tin^fiures 


Chjmcdl ColUviions. II 

ogcthcr, bccanfe it hath the na- 
:ure of Sulphur, and Argent vive. 

The thing whofe head is Red, jya^in, 
rcet White, and eyes Black, is the 
Arhole Myftery, Bafi:in. njtfio.f.i. 

Know that our Leton is Red, -Wo/ioi. 
3Ut not for our ufe, untill it bee 

de White. Morunus p. 3^. 

When thou wouldft haveMinc- LnH'm. 
pall Elements, take not of the firft, 
lor iaft, becaufe the fi: ft arc too 
much fimple , but the laft, too 
strode. When thou art hungry , 
take Bread, not Meal •, when thou 
wouldft make Bread, take Meal, 
not the Ear, Lullius ThcorLf,^^, 

There is a pure Matter, which Exlmedcs, 
bthe Matter of Gold, containing 
in it felf, the heat which gives in- 
creafe,and hath a power to incrcafe 
and multiply in its kinde,as all o- 
ther things, Eximedes^^p.^'^, 

In our imperfed: Metall, are the Ameid. 
Sun and Moon, in virtue and necr 


i^ Chjmlcall Colledions. 

power, bccaufe if they were not; 
in the Compound^neither the Sun 
nor Moon could thence be made. 
Arnold. Ffifl.pag.^gi. 
tuUius. Mercury is in all Elemented 
Subftances, one and the fame 5 
which Mercury is indeed the na- 
turall heat which produces as well 
Minerals as Vegetables, although 
diverfly according to the preceptj 
of Nature ? and fo our Mercury is 
not vifibk but intelligible •, and it 
is manifeftjthat it is in every thing: 
and place^and common to all. Lul* 
lii CodtcfoLii^. RefeUt,6. 


Vogclius,Trevefanus, r^ith di- 
'vers other Philojofhers advife^ fir/li 
Jeriouflj to confider in what pom 
Authors mofi agree 5 for in it thej 
Affirm^ the onelj and Jingle truth til 
involved : To me therefore^ medita- 
ting this from the mofi [eleci Au- 


Chjmicall ColUHiorfs. i3 

hers, recited with their Harmonj^ 
wth in the Sub(ldnce^ Form^ and 
:9lour^ and in all neceffarj Circum- 
Unces and Accidents y xxfos difcove* 
•ed {bj Divine afsiftance) the Sfth- 
e^ ofaU winder {a6 Cornelius A- 
»rippa rightly cals it) in ef en and 
uked rvords. It is therefore genr- 
'ally agreed^ and of all confeffed^ 
That there is one vive or volatile 
Argent y retaining a certain Fegeta- 
Mttj^whileit isyetin motion^ not 
brought to maturity^ or the determi- 
nate term of natnrall digefiion in 
\he Mines, And the fame is immatu- 
rate Argent vive {not that Mature 
^fthe vulgar)which is next to Me- 
tall in fofsihility ^ and therefore of 
fome is called Immature MetalL Ac- 
cording to Arnold, Riplie , Dun- 
ftan, Moricn, and Clangor Bucci- 
nae -, it is c loathed tvith a Red co- 
lour^ offered or brought to us by Na- 
ture 5 but if it be not by the Jlrtift 
fakenfromits Badix in a due time^ 


14 ChymicallColte^iom. 

viz. hi fore it comete fuch maturity ^ 
05 to contain 5ne grain of MalleabU 
Met all ^ it mil be unfit f&r our pur- 
foje. Seek therefore the Phtlofofhick 
Emhrjoninits due place, and ma- 
ture immaturity^ and youfhafl knorP 
(as Rofarius [atthyurStsne is found 
created of Nature • which truly is to 
he under flood of the matter $f the 
Stone compounded by Nature^ and 
formed into a Metallick formJ>»t gi- 
^en to Art imperfeCly that by de- 
grees it might he brought beyond the 
degree of ferfei3ion. 

Chap. II. 

fhe Preparation : or the fir ft wofk^ 
or work of the Winter. 

Seniff,'. 'TpHis is the Prcparation,bccaufd 

A there arc blindc merij and they 

have erred a long time, while they 

were ignorant that this Stone vva^ 


• Chjmicall Collections, 25 * 

j)reparcd with this preparation. Se- 

I If the firft work proceed not, ^''^'^' 
ipow is the fecond attained to ir 
jkcaufe, if no divifion be made, 
..{here is no conjun<ilion. Dafitni 

We muft begin with the fepa- ^^^''''^- , 
ationofthe Elements, from the 
led earth, as of the pure from the 
i»piire. Arnoldus in Hertutanunf^ 

Thou muft diligently confider, p^^^/^- 
low this diffolution may be made, 
nd certainly know, that R is not 
lone, but by the water of Mercu- 
y^ and know, thatcvery body is 
liflblved with the fpirit, with 
vfaich it is mixt, and without 
loubt is made fpirituall. Fandol- 
hus in Turba, fag, 16. 

Son of Truth, underftand, that^"^**- 

vc in the firft operation of our 

'Ivork, doe purge and prepare mat- 

jer for the creation of its Sulphur ; 

i which 

1 6 Chjmicall Collect torn. 

which being prepared, by and by 
in the fecond preparation, wee 
compound and create medicine, 
which how great virtue it hathj 
will be manifcft. Therefore firft 
thou muft create its Sulphur, be- 
caufe without that, thou canft not 
make the compleat H/zx^r. And 
when thou haft created Sulphur 
then begin the Philofophick workr 
but ever confider, that the nature 
and propriety which is in the verj 
fpirit, may not be combuft init< 
preparation by the power of the 
fire. Bft:aufe then the fpirit cannoi 
whiten, nor joyn it fclf with the 
Earth: Therefore it often happens 
that they who think to make watei 
of life, make water of death, h) 
rcafon of combuftion. LdUi Apcr 

'dmidus. The VelTels fo difpofed, a mof 

' fubtill fmokc will arifc in the A 

lembick, and the fame will be tur 

ncd into a clear water, having th^ 


Chjmicnil C oil cci ions. -jy 

nature of rhefcfpecies^ whereof the 
Stone is generated : which Water 
defcends by the Nofe of the Alem- 
bick. Arneldus in Comment, Hor- 
tuUni, p,i6. 

The Phlegm wherein our Sul- Lkiimi. 
phur, which is called Gold, is de- 
■coded^ is that in which Air is in- 
icluded ; for our Phlegm is a mid- 
idle fubftancc •, and the firft water 
bf Mercury, wherein the principle 
"of the Stone is •, 'viz. its difloluti- 
ipn-, nor doth it enter with it, but 
i^b it were wetting the parts of 
^ihings, not generating or increa- 
sing. Lullii Te^am,pag, i; 
^ It is meet thou prepare the Mat- L«//i^. 
^" er, till it be fit to receive our Mer- 
'(♦rury, which we call glorious Mcr- 
''":ury • and the manner is, That 
hou take a proportion of the faid 
>ff5arth, and pat upon it the fourth 
^|)art of the faid imperfedMenftru-. 
it'im^wherein isfuch aMercury,and 
l^et it in a / alneo for the fpace of fix 
^' • C days. 

i8 ChymicdU CoUtBions. 

days,anddiftiUit,andfo continue 
untill the Earth be difpofcd to 
imbrace a Soul •, which will not be ^ 
done at the firft or fecond time \ j 
therefore put it again and again in, 
the Bdm9 for the fpace of fiXj 
days, in a Glafle very well fealed 5^ 
after that open the veflell, and 
fetting the Alembick on again^ 
with a moil gentle fire diftill the 
humidity- and again pour on more 
of its Menftruum, which hath \Xi 
feed in it, and digeft it as aforefaid 
and fo continue untill the Earth b 
difpofed to entertain its foul. Son 
it is to be obferved, when it flial 
drink up and retain four parts mor< 
of its weight, that if thou put a lit 
tic upon a heated plate of Gold 
Silvcr^it will all flie up into fmok 
then is theEarth pregnant and prcj 
pared, which ought to be fubl 
med. Lul.Te/l.pag.i^. 
^ r ., • Firft.all the fuperfluous and co: 
hfopb, rupt humidity in the eflencc < 


Ch'jmlcAll CoUcBlons. 1 9 

(hofe things, and alfo the fabtill 
Ind burning fupcrfluity muft be 
dcvated with a proportionable 
•Ireland that by Calcining. Then 
: he totall fubftancc remaining cor- 
rapt in the Calxof thefe Bodies of 
i'jhe burning fuperfluous humidity 
jbd blacknefle, is to be corroded 
liththe aforefaid Corrofives, a- 
jiite or acerb, untill the Calx bee 
•lade white or red. Rofar, Philof, 

Our Mercury is made of perfed scaU, 
bdies, andnotimperfed^thatis, 
*ith the fccond Water, after they 
ave been duly calcin'd by the 

It behoveth thee toextradone i^^'^^i^f^* 
ving or vive incombuftible Wa- 
rr, and then congeal it with the 
erfed body of the Sun, which e- 
tn there is diffolved into nature^ 
id a white congealed fubftance^as 
it were Cream, and would come 
i white, Neverthcleflcjfirftthis 
te C % Sun 

20 Chymicall CoHe^iom. 

Sun in his putrefaftion and rcfolu- j 
tion in this Water in the beginning ' 
lofes his lights is obfcured and' 
waxeth black ^ at length he will e-| 
levate himfelf above the Water, &| 
by little and little, a white coloucl 
will fwim above him, andfo thoj 
perfcft body of the Sun receives! 
life, and in fuch a Water is inlivcJ 
ned^ infpired, increafcd and multi-| 
plied in his fpccic, as other things j 
Therefore our Water is a Fountain 
fair, pleafantand clear, preparecj 
onely for the King and Queen 
whom it very well knows^and thci 
it, for it attra(5ts them to it felf, ant 
they remain two or three days t 
wafli themfelves in that Fountair 
*viz>. fome moneths ^ and thefe i 
makes to grow young^and rend^ 
them very beautifuU. 

Thefe three things mutual! 
follow, 'viz. Humidity, Putridin 
and Blackneffc -, from whence t( 
glafliehoufcmay be pofited, an 


ChjmicallCoUe^iiom. 21 

ibtilly fited^untill the moift Mat- 
^r included, by little and little 
ccame putrid and black, for the 
utrefaftion begins together with 
icfolution, but the putrefaftion 
not yet compleat, untill the 
/hole Matter be diflblved into 
zater, Artefhm pag.p. 

Oneof the contraries exceeding Daflin. 
eftroies the reft, whence the 
larth is made Water, when the 
^atry qualities overcome it, and 
>n the contrary, this Water muft 
iraw forth three things, "viz. a 
fpirit,a Body>and a Soule, whence 
fiis Water is threefold in Na- 
ure, which hathin itfelf Water, 
ire, and Earth. We divide the 
iflTolved Stone in the Elements, 
nd wafh it particularly, that it 
t might be more fubtilized, and 
he better purified, and that at 
)leafurc the Complexion might 
)e more firmly compofed,butwe 
iiftill it very often, as the Water 
C 3 and 

z 3 Chymicall ColUaions. 

and Air are clean without dregs 
and light without filth, pure with 
out contraries, for then they wa( 
more eafily, touch more plentifu 
ly, and work more nobly. For Ai 
(as Ariftotle faithj in like mannt 
throws off all fuperfluities from i; 
work, as Nature doth. For Fii 
cxtrafts that which exifts in t\ 
interiours of things, and feeds c 
the fulphurity of them, fubtilizin 
' and rarifying at pleafure. An 
therefore we diftill them, rh; 
we might fweetly draw out the 
filth. But we doe it fweetly ar 
with inhumation, left the exceffi^ 
Fircconfume the fought for ful 
tilties. Whence in every diftillati 
on obferve this fign, that unive 
fally there be candour and purit 
in it, and whatfoever drops fort 
unmixt, put apart, bccaufe tl 
work is corrupt if thou doe othe 
wife. Therefore we fo much difti; 
it, untillit fcndforthnodreggc: 


E ChymtCAll Couecitons. 2 j 

dunleffe happily white ones, and this 
4 wc iterate fcvcn times, that in their 
?3JGmple purity they might tranfcend 
fithc orders of the feven Planets. 
Wor it is meet they be moft pure 
iKtand clean, which by their purity 
nnftiould cleanfe and perfed other 
Fcthings. And according to the 
tlfquantity of diftillation they will 
jc DC dear, and according to the plu- 
:iiiirality of clearnefs,they will cleanfe 
Ifiiind touch other things. Whence 
;kt ought to be diftilled feven timesj 
bvhat is more is evil, becaufe as di- 
ir.minution hinders/o augmentation 

i. In the fourth diftillation fol- 
atiows the Lavement, that its every 
,c Element might be rcdiificd feve- 
iirally, whence we diftill the Water 
in and Aire feven times by them- 
tlfelvcs. But thou (halt diftill all h 
ii;.:hings with moifture, becaufe dri- 
Uneffc corrupts the work with com- 

ibuftion: And the Philofophers 
i C 4 advife 

24 Chym'icall ColU^ions, 

advife that every diftillation be al- 
ways made fcvcn days with inhu- 
mation, meaning that inhuraatior 
be made (even days between ever} 
diftillation. Dafitm (pec. pag.96. 
Rsfar. j^ behoveth thee to exercife the,^ 

Arnold. _ . , . __, 

reparation or the hlements as 
much as thou art able, towailiofll 
the Water and Airby diftillationsv 
and to burn up the Earth by Call 
cination, untill there remain not 
any thing of the Soul in the Body. 
unlefiTe what may not be perceived 
in the operation, the fign of which 
will be, when nothing (hall be 
evaporated from the Body, if a 
little of it be put upon a heated 
plate. Rofar. ArrJold,pag,^2^. 

MaffaSdUs' ^^ ^"^ Infant exhaufts all airy 
&Lun.'e. vapours in nine moneths, and the 
menftraum turned into a milkyi 
form: fo in nine moneths the firft 
work is performed, 'viz,. the fe-i 
cond whitencflc^becaufe the whole: 
is coagulated : Ncvcrthclefte the 


Chjmicall ColkBions* 2 J 

Work is finillied about fix moneths 
iccording to the Experience of the 
\uthor, but according to Balgus 
in lurha in an hundred and ninety *Yagx^. 
lays. Mafjd Soils c^ Lm^. fag. 

^75. . ^ , 

i Let not the vvat^ be fuftered to 
bnd when it is fit for operation, 
fccaufe it receives its Curd into 
he bottome, crudled or coagula- 
ed by the cold of the Aire, and 
ongealing drieth • which hapned 
D one of my Companions, who 
or the fpace of a year found it fo, 
iut it was not diftilled. Ma^^ So- 

1 No folution ought to be made Rofar. 
lathout Blood, proper or appro- ^^^^^w^ 
i; riate, 'zv^. the Water of Mercu- 
liiy, which is called the Water of 
li Ihe Dragon.and that Water ought 
[lb be made by an Alembick with- 
fffut the addition of any other 
ihing. Bof^r.Phtlof.-p.iii. 
Vi The whole courfe of the work fj;,^^^^«^ 
III t endures 

i6 Chjmicdl CoUeElions. j 

endures for the fpace of two ycarsj 
whence the Stone is of one year' 
and the EUxir of another, to^ever; 
new Artift who never made it, bu 
to every good and expert Artii 

^y who is fubtile, one year and thre 

monethsare accounted fufficient 
For by what it is corrupted^ in lik\ 
majfiner it is generated. LuL Thee 

VcntHrn. Accommodate well the Fire in 
the furnace, and fee that the whol 
Matter be diflblved into Water 
then rule it with a gentle Fire, uni 
till the greater part be turned int<i 
black duft. Bccaufe when ou 
Stone is in our veffell , and ou 
Matter feels our Sun, it will pr^ 
fently be refolved into Water.rifa 

j^ofariui Putrefadion is made with : 

Hiioj: nioft gentle Fire, fo that nothinj 
may afcend, becaufe if any thinj 

., fhould afcend, there would b] 

made afeparation of parts, whic! ^ 


Chjmcall Collections, 27 

)ught not to be, untill the Mafcu- 
ine and Feminine arc perfecSly 
oyned, Rofar. Philof.fag.261. 

The encompaffing frigidity of Da^'m, 
;he Aire, the binding folidity of 
:he Earth, the diflblving heat of 
he Fire, the impctuofity and reft- 
cffe motion of the Water^ and 
exceeding quantity of Multitude 
loe hinder Putrcfadion (as Ariflo- 
/r faith.) 

I But thecalidityofthe Air, the 
ubtility of Matter, the gentle- 
ncfTe of the Fire, the (lability of 
cleftjthe equality of Compounds, 
:he gravity of Patience, the matu- 
rity of Time, do neceflarily induce 
ind halten Putrefadion •, yet fo, 
chat the Air be tempered, what is 
:hick fubtilized, the Fire modera- 

1 xd. Reft preferved. Proportion 
idequated, Patience ftrengthencd, 
md the time expcded untilNature 

lioroceeding naturally (hall have 
ompleated her ovvne worke. 


28 Chjmlcall CoHeaions, 

Dajlin (p^c, pjg, 184. 
seaia. Our Water muft be divided into 
two parts, whereof in one part the 
Body is congealed, viz.. with fe- 
ven Imbibitions and Congelati- 
ons, but in the other part it putre- 
fies and melts,that the fiery Water 
abovefaid might be caft forth. 
ScaU Philef.fa, 151. 

If the work in its managing be 
deduced to the finall red ftate, by 
corruption before the due term ol 
whicencfTc (which it m.ay not be^ 
thou haft erred •, then for a reme j; 
dy take away the redneffe withi 
fredi white Water, by imbibitior 
and inhumation. Idem, 
uuiui. ' There are three Humidities, th 
firft is Water, the fecond is Aire 
(the mean bet ween Water andOil 
the third is Oil it felf. The Watc! 
is difiilled to the likenefl'e or fig 
of perfect whitenefle, which 
tranfparent fplendour, and tb| 
fliining cicarnefle of cryftall 5 ani 



Chpiicdl CjUffions, ^9 

le that attains to this Token hath 
he Philofophers Mercury, dirtol- 
nng all Bodies, chiefly of the Sun 
md Moon, becaufc of the vicinity 
)r ncarncffe of Nature. LttL Co- 

In our whole Magifteriall there Lu^m. 
ire three principall Spirits necef- 
ary, which without the confunv 
nation of their refolution cannot 
5C manifefted, and they arc other- 
ivife called three Argent vives^and 
or Argent vivc underftand the 
Water in which the Tinfture is 
carried. Rayrnu^jd/lheor.p.x 22,2^, 

If you will hear me^I will truly RlpimT, 
fliew what is that Mercury chiefly 
profitable : know therefore that 
there are three Mercuries which 
arc the Keys of Science whom 
Rajmund cals his Menftrua, with- 
iout which nothing is done rightly, 
but two of thole Mercuries arc 
fuperficiall, the third Effentiall^of 
the Sun and Moon,perfeft Bodies 


3 o Chymcall Colk^Hom , 

when wc firft Calcine them natu- 
rally, but no unclean Body is in- 
gredienced except one, which is 
commonly called of the Philofo- 
phers, The green Lion, which is 
the mean of joyning Tinftures. 
With thefecond Mercury, which 
is vegetable Humidity, both the 
Principall, Materially and Formall 
bodies ought to be refolvedjOther- 
wife they arc of little moment. 
And witbthe third, which is Hu- 
midity, very permanent and in- 
combuftible, the unftuous Tree 
of Hermes is burnt into Aihes. -Ri- 
pley pa.z'). 

mm. ■ Sons of Wifdome, there arc 
three folutions, the firft is of a 
crude Body,the fecond is of a Phi- 
lofophicall Earthjthe third we put 
in Augmentation. The Virgin is 
Mercury, becaufc it never propa 
gated a body in the Womb of the 
Earth, and yet it generates the 
Stone for us,by refolving the Hea 



Chymicall CQllcCtions. 3 1 

, en^that is, it opens the Gold^and 
)iingeth forth a Soul. Incertusde 

[ Metals are reduced to the firft f^cntura. 
datter, when they are driven back, 
3 that firft fimplicity, which 
heir Elements had in their firft 
L^ompofition, in which there were 
Spirits and Vapours by nature 
^erfisdible to the form of the 

By Argent vive is underftood ^^^^^sp«- 
he humidity of that unftion Z^'^'^'"- 
vhich is the radicall humidity of 
)ur Stone. Ludus Fusroruw pag. 

The Preparation of this Spirit, ^^^^^ 
s its fubtilation, which is perfor- 
•ned by many diftillations, untiil 
X hath gotten cry ftalline fplendour 
and clearncfle. Fogel.p. 148. 

Keep the rectified Water apart, AriM^- 
|3ecaufe that is the Mercury of the 
Philofophers, the water of Life 
wafliingthc Leton. Arift$tlep&g. 
166. The 

ji Ghymicall CjUe^ions. 

LuU. com- ' The whole labour and tediouf 
^^niiim. ^^^^ j^ j^ ^j^j^^ ^^^^ ^[^^ fcparatior 

of the Elements and Sulphur. Aii 
cannot be divided from Metals 
unlcfTe by the twentieth, twenty 
_^fecond, or thirtieth diftiliation 
~"And the Fire may be divided fron' 
the Earth at the eleventh diftilla 
tion, and as many diftillations a< 
there are, fo many putrefadionj 
and reiterations of Water and Ai 
together,towit, of ourMenftrual 
water, and every purrcfsidiion re 
quireth eight days, or fix continiF 
cd, fo that the divifion of the Ele 
ments, dures the fpace of an year 
but we have compleated it in fever cl 
moneths. LulLcomfend.-pa^i^i. 

The Alchymifts have faid thalij 
the Stone is compounded of twcpii 
Waters, 1//2S, of one which makel 
the volatile Stone, and the othc|iii( 
which fixes and hardens it. Idem. Iiai 
ivkmcu Between every Calcination alof 
the Earth; pour on water mode«(i 


Chymicnll Colk&ions. jj 

rately, to wir^not much nor little 5 
becaufe if much^there's made a fea 
of perturbation, if little, it will be 
burnt up into aflies. But fweetly," 
not haft ily, from eight days to 
eight daySjby watering^decoding, 
land calcining the Earth, till it hath . 
imbibed itsWater^ therefore when 
ithe Earth fliall not be white, bray 
lit together with its Water ,iterate 
land calcine it, becaufe Aroc and 
Fire doc wa(h the Earth, and take 
away its obfcurity from it^ for 
its preparation is always with Wa- 
ter, and as the fltneffe of the Wa- 
ter fliall' be, fo alfo iliall be the 
clearnefle of the Earth, and by 
how much the more the Earth 
ftiall be white^&c. AvktnnA pag. 

: He which knows not to cxtrad . scaU. 
more things out of one, is igno- 
tant alfo to compound one thing 
of more.jOur feparation isafepa- 
ration or a watry or moift vapour 
D or 

54 Chjmicall CoUcSions, 

or phlcgme in Balneis, a levigation 
of rarity, a production of princi. 
Gehcr. Imbibe Calx or Body often- 
times, that thence it may be fub- 
limed, and yet more purified then 
. before, becaufc the Calx afcends 
upwards very difficultly or not at 
all^ unleffe holpen by the Spirit. 
Ceber. lib, fumm^ ferfeClioms fag.^ 

ma. ^ The VefTell being fitly placed in 
the Furnace, the Fire underneath 
muft be continued, then the Va- 
pour of the Matter will afcend up- , 
wards into the Alembick moft 
fubtilly , and the fame will be tur- 
ned into ferene bright and cleare 
Water. having the form of a water 
drop, and the Nature of all the 
fpecies of which it is generated , 
and it defcends again by the 
Crows beak, that is, the Neck of 
the veffell of the Alembick ; and 
this Water, becaufeit isfubtile^ 


Chymicall Collisions. jj 

doth enter the Body, and extrad 
firft the Soule, afterwards it dif- • 
folvesall that is IcfCj and turns ic 
into Water. Moreover know that 
all things which are fublimed are 
fublimed two ways , fome by 
themfelves^and fome with others; 
but our Mercury fince it is a Spi- 
rit, is fublimed by it felf, but our 
Earth, fince it is the Calx of the 
Body, is not fublimed, unleffe ve- 
ry well incorporated wkhjMerai-_ 
r^rrherefore beat or pound them 
together, and imbibe till they be- 
come one Body, becaufe the Body 
afcends not unleffe incorporated 
with Mercury. Femurap.i^i. 

Diffolve the Gold and Silver in VogeL 
Water of their kinde if thou know 
it. P^0geliusp,jS. 

And this is the laft Preparation, ualfaSoih 
'Viz.. of Spirits often reiterated by ^ ^'^'^''^• 
Contrition and Aflation with their 
Body, untill thou fee thefe things 
which thou defireft in it. MAlJa, 
D % Soils 

36 Chymicall CoUeclions. 

Soils & Luna fag. 240. 
j^fp^es. Sons of Learning, know ye that 
the whole Work^and^the Govern- 
ment thereof is not done but by 
Water, with which mingle ye th< 
body of the Magnefia, and put iv 
in its Veflel, and clofe the moutJ 
carefully, and boil it with a gentl« 
fire, till it be made liquid, for b] 
the heat of the Water, the whoL 
will eafily be made Water. A/Jli 
clesin Turba.f.^i. 


• From a certain Miner all Maffk 
coagulated, lucid, red^ fondcrom 
being prfeEi Metall, in the neare^ 
power^ containing in it [elfe *vi% 
fpermatick Sulphur^ and vive in 
mature Mercury^ multiplicable in ; 
felf^ with the mofi gentle fire ef 
Balneum^ or Bath^ is drawn forth 
certain injipid , phlegmatick Wi 
ter^ which if it be again repoun 

ChjmicAU CoUeBlonu jy 

n^ tvith its due f report ion of Earthy 
ndindae [eafendigejled, and ab- 
^raffed by diffolving daily by little 
nd. little {but yet more and more) 
he Body^ it dijfolves likewife the 
\her Elements^ and by including 
lire in it felf^ carries it up by di- 
iUing through an Akmhicky the 
later and Aire iught again to befo 
fien pouredon^ digefled andabftra^ 
\ed till the Body be altogether re- 
ived b^ repeated difiillations and 
ihummons . Then after the fourth 
'filiation, the Aire is tobefepara- 
dfrom the Water ^ and to be rt^ii- 
rdbj it fe Iff even times ^mth which 
Her wards abjlraoi the Fire from 
}e bldckEarth.,LajHy,(eparate the 
ire from the Aire. And at length 
^pregnate the dry Earth ( de- 
rived of its humidity by imbibing) 
A often with Aire^ untiU light 
^^t^ife fromdarknejfe, and our Infant 
fjfjpear before our eies^ expe&ed by 
'jffire then many lucubrations ^which 

38 chjmicallCellcciio^s. 

at length is crowned with a Diadem^ 
King of KmgSywbofe rife the Philo- 
fotfhers adore ^ under the ^'Eni7ma. o 
the rifing Sun in the encreafm^ 
Moon, But in the very point of Co- 
agulation, which is fer formed h*^ 
Infrigidation , all Philofopher: 
with one confent affirm that ih 
work of the Wintcr^andof hiddci 
Frefiratfon^ is fini\ht^ then begim 
the fccond work truly Phildjofhicah 
as in thefe words our Count re jma, 
Norton the excellent Philofopher 
hath cx^reft : Our Philofophicai 
work ifmh hi) takes not its begin 
ning before all be dean within an 
without. And according to AttJ 
man , The fecond work is nc 
made but from a clean and purif 
ed body. Jindthis Prep^rAtion^y 
fir ft work he calleth a Sordid labon 
and adjUdges it not worthy a learn 
mdn^ therefore not ur/fitly faid to 
the work of Women, But he d 
ferves not Sweets, that will 

Chjmicall CoHe^iions. jp 

taft of Bitters: And thejvpho ei- 
ther know not, or negleci this hidden 
laborious Preparation^ mil neither 
attain the benefit^ mr de fired end of 
this Art. But he that doth not 
clearly underftand^ from thefe^ the , 
fnanner of Pra6iije^ let him feek 
further a(?tfiance from Raymund 
Lulliej Ripley, Rofary, whence 
it plentifully may be fetched, ejpeci- 
ally whilfi out of their Writings, 
'n this little Chapter^ where^ here 
and there, they have obfcurelj deli- 
vered themfehes^ the Path it felf 
U evidently cleared. 

Chap. III. 
The Weight in Preparation. 

rF thou knoweft not the quan- p/i^k 
Itity of the very Weight, thou 
A^ilt altogether want the dodlrinc 
>f this Science. Forget not therc- 
D 4 fore. 

40 chymicaB Colle&ions. 

fore, that whatfoever ought to 
diffolve, ought to exceed in the; 
quantity the thing to be diffolveA 
But the firft part of the Water 
(according to Philorophers)ought:i 
to difTolve the Earth, and turn it 
to its felf. Whence they fay the 
Water is to be divided, that with 
the firft part in forty days, it 
ought to be diflfolved, putrefied^ 
and coagulated,till it be turned in- 
to a Stone, therefore it is meet 
that Water fhpuld exceed the; 
Earth. DaJl.fpecp.ioS. 

When thou diffolveft, it fhali 
be fit the Spirit exceed the Body, 
and when thou fixeft, the Body 
onght to exceed the Spirit 5 for 
therefore is the Spirit that it mi^ht 
dilTolve the Body, and therefon 
is the Body that it might fix the 
Spirit. Therefore thou muft im- 
pofe three thirds of Moift, and one 
of Dry 'j for in the beginning of 
thy operation, help the work in 


Chjmicdll C oik 5i ions. 4 1 

Diflblution, by the Moon, and in 
Coagulation by the Sun. Idem 
"fag. 9 6 ^9?.. 

There is another Weight fingu- MjijfaSst 
arorplurall, and it is twofold vcJ^ju»w. 
:hc firft is of the firft operation, 
md that is in the Compofition 
^f the Air, and it is divers accor- 
ding to divers men. Now there 
s another Weight Spiritually of 
:he feccnd work, and that is alfo 
divers according to divers men. 
M4ffa SoUs ^ Lun£p,ijj, 
I fay that the firft Water is to be Daflin, 
divided into three thirds, whereof 
he firft is to impregnate, termi- 
latc, and whiten the Earth, but 
the two other thirds are referved 
to rubific the white Earth, that is 
to be incerated, and laftly to be 
whitened : But yet no third (as 
Democritm upon the Magnefia 
"aith) is ingredicnced all at once, 
>ut every of the thirds is divided 
into another third, that fo the 


4-2 Chymicall CoUe^ions. 

