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B R I T A N*r I C U M- 


Severall Poeticall Pieces of our Famous 
Englilh Thilofophers^ who have written 

the Hertnttiquc My/lerics in their owne 
Ancient Language* 

faithfully Collected into one Volume x 

with Annotations thereon, 

*By El i as Ash m ole , Efq. 

gui efi Mercuriofbilu* Anglicus. 
The First Par t. 

Serpens et/Bv/Sjradiens sup terra^-jiq 
volans, est nostru. JtaqisteruT. 

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All Ingenioufly Elaborate Stndents, 
In the moft Divine Myfteries of 
Hermetique Learning. 

He Subject of 'thU enfuing Worke, h a Phifofo- 
phicall account of that Eminent Secret treafurd 
up in the bofime of Nature^ which hath been fought 
for o/Many, but found by a Few, notwithfianding, 
Experienced Antiquity hath afforded faithfulT 
(though not frequent) Difcoveries thereof, Pafi 
Ages have like Rivers conveied downe to us, (upon the float <?,) the 
more light, and Sophifticali pieces of Learning • but Vohzt were 
Profound andMifterious,thewei£ht and folidity thereof* funke to 
the Bottome ; Whence every one ioho attempts to dive, cannot eajtly 
fetch them up: So, that what our Saviour [aid to hU Difciples, may 
(I hope withmt offence) bejpoken to the Eletled Sons of Put ; Unto 
youitisgiventoknowtheMyfteriesoftheKingdome of God; 
but to others in Parables, that feeing they might not fee, and hea- 
ring they might not underftand, 

Our Engiifh Phiiofophers generally, (/#* Prophets^ have re- 
reived little honour (unleffe what hath beene privately paid them) 
in their owne Countrey 5 nor have they done any mighty Workes 
imongft us,except in covertly admimftring their Medicine to a few 
Sick, Whealing them. (For greater Experiments then What it per- 
formes inVhybckjhey never pnblikfly made $ew of.) Thus did I.O. 
(oneofthefirftfoureFdlowesofthe FratresR. C.) in curing the 
young Earle o/Norfolke, of the Leprofie • and Doctor B. in carry- 
ing off the virulency of the Small- pox, Wice,from QtJeen Elizabeth; 
infomnch that they never appeared. But in Parts abroad they have 
found more noble Reception, and the world greedy of obteyning their 
Workes ; nay father then want the fight thereof) contented to view 

A i - them 

xhtm through a Trarfhtitfn, though never fo imperfeft* Witneffe 
what Maietus, Hermannus, Combachius,Faber, and many others 
have done; the fir ft of Which came out of Germanic, to live in 
England \purpofely that he might fo under ft and our Englifh Tongue, 
'astoTranflate Norton's Ordinal! /a/a Lrtmverfe, Which moftju- 
dicioujly and learnedly he did ; Tet (to our fhame be it spoken) hii 
Entertainement Was too too courfeforfo deferving a Scholler. 

How great a blemifh is it then to m.that refufe to readefo Famous 
Authors in our Naturall Language,*^?///? Strangers art neceffitated % 
foReade them i»Oars, to under ft and them in their Own, Yet thinly 
the dignity of the -Subject, much more deferving^ then their Paines. 

If this We do but ingenioufiy(fonftder % Wefhall judge it more <?/Reafon 
that We lookf backjspon^ then negletl fuch pieces of Learning as are 
Natives of our owneCounttey, and by this Inquifition, finde «io' 
Nation hath Written more^ or better^ although at prefent (as weH 
through our owne Supinenefte, as the Decrees o/Fa^e/) few of their 
Workes can be found. JohnLeland tdoke very much paines, even 
at theyeilding up of the Ghoft,' oj [our Enghfh Learning, topreferve 
its htzR(but weakeft,'^/* almoft (pent) Breath; and from him John 
Bil^with John Vltts(who indeed is but Bale's Plagiary) bath left us 
a Catalogue of the Writers of this Nation, and that's mere all. Yet 
Fofterity for this u deeply obliged, What puni&ment then did their 
peftilent Malice deferve, Who rob'd us of their whole Workes ? 
^ A Juditious Author jpeaking of the Diflblution of our Monafte- 
rks, faith thus : Many Manufcripts, guilty of no other fuperftiti. 
on then Red letters in the Front,were condemned to the Fire; 
and here a principall Key of Antiquity was loft to the great pre- 
judice of Vo&cnty. Indeed (fuch Was Learnings misfortune, at that 
great <Devaftation of our Englifh Libraries, that) where a Red let- 
ter> a Mathematical! Diagram appear ed^ they Were fufficient to 
intitle the Booke to be Popifti or Diabolical'!. 

Our Enghfh Nation hath ever beene happy for Learning and 
Learned men, and to illuftrats this, I hope it will not prove diftaft- 

As firjl, the Diuydx (the famous andmyfterious Druyfe) that 
were Pnefb, Diviners, W Wife men ; and took their Original! and 
Nimcfrom Druys Sarronyus the fourth King of the Celts, (fly led 
Sapicncum & Augurum Dodor,; who dyed Armo Mundi.2069. 


T^ext the Bardi, who celebr&ted rfo Ilhiftrious Deeds o/Faraotis 
Men, which the] ingenioufly diffios *d in Heroique Verfe, and fang 
them to the fweete Melody of 'the Harpe : AmongU other Teftimo- 
nies hereof receive Chaucer V; 

Ctje oiU gentl? "Bziittrng in fcer tmge# 
4>f MfcerS abmttttes ftralten II wg, 

7%*/* Philofophers had their ^amefrom Birdus Druydns./^ 5 
King ofr^ GeltSj) Who was thefirfi Inventor o/Vufes,^ lerofius 
tells us ; W ^d An.Mundi 2138. Neither ofthefe Seels ^Philo- 
fophers fifed any writing {indeed it Was r>ot lawful! ; for,) fmh too* 
the Policy and Curiofity of Eider Ages ( to defend their Learning 
WMyfteries/w# the Injury of Ignorant Interpretations)^ they 
delivered them to Pofterity, by Tradition only. 

Csefar teftifies, {and tis a noble Teftimony ) That the Learning 
of the Druydi, Vvat frfi invented in Britaine, iand thence transferred 
into France ; and that, in all his time , thofe of France came over 
hither to be Inftrufted. Agricola ( in Ticitm)preferrs the Britaines 
before the Students of France ( notmthflanding that they Vtere of a 
doable Wit, and *?t to T >arne) in that they were curious in attain' 
ing ^Eloquence of the Latin Tongue. 

As /b-Magick, Pliny tells ns, ItpurifitfdmEttttotw, and that 
the People there werefo devoted to it (yea, with all Complements of 
Ceremony) a man would think that even the Peifian learned his Ma- 

nsf Germane Poet, fayesjhat when the World was troubled with 
PannonickInvafions,Erigtai3d^0m/Wz"« the knowledge of all gooi. 
Arts; and "too* able to fend of her Learned Men into other Countries^ 
to propoxate Learning ; and inflames Winifrid ( alias Boniface the 
Devonshire Man)and Wiilebroad(*k Northerne Man) that were 
fent into Germany. 

Nay more, England was twice Schoole-Miftrisro France (for fo 
faith Peter Ramus ) viz. 'Firfiby the Druydse (^ho taught them 
their Difcipline) and afterwards by Aicunius,*» Charles the Great's 
ttmejhrottgh whofe perfwafions the Emperour founded the Univeritty 
of Paris. \ v 

For the Saxons,** is not to be denied but that m^ny of them 9 after 

A$ their 

their converfon to Chriftianity, were exca '•- \lj I cafnetf , rf»^l £*« 
/ar* that, much addicled to Southfaying, Au^u , D* v'matio* by the 
Neighing 0/ Horfes, <£v, y4#i rw ti?*, r& r/;» E.teymry ( *6er* fo#«j 
war* i« it then we ordinarily appr ehen £)n>hy they in Generall worfbip* 
ed fyttt\)®0 Q *. e. Dame Earth ] for a Goddeffe, W honoured 
Mercury above aU the Gods,*/ the Germanes , Whom they called 
JPoofcen, (hence 2O0T>cnfta» wW our ftftrtwefDag ? ; JV, they be- 
lieved that this r Dame t^erfyttg Intermediated in Humane Affaires 
*/»/ Relieved the Poore j *r£a/* Image was made Atmed,ftanding 
among $\ower$,having in its right hind a Starfe,W in it a Banner, 
whereinwas painted a Rofe ;In the other Hand a Ballance, and upon 
the Head thereof a Cock ; on the Breft a carved Beare , <W before 
the Midle,* fixed Scutchion $ in Chiefe whereof was alfo a Ballance * 
in Face, a Lyon j <»^'« Point, a Rofe. *^4ndfor their God 8>oot>«i 
*&*/ efieemedhim as their God 0/ Battaile, reprefenting him by an 
Armed Man. Infomuch that wee to this very day retaine the Word 
2&OCP& among us, te Signifie Fierce, Furious, Raging, [] *# When one 
is in a great Rage , we ufually fay he is 3#oofc «j ^ the Mercury of 
the Phifofophers is Jbaddowed under the fierce and terrible Names of 
LyonjBragonjPoyfonjeTr. But this is not All, although it be Some^ 

And rivw to come yet merer to our Selves ; we mufi needs fay that 
©/Later Times (fince the Conqueft) our 'Ration hath produced fuch 
Famous and eminently learned Men,<# have equal? d{if not fur pafi) 
•the great efl Schollers of other Nations, and happy were We if now 
we could but partake ofthofe Legacies they left, and which Envy and 
Ignorance has defrauded us of: ( Howfoever the fmall remainder 
which is left, we have good reafon to prize, 

#o?OBtoft>toe f tem aie?#en fatfto 
C omert) alls t%i& neS» C ojtie fro j?eate to pcatej 
3to ont of oifce © ofec in goofc fapttye 
Come^ aiie fti0£>c?encr,t$at #enUarc) 


That England hath beene fucceffwely enrictid with fuch Men, . 
our (fountry men John Leland (and I never heard he was Partial!) 
abundantly Teftifies ; who avers, That Generally Wee have had a 
great number of excellent Wits and Writmjearned With the be ft as 
H'mcsfervedywhobejtdes their knowledge in the foure Tongues, in 



which part of them excelled % there was no Liberal! Science or any 
Feate concerning Learning , in which thty have not fbeVocd cert aim s 
Arguments of great Felicity and Wit. And thus much for the Gene- 
rality of Learning, 

Now for a Particular account, of the Jiermetique Science^ uch~ 
fafe ( Ingenious Reader,) to accept the enfuing Collections, yet not 
fa as if therein were contained all the Workes of our Englifh Her- 
metique Philofophers, ( for more are defign'din a Second Part /a 
fottoVeand comfleate this afuU Theatriam • the Mich GOD allow- 
ing me further Time and Trarqu&ey to run through it, at I have 
already this, I intend fhortly to ready for the Prefle.) Whereby 

Jet more to manifeH what Men we have had, no leffe famous for thii 
inde of Philofophy, then for all other Commendable .Arts and 

To adde any thing to the praife thereof were but to hold a Candle 
before the Sonne ; or fhould I here deliver a full Account of the Mar- 
vellous Operations and ErTe&s thereof it would be as far beyond the 
limits of a Preface, as remote from the Beliefe of the generality of the 
World. 2for doe lexpetlthat aUmy Readers Should come with an 
Engagement, to believe what I here write , or that there was ever 
any fuch thing in rerum natura as what we c^APhilofophers 
Stones mil Iperftoade them to it, [though Imufitellthem I have 
not the vanity to publifb thefe Sacred and Serious Myftcries and 
Arcana, as Romances) tis enough that I knoW Incredulity is given 
to the world as a punifhment. Tet He tell them what one of our 
Ancient Poetkall Philofophers foyes, 

%t ?oto Sotf tyfott ta mp &a$?, 
£>omettyng tfcetebp peto mat* fittfct, 
riE^at mag content pour mmfee % 
31 Jtofll not tffoeare to mafce vote gzfce cxtocnc;, 
$ o } a 3&Jjilof o#>cr tetli finae, l> ere m <& t> to ence 
®f tty Ctaty 5 ant to $®m t^at be Har> 
3 fl«H not greats Wat tyes fe£* 

/ia;*/? profeffe I know enough to hold my Tongue, but not enough 
f*Speake j and the no leffe Reall then Miraculous Fruits / have 
found in my diligent enquiry into thefe Arcana, had me in to fuch 
degrees of Admiration, they command Silence, and force metolofe 


my Tongue. Yet, as me greatly offering «y Nati* e Countrey, avd 
thefatisfatlion of all Ingenious Artifts, I have publifhed (for their 
ufe) thefe enfmng CoHe&ed Antiquities $ and Jhallhere fay fimi* 
thing more then they /peak of 

He who Jhall have the happinefe to meet with S. Dunftans Works 
De Occulta Phiiofophia, (a Books which E.G. A.I. made much ufe 
of and which flail chiefly back^ wkit here I am about to fay) may 
therein readefuch Stories as will make him amaz'd to thinkyehat 
ftupendious and Immenfe things are to bee performed by 
vert ue of fkPhilofophers Mercury, of which aT&c onely and no 

sAndfrft, of the Mineral! Stone, the Which is wrought up to the 
degree onely that hath the poorer of Tranfmuting any Imperfect 
Earthy Matter into its utmoft degree o/Peifeclibn • that is, to con* 
vert the bafift of Metalls into perfect Gold and Silver 5 Flints into 
all manner o/Precious Stones ; \_as Rubies, Saphirs, Emeralds, and 
Diamonds, &c7\ and many more Experiments of the like nature* 
But as this is but a part , fo it is the haft Jhare of that Bleffing 
which may be acquired by the Philofophers lAt^ethjf the full vertue 
thereof Were knoWne. Gold I confeffe is a delicious Objcdi, 4 goodly 
Light, which rp* admire and gaze «/><?» ut Pueri in Junonis avem ^ 
but, as to make Gold ( faith an incomparable Authour) is the cheif- 
eft intent of the Alchimifts, fo was it fcarce any intent of the 
ancient Philofophers, and the low eft ufe the Adepti made of thus 

For they being lovers o/Wifdome more then Worldly Wealth, 
drove at higher andmore Excellent Operations : And certainly He 
to Whom the Whole Courfe of Nature lyes open } njoycetbmtfi much 
that he can makf Gold and Silver, or the Diveiis to become Subject that he fees the Heavens open y the Angells •/ God Afcenth 
ing and Defcending, and that hk o&n Home u f airily written in the 
Book of life. 