Nine thirds returning to ofti 
Earth, might complcat a perfc£ o 
Decinary. But the three firr 
thirds, are the three firft Salfa 
tures to perform the firft Dealba 
tion^butthe fix other re^fnainin^ 
thirds arefix parts of Divine Wa 
terto confume the fecond Deal 
bation. But none of thofe thirdi ^ 
doth altogether ingredience th(^ 
whole^and atonce, but every part 
of them one after another is feve- 
rally impofed in their own fcafon. i 
work and order. Daftin. (pec, pa, 

A fmall Error in the principles : 
doth caufe great Error in things t 
principiated 5 therefore that thou ^ 
maiftnot erre in the firft and fe- 
c<>nd workjwe have taught always 
to impofe Equals, for fo equality 
fliall flourifli in both, that the 
Earth might ceafe, as the Wa- 
ter moiftens 5 as the Earth ceafcs. 
Idemf.22z, I 


Chjmcall ColUClions. mt^ 

It is fit to attend what belongs Ki^/^y, 
Proportion, for in this many 
re deceived, therefore that thou 
ciaift not fpoil the work, let thy 
Jodics be both fubtilly limated 
nxh Mercury, and fubtilized with 
quail proportion, one of the Sun, 
mother of the Moon, till all thefe 
hings be reduced into Duft, then 
^ake thy Mercury, of which join 
four parts to the Sun, two to the 
Moon, as it is meet, and in this 
pnanncr it behoveth thee thou bc- 
j^in thy work in ,the figure of the 
trinity. Three parts of the Body 
md as many of the Spirit, and for* 
thcUnity of the Spirit, one part 
more of Spirit then of corporeall 
Subflance. /According to Ray- 
fnunds Repertory^ this is the true 
[proportion. This very thing my 
Doftor {hewed me, but R. Bichon 
took three parts of the Spirit for 
one of the Body, for which I have 
wateht many nights before I per- 

; ™ Chjmicall CoHeoiions, 

celved it, both is the right, take 
which thou wilt. If alfo thy Wa- 
ter be equall in proportion with 
the Earth and.meafured Heat,therc (i 
will at once come forth a new] 
Buddeboth White and Red. Ri-\ 

Mimdiis. ^^^^ of ^hc whiteft Gumme 
one part, and of the Urine of a 
white Calf another part, and part 
of a Fiflies Gall, and of the Body; 
of Gumme one part, without 
which it cannot be correded ^ and 
decod it forty days, afterwards 
dry it in the warm Sun till it be 
congealed- Mundtts p^.88. 

AnM^' Take thy deareft Son and joyn 
him equally to his white Sifter, 
drink to them 'a Love-cup, be- 
caufc the confent of goodwill 
joins one thing to another. Pour 
onthemfweet Wine, till they be 
inebriated, and divided into fmal- 
left parts. But remember that all 
clean things agree moft aptly with 


Chymicall CoUe^ions. 45 

lean things, otherwife they will 
cncrate Sons unhke themfelves. 
irifljn Tra5iatul0pag,^62. 

Obferve the firft preparation, MaHaSdiis 
nd cogitate this, which is the ex- ^ ^^'^'^* 
raftion of all Spirits from the 
Jody, and the cleanfing of them 
ito their Water. Maffa Solis ^ 

Thou muft impofc three thirds '^^^^"' 
f moifture, and one of dry 5 for 
ithe beginning of thy operation 
lelp the work in the Solution by 
he Moon^and the Congelation by 
he Sun. Dajlw/pec. p4.pS. 


Count Bernard Trevifane vvrv- 

d to God^ that he rvould never in 

^aked words ^ or vulgar Jpeech dif- 

\l9fe the Weighty Matter^ or Tires ^ 

wut onelj in true Parables^ without 

i mh&r diminution cr fuferfluiti^ in 

tl imitation of the Wife men^ as in this 


46 Chymicall CoUeUiom. 

Chapter, Amongft others our En^ 
glijh Ripley hath delivered things 
fufficientlj ohfcured '^ But they oufJg- 
ling Artifi ought to ruminate ana^ 
confider that what ever are mmina 
ted in the compofttion of the Weight,' 
mujl always be underflocd of tm^ 
things only^ viz. of Water andr 
Earthy which are fometimes under^' 
Spirit and Body, fometime undeA^ 
Mercury ^ the Sun and Uoon^ fcme^ 
times under Air andPoifen, nay un^ 
der as many infinite other namei 
conceded, as the very fir ft Matter |' 
But that thofe thatfeek might be dl '^ 
rented into the right Path^ and Rt '' 
pleys cloud difperjl with the beam " 
oft he Sun^ let us attend the proporti ^ 
ens which he hath difpofed in thej 
his own words jLct the Bodksifaip 
he) be correded or limated wit 
an equall proportion of Mercury 
whence under (land that the propot 
tion of Earth and Water muft b 
equall, then he proceeds further at» 


Chjmicall Celkcthns. 47 

iches^ that one Body of the Sun • 
joyned with two of the Moon, 
tvhtch words are underfiood two 
Yts of Water to one of Earth. He 
iceeds dfo farther^ and joyns four 
rts of Mercury to the Sun. and 
fO to the Moon •, whence obferve 

I it four and two make fix parts of 
^rcury^ Water ^ or Fire^which parts 
uobemi,xt with one part of the 
p^ and another of the Moon^which 
ce they cenfiitute two parts of 
}rth^ there fh^U be a like proporti^ 
to the aforefaidfix pms^ viz. of 
iter J as one part of Earth to 
ee parts of Water. As appears 
m his following words : viz. af- 
this manner begin thy worke 
figure of a Trinity : afid with 
s Key his other !L/£mgmaes of the 
ightinthis chapter are unlcckt. 
^J>ince alfo the Parables of other 
^Mtlefophers are difclofed^ while 
k opens Boek^ and the truth is 
m them fcarce dijciphered with- 

^8 Chjmtcall ColU^lima. 

, cut a Fail. For they a/ways delivt 
things that he like^ and conceal ti 
truth ^ that they might defen 
both to be faid^ and be Fhiloj 

Butfince in Number, Weight, ar 
Meafure^ all element at ed Bodies 
Animals^ Vegetables^ and Miner ai 
are naturally united^ bound, cone 
tenated and compounded, and by t 
Harmony of thefe all frincipiat 
Principles attain the perfeEiion t 
dained by God^ and compleated 
his handmaid Nature : Not unfi, 
may this Trinity^ viz. of Numb 
Weighty and Meafure^ be called t 
Golden chain ^ by which as in aE . 
nimals to every Member is gram 
their fpeciallFerm^ fo by this Ch 
every Member is joined ^ united, a 
performs his Office. 

Likervife alfo in Vegetables (//, 
Nature operates after one and i 
fame manner) we may pre fume |^^ 
every Vegetable^ its own pro^ 


ChjmicaU Collections. ^p 

r&eight may be particularly obferved^ 
aljothe pre fix t number of Flowers , 
Leaves, and alfo a due meafure of 
Longitude^ Latitude^ and Profun- 
ditude, £ ven as Minerals and Me- 
\tds are alfo perfected in a fit pro- 
portion of the Weight of Elements 
pure or impure ^ in a due meafure of 
Jime^ and certain Numbers : By 
which bounds rightly dijpofed all 
[i things feurifh^ but being inordinate 
[Andconfufed^ there is made a Chaos, 
Imperfection^ and a Diffolution of 
hhe Compound, For in their Con- 
\i catenation and Connexion, is rehuiU 
1 an admirable power af Art and Na- 
i ture^ neither can Nature her felf 
%\conftft without thefe^ nor Art per-^ 
]• form any thing. Not envioujlj there- 
i fore did the Fhilo fop hers wonderful- 
ly conceale the Proportion of the 
il^, Elements^ and the mixture of them 
I in their operation^ as if this being 
( known they h^dunvailed all things ^ 
I But as much as belongs to cur pur* 


JO Chjmkall CcUeffhns, 

fofe^ viz. the tveight ef the Philo- 
fophick fVorky theje things onelj art 
frincifAllj oiferved^ to wit. Equals^ 
two to one, three to one^ nine to one 5 . 
t^hich when and how they are to be 
diftinguifht^ our Daftin (4 famoui 
Ihilofofher) hath in thefe words 
clearly opened : When thou diffol- 
vcft, the Spirit ought to exceed 
the Body, and when thoudoft fix, 
the Body to exceed the Sfitit.Who 
. therefore knows the due time of Pu- 
trefaCiion to (olmion^the time oflm- 
bibitiony Beficcation , Fermentation^ 
andlnceration^fhall with eafie pains 
and [mall endevonr from the fore- }2 
tiumbred Proportions ^ make choice of 
what is convenient for every time 
or feafon of the Work, And he that 
hath known the Weighty {as Petrus 
Bonus faith) hath known the whole 
My fiery ^ and he that is ignorant of 
it^ let him leave digging in ottr 

C H A P » 


Chymkall CtlUci'ttnsi 5 1 

Chap. IV. 

The Philofofbcrs Fire^ tPhat ? 

TAke Water Proportionated iiMin^. 
in quality according to the 
iody which thou wouldft dil- 
Tolvc, in fuch a manner, as the 
tinnaturall may not exceed the 
laturall heat •, for every complexi- 
)natcd thing is deftroyed, unleffe 
he Fire of Nature govern in 
There are thr<:e Humidities, the 
irftis Water, the chief of refol- 
able things •, the fecond is Air, 
nd it is the mean between Water 
nd Oil •, the third is Oil it felf^the 
erative of all Elements, and our- 
nall Secret. Lull, fra^ka fch 

Our Fire is Minerall, and vx- '^onknim:. 

ours not, unleffe it be too much 

irred up, whofe proportion mufl 

) known, that it may only (fir up 

li€ Matter, and in alliort time, 

E 2 that 

5 2 Chymicall Colle^ions. 

that Ere without the Impofition 
of hands, will compleat the whole 
work. Pont a. pa. /^o. 
Sam. The Fire which we fliew thee is 
Water, and our Fire is Fire, and 
not Fire. Sem0r.pag.2g. 

mrdams. Argent vivc is a Fire, burning, 
mortifying, and breaking Bodies, 
more then Fire. Dardarius in Tut- 
Void. I fay with LuUius that this Wa- 
ter, or Vive Argent is called Fire 
of the Philofophers, notbccaufe 
inwardly it is of its own Nature, 
hotter then Oil,or the forcmenti 
oned radicall moifture^but becauC 
in its a(5tions it is more powerful 
then Elementary Fire, diffolvins 
Gold without violence, whici 
Fire cannot doe.^^, 

LMis. Let the Artift well confider wha 
arc the powers of Fire natural! 
unnaturall, and againft nature 
and what may be the friend, 
enemy of each, LuU. Codicp.yj 

It is fit the heat be (o much, as yentura, 
that thou maift by fweating fend 
forth the Water, and let it be no 
way hardened or congealed ^ be- 
caufe Gumme, contrary to the 
Nature of other things, fweats, 
and is coagulated with gentle de- 
coftion. Ventura fa. 117. 

Philofophers have four diffe- ^'i'^^- 
rent Fires, i//^. Naturall, Unna- 
turally againft Nature, and Artifi- , 
ciall, whofe divers operations the 
Artifts ought to confider. Ri- 

The Fires meeting themfelves, ^°^"^' 
devour one another. Kofi».pa.26^. 

The Spirit is a fecond Water of ^^«/^. 
which all the things forementio- 
ned are nouriflied, every plant re- 
frefht and quickned, every light 
kindled, and it makes and caufes 
all Fruit. The firft Water being 
the Sun is Philofophically calci- 
ned, that the Body might be ope- 
ned, and made fpongious, that 
E 3 the 

the fecond Water might the bet- 
ter enter, to operate its work, 
which fecond Water is the fire 
againft Nature by whofe pow^r 
the complement of this Magifte- 
ry is performed. ScaU pa.iz^. 
ppicm, ' We calcine perfeft Bodies with 
the firft Fire naturally, but no 
unclean Body doth ingredience 
our work except one, which of the 
Philofophers is called the Green 
l^ion, which is the medium of un:V 
ting and joining Tin(ftui;ps. Rtfl. 

Tbcvc is a certain Soul exifting 
between Heaven and Earth^arifing 
from the Earth, as Aire with pure 
Water, the caufe of the life of all 
living things, continually running 
down upon our fourfold Nature 
producing her \\ith all its power 
to a better condition, which airy 
Soul is the fecret Fire of our Phi- 
lofophy, otherwife called our Oil, 
and myftically our Water, idem 

ChjmcAll ColUSihm. j j 

Our Mercury is made of per-^rf/^r. 
ft<S Bodies, not imperfed, that 
is, with the fccond Water, after 
the Bodies have been duly Calci- 
ncdby iht ^xik. Albert. fa.ig. 

This Fire is called Humour, be- vogu. 
caufe in it, as hath been faid, heat 
3r the fire of Nature is hidden, 
even as the heat of Animals, in the 
^rimogenian moifture. 

Water fince it is Heterogeneall 
p its Earth 5 if fenfible of the leaft 
leat, will evaporate, it being left 
The Soul is no other then Oil, 
>il then Water. Fogel.p. 134. 

If any know to make choice ofpiamims, 
bch Matter as Nature delights, 
nd to inclofe it rightly prepared 
1 his VefTel and Furnace 5 He and 
(faith Nature) will forthwith doc 
he Work : fo he provide the re- 
uifite Fire, Naturally againft Na^ 
ure, not Naturall, and without 
irdour. FlameLpa.n^. 

E4 We 

5 6 ChjmtcaU CoUeaions. 

tuuim. We therefore call it Innaturall 
or not Naturall, becaufe it is nottn 
naturated of it felf, nor takes away 4 
any thing from naturated Nature,; 
nay it rather helps her, by the Me- 
diation of a moderate Exercife,, 
according to what Nature requires 
in her Reformations. Lullius Co 
die. fa, 2^, 

/irtephetis.^ Our Fire is Mineral!, is equaIl,is|on 
continual!, it vapours not unlefleifi 
it be too much ftirred up, it parti- 
cipates of Sulphur, it is taken elfe 
where then of Matter , it dc- 
ftroys, difiblves, congeals, andi§ 
calcines all things , and it is Ar' 
tificiall to findeour,a compendi- 
um, and without coft, or at leaft 
very little^ it is alfo moift, vapo- 
rous, digefting, altering, penetraJ 
ting, fubtill, airy, not violent, noi t 
fuming, encompa(rmg,containingi 
oncly one, and it is the fountain 
of Life,or which incircles the Wa^ 
;er of Life, and it contains the 



Chjmicdll CoIh5iions. yy 

ing and Queens bathing place: 
the whole Work that humidFirc 
all fufficc thee, both in the bc- 
;inning5 middle, and end, becaufc 
ti it the whole Art confifts, and it 
5 a Fire Naturally againft Nature^ 
nd Unnaturall, and without Ad- 
iftion 5 And to conclude, it is a 
Fire hot, dry, moift, cold ; think 
m thefe things and doe rightly, 
without any thing of a ftrange na- 

The third is that Naturall Fire 
if our Water, which is alfo called 
gainft Nature, becaufe it is Wa- 
er, and nevertheleflc of Gold it 
inakes mcer Spirit , which thing 
rommon Fire cannot doe : this is 
VIinerall,Equall3& participates of 
Sulphur, itdeftroys, congeals, dif- 
blves, and calcines all things,this 
s penetrating,fubtilc, not burning, 
imd it is the fountain of living Wa- 
cr, in which the King and Queen 
^afli thcmfelves, which we (land 


Jo ChjmtcaU CctkcUgns. 

in need of, in the whole Work, i 
the beginning, middle, and enc 
but not of the other two, cxcq 
fometimes onely. Join thcrctoi 
in reading the Philosophers Bool 
thefe three Fires, and withoi 
doubt thou wilt not be ignorant c 
their fenfe and meaning concei 
ning Fires. Artephius pa.^i, 

D»fm. • Weigh the Fire, meafure th 
Air, mortifie the Water, raife u 
the heavy Earth. Da^in (pec.pi 

Ltdim. ^y ^^nieft coafideration c 
' things Naturall, Innaturall, an, 
againft Nature,it behoveth thee t 
attain the Materiall and EflTential 
knowledge of the temper,throug 
all his parts Eflcntiall, and alf« 
Accidentally that thou maift kno\ 
how to behave thy felf in our fail 
Magiftery , having fo comprehen 
ded the faid principles. LuU.Thm 

There arc four principall Fircj 


be obfcrved, in rcfped: |of the 
ibftance and Propriety of the 
ur Elements. Idtmfa.i'ji^. 
Altliough in our Books we have LuUm. 
ndled a threefold Fire,Naturall, 
natiirall, and againft Nature, 
d other different Manners of 
ir Fire; ncvertheleffe we would 
;nifie one Fire, from more com- 
und things, and it is the greateft 
^Tet to come to the knowledge 
this. Since it is no Humane, 
t Angelick and heavenly gift to 
zeal, LuU.Teftamem pa.jS. 
Son, our Argent vivCjOr part ofiuUm, 
is Water diftilled from its 
rth, and the Earth in like man- 
r is our Argent vive, animated, 
d the Soul is Naturall heat, 
lich ftands bound together in 
I firft EfTence of the Elements 
Argent vivc. idem. 
In the Strudure of the Fire rrcvifm. 
ne differd from others^although 
;yali aimed at the fame fcope, 


^o Chjmicall ColkCiions. 

namely, that it (hould be made a 
tcr this manner, left the fugieii 
, fhould firft fly away, before tl 
Fire could any way bring forth t 
perfequent thing. Bernard. Com 

Scaia. , ThePire which we fliew to thee 
Water-, and our Fire, isFirc5ai 
not Fire. Scala. p^.148. 

suia. R^imond fpeaking of Fires in \\ 
Compendium of the Soul, fai 
It is to be noted that here lie c 
trary operations, becaufc as c 
tranaturall Fire diffolves the Sp 
ofafixt Body, into the Water 
a Cloud,and conftringeth the ~ 
dy of a volatile Spirit into c 
gealed Earth: So contrariwife 
Fire of Nature, congeals the 
folved Spirit of a fixt Body i 
glorious Earth 5 and refolves 
Body of a Volatile Spirit, fixt | J 
Fire againft Nature, not into 
Water of a Cloud, but the Wal 
of the Philofophers. Sca'^i 

{J Chjmicall ColU^iions. 6l 

JQ The Water of which the BaxhsafiL 
t F the Bridegroom ought to be ^^^^^^ 
1 1' lade is of two C hampions ^ that 
^« . to be underftood, confcded of 
vo contrary Matters wifely and 
£{'ith great care, left that one ad- 
i erfary may vanquiih the otherl 

1 1 Whatever anions they nomi- xo/s- 
:it atejknow that thcfe things arc al- 
o^ays done by the a(5lion of the 
oicat of certain Fire, which caufes 
pot Sublimation becaufe it is fo 
r jentle, nor may it elevate any 
Ei'moke naturally, by reafon of its 
(debility, whence if it be fuch as 
;may in a manner elevate and not 
( devate, it is good. Sdrrd- 

The co%pLLA\r. 

b // anj would rightly x^eigh the 
Apngs of Philojophers in this 
Chdfter^ the mamcr of their Eqni- 


62 ChjmicallCoBe^ms. 

'VQcathns would appear clearer the ^ 
the Sun^fer as they have decifhen \^ 
the fecond Work fomewhere^ m fi 
name of the fir ft Work^ fo in th 
chapter they nominate the fecon, 
Water thefirft Watery and the thir 
Water the fecond^ tu it appears i 
Scala. pa. 1 2 3 . rvhere it is faid tk 
the fir ^ Water the Sun calcines ^thi 
the fecond might the better enter 
And again^ the fecond Water is Fi> 
dgainjt Nature. And Ripley m 
ters like things alfo in his Prefaa 
But let every Artift knpfv that th 
frft Water is Phlegm only, orunna 
turaU Fire^ becaufe it is not naturei 
of it [elf ^ nor takes any thing fron 
natured Nature^ and that it is unfi 
to calcine or prepare any perfel 
Body^ hut this Work belongs to Natu 
raU Fire^ to mt, that the per fe^ Bo 
dy be calcined and prepared in thai 
fecondWater^or Naturall Fire, thai 
after it might be dtfjolved in th 
third Water or Fire again ft Naturifi 


Chymicdll CoOeotions. tf ♦ 

Has they call their fecond Work^ 
efrfly becaufe nothing enters intd 
atlVork^ which hath not been pu^ 
Hedy cleanfedy and purged in the 
f Work : So alfo they mil not 
re recite thefrfi Water for their 
ater^ ftnce it is onelj Phlegme.not 
tring the Philofofhick Work : But 
H the fecond the firjl, and the third 
t fecond^ which indujlrioufly they 
e that they might deceive andfe^ 
ce the Ignorant. \ of the fame fort 
til Artcphcus alfo^ while he ende- 
ared promifcffouflj to confound 
e name of Natnrall Fire^ with the 
me of Tire againfi Nature^ in 
i^/iijrW/^ The third {faith he) is 
iat NaturallFireof our Water, 
hich is alfo called againft Na- 
'^^re, becaufe it is Water, nevcr-^ 
elcfl'c of Gold it makes meer 
pirit, which common Fire can- 
)tdoe. But withthefe Equivo- 
tions whofo is unexpert is eajtlj 
df^ed into the greater Error. But 


g^ ChjmicAllColleatQjis. 

as the whole Theorick of Phyftck i 
comprehended in the Explanation c 
three things-^ vii.Naturall^lSton'm 
turall^ and ContranaturalL So tht. 
whole Hermetick and Divine JVer 
is performed with Fire^ Natural ^m 
Natural^and againfi Nature ^whic 
Fires are of the Philofophers^ vaiU 
inthe name oj Fire ^ although to i 
thej appear inform of Water ^ clea> 
jure^ crjjlallinejvhich tortures ^c a, 
cinesy exanimates^ and inanimati 
the PhyficaS Body^and at length rej 
ders it more then perfeCi^ which ne 
ther b'j the violence &f common Fir 
nor virulence of corrofive Water 
nor by the Spirits of any Anima^ 
Fegetahle, or Mintrallcan perform 
^ And he that knows not from ^j 
onely Subject to draw oat^ feparat 
reffifie^ and compound thefe met 
jlruous Matters, thefc Fires^ the 
Waters y thefe Mercuries^ is ignora\ 
of the Key of the whole Work, The$ 
fore in thefe mufl be the toil. 


ChjmtCMlXiouecftons. ^y 

Chap. V. 
The Rife 0r Birth $f the Stone. 

T^H E birth of the Earth is made LuUm. 
A by the way of invented Sub. 
imation : That the Earth hath 
:onceived and drunk of the Wa- 
er of Mercury as much as fuffices, 
^ou may difccrn and know it by 
lS volatility^ & privation of feces 
nd dreggcs from the moft pure 
iubftance, while it afcends after 
he manner of moft pure and moft 
;hite duft, or of the leaves of the 
'Ioon,orof fplendid Talk. But 
hen thou feeft the Nature of the 
iioft pure Earth elevated up- 
wards, and as a dead thing even 
dherc to the fides of the fubliming 
/effell, then reiterate the fublima- 
ion upon her, without the dregs 
miaining below,becaufe that part 
xc with the dregs adheres, and 
F then 

es ChymicallCoHe^hns, ' 

then no man, by any meanorindu-j 
ftry, can fcparate it from thcm.f 
Lu/I, Codic .fa. 193. Ij 

Lniiius. Son, you may know that this^ 
is thegenerall head to all Subli-J 
mation of Mercuries. Then takel 
the pregnant Earth, and put it intoj 
a Sublimatory veffell luted andj 
well (luit up, place it in Fire of the 
third degree for the fpace of twen- 
ty four hours^and fublime the pure 
from the impure, and fo (halt 
thou have the Vegetable Mercury 
fublimated, clear, refplendent, in 
admirable Salt^ which we properlj j 
call Vegetable Sulphur, Sal almo- 
niack, our Sulphur, the Sulphuii 
of Nature, and many other namci 
we impofe on it. LuU. Tejl.p,^. 

The Water approaching, thai 
is Argent vive in the Earth, en 
creafeth , and is augmented be 
caufe the Earth is whitened, anc 
then it is called impregnation,thef 
the Ferment is coagulated, vtz, 



Chymicall CaUtEiloni. 6j 

oincd with the impcrfcft Body, 
rcpare it^ as hach been faid, till it 
•ccomc one in colour and afpeft, 
nd then it is called the Birth, be- 
aufe then is born ourS tone, which 
f the Philofophers is called a 

•^ing. Stmita Semt/e, f.441. 

Son, it is a fign when it hath im- luIHus. 
ibed^ and retained four parts 
lore of its Weight, that if thou 
ut a little on a heated plate of 
lold or Silver, it will all as it 
ere flyaway into fmoke^which if 
doe not fo ^reiterate it untili fuch 
Sign appear.,i6. 
But to know this day of the Vetm 
:rifis, and the Birch or Rife o^^'^^^^'- 
ic Stone, which is the term of 
le whole confummation of the 
Vork; it is meet to foreknow the 
'idicating day, finceitis the very 
gn it felf, and things indicated 
c as it were things figniSed,for 
lereis the perfection, or annihi- 
tion of the Work,becaufe in that 

1 F 2 very 

6t Chymicall CoUt6iions, 

very day^nay hour^the fimple Elc 
ments arife^purificd from all filths, 
which prefently ftand in need oi 
Compofition, before they fl}'' 
from the Fire, and are turned intc 
Earth, that is in their fixation, anc 
not fooner nor later. Petrus Bonu 

^^^^^■- And when thou flialt fee tha 
thing excelling in its whitened 
thewhiteft fnow, and as it wer 
dead, adhere to the fides of th 
fubliming vefl'ell, then reiterate iv 
Sublimation without dregs. Cel 
in lib. Summa ferfe^iiemsfd.iC^ 
VmuYcu When this Mercury arifts, th 
Sun and Moon arifeth togethc 
with it in its Belly. Fent.j?a,ijo. 

scaia, r. The Heaven is to be reiterate 
fo often upon the Earth till tlii( 
Earth become Heavenly and Sp 
rituall, and the Heaven be mac ki 
earthly, and be joined with tf 
Earth. ^^4/^.^4.121. 

yogei. Reftore the vivc Argent to tl 




ChjmicallColk6iiom. 5p 

[arth and deco(fi \t^ and as be^ 
we fublime, and that reiterate 
mt or twelve times, always aug- 
lenting the Fire in the end, untill 
lie Earth with often fublimation 
ad force of the Calcining Fire 
ecomc White and more Spiritu- 
U, part of it being made more 
ibtill, begin fomething to afcend 
^om the bottome of the VeffcU^ 
nd to adhere to its fides. But this 
urging of the Earth, which is 
'crformed by Sublimation, is al- 
ogether neceflary before the Phy- 
icall Work begin. KogeLpa.iii. 

The Argent vive. exuberated, clangor, 
ihat is the Body of the Earth, pafr ^'''^' 
ing together with the raenftruous 
i/Iatter through the Alembick,and 
he Sulphur of Nature, is the Spi- 
iit of Metals, fublimated and tut- 
iicd into. foliated Earth, 
I he firft and neereft matter of Me- 
als. C/'4;;^. 5'«^r./^.48o. 
i Therefore burn it. with dry Fire, ^n^otu. 
F 3 that 


70 chjmicaS C(^/leciiam^ 

that it may bring forth a Son, a 

keep him warily left he fly away] 

into fmoke : and this is that which,||] 

the Philofopher faith in his Tttrb^i 

Whiten the Earth, and Suhlimtimi 

it quickly with Fire, untill th(!|o 

Spirit which thou fhalt findc in % 

goe forthrof it, and it is caUeciu 

Hermes Bird^ for that which ajf 

fccnds higher is efficacious purity^ 

but that which fals to the botjM 

tome, fs drofTe and corruptio% 

This therefore is Duft drawn froi% 

Duft, and the begotten of thfi 

Philofophers, the white foliateqf^ 

Earth, in which GoJd is to b 


itiUius. Gather carefully what thou fin 

4cft in the middle fublimatcd, lef 

it fly away into Smoke, becau( 

that is the approved fought fo 

Good, the better Beft, the whit 

foliated Eirth coagulating as th' 

Rennet of a lamb, the Allies, o 

Afhes, the Sail of Nature, thebe 


tChjmica/l ColleUions. 7 1 

itten Infant, the firft and neareft 
^tter of Metals^the firft Subjed 
\ which are its proper Elements, 
^ wit of Natur'd Nature -, the 
loift and temperate Matter ought 
>be reduced and fixt, till it flow 
'kh its Ferment, like Wax with- 
ixt Smoke, and endure all Fire. 
Therefore labour with it to Silver, 
W thou maift quickly begin the 
f agiftery-, nor let it wax old with- 
li)t commix^tion, becaufc thou 
^ft not take it, unleflc new made 
fter the Birth with its Blood. Ltd. 

I If from Subliming little fliall du^. 
ome forth and clean^the Fire will 
tt be little. Therefore let it bee 
^creaft. But if much and unclean, 
be Fire is fuperfluous, therefore 
^ it be withdrawn. But if much 
iid clean, then the proportion is 
bund, DaJi.fpec.p./\S. 
■ The Duft afcending higher from Ksfar. 
he Dregs, is Aflies, Honoured, 
F 4 Sub- 

7 1 ChjmicaU Couecitom. 

Sublimed, Extraded from the A-^ id 
flies, but that which remains ht^ im 
low is Aflies of Aflies, inferiour^j t 
vilified, condemned A(hes,a drcg^i na 
and like drofle. Therefore make ante 
difference between its clear andp; 
limpid , becaufe when it fliall a-jt) 
fcend moft white as Snow, it will W 
be complcat, therefore gather it 
carefully, left it fly away into] 
Smoke, becaufe that is the very|(i[ 
fought for good, the white folia-^bli 
ted Earth, congealing what is tok 
be congealed. RofAnm Armldiyifii 
p^.427. jiil 

Qekr. The Calx or Body muft be of-jll 
ten imbibed, that thence it might u 
be fublimed, and more yet purge^tii 
then before, becaufe the Calx dothK 
not at all, or very difficultly climb 
upward, aflifted by the Spirit. Ge 
hjSrJib, fummdi perfeffionis,p,ij2, 
jfmphcus. O Nature how doft thou burn 
Bodies into Spirit, which could 
apt be done, if the Spirit were not 


Chjmicall Colk6tions» 73 

irft incorporated with the Bodies, 
nd the Bodies with the Spirit 
cmde volatile, and afterwards per- 
pianenr. Therefore the compound 
eceives its clcanfing by our Fire ; 
Fi;&.by difTolving the humid, and 
y Tubliming what is pure and 
/hire, the dregs being caft forth, 
s a naturali Vomit. For in fuch a 
Oiffolution and naturali Sublima- 
liMi, there is made a dcligation of 
he Elements, a cleanfing and fe- 
^aration of the pure from impure, 
6 that the pure and white afcends 
^pwards^ and the impure and ear- 
hy remains fixt in the bottome of 
he VelTel, which is to be caft 
brth and removed (becaufe it is 
l)f no value) by receiving onely a 
iijniddle white fubftance.. And in 
(his is accompliflu our Philofor* 
^hicall and Naturali Sublimation, 
lot in the Vulgar unfit Mercury, 
vhichhathno qualities likethefe, 
iyith which our Mercury drawa 


74 Chymicall CoSeffiins. I 

from the red fervant is adorned.l 

The firft part abides not^unleffelf^ 
it be bound to the fecond in thcf 
kmc hour. Idem, i] 

It is fit that the end be reftorcdl^ 
upon its beginning, and the bcgin*P 
ning upon the end. /<«/^/». F 

When the Artift fees the whitep 
Soul rifen, let him join her imme-i^' 
diately to her Body. When t\\4^ 
clean and candid Water (hall bep 
generated, it is nneet we join theP 
Earth to it in the fame Hour. f 
Plato. And according toPUt^^x he Fierij 
nefle is contraried in the hour ow 
coagulation. te 

And according to Dajlin^ by!W 
the accede of Cold, the Waterlpi 
may well be turned into dry Earth. 