Jfext , to come to the Vegitable,Magicall,^i Angelical! Stone*. 
the which have in them no part of the Minerall Stone ( Quatenus a 
Stone Fermented with Metalline ^Earthy Nature )for thy are 
marveloufly Subtile, and each of them differing i» Operation #af 
Nature, fccaufe Fitted and Fermented for fever all UffeQts and 
Surpofes. Dovhkfe Adam ( with ^Fathers before the$k>€4, 


and f nee) Abraham, Mofes, WSolomor! , wrought many Won* 
ders by thm % yet the utmoft of their Vertues they never fully under- 
ftood;nor indeed any bat GOD the Maker of All things in Heaven 
and Earthjblefled for evermore. 

For, by the Vegitable may be perfectly known the Nature o/Man, 
Beafts, Foules, Fifties, together %>ith all kinds of 'Trees , Plants, 
¥lowet$ } &c.and how to produce and make them Grow,Flourifh & 
beare Fruit ; how to encreafe them in Colour and Smell , and Men 
and where we pleafe, and all this not onely at an z;?/?4»*,Experimenti 
gratia, but Daily, Monethly, Yearly,** any Time, at any Seafon • 
yea y in the depth of Winter. And therefore not unlike, but the Wall- 
nut-Tree which \ anciently grew in Giaftenbury Church-yard, and 
never put forth Leaves before S.Bitnzbks Day , yet then woefully 
loaded Withithem, as alfo the Hawthorne there, fo greatly fam'dfor 
fhootingforth\jzviZ% and Flowers at Chriftmas, together With the 
Oake in New-Forreft in Hampshire that boregriene Leaves at the 
fame Seafon; may be fome Experiments made of the Vegitable 

Be fiats the Mafculine part of it Which is wrought up to a Solar 
Quality, and through its exceeding Heat frUburne up and deftroy 
any Creature,Plant,^.7'to Which # Lunar & Feminine (if imme- 
diately appfyed) will mitigate it with its extreme Cold : and in like 
wanner the Lunar Quality benums and congeals any Animall, &c* 
mleffe it be prefently helped and refolved by that of the Sun $ For 
though they both are made out of 'one Natural Subftance ; ;** in Work: 
ing they have contrary Qpi\itics:nevertheleffe there isfuch a naturall 
Afiiftance between them, that what the one cannot doe^ the other both 
can, and will perform* 

Nor are their inward Vertues more then their outward Beauties* 
for the Solar part is off* refplendent, tranfparent Luftre , that the 
Eye o/Man isfcarce able to indure it ; and if the Lunar part be ex- 
pos'd abroad in a dark Night, Birds will repatre to (and circulate 
about ) it % as a Fly round a Candle , and fubmit themfelves to the 
Captivity of the Hand ; And this invites mee to believe \ that the 
Stone which the ancient Hermet( being then iqoTears old) tooke out 
0/ffe Wall *»&/* Cell, and (hewed Cornelius Gallus, Ann, 1602. 
was of 'the T^atUre of this Vegitable Stone : For, (upon the opening 
his Golden Box Wherein it Was inclofed ) it dilated its Beames all 

B 'ever. 


over the Roome^ and that with fo great Splendor , that it overcamo 
the Light that Was kindled therein ; Be fides the Hermet ref fifed to 
project it upon Metall (as being unworthy ofit)but made his Experi- 
ment upon Veronica and Rue. 

By the Magicail or Profpedive Stone it is poffible to difcover any 
Perfon in what part of the WoM foever, although never fofecretly 
concealed or hid -in Chambers, Ciofets, or Cavernes of the Earth; 
For there it makes a JiriZlInqmCmon. In aWord y it fairely prejents 
to your view even the whole World, wherein to behold, heare , or 
tecyour Defire. Nay more, It enables Man ** underftand the Lan- 
guage of the Creatures, at the Chirping ©/Birds, Lowing */Beafts, 
&c. To Convey a Spirit into an Image, which by observing the 
Influence */HeavenJy Bodies,/MT become a true Oracle -, And jet 
tins as E.A.afuresjou, umtanywayesNecrom*nt\ct\\ % orD&i* 
\i(h; but eafy ponderous eafy, Naturall WHoneft. 

Lafily, as touching the Angelicall Stone, it is Jo (uhtill, faith tht 
aforefafd Author,* to it can neither be feene, felt , or weighed ; but 
Tafted only. The voyce ofM&n(which bears fomt (proportion to thefo 
fubtill properties,) comes fiort in comparifon} Nay the Abie felft is 
not fo penetrable, and jet (Oh myfterious bonder /) A Stone, that 
will lodge in theFire to Eternity without being prejudiced. It hath 4 
Divine Power, Celeftiall, and Invifiblc, above the reft; and endowes 
the poffejforwithB'mne Gifts It affords the Apparition a/Angells, 
and gives a power of converfing with them , by DreamesW Reve- 
lations ; nor dare any Evill Spirit approach the Place where it lodg- 
cth. Becaufe it is a Quintenence wherein there is no corruptible 
Thing.-and where the Elements are not corrupt^ Dsvill can (lay 
or abide. 

S. Dunftoh caffs it the Food of Angels, and by others it is 
tearmed The Heavenly Viaticum ; The Tree of Life; and is un- 
doubtedly (next under QOD) the true AIchochodon,w> Giver of 
Years ; for by it Mans Body is preferred from Corruption, being 
thereby inabled /« live a long time without Foode: nay 'tis made a 
qutftion Whet her any Man can Dye that ufes it. Which I doe net fe 
muchadmire 9 as to think why the Pofleflbrs of it (honld defire to live* 
that have thofe Manifeftations of Gloty andBtetmty^efented unto 
their _FleftiIy Eyes • but rather defire to be Biflblved^ to enjoy the 
full Fruition,/^* live when they muft be content with the bar ^Spe- 
culation, jf tir . 


After Heftne« had once obtained the Knbwledge of this Stone, he 
gave over the ufe of all other Stones , and therein only delighted : 
Mofes,4»rf Solomon/fag^r With Hermes were the only threejthat) 
excelled in the Knowledge thereof, and who therewith brought 

That there is a Gift */ Prophefie hid in the Red-ftone, Racis will 
teUyou ;for thereby ( faith he) Philofophers have foretold things 
to come : And Petrus Bonus avers % that they did Prophefie, not on- 
ly Generally but Specialty ; having a Fore- knowledge of the Re- 
furre&ion, Incarnation •/Chrift, dzy of Judgement, and that the 
Vfoild/bould be confumed with Fits: and this not otherwife , then 
from the Infight of their Operations. 

In 'Brief e y by the true and various ufe of the Philofophers Primi 
materia ( for there are diverficies of Gifts, but the fame fpiritj 
the perfetlion o/Liberall Sciences are made igown , the Whole Wif- 
dome o/Nature may begrafped : And ( Notwithfianding What hat 
been faid % I mufi further adde) There are yet hid greater things 
then thefe/or we have feen but few of his Workes. 

Howbeit, there arc but a feW Stocks that are fitted to Inoculate 
the Grafts of this Science on : They are Myfteries Incommunicable 
U any but the Adepti , and thofe that have beene Devoted even 
from their Cradles to ferve and waite at this Altar: And htm rmi 
ij fuch have been heard of may appear by Norton: 
iFejfefe( faith he; cleared* 4>tte 

And they perhaps were ( With J.Paul ) Caught up into Paradice^ 
and a* be, heard unfpeakeabic Words, fo they, wrought unoperaHe 
Workes\ fuch as it is not lawfull for to utter. 

Of fuch as thefe therefore will I glory,yct of my felfe 1 will not 
glory ,but of mine Infirmities* And truly whether fuch were in the 
Body or out of the Body I cannot tell, GOD knoweth, doubts 
lejfe they were not far from the Kingdome of GOD. 

But I fear el have waded too farre; and therefore now to give 
fame Particular Account, a/Well touching the Publication of th$ 
Worke, as alfo the Difpofkion thereof and the Nature of the Obfe- 
lete Language wherein tis Written : I /ball in theTirst place acquaint 
the Reader , that the kinds Acceptance my former Endeavours re- 
ceived at the Hands of Candid hxtifejn pub lifting fome Chemicall 
CoJleftions % very earnefilj invited me tofindeout * Second Piece 

5 s where* 


wherewith to prefent thofe t Gnte ful I Perfons* whereupon I inten- 
ded to rally up fome ofmj own Conceptions in this Science, and ex- 
pofe them alfo to f/tf-Teft ; But {to thuend, reviewing the Philofo- 
phers) I found that many (a faming that Name) Wrote what their 
Fancies, not their Hands had 'wrought , and farther then in Appre- 
hension hadnotfe'ene Projection ;< {amongH whom our Rip'ey was 
fometime One , ** appear es by his Ingenious Retractation, hereafter 
mentioned : ) and being truly fenfible of the great Injury fnch 
Workes have done young Students ( at the fir ft not able to diftin- 
gui(h» who have written upon their undeceveablc Experience, who 
not ; and confequentty , not which to follow , or Mich t@ avoyde ) i* 
withdrew my Thoughts ^having never asyetfet myfelfe Effectu- 
ally upon the Manuall Pri&ife ) left Ifhould adde to the many In- 
juries the World has already^ Juffered, by delivering th bare Med? 
ley of my Dubious Apprehenfions , Without the confident Attefta- 
tion o/Pra&ife : and bejuftly efte emed as indifcreete as thofe whom. 
Ripley mentions; that prate 

m fRobini^otJeana of fctef H&oSd, 

Tet ftill cafting about what to make choyce of, at length (by the. 

incouragement of fomethat are Indubious after pubfique benefit ) 

Centred my Thoughts, and fix 'd them on this defigne of Collecting 

' AU (or as many as I could meeteWith) ofourownEngkfhHetmc* 

tique Philofophers, and to make them publique. 

JXor did I change ^# Rtrfolution With my Clothes t noiwithftavd- 
ing the Difficulties I faw 3 ready to encounter and obflrutl the Un- 
dertaking .• For, befides the Paines and Care that was thereunto re* 
qui fit e , the Ytlttofnot meeting with,, or obtaining r^Onginall 
Manufcripts, or Auchentique Copies "of this Nature, (which I knew 
ta, be in fome Mens htnds, yet wanting them myfelfe?) fbreWdly be- 
fet , though nothing difiouragd me : yet was I therewith freely and 
plentifully fupplyed by fome worthy *»i intimate Friends , Whom I 
would gladly here mention , but that I Well k^W they delight not to 
fee their Names in Print. Thefe had, My Care Was next t& difpofe 
them infuch a Seiies as might be anfwerable to ^Refpeclive Times, 
Wherein each Author Flourifhed yandwithall to the befi Advantage 
of the laborious Student : the which I have managd with fojufi au 
Adt quadon^ (/hope) Will neither detraft from the due Honour of 
the Qtit y mryet difiurbi $r darken the diretl path of the Other, 



"But whilfl I was doktg this, I made a Queftion ( in regard feme 
Philofophers had writ in Verfe, others in Profe ) Which ofthefe 
fhouldtake Precedency ; and after fome Consideration adjudged it to 
the Poetique part : And that, not only becaufe its Originall may 
probably Anticipate the time of Orpheus, ( although he be noted by 
MaierusjPrimus Antiftcs,Sacerdos,Theologus,^r£ t S , J & Doctor 
totius Graccorum nationis ) becaufe that Linus is [aid to be the moft 
Perite of any Lyrick Poet, and Jo Ancient that fome fuppofe him 
Mafler to Orpheus , Who writ that admirable Allegory of the Gol « 
den Fleece, and Was the firfl of \ all ^Grecians that brought the 
Chemck Learning ( with other Sciences) out 0/iEgipt, as the other 
the firfl. th&t brought the Phoenician Learning to the Grecians : I fay 
not only for that it is the Ancienteft,W Profe but a/Latter ufe with 
other Nations: but becaufe Poetry hath bin moft Anciently ufed with 
m } and(as if from a Grant ofH\\x\xt)heldunqueftionable. 

AgainJhe Excellent Melody thereof is fo Naturall and Univer- 
(dW.asthatitfeemes to be botnzWtth all the Nations of the World, 
as an Hereditary Eloquence proper to all Mankinde : Nor was this 
all f or Iconf dired that it Chimes a Generall fuccefllon, and Re- 
ception, in All Nations, ##Ages, Who were never Without a Ho- 
mer, a Virgil, or an Ovid ; No not thisfmaU Segment of the World 
[England] Without a Rails Ceftrenfis and an Hortulanus j Tor the 
Firft ofthefe, Hi* Liber Luminum,^^ Lumen de Luminum, are 
the Ancienteft now extant in Latine Verfe : In the latter of Which, I 
cannot omk this Title of his, [Refponfio Rails Ceftrenfis Filio fuo 
Merlino ; 3 Whtrtby it appeareshe was Merlin's Contemporary^ 
leaft) if not his Mifter> this Abftrufe Myftery. ThefeWotkes of 
his are both Tublified by Hermannus, but very Imperfectly , as I 
found by Comparing themWith aMnnufctipt, as ancient as King 
John's Time. And for the Second Rq was the firfl ChriftianPhilo- 
fopher aft ers)Aotknx)iSfa>ho(tr4ve ling abroad, and returning hither in 
the Raigne of William the Conqutrour:)becaufe he was the firfl that 
Tranfplanted the Chemical! hiofesfrom remotefl Parts into his own 
Country s*Vr4/WGariand,ab Coronam Hermeticam & Poeticanv 
But, to returne to our Matter, 

If neither its Antiquity, wr /^Natural! RarficationjGenerall 
SucceflioOjW Reception thereof were enough to allow it the Rigfr- 
hand of Fellowfhip , yet I fuppofe t he ErTe&s thereof, ( which fo 
afett and delight the Eare , repjee the Heart , fatisfie the Judge- 

ment ?J 

/\ Prolegomena. 

ment, and indulge the Hearers ) juflly may : In regard Poefy has a 
Life, a Pulff, and fuch afecret Energy, as leaves in the Mlnde,* far 
deeper Impreflion,^* n What runs in the flow and evehleffe Numbers 
o/Profe: whereby itwonfo much upon the World, That in Rude 
Times, and even amongst Barbarous Nations, Vehen other forts of 
Learning flood excluded, there was nothing more in Elrimation.yW 
for that we call Rythme; the Cuftome of divers of 'our Saxoa and 
Norman Poets, fhewes the Opinion they had thereof; whilfl the 
Latine ( notwithstanding its Excellency; could not fufficiently delight 
tklrEues, unlejfe their Verfes ( in that Language,; were form d 
with an Hirmonicall Cadence, and brought into Rythme: Nor 
did the Ancients wrap up their Chiefeft Myfteries, any Where el fe t 
then in the Parobolical cMllufivc/wr* */Paetry,a*fJk mottSuxcd, 
and Venerable in their Efteeme^ the fecur eft from Prophane and 
Vulgar Wits. For fuch was the goodneffe of o*r Fathers/ to they 
Would not willingly haz,ard(much leffe throW) their Childrens Bread 
among Dogs • And therefore their Wifdome and Policy was, Firft t 
to finde out a way to Teach , and then an Art ( which was this) t$ 
Conceale. In a word, to prefer Profe before Poetry, is no other y or 
better, then to let a Rough. hewen-Clowne, take the Wall of a 
Richciad-Lady ©/Honour : or to Hang 4 Prefence Chamber With 
Tarpalin, inftead of Tapeftry. 

And for thefe Reafons, and out ofthefe Rcfpefts, the Poetically 
/ conceived) deferved the Precedency, 

HoWbeit probably fome ofthefe Pieces ( now brought to publiqus 
Light ) hadwelnigh period in afilentRixm ; WDeftruftion^tf 
a compleate Vitlory over them , but that my Diligence and Labori- 
ous Inquifition refined them from the Jawes thereof : being almojjt 
quite (brouded in the Duft e/Antiquity,W/»z/fl/^i«^obfcurity 
of forgotten things, with their Leaves halfe Worme-eaten. And* 
wonder it is, that ( like the Crcitures in Noahs Arke) they were 
hitherto fofafdy prefirved from that Univerfall Deluge, Which ( at 
the Dilution of Abbies ) overflowed our greatest Libraries. 

asfnd in doing thus y I prefume it no Arrogance to challenge the 
Reputation of performing a Worke, next that of a Mans own : and 
fomethlng more, in that {at if having the Elixir it felfe ) I have 
made Old Age become Young and Lively, by refioring each of the 
Ancient Wi iters not only to tfa Spring of 'their feverttll Beauties, but 
u f^a Summer of their Strength and Perfection. 


As for the whole Worke it felfe , it is fheav'd up from a few 
gleanings in part of our Englifh Fields; where though I have beftow- 
ed my Indoftry to pick^ up here and there, what Icouldfinde in my 
way, jet I believe there are many other Pieces of this Nature in 
private Hinds, which if any are pleas' d ( out of the fame Ingenious 
fcotcthatIhavepnb\i(hcdtheje,) to Communicate to me : I /halt 
fet thereon a value futable to the worth of their Favours, and let the 
World how its Obligation to them be fides, 

The Style and Language thereof may, I confeffe (to feme ) fee me 
lrkfome and Uncouth, andfo it it indeed to thofe that are Grangers 
thereunto; butwithaU very Significant.- Old words have flrong 
Emphafis • others may look upon them as Rubbifh or Trifles, but they 
*re grofiy Miftaken .- for what pome light Braines may efteem as 
Foolith Toys • deeper Judgements can and wiH value as found ana* 
ferious Matter. 

fVe Englijh have often varied ourFa[biom(fuch is the levity of our 
Fancies) and therefore if you meet with SpeWingsJiferent from thofe 
inufe; or uncouth Words asfirangely ridiculous \as a Maunch,Hood, 
Cod-piece, or Trunke bofe , know* as they "to ere the fapsionable 
Attyres, fo thefe the ufuallDhk&s of thofe Times : And Pofterity 
Will pay ui in our own Coyne , Jhould we deride the behaviour and 
drefle of our Anceftors. For We mufl confer that Languages which 
are daily ufed in our Difcourfe, are in as continual! Mutation : what 
Cuftome brings into habit,*j befl UlCdfor the Vrdentjvhether it be to 
revive What is loft, or introduce fomething new • or to piece up the 
prefent , with the retained Jhreds of What preceded 5 'But learned 
Ton%\xt%(which are contain d inBooks)injoya more immutable Fate, 
hcaufenot fubje&f* be Wafbt aWay with the daily tyde and current 
efTimcs.They are lily the fafliion and Drapery wrought on Marble 
Statues^K^ mufl ever be retained without alteration. 

And therefore that the Truth and Worth of their Workes might 
receive no Diminution by my Tranfcription J purpefily retain'd the 
old Words and manner of their Spelling, as I found them in the QtW 
ginalls (except only fame palpable Miftakcs and Blemiftes of former 
Tranfcribers 3 w?foVA I took upon me to cor reel; and purge as title more 
then Litterall Imperfections:)/*/ not to Heave ^Reader mfatisfied, 
have added a Compendious Table, for the Interpretation o/Old, 
unufuall^obfolete Words, W thereby 'fmocth'd (as Ifuppofe) the 
Paflage for fueh as have not hitherto bin Converfant in thefe An- 
cient Rough- hew»d Expreffions. where- 


WhereforeyoH that love to corner fe with the Dead, *r confult with 
their Monuments, draw near : perhaps yon may find mere benefit in 
them then the Lmn&Thereyou may meet with the Genii <?/W Her- 
metique Philofophers , league the Language in Which they wood and 
courted Dame Nature , and enjoy them more freely, and at Greater 
Command,^ fatisfie yourT)ou\>t$)tbm when they Were in the Flefhj 
Tor, they have Written more then they would Speake \ and left their 
Lines/* Rich, as if they had difolved Gold in their Inke, and clad 
their Words with the Soveraign Moyfture. 

My Annotations are limited Within the ~Bounds of what is Hifto- 
ricall , or whit occafionally muft needs intrench on the Confines of 
other Arts, and all Glofles upon the Philofophicall Worke purpofely 
omit ted y for the fame Reafons that I chofe to fend forth other Mens 
Children into theWot\d>rather then my oWn, And what prefumptu- 
ousMiftaks, or Errors, the Candid Reader [hall meet with >witl(l 
hope)be Cenfured With no leffe Favour and Charity,*^ that where- 
by they are wont to Judge ^Faults ofthefe they efteem their Friends 
and Well-wKhers. 

And noW to Conclude ; May the QOD ofNATVRE begratU 
oufly pleafed(out of the Immenfe Treafury of his Goodnefs)to vouch* 
faff all fuch{whofe good Angel Is direel them to } or have alreadly Rett- 
gioujly Engaged them in this Myfterious knowledge)theFull and En- 
tire Accomplishments of a True and Pious Philofopher, LTo wit % 
Learning, Humility, Judgement, Courage, Hope,Patience,Difcre- 
tion,Charity & Secrecki]That fo they may enjoy the Fruits of their 
Labours, which otherwife Will be but vain,Wunpleafant:dW can fe- 
lt (ly render the Divine Science andStcttt *>/<?//<?,Contemptible. 

Farewell (Indaftrious Students J and let your Goodnefte ftill in- 
vite me to accomplifh the End I have prepofed ; In doingWhich, (/ 
prefume) you may one Day efleeme me, better defervingyour Patro- 
nage ; At leaft-Wife, your charitahle Cenfure : which u aH the Re- 
compence Expected or Merited, by him, Who is 

Yours Really Devoted, 

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Liber ifie Clericis monjlrat fcientiam y 
Liber fed Laicis auget infcitiam : 
Liber, honor es juvans per cop Am z 
JSt Liber pauper um fugans inopiam: 
Liber jiducis, efttfr veritatis .* 
Regibus confilium, doftrina Prdatis : 
£t Liber utilis virti beat is 
Yivere qui cupiunt abffa pucatis. 
Liber fecretum, Liber doni Dei, 
JEleclkfemitdy vires bona [pel, 
Valens c onflantib its firm* fdei 1 
Ve non credentibus verbis oris meu 
Qu&runt Alchimiam^falfi quoqne reffi i 
Falfi fine numero,[ed hi\ecJi, 
Bt cuplditatibm {ben ) tot f tint infeffi, 
Quod inter millemillia,vix funt tres elec7i, 
Jfiamad fcientiam multi funt vocati 
Nobiles^ pauperes,infcii, literati*, 
Qui notlunt labores , neque tempus pari ; 
Jdco non pttficient ^quiafunt ingrati. 
Liber,Arti$ flios docet ifie fat is, 
Qui bus h&cpercipere dem dedit gratis, 
Verftcuhs propheticis quatuor his credatis,. 
Omnia dat gratis divina fons pietatis*. 
B&c nobilts fcientia ejl t ant urn ill is data, 
Qui diligunt \uflitiam, mente cum be at a • 
Bob ds, & rapt oribits Jed eft dcnegata, 
Propter peccata tardantur miner a grata* 

THis Booke the gr#ne ft Clear key may teach, 
YfUtjhorteneth the Vulgar- Reach : 
A Booke that gets l by WealthJ Renowne, 
And Boggles at a thredbare-Gowne : 
Atrufly-Booke o£ faith full-Things • 
Inftru&ing Priefts, Advifing Kings: 
A Booke that's fitted for the fence 
Of Man, who lives without offence ; 
A Booke oifecrets given by God . 
To men Elect , a Beaten- Trod : 
Availing fuch as conftant be 
In Faith 5 and H operand trufling Me. 
Good Men and Bad even Numbcrleffe, 
/The latter, but without fuccefle) 
Dcfire the^frt: Bur ftilH Alas I) 
They are fo given to Avarice^ 
Thar of a Million^ hardly three 
Were ere Ordaind forAlcbimy. 
Yet many called every Houre^ 
Learn dand Unlearned^ Rich^ and Poore • 
Who'll neither Tend y t\ov take the Paines 5 
And therefore7>W£* without the Gaines. 
On whom God doth this Art beftow, 
Her Sons may herein fully know : 
By thefe *foure-lines you may believe 1^^ 

Heaven doth all things gratis ghe. jj"? ££2^ 

This -^rf in fuch you only finde ^ bbot of Brid- 

AsWiceloveMhfojles-MMe: .g^fo 

But tis deny d to gmkfttu Men ; r«, ere. 

ForfwprotraBs the gifts of Heaven. 

C 2 , Thcfe 


Sape Reges AnglU decoraffet h*c res, 
Firman in domino ftijfet eorum (pes 5 
Jllefeaqni capiet per hanc rem honor es, 
Antiquos mores mutabit in meliores. 
Ijlecumque venerit, regnttm reformabit^ 
Virtutibty & moribtt*^ & exemplum dabit 
Sempiternum Regibus^pkbs tunc]ubilabit, 
Bt mutuo fe diltgens laudes Deo dabit: 
O Rex, hacfafturus ! beum Regem ora, 
Bt ejus an x ilium pro re hac imp lor a : 
Tunc regijufto fulgent i mente decora 
Grata fupervenient qua nonfperabitur htm 

Thcfc hadadorn'd the EngliftTbrone, 
If they had truftcd God alone : 
For he that hereby Honor winns, 

Shall change the old for better things* 

And when he comes to rule the Land, 
Reforme it with a vertnoas hand : 
Leaving examples ofgooddeedes 
To every King that him fucceedes : 
Then fhall the People Jubilee 
In mutmlllove 5 and facrtfife 
Praifes to Cod. O King that {hall 
Thefe ftfrito / implore the God of all 
For timely helpe,in thisgood thing : 
So to a *f*ft) and Glorious King, 

*5\£oft i goodly Gracej sfhali defcend. 

When kaft looked for i toCrownt bis End. 

3 The 

Th e P r oh e me, 

the honor of Gcd^Onc in Perfons three, 
This Boke is made 3 tha: Lay -men fhulde it 
And Clerks alfoe, after my deceafe, (fee, 
Whereby .all Laymen which putteth 

(them in preafe, 
Tofeechby Alkimy great ryches towinn 
May finde goodCoimfell er they fuch vvarke begin 5 
And greate deceipts they may hereby efche we, 
And by this do&rine know falf men from trewe. 
NathlesClerks greate feacreats heerc may leare, 
But all Lay men (hall finde heere caufe to feare, 
And to beware of falf illufions, 
Which Multiply erswotkc with their Conclusions : 
But for that I defire not worldly fame, 
But your good prayers, unknowne fhall be my name. 

That no man fhulde therafter fearch, ne looke, 
But wifely Confider the flowers of this booke : 
Of every eftate that is within Mankind 
If yee make fearch much people ye may finde, 
Which to Alkimy their Corage doe addrefs 
Only for appetite of Lucre and Riches. 
As Popes with Cardinalls of Dignity, ' 
Archby (hopes with Byfiopes of high degree^ 
With Abbots and Priors of Religion, 
With Friar.sfleremites, and PreeBs manie one , 
And Kings with Princes and Lords great of blood, 

For every eftate defireth after good 5 


The Proheme* 

And Mcrchaunts alfo which dwell in the fiere 

Of brenning Covetife, have thereto defire 5 

And Common workemen will not be out-lafte, 

For as well as Lords they love this noble Crafte [ 

As Gouldfmithes whome we <hulde left repreve 

Voi fights in their Craft meveth them to beleeve : 

But wonder it is that Wevers deale with fuch warks, 

Free Mafons and Tanners with poorc Parijh Clerks 5 

Tailors zn&Glafiers woll not thereof ceafe, 

And eke fely Tinkers will put them in the preafe 

With greate prefumption-but yet fome collour there was> 

For all fuch Men as give Tin&urc to Glaffc : 

But many Artificers have byn over-fwifte 

With hafty Credence to fume away their thrifte: 

And albeit that lodes made them to fmarte, 

Yet ever in hope continued their hearte, 

Trufting fome ty me to fpeede right well. 

Of many fuch truly 1 can tell, # 

Which in fuch hope continued all their lyfe, 

Whereby they were pore and made to unthrife : 

It had byne good for them to have left off 

In feafon, for noughte they founde but a fcoffc, 

For trcwly he that is not a greate Gierke 

Is nice and lewde to medle with this warke 5 

Ye may truft me well it is no fmall inginn 

To know all fecreats pertaining to the Myne 5 

For it is moil profound Philefephie, 

The fubtill fciencc of holy Alkimy i 

Of which Science here I intend to write,- 

Howbeit I may not curioufly indite. 

For he that fhulde all a common people teache, 

He muft for them ufe plaine and common fpeache * 

Though that I write in plaine, and hocmety wife 

No good Man then fhulde fuch writenge dilpne* ■ 


8 * 7k tnUm. 

All \M0&$ that write of this SoJerac wcrfce 
Tfiey made their Bokes to many Men full derke, 
In Poyfes, Parables, and in Metaphors alibe, 
Which to Shollers caufeth peine and woe: 
For in their pra&ife whan t^ey would it allay, 
They leefe their Cofts, as men fee aldayc, 
Hermes, Rafts, Geher, and Avicen^ 
Merlin, HomUn, Demicrit^ and Morten^ 
Bacon^ and Raimond^ with others many raoe 
Wrote under covert, and ^yirifiotle alfoe. 
For what hereof they wrote with their penn, 
Their Cloudy Claufes dulled many Men: 
Fro Lay men, Fro Clearks, and fo fro every Man 
They hid this Art that no Man flnde it cann. 
By their bokes do they (hew Reafons faire, 
Whereby much people are brought into difpairc. 
Yet Anaxagoras wrote plaincft of them all 
In his bokftof Conversions naturally 
Of the old Fathers that ever I f ounde 
He moft difclofed of this Science the grownde $ 
Whereof Arifiotle had greate envly, 
And him rebuked unrightfully 
In many places, as I can well report, 
Intending that men to him fliuldc not refort : 
For he was large of his cunning and love, 
God have his foulc in blifTe with him above : 
And fuche as fowed envious feede, 
God forgive them their mifdeede. 
As the Mounke which a Boke did write 
Of a thoufand receipts in mallice for defpight; 
Which be coppied in many a place 
Whereby hath beene made pale many a Face 5 
And many Gwndsiayc byne made bare of hewe, 
And men fals which before tyme were tre wc. 