There is one and the fame thing 
in the Subjecft having all thcfe pro^ ^^ 
perries, and operations 5 for whik^^i 
it remains in liqucfaftion, by rea-'^i 



Chjmcall CoUel^ions, 

of Subtilty it is called Spirit^ 
►ut which Spirit there can 
ithcr be made Generation, noc 
;onjun<ftion of the Soul and Bo- 
\y. Whence in the whole Magi- 
, the Spirit actually rules, un- 
the Soul and Body be genera- 
led : but while it can fly from the 
re. It is called a Soul, but while 
rj'einains in the Fire, and can per- 
jcrc, it is called a Body. If 
ircforcinthe time ofGencrati- 
thc Soul (hall ftand in the Fire, 
his ftrength prevail, through 
ic force of the Spirit, then fhc 
lies from the Firc,and draws with 
the Body to flight, and the 
Workman remains fruftratc of his 
rpofc, and cxpedis that which 
ich been already come and gone, 
[nd will never come hereafter, and 
^fecms wonderfull to him : But 
rthe ftrength of the Body prevail 
>vc the {bfength of the Soul, 
by equality of Spirit it is tur- 


7^ Chjmicall Collections. 

njcd from A(5l into Habit, then the 
Body retains the Soul altogether, 
nor ever hath the power to fly 
from the Fire^ and the Workman 
hath hi$ purpofe, which the Aim- 
cients had, and then the Spirit re- 
mains always with them, fome 
times in pjty and fomecimes in 
Habit. But a quick and double in- 
fight is altogether neceflary, fpcci- 
ally both in the end of Decoftion 
and Subhmation, that all the fu 
perfliiities being whitened, the Ar i 
tift may fee the wonderful! ancj 
terrible Candor, and may prefent 
ly obtain his joyfulland quiet reft 
after this Confummation of La 
hour, for then by infrigidating xh 
Moon, the Sun is hidden in hcj 
Bowels, and the Eaft is joined t( 
the Weft, Heaven to Earth 
and Spirituall to Corporall 
whence is faid in TurbAf Knowy 
that yefhall not Die the purpl 
Colour^but in Cold. And Hermes 


Chjmkall Collellions. 77 

iVhofc Nature hath been hot, if 
Cold find him^it (hal nothurt him* 
^nd Avicen^ Know that he which 
liath evaporated all , hath wrought 
ivcU, therefore make it Cold,, for 
:hcn is manifeft the hidden, and the 
Manifeft by infrigidating is hid- 
And this Infrigidation or cooling 
s done with reft, in which there is 
10 operation of the hands, fince it 
iS the end of operation* Mar gar it a 
f>reti0fa, fa.zo^. 

That Earth fo mingled with uMks, 
Menftruous Matter^ is called Ar- 
gent vive. Exuberated, which ga- 
ther fpeedily, and while it is new ; 
after its Birth put it in Water of 
Metals, in digeftion in a tripodc 
of the Athanor. Lu/I,*Teji.f. 21. 

This is our Mercury fublimed, ^^^ 
and made fixt from the white al- 
t-cKd Earth of Bodies , arifing firft 
wonderfully by the power and help 
of the Water. This is that Mer- 
cury, in ftead of which the Fools 



78 ChymcdlCoUe^iions, 

and Idiots affiime thatcompoun'' 
ded of common Vitriol!, and Sub' 
limared with Salt, in which tha 
are grofly deceived. Bunflai^.f.ii: 
clangor Sublime the Body as much x 
thoucanft, and boil it with clear 
Mercury ^and when the Body hatf'' 
drunken fome part of the Mercu 
ry, fubtilize it with a Fire quid 
and ftronger^as thou art able^unti 
it afccnd in likeneflTc of moft whit('' 
Duft, adhering to the fides of thi 
Veffell in manner of Snow 5 Bu' 
the Afties remaining in the bot-' 
tome are dregs, and the vilifiec 
droffe of Bodies, and to be caii 
away, in which there is no life, be 
caufe it is moft light Duft, whicl 
with a little blaft vaniiheth, be* 
caufe it is nothing but bad Sulphui 
excluded by Nature. 

Then the dregs being caft away 
iterate the Sublimation of the mot 
white Duft by it felf without it 
dregs, till it be fixt, and till it fern 


Chymicdll Colle(iii6ns. j^ 

^ no dregs, but afccnd moft 
►urely,likc Snow^the which is our 
mc Quinteflcnce •, And then thou 
lalt have the Soul Tinfting, Co- 
gulating,and Clcanfing^boththc 
mlphur, and the not burning Arf' 
ick, which the Alchimifts may 
fc, that with it they might make 
lilver. Clangor^ig. 

When the Water ihall necefla- p^i^ 
ily be generated clean and white, ****'• 
; is meet we join the Earth to it, 
vcn in the fame hour, and thofe 
eing joined in their feafon,all four 
/ill be joined5and then the Work 
; pcrfeft ; and if they are not joi- 
cd, then the Water is refolvcd 
ito Smoke, with the Earth, and 
y confequencc the other Ele- 
ments by the force and perfevc- 
ance of the Fire, and fo the Woiic 
i annihilated ^ wherefore it is fit 
^ 1 Artift know the fimple Elc- 
., icnts throughly, before he begin 
\^ [itir Compofition, that he may 

01 I 1^"^^ 

8o Chjmlcall Colle£iiom. 

know rightly how to compoum 
them to the conftitution of thj 
Compound. Vet. Bonus pa.221. \ 
Vogei, If any of the purer parts remai; 
in the Earth( which thou maift ob. 
ferve from a certain whiteneflTc 
promifcuoufly fliining) think no 
much to mingle it again with th 
fame Mercury ^then Decoft^and 
length, as hath been faid, Sublim 
till nothing of the purer effenc 
be left in it. Fogeliusp.iog. 

Bafii, In the laft day, the World fha. 

^'^''^* be judged by Fire, that what be, 
fore was by its Mafter made of nc 
thing, might again by Fire be n 
duced into Afhcs, from which A 
flies the PhoAix might at lengt 
produce her young ones, for i 
iuchAflies lies hid the true an 
genuine Tartar, which ought t 
be di(Iblved5 and aher his diffoli 
tion, the ftrongeft Lock of tf: 
Kings Clofet may be opened. Bi 


ChjmkaS ColUBions. 8| 

We have fhewn thee our Water LidiiHt. 
after its congelation with its Fer- 
nent, which is then indeed called 
3ur Magnefia, and if thou under- 
land our Waters, thou wilt alfo 
mderftand Arecnt vive. Lul/.Tefi. 

■V.I 08. 



In this chapter is 9penlj expiat- 
ed the Fable ^/"Phaeton, tn O vids 
/letamorphofis. As alfo of Dcdd,- 
Lis mth his Son Icarus 5 rvho when 
hey had made themfelves mn^s of 
'eathers^ and had fa fined them mth 
7aXy andvohenwiththefe they had 
own throagh the Aire beyond the 
fAbjrinth^ it is reported Iczvusflj- 
'^ \tg too high ^ fell into the Sea^ in 
J^, mch he was drowned^ becaufe the 
J' m melted the Wapc. By his Father 
icdalus is underftoodthe Sulphur 
^ Nature [ublimated and Fhilofo- 
Vtcallj coagulated, ^jf Icarus the 
G fame 

82 Chjmcall CoUeSms* 

fame Sulphur fubliwAted^ but mth 
undue governance of the Art'tfi^ and ' 
continued 'violence of the Firey meU ' 
ted into Water ^ and buried in the\ 
dead Sea. In thefe alfo is explained^, 
the Fable of our EngliJhKogaB^A 
con the Monk, of xvhom it is rela-^ 
ted^ ihat he cotnpofed a Braz.en\ 
Head^ whofe cu(lody {after manj\ 
lucubrations) he committed to hii 
fervant, thAt while he refrefht hin 
tjredfpiritmthfleep, he would care^ 
fully obfcrve the time, that as fo9r 
a^everit (pake^ intheverfmomen 
he fhould xvake him • bat thefervan 
being ajleep, the Brazen Head uttef 
red thefe words ^ Time is, and agah^ 
an hour after ^ Time is paft, wheif 
by their negligence the Work was di\ 
frived of life and annihiUtedf 
which alfo appears in the inffertiffl 
ef that excellent Philojopher Petrif 
Bonus in thefe words ; f 

If in the time of Generation tl:r 
Soul fhall ftand in the Fire, w! 


; ChymkallCofle^lms. 8| 

lei fttcngth prevail by the force 
If Spirit 5 then flic flies away, and 
raws with her the Body to flight, 
id the Workman remains fru 
rate of his purpofe ^ aiid expefts 
lat which hath been ahcady 
j^me.and gone, and iliall never 
fime again hereafter^ bccaufcit is. 
iingled with that condemned 
^rth, whence it is impoffibleit 
pwld again be feparated. 
, But as the Condemned or rejected 
^rth is not found eut^ unlcffe the 
re be feparated from the imfure ; 
ir ix that {aid to he purCy which in 
felf contains feculency^ of confe- 
rence it mtifl he prepared xvith the 
eatefi Indujlrj^ nor with lejfe vi-n 
'ancj is our Phyfica/I fuhjef^ com- 
'*nded frft bj Nature for m^ and 
fwmedinto a Metallic k Form Jo that 
may he reduced into the fir ft Mat^ 
and by our skilly the Se* 
ration^ Putrefacfiony Imbibition^ 
hlimationy Conji*n5lion of the E- 
G z Umcnts 

84 Cfjymicall CoH cations, 

Iments^ there might Arije at length 
Anew Forrr)^ which is the Ba/is of 
the Phihfophjck Work as is WAvi- 
fejl in the Chapter, Whence the [ay 
ing ^/Artepheus is apparent, viz. 
That the firft part itmains nor ex- 
cept it be bound to the fccond, c- 
vcn in the fame Hour. But thai 
allegation is done bj Coagulation 
the Coagulation bj Infrigidation t 
njen in that Hour in which the Ar 
tijl [hall fee J and in his ^udgemen 
perceive^ the whole mofl pure fab 
fiance [uhlimated frc?n its reje^e 
Earth, Which fecret of fecrets d 
/cured of all Philofophcrs in thet 
fundrjty^nignjacsyConccaled and d^ - 
njerflj difperjl in their Books^l ha'^i 
in brief f$ clearly opened^ a^ofnom^r 
the like hitherto. And this is tfL^^ 
Preparation in which {as ScniJjij^ 
faith) men are blinded fince thJ^^^ 
know not that the Stone is prepi;^. 
red with this Preparation. | 


Chap. VI. 

^ The Weights ofthefecond Work. 


f' JN the operation of our Magi- K^/^y. 

^) ■■ftcry, we (hall need one oneiy 

ii' Veffcll, or Furnace, one Difpofi- 

'X tion, which is meant after the Prc- 

|C paration of the Stone. Rejar. Phi- 

J< Ufoph.fa.z^o. 

^« The fecond Work is to turn vSm. 

'^ Water and Fire into Earth, and 

^^ Aire into one fimple Subftancc 

compounded of Simples. Daftin 


. If thou impofc the Medicines Daflln. 

equally, thou wilt perceive no Er- 
'« 'ror, but if thou adde or diminifh, 
^ make hafte to corred: it: whence if 
^' 'a Deluge proceed it drowns the 
"'Region, but if too muchSiccity 
' fhould bcjit burns up the Roots of 

Hearbs. Who therefore putrifies 

theBodyinthecquall part, till it 

'be cxficcatedjmakes thewhole,one 
G 3 white 

S^ Chjmcau CoHtcftons. " 

white Body, for they are at once 
InfpifTated, Incinerated, and Ex- 
ficcated-, and this is the Head ol 
the World. Of the Work thero-, 
fore (as Democrms faith) let pai 
anfwer part equally, Idempt^ 


nipicHi. ' In the beginning take our Stoiiei 
and bury them every one in tMl 
Sepulchre of another , and ]o^ 
them together in equallMariage^ 
that they may lie together, theri 
let them chcrifli their feed fixcl 
weeks, nourifli their naturall Con- 
ceprion,and preferve it. Hot arifin^! 
all the while from the bottome o( 
their Sepulchre. Which f^cret de- 
ceives m^ffy, Rfp^pa.^t!^. 

t'ficHs. Alfo thus undei'ftand, that i^ 
but Conjimdion, the Male, out 
Sun, ought to have three parts d; 
his Water, and his Wife nine-,, 
which ought to be three to him.. 
^ , 

0' Li^. We cantiot with our own pra-; 


Chjmcau Couemons. Sj 

xr hands work on Mercury, but 
ivith ten fpecics, which we^all our 
lands in this Work, that is, nine 
jarts of Water, and the tenth of 
iarth. Maffa Solis dr Luȣ. fag. 

But fince there are three parts R&far. 
yf his red Water with him, let it ^^«^^^- 
>e fublimed on this manner time 
f ter time, till it be fixt downward. 
lofar, Arnold, fa.^a^g* 

Put clean Bodies in this clean 
Vlercury. poifed in an equal bal- 
ance. I^mfa,6^A^j:h 'i 

Boil him at the warm Sun, un- d#>/^ 
ill he hath dried hisWater,which 
»eing exficcated, pound him a- 
;ain with water to his -Weight^and 

♦oil him at the Sun, till he bedri- 

d into a Stone 5 doe this often- 
imes till he hath drunk of his 
Vater t^ntimes his own quantity, 
nd become <iry, hard and red. 

Son^ it behovcththee to mingle Lai/ins, 
G 4 the 

88 ChymicaUCoUeBions. \ 

the Earths of the forefaid Sul4 
phurs, that is, of Gold, and Silver (i 
together, and prepare them by gi- j\ 
ving them the fourth part of their | 
Weight, of the faid menftrousi^i 
Matter, by digefting and drying,jDf 
as it is done in the Creatien off^ 
Sulphur^ untill it hath drunk four 
parts of the faid menftruous Mat 
ter, and be difpofed to Sublimati* 
on; which thou fhalt fublime in 
Fire of the fourth degree. Luff. 
Teft.p.2j\. lo 

VaUm. Tai^c of the fincerc Body one bi; 
•\ part, and of the other Coppet fd 
three, and mingle them togetnetj : 
with Vinegar. Senior in Turbd. It gn 
is meet the Water exceed the arc 
Earth nine times, that fo in a De^ of 
Ginary number, which is a perfeft jj 
number, the whole Work may bft W 
^onftimmatc. But (as Die/ten^^Ki 
£aith) if too much of the Watec twj 
be at once impofed, it is not con-l k 
mn^d in the Earth 5 but if too it 


ChymtCAll C out ct sons • 8^ 

Mlnuchbcfubftra6lcd, it is notjoi- 
ilt5|ied to the Earth 5 Whence all the 
atcris not to be at once impo- 
d on the Earth. Therefore di- 
ide it into three parts, and every 
^them into another thirdjbec^fc 
one may better fight againft 
ne, then againft a number of 
ore : Mingle the Hot with the 
tTold, the Humid with the Dry, 
uid the mixt fhall be temperate, 
aeithcr Hot nor Cold, nor Moift 
lor Dry 5 for one tempers another, 
waking the mixt adequate. Vafi. 

! A man may be eafily ftifled in^^fi^'w 
jreat Waters, and little Waters ^^'"^'*''- 
lire eafily cxficcated with the heat 
[>f the Sun , fo that they may be 
IS nothing. Therefore that the 
Jefired Work might be obtained, 
I certain meafure in the commix, 
ion of the Philofophick liquorous 
Subftance muft be obferved, left 
:hc greater overcome and opprefle 


^ Chfmtcau Couecitem. 

the leffer Proportion , by whicf 
Generation might be hindred, anc 
left the leflerj in rcfpcdl of th( 
greater, fhould be too weak to ex 
crcife equall Dominion , for grea 
ihowers of rain hurt the Fruit 
and too much drought produce: 
no true Perfedion. Therefore i 
Neptune have fitly prepared hi* 
Bath, weigh well the permanen? 
Water,'and confiderwithdiligen 
care, that thou doe not any thinj 
toorauch or too little to him. ^a 

'Amid. Take of the red Water anc 
White, as much of the one as o 
the, other, according to weight 
and put them together in aCu 
ibvrbit^, made of Glaffe, ftron| 
and thick^ having a Mouth like ar 
Urinall, afterward the whole Wa 
tcr will be Citrine, even foon c 
nough, and fo will the true Elixe: 
be perfefted in refpe^S of both, 
\viz, perfe(5t Impregnation, and 


I ChjwiCAllCoIlevUdns. 9^ 

3 rue Coition. Arnold, in Comment, 

{iortulani p-^^. 

] Let the Queen born by nine Daf'm, 

/irgins, decently attend the Bed- 
:hambcr of Co great a King, and 
in progrefTe of time thou fhalt 
ctermine unity from the denary 
umber. Daftini,2. 

In this Magiftery, the Govern- ^^f^j' 
pent of the Fire ought to be ob- ^^^^' 
irvcd, left the humid Liquor be 
00 foon exficcatedjand the Wife- 
lens Earth too quickly liquified 
nd diffolved. Otherwifc of whol- 
3me Fiflies, thou wilt generate 
Scorpions in thy Waters, BAftlita 

What ever aftions they norai- Rojfn, 
ate, underftand always^that thefe 
lings are done by the adlion of 
be heat of certain Fire, which 
lakes not Sublimation, becaufe it 

■^ :> fo gentle, nor ought it naturally 
D elevate any Smoke, PoffiZj^^ 


ChjmtcAU Couemons. 

Le(i perhaps Kiflcy andDMi 
9ur Ceuntrimeriy and mo(i cxceHen t 
Fbihfophers^fbouldin thisChaptt 
feem to fome , to differ amon^ '| 
thcmfeives : ftnce Ripley takes i 
quail farts ^ arid joins them in equai 
Wedlock 'y hnt Daftin affirms th^ 
Water ought nine times to exceed th ^J' 
Earthy that fo in a Decinary, whic f^ 
is aperfeS Number^ the whole Wor f^' 
might be con fummate : I thought: 
worth mj labour to reconcile this ay 
fearing contradiBion. As therefo. 
be that well diftinguifhes^ teach 
well'yfo he that knows this diftin6t 
»n of time^ jhall forthwith have ti 
Solution of this doubt. 

For Ripley yfr/? (peaks of the fir 
Compoption in the fecond or Phil 
fophick Work, where the Earth at 
fure Water frepared exactly befo 
PfuJI be equally joined in equallPr 






y Chjmicall CoUeHionsl $j 

• ' ortm. But Daftin utters that his 

j[j )pinien ef Imbibitions , after the 

i|j, etfeiiien oj the fecond Work -^ and 

m Q while they are difiinguifht^ they 

,,„ re underftood^ andthateafilj. But 

^^ ^hat weans Ripley inthefe words^ 

nz. That they fhould lie together 

ix Weeks, not rifing all the while 

irorn the bottome oftheir Sepul- 

:hre < this mufi be enquired and 

"ear ched into ^ fince he affirms it a 

Iscret which hath deceived many* 

That Conjunffion is done, that even 

fs a Chicken is made of an Bgge af- 

\er Vutrefaviion^ fo after this C07U 

unCtion and due Putrefaffion, we 

may attain the Complement of the 


Therefore we wuji know^ if any 
thing may be born by PutrefaBicn^ 
it is necefjarj it happen after thts 
^anner. The Earth by a certain hid- 
den and included humidity^ is redu- 
ced into a certain corruption or de* 
firuifigni which is the beginning 

^4 Chjmicall CoUe^ions. 

of Putrefaction^ which ought to In 
nouriflnwith [ucha, tempered heat 
as that nothing exhale from tht 
Compomdf or be fuhlimed to thi 
top ofthej^efjel ; but that the Ma 
fculine and Feminine, the Mattel 
and the For my Agent and Patient 
remain together. The Water in tk 
Earthy and the Earth unfeparatec 
from the Water ^ are contained toge^ 
ther^ as the yolk of an Egge^includec 
inthe inner thin skin^ till the timi 
$f Putrefaction loofe the reins ^rv hie i 
will not be done fooner then in tk 
jpace of forty days 5 for as Natun 
hates fudden mutations or alterati^ 
ons^ fo no Putrefaction is made bm 
in a long time^ and appointed^ Oi 
Daftin elegantly faid^ viz. The ca 
lidityofthc Aire, fubtility of the 
Matter, gentlencfle of the Fire {la- 
bility of Reft, equality of Com- 
pounds, gravity of Patience, anc 
the maturity oi Time, doe pro-, 
mote and induce PutrcfaftioHjanc 


Chjmicall CgDeotions^, jj 

j hercforc then alfo the Air is to be 
\ emperedjthe Thick fubtilizedjthc 
i rire reftrained. Reft prefcrved, 
/proportion adequated. Patience 
Strengthened, and the Time expe- 
\ iled, till Nature proceeding natu- 
^' ally fhal compleat her own Work. 
, But that I way return to the pMr- 
'Ofe^and adde C^rollarj to Corotlarj^ 
H TnHJl ohferve that in Preforatim, 
i^hree parts of the Spirit are affumcd 
^ one part of the imperfe^ Bodj^aMd 
.,)t Ufi about the time of the Birth 
'!' hree parts of imperfeB Body are of- 
^'umedto one of Spirit^ and this mt 
^^%ce^but often. But in the fecomi 
IVork^pphich of Philofophers is called 
he firjl'yfirjl^part is joined mthfdrt^ 
fterward three parts of Body to $k€ 
tf Spirit ^and that the oftnerfor Im- 
%bitions^and at length three of Sp- 
nt tv one part ofperfe£i Bcdjfcrin^ 
eraiion or fermentation ^bj tvhkbit 
tt formed our My flic al^ Divine ^fini 
yfor^ then perfeti Warknumberteff 


96 Chjmtcall CoUeftiom. 

exceeding the very degree of Per fe- 


Chap. VlL 

of Imbibimn. J^ %^ ji 

Tirmmdes'T Aftly, nourifli fuch an anima i 
In Twbm.jLji^^ thing with i|:s^wn^ilk ; 
that is, with its own Water, ^on - 
which is concreated the Work, 
the thing begun from the begin 
ning. Exerdt.mTurbamp.i6^, 
'Xtpiei' Give him the fourth part o r 
new Water, and yet he ought t( j' 
have many more Imbibitions^ giv ^q' 
him the fecond , and afterward vl 
the third alfo, not forgetting th ^y 



faid Proportion : And when tho 
haft made feven Imbibitions, thcl T 
thoumuft turn the Wheel abou /' 
again, and putrefie all that Matt^ 
without addition. Riflej ^4. 5 1 . 
cimgoT. If t{jou wouldftVolatife or Im 
bibCj thy prepared Elixer, [the fi 



Chymicall CoUt6iions. ^'j 

:ond, third, or fourth nme, this 
nuft be done with the fourth part 
l^f the Elixir of Mercury^ but doc 
;his oft times, untill the part of 
jWatcr periili that is^waflc or con- 
bnie, fo that it afccnd no further, 
ut yet I command ye, pour not 
Jdh the Water at once, left the Ixir 
5C drownedjbut by little and little, 
^hatis, pour it in at feven times, 
ind powder it, and laft of all cx- 
iccate. Clangor. Bucc.fa.^o'^. 

Moiften and beat it together Hc/i^fj. 
nany days, and this nine times, 
yhich are afligned by the nine Ea- 
gles, and in every DifTolution and 
Toagulation, the effc<5l thereof 
hall be augmented. Hermss dc 

\ Beat the Earth oftentimes, and ^^'^'^'^^ 
[J ')y little and little imbibe it from 
r ;ight days to eight days, Decod 
^ md after moderately Calcine it in 
^' ?ire, and let it not weary thee to 
^\ citerate the Work oftentimes , 

H fo^ 


p8 Chjmi€dllCoUeBi6ns, \ 

for the Earth bears not fruit with-* , ^ 
out often watering, whence if k- jj 
be dry, itthirftingly drinks up its ,(, 
humidity and wet. Avicen^f,£^io. | 

v4'in. . If yc make it without weight,; f,j 
Death will befall it, therefore put f 
upon it all the reft of its Humor^ 
temper it neither too much, noB 
too httle-, becaufe if there be 
much, a Sea of perturbation will 
be made, but if little, it will be 
burnt to a brand. For the heat of 
the Fire (as Avicen faith) if it may 
not finde Humidity which it dries 
up, it burns, but if thou pour in 
much moifture at once, thou wilt 
notdeficcate but diflolve. There- 
fore the Weight is 'every way to 
be confidered, left too much ficci> ^^ 
ty or fuperfluous Humour cori '1 
rupt, that through thy vvhoi(g,| 
Work thou diffolve fo much bj •., 
Inhumation, as fals fhort by Affa^ ^q, 
tion, and diminifli fo much by AC r! 
fation,as the Inhumation diifolvcs f,ii 

Anc ■ 



ChymicAltCplkUions, 9<^ 

\nd tvtvy diflToIutiorv fliall always 
)e made by Inhumation, and Con- 
icxion. The Humour gotten by 
[iflTolution , naturall heat onely 
emaining, fliall always be dcficca- 
ed. Da^m. Epifi.f0,<y. 

I began induftrioully to cKlnuft Tt-ruifant, 
he Water, yet fo that ther^ might* 
:ot remain in it above the tciitfr 
art in' ten parts, Tremfaffep.^j. 
It is meet the Water exceed the ^^^'^' 
arth nine times, that foina De- 
nary, which number is perfe^, * 
ic whole Work may be eonfuffj'- 
;^e. liaji.(pec.piii.t^k^ 
It behoveth thet'tjo take om^cadmcn. 
irt of our Copper,aftdx5f pcrma*- 
mt Water, which alfo is called^ 
lopper three parts, rhen mingle 
lem togethcrvvitfc Yineger, artd' 
*3il them fo long, untill they bd^ 
ickncdy and there be made one 
one.^j: ■ 
It is rtoutiihed* with its oWrt semita, 
[ilk, that iSjWith Sperm^of which 
H 2 it 

100 Chjmicall CoUe6iions. 

it hath been from the beginning, 
but Argent vive is imbibed again 
and again, till it can imbibe two 
parts, or what may fuffice. S emit a 

LnUim. Son, fettle thy Spirit to under- 
ftand what we fay, doe not drink 
unlefle thou cat, nor eat unlefle 
thou drink ; we tell thee this in rc-jf( 
fpcft of uniform Imbibition^which t, 
thou muft make of moid and dry , 
fucceffively.^. yj 

Bath, till by little and little he hatF fc, 
drunic the Trinity of his Nouri Jq, 
fhcr, and let Drink be after Meat 
and not Meat after Drink •, there 
fore let him cat and drink one al 
teranother with difcretion •, defi 
not therefore to moiften, dcco6 
and dcficcatc the King, till he hat 
devoured his Mothers Milk, tl 
Queen with him being nine tim 
proftratc on the Earth. jDafi. 






ChymicaUCoHeSiiom. loi , 

Let the King after forty days vythagm, 
moiftning in all his own hunniour, 
be always putrefied in equal heat, 
till he put on his Mothers white 
Countenance. Pythagoras in Turbo. 

Three times fhalt thou fo turn Kipiey, 
about thy Wheel, keeping thea- 
forefaid Rule of repaft. RipUj 

When thy Matter hath concei- ^*^^- 

.ved, exped the Birth, and when 

'^' it hath brought forth, thou muft 

'^' have Patience in Nourifhing the 

Boy, till he can indure the Fire, 

^^and then of him thou maift make 

free Projcftion, becaufe the firft 

~ igeftion is made. LttO. Theor. 


^ At length nourifli fuch an ani- vmmdes 
'"mated Body with his own Milk, 
'l^that is his Water, of which is 
^, concrcated the Work, or the thing 
'^f begun from the beginning, but 
J concerning the feeding it is 
H 3 taught, 

I02 ch)micAllCclUCiivns. 

taught, that the Proportion be fo 
ordered in it felf , that there be 
three parts of Water to one ofi 
Lead. Parmemdes irf Ttirha, p^iS*) . 

LiiUiHs. With that permanent humidity, 
which likewife took its original!) ni 
from vive Argent, imbibe our 
Stone, becajufe by it the parts 
thereof are made moft clear, as is 
manifeft, when after its perfect 
putrefaftion, from every corrup 
tible thing, and chiefly from the 
two fuperfluous Humours, vi^ 
theunftuouSjaduftiblc, phlegmai 
tick, and evaporablc parts, it is re- 
duced into its proper incombufti 
ble Subftance of Sulphur, and 
without that Subftance, it is never 
corrcded, augmented nor multi- 
plied. Lu/L^6, 

Artcphm^ The Water is living which came 
to water its Earth, that it might 
Germinate and bring forth fruit 
in itsCeafon; for by watering, or 
bedewing, all things born of the 


Chjfnicall Cotte5lions. 1 03 

jEarth are generated: The Earth 
^*therefore doth not germinate 
i'without the watering and humidi- 
i ty of May dcw^ that doth wafli, 
1 1 penetrate, and whiten Bodies, like 
' irain Water^ and of two Bodies 
-iimake a new one. Arttfh.fe, 17. 
^ 'i} Beat the Earth and imbibe it Rofamt 
' Iwith Water by little and little, '^'^^'^• 
■• from eight days to eight days^de- 
cod it in Dung, becaufe by Inhu- 
imation, Aduftion is^ taken away : 
land let it not weary thee to reite- 
irate this often, becaufe the Earth 
bears not fruit without frequent 
watering. Re(ar. Philofopkp. 3 5 j . 