Wherefore my Pitty doth mc conftrcyne 

Tofhewthe trewth infewe words and plaine, 

Soc that you may fro falfe do&rinc flee, 

If ye give Credence to thisbokc and mce 5 

Avoidc your Bokes written of Receipts, 

For all fuch Receipts arc full of Deceipts 5 

Truft not fuch Receipts, and lerne well this Claufe, 

Nothing is wrettght but by bis prefer Caufe : 

Wherefore that Pra&ife falleth farr behindc 

Wher Knowledge of the caufe is not in raindc: 

Therefore remember ever more wifely, (whie. 

That you woorke nothing but you knowe howc and 

Alfoc he that would in this Arte proceede , 

To cfchewe falfhood he hath grcatc need : 

For trewth is good which this Arte muft guide, 

Wherefore to falfhood ye may never Aide 5 

But ftedfaftly your minde muft be fct, 
Fals Golloured Metall never to Countcrfett 5 

As thei that fecke Blanchers or Citrinacions, 
Which woll not abide all Examinacions, 

Wherewith fals Plate they make as they canti 

Or Money to beguile fome good trew Mann : 

But (Whath made that of this blcffed Arte, 

All that be fals fhall have thereof noc parte •, 

He muft have Grace that would for this Arte Cue, 

Therefore of right him needeth to be trew : 

Alfo he may not be troblcd in his Minde 

Wich outward charges, which this Arte would finder 

And he that would have his intent, 

He muft have Riches fufficicnt. 

-In many wayes he maie not looke 

But only purfue the order of this Boke $ 

Named of i^ilkimythe Ordinall y 

The Crcdc mihi, the Standard f erf etuali : 

D For 


For like as the Ordinall to Preejls fetteth out 
The fervice of the dayes as they goc aboute : 
Soe of all the Bokes unordered in v^ilkimj 
The effeft is here fct out Orderly: 
Therefore this Boke to an AlchimiUet wife, 
Is a Boke of incomparable price •, 
Whofe trewth {hall never be defiled, 
Though it appcare in homely wife compiled : 
And as I had this Arte by Grace from Heaven* 
I give you the fame here in Chapters feaven : 
As largely as by my fealty I may, 
By licence of the dreadfull Judge at domes dayc* 

The frft Chapter ihall all Men teache 
What manner People may this Science rcache 3 
And whie the trew Science of \_Alkimy, 
Is of old Fathers called Blefled and Holy. 

In the fecond Chapter maie be fayne, 
The nice Joy es thereof, with the greate paine. 
Thahird Chapter for the love of One, 

Shall trewly difclofe the Matters of our Stone 3 

Which the A^ahm doon Elixir call, 

Whereof it is, there uoderftonde you (hall. 

Thcfotverth Chapter teaeheth the groflfc Wcrke^ 

A foulelaboure not kindly for a Clerke. 

In which is found full greate travaile, 

With many perills, and nunyafaile. 
The/?/* Chapter is of the fubtill Werk, 

Which God ordcyned only for a Clerke s 

Full few Clerks can it comprehend, 

Therefore to few Men is the Science fend. 
Ihzfixt Chapter is of Concord and love, 

Between low natures^ and heavenly fphcares above : 

Whereof trew knowledge advanceth greatly Clerks, 

And caufcth furtherance in our vvondcrfull werks. 

Tk Preform; ~ - 1 1 

Thcftavcnth chapter trewly teach you fMlj 
The doubtfull Regiments of your Fires '.all.. 

NOwSoveraignc Lord God mc guide and fpeede^ 
For to my Matters as now I will proceede, 
Praying all men which this Boke (hall finde, 
With devoute Prayers to have my foule in minde ♦ J 

And that noe Man for better ne for worfe, 
Chaunge my writing for drede of Gods curfez 
For where quick fentence {hall feame not to be | 
Ther may wife men finde felcouthe previtye 5 
And chaunging of fome one fillable 
May make this Boke unprofitable. 
Therefore truft not to one Reading or twaine, 
But twenty tymes it would be over faync; 
For it conteyneth full ponderous fentence, 
|Albcit that it faute forme of Eloquence 5 
But the beft thing that ye doe fhall, 
Jf toreadc many Bokes 3 and than this .wit hall. -J 

D z 



Nortons OrdinaU. 

Chap. I. 

-^i^tryefull merveyloES andArchimaftryc 
Is the tin&ure of noli K^ilfamy : 
A wonderful! J ww*, fecrete Philofophic,. 
A Angular grace & giftc of th'almightie : 
Which never was founde by labour of 

But it by Teaching, or Revclacion begann. (Mann, t 

It was never for Mony fold ne bought, 

By any Man which for it hath fought : 

But given to an able Man by grace, ( fpace. 

Wrought with greate Coft, with long lay fir and 

It helpeth a Man when he hath neede, 

It voydeth vaine Glory, Hope, and alfo drcade : 

It voydeth. AmbitioufnefTe, Extorcion,and Excefle, 

It fenceth Adverfity that fhee doe not oppreffe. 

He that thereof hath his full intent,. 

Forfaketh Extremities, with Meafure is content. 

Some people would not have it cauled Bolj> 

And in this wife thei doe replye , 

Thcifay how Tainims male th s Arte have. 

Such as our LerdGod woll never fave : 

For their wilfull fals infidelitie, 

The caufc of goodnes, poffeffours cannot be. 

Alfoe it maketh none other thing 

But Gold or Silver, for Mony, Cupp, or Ring. 

Whiche of wife men is proved and well founde 

Leaft verteous thing that is upon the Ground. 

Wherefore concluding all men of that feft* 

Say, how this Science n'is holy ineffe<3:. 

To this we fay and wittnes as we cann 

How that this Science was never tought to Man-, 

D 3. But 

But he were proved perfectly with fpace, 

Whether he were able to receyvethis Grace : 

For his Trewth, Vertue, and for his ftablc Witt, 

Which if he faulte he fhall ne\ier have it • 

Alfo no man coulde yet this Science reach, 

But if God fend a Mafier him to teach: 

For it is foe wonderfull and foe felcouth, 

That it muft needes be tought from mouth to mouth : 

Alfo he muft (be he never foe loath) 

Receive it with a moft facred dreadfull Oath, 

That as we refufe greate dignitie and fame, 

Soc he muft needly refufe the fame. 

And alfo that he fhall not be fo wilde 

To teach thisfeacrct to his owne childe 5 

For nighnes of Blood ne Confanguinity 

May not accepted be to this dignity: 

Soe blood as blood, may have hereof noe part. 

But only vertue winneth this holy Arte : 

Therefore ftraightly yon fhall fearch and fee, 

All manners and vermes with th'abilitie 

Of the perfon which fhall this Scyence leere. 

And in likewife make him ftraightlie fwere : 

Soc that noc man fhall leave this Arte behinde, 

But he an able and approved Man can finde 5 

When Age fhall grecve him to ride or goe, 

One he may teach, but then never no moc : 

For this Science muft ever fecret be, 

The Caufc whereof is this as ye may fee ; 

If one evill man had hereof all his will 

All Chriftian Peafe he might haftilie fpill, 

And with his Pride, he might pull downe 

Rightfull Kings and Princes of rcnowne : 

Wherefore the fentencc of perill and jeopardy , 

Upon the Teacher refteth dreadfully. 


Ordinall. 15 

So than for doubt of fuch pride and wreath, cfap. 1 , 

He muft be ware that will this Science teach : 

No Man therefore maic reach this greate prefent, 

But he that hath venues exrellcnt. 

Soe though Men weene Pofleffburs not to aide, 

To hallow this Science as before is faid $ 

Neither feeme not bleflcd effe&ually , 

Yet in her Order this Science is My. 

And forafmuch as noe Man maie her finde 

But only by grace, flic is holy of her kinde. 

Alfo it is a worke and Cure divine, 

Foule Copper to make Gold or Silver fine : 

No man maie finde fuch chaunge by his thought, 

Of divers kinds which Gods hands have wrought* 

For Gods Conjundtions Man maie not undoe, 

But if his Grace fully confent thereto, 

By helpe of this Science, which our Lord above 

Hath given to fuch Men as he doth love 5 

Wherefore old Fathers conveniently 

Called this Science Holy Alkim-j. 

Therefore noe Man fhulde be too fwifte^ 
To caft away our Lords blefifed guift : 
Confideringe how that Almighty God 
From great Dodlours hath this Science forbod^ 
And graunted it to few Men of his mercy, 
Sucfias be faithfull trew and lowiy. 
And as there be but Planets feaven 
Amongethe multitude offtarrs in Heaven : 
Soe among millions of millions of Mankinde^ 
Scarflie feaven men maie this Science finde. 
Wherefore Lay men ye may lere and fee 
How many Doftors of great authoritie, 
With many fearchers hath this Science fought* 
Yet all their labours ha^ turned into nought 



Ifthei did coft, yet found thei none availc, 

For of their purpofe every tyme thei faile 5 

And in defpaire thei reafon and departe, 

And then thei faid how there j* noe fuch arte $ 

But fained Fables thei name it where thei goe, 

A fals fond thing thei fay it is alioe : y ■'" 

Such Men prefume too much upon their tninde, 

They weene their witts fuificient this^rtttofindc. 

But of their flaundcr and words of outrage, 

We take thereof trewlie little Charge : 

For fuch be not invited to our fcaft, 

Which weeneththemfelvcs wife and candoclcafte. 

Albeit fuch Men lift not lenger to perfue, 

Yet is this Science oii^llkimy fall trew 5 

And albeit fome proudc Clerks fay nay 

Yet every wife Clorke well confidcr may, 

How he whiche hereof might no trewth fee 

Maie not hereof lawfull wittnes be, 

For it were a wonderous thing and queintc, 

A man that never had fight to peinte. 

How ilioulde a borne blinde Man be fure 

To write or make good Portrature. 

To build Poules ftecplc might be greate doubt, 

For fuch proude Clerks to bring aboute 5 

Such might well happ to breake their crowne, 

Ere they coude wifely take it downc. 

Wherefore all fuch arc full farr behindc, 

To fetch out the fecreateft pointe of kinde ; 

Therefore all Men take theiref ortune and chaunce, 

Remit fuch Ckrks to their Ignorance, 

NO w ye that will this Science purfuc, 
Lcarnc ye to know fals Men from trew. 
All trew fearchers of this Science of Alkimy. 
Muftbe full learned in dieir firft Philofophic : 


O R DI N A L L. ■*■■■ Ij 

Elfc all their labourc (hall them let and g reive, Chap. i. 

Ashethatfetcheth WaterinaSfve 5 

The trevv men fearch and feeke all alone 

In hope to finde our dele<3$ble ftone, 

And for that thei would that no Man fhuldehaveloffc, 

They prove and feeke all at their owne Cofte •, 

Soe their owne Purfes they will ftoc fpare, 

They make their Coffers thereby full bare, 

Withgreate Patience thei doe procecde, 

Trufting only in God to be their fpeede. 

THe fals man walketh from Towne to Townc, 
For the moft parte in a threedbarerGowne 5 
Ever fearching with diligent awaite 
To winn his praye with fome fals deceit 
Of fwcaring and leafing ; fuch will not ceafe, 
To fay how they can Silver plate increafe. 
And ever they rayle with perjury 3 
Saying how they can Multiplie 
Gold and Silver,and in fuch wife 
With promife thei pleafe the Covetife, 
And Caufeth his minde to be on him fett, 
Then Falfehood and Covetife be well mctt. 
But afterwards within a little while 
The Multiplier doth him beguile 
With his faire promife, and with his fals othes, 
The Covetife is brought to threcd-bare clothes : 
But if he can haftily be well aware, 
Of the Multiplier and of his Chaffare , 
Of whofe deceipts much I canreporte. 
But I dare not leaft I give comforte 
To fuch as be difpofed to Treachery • 
For {q much hurte mought come thereby 5 
Wherefore advifcyouandbewife. 
Of them which proffer fuch femfe. 

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If they had Cunning have ye no doubty 

They woll be loath to fhew it out : 

When fuch men promifc toMultiplic, 

They compaffe to doe fotne Villony , 

Some trew mans goods to beare awayc j 

Of fuch fellowes what fhulde I faye f 

All fuch falfe men where ever thei goe, 

They fhulde be punifhed, thei be not fo* 

Upon Nature thei falfely lye 

For Mettalls doe not Multlplie • 

Of this Sentence all men befure, 

Evermore Arte muft ferve Nature. 

Nothing multiplieth as Au&ors fayes* 

But by one of theis two wayes, 

One by rotting, called Putrcfa&ion, 

That other as Beafts, by Propagation 5 

Propagation in Mettalls maie not be, 

But in our Stone much like thing ye may fee, 
Putrefa&ion muft deftroy and deface a 
But it be don in its proper place. 

CMettalls of kinde grow lowe under ground^ 
lor above crth ruft in them is found 5 
Soc above erth appeareth corruption, 
OfmettaHs,andin longtyme deftru&ion. 
Whereof noe Caufe is found in this Cafe, 
But that above Erth thei be not in their place. 
Gontrarie places to nature caufeth ftrifc, 
As Filhes out of water lofen their Lyfe : 
And Man, with Beads, and Birds live in ayer, 
But Stone and Mineralls under Erth repaier, 
Phyficians and Appoticaries faut appetite and will, 
To feech water flowers on a dry hill: 
For God hath ordeyned of his wifdome and grace, 
All tilings to grow in their naturall place, 


Or din a ll. ip 

Againft this do<3rine fome Men replie, Cbap.u 

And fay that Mcttalls doe Multiplie : 

For of Silver, Lead,Tinn, andalfo BrafTe, 

Some vcyne is more, and fome is lade, 

Or which diverfitie Nature (hulde ceafe, 

IfMettallsdidnot multiplie and increafe 5 

Wherefore they fay thatreafon fhewethnowe, 

How that under Erth they multiplie and growe y 

Why not then above Erth in veffells clofe and faire, 

Such as {bulde prefervc them from Fire Water and Aier? 

Hereto we fay this reafon is but rude, 

For this is noe perfed fimilitude * 

For caufc efficient of Mettalls finde ye fhall 

Only to be rhe vertuc Mineral!, 

Which in everieErth is not found, 

But in certaine places of eligible ground 5 

Imo which places the Heavenly Spheare, 

Scndeth his beames dire&ly everie yeare. 