As often as ye moiften the A- u^'m. 
flies, deficcate them by turns, but 
if it be moiftncd before it be defic- 
cated and made Duft, it is drow 
ned, inebriated, and reduced to 
nothing-, for he that makes it with- 
out weight (as 7r/yJw^^////^ faith) 
kills and ftrangles itj becaufe who 
dtinksand thirfts not^ cheriflies in 
H 4 digeftion^ 

1 04 ChymicaR CoUeHions. 

digeftion, and doth invite and ini- 
duce the Dropfie. D^fl.fpecpa. 

jffiiaes. Then raufl: it be beaten, andi ;l( 
with the remaining Water and as ioi 
half, be feaven rimes moiftned, io! 
with permanentWatcr confumed, U 
it muft be putrefied^till the defired; i 
'thing be obtained, uifftCies in\\\ 
Turba^ iii 

ijicx^-cs. 5u|. ye fliall moiften this rednefsi h 
feaven times in the remaining Wa- 
ter, or till it can drink all its Wa- 
ter, then boil it till it be dcficca- 
ted and turned to dry Earth, then 
let it be put in a kindled Fire forty 
days, untill it putrefie, and thc! 
Colours thereof appear with thei 
Aflies. Nicares in Turba 102. 
p4in. As the fame thing is both an 
Embryo. Infant, Boy, and Man, 
paffing from an incompleat Ef- 
fence, "o a perfedi Complement : 
3o alib our Compound > by in- 
crcaliiig paflcs from one thing to 


ChjmlcAll Colli Wons* 105 

inother better thing, and fromin- 

• fj'ompleat Eflcncc, with its own 

Milk is carried forth to his com- 

:tj>lement of the Elixir. Andthcre- 

^ibre all its Compound is of the 

brmofthe Elements. Wherefore 

Morier.tts faith, the difpofition of 

hat work is like the creation of a 

^an, when as he is nourifhed of 

limfelfbyincreafingfromday to 

lay, andfrommonethtomoncth, 

ill he hath attained his Youthful! 

ge, and in a certain time be com- 

)leated. Dsjl, 1 50. 

The near caufe of this fixation luUIhs. 
s a very little mixtion of both by 
heir leaft parts,fo that the height 
>f the Volatile, may not excel! 
he height of the fixt Body, but 
ct the vertuc of the fixt Spirit,cx- 
:ell the height of the urrnxt, ac- 
•ordingto the intent of fixation. 
Jon if thou underftand thjs, thou 
naift have the Trcafure of Heaven 
[0 iod Earth. It is required when 
) the 

IC6 Cffjmkall CoSeSiens, 

the Body is fo naturally augfftien 
ted, and nouriiht by conveniens 
moifture, that then near the mca 
fure, thou imbibe it with the mor' 
Water of its nutrition or augmen 
tation, according to the Weight 
revealed by Art, to the conformi"^ 
ty of principles, and the quality 
of the Body given to be augmenpti 
ted, and let it be deC0(Sed with :fc 
gentle Hre, exficcating thenatuj 
ijall heat, and nof exceeding until 
it attain its perfe(ft whitenefle. L\ 
lit Codic^a. 1 5 y. 
jj^Uf^: ' And note that after ImbibitiojWif 
they ought to be buried feavcilt 
days/Thcrcfore iterate the Worlfs 
many times, though it be tedious u 
and the Weight in this muft b !oa 
every way obferved, left the to( ijt 
much ficcity or fuperfluous Hu if. 
mour fpoilc it in the operation, aj 
namely decod fo much by Aflatt 
on, as the DifTolution hath added 
and by Imbibition diflblve ai 


Chjmcall CoUtCiions, 107 hath been wafted by Af- 
ation, wherefore thou (hall fwcet- 
Y and not haftily irrigate the 
iarth from eight days to eight 
lays. Idem. 

If one Imbibition, one Deco-D^/2i». 
lion, one Contrition doth fufficej 
hey would not fo much have ite- 
atcd their fayings, but therefore 
hey did this, that alwaies they 
night infift on the Work, with- 
out divorce and tedioiifneffe. 
A^hercfore alfo they fay, Hope, 
nd fo ihalt thou obtain. But 
i^hen it is cxficcatcd,then by anor 
her Courfe, let it be delivered to 
ifatiable Comeftion, that being 
y degrees between every Incera- 
ion, burnt into Afbcs, it might 
ry the power thereof. Vaftin £- 

1 THE 

lo8 Chjmlcall CoHedions. 



Avidotk affrms in the fir fi i^" 
hisPhjficks, that the tohok is m'^'' 
known mthdut the farts in whic^ 
it cgnfijls ; But the rvhole as it rrf*' 
[tnts the nature ej all its parts^ jl^^ 
the whole and the perfeH are altog^j^ 
ther the fame. Whence it follovff) 
that tt is not fufjjcient for a iJ/4p 
to know the Subje6f of fome f ^r 
fcfy that thence a Houfe might ir 
hmlt^ unkffe he knew the partia ^ 
larparts^and their Conjiruffion at ^ 
Compofttion. So likewife it worn ^f 
little conduce to the perfection oftt 
Stone y to have known onely the Su 
jeff and its Preparation^ unleffe aft 
it hee prepared the Artijl km "'' 
how to bring it to Maturity^ tht 
to nourifh it^ and lafilj to feed i 
even untill it attain a Degree abo^i 
perfection. Then the parts teftifie 
the whole ^ and the whole of t 


Chjmkall CoUtSlions. lop 

wts^tht beginning ef the end^ 4nd 
te end of the beginning • for what 
tj were i$ an Hetre from the 
'inglj Stock fhould be born , and 
one found that knew horv to nou^ 
ft) it ? thetifore to nourifb this 
w Infant we advife with Phyfici- 
ns^ that (fince he it of the Roy all 
iock, and themoji ft$re conftitmi- 
ff) he might not he deijvercd ta 
^y ft range I^urfe^ but might fuck 
he Brejls of his Mot her y who as 
he had before nourifht him in the 
Yombwith her own Bloody fo being 
low come to Maturity ^ he is to be 
tourijht y and in a due propcrtiom. 
fed with the exuberated Bloody cir-'. 
\ulated and rectified through the 
M Ami liar y veins, Andthemedici- 
ftallmeafure of that Milk, let it be 
weekly the fourth part of the weight 
of the Infant • But let him keep this 
Diet for feaven Weeks^ till he be fo 
Medicinally fed that while in aglaf- 
fen Lodge {ordained and firmly oh- 


I lo Chymicdl C&UeSiiom. 

ferattd by Phjficians and PhihftH 
fhers) he he placed and repofedim 
a Bath, and being Idled ajleep^ hh 
limbs diffolve and melt mthfmaf^ 
vfihicb bj the help %f Art and \ 
Nature^ and due governance , fhall 
refume their former Jhape, renued3^ 
and their ftrength fo multipltedM 
that now he de/ires Kingly foed^mthV 
which nourifhment in a fhort fpace¥ 
he will become a King^ Jirongerf^ 
then A King^ and fo Jl^ut in Bat-f^' 
ttll^ that he alone being a mofipow-k 
erfuU Conqueror , will obtain th0^ 
vaiory againftten thof^fund Ene-^ 
mieu Therefore feek this King^f 
whom who fo hath for his D^- |J 
fence^fhall fommand all Sublunoj^f 

C H A Ft If 

Chjmicall CQlleCiions. 1 1 1 

Chap. VllL ^ 

of Fermentation. ^HC^^' 

> Y the Teftimony of all Philo- ^^;^^^- 
^fophers there are three parts of ^*' ^ 
cBltxiry viz. Soul, Body, and 
^rit •, The Soul is onely the Fer- 
HJnt or Form of the Elixir, the 
pdy is the Pafte or Matter^which 
^ parts are to be drawn from 
!€tals only^to wit,thc Form from 
ic Sun and Moon^ the Matter 
pm Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, and 
[ars, asalfo Lulltus affirms. 'But 
iC third part of the Stone is Spi- 
:, which fince it is the Seat and 
hariotofthe Soul, it doth pout 
le Soul into the Body, and com- 
>unds and joins thefe two ex* 
ernes with an indiflblublc 
Dnd of agreement, which Media- 
)r being removed, the Soul can 
:ver enter league with the Body. 
or two extremes agree not well, . 
•' ^ not 

Hi Chymicall Colk^lions^ 

nor tarry in one place, unlefle they 
arc reconciled and confederated 
by the help of a mean.RrHis Spirit 1 
itriotKngelfc then that liquor atn 
tenuatingthe Form and Matter olfa 
the Stone, and reducing it to a fpi-)jii( 
rituall Nature, which Spirit \m 
fometimes called of the Philofo-fci 
pherSjHcaven, fometimes folutive lo 
Mercury, fometimes menftruouji 
Maccer, fometimes Quinreffence I 
and infinite other nzm^s,TaHladm \f 
f^.338. ( 

Kifiey. Unto thy Compound adde th( oa 
fourth part the Ferment, whicli 
Ferment is onelyof the Sun ancm: 
Moon, • And know that there ar< inc 
three Ferments 5 two of Bodies ii S 
pure Nature which ought to b \\\ 
altered, as we have told thee , th i 
third moft fccret^ which we nov fe 
meditate, is that firft Earth wit) \i\ 
its proper green Warer^ wherefo^ k\ 
while the Lion thirfts,make hin ] 
drink, untill his body be broken itm 
' RipitjfA.^6. Tak 

Chjmicall CoUeBions^ 113 

Take the fourth part of the ^^^'^'^ 
^ermcnt, and let that Ferment be ^^^^^'^^ 
[iffolved, and made Earth like an 
Tipcrfeft Body, and prepared af- 
-r the fame manner and order ; 
lorcover joine and imbibe it with 
le aforefaid bleifed Water 5 for 
erment prepares the imperfcft 
ody, and converts it to its own 
Mature, and it is not Ferment un- 
(Te Sun and Moon. ^amitA Semi^ 



Give it fermented Ferment, e- ^^chadl^^ 
aally elementated with every E- '^^' 
ment, which is Gold 5 give it the 
jurth part, but which is firft cai- 
ned and diflblved into Water. 
i^rmentTrtwofold, white and red, 
1^ which the Ferment of the Sun, 

the Sun, and of the Moon, the 
[oon.i But let the Ferment be the 
»uf th part of our Copper. Ra" — — 

Thou wilt have no perfedFer- vun(li^ 
■ti icnt till it be altered, with our 
11^ I Mer- 

X I ^ Chjmicall CglleBions , 

Mercury, from its firft qualities^ 
into a new whitcnefle, between 
Putrcfaftion and Alteration. r^^^-* 

iHliius. They who knew not Natures 
indigency, thought this Ferment 
ought lo be prepared with new 
menftrous Matter, in which is 
Fire againft Nature, not percei- 
ving the perdition of the Tempe 
raturc from which the Body de 
parts, by reafon of the burning " 
Fire, vfz.zg^inG: Nature. Fer- 
ment, to wit, a Body, as much a; 
it is undcrftood for Ferment, i 
not prepared but with natura 
Fire and Water of Mercury. Lui 

Rfifar. Take one part of Ferment, an 
three of imperfedl Body, diflolV'[ 
the Ferment in Water of Mercur -^ 
cquall to it, boil it together wit f 
a moft gentle Fire, and coagulai ^ 
that Ferment, that it may be as a ^ 
imperfcift Body. JRofAr.Phihfept] 
?.}i7. Tal ^^ 


. tc; 


ChymiCdll CeHe6iions. 1 1 5 

Take red Earth, and form it Amid. 
into thin Plates, orfliaved Daft, 
and put it in Water, as hath been 
taught, and it fliall nor be diflbl- 
yed in it, but onely calcined into 
red Dtift-, which done^remove the 
Water wanly, and put it into ano- 
ther VcHell, like that in which it 
s, fo that the calcined Dufl: of red 
Earth may remain in its Veflell 
ivithout Water, and in the remo- 
/cd Water put white Earth, and 
hat fhall be diflblved, and fo Wa- 
erfhall profit thee, and ihall not 
)efpoiled. Armld^n CamemM$r^ 

In the preparation of the Fer- LuUius. 
nent. before its laft Fermentation 
ve ufe vulgar Mercury, not pnely 
blemnly prepared, viz, into Vir- 
gins Milk, but as it exifts in its 
"Mature, by the alone Sublimation 
othis, that it might reduce the 
5ody of Ferment to its fimplicity, 
inditmay be the mean of conjoi- 
I 2 *ning 

1 1 6 chjmicall Collect ions. 

ning Tindures. Lull. Codic. pa» 
Dafiin. Lct it begivcntoan infatiable 
Dcvourer, afterwards it muft be 
nourifht with grofler meat, that 
coHipleat Digeftion being recei- 
vedjit may pafle from the Mothers 
into the Fathers Kingdome. Dafi. 
Tauladarms As the Ferment of Gold is 
Gold 5 of Silver, is Silver •, fo the 
Ferment of Ironjis Iron, of Cop- 
per, is Copper, and of Lead, is 
Lead. Therefore every Agent 
afts according to its form. To 
fome, what we have fpoken may 
feem new 5 as if the Elixir could 
be made of all ignoble things 
which fhall turn all other thing* 
as well noble as ignoble, either in 
to Mars, or Jupiter, or Saturn , o 
Venus. Which although it nov 
feem new and incredible to man; 
learned men, and chiefly to Petru 
Bonus ^ a man of Angular learning 


ChjmicallColleBiom. nj 

yet there is no neceflary reafon , 
which forbids it may be done. 
Nay if it were not done^Alchymy 
had been loft^and the Art of Chy- 
miftry might have been worthily 
called a Figment and a Fable. For 
Nature hath eftablifhed this Law, 
'Viz,. That as often as Acftives are 
rightly joined with Paffivcs, Adi- 
on and Paffion doe immediately 
follow, and the alteration doth 
always refent and favour of the 
nature of the Agent. And as often 
as that which before had the 
ftrengrhand qualities of the Pati- 
ent, be fo difpofcd that it can 
ftoutly aft, it is neceffary that the 
alteration be anfwerable and con- 
formable to the Nature of the A- 
gent from which it differed. 
Wherefore if ignoble Metals dif- 
pofed to fuffer or change by the 
aftion of Gold or Silver, rightly 
I difpofed to Aftion, it is neceflary 
that noble Metals difpofed to fut- 
I 3 fer 

1 1 8 Chjmicall ColUolions. 

fer fliould be changed by ignoble J(] 
Metals, skilfully difpofcd to k(k 
TatiUdanai pa.igj. L 

wgoY Let the Ferment be prepared, , ^ 
'^* that the powder may be white and ^ 
fubtill, if thy intention proceed to ;„! 
whiter but it to red, then let thy j( 
powder be of Gold prepared moft j. 
Citrine; and there ftiall not be 
other Ferment : the reafon is, be- J^ 
caufc thofc two Bodies are (hi 
ning, in which are tingcnt fplcndid 
Raies, excelling other Bodies na-? j 
rurally in whitenefle and rednefle, 
And if thou vvouldft fermentlf 
white Earth, divide that EarthJQ 
into two parts, one part thou fliak 
augment to a white Elixir,with its^, 
conferved Watcr,(andfo it never 
ceafes to be of it) and the other 
part put into its Glafle, that Is, 
the Furnace of its Digeftion, and 
increafe the Fire to it, untill by 
the force of the Fire, it be turned 
into moft red Duft, even as dryjij 


ChjmicAll CoBcSiions* 1 1 q 

t:ombuft Saffron. And if thou 
> vouldft that the moft white Eli- 
dr have the Tindurc of RednclTe, 
transforming and tinding Mer- 
cury, the Moon and every Body 
mto the moft true Sun, or Soli- 
icous Body-, then ferment its 
hree parts with another part and 
half of moft pure^preparedGoId, 
nd let the powder be moft fub- 
ile with two parts of Solificous 
Abater artificially reducing by 
Jtiion by the leaft parts into one 
>haos even unto the inraoft part 
f the Body, and place it in its 
jlaffe in his Fire, and deco£t it, 
hat the moft true bloody red 
itonc might fliine forth. Clang. 

There is no other Ferment but LuUius, 
)f the Sun or Moon. And it is not 
?erment untill the (Iiid Bodies be 
urned into their firft Matter, be- 
:aufe it is expedient, that Ferment 
be compounded of the Sun, and 
I 4 the 

120 ChymicaO CoUeliions. 

the moft fubtile Earth. Where- 
fore it thou knovveft not how to 
reduce two perfeft Bodies into 
their firft Matter, thou canft have 
no Ferment. Lull, Theor.p^i. 
^ l4^*^^ For this is Minerall, that wheni 
'^^ thou putft Water on the Earth^i 
the White overcomes the Ci- 
trine and Red ^ and whitens themi 
into whitenefle of Silver. Then 
the Citrine overcomes the White 
and Red, fo that it makes them 
Citrine, above the Citrinity oij 
Gold , and then the Red over-l 
comes the Citrine and White,and 
reddens them into a Tyrianred- 
neffe, and when thou feeft thefc 
rejoice. Maffa Soils ^ Lun^. fA. 



Chymlcdl ColUffions. 12I 


As in this Chapter is clearly and 
plainly taught the excellent manner 
p/ Fermentation , (o to the unexpe- 
rienced Reader^ this contradi6iion 
may appear^ hettveen Raimund and 
Ripley in thefe xvords^ viz. whilfi 
Raimund affirms two Ferments, 
vnely^ one of the Sun^ another of the 
Moon 5 but Ripley addes a third^ 
iphichis called the Green Lion^ and 
the unclean Body^ which is alfo cal^ 
ledLaton, tvhich Latenftnce indeed 
is m other thing then an imper- 
fed compound £ody of Gold and 
Silver according to Morienus •, that 
third of Ripley is clearly demon- 
flratedtobenoother thing then im- 
wature Gold and Silver-^ and fo they 
doe not diff^er but agree in matter of 
Ferment^ though for immaturities 
fake it he figmfied by another name. 
To this our Vwn^zn Archbifhop of 



3 22 Ch^mkall CoUei^iens, 

Canterbury [eems u a^cnt. It is 
certain the Earth may he the Fer- 
ment of Water ^ fo it he fixt^ ani 
the Water the Ferment of the Earthy 
if ccmrarimfe it be prft[i and 
pure, and this altogether tvtthotit all 
help of Vulgar G&ld and Silver, 
Which Tvords doe (eem indeed t» 
bring a new controverfie amonq;^ 
their opinions, while [ome affirm 
the Eltxir cannot be made withem 
Vulgar Gold and Silver, Again:^ 
ethers affirm that Vulgar Gold ana^ 
Silver ts nothing ufefull in our 
Work : Let therefore Dunftans opi- 
nion intercede. We muft note 
( faith he) that ancient Philofo 
phers did not ufe Vulgar Gold and 
Silver in this Work, and therefore 
thev faid their labour needed no 
great Coft, but might equally be 
performed as well of the Poor as 
of the Rich, the Countriman as 
Citizen 5 which would altogether 
differ from truth, if it might not 



■ Chywicall Collections. i*3 

\c performed without Vulgar 
|jold and Silver, He thus taught 
herefore that tve f})$uld take heed : 
'cr although Gold and Stiver maf 
t fubtiliz,ed and mingled with 
'incturesy and he reduced to leffer 
■lixirs^ jet the tray according to 
he Do^rineefthe Phtloj$fhers^is 
ot in thrn ^ Tor their Gold and 
ilver are two chief Tin^ures^ Red 
nd White buried in one and the 
tme Body^ which by Nature never 
named their f erf eB Complement^ 
tt thtj are feparable from their 
■arthly Lutojity ^ and accident aH 
^roffe^ and then by their f roper qua- 
ties fo ccmmixtible with Earths 
ure Red and White^and are found fo 
t Ferments for them^ that they may 
way be f-id to need any other 
hing. In which words is defcrihed 
\9 Other thing then Ripleys green 
Aon^ or their Gold^ not Gold, un- 
^ffe in pofsibility while as yet imn$a* 
fire. Which always and onelj is fet 


f 24 Chjmicall ColleCiions. 

apArt andchofenofaU Fhilofophersk 
and thcfethat under fland^ for their e 
firft Milter. Whmce it is cUM'k 
mdniftft that neither Vulgar Gohti 
mr Silver ought to be taken for thm 
firji Matter, but 'jet it ts donbt/m 
If^why^andwhm they are necefjarfi 
for U4^ totheComfofition of the e)^ 
lixir. 7$ which I anfwer from thm 
authority of the Phtlofophers^ Thm 
they are fo necefjarj^ /(s without, 
them the Elixir cannot beperfeffedh 
But yet not as they are Vulgar Goh ii( 
and Silver^ hut being fo altered a ti 
that they may be reduced to thei iui 
jirfl Matter, and while they are fix ix 
by N'ature^ may be made Volatile bk 
Art^ and then at length while the nij 
are in fuch a Condition ^ it fhaU b Jk 
imfof?ible for any Artifl to redut jIi 
them again to Vulgar Gold and Sii w 
ver^after the manner ofGoldfmith m 
becAufe then according to the Turb m 
the Body becomes incorporate y as ai \h 
fo Rofariiis witneffeth. He ths 4 


ChjmicM ColleSions. 125 

iiovvs fo to deftroy Gold, that it 
'z no more Gold, has attained the 
leateft fccret. And when it is fo 
repared,then it Ihall be the firft 
roper Di(h, of which our Infant 
nouriftitj and by Philofophers 
lall have the name of Ferment. 
Vhich, after the Stone be come 
b its perfed RednclTc, and hath 
ieen nouriltt with the Mothers 
i4ilk, it ought to, be joined with 
fs red Earth for the accomplifti- 
nent of the Elixir, that it might 
ender a more then perfeft T in- 
jure, and might communicate its 
ixt Nature, to the prepared Me- 
licine^ which being fpecificated it 
night at length become perfect. 
Therejore hence it appears ^ ihAt 
vhj^and when Vulgar Gold and Sil- 
ver are not nesifjarj to the cemplC" 
merit of the Work. That therefore I 
maj briefly reduce to one Harmony 
ihis appearing Controverfie (which 
^hc Philofophers mderflanding ouZ 


126 ChjmicallCollefHons. 

another mutualljy deliver purpofelj 
in intricate terms) inthefe words of 
GuldoMontanus, viz. Although 
the Philofophcrs Stone may be . 
made even to WhitenefTc and^ 
Rednefle without Vulgar Gold or 
Silver, yet the Elixir cannot be*!' 
made without Vulgar Gold orf 
Silver, altered and prepared as be- J^ 
fore. But that I may conclude this^^ 
Corollary, almjs ohferve^ that aftef ^^ 
the Work of Winter is ferforfned,anA^^ 
ihoufbalt fee the Sun exalted in A 
riesj and that then the Philofophick 
Work be begun y that inthatvery^ 
houre we ought to prepare Ferments, 
becaufe they need long Preparation^ 
and it would be the greateft incon 
venience^that when the KingfhoulS^ 
hunger y food fhould be wanting, ot' 
that there fhould not he a Vijh o^ 
Dainties prepared. Therefore L 
every Artifl be provident. 


Chjmicdl CeBeCiiens. 1 27 

Chap. IX. 
of Projection. 

\ Dry earthy Body tinds not, Artephm, 
^unleflc it be tinded, and be- 
^aufe it enters not, therefore it al- 
ers not. Therefore it tinds not 
Jold, becaufc the hidden Spirit 
hereof ought firft tobcextradcd 
,rom its Belly by our white Wa- 
cr, that it might become altoge- 
(hcr fpirituall. 13, 

Many through ignorance have Rlpiej. 
(eftroied their Work, when they 
lavc made Projcdion upon im- 
pure Metall 'j for their Tindures 
^y rcafon of Corruption doe not , 
;emain, but vanifh, becaufe they 
(Cmovcd not from the Bodies 
,hofe things which after Projcdti- 
m are brittle, dark, and black. See 
:herefore thou firft Projeft thy 
VIedicine on Ferment, then that 
Ferment will be brittle as Glaffe^ 


Ia8 Chjmicall CoUcElions, 

then caft that brittle Subftancc 
upon Bodies clean and very pure, 
and prefently thou flialt fee them 
curioufly coloured with Tindure 
which will abide all Trials. So 
make three, four, or five Projccfti- 
ons , till the Tindure of thy Medi- , 
cine begin to decreafe^then is there . 
an end of making further Proje<5li- ' 
on. Rlfleypa,62. 
cma. But the manner of Projecfliort 
is, that thou Pro jeft one part of fc 
the forefaid Medicine upon a hun- pi 
dred pans of fufed or powred p^ 
Gold, and it makes it frangible, 1 
and the whole will be a Medicine U 
of which one part Projefted upon 
a hundred of any fufed Metall 
turns it into the beft Gold. And 
likewife if thou work with the 
Moon 5 But if the Medicine or E- kc 
lixir ihould not have ingrcffe, take m 
of the Stone extradedm the firftp 
operation, and of the forefaid l4 
Mercury a like quantity , and min- 




ChjmcaU ColkEtiom. I2ff 

gle them together, and incorpo- 
rate them by grinding upon a 
Stonc^and then diftilling in a Bath, 
that they might the better be jot- 
i ned together^thendry them. Avu 

Son, compound the Minerals, tniiiHi. 
which pertain to the Minerall Ma- 
giftery, by multiplying their ver- 
tue thus : Take one part of the 
Powder or Duft, vtz,, an ounce or 
pound, and Projed it upon ten 
.©arts of Amalgama, made of one 
•,)art of the Moon or Sun, and five 
f Mercury, and the whole fhall 
turned into Powder or Duft 
ccording to the condition of 
Duft 5 and Projcd one of thofc 
en parts, upon other ten of A- 
nalgama or fimple Mercury^ fo 
roceedby Computing and Pro- 
dding untill thou fee the Matter 
iirned neither into Duft nor Me- 
all^ but into a hard frangible ' 

ilallc, and make triallof it,^^. ; 
IC hdvv 

j JO Chjmlcd CotteEihns. 

how many parts,onc part can turn 
intoMetall", and by this manner 
thou {halt neceffarily findcthc end 
of Projedion, otherwifc thou 
{halt never findc it, unleffc it be 
firft converted into a hard fran- 
gible Maffc, as we told thee be- 
ymm^ But this is the greateft Secret, 
that the vertue of the Medicine 
fhall be alfo augmented in the 
Projedion, notonelyinextenhvc 
Quantity, but alfo in the vertue 
of Pcrfeiftion and Goodnelic, 
viz. If the Medicine be Projected 
in a due Proportion upon a Body, 
and the whole be put into Fire,and 
augmented by its degrees, and be _, 
oftnerdiflolved, and oftner coa- j 
sulated, till it be more fluxiUthen „, 
Wax. Wherefore if in Projection 
the Medicinebe fo much wcakned 
that it cannot have ingrcffe anv 
longer, ingrelTe is given to it it , 
part of the firft Medicine be joi-j' 

Chjmicall CoUcBians. 1 5 1 

ned to it, and it be decocted by 
difToIving and coagulating till it 
flow. But by how much lefiTe the 
vcrtueof the Medicine is, it is ne- 
cefTarily convenient to adminifter 
the Fire from the beginning, and 
according to the degrees of Time, 
by fo much the more temperature. 
But if there ihall nothing remain 
ofthcfirft and moft perfcd: Me- 
dicine which might be added, 
(which left it happen to him, the 
iegenious Artift muft chiefly be- 
ivare) thence it will be fit to doc 
Otherwife. The third manner is 
('.according to /?<?/ir//^)that a little 
Dart of the Medicine , whether 
white or red, be joined with the 
Stone or our Mercury, (which was 
leverinthe Work) and let it be 
i)ut to digeftionas before, and de^ 
rocted by Putrefying, Subliming,- 
md Fixing, untill the whole be- 
:ome a tinctured Oil, then again 
hou flialt have the perfect Stone 5 
K z and 

132 Chymicall Coll€6lions. 

and this is done in a few days, and 
with leffe coft, labour^and hazard. 
But always keep fomc part for 
Ferment, as well of the White as 
Red 5 and this wife Confideration 
fhall cxcufe thee of much trouble. 

lan^oy. Let one part of Medicine b 
taken, and ten parts of putrcfic 
Mercury, fo that Mercury be 
made hot even to Fumofity, and 
then let the Medicine be caft upon 
it, which will prefcntly flow, even 
penetrating the leaft parts •, then 
by a convenient Fire made ftrong, 
let the flowing Mercury be gathe- 
red together, of which let a little 
part be taken, and let as much of 
his vive Mercury be put to the 
Fire, and let the Weight be pro- 
ved •, If the added Mercury ihall 
notably recede, then it affcds the 
Medicine to its fartheft parts. But 
if the Body in the Body fliall not 
be notably broken, but that the 




Chjmcall CoHeBions . i j ? 

Matter be yet frangible, and too 
fofc or hard , then again rake a 
lirtle of this,and as much of crude 
Mercury, and in all things pro- 
ceed, as hath been faid, till thou 
have thy intent. Clangor, 

TF:lE CO%OLlA%r. 

As the Provifim of Citizens^ if 
it were not fufplied by Country men^ 
would fuddenlj be tvajled^ and in 
like manner the great Store ef the 
Country men themfelves quickly ex- 
haufted^ if after the Work ofWm- 
ter^vlz.the Preparation oftheEarth^ 
and mnnorving of the laid up Corn^ 
itrvere not again delivered to natu- 

* rating Nature^ and again laid up in 
herlaptoputrefie, difjolve, and mul- 
tiply : In like manner alfo, in the 
fhilofophick Work^ whofe included 
Matter is not cafily found out^ whofe 

^myfticall manner of Preparation is 

1 34 Ch'jmicAll ColUoiieTis. 

not underfloodxvithoHt wfinite Lu- 
cubrations •, UJllj^ xvhoft Proceffe 
(th^t it might be brought unte a, 
degree above ferfeCiicn) though 
long^ difficulty and hazardotis^ be- 
fore that the immenfe and infinite 
treafure be perfected • No otherwife 
that being performed ( unleffe we 
fhertl)^ and tvith a little c^ and 
trouble obtain the manner of multi- 
flying) would all that be (peedily 
con fumed ^ which was gotten by long 
and unwearied indu^ry. 

iherefore takethis for a Corolla^ 
ry^ that fince it is manifeft from 
what hath been faid^ that Medicine 
is to be multiplied two ways. Firji 
in quantity and quality^ or elfe tn 
quantity onelf. In quantity and 
quality it is done by difjolution and - 
fermentation ^ in quantity^ onely by 
Projection : Thou mufi with all care 
ana providence take heed^ left 
through ignorance of the right form 
of Proje^ion^ that Divine Work^ 


ChjmicdU CoIU6iions. l ^ y 

{when it is now breught to its Com- 
flementy ar?d degree above perfe^i- 
on) fheuld be deflroied. Therefore 
he tnufl knoxv^ that upon whatfoever 
Bfidythoufhaltfirfi projeB the Me- 
dicine^ it mil change it into Duft 
mfwerable to the nature of the Bo- 
dy on which thou did(l Proje3 it^ 
hich indeed is Myjlicall and to be 
wondered At '^ If therefore thoude- 
fireft to bring thy Elixir tothe Sun, 
let thyfrji Proportion be made upon 
thesun^ that in the Sun it may be 
(pecificated. And fo with the Moon 
to theMoon^ thou muft thence pro- 
ceed as hath been manifefted clearly 
tnough from the authority of mop 
^approved Phihfophers. 

1 4 ChXp, 

1^6 ChjmicallColl tBiotis^ 

Chap. X. 


SemitA.-Y;^yQxy encreafing or growing 
-A-'thing, both Vegetable and A- 
nimall,is multiplied in its kinde, as 
Men, Trees, Grain, and the like, 
for of one Seed, a thoufand are ge- 
nerated, therefore it is poflible fo 
that things be infinitely encreafl. 
Scmita Semite pa.^^S. 
■Bam. But thou flialt multiply the 
Medicine thus 5 After thou hafl 
compleated it, take notice on how |iei 
many it fals, which being fore- 
fcen, again refolve, and congeal it, ^: 
and in every Refolution the Tin- 
dure is doubled, that if before its 
refolution one part fall upon a 
hundred, afterwards it will fall up- 
on t^\'o \mndY^d.Biiconf9A9. 

Scai(t, Medicine may . be multiplied 
two ways, firft by Diffolution and 
Reiteration of Congelation , and 


Chj micallColle^itGHs. t^f 

his is its virtuall Multiplication in 
jOodnclTe or Quality •, the fccond 
Fermentation, and this is its 
'iuhiplication in Quantity. Scala 

The Multiplication of Medi- M^^' 
ine is performed two ways, one 
y the reiterated Didolution and 
Coagulation of the Stone 5 the 
!Cond by Proje(5lion of the firft 
llixir Stone upon a Body, cither 
Vhite or Red, in fuch a Quantity, 
lat the fame Body may alfo be 
irned into Medicine, and then 
leremay be put together to dif- 
)lve in theirWater and menftrous 
latter^and fo the firft Elixir is the 
ermcnt of fuch a Tindure-, and 

doe Women that bake. Rof^r. 

The Augmentation in Good- clangor. 

fie and Quality, is to difiblvc 
id coagulate the very Tindure, 
lat is, to imbibe and exficcate it 

our Mercury. Or thus^take 


IjS Chjmicall CoUe^iens. 

one part of the prepared Tin(fiure^|i 
and diflblve it in three parts of i 
our Mercury , then put it* in aii 
VelTell, and feal the Vcirell, andtr 
cover it with hot Embers, till 
it be exficcated and become Du 
then open the Veffel, and againj 
imbibe and exficcate as before 
and how much the oftner tho 
doft this, fo often fhalt thou gainj'; 
fomc parts. Or elfe take of th 
fixt Matter which tinfteth, th 
is, of the prepared Tindure thri 
parts, and of the Philofophe 
Mercury one part, and put it int 
a Veffel, and feal the Vcflel, andjfi 
put it among hot Embers as be- 
fore, and exficcate it, that it m 
be made Duft, then open the Vek«if 
fel imbibe, and exficcate it as bd i\\ 
fore : And the Water that is Ar- 1 r 
gent vive or Mercury, addes nor [(,i 
thing to the Weight, or to the \ 
Body, unlefle as much as remains u'e^ 
of the Metallick humidity, /^ 




JAIfo Multiplication in Qtiantity 
made by mixtion of the Medi- 
ne with vulgar Argent vive in a 
rucible, which Argent vive in- 
ed is turned into red Duft by 
mixtion of the Stone^and again, 
rat, of that Argent vive which 
)uld be caft upon other Argent 
re, is again alfo turned into 
ijft, and fo thou llialt make reitc- 
lions of the Duft of Argent 
re upon other Argent vive, un- 
I the Argent vive cannot be tur- 
i into Duft, but remain turned 
oaperfedMetall. Clanger Buc- 

If thou wouldft multiply it, it Arn^haa*^ 
fit thouJdifrolve the red again, 

new diftblutive Water, and 
m iterated dccocSion to whiten 
I redden it by the degrees of 
e, by reiterating the firft Regi- 
int or Work. Diilblve, Con- ""^ 
.ie. Reiterate, by Clofing,Opc- 

and Multiplying, in Quanti- 


mf<r ^r.j „,_ 'yuedions* 

ty and Quality, as thou pleaftf 
Becaufe by a new Corruption an 
Generation, is again introduced 
new Motion, and fo we cann( 
obtain an end, if we would ahvn; 
operate by Reiteration, Diflblut 
on and Coagulation, by the m 
diation of our DiflTolutive Watc 
thatiSjbydiffolving and coagul 
ting through the nrft Regime 
or Work, as hath been faid. At' : 
fo the vertueof it, is augment/' 
and multiplied in quantity, fo th 
if thou haft an hundred in the fir 
Work, in the fecond thou ih; '^ 
have a thoufand, in the third t !*' 
thoufand, and fo by profecutin ^^ 
thy Projeftion will become in 
nite, in truly, perfedly , and fixe 
ly tinfting or giving Tindure 
every Quantity, how great foevf ^ 
and fo by a thing of no value 
added,Colour, Weight, and V 




I ChjmuaU CoUemons. . ^ 


I knew (faid Count BernArd of 
tvifane) a certain man of the 
ounty oi Ancbona^v^ho had very 
dl known the Stone^ but was 
norant of the Multiplication, 
e {faith he) did folicitoufly fol- 
w me fixteen intire years that he 
ight learn, but from me he ne- 
:r knew it, for he hath the fame 
3oks as I. 

But I cannot think an^ man /i 
\ti and ftufid^ but that he may 
cm this Chapter eafilj underjland 
ie Multiplication of the Stone^ 
uch things hj how much the oft- 
?r they are di([olved^ filtrated^ and 
)agulated^ become by fo much the 
me fubtile, pure, penetrating, and 
$uch wore tran/parent. It is like- 
nfe fo with that Phyftcall Srone^ 
fhich^ although it be brought to 
erfeffiony yet by how much the oft- 


1 42 Chjjnkall CoUeclions^ 

ner it is difjolved andcoaguUted^ i 
fo much the more theftrength then 
of is multiplied in Projection^ eviY 
untill it attain an infinite numh 
To the practice whereof in this «■ 
lafl Chapter^ it mil not herequifi 
that I adde a further Paraphrafi 
fmce this our dijjolving PhiUf 
fhick Mercury is to every one clear 
evident from tvhat hath been /i 
in thefe our Collections^ That^ tk 
is Fire ''which thej call Naturalist, 
whofe help the Solution and Refol 
tion of the Elixir is performed y ah 
the Proportion thereof^ andmann 
operating^ they have truly and el 
gantlj explicated in this Chapt 
without Tropes or Figures : For h 
fore this time s was enough and t 
much ohfcured^ and over fhadowed. 
their paraholtcall Mifls^ that tr 
Path- way by which every lover , 
the Art is brought through difj 
culties^ Woods^ and Mountains^ 
that mo ft famous Tower oj Philof 


f Chymtcau Louuttons. j^v 

j^confecrateto Art and Nature^ 

which the Fire of Nature is im- 
ifaned and locked up. 

The Tri-une Cod, Father, Word^ 
\d Holy Spirit^ Incomprehenfible 
ight, Impartible Trinttj^ Immu- 
ble E([enc€^which rules all things^ 
)t not tnclufivelj , beyond all things^ 
ft not excluftvely^ Immenfe^Incir- 
\wfcript^ Ineffable^ from his infi- 
ie and unfpeakable Mercy ^ vouch^ 
fe to openy dete5i^ and unlock it^ 

all that worthily importune and 
nplore his Aid^ to his eternall 
aife and honour. Amen. 



Things CO be obfervecJ. 

I.^TpHE MaterUll Tart bein^ \ 
A known , and had^ it eugk 1 
mt to be kept in a Hot^ and Mstft j 
but in a Cold or Dry place • nor bt i 
kept long : but thou beginnefi u t 
Work with it whilftit isfrefh^ am ( 
but newly Extracted from its Mine 

2. Begin not to Werk^ anlefj^ ji 
thou hafi fo much of the Profe. // 
Materi all weighed out ^ as willferv^ C 
for two years ; that in cafe thet k 
failefi the firjt time, thou rnaiji u 
corre^it thefecond, Becaufe thot D 
€anft not examine Truth wtthom C 
Faljhood^ nor that which is Streigk ^ 
mthout confideration had of tha^ 
Pfhich is Crooked. So that if thot 
Jhouldji want Matter to work upon. 
thdu Uavefi the Work unfimfhed 



atfdgettefl nothing ittt thj Labour 
f$r thj Bains/ 
5. The Elements are i» he fep^- 
rated in afoft Bathj that the Alem* 
tick he mt perceived f$ be hot^ but 
that the vafour {being Elevated 
dnd Congealed in the Colder Aire) 
may he turned into Waur^ having 
the form of all the Species's 19 her e^ 
of it is Generated^ 

4. After the WkHr [hall be Di- 
fliUedy let it not fiandlor^g whenit 
is jit for Operation:, Becaufetif^ 
Coagulum thereof falleth into the 
bottome^ congealing the Coagula^ 
ted (Body) by the Coldne(fe and 
Drineffe efthsAire: which (f^^^^ 
Senior) happened to one of ray 
AflTociates, who found it fo foiuk 
whole.yearj but not Diftilled. 

y. li is neceffary the Artifl have 
4 grcAt ^mtitj ofWater^ becauf^ 
L th^t 

ihA$ in the Beginning^ Middle^ and 
Bnd^ there mU always be a, mcefitj 
thereof^ as wellin Futrefying^afh^ 
ingy Calcining, Subliming^ Imbi* 
bing^ as that the Elixir may be of- 
ten Refolved. Wherefore Avicctt 
in his Efiftle to his Son^ My Son it 
bchovcth thee to have a great 
Quantity of our Sun and Moon, 
that thou maift extraft their Moi- 
ftures, fixty Pounds at the leaft. 


6. thett maift with on Pound 
weight f Water ^ refolve the Matter 
into Water, even to an Infinite 
£luantity. But he that defires tc 
gather this firji Pound let him bi 
Fatient, and proceed foftly aru< 
fweetlj, not hafiily : For that Wori 
is termed ofPhihfcphers, An Ex- 
traftion of his own Sweat. 

7. But above all^ thoumujl be 
ware^ that at no time thou futtefl * 
cold Clajje into the hot Water 


lejl it fhould bebreke^andthou lo* 
Jeft thy Labour. 

8. It U to be noud^ When tho» 
takefiup A Ve^ei^ thoufnjferefi it to 
cook with Watery for the jp.Ace of 
three hours, at the leafi^ 

g. Take heed irtDiftilUtionjthat 
\he Water bubble not at the fame 

lo. In every Digeflion^ the 
lla([emuft be Sealed with the Seal 
^f Hermes. 

\i.To Fix Inceration^ a Necef- 
tty is obferved amongfi clacks ^ 
hat A Fire be made thereon^ where- 
y the Matter ma) the better be Fix- 
Vd^ which notwithftanding is n^ 
itf befleighted. 

12. He that under (lands what 
I meant by /A^PhilofophersMa- 
■nefia, underflands the Preparation 
^1» L z and 


4nd Ptrfeliion cfihefirfi Work^ 
and what is meant hj Sal naturae, 
Sal Armoniacus, Mercurius Ex- 
uberatus, and Sulphur naturae, 
pfhich being undtrftood 

Dimidium fadi^ qui bene coe- 
pitj habct. 

13. shortly after the fecend 
Work, or the Philofophick Work U 
begun ^ forget not even at the fame 
houre^ to begin the Preparation of 
thy Ferments^ hecaufe they require 
a long time of Preparation 5 Let the 
Sun make his own Ferment : the 
Moon hersf 

14. Jo the Building of a Kings 
Palace^ thefe following Artificers 
are neceffarily required, A Mafon^ 
a Smith^a Glafter^ a Potter^ {or ma- 
ker ef Earthen Images) a Carpenter: 
mthout x9hiLh^ neither the palaa 
can rightly be built -^ mrtheKin^ 


therein preferved from Cold^ and 
the Injuries of Winds. 

15. Many men through Igno- 
rance have deflroied their Work^ 
t^hen at the fir [I they made Project- 
$n of the Medicine^ upon ImpcrfeS 
Metals, For^ on vohatfoever Body 
thou firjt oj all FrojecJeJi the Me- 
dicine^that (ame is converted into a 
J^rangible Maffe^ andjhallbe an Eli- 
xir according to the nature of the 
Body upon which it is fo Proje^ 
ded. So^ at that if the ProjeSion 
be made upon Ju^itcVy ^r Venus, it 
fhaU be a Medicine^ which notonely 
converteth other Imperfe5i Bodies 
into Jupiter, or Venus, but alfo re^ 
duceth perfeii Bodies (jomt^ the 
Sun and Moon) into Imperfeit Bo- 
dies • according fo the nature of the 
Body uf on which the Medicine JhaS 
frft bi proje^ed: fVhich caufed 
the moji Learned Rairaund (firuck 
with Admiration) to cry out in thefe 
Z 3 wordf^ 

mrdsy What ! is Nature Re- 
trograde f 

i6. He that would under [I and the 
f^jings of philofophers^ mufi not 
give credit fo much to their Words ^ 
as to the things they treat of : For^ 
the kmwledge of Words ^ is not to he 
taken from the manner of (peaking^ 
becaufe that the Matter is net (ttb- 
]e6i to the Speech^ hut the Speech to 
the Matter. 

1 7. Note^ that a fhort and 
*vefje/i is requiftte for dtfiilling a 
Heavy Body^ or at leafl Water with 
its Saltneffe. Becaufe that by hew 
much the Water is more Ponderous 
then the Body, by fo much Bught 
the Feffellto be the broader and dee- 
fer^ through which the heat pafjtth 
more temperate and profitable to the 

18. Great care is always to be 
had^ lejl at any time from the fir ft 



\ Con]un^ion to the Whitemffe^ the 
I Matter jhould rvax cold^ or be 4f 
; arty time moved hy reafonof immi- 
^ nent Danger. 

ig. Let not a greater ^antity 
cf the Matter be put into the philo- 
fophers Eggey then may fill two 
Thirds thereof y at the utmo^. 

20. It is to be noted, that in Ah- 
Itttion^ or Calcination of the Earthy 
although the Waters Imbibition^ or 
Exficcation^ be made in preparation 
hj the temperate heat of the Bath 5 
fet its Sublimation or Rifing is per- 
fected by aftviftfireof Afhes. 

21. The philofophicall Work may ^t \, p'V^ 
he begun mth an ec^uati proportion ^i"^'^- 
of Earth prepared, and pure Water ^>!'l{Xf] 
[even times reBifed-j which are 2^'''^'^''\ 
joined and put up in an Ovall^^J.^"^^ 
Glafje Hermetically Sealed. ^/^^^--^tH'/'f /J^ 
wards let them be placed in the p^/-^.«^rV«.ah-* 

L^ lofophi-y''^'^'' 


li^ofhic/iH FurnACCf or Athamrt^ 

and cherifhed with amsjl [oft Ftrc^ 
fvhiljl the Earth drinks up her W4- 
ter, and {according to Ripley) the 
Streams are dried up. Then laftljy 
let the dry Matter he comforted with 
Jevcn Imbibitions^ and every Im-^ 
hibltionkeep thefolkmng Properti- 
en, that fo the Water m.iy by a jajl\ 
Meafure exceed the Earth nine 
times according to the Voclrine of 
ihilofophers 5 which cannot other^ 
wife he done, then by obferving 
the fe Numbers. But this (ecret was\ 
never 06 yet Revealed by any Body. 

For Example : Jf in the firjl 
Conjun^ion the Earth weigh ^%o 
Grains, then let fo many be added to 
it oftts Water, which together make 
ftp 960 Grains^ and for the time ap" 
pointed to the firjl Imbibition 240 
Grains of new Water are required ^ 
300 to the [econdy ^']')to the thirds 
468 to the fourth^ 5^5^^ the fifth, 



7?2 totheftxth,^^o tothefeventh^ 
wherebj the Iwbtbition isfcrfeBed^ 
mdthtntrocctdto FermentAtion. 


fit adciparvum e(l, tlhiquinfotat'iapyaftet. 
Sapeque PunCium unum^gfande Uvamen habit. 


OR, S 


The grand Secret | 

OF % 



jvH E R E I N, ^ 

The Secrets of Nature and ^ 

Art, concerning the Matter ^ 

and Manner of making the *> 

Philofophcrs Compofition, are or- 4* 
derly and methodically mamfcfted. 

The TVork^ of a concealed Author, ^ 

. #• 

Penes nos unda Tagi, 


The third Edition amended and ;|* 

enlarged. #> 



To the Students in, and well 
affcdcd unto Hermetick 

Philofophy, health and frofferitj. 

Mongft the heights of hid* 
den Philofophy, the pro- 
du(^ion of the Hcrmctick 
Stofie hath ofa long time 
beenftrongly believed to 
e the chiefcft, and neareft a Miracle, 
oth for the Labyrinths and multitudes 
f operations, out of which the mindc 
f man, unlefle it be illuminated by a 
earn of Divine light, is not able to un- 
;inde her felf; as alfo becaufe of its 
loft noble end which promifeth a con- 
tant plenty of health and fortunes, the 
wo main pillars of an happie life. Be- 
ides, the chief Promoters of this Science 
lave m?de it mo ft remote from the 
cnowlcdgc of the vulgar fort by theic 
Tropes and dark expreflions, and have 
)laced it on high, as r. Tower impregna- 
)lc for Flocks and Situation, whereunto 
;hcre on be no acceffe, unlelfe Goddi* 



re6l the way. The ftudy of hiding thi; ^ 
Art hath drawn a reproach 11 pen the At f^ 
it felf and its ProfefTors : for when thof ^ 
unfortunate Plunderers of the Goldci ^^[ 
Fleece by reafon of their unskilfulnefTi f 
felt thcmrelves,beat down from their vait J' 
attempt, and far unequall unto fuch emi 
nent perfons *, they in a furious raptur f 
ofdefperation^hke mad-men, waxed ho ■ 
againtt their fame and the renown of th' ^| 
Science, utterly denying any thing to bi ]' 
above their cognizance and the iphear ', 
of their wit, but what w^as foolifh am J' 
frothy : And becaufe they fet upon j . 
bufincffe of damage to themlclves, the; ' ^ 
have not ceafed to accule the chief Ma ' j 
ftcrsof hidden Philofophy of falOiood ' 
Nature of impotency,and Art of cheat! . 
not for any other reafon, then that the] ^) 
raflily condemnc what they know not } 
nor is this condemnation a fiifficient re '' 
venge, without the addition of madnel ? 
to fiiarl and bite the innocent with infa 
mous flaunders. I grieve (in truth) fo ": 
their hard fortune, wh6 whileft they re 
prove others, give occafion of their owi 
conviclion,although they jurtly fuffer ai 
helliiCh fury within them, Tbey moil anc ^ 



^cat to batter the obfcurc principles of 
c moft hidden Philoljbphy with troops 
'arguments, and to pull upthefecret 
undatioiis thereof widi their devifed 
gines : which yet are onely manifeft 
theskilfull, and thofe that are much 
irfed in To fublime Philofophy, but hid 
pm ftrangers : Nor doe thefe quick- 
;hted Cenfors obferve, that whilft 
ey malign anothcrs credit, they wil- 
igly betray their own. Let them confi- 
:r with themfelveSjwhether they under- 
and thole things which they carp at ; 
/hat Author of eminency hath divulged 
e fecret elements of this Science, the 
ibyrinths and windings of operations, 
id laftly, the whole proceedings therc- 
? What Oedipta hath fincerely and 
uly explained unto him the figures and 
tangled dark fpeeches of Authors > 
Ach what Oracle, what Sibyll, have 
cy been led into the Sandluary of this 
ply Science? Jn fine, how were all 
lings in it made fo manifeft,that no pare 
mains yet unveiled ? I fuppole they 
ill no otherwifc anfwer my queftion, 
len thus, that they have pierced all 
ingsbythe fubtilty of their wits ; or 




confefle that they were taught (or rat 

feduced) by Tome wandring Quack' 

Mountebank , who hath aept ititO] 

good efteem with than, by his feignoijj 

countenance of a Philofopher. O wi< ' 

ednefTe / who can (ilently fufFer tl: 

Palmer- worms to gnaw upon the fame tj 

labour, and glory of the wife ? who cti m 

wicbpatience hear blinde men, as out ^ k 

a Tripode judging of the Sun ? Bi 

is greater glory to contemne the hi 

lefle darts of bablers, then to repdl 

Let I hem onely difdain the trcafi 

of Nature and Art, who cannot obt 

it. Nor is it my purpofe to plead 

doubtfuU caufe of an unfortunate Scit^l 

cnce, and being condemned, to takej ^^ 

into tuition : Our guiklefTc Philofoph \^^^ 

is no whit criminous ; and llandin ^^,^ 

firm by the aid of eminentcfl Authoi^ ,j„ 

and fortified with the manifold exper 

ence of divers agcs,it remains fafe enoi^ 

from the fopperies of prarlers, and dc 

fnariings of envy. However Charit 

liath incited me, and the mulcitudc ( 

wanderers induced me, taking pity c 

them, to prefent my light, that fo the 

may cfcape the hazard of the night : t 


^Ihelp whereof they may not onely live 
put, but alfo j)rocure an enlargement 
)oth to their Life and fading Fortunes. 
This fmall Treatife penn'd for your ufc 
ye Students of Hermetick Philofophy) 
I prefcnt unto you, that it may be dedi- 
:ated to thofe, for whofe lake it was 
vrit. If any {>erhaps (hall complain of 
be, and (iimmon me to appear as guilty 
^f breach of filence for divulging lecrecs. 
b an itching ftyle, ye have one guilty of 
bo much refpedlfulnefle towards you, 
bnfefling his fault, fentence him if you 
ileafe ; fo that .my crime may (upply 
he place of a reward to you : The of* 
?nce will not tjee difpleafing unto you,' 
ndthepunifliment (I doubt not) plea- 
Igt unto mee, if I fhall finde my felf to 
bive erred in this onely, whereby you 
by put an end to erring for the future. 

M Qamn 





Hermetick Secrets: 
Canon i . 

O D S fear is the en- ^^^q. 
trance into this Sci- „ition, 
encc. Its end is 
good will towards 
our Neighbour, the 
fatisfying Crop is the rearing 
endowing religious entcrtain- 
itj with certainty •, that what- 
/er the Almighty freely be- 
vcth on us, we may fubmiilive- 
Dffer again to him. As alfo 
Lintreys grievoufly oppreflcd, 
r be relieved ^ prifoners mifc- 
y captivated, releafed; and 
s almoft ftarved, comforted. 

The light of this knowledge 
ic gift of God, which by his 
lefle he bcftoweth upon 
)m he pleafeth : Let none 
cfoEC fet himfelf to the ftudy 
M a hereof;^ 

1 64 Hermetick Secret si 

hereof, untill having cleared an 
purified his heart, he devote hin ! 
lelf wholly unto God, and be en 
ptied of all affedion unto thinj 
impure. " 

3. The Science ofproducii'^ 
Natures grand Secret^ is a perfe ^' 
. knowledge of Nature univerfal^; 
and of Art, concerning the Rea' 
of Metals, the praftife whereo' 
converfant in finding the prin 
pies of Metals by Analyfis^and 
ter they are made much m 
perfed, to conjoyn them oth 
wife then before they have bo 
that from thence may refult a iF\ 
tholick Medicine, moft pow"^J 
full to perfeft imperfedl Metj '^ ^ 
and for reftoring fick and deca ^^. 

Bodies, of what fort foever. 


4. Thofe that are in publj;^^' 
Honours and Offices, or be 
ways bufied with private and 
ceflary occupations, let them 1 
ftrive to attain unto the top oft f^^^ 



Hermetick Secrets. \ 55 

^hilofophy, for it requireth the 
vhole man, and being found, pof- 
eflcth him, and being pofTelTed, 
hallengeth him from all long and 
erious imploiments, efteeming all 
^ther things as ftrange unto him, 
nd of no value. 

5. Let him that is dcfirous of 
his Knowledge, clear his minde 
Tom all evil motions, efpecially 
)ride5 which is abomination to 
'-Ieaven,and the gate of Hell : let 
lim be frequent in prayers, and 
rharitable ^ have little to do with 
;he world 5 abftain from company 
ceeping-, enjoy conftant tranquil- 
ity 5 that the Minde may be able 
:o reafon more freely in private, 
md be higher lifted up •, for un- 
.cffe it be kindled with a beam of 
Divine Light, it will not be able 
to penetrate the hidden myfteries 
of Truth. 

6. The Alchymifts^ who have 
siven their minds to their wel- 

M 3 nigh 


i66 Hermetick Secrets, 

nigh innumerable Sublimations, I 
Diftillations, Solutions, Congea- 
lations ^ to manifold Extraction j 
of Spirits and Tin<5lures,and other 
Operations more fubtill then pro- 
fitable, and fo have diftraded 
them by variety of errors, as fo 
many tormentors ^ will never bci 
bent again by their own Genius to 
the plain way of Nature and light 
of Truth, from whence their in- 
duftrious fubtilty hath declined 
them, and by twinings and tur- ^. 
nings, as by the Lybian CJuick- ' 
fands, hath drowned their intan- 
gled Wits : the onely hope oii j 
fafety for them remaineth in fin- 
ding out a faithful! Guide anc 
Teacher, that may make the cleai 
Sun conspicuous unto them, anc 
vindicate their eies from dark- 

7. A ftudious Tjro of i 
quick wit, conftant minde, infla- 
med with the ftudy of Philofo- 


Hermetick Secrets, i6y 

phy, very skilfull in naturall Phi- 
lofophy, of a pure heart, com- 
pleat in manners, mightily devo- 
ted to God, though ignorant of 
pradicall Chymiftry, may with 
confidence enter into the high- 
way of Nature, pcrufe the Books 
of beft PhiIofophers-5 let him 
feek out an ingenious and fedu- 
lous Companion for himfelf,and 
not defpair of obtaining his defirc. 

8> Let a Student of this fecret, 
carefully beware of reading or 
keeping company with falfePhi- 
lofophers 5 for nothing is more 
dangerous to a learner of any Sci- 
ence, then the company of an un- 
skilfuU or deceitfuU wit, by which 
falfe principles are ftamped for 
true, whereby an honeft and too 
credulous a minde is fcafoned 
with bad Dodrine. 

9. Let a Lover of truth make 

ufe of a few Authors, but of beft 

note and experienced truth 5 let 

M 4 him 

iW Hermetick Secrets. 

him fufpeft things that arc quick- 
ly underllood, efpecially in my- 
ftical Names and fccrct Operati- 
ons s for truth lies hid in obfcu- 
rity % nor doe Phibfophers ever 
write more deceitfully, then when 
plainly, nor ever more truly then 
when obfcurely, 

10. As for the Authors of 
chiefcft note, which have difcour 
fed both acutely and truly of 
thefecrets of Nature, and hid- 
den Philofophy, Hermes^ and 
Morienus Remanus^ amongft the 
Ancients, in my judgement are of 
the higheft efteem ; amongft the 
Modern, C^«;^/ Trevifams^Sz. Rai- 
mundus Lullins^ is in greateft re- 
verence with me : for what that 
moft acute Doftour hath omitted, 
none almoft hath fpokcn : let him 
therefore perufe him,yea let a Stu- 
dent often reade over his former 
Teftament, and Codicil, and ac* 
ccpt them as t Legacy of very 
' ^ great 

Herwetick Secrets. 169 

great worth. To thefe two Vo- 
lumes let him adde both his Pra- 
aicks, oat of which Works all 
things defirable may be coUefted, 
cfpecially the truth of Matter, the 
degrees of Fire, and the ordering 
of the Whole, wherein the whole 
Work is finiihed, and thoft tilings 
which our Anceftors too care- 
fully laboured to keep fccret. 
The occult caufes of things, and 
the fecret motions of nature, arc 
demonftrated more clearly and 
faithfully. Concerning the firft 
and myfticall Water of Philofo- 
phers he hath fet down few things, 
yet very pithy. 

II. As for that clear Water 
fought for by many, found out 
by few, yet obvious and profi- 
table unto all, which is the Bafe 
of the Philofophers Work, a 
noble Poloma^ not more famous 
for his learning then fubtilty of 
wit (not named; v^ihofe name not- 


t7o Bermetick Secrets] 

Withftanding a double Anagram 
hath betraied) In his Novum lumen 
Ckymicum ^Parabola and t^nigma^ 
as alfo in his- Trad of Sulphur^ he 
hath fpoken largely and freely 
enough 5 yea he hath exprefled aU 
things concerning it fo plainly, 
that nothing can be fatisfaftory ta 
him that dcfircth more. 

12. Philofophers do ufually ex- 
preflTe themfelves more pithily in 
types and senigmaticall figures (as 
by a mute kind of fpeechj then byj^ 
woprs-jforexample, ^^^/^y's Tabk; 
the allegoricalPidures oiRof^rius 
the Schemes of AbrAham fudaui 
in Flame llus : of the later fort^the 
rare Emblemes of the moft lear 
ned Michael Mai'ems^ wherein the! 
myfteries of the Ancients are fo 
fully opened, that as new Perfpe- 
dives they can prefent antiquated 
truth, and remote from our ag( 
as near unto our eies^and perfedlj 
to be fcen by us. 

13. Who 

j Uermeuck Secrets. i y i 

i?p Whofoever affirmcth that 
the Philofophers grand Secret is 
above the ftrength of Nature and 
Artjhc is blinde^becaufe he knows 
not the Sun and Moon, 

14. As for the Matter of their o//i[,^j^^. 
hidden Stone, Philofophers have^^^o/tfce 
writ diverfly ^ fo that very many ^^^^^* 
difagreeing in Words, do never- 
thelefle very well confent in the 
Thing 5 nor doth their different 
fpeech, argue the fcicnce ambi- 
guous or falfe.fince the fame thing 
may be exprelTed with many 
tongues, divers expreffions,and a 
different charader, and alfaonc 
and many things may be fpokcn 
after a divers manner. 

15. Let the ftudious Reader 
have a care of the manifold figni- 
fications of words, for by deceit- 
full windings, and doubtfuU, yea 
contrary fpeeches, (as it fhould 
fccmj Philofophers vent their 
xnyfteries, with a defire of keep- 


jy2 Bermetick Secrets. 

inginand hiding, not of fophifti- 
cating or deftroying the truth : 
And though their writings abound 
with ambiguous and equivocall 
words 5 yet about none doe they 
more contend,then in hiding their 
golden branch : 

*^em tegit omnis 
*^^-^' Lucus 5 & ob[curis cUudmt con- 
VAllihm umbra. 
Which all the Groves withfhad- 

dows overcaft. 
And gloomy Valleys hide. 