And as the matters there difpofed be 

Such Mettalls thereof formed fhall you fee. 

Few gro wnds be apt to fuch generation : 

How (houlde then above ground be Multiplication? 

Alfo all men percey ven that be wife, 

How Water con jealed with Cold is yfe •, 

And before tymc it harded was 

Some lay in more places and fome in lafle, 

As water in foffes of the Carte- wheele, 

Were veyncs (male whan they began to keele, 

But water in ditches made veynes more, 

For plenty of water that was therein froare. 

Hereupon to fay it were noe good advice, 

That therefore of yfe fliould multiply more yfe. 

Soe though there be of Mettalls veynes more and laflTe, 

It proveth nougat they increafe more then it was, 

E 2 • Alfoe 

2o S\(ortons 

Ch&]>* r. Alfoe ye may truft without any doubt, 

If Multiplying fhould be brought about : 

All th'engredience muft draw to fimplcity, 

Andbreake Compofition X, yearly ye may fee: 

For Multiplying of Hearbes how Nature hath provided. 

That all things joyncd in the feede be divided : 

Elfe ftalke and leaves which vertually therein be, 

May not come forth actually that eye mought them fee. 

But Mettall holdeth his holle Compoficion, 

When corrafive waters have made diffolucion : 

Therefore fy th y fc is nerrer to fimplicity, 

Then is Mettall, and maie not increafed be, 

Trewly ye maie truft as I faid before, 

.How of one ounce of Silver, maie Silver be noe more* 

Alfo nothing muhiplyed fhallyefinde, 

But it be of Vegetative or of Senfitive kinder 

Where Mettalls be only Elamentative, 

Having noe feede, nether feeling of life 5 

Wherefore concluding all Multipliers muft ceafe, 

For Mettalls once Mettalls fhall noe more increafe 5 

NathlefTe one Mettall tranfmuted we finde 3 

Unto a Mettall of another kinder 

For propinquity of matter that in them was,- 

As it is knowne betwixt Iron and Brafie. 

Buttomaketrew.S , //'Wor GoUis noeinguv 

Except only the Philofophers medicine* 

Wherefore fuch leafings as Multipliers ufe, 

Clerks reprove and utterly refufe 5 

Such art of Multiplying is to be reproved. 

But holy K^ilkim) of right is to-beloved, 

Which treateth of a precious Medicine, 

Such as trewly maketh Gold and Silver fine 1 

Whereof example for Teftiraonic, 

Is in a Citty of: Catilonj . 


O R D I N A L L. 21 

Which Raymond Lully,Knight h men fuppofe, chap, i . 

Made in feaven Images the trewth to difclofe • 
Three were good Silver, in fliape like Ladies bright, 
Everie each of Foure were (jj$ld and did a Knight : 
In borders of their Clothing Letters like appeare, 
Signifying in Sentence as it fheweth here. 

i. Of old Horfhoes (faid one) I was yre, 
Now I am good Silver as goof as ye defire. . 
2. I was (faid another) Iron fet from the Mine 3 
But now I am Gould pure perfe& and fine. * 
y. Whilomc was I Copper of an old red pann. 
Now am I good Silver, faid the third woman*.- s 

4. The fourthTaide, I was Copper growne in the filthy 
Mow am I perfeft Gould -made by Gods grace. (place, 

5. The fift faid, I was -Silver pcxfcA through fine, 
Now am I perfect G^/^,excellent 3 better then the prime. 
6. 1 was a Pipe ofLeade well nigh two hundred yeare, 
And now to all men good Silver I appears 

7. The feventh faid J Leade am Gould made for a Maiilrie, 
Buttrevvlic my fellowes are nerer thereto then L 

This Science beareth her name of a King 5 
Called Alchimw, without leafing : 
A glorious Prince of raoft noble minde, 
His noble vertucs holpc him this arte to finde 5 
He fearched Nature, he was nobil Clerke, 
He left Extorcion, than fought and found this wcrke; 
King Hermes alfoe he did the fame. 
Being a Clerke of Excellent fame 5 
In his Quadripartite made oiAprologie, 
OfPbyfique and of this Arte of Alkimy, . 
And alfo of Magique natural!, 
As of four Sciences in nature pafling all. 
And there he faid that bleffed is hee 
That knoweth things truly as thei bee, 

S 3 And 



Chap, i # And bleflcd is he that maketh due proofe, 

For that is roote of cunning and roofe 5 

For by opinion is many a Man 

Deceived, which hereof litle cann. 

An old Proverbe, In a BujheUefweeninge, 

Is not found one h&ndfull ofCunninge : 

With due proofe and with difcrcet aflfaye, 

Wife men may leare netv things every day. 

By Cunninge^Men know themfelves and every thingei 

Man is but a Beaft and worfe without Cunninge : 

But litle favou r hath every Man 

To Science whereof he litle can 5 

And litle Cunning maketh men proud and wilde, 

Sufficient Cunning maketh men full milde. 

Nobil men now in manner have defpightc 

Of them that have to Cunning appetite : 

But noble Kings in auncient dayes, 

Ordained (as olde Au&ors faics , ) 

That the feven Sciences to learnc and can, 

Shuldc none but only a Noble mm 5 

And at the leaft he fhulde be fo free, 

That he mought Studic with libertie 5 

Wherefore old Sages did them call 

Ihefeaven Sciences liber dl : 

For he that would leare them perfe<5Uy and well, 

In cleere liberty he rauft dwell. 

From worldly warkes he muft withdrawe, 

That would lernc but Mans La we : 

Much more the Worlde he muft forfake, 

Which many Sciences woulde overtake. 

And for that caufe Men may well fee, 

Why Cunninge men difpifed be. 

Yet nobil Memory fhall never ceafe, 

Of him which Cunninge doth increafe. 

He e 



Hce which lovcth Cunning, Juft ice, and Grace 
Is fet afide in many a place 5 
But whoe to Courte bringeth in with guile. 
Profit, orprefent, he is the fylm that while. 
Wherefore this Science and many Graces moe, 
Be loft and be departed all ye fro. 
And furthermore remember what I fay, 
Sinn caleth faft for his ending day : 
Covetife and Cunninge have difcorde by kinde 9 
Who lucre coveteth this Science {hall notfindcj 
But he that loveth Science for her owne kinde. 
He may purchafe both for his blefled mindc. 

Of this chapter more I need not teach, 
For here appeareth what men may it reach : 
That is to remember only the trewe, 
And he that is conftant in minde to purfue, 
And is not Ambitious, to borrow hath no neede 5 
And can be Patienc 3 not hafty for to fpecde 5 
And that mGodhz fet fully his truft, 
And that in Cunning be fixed all his luft 5 
And with all this heleade a rightfulllyfe, 
Falfhoode fubduinge, fupport no finfull ftrife ? 
Such Men be apt this Science to atraine. 
The Chapter following, is of Joy and painc. 

2 3 

Chap. 2 

C H A P. I I. 

QJt\mandj nuriflied a Monke of late, 
Which deceived Men of every ftate. 
But before that done he in his fantazie, 
Weened he had caught this Art fully. 
Such rejoycing thereof he had, 

That he began to dote and to be madde. 



Of whofe tfoyts (albeit they were fmallc) 
For an enfample I write this Tale. 
This Monke had walked about in Fraunce, 
Raunging Apoftata in his plofaunce. 
And after he came into this lond, 
W Jling Men fhould underftonde; 
How that ofJlkimy he had the grounde, 
By a Boke of Receipts which he had founde. 
In furety thereof he fet all his minde, 
Some nobil A#e to leave bchindc^ 
Whereby his name fhould be immortall, 
And his greate Fame in laude perpetualL 
And ofte he mufed where to beginne, 
To fpend the riches that he fhulde winn. 
And ever he thought loe this I cann, 
Where mought I finde fome trufty Man," 

Which would accorde now with my will, 

And help my purpofe to fulfill. 

Then would I make upon the plainc 

Of Salisbury glorious tobefaine, 

Fifteen Abbies in a little while, 

One Abbie in the end of every mile. 

Hereupon this Monke to me reforted, 

Of truft (he faid) which men of me reported, 

His forefaid mind he did to me tell. 

And prayd me to keep his great Councell. 

1 faid^efore an Image of Saint -fame, 

That I would never difclofe his name 5 

Yet I may write without all vice, 

Of his defires that were fo nice. 

When he had difcovered his great Cunning, 

He faid that he faughted nothing, 

But a good meane for his folace, 

To labour to the -Kings good grace, 


OrdINALL. 2f 

Togetlycenceof hiseftate, C%,*, 

And of his Lords mediate, 

To purchafe lotid for the Abbies aforefaid, 

For which all cofte fhould b^ well paied 5 

But yet he had great doubt and feare, 

How to purchafe 3 of whonijand where. 

When I had heard of this greatc werke, 

I fearched (to wit; what manner ofclerke 

He was, and what he knew of Schoolc, 

And therein he was but a Foole. 

Yet I fuffercd, and held me ftill, 

More to lerne of his lewd Will. 

Then faid I, it were a lewd thinge, 

Such matter to (hew unto the King* 5 

But if the proofc were reafonable, 

He would thinke it a foolifh Fable. 

The Mmke {aide how that he had in fire, 

A thing which fhulde fulfill his defire, 

Whereof the trewth within forty dayes, 

I fhulde well know by trew aflaies. 

Then I faid, I would no more that tyde, 

But forty dayes I faid I would abide. 

When forty dayes were gone and paft, 

The Monkes Craf te was cleane overcaft. 

Then all his Abbies and all his thought, 

Was turned to a thing of nought 5 

And as he came,he went full lewde, 

Departing in a minde full fhrewd: 

For foone after within a little while, 

Many trewe men he cfid beguile-, 

And afterwards went into Fraume. 

Loe ! this was a pittifull chance, 

That fifteene Abbies of Religion, 

Shulde in this wife fall to confufion. 

F » Greate 


Great wonder was what thing he mcank 
And why he fet all his intent 

Abbies to build-, then was it wonder, 
Why nould he live Obedient under, 
But be Apoftata, and range about, 
This bleffed Science to finde our. 
But as I wrote above in this Bokc, 
Let no Deceiver after this ScienctlookcL 

AN other Enfample is good to tell, 
Of one that trufted to doe as well 
As Raymond Lttlly^ or Bacon the Frier, 
Wherefore he named him&tfcfamce peere ^ 
He was Farfon of a little Town, 
Not farr from the Citty of London ,. 
Which was taken for halfe a Leach, 
But little cunning had he to Preach 5 
He weened him fure this Arte to finde 5 
His Name he would have ever in minde 
By meanes of a Bridge^ imagined in dotage. 
To be made over Thames for light paflage d 
Whereof fhulde grow a Common eafe, 
All the Countrey thereabout to pleafc. 
Yet though he might that warke fulfill,. 
It might in no wife fuffiee his will 5 
Wherefore he would fet up in flight, 
That Bridge for a wonderfull fight , 
With Prnacles guilt fhi^iag as goulde^ 
A glorious thing for men tobeholde. 
Then he remembred of the newe, * 
How greater fame fhulde him purfue 5 
If he mought make that Bridge (o bright, 5 
That it mought ihine alfoby Nighte. 
And fo continue and not breakc, 
Than all the Londcof he* would fpeake* 


O R D I N A h U %J 

But in hfs minde ran many a doubt, Chap 2i 

How he might bring that warfcc about 5 

He trowed that Lampes with lights of fire, 

Shulde well perfonne his nice defire 5 

Wherefore Lampes for that intent, 

He would ordaine fufficicnt : 

But then he fell in full great dreade, 

How after the time that he were dcade$ 

That light to find Men would refufe-, 

And chaunge the Rent to fotnc other ufe. 

Then thoughte he well is him that wifte, 

In whom he mought fet all his truft 5 . 

At the laftc he thought to make the light, 

For that Bridge to ihine by nighte , 

With Carbuncle Stones, to Make men wonder. 

With duble reflexion above and under : 

Then new thoughts troubled his Mincfc, 

Carbuncle Stones how he mought find ; 

And where to find wife men andtrewc. 

Which would for his intent purfue > 

In feeking all the Worlde about, 

Plenty of Carbuncles to find out 5 

For this he tooke foe micle thought, 

That his fattflcfh wafted nigh to nought ii}\ ii 

And where he trufted without defpaire,^, 

Ofthisto/>/w to have been heire, ; ^ 

When the yeare was fully come and gdc* j : 

His Crafte was loft, and thrift alfo 5 

For when that he tooke up his GlafTe, 

There was no matter for Gold ne Brajfe : 

Then he was angry and well neere wood, 

For he had wafted away his good : 

In this wife ended all his difporte, 

What ihould I more of him report. 

- F 2 But 


But that Lay-men and Clerks in Schoolcs, 

Maie know the dotage of thcis two foolcs, 

Remember this example where ye goe, 

For in fuch Mindes be tf ewl^e many moc : 

Theie lewdly beleeve every Conclufion, 

Be it never fo falfe an elufion : 

If it in boke written they may finde, 

Thei wcene it trewe, thei be fo lewde of minde. 

Such lewde and hafty confidence, 

Caufeth poveity and lewde expewce. 

Of truft of this Arte rifeth Joyes nice, 

For lewde hofe isfooles Paradice. 

The trcwe tought Children made this confeffion, 

Zwa? without thee all is digreflion ; 

For as thouartc of our Science beginingc, 

Soc without thee may be noe good cndingCi 

A S of the $oye$ of this Arte ye have fecne, 
<**> Soe (hall ye now hearc fome deale of the Paine :■ 
Albeit contrary to the appetite 
Of them that hath to this Science delight. 

;■■ The 

Ordinall. 25? 

The firft Paine is to re member in minde, Ckap.i. 

How many feeken 3 and how few doe finde, 
And yet noe Man may this Science wynn, 
But it be tought him before jhat he beginn 5 
He is well lerned, and of full cleere witc, 
Which by teaching can furely learnc it : 
Of many diverfities he muft be fure, 
Which fecreats woulde know of working Nature : 
Yet teaching maie not furely availe, 
But that fometimc fliall happ a man to faile 5 
As all that be now dead and gone 
Failed before theie found our Stone : 
One tyme or other, firft tyrae or lafte, 
All Men failed till trew Pra&ife were pafte 5 
No Man fooner faileth in hcate and colde, 
Then doth the Majler which hafty is and boulde: 
For noe Man fooner maie our Worke fpill, 
Then he that is prefuminge his purpofe to fulfill: 
But he that ihall trewlie doe the dcede 
He muft ufe providence and ever worke with drcade - T 
For of all paines the moft grcvious paine^ 
Is for one faile to beginn all againe. 