Nor yeeldeth it to any Force, but 
readily and willingly will follow 
him, who 
MAternas agnofcit aves 

(^ geminA cui forte ColumhA 

Jffd fub or A viri coelo 'uenere njo^ 

Untes, I ii 

Knows Dame Ver^tu Birds ► q| 

And him to whom of Doves a | 

lucky paire ^^ 

Sent from above (hall hover 'bout ly 

hisEarc. i6.Who- ^ 


Hcrmetlck Secrets. 173 

i6. Whofoevcr feeketh the 
Art of perfeding and multiply- 
ing imperfcdl Metals, beyond 
the nature of Metals, goes in 
errour, for from Metals the Me- 
tals is to be derived, even as from 
Man, Mankinde; and from an 
Oxe, that fpecies is to be fetcht. 

17. Metals (we muft confefle) 
cannot be multiplied by the in- 
ftinftand labour of Nature onely ; 
yet we may affirm that the mul- 
tiplying virtue is hid in their pro- 
fundity, and manifefteth it felf by 
the help of Art : In this Work, 
Nature ftandeth in need of the 
aid of Art ; and both doth pcr- 
fc<5i the whole. 

18. Perfeft Bodies are endued 
with a more perfect feed : and 
therefore under the hard bark 
of perfeiS Metals the perfed feed 
lies hid, which he that knows to 
take out by the Philofophers fo- 
lution, hathcntrcd into the high 
way,for in 

1 74 Hermetkk secrets. 

— JnaurQ 

Semwa funt auri, quamvis ab" 
firufa ncedant 

Irt Gold the feeds of Gold do lie, 
Though buried in Obfcurity. 

ip. Moft Philofophcrs have 
affirmed that their Kingly Work 
is wholly compofed of the Sun 
and Moon •, others have thought 
good to adde Mercury to the 
Sun : fome have chofen Sulphur 
and Mercury •, others have attri- 
buted no fmall part in fo great a 
Work to fait mingled with the 
other two. The very fame men 
have profeffed that this clear 
Stone is made of one thing onely, 
fomctimesof tvvoi, otherwhiles or 
three, at other times of four, and 
of five 5 and thus though writing 
fo varioufly upon the fame fub- 
jed, doe nevertheleffe agree in 
f:nfe and meaning. 

20. Now that (abandoning all 


' Hermetkk Secrets^ 17 5 

)Ohcats)we may deal candidly and 

•ruly, we hold that this entire 

Vork is pcrfeded by two Bodijss 

nely^to wit, the Sun and Moon 

lightly prepared, for this is mecr 

generation which is by nature, 

: /ith the help of Art, wherein the 

copulation of male and female 

loth intercede, from whence an 

»flF fpring far more noble then the 

>arents,is brought forth* 

21, Now thofe Bodies muft 
»c taken, which are of an unfpot- 
cdand incorrupt virginity ^ fuch 
s have life and fpirits in them 5 
lotextindas thofe that are hand- 
ed of the vulgar, for who can ex- 
>ed life from dead things 5 and 
hofe arc called corrupt which 
lave fuffered copulation 5 thofe 
lead and extindl which (by the 
enforcements of the chief Tyrant 
)f the world) have poured out 
heir foul with their bloud by 
^ajrtyrdomc, fly a fratricide 



176 Hermetick Secrets. 

from whom the grcateft imminent 
danger in the whole Work is 

22. The Sun is Mafculine, for- 
afmuch as it fendeth forth acSivc f 
and inforcing feed, the Moon is 
Feminine, called the matrix and ^^ 
veffel of Nature, becaufe fhe re-* J 
ceiveth the feed of the male in her' ^^ 
womb, and foftereth it by her '^' 
monthly provifion yet doth it 
not altogether want its aftivc vir- 
tue 5 for,iirft of all (being ravifhed 
with love) ihe climbs up unto the 
male, untill fhe hath wreftedfrom 
him the utmoft delights diVcnu4^ 
and fruitfuU feed : nor doth (he' 
defift from her embraces, till that 
being great with childe, fhe flip' 
gently away. 

23. BythenameoftheMooil|«i 
Philofophcrs underftand not the' 
vulgarMoon, which alfo is mi-f^< 
fculine in its operation, and in cO^- '^ 
pulatioo a(3s the part of a rttil^. i 




Hermetick Secrets* : jm-j 

Let none therefore prcfumc to try 
che wicked and unnaturall con- 
jundion of two males, neither 
!et him conceive any hope of if- 
ue from fuch copulation, but he 
[hall join Gabemus to Beiay and 
)fFer the fifter to her own brother 
n firm Matrimony, that from 
hence he may receive Sol's 
loble Son. 

24. They that hold Sulphur 
nd Mercury to be the Matter of 
he Stone, by the name of Sul- 
hur, they underftand the Suit 
nd common Moon 5 by Mercu- 
■^ the Philofophers Moon : fo 
Mthout diflimulation) holy X«/- ^^^^^f- 

ius advifeth his friend, that he at- rZw. 
jmpt not to work without Mer- 
ary and Luna for Silver, and 
lercury and Sol for Gold. 
25. Let none therefore be de- 
rived by adding a third to two : 
>r Love admitteth not a third \ 
id wedlock is terminated in the 

N num- 



178 Hermctick Secrets. 

number of two-, love further cxr 1 
tended is adultery, not matrix 

z6. Ncvcrtheleffe , Spiritual! 

love polluteth not a virgin , BeU 

might therefore without crime 

(before her promife made to G4>? 

bfitius) have contracted fpirituall 

love, to the end that ihe might 

thereby be made more cheerfull, 

more pure, and fitter for the bu- ' 

fincffe of matrimony. \ 

27. Procreation of children is l'' 

the end of lawfuU Wedlock Nov^ . |; 

that the Infant may bee borne ;'^^ 

more vigorous and gallant , \t& 

both the combatants be clertfei ^^ 

from every fcab and fpot 5 befor«|^ 

they both go up to their marriage "^'^ 

bed, and let nothing unnecefla?^!?, 

cleave unto them 5 becaufe froij ^^\ 

pure feed comes a purifyed gene J? 

ration, and fo the chaft wedldcl^l 

i^Sol and Luna, fliall be finiihci, ^ 

-when they ihall enter into Lov? P 


Herwetick Secrets. 17^ 

ibed -chamber , and be conjoyncd, 
and fhe fhall receive a foul from 
herhusband by imbracing him 5 
from this copulatidn a moft po- 
rent King {hall arife, whofe father 
tvill bee Sol ^ and his mother 

28. He that fecks for a pHyfi- 
:all tinfture without Sol and Lu- 
u^ lofeth both his coft and 
)ains;for the Sun affordeth a tnoft 
rfentifulltindureofredneffe, arid 
he Moon of whitenelfe , for the(e 
wo are onely called perfed ; be- 
paufc they are filled with the fub- 
ance of pui:eft Sulphur , perfe<5t- 
*^' clarified by the skill ol" nature : 
et thy Mtrcurf therefore have 
s tinfture from both of thefc 
jghts; for things muft of necef-, 
'ty receive a tinSiure before they 
Ingiveone. ; . -r 

29. Perfeftmetafs (tofttain^iir 
[hem two things, which thcy^ ztt 
lie to communicate to the im- 
N z pcrfcift 

I go Hermetick Secrets". 

perfcft^Tindurc and Fixation-jfor i« 
thofe 5 becaufe the are dyed and 
fixed with pure Sulphur, to wit ^ 
both white and red , they doe 
therefore perfcdly tind and fix, , 
if they be fitly prepared with their |ai 
proper Sulphur and Arfenick , o- 
therwife they have not ftcength')Vi 
of multiplying their tindure. 

30. Mercury is for imperfed'ifor 
metals, fit only to receive the tin 
dureofthe5«» and Moon'm the lis 
work of the Philofophers Stone, c 
that being full of tindiurc, it may ^n 
give forth other things in aboun 
dance : yetoughtit( before that ) 
to be full of invifible Suphur, that 
it may be the more coloured with 
the vifible tinfture of perfe(5lfc 
bodies^ and fo repay it with fuffir 

*cient Ufury. 

31. Now the whole tribe offt 
Philofophers fwcat much , and' 
arc mightily troubled to cxtrad ; 
tin(fturc out of gold : for they be- 




If pi 


Hermetick Secrets. ig 

ccve that tinfture can be fepara- 
ed from the Sun , and being fe- 
)arated cncreafe in virtue 5 but 
y^fes tandem AgricoUs vanis eludh 
L driflis* 

^aine hope, at laft the hungry 

Plough-man cheats 
Vith empty Husks, injteadef 

luftj meats. 
:oritis impoflible that the Suns 
nfture can at all be fevered from 
isnaturallbody, fince there can 
; no elementary body made up 
nature more perfed then gold, 
te perfedion whereof proceedeth 
|Dm the ftrong and infeparablc 
iion of pure colouring Sul- 

!ur with Mercury ^ both of them 
ing admirably pre-difpofed 
^reunto by Nature 5 whofe true^^ 
fi»aration nature denieth untow 
)ltt : But if any liquor remaining 
iextrafted (by the violence of 
or waters) by the Sun, it is to 
reputed a part of the body 
N 3 made 

igj Bertnetick Secrets. 

made liquid or diflblvcd by forcti 
For th^ tindure folio wet h its bo- 
dy , and is never fcparate J from 
it. That is the deluding of Art , 
tinknowne to Artificers thcm-t!' 

32. NevertheleflTe it may be 
granted, that tindurc is feparable|Ji 
from its body, yet ( we muft con-'^ 
JFefle) it cannot befeparated with 
out the corruption of the tindure? 
when as Artifts offer violencei 
to the gold, or Aqua fortis nt-^2 
dier corroding then diffolving. 
The body therefore fpoiled of its'^^^ 
tinfture and golden fleece , mufl 
needs grow bafe, and as an unpro- '^^ 
Stable heap turncto the damage jiw 
of its Artificer, and the tindtufi'vei 

-Jthus corrupted to have a weak€l^9 
Operation. in 

33. Let them in the next plad Jf 
caft their tindure into Mercurj^ 01 rt i 
into any other imperfeiSl body s^c 
and as ftrongly conjoync both dors^ 


' Bermetick Secrets. I gj 

i hem as their Art will permit^ yet 
jhall they foil of their hopes two 
^ayes ; Fij ft,becaufc the tindurc 
r'ill neither penetrate nor colour 
•eyond Natures ftrength; and 
herefore no gainc will accrue 
fom thence to recompence the 
xpence and countervaile the loflc 
f the body fpoiled and of no va- 
jae, fo 

[um Ubor indAmm eftj:re[chjnorr 
tdlis egefias^iyiir.ri^rr, : 

.|Vant is poor mortals wages, 

when his toylc 
,roducesonly loifeof paines and 
i . Oyle^ . : .•^..:;- V 
laftly thacbaniftied Tin<5terc ap. 
|,ied to another body will not 
I ve a perfect fixation andpcfma* 
imcy to endure a ftrong tryall, 
jid refift fearching Saturne. % 

34. Let them therefore that 

[C. dcfirous of Chjmifirj , and 

ivc hitherto followed Impo- 

ors and Mountebanks, found a 

N4 retrait. 

184 Hermettck Secrets. 1 

retrait, fparetime and coft, and Jai 
give their minde to a work truly cf 
Philofophicall, left the FhrygUm % 
be wife too late , and at length k 
pA'.r. be compelled to cry out with the ;er 
Prophet , Sir Angers have eaten uf^ k 
tnfflrength. I nc 

35. In the Philofophers work iiii 
more toyle and time then coft is k 
expended • for he that hath con-^ lai 
venient matter, need be at little tt' 
expence : befides, thofe that hunt k 
after great ftore of mony , and ^<i 
place their chief end in wealth, \\\ 
they truft more to their riches^ uiifi 
then their own art. Let therefore Eq\ 
the too credulous Frefh-man be^ bo 
ware of thefe pilfering pick pockr-; k 
cts, for whilft they promife gob boi 
den mountains , they lay in wait ] 
#for gold-,they demand bright ^ufb^ k( 
cring Sol , {viz.monj before hmdjki 
becaufe they walk in darkneflc.- r 
Xhtnu 35. As thofc that fayle te-fye 
^^'^^^ tween SqI^U and Charybdis are Ifijorf, 


Jiermtick Scents. 1 8 j 

anger on both fides : unto no 
?(Ie hazard are they fubjed who 
urfuing the prey of the Golden 
Jeece, are carried between the un- 
erraine Rocks of the Philofo- 
^txsSulfhurzndi Mercury. The 
lore acute by their conftant rea- 
ding of grave and credible Aii- 
ihors , and by the irradiant Sun 
aave attained unto the knowledge 
>f Sulphur 5 but are at a ftand in 
he entrance of the Philofophers 
;rf/r(r«r^. for Writers have twlfted 
: with fo many windings and Me- 
nders, involved it with fo many 
?quivocallnamcs, that it maybe 
aoner met with by the force of 
lie Seekers intelle6l, then be 
oundbyreafonor toyle. 

37^ That Philofophers might 
he deeper drown their Mercury in 
i^rkncffe, they have made itma- 
lifold 5 and placed their Mercury 
yet diverfly ) in every part and 
brcfront of' their worke, nor 

i26 Hermeticfc secrets. 

will he attainc unto a perfcd 
knowledge thereof, who (hall be 
ignorant of any part of the work^ 

38. Philofophcrshaveacknow-f 
ledged a threefold Mercury efpe- 
cially, to wit, after abfolute pre- ^ 
paration of the firft degree , and 
Philofophicall fublimation-, for 
then they call it their Mercurj^iixA 
Mercury fublimatcd. 

39. Againc, in the fccond prepon 
ration , that whichby Authors is 
ftilcd the Firft (bec;a,ufe they omit 
the Firft ) Sol being now made 
crude again , and refolvcd into his 
firft matter is Mercury , properly 
called of fuch like bodies , or the \ 
Philofophers Mercury ^then the 
matter is called Rehis , ChaQi\ ^ 
the whole world , wherein 
arc all things neceffgry to thq 
work, becaufc that onrfy is fuffi-^ 
cient to perfect the Stone. .» 

40. Laftly the Philofopher^ 
do fometimes call perfeft Elixir 
and colouring medicine, their 


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cur J ^xkowgh improperly; for 
name of Mercury doth onely 
iropcrly agree with that \vhich is 
x)latile5 bcfides that which is 
ublimatcd in every region of the 
vork, they call Mercury : but E- 
ixir becaufe it is moft fixed , can- 
tot have the fimple name of Mer- 
rury, and therefore they have ftir 
ed it their own Mercury, to diffc- 
cncc it from that volatile* A 
traight way is onely laid downc 
or them to find out and difcernc 
b many Mercuries of the Philo- 
bphers, for then onely 

^ms dquus amivh 

fufiter^ aut ardexis evcxit ad athe- o£ntiii,S, 
ra virtus. 
^ Whom juft and mighty Jove 
Advancer h by the ftrength of 

love 5 

Or fuch whom brave heroick fire, 
Evfakes from dull Eanh to Hcav'n 

-i{i^ Elixiiis called the Philo- 
-v^' fophers 

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fophers Mercury for the likeneflTc 
and great conformity it hath with 
Heavenly Mercury •, for this , be- 
ing void of elementary qualities is 
beleeved moft propenfe to receive 
influence from them , and that 
changeable Froteus puts on and 
cncreafeth the genius and nature 
of other Planets, by reafon of op- 
pofition , conjundion and afpedl. 
The like this uncertaine Elixir 
worketh, for that being tyed to 
no proper quality , it imbraceth 
the quality and difpofition of the 
thing wherewith it is mixed , and 
wonderfully multiplyeth the yir-* 
tues and qualities hereof. 

J\kd'' ^^' '^"^^^ Philofophicallfub- 
mmathn limation or firft preparation of 
ofMmury, Mcrcury, Herculean labour muft 

be undergone by the work-man ; 

for ^Af^n had in vaine attempted 

his expedition to Colchis mih,- 

out A Icides, 

Alterinauratam vertictftl- 
lem Prin- 

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rincipium velut GJlendit^ quod Aug. oy. 
fumerefofsis*, ^'^''' 

Alter cms quantum jubeas — 
One from an high a Golden 

Fleece difplayes 
Which ihewes the Entrance, ano- 
ther fayes 
blow hard a taske you'l find. 
For the entrance is warded by 
lorne-pufhing beafts 5 which 
irivc away thofe that approach 
?a(hly thereunto to their great 
lurt ; onely the enfignes of Diana 
nd the doves of Venus are able to 
flwage their fierceneffe, if the 
ates fevour. 

43. The naturall quality of 
^hilofophicall Earth and the til- 
age thereof, feems to be touched 
iy the Poet in this Verfe, 
Hngrn folum frimis extemflo k ^^^ ^ 

"^ortes invertant Tauri 

Tunc Zephjro futris fe gleba 




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Let fturdy Oxen when the ycarc 


Plough up the fertile foyle—- f? 
For Zeph'rus then diflblves the 
rotten clods. 
44. He that calkth the Phtlo-f 
fophcrsLuna or their Mcrcury^the J?^ 
common Mcrcury^^doth wittingly ^^' 
dcceive^or is deceived •, fo the wri- 

*chap'^' tings of "^Geher teach us.that the 

r/,^r Philofophers Mercury is Argent ^^ 
jaagilicrii' vive, yet not of the common forfi''^ ' 
but extradcd out of it by the Phi- 
lofophers skill 

45* That the Philofophers 
Mercury is not Afgenr vive in it^ 
proper nature , nor in its whole 
fubftance, but the midle and puit 
fubftancc thereof , which thence 
hath taken its originall and madt 
by it,the grand Philofophers opt 
nions being founded in experience 

45. The Philofophers Merc*. [5 
ry hath divers names , fometime^ 
it is call'd Earth/ometimes Water P 
iiva divers refpect, bccaufc it natu- 




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,ally arifcth from them both.Thc 
arth is fubtlc, white,fulphurous , 
ti which the elements arc fixed & 
tc philofophicall goldisfowne: 
he water is water of life, burnings 
permanent, moft clear, call'dthc 
yarer of gold and filvcr; but this 
j/Icrcury, becaufe it hath in it Sul- 
hur of itsown, which is multi- 
AycA by art,it deferves to be cald 
he Sulphur of Argent vivc. Laft 
if all the moft precious fubftancc 
^r;^«j the ancients Hermaphro- 
iite5glorious in each fex. 
-^j. This Argent vive, is partly 
^aturall, partly unnatural! , itbc- 
ig intrinfecall and occult hath its 
jOot in nature , which cannot be 
jlrawne forth unlefleit be by ibmc 
decedent clenfing, &indofl:rious 
ublimation , it being extrinfccall 
; pr^ternaturall and accidental! : 
tparate therefore the clean from 
he unclean , the fubftance from 
be accidcnt$,and make that which 


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ishid,mamfeft, by the courfc of 
nature, otherwife make no furtheri\ 
progreffc, for this is the foundati- 
on of the whole worke , and na*|i 

48. That dry and mod prect 
bus liquor doth conftitutc the ra- 
dicall moifturc of metals, wherd 
* foreoffomcof the ancients it is 
called Glaffe-, for glafl'e is extraft* 
ed out of the radicall raoifture,| 
clofely lurking in afhcs which will 
not give place, unleffe it be to the 
hotteft flame 5 notwithftanding 
our inmoft or centfall Mercuryjitri 
difcoversit fclfc by the moft gen- 
tle and kindly ( though a little 
more tedious) fire of nature. 

49. Some have fought for the 
latent Philofophicall earth by 
Calcination, others by fublimati-U 
on 5 many among the glafingvef- ^ 
fels,and fome few between vitriol 
and falt^even as among their natu- ml 
rallvefTcls : others enjoyne tofub- Jivii 



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imeitoutoflimeandglaffe. But 
iv^c have learned of the Prophet, 
hat in the beginning God created 
ieHeAven and the Earthy and the 
larthwAs without form and void ^ 
nd darknefe was upon the face of 
he Deep 5 and the fpirit of Godmo* 
ed upon the Waters ^ and God 
ud, Let there be Light^ and there 
<as Light • and God faw the 
ight that it was good , and he 
\videdthe light from the darknes^ 
'c. ^ofephs blcffing fpoken of by 
e fame Prophet will be fuffici- 
>t to a wife man (Deut 33.) Blef" 
i of the Lord be hts Land^ for the 
\ipples of Heaven ^f or the dew, and ^^S^ 
^ the Deep that lyeth beneath-^ for ^ '^-^ 
e Apples of fruit both of fun Wj^^^^. 
wn 5 for the top of the ancient um & prx- 
mntainsJorthe apples ef the e-i^^' ^ 

I a- r It J '^ • t. Sweetnefs, 

r la jttng hills ^ &c. pray thcoidtranfla. 
)rd from the ground of thy Previous 
art(myfon) that he would be- '^^^'J^^'^anA 
)w upon thee a portion of this 
"l^dianc!. O 50. Ai:- 


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50. Argent vivc is fo defile 
by originall fin , that it flowcth 
with a double infcdiion 5 the firfti 
it hath contraded from the poUu-ji 



ted Earth, which hath mixed it( 
fclfe therewith in its generation 
and by congelation hath cleave 
thereunto ; the fecond borders up 
on the dropfie, and is the corrup 
tion of intcrcutal Water^proceed-ja 
ing from thick and impure water, 
mixed with the clear, which n 
ture is not able to fqueeze out an( 
feparateby conftridion^ and be 
caufe it is extrinfecall^it goes awajjif 1 
with a gentle heat. The Mercu 
ties leprofie infefting the body, i; 
not of its root and fubftancc , buijlc 
accidentally and therfore feparabll 
from it ; the earthy part is wipecfef 
offbyamoift Bathand the lavoinl 
of nature : the watery part is takq rff 

away by a dry bath with the plea \{\^ 
fant fire of generation. And thu ^i 
by a threefold wafliing and clcn y 




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ing the Dragon putting off his 
)Id fcalcs & ugly skm is renewed. 

51. The Philofophicall fubli- 
nation of Mercury is compleated 
1 two things 5 namely by rcma- 
ing things fuperfluous from it, 
nd by introducing things want- 
ig : the fuperfluities are the ex- 
:rnall accidents , which in the 
ark fphearc of Saturntdoc make 
toudy ruddy Jupiter. Separate 
icrefore the blcwneflfe of S^aturn 
lining up 5 untill lupiters purple 
arfmde upon thee. Add hereunto 
^c fulphur of nature, whofe grain 
id leaven it hath in it felfe , (o 
luchasfuficethit; but fee that 
Ibe fufficient for other things al- 
'. Multiply therefore that invi- 
Wc Sulphurof thephilofophers 
the Virgins milk come forth: 
fo the firft gate is opened un.. 


J 2. The entrance of the PM? 

>hers garden is kept by the 

O2 He- 

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Hefpcrian Dragon , which bcingj'^ 
laid opcn^a fountainc of the clear f 
eft water proceeding from a fea-P^ 
vcn fold fpring floweth forth o# 
every fide the threlhold , whcreicf^f 
make the Dragon drink thrice thet'^ 
magicall number of Seven^ umilp 
being drunk he put off his hideduf f^' 
garment: may the divine powers "^ 
of light-bringing Venus and horn-^i 
cd i>/4»4,be propitious unto theei '■ 

53. Three kinds of moft beauti 
full flowers are to be fought , arirf^ 
may be found in the garden of th<i^ 
wife : Damask coloured Violets If 
the milk-white Lilly, and the pur ^ci 
pie and immortall flower of love ^ 1 
Amaranthus. Not far from thaoft 
fountaine at the entrance , frefljj 
.^ Violets do firft falute thee , whicifid 
being watered by ftreams from thji 
great golden river,put on the molwii 
delicate colour of the dark SapJrii ^e^. 
the Sun will give thee figns. Thol m 1 
Ihall not fever fuch precious flow k 


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TS from their root , untill thou 
aakeft the Stone : for the frefli 
ncs cropt off, have more juycc 
nd tindure : and then pick them 
ircfully with a gentle and dif- 
^eet hand-,if fates frown not, they 
|ill eafily follow , and one flower 
i-'ing pluck't 5 the other golden 
le will not be wanting : let the 
iilly and the Amaranthus^ fuccced 
^th greater care and labour. 
1 54. Philofophers have their 
i^a alfo, wherein fmall fifhes , fat 
^ d ihining with filver fcales, are 

Inerated; which he that fhall 
:ch in and take out of a fmal and 
fie net , ihall be accounted a 
)ft expert fiflier. 

5 5, The Philofophers Stone is 
nd in the oldeft mountaines , 
1 flowes from everlafting 
l4:)oks 5 thofe mountaines are of 
i er 5 and the brooks of gold : 
im thence gold and filver , and 
ithe treafure of Kings are pro- 
wled. O3 j6.Who- 


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56. Whofoc\^cr IS minded t(» 
obtainc the Philoibphers Stone 
let him refolveto rake a long pe- 
regrination, for it is necefiary that;[i 
he go to fee both the Indies, that:^ 
from thence he may bring the.r 
moft precious gems and thepu- 
reft gold. 

57. Philofophers extrad thisr|, 
their Stone out of feven ftones ,5, 
the two chiefe whereof are of a.;' 
divers nature and efficacy, the onCp 
infufcth invifible Sulphur, thc^.^ 
other fpirituall Mercury • that.f,^ 
bringeth heat and drinefTc, anc^^f 
this cold and moifturc : thus by^^, 
their help^ the ftrength of theelei 
mentsis muItiplyedintheStonef^, 
the former is found in the Eaftern<j|(,. 
coaft, the latter in the Wefterne j^! 
both of them have the power 0||^j| 
colouring and multiplying, a 
unlefTe the Stone ftial take its ft 
tinfture from them, it will ncith 
colour nor multiply. 

• 58. Th 

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^' 5S. ?2 The winged Virgin VC- ^raakc*. 
rywell wafliedandclenfcd, im- 
pregnated by thefpirituall feed of 
chc firft male, and gravidated 
ivith the permanent glory of her 
nntoucht virginity, will be difco- 
irered by her checks dyed with a 
tvhitifh red colour : joyne her to 
the fccond male, withoat Jealou- 
5e of adultery, by whofc corpore- 
al feed {he fhall conceive againe, 
ind fhall in time bring forth a re- 
'•^rend off-fpring of either fex , 
torn whence an immortall Race 
if moft potent Kings fliall glori- 

; 59. Keep up and couple the pra^ke. 

Kaglc and Lion well clenfed in 

■heir tranfparent cloiftcr , the en- 

Bfy door being fhut and watched^ 

*eft their breath go out^or the aire 

without do privily get in. '' The 

Eagle ihall fnap up and devoure 

:he Lion in the copulation 5 after- 

mvds being affefted with a long 

O 4 deep. 

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deep, and a dropfie occafionedby h\ 
a foule ftomack, fhe fhall be chan- 
ged by a wonderful! metamor- 
phofis into a cole-black Crow, 
which fliall begin to fly with 
wings ftretchcd out , and by its 
flight fliall whisk dovvne water fc( 
_^ from the clouds , untill being of- 
^ ten moiftned, he put off his wings 

of his ownc accord , and falling 
downc againe it be changed mto^ 
amoft white Swan., Thofe that|li 
are ignorant of the caufes ofi 
things , may wonder with afto 
niflimentjwnen they confider that 
the World is nothing but a conti- 
nuall Metamorphofis , they may 
marvel that the feeds of thing$ 
perfeftly digefled fliould end ini 
greateft whiteneffe. Let thePhi* 
lofopher imitate Nature in hi$ 
rhemid- 6o. Nature proceedcth thus 
iuandn-i^ making and perfefting her 
%^sms. works, that from an inchoate ge- 

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neration it may bring a thing by 
divcrfe meancs as it were by de- 
grees, to the ultimate terme of 
perfejftion :ihc thcreforeattaineth 
bcr end by little and little, not by 
leaps; confining and including her 
twork between two extreams , di- 

iftincfl and fevered as by fpaces. 
The pradice of Philofophy, which 
lis the Ape of Nature , ought not 
jcodecline from the way and exam- 
ipleof Nature in its working and 
lidiredion to finde out its happy 
(ftone, for whatfoeveris without 
:)the bounds of NaturCjis either an 
-errour or nearcft one. 
, 6i. The extreams of the Stone 
are naturall Argent vive, and per- 
fedl Elixir; the middle parts which 
'lye between, by helpe whereof 
the work goes on , are of three 
forts-, for they either belong unto 
matter, or operations or demon- 
flrative fignes rrthe" whole work 

tis perfedied by thefe extreams and 
means. 6z. The 


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6i. The materiall means of the 
Stone are of divers kincls-/or fome 
are extrafted out of others fuccef; 
fivcly :|Thcfirft arc Mercury Phi- 
lofophically fublimated, and pcr- 
fc<ft metals^ which although they 
be cxtream in the work of nature^, 
yet in the Phiiofophicall worke 
they fupply the place of meancs i 
of the former the fcconds are pro- 
duced-, namely, the four elements^, 
which againe are circulated and 
fixed; of the fcconds the thirds arc 
produced , to wit , cither Sulphur 
the multiplication whereof doth 
terminate the firft workc : the 
fourth and laft meanes are leaven 
or ointments weighed with the 
mixtion of the tmngs aforcfaid, 
fucceflively produced Jn the 
Worke of the Elixir : By the righr 
ordering of the things aforefaid, 
the perfeft Elixir is finiflied^vvhich 
is the laft term of the whole work, 
wherein the Philofophcrs Stone 



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teftcth as in its centre , the multi- 
plication whereof is nothing elfc 
thena ihort repetition of the pre- 
mifed operations, 

6j. The operative meanes operative 
(which are alfo called the Keys of '"'^^* 
the work) a^efoure / The firft is 
Solution or Liquefadlion •, the fc- 
cond is Ablution-, the third, Re-^ 
dudion^ the fourth, Fixation.DBy"" 
Liquefa(5iion bodies returne into 
their ancient matter 5 things con- 
coded are made raw againe, and 
the copulation between the male 
dnd female is effeded, from 
whence the Crow is generated : 
Xaftly the Stone is divided into 4 
Confufed elements, which happen- 
cth by the retrogradation of the 
Luminaries. The Ablution teach- 
cth to make the Crow white, & to 
create fupiter of Saturrf, which is 
made by the converfion of the bo- 
dy into Spirit,The office of Redu- 
dion is to reftorc the foule to the 


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Stone examinated jand to nourifh 
it with dew and fpirituall Milk^un- 
till it /hall attaine unto perfect 
ftrength : Inboth thefc latter ope- 
rations the Dragon rageth againft 
himfelfe, and by devouring his 
tayle, doth wholly exhauft him- 
felfe, and at length is turned intq_ 
the Stone. \ Laftly, the operation 
^"^ oT the Fixation nxeth both Sul- 
phurs upon their fixed body , by 
the mediation of the fpirits tin- 
fture ; it decodeth the leavens by 
degrees, ripeneth things raw , and 
fweetneth the bitter -, In fine, by 
penetrating and tinduring the 
flowing Elixir, generateth, perfe- 
deth •, and laftly, rifeth up to the 
height of fublimity. 
Thcdemm^^ ^4- Jhe Meanes or demon- 
pathe ftrative figns are Colours, luccef- 
memis^ fively and orderly affeding the 
matter and its affedions and de- 
monftrative paffions , whereof 
there are three fpeciall ones (as 


Hermetick Secrets. 205 

critall)to be noted , to thcfc fome 
addc a Fourth. The firfi is 
Black,whichis called the Crowes- 
head, becaufe of its.extreamc 
blackncffe, whofc crepufculum 
flieweth the beginning of the fires 
aSion of nature and folution, and 
the blackeft night the perfedioit 
of liquefaftion, and confufionof 
the elements, Then the graine pu- 
trefies & is corrupted, that it may 
be the more apt for generation. 
The white colour fucceedeth the 
black, wherein is given the perfe- 
dion of the firft degree , and of 
white Sulphur. This is called the 
bleffedilone : this Earth is white 
and foliated , wheirercin Philofo-^ 
phers doe fow their gold.; The 
third Is Orange colour , which is 
produced in the pafTage of the 
white to the red, as the mid- 
dle and mixt of both, and is as 
the morning with herfafron-haire 
a fore-runner of the Sun. The 
:""^" --'—-^^—'- fourth 

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fourth colour is ruddy and fan 
guinc, which is extraftcd from the fe 
white fire oncly ; Now bccaufe'' 
whitenefle is eafily ahcrcd by any 
other colour,bcfore day it quickly^ 
failcth of its candor. But the dark* 
rednelfc of the Sun perfedcth 
the workcof Sulphur, which is 
called the Spermc of the male, the 
fire of the Stone, the Kings 
Crown, and the fon of Sol, where- Ijoi 
in the firft labour of the workman Jki 

6'). Befides thefe decretory to 
figncs which firmely inhere in f 
the matter , and Ihew its cfTenti- 
all mutations , almoft infinite co- 
lours appear, and fhcw themfelves W 
in vapours , as the Rain-bow in iai 
the clouds, which quickly paffe a- ted 
way and are expelled by thofc " 
that fuccecd , more affecting the, 
aire then the earth : the operatour h. 
mufthavea gentle care of them, jn 
bccaufcthcy are not permanent, «: 


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and proceed not from the intrin- 
fecall difpofition of the matter, 
3ut from the fire painting and fa- 
ttiioning every thing after its plea- 
furejorcafually by heat in final* 

66, Of the ftrange colours. 
Tome called out of time , give an 
[11 omen to the work^as the Black- 
neflc renewed : for tl^p Crowes 
young ones having once left their 
[left arc never tplK fuffered to re- 
gime. 1 Too hafty Redncffe ^ for 
this once and in the end onely 
gives a certaine hope of the har- 
(7cft •, if before it make the matter 
led, it is an argument of the grea* 
W& aridity , not without great 
fanger, which can oncIy be aver- 
xd by Heaven alone^forth with be- 
lowing a fhower upon it. 
I 67. The Stone is exalted by ^^^«^^^> 
iicceflivc digeftions, as bydc-%f/Jl 
grccs , and at length attaineth to 
•erfe^on. Kow foure Digeftlons 
L ^ " agrcea- 

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agreeable to the fourc abovefaid 
Operations or Governments do 
compleat the whole worke , the 
author whereof is the fire, which 
makes their difference. 
^'^^- 68. The firftdigeftion operas 

teth the folution of the Body , 
whereby comes the firft conjun- 
ction of male and female , the 
commixtion of both feeds, putrc. 
fadiion, the refolution of the ele- jtli: 
ments into homogeneall water ^p 
the eclipfe of the Sun and Moon 
in the head of the Dragon , and 
laftly it bringeth back the whole 
World into its ancient Chaos^and 
dark abyflc. This firft digeftion im 
is made as in the ftomack, of a me- pi 
ion colour and weak, more fit for 
corruption then generation. 
>(cond. ^9* In the fecond digeftion thcAiiai 
fpirit of the Lord walketh uponfl^ 
the waters ^ the light begins td 
appear, and a feparation of waters 
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Moon are rene\ted ^ the elements 
: are extradled out of the chaos.that 
being perfedly mixt in Spirit 
1 they may conftitutc a new world 5 
a new Heaven and new Earth are 
made 5 and laftly , all bodies arc 
become fpiricuall. The Crowes 

Eoung ones changing their fethers 
cgirx to paflTe into Doves , the 
Eagle and Lion embrace one ano- 
ther with an eternall League. And 
;his generation of the World is 
ade by the fiery Spirit defcend- 
g in the forme of Water , and 
iping away Originall fin •, for the 
hilofophers Water is Fire, which 
moved by the exciting heat of a 
th. But fee that the feparation 
aters be done in Weight and 
fure, left thofe things that 
ainc under Heaven be drown- 
iindcr the Earth > or thofe 
:ings tliatarc fnatched up above 
i:avcn be too much deftitutc of 

P Hie 

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^r^. I . Hic^ fiiriUm txiguus ne defer at hu- 
W0r arer^Am. 
Here, left final 1 moifturCj leave a. 
barren Soyle. 

1.^1 70. The third digeft ion of the 

newly generated Earth drinketh; jj 

up the dewy Milk, and all the fpi- j^ 

rituall virtues of the quinteffence,^ ^ 

and fafteneth the quickning Soul | 

to the Body by the Spirits medi:i|]^ 

ation. Then the Earth layeth up ^^ 

agreatTreafuri^init fclfc, and is ^^ 

madc^like the corufcant Moon, af- ^f 

cerwards to ruddy Sun-,the former ^ 

is called the Earth of the Moon, ^ 

the latter the Earth of the Sun-,for - 

both of them is begot of the copu- r 

lation of them both*, neither of jj^ 

them any longer fcareth the pain 

of the Fire , bccaulcboth want 

fpots ^ for they have been ofte 

clenfed from fin by fire , and hav<L 

fuffcred great Martyrdome, until* ^ 

all the Elements are turned dowri 


71. Th 



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71. The Fourth digcftion con- ^ ^^^^^' 
fummateth all the Myfteries of 
the World 5 and the Earth be- 
ing turned into moft excellent 
kaven, it leavcneth all imperfed 
bodies becaufe it hath before paC- 
S:d into the heavenly nature of 
uintefTcncc. The vertuc thereof 
owing from the Spirit of the 
Jniverfc is a prefertt Panacea and 
jniverfall medicine for all the dif- 
yd*es of all creatures,thcdigeftions 
)fthc firft vvorke being repeated 
m\\ open to thee the Philofophers 
iccret Furnace. Be right in thy 
wrlcs, tliat thou mayeft finde 
aod favourable , otherwife the 
Jovving of the Earth will be irt 
raine-, *^Nor 

lU fega dcwftm v^tii rifpondtt a- g^i. i 

[A^ill the expc<fted Harveft ere 

irhc greedy High-fhooc — ^ 

^1' P2 ^72. The 

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72. The whole Progreffc of 
the Philofophcrs work is nothing' 
but Solution and Congelation $' 
the Solution of the body ^ and^ 
Congelation ofthe Spirit 5 never-^' 
thelcffe, there is but oneoperati'* 
on of both : the fixed and volatile 
are perfedly mixed and united iiv 
the Spirit, which cannot be done, 
unleffe the fixed body be firffi 
made foluble and volatile : By xt% f 
duiflion is the volatile body fixed t 
into a permanent body, and vola^ 'f 
tile nature doth at laft change into " 
a fixed one, as the fixed Nature \ 
had before paffed into volatile; ^f 
Now fo long as the Natures wcTS ^ 
confufed in tne Spirit, that mixed '^^^ 
Spirit keeps a middle Nature be^^ ^^ 
tween Body and Spirit, Fixed and ^^ 
Volatile/ ^1 

73. The generation of the!*' 
Stone is made after the patterrii ^^^ 
of the Creation of the World 5 ^^^ 
for it is ncccffary , that it have its U 



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Chaos and Firft matter , wherein 
the confufed Elements do fludtu- 
atc , untill they be fcparated by 
the fiery Spirit 5 they being fepa- 
rated, the light Elements are car- 
ried upwards, and the heavic ones 
iownwards : the hght arifing, 
iarknefle retraits : the waters are 
gathered into one , and the dry 
andappeares. At length the two 
great Luminaries arife, and mine- 
•all virtues vegetable and animal, 
\xc produced in the Philofophers 

. 74. God created Adam of the 
nud of the Earth , wherein were 
nherent the virtues of all the Ele- 
ments, of the Earth & Water ef- 
jccially, which doe more confti- 
:ute the fenfible and corporeall 
leap : Into this Maffe God infpi- 
:cd the breath of Life, and enli- 
/ened it with the Sunne of the 
rioly Spirit. He gave Eve for a 
Wife to Adm , and bleffing them 
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he gave unto them a Precept aad 
Facultyof multiplying; The Ge- 
neration of the Philofophers 
Stone, is not unlike the Creation 
oiAdam^ for the Mud was made 
of a terrcftriall and ponderous 
Body ditlolved by Water, which 
defeived the excellent name of 
Terr A y^damica^whcrcin all the vir- 
tues and qualities of the Elemcnti. 
are placed. Atlength the heaven- 
ly Soulc is infufed thereinto by 
the Spirit of the quintefle and So- 
lar influx, and by the Bcncdidion 
and Dew of Heaven-, the virtue of 
multiplying in infimtum by the 
intervening copulation of both 
fexes is given it. 

75. The chief fecret of this 
workeconfifteth in the manner of 
working, which is wholly iraploy- .^' 
ed about the Elements : for the 
matter of the Stone pafleth frdni 
one Nature into another, thcElc- 
mcnts arc fticccffively extra<Sed, 



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J! and by turnes obtaine dominion; 
1 everything is agitated by the cir- 
[clcs of hnmidum and Jiccum , un- 
till all things be turned down- 
awards, and there reft. 

76. In the work of the Stone 
the other Elements are circulated 
lin the figure of Water , for the 
Earth is refolved into Water, 
f wherein are the reft of the Ele- 
ments •, the Water is Sublimated 
ijrito Vapour, Vapour retreats into 
I Water, and fo by an unwearied 

t. circle, is the Water moved, untill 
lit abide fixed downwards ^ now 
ithat being fixed all the Elements 
^are fixed : Thus into it they are 
"^ refolved, by it they arc extrafted, 
with it they live and dye : the 
Earth is the Tombe, and laft end 
. of them all. 

77*The order of Nature rcqui- 

rcth that every generation begin 

from humidtim and in humidnm. 

' In the Philofophers work,Nature 

P4 is 

is *^' 

1$ her wetter secrets. 

is to be reduced into order, that fo 
the matter of the Stone which 
terreftrialh compaft and dry , in , 
the firft place may be diffblvcd'jjp 
and flow into the Element of fen 
Water next unto it, and then Sa- m 
turm will be generated oiSoL .\ od 
78. The Aire fucceeds the 3ei 
Water drawne about by feven p 
circles or revolutions , which fe 
is wheel'd about with fo many 
circles and reduftions 3 untillitbe u 
fixed downwards , and Suturne 
being expell'd , Jupiter may re- 
ceive the Scepter and Govern- 
ment of the Kingdome, by whofq |a 
coming the Philofophers Infant 
is formed,nouri{hed in the wombe, ir,; 
and at length is borne 5 referabling 
the fplendor of Luna in its beau- 
tiful! ferenc countenance. |o 
7P. The Fire executing thecour- 
fes of theNatureof the Elements, 
cxtrcam Fire promoving it^of hid- |c 
den is n^ade manifcft : the Saffron 


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lyeth the Liltytredncffe pofTcflcth 
he cheeks of the whitening Child 
ow made ftronger: A ..rovvne 
; prepared for him againft the 
ime of his Reigne. This is the 
onfummatioaofthe firft work, 
nd the perfed rotation of the 
lemenrs, the figne whereof is, 
hen they are all terminated in 
iccunf^ and the body void of 
pirit lyeth downe wanting pulfe 
id motion : And thus all the E- 
ments do finally acquiefce in 

80. Fire placed in the Stone is 
latures Prince , Sol's Son and 
icar, moving and digcfting mat 
r^and perfefting all things there- 
5 if it (hall attain its liberty-, for 
licth weak under an hard bark ^ 
X)cure therefore its frecdomc 
lat it may fecure thee freely ^ 
It beware that thou urge it not 
>ovemeafure/or it being impati- 
it of Tyranny it becomes aliigi- 


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tivc, no hope ofrcturne being left |( 
unto thee 5 call it back therefore \ 
by courteous flattery, and keep it 

81. The firft mover of Nature 
is Extcrnall Fire , tjie Moderatoi! 
of Internall Fire, and of the wholcii, 
work 5 Let the Philofopher there 7^ 
fore very well underftand the go| jj 
vcrnment thereof, and obferve itsi 
d^rees and points-, for frora 
thence the welfare or ruine of tb 
worke dependeth. Thus Art hcl 
peth Nature, and the Philofophei gj 
is the Minifter of both. jn^ 

82. Bythcfe two Inftrumeotj j^ 
of Art and Nature, the Stone lif j^^ 
teth it felfc up from Earth tc {^ 
Heaven with great ingenuity, anc i,^ 
flideth from Heaven to Earth, be- \^^ 
caufe the Earth is its N urfe , anc 1^, 
being carried in the wombeof th(lci" 
wind, itreceivcththe force of thi 
Superiours and Inferiours. ^ 

83. The Circulation of the E 

Icment: .^^ 

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Icmcnts is exercifed with a double ^^^f^^o- 
Wheel, by the greater or extend- {^f^^^^^^' 
cd, and the lefle or conix^AcA: md the lefs. 
The Wheel extended fixeth all 
the Elements of the Earth , xnd 
its circle is not finiflicd unleffc the 
work of Sulphur be perfeded.Thc 
revolution of the minor Wheel 
is terminated by the extraction 
and preparation of every Element-, 
INow in this Wheel there are three 3 chcks. 
Circles placed^which alwayes and 
tvarioufly move the Matter, by an 
Erratick and Intricate Motion, 
and do often (fcvcn times at leaft) 
drive about every Element, in or 
der fucceeding one another , and 
'fo agreeable, that if one lliall 
be wanting the labour of the 
^cft is made void* Thefe are 
aturcs Inftruments, wherby the 
lements arc prepared. Let the 
hilofopher therfore confider the 
rogrefle of Nature in the Phy^ 
kail Trad more fully, defcribed 
" r this very end, 84, Eve- 

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84, Every Circle hath its pro- 
per Motion 5 for all the motions c 
of the Circles are converfant a- ( 
bout the Subjefl: of Humidum and .y 
Siccum J and arc fo concatenated, i 
that they produce the onely ope- 
ration , and one only concent of 
Naturertwo of them are oppofitCj 
both in refped: of the caufes & the 
effeds 5 for one moveth upwards, 
drying by heat 5 another down- 
wards, moiftning by cold-^a third 
carrying the form of reft and fleep 
by digefting, induceth the ccflati- 
on of both in greateft moderation. 
Fi'4 Clyde 85. Of the three Circles, thq 
Firft is Evacuation, the labour oi 
which is in fubftra6ling the fuper- 
fluous Humidum^ and alfo in fepa- 
rating the pure, cleancjand fubtilc, 
from the groffc and terreftriall 
drcggs* Now the greateft danger 
is found in the motion of this Cirr 
clc , becaufe it hath to doe with 
things Spirituall, and makes Na- 
ture plcntifull. 86.Two 




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85. Two things are chiefly to 
taken heed of in moving this 
ircle5 Firft, that it be not mo- 
d too intenfly 5 the other , that 
be not moved longer then is 
cet. Motion accelerated rai- 
th confufion in the matter , fo 
t the grofle , impure and indi- 
;cfted part may fly out together 
ith the pure and fubtile, and the 
Body undilfolved mixed with the 
Spirit, together with that which is 
diflblvcd. with this precipitated 
motion the Heavenly and Terre- 
flriali Nature are confounded ^ 
and the Spirit of the Quinteffence 
corrupted by the admixtion of t he 
Earth, is made dull and invalid. 
By too long a motion the Earth 
is too much evacuated of its Spi- 
rit5& is madefo languifliing.dry, 
and dcftitute of Spirit, that itcan- 
iK)t cafily be rcftored and recalled 
to its Temperament. Either er- 
tour burncth up the Tin<5i:urcs,or 
^urns ic into flight. . B^.Thc 

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mdch' 87. The Second Circle \s Rc- 
ftauration •, whofe office is, to re- 
ftorc ftrcngth to the gafping and 
debilitated body by Potion. The 
former Circk was the Organ of 
Sweat and labour, but this of Re- 
freflimentand Confolation. The 
adion of this is imploycd in the 
grinding & mollifying the Earth, 
( Potter like ) that it may be the 
better mixed. Ik 

^ 8. The motion of this Cir- 
cle muft be lighter then that of 
the former, cfpecially in the be- 
ginning of its Revolution, left the, 
Crow's young ones be drowned' 
in their neft by a large fioud , andi 
the growing world be overflownfl 
by a deluge. This is the Weighs 
er and Affayer of Meafures^ 
for it diftriburcth Water by' 
Gcomctricall Precepts- There 
is ufually no greater Secret 
found in the whole prafticc of 
theWorkCj then the firme and 


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uftly weighed Motion of this 
Circle-, for it informeth the Philo- 
bphers Infant and infpircth Soul 
and Life into him. 

8p. The Lawesof this Circles 
Motions are , that it run about 
gently-, and by little and little, 
md fparingly let forth it felfc, 
left that by making haft it fall 
from its mcafurc, and the Fire in- 
herent overwhelmed with the 
Waters, the Archited of the 
Work grow dull , or alfo be ex- 
dnguilhed : that meat and drink 
|3C adminiftred by turnes , to the 
ind there may be a better Dige- 
ftion made, and thebcft tempera- 
ment of Humidnm and Siccum^ 
For the indiffbluble colligation of 
them both is the End and Scope 
of the Worke. Furthermore 
fcCr that you add fo much by Wa- 
tering , asihali be wanting in affa- 
tion 5 that Reftauration may re- 
ftorefomuchofthe loft ftren^th 

224 Hermetic k Secrets. 

corroborating , as Evacuatioi 
feath taken away by debilitating. 
Third cir- po. Digtftion the laft Circli 
^^^' adeth with filerit and infehfibk 
morion 5 and therctore it is faic 
by PhilofopherSj that it is made & 
a fecret furnace ^ it decodcth the I 
Nutriment received , and conver- 
tethitintothe Homogeneal partS 
of the body Moreover, it is cal 
led Putrefadion ^ becaufe as meat 
is corrupted in the Stomack be- 
fore it paflc into Bloud and Simi- 
lar parts ; fo this operation break- 
cth the Aliment with a concocft- 
ing and Stomack heat , and in a 
manner makes it to putrefie, that 
it may be the better Fixed , and 
changed from a Mcrcuriall into t 
Sulphurous Nature. Again , it is 
called Inhumation , becaufe by it 
the Spirit is inhumated , and as a 
dead man buried in the ground.^ 
But becaufe it goes moft flowly, 
it therefore necdcth a longer time. M 

The ^ 






^ Htrmetick S ecrets^ 22 5 

I The two former Circles cjo la- 
\ hour cfpecially in diffolving , this 
in congealing, although all of 
them work both. 

91. ThcLawes of this Circle 
are, that it be moved by the Fea- 
verifli and mod gentle heat of 
Dung, left that the things volatile 
fly our, and the Spirit be troubkd 
atthctimeofitsftrideft Conjun- 
^ion with the Body , for then the 
bufinefle is perfected in the great- 
eft tranquillity and eafe 5 therefore 
we muft efpecially beware left the 
Earth be moved by any Winds or 
Shewers ; Laftly, as this third 
Circle may alwayes fucceed the 
fecond ftraight-waycs and in its 
order , as the fecon^i^the firft ; fo 
h>y interrupted works & by courfc 
thofe three erratick Circlesidoc 
pom pleat one intire circular on, 
which often reiterated j at length 
curnes all things into Earth, and 
jiakes peace between enemies. 

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The Fire of 92. Nature ufcth Firc , foalfo 
ifatm and joth Art after its example , as an 
'^'^^' Inftrument and Mallet in cutting 
out its works. In both operati- 
ons therefore Fire is Matter and 
Perfeft Wherefore the know- 
ledge of Fires is moft neceflaryfor 
a Philofopher, without which as 
another Ixion (condemned to la- 
bour in vaine) he fhall turne about 
Wheel of Nature to no purpofe. 
g^. The name Fire is Equivo- 
call amongft Philofophers •, for 
fometimes it is ufed Metonymi- 
cally for heat 5 and fo , as many 
fires as heats. In the Generation 
of Metals and Vegetables ^ Na- 
ture acknowledgeth a three-fold 
Fire t, to wif^'xileleftiallj Terreftri- 
all , and Innate. The Firft flowes 
from Solas its Fountaine, into the 
Bofome of the Earth- it ftirreth 
up Fumes or Mercuriall and Sul- 
phurous vapours, of which Me- 
tals arc created , and mixcth it 


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fclfc amongft them 5 it ftirrethup 
fire, placed and fnorting in the 
feeds of the Vegetables , and ad- 
deth fparkles unto it ( as Spurres) 
for vegetation. The Second lur- 
keth in the bowels of the Earthj 
by the Impulfe and aftion where- 
of the Subterraneous vapours afc 
driven upwards through Pores 
and Pipes, and thruft outwards 
from the Centre tovVards the Su- 
perficies of the Earth ^ both for 
the compofition of Metals, where 
the Earth fwelleth up , as alfo for 
; the production of Vegetables, by 
putrefying their feeds, by foftning 
i and preparing them for generati^ 
on. The third of the former , viiti 
Solar, is generated of a vappid 
fmoak of Metals, and alfo infafed 
with the monthly provifion groy(^ 

I together with the humid matter,& 
fe retained as in a Prifon withiji 
the ftrength of it 5 or more ttv^^ 
ly, as forme is conjoyncd with the 
'' Qjt, mixt 

228 Uermetick Secrets. 

mixt body : It firmcly inhercth in 
the feeds of Vegetables, untill be- 
ing folicited by the point of its Fa- 
thers rayes it be called out , then 
Motion intrinfecally moveth and 
informeth the raatter, and be- 
conies the Plaftes and Difpenfa- 
tor of the whole Mixture. In the 
generation of Animals, Celeftiall 
Fire doth infenfibly cooperate 
with the Animall 5 for it is the 
firft Agent in Nature : but the 
heat of the FemeUa anfwereth 
Terreftriall heat, untill it putrefie 
the Seed, and prepare it : The Fire 
implanted in the Seed , Sol's fon, 
difpofeth the matter,and being di- 
fpofed in formeth ir^ 

94. Philofophers have obfer- 
vcd a three-fold Fire in the mat- 
ter of their work, Naturall, not 
Naturall , againft Nature. The 
Naturall they call the Fiery Ce- 
leftiall Spirit Innate, kept in the 
profundity of matter , and moft 


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ftridly bound unto it , which by 
the fluggiih ftrength of metall 
growes dull , untill being ftirred 
ap and freed by the Philofophers 
jdifcretion and externall heat, it 
iTiall have obtained a faculty of 
noving its body diflblved , and fo 
it informeth its humid matter , by 
)n and congelation. In every 
nixt body Naturall Fire is the ^^(^riraiL 
i Principle of Heat and Motion. 
'iJnnaturall Fire they name that vmaturaii 
vhich being called and coming 
'xtrinfecally 3 is introduced into 
he matter wonderful! artificially- 
hat it may incrcafe and multiply 
he ftrength of naturall heat. The 
^ire contrary to Nature they call ^^^'^^/^ 
hat, which putrefies the Compo^ ^"^"'^^^ 
itum, & corrupteth the tempera- 
ment of Nature 5 It is imperfed, 
f »ecaufc being too weak for genc- 
ation, it is not carried beyond the 
rounds of corruption : fuch is the 
(^3 Fire 

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Pirc or heat of the menftruum : 
yet it hath the name improperly of 
Fire againft Nature, becaufeina 
manner it is according to Nature, 
for falving the fpecifical form, it 
fo corrupteth the matter 5 that it 
difpofeth it for generation. 

95. It is more credible never* 
thelefle , that the corrupting Fire, 
called Fire againft Nature , is not 
different from the Innate, but the 
fir ft degree of it, for the order of 
nature requireth, that corruption 
precede generation : the fire 
therefore that is innate agree-, 
able to the Law of Nature per- 
formeth both, by exciting both 
fucceflively in the matter : the 
firft of corruption more gentle 
ftirred up by feeble heat , for to 
mollifie and prepare the body : 
the other of generation more for- 
cible, moved by a more vehement 
heat , for to animate and fully 
informc the Elementary body dif- 

pofcd ' 

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pofcd by the former. A donble Mo- 
tion doth therefore proceed from 
a double degree of heat of the 
fame fire 5 neither is it to be ac- 
counted a double Fire. But far 
better may the Name of Fire con- 
trary to Nature be given to vio- 
lent and deftru(5live Fire^ 

96. Unnatural! fire is convert- 
ed into Naturall or Innate Fire by 
fucceflive degrees of Digeftion , 
and increafeth and multiplyeth it : 
Now the whole fecret confifteth 
in the multiplication of Naturall 
Fire, which of it felfe is not able to 
Work above its proper ftrength, 
nor communicate a perfed: Tin- 
(flure to imperfeifl Bodies 5 for it 
is fufficient to it felfe 5 nor hath it 
any further power 5^ but being 
multiply ed by the unnaturally 
which moft aboundeth with the 
virtue of multiplying, doth aft 
far more powerfully, and reacheth 
it felfe beyond the bounds of 

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Nature colouring ftrange and im-> 
perfect bodies, and perfecting-: 
them, becaufc of its plen- 
tiful! Tinfture , and the abftrufe 
Treafure of multiplycd Fire, 't 
rhewatct 97. Philofophers call their 
ojthe stone Water Fire becaufe it is moft hot, 
'^ ^'^^' and indued with a Fiery Spirit; 
againe , Water is called Fire by 
them, becaufe itburneth the bo- 
dies of perfect Metals more than 
common fire doth •, for it perfeft- 
lydiffolveththem, whereas they 
refiftourFire, and will not fuffcr 
themfelves to be diffolved by it 5 
for this caufe it is alfo called Bur- 
ning Water : Now that Fire of 
Tindurc is hid in the belly of the 
Water, and manifeftsit felfe by 
a double effedl, viz. of the bodies 
Solution and Multiplication. 

98. Nature ufeth a double Fire in 
the Work of generation, Intrinfc- 
call^&extrinfecall : the former be- 
ing placed in the feeds & mixtures - 


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:)f things, is hid in their Centre-, & 
IS a principle of Motion and Life, 
ioth move and quicken the body: 
Bat the latter, Extrinfecall, whe- 
:her it be poured down from Hea- 
;^enor Earth^raifeth the former, as 
kowned with fleep , and compels 
t to aftion ^ for the vitall fparks 
mplantcd in the feeds ftand in 
lecd of an externall mover , that 
they may be moved and aduate. 

99. It is even fo in the Philofo- 
)hers worke 5 for the matter of 
:he Stone poflefTeth his Inter!- 
)ur Fire, which partly Innate, 
)artly alfo is added by the Philo- 
bphers Art , for thofe two arc 
mitedand come inward together, 
)ecaufc they are homogeneous; 
:he internall ftandeth in need of 
:he externall , which the Philofo- 
3her adminiftrcth according to 
; he Precepts of Art and Nature 5 
;his compelleth the former to 
naove. TheTe Fires are as two 




234 Hermetick Secrets^. 

Wheels, whereof the hidden one 
being fmitten of the fenfiblc one, 
it is moved fooner or later : Ani 
thus Art helpeth Nature. 

ICO, The InternallFireis the 
middle between the mover and) 
the matter, whence itis, that as 
it is moved by that , it moveth 
thus ; if fo be it (hall be driven in 
tenfly or remifly, it will work af- 
ter die fame manner in the matter, 
'The Information of the whole 
worke dependeth of the meafure 

loi . He that is ignorant of the 
degree^ and points of externall 
Fire, let him not fct upon the 
Philofophicall Worke 5 for he 
will never pull light out of dark, 
neffe, unlefle the heats pafTq 
through their mediums , like the 
Elements, whofc extreams are not 
converted but onely by medi- 

102. Becaufethe whole work 


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confifteth in Separation and pcr- 
Fedl Preparation of the foure Ele- 
ments, therefore fo many degrees 
dF Fire arc neceflary thereunto- for 
every Element is extraded by the 
degree of Fire proper to it. 

103. The foure degrees of Fire 
ire called the Fire of the Bath, of 
Afties, of Coales , and of Flame, 
which is alfo called Optetick : e- 
very degree hath its points,two at 
leaft 5 fometimcs three 5 for the 
Fire is to be moved flowly and by 
points, whether it be incrcafedor 
iecreafed, that Matter (after Na- 
tures example may goc on by de- 
grees and willingly unto Informa- 
tion and completion 5 for notliing 
is fo ftrange to Nature as that 
which is violent; Let the Philo- 
fopher propound to his confide- 
ration the gentle acccfle & reccflTe 
of the Sun, whofc Light & Lamp 
indulgeth its heat to the things of 
the world, according to the times 


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and Lawes of the Univerfe, and fo 
beftoweth a temperament upon 

rbe point of 104. The firft point of the ; 

^^^^' Bath of heat is called the heat of 
a Feaver or of Dung-, the feeond, 
ofboth fimply.i The firft point ^ 
of the fecond degree is the fimple I 
heat of Afhes , the fecond^fs the ( 
heat of Sand : Now the points of r 
Fire, of Coales and Flame, want i 
a proper Name, but they are dif- i 
tinguifhcd by the operation of the » 
Intelleil , according to intention ) 
andremiflion. J 

10 J. Three degrees onely of i 
Fire are fometimes found amongft i 
Philofophers, viz. of the Bath of ^ 
Afhes and the hot Bath , which n 
comprehendeth the Fire of Coals i 
and Flame : the Fire of Dung is G 
fometimes diftinguifhed from the J^ 
Fire of the Bath, in degree. I Thus P 
for the moft part Authors doe in- 
volve the light in daricnefle , by 


HtrmetickSecfitsl 237 

>thc various exprcffions of the Phi- 
I lofophers Fire ; for the know- 
:kdgc therof is accounted amongft 
their chief fecrets. 