Every man fliall greate Paine have 
When he fliall firft this Arte covet and crave, 
He fliall oft tymes Chaunge his defire, 
With new tydings which he fliall hearc 5 
His Councell fliall oftentimes him beguile, 
For that feafon he dreadeth noe fubtile wile: 
And oftentymes his minde to and fro, 
With new Oppinions he fliall chaunge in woe : 
And foe long tyme continue in Phantafic, 
A greate adventure for him to come thereby : 
Soe of this Artebc ye never fo faine , 
Yet he muft tafte of manie a bitter painc. 

P 3 Of 


OF Paine s yet I muft fhcwe more, 
Againft your appetite though it be full fore: 

Itisgreate Paine, as all wife-men gefle, 

To witt where a trewe Mafter is • 

And if ye finde him, it will fee Paine, 

Of his trewe love to be certeyne. 

Forafmuch as noe Man maie teach but one, 

Of the making of our delicious ftone 5 

And albeit yce finde him that will ye teach, 

Yet much trouble and paincs may ye reach 5 

For if your mindebe vcrteoufly fct, 

Then the Devil will labour you to lett 5 

In three wifes to let he woll awaite, 

With HaHe^ with Defpaire, and with Deceipe : 

For dreade of Vertue which ye maie doe, 

Whenyefhulde attaincthis grace unto. 

The firft perill aforefaide is of Hafte, 

Which caufcth moft deftrudiion and wafte • 

All Au&ors writing of this ^A rte, 

Saye hafte is of the Devils parte : 

The little Boke writ ofthePhilofophcrsfeaft, 

Saith, omnis fefiinatio ex parts diaboli eft: 

Wherefore that Man fhall fooneft fpeede, 

Which with greateLeafure wifely woll proceeded 

Upon affay ye fhall trewly knowe 

That who moft hafteth he trewly fhalbe flowe 5 

For he with hafte fhall bringe his warke arrcare, 

So mcty mes a Moneth, and fomcty mes a whole Yeare 

And in this \^4rte it fhall ever be foe, 

That a hafty Man fhall never failc of woe : 

Alfoe of hafte ye may trewly be furc 

That fhe leaveth nothing cleane and pure 5 

The Devil hath none fo fubtill wile 

AsvvithhaftinefTeyouto beguile 5 



Therefore oft tymes he will affault, chdf . 2 . 

Your minde with hafte to make defattlt$ 

He {hall finde grace in Towne and Land, 

Which can haftines all tynr*s withftand : 

I fay all tymes, for in one pointeof tyme, 

Hafte may deftroy all your engine 5 

Therefore all hafte efchewe and feare; 

As if that flie a Devil were* 

My witt trewly cannot fufljee, 

Hafte fufficiently for to defpife 5 

Many Men have byne caft in greate care, 

Becaufe thei would not of hafte beware 1 

But ever call upon to fee an end, 

Which is temptation of the Fcndc : 

Noe moreof hafte at this prefent, 

But blefled be ever the Patient. 

WHen with Hafte the Feind hath noeavaile. 
Then with Dejpaire your mind he will aflaile § i 
Aud oft prefent this Sentence to your minde, 
How many feeken, and how few maicfinde^ 
Gf wifer Men then ever were yee : 
What furctie than to you maie be? 
He woll move ye to doubt alfo 
Whether your Teacher had it or noe 5 
And alfo how it mought fo fall. 
That part he tought you but not all j 
Such uncertainety he woll caft out, / 

To fet your minde with gree vous doubt % 
And foe your Pawes he woll rcpairc 
With wann hope and with much Defpaire 5 
Againft this affault is no defence, 
Buc only the vertuc of Confidence : 
To whomcreafon fhulde you leade 3 
That you fhall have noe caufe to drcade % 

y, ?h(ortons 

Cb*p.2* If you wifely callto your minde 

The vertuous manners, fuch as you findc 
In your Mafter and your Teacher^ 
Soe fhall you have noe nee^e to feare$ 
If you confider all Circumftanccs about, 
Whether he tought you for Love or for Doubt 5 
Or whether Motion of him began, 
For it is hard to truft fuch a Man : 
For he that profereth hath more necde 
OfyoUythcn you of him to fpeede. 
This wife cei tainely ye maie well win, 
Before that you your warkes do begin ; 
Whe n fuch cer tainety ye truly have, 
Fro Difpairc ye maie be fure and fave. 

But who can finde fuch a Mafterom, 
As was my Majler , him ncedeth not to doubt : 
Which right nobil was and fully worthy laude, 
He loved Juftice, and he abhorred fraude 5 
He was full fecrete when other men were lowde, 
Loath to be knowne that hereof ought he Could; 
When men difputed of Colours of the Rofe, 
He would not fpeake but keepe himfelfc full clofc ; 
To whome I laboured long and many a day, 
But he was folleyn to prove with ftraight affayc , 
To fearch and know of my Difpofition, 
With manifold proofes to know my Condition : 
And when he found unfeigned fidelity, 
In my greate hope which yet nothing did fee. 
At laft I conquered by grace divine 
His love, which did to me incline. 
Wherefore he thought foone after on a tyde, 
That longer dclayes I ne fliulde abide $ 
My manifold Ietters,my heavie heart and cheerc, 
Moved his Compaffion, thei perced him full neere 5 


OrDI N ALL. 2^ 

Wherefore his Pennhe would noe more refraine, Chip.** 
But ashecre followerhfoe wrote heagainc. 

MY very trufty,my deere beloved Brother, 
I muft you anfwer, it may be none other • 
The tymc is come you {hall receive this Grace, 
To your greare comfort and to your folacc : 
Your honeft defire with your grcate Confidence, 
Your Vertue proved with your Sapience ; 
You 1 Lovc,your Trewth,your longPerfeverancc, 
Your ftedfaft Minde fhall your Defire advance : 
Wherefore it is ncedc that within fhort fpace, 
Wee fpcake together, and fee face to face : 
If I fhulde writc v I fhulde my fealty breake, 
ThereforcMouth to Mouth I muft needes fpeakc^ 
And when you come, mine Heier unto this Arte 
I will you make, and fro this londe departe. . 
Ye fhall be both my Brother and my nc Heier, 
Of this greate fecretc whereof Cterkes deGpzwc: 
Therefore thanke God which giveth this renownc, 
For it is better then to were a Crowne : * 
Next after his Saints, our Lord doth him call 
Which hath this Arte to honour him withall : 
Noe more to you at this prefent tyde, 
But haftily to fee me, difpofe you to ride. 

'T'His Letter receiving, I hafted full fore, 
A To ride to my M after an hundred miles and more * 
And there Forty dayes continually, 7 

I learned all the fecrcats of Alkimy : 
Albeit Philofophy by me was upderftonde, 
As much as of man/ other in thisXonde 5 
Nethles fooles which for their Science fought, 
Ween that in forty dayes it wilbe wrought. * 
Betweenc Forty dayes warkc now ye may fee, 
And Forty dayes lerningcisgreaitdiverfitie* 

G Then 

2 a 3\(ortons 

Chap, il Then darke doubts to me appeared pure* 

# TherefowndIdifclofedthej?^iwCr^/iV4^r^ 
The canfe of Wonders were to me foe faire, 
And fo rcafonable, that T could not difpaier. 
If your Mafter. and yc refembleall aboute 
My good 'M'afiir and me, than have ye no doubre* 

THe third impediment deceipt we call, 
Amongft other to me the worft all 5 
And that is of Servamts- that ftiould awaite 
Upon your warke, for fomecan muchdeccipte;; 
Some be negligent 5 fome fleeping by the fire, 
Some be ill- willd, fuch {hall let your defire 5v 
Some be foolifli^ and fome be over bold, 
Some keepe no Counfell of Do&rine to them tould 5 
Some be filthie of hands and of fleeves * 
Some meddle ftraunge Matter^ that greately greeves- 
Some be drunken, and fome ufe much to jape.^ 
Beware of thes. if you will Kurt efcape 5 
The Trew be foolifh, the Witty be falfe, 
That one hurts me Sore r that other als : 
lor when I had my warke well wrought,. 
Such ftale it away and left me nought. 
Then I remembring the coft, the tyme, and the t paine,. 
Which! fhulde have to begin againe , 
With heavie hearte farewell adieu faid I> 
I will noe more of Alklmy. 
But howe that chaunce befell that Seafor?,\ 
Few men would it beleeve by reafon-: 
YetTenn perfons be witnes trew all - 
How that mifhapp did me befalle, 
Which might not be only by Man, 
Without the Devil as they tell can. 
I made alfo the Blixeroi life^ 
Which racberefta.Maciiaunt's wife s- 


Ordinalu 25 

The guintejsens I made alfo, chap. 2 . 

With other fecrcts manie moe, 

Which finfull people tooke me fro, 

To my greate paine and mjuch more woe : 

Soe in this worke there is no more to fainc, 

But that every loj is medled with his paine. 

OF Paine there is a litle yet behinde, 
Which is convenient to be had in mind^ 
That fell upon a bleffed Man 5 
Whereof the trewth report I cann. 
Thomas Daulton this good man height, 
He fetved God both day and night, 
Of the Red Medicine he had greate Store, 
I trowe never Engliih man had more. 
A Squier for the body of King Ehward, 
Whofc name was Thomas Harbert^ 
Tooke this D40//00 againft his defier, 
Out of an Abbie in Gloucejler-jhier^ 
And brought him in prefence of the King % 
Whereof Deluis had fomc tiding, 
For Daulton was whilome Deluts's Gierke $ 
Deluis difclofed ofDaultons werke. 
Deluis was Squier in confidence 
With King Edward ok in his prefence. 
Deluis reported that in a little ftounde, 
How Daulton had made to him a thoufand pound 
Of as good Goulde as the Royall was, ^ 
Within halfe a daye and fome dele laffe 5 
For which Deluis fwarc on a Booke. 
Then Daulton on Deluis caft his looke, 
And faid to Deluis^ Sir you be f orfwo're, 
Wherefore your hert hath caufe to be fore. 
Of nothing faid he, that I now have told, 
Witnes our Lord whom fudas fOuld. 

G 2 But 


But once (aid Dt Ims I fware to thee, 

That thou fhouldft not be uttered by me* 

Which I may breake well I underftand, 

For the Kings weak and f or'ajl his Lande. 

Then faid Daulton full foberlie, 

Thisanfwer voydeth no perjury. 

How fhould the King in you have Confidence, 

Your untrewth confeffed in his prefence. 

But Sir faid Daulton to the Kings Grace, 

I have bin troubled oft in many a place 

For this Medicine grevioufly and fore, 

And now I thought it ihould hurt me no more -: 

Wherefore in the K^Abbie where I was take, 

Icaftitinafoule and Common lake 

Going to the River which doth ebb and flowe, 

There is deftroyed as much riches nowe, 

As would have ferved to the Holy land, 

For twenty thoufand men upon a band. 

I kept it longc for our Lords blefled fake, 

To helpe a Kingt which that journey would make* 

Alas Daulton then faide the Kingt $ 

It was fowly don to fpill fuch a thinge. 

He would have Daulton to make it againe, 

Daulton faid it might not be certeine : 

Why (faid the Kingt) how came ye thereby * 

He laid by zCbannon oiLichfitldt trewly, 

Whofe workes Daultonkcpt dilligently, 

Many yeares till that Chmnon muft dye. 

And for his fervice he faid in that fpace, 

The Cannon gave him all that thereof was$ 

The Kingt gave to Daulton Marks foure, 

With liberty to goe where he would that hotire* 

Then was the Kingt in his herte fore, 

That he had not knowne Daulton before* 


O R D I N A L L. 57 

And ever it happneth without lcafinge, 

That Tyrants be full nigh to a Kinge. r#< 

Tor Herberte hy for Danlton in waight^ 

And brought him to Stepqej with deceipte. 

The fcrvaunts of Herbert the mony tookc away 

Which the King gave to Danlton that day. 

And alter Herbert 'carried Danlton farr, 

From thence to the Cafle of Gloucester y 

There was Danlton prifner full longc, 

Herbert to Danlton did mickle wrongc ; 

Fro thence he had him to prifon faft 

ToTroy, till foure yeares were nigh paft, 

And after he brought him out to dye 5 

Danlton to death obeyed lowly, 

And faid Lord ftfne bleffed thou be, 

Me thinks I have byne too longe from thee. 

A Science thou gaveft me with full greate charge, , 

Which I have kept without outrage. 

I founde noe man yet apt thereto, 

To be myne Hcyer when I am goe : 

Wherefore {Cwcctc Lord) now I am faine 

To rcfigne this thy guift to thee againe. 

Then Daulton mzdc devout prayers, and ftilL 

Withfmiling cheere he faid now doe your wiL 

When Herbert fawe him To glad to dye, 

Then ran water from Herberts Eye: 

For Prifon ne Death could him not availe 

To winn this Arte, his Crafte did him failc. 

Now let him goe faid Herbert than, 

For he (hall never hurt ne profet t man. 

But when Dmlton from the block fliould rife* 

He looked forth in full heavie wife, 

And fo departed with full heavie cheere. 

It was not hus will to live one yearc, 

G 3 This - 


This was his Pain-as I you tell. 

By men that had no dread of Hell. 

Herbert dyed foone after in his bed, 

And Deluis at Teuxbury loft hb head ; 

This wife greate Paine^s you may fee, 

Followeth this Arte in every degree. 

Hecre loft the King all his intent, 

For Herbert was proude and violent , 

Soe nobil a man to opprcfTe with pride, 

And like a f cllonc him leade and guide; 

Where that by goodnefle patience and grace, 

There might have growen full great folace , 

As well to the King, ye may underftonde, 

As for th'eafe of Commons of this londe 5 

But wonder not that grace doe not faP, 

For finn reygneth in this londe over all. 

Loe here was grace full ready at hondc, 

To have ccafed Taxes and Tallages of this londe - 

Whereby much Love and Grace would have be, 

Betwecne Knight-hood Prieft-hoode and Comminaltie. 

Here ye maie fee how vicious violence 

Maie not purchafe the vertue of fapience : 

For vice and vertue be things contrary, 

Therefore the vicious maie not come thereby 5 

If Vicious men mought lerne this Science^ 

They would therewith doe wondrous violence : 

And with Ambitioufneffe grow evermore 

Worfe of Conditions then they were before. 

Now is this Chapter offoy and Paine gone, 

The Chapter following (heweth Matters efenr Stene. 



n t t t Ghaf * * 

VjHAP, 111. 