106. In the White Work, be- ^^^M'^ 
:aufe three Elements onely arc ^^nc, 
5xtra(5ted,three degrees of Fire al- 
fo do fuffice 5 the laft , to wit the 
Opretick , is referved for the 
Fourrh Element, which finilheth_ 
AcRed Wqrk.i By the firft de- 
cree the eclipfe of Sd and Lu- 
na is made, by the fecond the light 
-JiLunA begins to be reftored : by 
:hc third LunA attaineth unto the 
Fulneffeof her fplendour: and by 
the fourth Sc/ is exalted into the 
higheft apex of his glory :! Now 
n every part the Fire is admini- 
ftred acccording to the rules of 
Geometry, fo as the Agent may 
anfwer to the difpofition of the 
Patient , and their ftrength be c- 
qually poifed betwixt themfelves. 

107* Philofophers have very 


238 Hermeticl Secrets'. 

much let upon their Fire with a ^ 
defire of Secrecy, fo as they fcarct ^ 
have been bold to touch it, butj^ 
ihe w it rather by a defcription of ^ 
its quahties and proprieties, them 
by its name : as that it is airie Fire, 
vaporous , humid and dry , clear, 
ftar-like, bccaufeitmay eafilybyl 
degrees be intended or remitted as>*^ 
the Artificer pleafeth. ' Hee that ^^ 
defireth more of the knowledge of '^^ 
Fire 5 may be fatisfied by thcjf 
Works of Lullius ^who hath open- ^^ 
ed the Secrets of Pra(5iice to can- ^^ 
did minds candidly. ^' 

Wroporm* 108. Of the conflid of the Ea- «^ 
gle and the Lion they write di-J^ 
verfly, becaufe the Lion is thc^^ 
ftrongcft animall of all othersj^f 
and therefore it is neceflary that 
more Eagles concur, (three at^f 
leaft, or clfe more, even to ten) to j' 
conquer him : the fewer they arc ^} 
the greater the contention, and the -^ 
flower the Viftory 5 but the more Q 


Bermeticke Secrets, 2 39 

Eagles, the fhorter the Battaile, 
ind the dircption of the Lyoni^ 
vill more readily follow/ "The 
lappyer number of fcven Eagles 
nay be taken out of Lallius^ or of 
\inc out of Senior, 

I op. The VcffcU wherein Phi- rhe r^a 
ofophers decod their worke, is'JJ^ 
wofold 5 the one of Nature , the 
)therof Art; the VeffcU ofNa- 
,ure which is alfo called the Veffel 
,)f Philofophy^ is the Earth of the 
iJtone, orthc Pew^/Z/i or Matrix^ 
/herein to the Seed of the Male is 
cceivcd, it putrefies^and is prepa- 
ed for generation , the VefTell of 
i^atureisof three forts : for the 
scrct is decoded in a threefold 
1 10. The Firft Veffell is made 
a tranfparent Stone^ or of ftony 
lafle, the forme thereof -fomc 
lofophers have hid by a certain 
nigmaticall defcription 5 fomc- 
cs affirming that it is com - 


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pounded of two peeccs, to wit, an 
Akmbick, and a Bolts head, 
fometlmes of three, other timc^ 
of the two former with the additi- 
on of a Cover. 

III. Many have feigned thel^ 
muhiplying of fuch like VcflTels' 
to be necclfary to the Philofophi- n 
call Work, calling them by divers i^ 
names, with a defire of hiding the ti 
fecret by a diverfity of operationsjjf^ 
for they called it Solutoryof folu-lo 
tion 5 Putrefa6tory for patrefadi* cu 
on 5 Diftillatory for diit illation S 
Sublimatory for fublimation-,Cal^^vi 
cinatory for calcination, &c. tti 
112. But that all deceit being", 
removed we may fpeak finccrely, 
one onely Vcffell of Art fufficeth 
to terminate the Worke of cither [>fc 
Sulphur, and another for thefc 
Work of the Elixir-, for thedi^ 
verfity of digeftions requireth not 
the change of Veffels; yea we muft 
have acare left the Veffcli be cban- 



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ged or opened before the Firft 
work be ended. : ; 

1 1 J. You fliall make choife of 
a forme of the glafly VefTell 
round in the bottom or cucurbit, 
or at lead ovall, the neck an hand 
breadth long or more, large c- 
lough, with a ftraight mouth, 
nade like a Pitcher or Jugg,con-. 
anued & uncutt and thick in every 
parr, that it may refift a long , and, 
bmctimes an acute Fire : The 
:ucurbit or Bolts head is called 
)lind , becaufe its eye is blinded 
vith the Hermetick feal , left any 
hing from without fhould enter 
,:i5 or the Spirit fteal out. 

1 14. The fecond Veffell of Art 
ijiaybc of Wood, of the trunk 
ifanOake, cutinto two hollow 
Silcmifphears, wherein the Philo- 
pphers Egge may be cheriflied 
11 it be hatched-, of which fee 
ihe Fountaine oiTrevifanus. 

4 15.. The third Veffell Pradi- 
R tioners 


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tiontrs have eallcd their Fumace j* * 
which keeps the other Vefleld 
vvith the matter and the whole 
woik : this alfo Philofophers hav6 
endeavoured to hide amorigft theif 
e F^^. 1 1 6. The Furnace which is the 
■C' Keeper of Secrdts, is called AthA-* 
xrlKy fr^rfi theimmoffall Fire,' 
^)^hi'Gh it alwayes preferveth; fot 
although it aflford unto the Wotk 
Gbntiniiall Firie, yet fomctihics un- 
equally, which reafon rcquirethto 
be adminiftred more or leflc ac- 
cording to the quantity of matter, 
and the capacity of the Furnace, ■ 
117. The matter of the Fur- 
nace is made of Brick , or of fatt 
Earth J or of Potters clay well 
beaten , a-hd prepared with horfc 
dung, mixed with hairc , that it 
may ftick the fafter, and may not 
bc<:hincked by long heat-, let the 
walls-be thick;, of three or foure 
fingers, tothcend thatitmaybc 


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the better able to keep ia the heat 
and withftand it. / ^^i^jil i; 'i ://7n: 
1 1 8. Lee the form bf the Fur- 
nace be ronnd , the inward alti- 
tude of two feet or thereabouts, 
in the midft whereof an Iron or 
Brazen plate muft be fet , of a 
round Figure, about the thiGkncffe 
of a Penknife's back , in a mannor 
poffeffing the interiour latitude 
of the Furnace , but a little nar- 
rower then it , left it touch the 
walls, which muft leane uporl thre^ 
or foure props of Iron fixed to the 
walls , and let it be full of hole$\> 
that the heat may be the more ca- 

ifily carried upwards by them, and 
between the fides of the Furnace 
_ and the Plate. Below the Plate 
let there be a little door left ^ and 
another above in the walls of the 
Furnace , that by the lower the 
Fire may be put in , and by the 
higher the temperament of the 
<l heat may be fenfibly perceived 5 
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244 Hermetkk Secrets. 

at the oppofitc part whereof let 
there be a little window of the Fi- 
gure of a Romboides fortifyed 
with glaffe, that the light over- 
againft it may fbe w the colours to 
the eye. Upon the middle of the 
forefaid plate , let the Tripode of 
fecrets be placed with a double. 
Veffcl. Laftly let the Furnace be 
very well covered with a fliell or 
covering agreeable unto it, and 
that alwayes the little doores 
clofcly fliut, left the heat go out. 
up. Thus thou haft all things 
neccffary to the firft Work , the 
end whereof is the generation of 
two forts of Sulphur 5 the com- 
pofition and perfedion of both 
may be thus finifhed. 

9?. Take a Red Dragon, cou- 
ragious, warlike, to whom no 
Natural! ftrength is wanting -, and 
afterwards fcven or nine noble 
Eagles [Virgins,] whofe eyes will 
not wax duil by the raycsof the 


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Sun : caft the Birds with the Beaft, 
into a clear Prifon and ftrongly 
fliut up, under which let a Bath be 
placed, that they may be incenfed . 
to fight by the warm vapour : in a 
fhort time they will enter into a 
■long and harfli contention , untill 
i at length about the 45 day or 50, 
the Eagles begin to prey upon and 
teare the beaft to pieces 5 this 
dying it will infcd the whole Pri- 
fon with its black and direful! 
poyfon, whereby the Eagles be- 
ing wounded , they will alfo be 
:on ftrained to give up the ghoft. 
From the putrefedion of the dead 
Z^arcafles a Crow will be genera- 
cd, which by little and littlc,put- 
ing forth its head , and the Bath 
)eing fomewhat increafed it will 
ibrthwith ftretch forth its wings 
nd begin to fly 5 but feeking 
hincks from the Winds and 
Clouds, it will long hover about? 
ike heed that it find not any. At 
R 3 length 

i/^6 iitrrfittkk Stems. 

Jength being made white by a gen- 
tle afid long Rainc , and with the 
dew of Heaven it will be changed 
into a White Swan , but the 
4iew borne Crow is a fign of the 
departed Dragon. In making the 
Grow . White extraft the Ele- 
ments, ahddiftill them accord- 
ing to the order prefcribed , lintill 
they be fixed in their Earth , and 
eftd ift Snow-like , and mod fiib- 
tile diaft, which being finifhed thoU 
ffeait enjoy thy firft dbfirc to tbc 
White Work^, ^ . 
'- lap. ff thou rntendeft to pro- 
C^ilftrrtherto theRed^ addcthe 
Element of Fire, whic!i is ranting 
td ttie Whire Work : the Vcffdl 
tteefore being fixe^,^d the Fire 
Arengtted by lirtk and little 
trough itspoints, foike the mat-^ 
fet untill the occ«It begin to be 
made itianifdl , the figitte whereof 
will be tlie 'Orange coionr arjfiii^: 
Glifder th^ Fire of the FobrtK 'die-* 

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gree by its points, antillbythe 
Helpe of r«/ir4/; purpk RofcsJb^ 
geiierate4 of the Lilly , aqd ^alliy 
ific Am^ranthus dyejd with tii^ 
idarkiftRcdncffc of blouci : bu| 
thou n;]^ayefl: not ceafe to Jbr^r^g 
PUtPk^^by Fire, tmtifl thou %lj: 
biehojlcjl tjie matter t^rrninatcd ia 
Reddeft afl^es^ and infenfible ^p 
the tpjjj^|]j \'This ]R.e4 Stone o^y 
rcarc i^p thy nuniie to grc^qcr 
things p .l>y ti^c bleij^ aad:al^(l; 
(^nce x>F^he holy Trwity, 
r 121, Tiiey th^r thitike i]^ 
havebrapght their jvvjpxke tc^ pf 
end by p^^rlofl Suiphu^Tjnot loi^o^ 
mg Nature or Art^^nd to.Jiave 
fulfilled thjc Preccptsoif.thc fecijct^ 
;are much "deceived 5/ ^nd willitry 
their Projeel in vaii^^: for irfie 
Praxi^ of the Sxopi^j is .pjqiffeifl j<^ 
by ad(>ub).e Worke v^rtbeJFirftf^^ 
in creatii^ .the Sulpjiu/^.^ th^ptlj^f 
in making' tKe Elixir., '. . - -^ ,u 
122/ The Philofophei;s l^f^- 
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248 Hermetick Secrets. 

Khur is moft fubtile Earth-, moft 
ot and dry , in the belly whereof 
the Fire of Nature abundantly 
multiplyed is hidden*. Moreover, 
Fire deierveth the name of the 
Stone 5 for it hath in itfelfe the 
virtue of opening and penetrating 
the bodies of Metals , and of tur- 
ning them into their own tempe- 
rament and producing fomething 
like it fclfe, wherefore it is called 
a Father and Mafculine feed. 

123. That we may leave nothing 
untouched, let the Students in 
Philofophy know that from that 
firft Sulphur 3 afecond is genera- 
ted which may be multiplyed in 
infnitum : let the wife man, after 
he hath got the everlafting mine- 
ral! of that Heavenly Fire, keep it_ 
dHigently.-^Nowof what matter^ 
Sulphur is generated, of the fame 
it is multiplyed, a fmall ponion of 
the firft being added , yet as in the 
Balance, j^ The "fcft may a frcIE- 
' man 

Hermetick Secret/. 2 49 

man fee in Lullius^this may fufficc 

I24» The Elixir is compound- 
ed of a threefold matter , namely 
of Metallick Water or Mercury 
fublimated as before 5 of Leaven '^ 
White or Red, according to the 
intention of the Operator , and 
of the Second Sulphur ^ all in 

125^ There are Five V^^?^^o^7iht 
and neceffary qualities in the ^tv-^^ftju 
feft Elixir, thatitbefufile. perma- 
nent 5 penetrating, colouring and 
multiplying •, it borroweth its tint 
dure and fixation from the Lea- 
ven, its penetration from the Sul- 
phur, its fufion from Argent 
vive which is the medium dfcon- 
joyning Tincfiures , to wit of the 
Ferment and Sulphur , and its 
multiplicativevirtue from the Spi--- 
lit infufcd into the QuintefTence. 

126.. Two perfeft Metalls 
give a perfe(5t Tindure , becaufc 


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they arc dyed with the pure Sul- 
phur of Nature^ and therefore nq 
Pcrment of Metals niay be fought 
befides thefe two bodies v dye thy 
Elixir White and Red with SqI 
and Luna^ Mm»rj firft of sll re- 
ceives their Tin<3ure , and Baviag 
received it, doth commwf^ xt 
toothers. > If, 

127. In compounding thi ^i%K 
take heedyou^hange not of Jraixc 
any thing with" rfie FernKi^ts'j,' for 
fither EliKirinuft have its' proper 
Ferment, and defiieth it^propef 
Elements 5 for k is provided by 
Nature, that the two Luminaries 
Jiave their different Su]|)^^* ^ 
diftind tindurcs. - ,; \.^ 
. izS. The Se^ojad wort ^CPfl^- 
cocled as the Firil , in ,-the 0mp 
or like Veffell , the fame Ffit^acc, 
and by the .feme degrees ;pf fire^ 
but is perfeded ina ihorjter time. 
i2p. There are three hi^nours 
in the Stone, which are to be ex- 

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Itra^Sed fucccftively; namely, 
[Watery, Airy, and Radicall 5 and 
cfecrfore all the labour and care of 
[t-hc Workman is employed about 
tbe humour , neither is any other 
"Element ifi the. Worke of the 
Stone, circulatedj befides^ the. .hu^- . 
mid one* HFor it is neceflary in the 
Erftplace, that the Earth be re- 
folvedand melted into humouc^^ 
Now the Rwidicall humour of all 
things, accounted Fire , is moft te- 
nacious , becatifc k is tyed to the 
C cntreof Nature, from which it 
is not ^eafily Separated 5 extraft 
thejiefor^ thofe three humours 
flowly , fuccefsiVely , difiblving 
and congealing them by their 
Whdeh; for by the multiply ed 
alternc reiteration of Sdlation 
and congelation the Wheel is ex- 
tended, and the. whole .work fi- 
nifhcd. ; i::.^'^#^ v> 

130. The EltKir^s perfection 
confifteth in thc?ftri(5k Union .and 


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indiflbluble Matrimony ofSiccun) 
and Humidum , fo that they maj! 
notbe Yeparatcd, but the Siccnm 
may flow with moderate heat' 
into the Humidum abiding every' 
prelfurc of Fire. The figne of 
perfcftion is 5 if a very little of it( 
caft in above the Iron or Brazen 
Plate being very hot^it flow forth- 
with without fmoakc. 

131. 9^. Let three weights of 
Red Earth, or Red Ferment , and 
a double weight of Water and 
Aire, well beaten, be mixt toge 
ther : let an Amalgama be made 
like Butter, or Metalline Pafte, fo 
as the Earth being mollify ed 
may be infenfible to the touch; 
/ Add one weight and an halfe of 
^ Fire : Let thefe be ordered in their 
Veflcll the Fire of the firft degree 
being moft clofely fealed -, after- 
wards ipt the Elements be extra- 
fted out of their degrees of Fire 
in their order, which being turned 


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(ownwards with a gentle motion 
ihey may be fixed in their Earth, 
as nothing Volatile may be 
aifcdupfrom thence^ the matter 
t length fliall be terminated in a 
lock. Illuminated , Red and Di- 
phanous^ a part whereof take at 
>leafure , and having caft it into a 
[Crucible with a little Fire by 
[ropsgive it to drink with its Red 
^yky andincereit, untill it be 
[uite poured out, and goe away 
«'ithout fmoake Nor mayft thou 
bare its flight, for the Earth be - 
ig mollifyed with the fweetneflc 
f the Potion will ftay it , having 
eceived it , within its bowels : 
hen take the Elixir thus perfefted 
nto thine owne power , and keep 
c carefully* In God rejoyce^and 

132. The order and method of 
lompofine & perfecting the white " 
lixir is^thc fame, fo that thou 
ifcft the white Elements oncly in 


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the compofition thereof v but the 
body of it brought to the tercac 
of decoftion, will end in the places 
white , fplcndid , and cryftall- 
like, which inceratcd with its 
White Oyle will obtainc, the help 
of Fufion.' Caft one weight of 
"cither Elixir , upon ten weights of 
Argent vive well waflicd , and 
thou wilt admire its cffeft with a- 
Muittfii- I v3* Becaufe in the Elixir the 
utionof strength of Naturall Fire is mod 
^^^^^^^'^•aboundantly multipiyed by the 
/ Spirit infufed into the Quin 
tcffence, and the naughty acci- 
dents of bodies, which befet their 
purity and the true light of Na 
ture with darkneffe, arc taken away 
by long and manifold fublimatlons 
and digeftions^ therefore Fiery 
Nature freed from its Fetters, and 
fortifyed with the aid of Heavcn-f 
ly ftrcngth , workes moft power- 
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l^t Element : Let it not there- 
'fore be a wonder , if it obtainc 
ftrength not onely to pcrfeft im- 
perfe<S things 5 but alfoto multi- 
ply its force and power : Now the 
Fountainc of Multiplication is in 
the Prince of the Luminaries5who 
by the infinite multiplication of his 
beams, beget tcth all things in this 
our Orbe, andmultiplyeth things 
generated, by infufing a multipli- 
icative virtue into the feeds of , 

134. The way of multiplying 
ithe Eli:xir is threefold : By the 
ifirft', 9j Mingle one weight of 
iRed Elixir , with nine weights of 
lirsRed Water, and diflTohe it in- 
to Water in a folutory Vefleli , 
curdle the matter well diffolvcd, 
and unit€ by decoding it with a 
gentle Fire ^ untill it be made 
iftrong into a Rubie or Red La- 
'imell, which afterwards inccre with 
{:its Kcd Oyle, after the manner 
- pre- 

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prcfcribed untill it flow 5 fo 
flialt thou have a medicine ten 
times more powcjcfull then the 
firft. The bufinefle is eafily finifli- 
ed inafhorttime. 

135. By the Second manner 
R what Potion thou pleafeft of 
thy Elixir mixed with its Water^ 
the weights being obferved 5 feale 
it very well in the Veffell of Re- 
dudion, diffolve it in a Bath^ by 
inhumation, being diffolved , di- 
ftill it , Separating the Elements 
by their proper fires , and fixing 
them downwardSa as was done in 
the firft and fecond work, untill it 
be a Stone •, laftly, inccre it and^ 
projc6lit. ; This is the longer," 
but yet the richer way, for the vir- 
tue of the Elixir isincreafed unto 
an hundred fold-, for by how much 
the more fubtile it is made by rei- 
terated operations , by fo much 
more both of fuperiour and infc- 
riourftrength itretaineth, & more 
powerfully operates. i36,Laft- 

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^ 135. Laftly, take one Ounce 

of the faid Elixir multiplyed in 

virtue 5 and projc^l it upon an 

hundred of purify ed Mercury ^ and 

in a little time Mercurj made hot 

amongft burning Coals , will be 

converted into pure Elixir-,whcre- 

of if thou cafteft every ounce upon 

an other hundred of the like Mer- 

CHrj ^SolmWMncmoii purely to 

I thine eyes. The multiplication of 

White Elixir may be made the 

fame way. Take the virtues of 

this Medicine to cure all kinds of 

difeafes, and to preferve good 

! health, as alfo the ufe thereof, out 

I of the Writings of Arnotdus dt 

\ vilU novs^ Lullius and of other 

Philofophers, may be fetched. 

137. The Philofophers Signifcr 
twill inftruft him that feeketh J/^/'^^' 
the times of the Stone^for the firft \tom. 
Work Ad Albii muft be terminated 
in the Houfe of Luna^^xht Second, 
in the fecond Houfe of Mercury 5 
S the 

258 ' Hermetici Secrets. 

Thefirft Work ad Rubeum ^ vvill 
end in the Second Houfe oif^enus^ 
and the laft in the other Regall 
Throne of ^ove , from whence 
our moft Potent King (hall receive 
a Crowne decked with moft Pre- 
cious Rubies: 
Sic in je fun per vcfiigia volvitHr 

Thus does the winding of ^the cir- 
*' cling Yeare 

Trace its owne Foot-fteps^and the 
fame appeare. 
138. A three-headed Dragon 
keeps this Golden Fleece^ the firft 
head proceedeth from the Wai- 
ters, thefecond from the Earth, 
the third from the Aire-, itisne- 
cefTary that thefe three heads do 
end in one moft Potent,which will 
devour all the other Dragons-,thcn 
a way is laid open for thee to the 
golden Fleece. Farewell diligent 
Reader^ in Reading thefe things in- 
vocate the Spirit of Eternal Light-, 
Speak little , Meditate much , 
and Judge aright. TO 


To the Lovers of Hermetick 

Philofophy /. C. Chymkrafics ^ 

wijheth frofperitj. 

SUch is the difference between the Her- 
medcks living Philofophy , and the 
dead Philofophy of the Ethnicks ; that 
theformer hath been Divinely in fpired 
into the firft Mafters of Chymiftiy [the 
Queen of all Sciences , ~] and therefore 
ma\' challenge the Holy Spirit of Truth 
for its onely Author ; who by breathing 
where he lifteth , doth infufe the true 
Light of Nature into then' minds ; by 
virtue whereof , all the darknefTe of cr- 
rours is ftraight-wayes chaled away 
from thence and utterly expelled : but 
the latter may afcribe its Invention unto 
Pagans , who having left, or rather neg- 
leded the pure Fountains of Learning, 
have introduced falfe Principles and 
caufes, (proceeding from their own brain) 
for true ones , to the great dammage 
of the Rcipublique of Learning. And 
indeed what good were they able to do, 
upon whom the Day-Star of Truth, the 
Eternall Wifedome of God , the Foun- 
- . Si raine 

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talne of all Knowledge and Underfland^ 
ing Chrifl hjns hath never rifen ? We 
cannot wonder therefore, that they have 
onely propofed old wives Fables , and ^ 
fooUfti toyes, that they have introduced 
pure dotages, and innumerable invent!-' 
ons of lyes , whereby they have fo be- 
dawbedholy Philofophy, that vvc can 
find nothing of Nativc4>eauty in it. 

But you will obje6l that Hermes him-^ 
felf the Prince of Vitall Philofophy was 
aft Heathen alfo , yea and lived before 
other Authors many ages, by whofe de- 
crees Philofophy in every place entertai- 
ned^with greateli applaufc of almoft all 
men.nowflourifheth. But granting that, 
what followeth? This Hermes Trifme^ 
gififis indeed was borne in an Heathen 
Country , yet by a peculiar priviledgc 
from God he was one , who worfliipped 
the true God in bis life, manners and Re- ^ 
ligion efpccially ; who freely confefTed 
God the Father , and that he was the 
Creator of Man, and made no other 
partaker of Divinity with him : He ac- 
knowledged the Son of God the Father , 
by whom all things which are exiftent, 
were made ; who^ name becaufe it was 


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wonderfull and iiieflfabIe;Was unknowne 
to Men, and even to Angels themfelvcs, 
who adniire with aftonifhment his gene- 
ration. What more ? He was our Her- 
mes whoby the(ingular indulgence and 
revelation of the moft great and gracious 
Godjforeknew that the fame Son (hould 
come in the Flefli , and that in the laft 
ages, to the end he might bleffe the God- 
ly for ever. He it was who fo clearely 
caught,that the myttery of the moil Holy 
Trinity ought to be adored , as well in 
the Plurality of Perfons, as in theU- 
nity of Divine ElTcnce, in three Hy- 
poftafes, (asanyquick-fightedaiid in- 
telligent man may gatbet_ from that 
which followes; ) as that it can fcarcely 
be found anywhere more clearly and 
plainly : for thus he : There was an In- 
telligent Light before the Intelligent 
Light , AviA there was alwajes a clear e 
Mind of the Mind ; and the Truth 
eof ^ and the Spirit containing all 
things^was no other thing : Befides this 
od is not^ nor Angell , nor any other 
E^ence-fir he is Lord of alljjoth father^ 
andGod^all things are under him^ and in 
hinff I befeech thee Heaven , and the 
S3 wifi 

262 Hermctick Secrets. 

"ivife tvorke ef the great God ; / hefeech 
thee thou voice of the Father , which he 
frfifpakSt '^'hcn he formed the whole 
world : I hefeech thee by the onelj begot - 
ten Word^ and father containiyiq- alV 
things^ be 'propitious unto me. 

Now yee Tons of Hermes^ turne over 
and over againe, both night and day the 
Volumes of Heathen Philofophers , and 
inquire with what diligence you polTibly 
can , whether you arc able to find fuch 
Holy, I'uch Godly and Catholick things 
in them. 

Our Hermes was an Heathen, I con- 
feffe, yet luch an Heathen as knew the } 
power and greatnefTe of God , by other 
creatures and aUo by himfelfe, and glori- 
fied God, as God: I fhalnot fpare toad, 
that he far excelled in godlinefl'e moft 
Chriftians now a dayes in name onely ; 
and gave immortall thanks unto him as 
the Fountaine of all good things, with a 
deep fubmiftion of mind for his bene- 
fits received* Hear I pray, yee Tonnes 
of Learning, whether God was as much 
converfant, and wrought as equally in 
tlie Heathen Nation, as amongf]: his own 
people, when he faith : From the rijing 


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fth/ Shh unto the going downe thereof 
oi^'name is great amongfi the Gentiles ^^ 
md in every -place a pure chlation tsfa- 
:rificedand ofered unto my name ^ be- 
:aufe my name is great among ft the Na- 
ions^ faith the Lord of Hofis hy h^s Pro- 

Rub up your memory, lintrcat you, 
md fpeakc plainly ; were not the Magi 
dieathens, which came from the Eafi by 
;hc guidance of a Star , that they might 
Worflihip Chrift , whom nevcrthelefle 
he unbeleeving people hanged upon a 
Tree. Laftl/ confider well I bcleech 

u , yee faithfull favourers of true 
VVifedome onely ; from what Founuaine 
Dther Heathens befides Hermes have ta- 
ken the Principles of their Learning. 
Weare and better weare out their Vo- 
iimes with diligence , that yee may dil- 
ernc them to refer their wifdome not 
'anto God , but to attribute it, as gotten 
Dy their owne Induftry. On the contra- 
ry caft your eyes upon the beginninc^ 
of the admirable Tra6^ate having (tv^n 
Cliaptcrs of your Father Hermes con- 
cerning the Secret of the Phyfical Stone^ 
and obftrve how holily he thinketh of 
S4 God 

2 &\ Hermettck S ecrets. 

Godthebeflower ofchls Secret Sciences 
for Hermes faith : Jn fo great an Age 
1 have net ceafed to try ^experiments^ 
mr have I feared my Soul from Uhour i 
I had this Art and Science by the Infpi-' 
ration of the Living God onlj^ who hath 
voHchfafed to open it to me his fervant* 
Tis truey he hathgiven power of judging 
to rational creatures^ hut hath not left 
unto any an occajion of finning. But /, 
unlejfe If eared the day of Doom , or the 
fouls damnation for the concealing of this 
Science-^ I would make k»own nothing sf 
this Science ^nor prophetiz^e to any. But I 
have been willing to render to the Taith^ 
full their due , as the Author of Faith 
hath been pleafed to befiow upon me* 
Thus Hermes: then which nothing could 
have ever bin faid more wile, or more a- 
greable to Chriftian Religion. And hence 
itis^that fo many as are or have been of a 
more fublime wic and manly judgement, 
have imbraced the Living,Holy, and Di- 
vine Philofophy of Hermes , with all 
their Soul and Strength (rejecting thai 
dead , prophane, and humane Philofo- 
phie of the Ethnic ks) and have com- 
mended and illuftrated it in divers of 
their Writings and Watchings, Of all 


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which , that I may confeffe ingenuoufly, 
feeing that I could never read unto this 
day any Writer more true , neat, and 
clear, then the Author of this Tra(^atc, 
Anonjmus indeed, yet one that truly de- 
ferves the name of an Adepted Philofo- 
pher; I have thought it worth my pains, 
and have deemed hereby to confer not 
^ thcleaft favour upon the fons of Her- 
mes^ if I ftiall againe publifh the hidden 
Work of Hermetick^ Philofofhy , with 
iht P hiiofophers Sigmfer^ according to 
die intention of ihismoft wife Author. 



The Signifer of Philofofhers with 
the Houfes of the PUmts. 


Sov 1=H E RNF SiGNES, MHru tr 


The Figure defcribed is the Theism % 
^hilojfophcrs 5/^^r.\ to every /^^^5 
Planet a double Houfe is affigned fophcrs 
>y the Ancients, Solznd Luna ex- schmc. 
:epted-, whereof every one bor- 
roweth one Houfe pnely, bpth of '^ 
chem adjoyning.\ In the faid Fi- 
gure every Planet poffeffeth its 
proper Houfes. Philofophcrs in 
handling their Philofophical work, 
begin their yeare in Winter , to 
wit, the Sun being in Capricorne, 
whicia is the former Houfe of ^^- 
turne , and fo come towards the 
right hand. \In the Second place 
theof her Houfe oiSamu is found 
in ^qumus^ at which time Saturne 
M.the Blacknefle of the Domina- 
ry work begins after the 45 or 50, 
day. ;'^rcoming into F/pe^ the 
Notice is black, blacker thenblack, j^^m^ 
and the head of the Crow begins/^p.49. 
to appear. V^e third month be- ^^ • 
ing ended, a:nis^/ entring into ^- 

^ rics 

268 mmttick Stents. 

ries^ the fublimatioiTor fcparati 
on of the Elements begins. Thofc 
which follow unto Cancer make 
the Worke White. . Ca/icer addeth 
the greateft whitenefTc and fplen 
dour, and doth perfcdly fill up al 
the dayes of the Stone or white 
Sulphur, or the Lunar worke of 
Sulphur, Lti9fd fitting and reigning 
glorioufly in her Houfe. In Lep 
the Regal Manfion of the Sun^thc 
Solar work begins, which in £h 
br4 is tcrniinated into a Rubic 
Stone^ or pcrfe<a Sulphur. The 
two Signes Sforpius and SMgifa- 
rim wluchremaine, arc indebtCii 
to the complcating of the Elix ? 
And thus tne Philofophcrs adnu- 
rablc young taketh its bcginninr 
in the Reigne of Saturne , and its 
end and perfcdion in the Domi- 
nion of ^P*'/^^^''*