V*s\(ilt wasca labourer in the fire • 
j5 ThreefCore years and more to win his defircr 
Brian was another, withHoltan in the Wcfte, 
Thes were ever bufie, & could pra&ice with 
But yet this Science thci never founde, (the beft : 

For thei knew not the Matters, ne the Grounde, 
But rumbled foorth,and evermore they fought, 
They fpent their lyfe and their goods to nought 5 
MuchlofTe, much coft, much angurfh they bought, 
Amonge their Receipts which they had' wrought : 
Then madcTcnJile to me hisgrcate complainte, 
With weeping Teares he faid his heart was fainte, 
For he had fpended all his lufty daycs 
In fals Receipts, and in fiich lewdc affayes ; 
Of Herbes, Gommcs, of Rootes and of GrafiTe 3 

Many kindes by him affaycd was, 

As Crowefoote, Celondmc and Mizerion, 

Vervaine, Lunara, and Martagon : 

In Antimony, Arfenick, Honey, Wax and Wine., 

In Haire, in Eggs, in Merds, and Urine, 

In Calx vive, Sandifer, and Vitriall, 

In Markafits, Tutits,.and every Minerall, 

In Malgams, in Blanchers, and Citrinacions 3 , 

All fell to nought in his opperacions : 

For he confidered not how he did rage. 

When to God* proportions he layde furchargei 

After all this, he thought nothing fo good, 

To worke upon as ihulde be mans Blode ^ 

Till that I faid how blode would waftc and fume: 

In mighty fire>and utterly confume . 



For Cbri/i his love then faidc he teach me, 

Whereof the fubftancc of our Stone (hould be : 

Tonftle (faid I j what Ihulde it you avayle 

Such thing to know i your lirgs doth you faile 

For very Age, therefore ceafe your lay* 

And love your Beades, it is high time &o Praye- 

For if you knew the Materialls of our Stone, 

Ere you could make it your dayes would begone. 

Thereof no charge good Mafler faid he, 

It were fufficient Comfort now to me 

To know the trc we Materialls without wrongc 

Of that Stone which I have fought foe longe : 

Jonfite (faid I ) It is noe litle thinge, 

Whereof you would have trcwe tydingc 5 

For many Au<5tors write of this doubte> 

But none of them fheweth it Cleerly oute : 

For Auftors which of this Arte doc write, 

Befought God&s witneffeth Democrite, ) 

That he unpaincd would fro this Worlde take 

Their Soules whom he tought Bokes thereof to make 5 

For greatly doubted evermore all fuche, 

That of this Scyence they may write too much*; : 

Every each of them tought but one pointc or twayne, 

Whereby his fellowes were made certayne 5 

How that he was to them a Brother", 

For every of them underftoode each other; 

Alfoe they wrote not every man to Teache, 

But to (hew themfelvcs by a fecret Speache : 

Truft not therefore to reading of one Boke, 

But in many Au&ors works ye may looke 5 

Liber librumapperit hhh Arnold the greateC&rfo, 

Anaxagoras faid the fame for his werke : 

Who that flothfall is in many bokes to fee, 

Such one in Pra&ice prompt lhall never be 5 

" But 


O R D I N A L L. ^1 

But Tonfile for almes I will make no ftore Chap, y 

Plainly to difclofe it that never was done before 5 

By way of anfwer for your recreation, 

If ye cann wifely make Interrogation. 

Good Matter ( faide he) then teach me trewly, 

Whether the matters be Sol or Mercury? 

Or whether of Sol or Lune it maie be, 

Or whether I fhall take them all three , 

Or Solby it felfe, or Mercury alone, 

Or Sulpher with them,for matters of out Stone i 

Or whether I ftiallfal Almoniack take, 

Or Miner all meants^ our Stone thereof to make t 

Here be many queftions Tonfile 5 faid I, 
Wifely remembred and full craftily •, 
You name it not yet but onely in generall, 
For you muft take fome deale of theis things all 5 
Of thefe and of other you muft take a parte. 
One time or other to minifter this Arte : 
Many things helpeth to apt our Stone^ 
But two he Materialise yet our Stone is one^ 
Bctweene which two is fuch divcrfity, 
As betweene the Mother and the Childe may be : 
An other diverfity bctweene them find ye fhall, 
Such as is found betweene Male and Female : 
Theis two kindes fhall doe all your fervice, 
As for the White worke (if you can be wife 5 ) 
One of thes kindes a Stone ye fhall finde. 
For it abideth fire as (tones doc by kindc : 
But it is no Stone in touching ne in fight, 
But a fubtill Earth, bro wne 3 roddy, and not bright : 
And when it is feparatc and brought to his appearage, 
Then we name it our grounde Litharge. 
Firft it is browne,roddy,and after fome deale white, 
And then it is called our chofen CMarkaftte : 

H J One 


One ounce thereof is better then fifty pounde^ 

It is not to be fould in all Chriftian grounde$ 

But he that would have it he flialbe faine 

To doe it make, or take himfelfe the painc : 

But one greate grace in that labour is faine, 

Make it once well and never more againe. 

Olde fathers called it t hinge of vile price, 

For it is nought worth by way of Marchandife i 

Noe man that findeth it woll beare it awaie, 

Noe more then thei would an Ounce of Clayc • 

Men will not beleevc that it is ot high price, 

No man knoweth it therefore but he be wifei 

Here have I difclofcd a greate fecret wonder, 

Which never was writ by them which becnerth under. 

ANother Stone Tonfile you muft have withall, 
Or elfe you fawte your cheefe Materiall 5 
Which is a Stone glorioufe faier and bright,, 
In handling a Stone, and a Stone in fight-, 
A Stone glittering with perfpecuitie, 
Being of wonderfull Diaphanitie 5 
The price of an Ounce Conveniently, 
Is twenty fhillings or well neere thereby : 
Her name is Magnetia, few people her knowe, 
She is f ownde in high places as well as in lowe 5 
Plato knew her property and called her by her name, 
And Chaucer reher feth how Titanos is the fame , 
In xhcChannom Teomans Taile faying what is thus' 
But quid ignotum per magis ignotius : 
That is to fay, what may this be, - 
But unknowne by more unknowne named is /he 5 . 
Nethles Tonfile now I will trewlie teach 
What is Magnetiaxo fay in our fpeache : 
Magos is Gxeekc^Mirabile in Latine it ys, 
^£i is Money, y cos Uit%ce y A\% God ywiffe* 

t , Tha 


OrDINALL. 4.2 

That is to faykis fuch a things chap. 3 

Wherein of Money Is worrderous divine Gunninge 3 
Now feenryou may know what is Magnetic : -^? " ^^ii 

Thes two^^jZ»^/tfy€mu&takc^. - 1 

For yoqr materialis, Elixir if ye iriake7~ " 


Yet m by things helpeth its I faidc before;' m 

This feerete was never before this daye 

So trebly difcoyered, take it for your praye 5 

I pray (W that this turne not me to Charge, 

For I dread fore my penn goeth too large: 

For though mudh people perceive not this Sentence, 

Yet (iibtill Clertehzvc too much Evidence 5 

For many Clerks be fo $eere of witt, >, 

If thei had this gtiound^thei werefure of it 5 ; 

Wber pur Lord hath brdainedtha^no man'it finde, 

ButOD|yhethat|isofverteoulmm^e; , *' 


The Matters of 6ur 5^d^k>ledaahis feafpti;. ^ 

OchctS Materials ye fliallitone take* • : - ' 

But only theis two oure white /^ t# make • 

Except; Sal Armbpiack with Sulphur of kinde 

Such 3s outof Metixls ye can finde 5 

Theis two woll ^biclc to fulfill your defire 
The remnant w'i\ void whenf thei come to fire ; 
Sulpher woll break and chaurige Collours faft,' 
But our Litharge ibideth firfiand laft :;:..: -; 
Ye may not with mettals or Quickfilver beginn, 
To make Elixir if you intend to winn : 
Yet if you deftrdy the whole Campofition, 
Some of their Compounds will help in Conclufion •- 
And t fiat is nothingBls of tha toneor that other, 
But only Magnetia and Lmargehci 'Bother. \ 

H 2 Cha*p, 


Chap. IV* 

* the groffe Warke now I wil not fpare, 
Though it 5e fecrete, largely to declare : 
To teach you the trewth is myne interne, 
As fer forth' as I dare for Gods Com- 

I will informe and guide youin the way, 
Infuchwife asyoumay findeyourpraye: 
If you confider how the partes of Werkes, 
Be out of Order fc* by the old Ckrh. 
As I faide before, the Mafters of this Arte r 
Every each of them difclofed but a parte •. 
Wherefore though ye perceived them as ye woulde, 
Yet ye cannot order and joyne them as ye Ihulde. 
f Arnold fheweth in his writinge, 
How our finallfecretista know the thlnge 
Whereupon our worke Ihulde take her grounde* 
And how pure Natures & fimple may be found : 
In this poke begining multipharie , 
He faith in our grounded Matter two kindes be 5 
But how to find them he kept that in (tore,- 
Ye have their Names the laft Chapter before. 
Freer Bacon difclofed more of that pointe, 
When he faid, Departe ye every joynte 
In Element* propinqua : take good hcede thereto^ 
But unwife Do&ours never worken foe, 
But hcadly they proceed as men well nigh madd. 
To the Matters divifible moe Matters they adde : 
Soe when thci weene to bringe forth a Flower, 
They doc nothinge but multiply Errour. 
There ccfed Bacon^ and fo doe other fuch^ 
For very dread lead they fhulde ihew too m uch 

-H 3 Avian > 

Chap. 4, 


Avicen in Pma wrote, if ye remember, 
How ye fhulde proceede perfection to ingender, 
Trewly teaching as the pure trewth was. 
Comedos ut bibas, et btbas uPJComcdas, 
Eate as it drinkcth, and drinke as it doth eate, 
And in the meanc feafon take it a perfeft fweate. 
Rafts fet the Dietary and fpake fome dealc farr , 
N on t amen comedatres fe(hwanter y 
Let not your Matters eate over haftilie, ■ 
But wifely confume their foode leafurelie. 
Hereof the Prophet made WQndrous mention, 
Yf ye applie it to this intention. i 
Vifitafti t err am, ejr inebriafti earn, 
CMultiplicaHi locupletare earn 
Terr am frucTiferam infalfuginem^ 
Et t err am fine aqua in exitm aquarum. 
If it I have plenty of Meate and of Drinke, 
Men muft wake when they defier to winke: 
For it is laboure of watch and paincs greatc. 
Alfo the Foode is full coftly meate-, 
Therefore all Poore men beware faid Arnoid, 
For this ^rttlorigeth to greate men of the worlde, 
Truft to his words ye Poore men all, 
For lam witnes that foe ye finde fhall. 
Efto longammis ejrfuavis faid he, 
Forjiafty men th'end fhall never fee. 
Thelengtheof clenfing of Matters infe&ed, 
Decey veth much People, for that is unfufpeded. 
Wherefore Poore men put ye not in preale, 
Such wonders to feech, but in feafon ceafe; 
ExcefTc for one halfe quarter of an howre, 
May deftroy all : therefore checfe (uccoure 
Is Primnm pro quo^ & vultimum pro quo non, 
To know of the fimperingcof our Stone. 


Ordinall. i/y 

Till it may noe more fimper doe not ceafe, Chap.*. 

And yet longe Continuance may not caufe increafe. 

Rcme mber that Water will buble and boyle, 

But Butter muft fimper and-dfo Oyle. 

And foe with long leafure it will wafte, 

And not with bubling made in hafte : 

For doubt of perrills many moe then one. 

And for fupergreffion of our ftone. 

Amongft groflfe Workes the fowleft of all 

Is to clarifie our meancs Minerall. 

Extremities may not be well wrought, 

Without many Meanes wifely fought. 

AndeverieMeanemuftbe made pure, 

If this workc fliulde be made fure. 

For foule and cleanc by naturall lawe 

Hath greate difcord, and foe hath ripe and rawe. 

Stedf aft to ftedfaft will it felf e combinde, 

And fleeting to fleeting will drawe by kinde : 

And ever where as the Concordance is more , 

Natures will drawe that were elfwhere before 5 

This groflfe Worke is fowl? in her kinde, 

And full of perrills as ye fhall it finde. 

No mans witt can him foe much availe, 

But that Tometyme he fhall make a fayle. 

As well as the Layman foe fhall the Clcrke, 

And all that labour the groflfe werke : 

Whereof Anaxagoras faid trewlie thus, 

Nemo frimo front e refer itur dtferetm. 

And once I heard a wife man fay, 

How in Catilonia at this day, 

Magnetia with Minerall meanes all, 

Be made to fale if ye for them call, 

Whereby the honds of a cleanly Gierke, 

Shall not be filed about fo foule a wcrkc.^ 


4-g ^(ortons 

:hafr$. And longe tyme fooncr your Workc I underftondc, 
Shulde be farr onward before honde. 
For if you fliulde make all things as I cann, 
Ye might be weary before your worke begann. 
The Philofophers warkc doe not begin, 
Till all things be pure without and within. 
We that muft feeke Tin&ure moft fpecious, 
Muft needely avoyd all things vild and vicious* 
Of manifold meancs each hath his propertie, 
To doe his Office after his degree : 
With them hid things be out fett, 
Some that will helpe and fome that would lctt. 
Our Jppoticaries to drcfTe them can no skill, 
And we to teach them have no manner of will : 
Whereof the caufe trewly is none other, 
But that they will counterfaid to beguile their Brother, 
Rather then they will take the paine 
Thereto belonging, ere they fhould it attainc : 
It is there ufe whereof my hert is fore, 
Much to defire and litle to doe therefore. 
Who would have trewe warke. he may no laboure fpare, 
Neither yet his Purfe, though he make it bare : 
A nd in the GrofTe Warke he is furtheft behinde, 
That daily defireth the end thereof to finde. 
If the grofTe warke with all his Circumftance, 
Were don in three yeares, it were a bleffed chance : 
For he that (hall end it once for certeyne, 
Shall never have necde to begin againe, 
If he his Medicine wifely can Augment • 
For that is the Maftrie of all our intent. 
It needeth-not to name the mcanes Mineral!, 
For Albert writeth openly of them all. 
Much I might write of nature of Mynes, 
Which in this Groffe \^arkebe but engines-, 


Ordinall, aq 

For in this Warke finde ye nothing fhall, chap, a , 

But handle- crafte called Arte Mechanicall : 

Wherein an hundreth wayes and moc, 

Ye maie committ a faulte as ye therein goe. 

Wherefore beleeve what oldPAu&ors tell, 

Without Experience ye maie not doc well. 

Confider all Circuraftances, and fet your delight 

To keepe Uniformity of all things requifite. 

Life one manner of Veflcll in Matter and in Shape, 

Beware of Commixtion that nothing mifcape. 

And hundreth faultes in fpeciall, 

Ye maie make under this warning gcnerall. . 

Nethles this Do&rine wollfuffice* 
To him that can in Pra&ife be wife. 
If your Minifters be witty and trew, 
Such fhall not necde your warkes to renew. 

Therefore if ye wolf avoyde all drcade, 

In the GroflTe Warke doc by my read : 

Take never thereto no Houfhold-man 3 

Thei be foonc weary as I tell cann 5 

Therefore takenoe man thereto, 

But he be Waged,however you doe; » 

Not by the Moneth, as nigh as ye maie, 

Nebythe Weekc, but by the Day e: 

And that your Wages be to their minde, 

Better then thei effewhere can finde 5 

And chat thei needc not for Wages fue, 

But that their Payment be quick and trewe • 

For that fhall caufethem to love and dreade, 

And to their Warks to take good hecde, 

For doubt lcaft thei be put awayc, 

For Negligence of them in one dayc : 

Houfhold-men woll not doe foe, 

From this Warke therefore let them goe. 

I - If 

So J\(ortorrs 

Chap. 4. If I had knowne this, and had done foe, 
I had avoyded mickle woe. . 
Alfoe in this Warke muftbe Liberty, 
Without impediment, in ^erie degree. 
With divers Comforts peynes to relcafe 
Of labours continuall which maie not Ceafe 5 
Els anguifli of Labour and Mclancholly, 
Mought be Caufe your Warkes to deftroy. 
Of the groffe Warke it needes to fhew noe more. 
For old men havetought the remnant before 5 
And what is neceflary that thei laft out, 
This Boke ftieweth it without doubt. 
Wherefore this litle Boke the Ordinall, 
Is in Alkimy the Complement of all 5 
The Chapter following convenient for a Ckrkc y 
Sheweth the Comcells of the fubtill Werke. 


Rio: Uauqhaa fcu/jt 

. Chap. V. 

lyjo&by Surname when the chaunge of 

(Coyne was had, 
Made fome Men forry,and fomc Men glad: 
And as to much people that chaunge, 
Seemed a newc thinge and a ftraungc 5 
Soe that feafon befell a wonderoos thinge, i 
Tuching this Science without leafinge. 
That three Mafters of this Science all 
Lay in one Bed nigh to Leaden- HaU , 
Which had Elixirs parfite White and Red, 
A wonder fuch Three to reft in one Bed, 
And that within the fpace of dayes Tenn, 
While hard it is to finde One in Millions of Men. 
Of the Dttkedome of Loraine one I underftand 
Was borne,that other nigh the Uidle of England?, 
Under a Crqf e r in the end of Shires three, .,.. 
The third was;borne 5 the youngeft of them is he. 
Which by his Nativity is by Clerks found, 
That he fhulde honour all Englifh ground 5 
A Man mougbt walke all the World aboute, 
Andfaile fuch three ^iMafieri to Rndcoutc i 
Twayne be fleeting, the Youngeft (hall abide, 
And doc much good in this Londezt a Tyde. 
But finne of Princes fliall let or delaye 
The Grace that he ihulde doe on a daye. 
Theeldeft Mafier chaunted of him a Songe, 
And laid that he fhulde fuffer much wronge. 
Of them which were to him greately behould» 
And manie things moe this Mafier tould. 
Which fith that tyme hath trewly befall, 
And fome of them hereafter fliall. 

\ X 1 J-» a *♦ A r^ {- 

OR D I N ALU 53 

Whereof one is trewlic (faid he) Cbap.5, 

After Troubles great Joy fhalbc 

In every quarter of this Londe, 

Which all good Men fhall under ft onde : 

The Younger asked when that fhulde be, 

The old Man faid when Men fhall fee 

The holy Croffe honored both day and night 5 

In the Lond of God in theLond of Light 5 

Whieh maie be done in right good feafon 3 

But long delayed it is without reafon : 

When that beginnetknote well this thinge, 

This Science fhall drawe towards the Kinge % 

And many moc Graces ye maie be boulde, 

Moe then of us fhall now be tould 5 

Grace on that King (hall defcend, 

When he ould Manners fhall amende : 

He fhall make full fecreatefcarch, 

For this Scyence with doulced fpeech | 

And amonge the Solitary, ^ 

He fhall have tidings certainly. * 

So fought King KaMd of manie Men, 

Till he met w\th v M&rien ? ■ 

Which helped Kalid at his ncede, 

His Vertues caufed him to fpeede. «* 

NOwc of fuch Matters let us ceafe 5 
And of the futtill Warke teherfe 5 
Gfeate need hath he to be a Clerke, 
That would perceive this futtill Werke. 
He muft know his firft Philofophie, 
If he truft to come by Alkimye : 
And firft ye fhall well underftonde, 
All that take this Werke in hondc ; 
When your materialls by preparation, 

I 3 Be 

54. 3\(orton 9 s 

Chaf^, Be made well apt for Generation, 

Then thei muft be departed a twinn, 
Into foure Elements if ye would to winn : 
Which thing to doe if ye ne can, 
Goe and lerne it of Hortolan. 
Which made his Boke ofthatDo&rine, 
How ye ftiulde part the Elements of Wine. 
Moreover ye muft for your fuccour, 
Know th'effe&s of the quallities fower - 
Called Heate, Colde^Moifture, and Drines, 
Of which fowerall things Compounded is 5 
And fith in this Arte your cheefe defire 
Is to have Colour which fhulde abide fier, 
Ye muft know before you can that fee, 
How everie Colour ingendred fhall be, 
For every Colour whiche maie bethought, 
Shall heere appeare before that White be wrought. 
, Yet more ye would have to this fumme, 
^j/Swiftly to rnelt as Wex or Gumme : 
"Tilsmought it not enter andperce 
The Center of Mcttalls asAudors reherfei 

Soe ye would have it both fix and flowe, 

With Colour plenty ifyewifthowc^ 
^ Such three Contraries joyntly to meete 

In one accord is a greate Secret. 

Nerhles he that is cleere of Minde, 

In this Chapter maie it well finde 5 

And firft to give you a ihort Do&rine, 

Of the aforefaid qualities prime : 

Heate, and Cold, be qualities A#ive 

Moifture, and Drincs ? be qualityes Paffive $ 

For they fuffren the Acftives evermore, 

As Stones to be Lyme, and Water to be Froare. 

Hereupon to Judge, ye maie be bold, 



Nothing is full wrought but by Heatc and Cold • Chap. 5, 

Nethles the Paffivcs have forne A&ivicy, 

As in Handicrafts men ye maie daily fee 5 

In Bakinge, and Brewinge, another Crafts all, 

Moifture is opperative and foe Drines be fhall. 

Arifiotle in his Phificks and other manie moe. 

Said ab aciionibus procedit (]>eculatio h 

They faid that Pra&ifc is roote and beginning. 

Of Speculation and of all Cunning : 

For the properties of every thinge, 

Be perceaved by their working 5 

As by Colours of Urins we may be bold 

To give fentence of Heate and Colde 5 

Bythesaforefaid foure qualities prime, 

We feeche Colours with length of ty me 5 

Of White Colour we be not full fure, 

To feeche it but in a fubftance pure : 

Greate Do&rine thereof lerne now ye maie, 

When ye know how Colours growe all day. 

Colour is the utmoft thinge of a Body clcere, 
Cleere fubftance well termined is his matter heere .5 
If Heate hath maiftery in matter that is drye, 
White Colour is ever thereof certainely -, 
As it appeareth in fight of brent Bones, 
And in making of all Lyme Stones. 

Where Cold worketh in matter moift & cleere, 
Yet of fuch working Whitnes woll appeare : 
As it fheweth in Ice and Frofts hore- 
The caufe is let out in Philofophie before : 
I write not here of common Philofophie, 
But by example to teach Alkinty^ 
That one maie be perceived by that other. 
As is the Child perceived by the Mother. 


If Heatein moyft matter and groffc withall, 
Warke, thereof Black Colour ingender fliall 5 
Example hereof if ye of me defire. 

Behold when you fee gr^ene Wood fet on a fire 5 
Vi hen Cold worketh in matter thick and drye, 
Black Colour fhallbe, this is the caufe whie 5 
Such matter is compared and more thick, 
With Cold conftreyning, enimy to all quick, 
Thicknes made Darkncs with privation of Light*, 
Soe Collour is private, then Black it is to Sight , 
Therefore evermore remember this, 
How cleere matter is matter of Whitenes $ 
The caufe efficient maie be many fold, 
For fomewhile it is Heate, and fometime Cold : 
But Whire and Black, as all men maie fee, 
Be Colours contrary in moft extremitic : 
Wherefore your warke with Black muft beginn. 
If the end ftiulde be with Whitenes to winn. 

The midle Colour as Pbilofofhers write, 
Is Red Colour betvveene Black and White : 
Nethlcffe truft me certainly, 
Redislaft in work oiAlkimy. 
Alfoe they fay in their Do<ftrine, 
How thcis two Colours Rufe and Citrine, 
Be meane Colours betweene White and Red, 
And how that Greene, and Colour wan as Lead, 
Betweene Red and Black be Colours meane, 
And frefheft Colour is of matter moft Cleanc. 

Phyfitians in Urines have Colours Nyntcenc, 
Betweene White and Black as thei weene 5 
Whereof Colour underwhitc Subalbidus isone^ 
Like in Colour to Onychyne ftone : 
Of fuch like Colour Magnetic found is, 
"But mugwtia glittereth with Cleerenes: 


O R D I N A L L. 57 

In our futtillwarkeof^/i/zs) Chaj>.$ 9 

Shall be all Colours that hath beene feen with Eye: 

An hundreth Colours more in certcyne, 

Then ever hath been feene in Wmu 

Wherein fo many Colours mought not be, 

But if our Stone conteyned every degree, 

Of all Compofitions found in warke of kinde, 

And of all (Jompofitions imaginable by minde. 

Of as manie Colours as {hall therein be faine, 

So manic graduations your wifdome muft anaine : 

And if you knowe not fuch graduations all, 

Lerne them of Raymond in his Aire General!. 

Gilbert Kymer wrote after his devife, 

Of 17. Proportions, but thei maie not fuffiee 

In this Science, which he coude never findc 5 

And yet in Phifick he had a nobil minde. 

Wher the royalty of the nature of Man, 

Advaunceth oftc Medicines ofthePhifitian: 

And fo honorethoft times his Crafte, 

When that the Medicines peradventure mought be lafte 5 

But it is not fo in Phifick of Mines , 

For that Arte execcdeth all other engines: 

And refteth only in the wifdomc of Man, 

As by experience wife men witnes can. 

ANd foe ofAlkimj the trew foundation, 
Is in Compofition by wife graduation 
Of Heate and Cold, of Moift and of Drye, 
Knowing other Qualities ingendered thereby 5 
As hard and fofc, heavy and light, 
Rough and fmoothe , by ponders right, . 
With Number and Meafure wifely fought, 
In which three refteth all that God wrought : 
For God made all things, andfet it furc, 

6 K $ % In 

58 3\(ortorf$ 

Chap. j. In Number Ponder and in Meafure, j 

Which numbers if you dee chaunge and breake,. 
Upon Nature you muft doe wreake. 
Wherefore Anaxagorasc^did Take good heede, 
That to Conjunction ye not proceede , 
Till ye know the Ponders full compleate 
Of all Components which fhulde therein meete- 
Bacon faid that old Men did nothing hide, 
But only Fr of onion wherein was noe guide : 
For none old Au&or, King, Prince, ne Lord, 
Writing of this Science with others did accorde 
In the Proportions 5 which if ye would reach, 
Raymond } mxh Bacon, and Albert^ done it teach, 
With old Anaxagoras^ of them fowre ye fliall 
Have perfeft knowledge, but not of one have all : 
And if you would joyne fowre Qualities to intent,. 
Then muft ye Conjoyne every Element : 
As Water and Erthe after your defire, 
Well compounded with Aycr, and Fier: 
Knowing the worth'eft in his a&ivkie, 
The iecond, the third, every-each in his degree % 
The fourth, and the vileftmaie not be refufed. 
For it is profitable and beft to be ufed ; 
. And beft maie extend his Multiplication, 
In whome is the virtue of our Generation • 
And that is the Erthly Lytharge of our Stone* ; 
Without him Generation fliall be none $ 
Neyther of our Tin&ure fixation, 
For nothing is fixe but Erthe alone 5 
All other Elements moveable be, 
Fier, Ayer, and Water, as ye daily fee 2 : 
But Fier is caufe of extendibility, 
And caufeth matters permifcible to be. 
And cleere brightnes in Colours faire^ 

Ord in all. 


Is caufed of kinde evermore of Ayer, chap, j 

And Ayer alfo with his Coa&ion , 

Maketh things to be of light liquefa&ion : 

As Wax is and Butter, and Guijimes all, 

A little heatc maketh them to melt and fall : 

Water clenfeth with ablution blive, 

And things mortifyed caufeth to revive. 

Of multiplying of Fier is no greater wonder, 

Than is of multiplying of Erth fee under : 

For Erth beareth Herbcs daily new and newe, 

Without number, therefore it is trewe 

That Erth is wonderfull as well as Fier, 

Though one fparke maie foone fill a Sheere : 

If all a Sheere were filled with Flaxe, 

One fparke than would wonderfully waxe : 

Fier and Erth be multipliers alone, 

And thei be caufers of multiplying our Stone. 

Of this Erth fhoweth Albert our great Brother, 

In his Miner alls ^ which Lytharge is better than other. 

For the white Elixir he doth it there rehearfe, 

And the books ofMeeter fhoweth it in a verfc. 

NO w to Conjunction let us reforte, 
And fome wile Councell thereof reportc : 
Conjoyneyour Elements Grammatically, 
With all their Concords conveniently : 
Whiche Concords to healpe a Clerke, 
Be cheefe Inftruments of all this werke : 
For nothinge maie be more contrary nowe, 
Than to be fixt and unperfedly flowe : 
All the Grammarians of England and ofFraunce, 
Cannot teach you this Concordance i 
This Ordinall telleth where ye maie it fee, 
In Pbifick in the Bokc it Arbore. 

K 2 • Joyne 


Joyne them alfo in Rhetorical! guife, 

With- Natures Ornate in purified wife; 

Sithensour Tinfturemuft be moft pure and fairc 5 . 

Be fure of pure Erth, Water 5 Fier and Ay re.. 

In Logical! wilebe it early or late, 

Joyne trewe kindes not fophifticate •] 

Ignorance hereof hath, made many Clerks, 

Lewdly to leefe their labour and their werkes. 

Joyne them together alfo Arithmetically, 

By futtill Numbers proportionally. 

Whereof a iitle mention made there was, 

When Boctim faid /» numerti elementa If gas, 

Joyne your Elements Mufrcatly, . 

For two caufes, one is for Melody : 

Which there accords will make to your mind, . 

The trewe effect when that ye fhall finde* 

And alfo for like as Diapafon, 

With Diapetrte and with Diatejferon^ 

W'tthyptte Ltcnnes mufe , 

With other accords which in Muflcfc be, 

With their proporcionscaufen, Harmony^ 

Much like proportions be in Alkimy^ 

As for the great Numbers Afluall : 

But for the fecrcate Numbers Intellevtuall y 

Ye rauft feeche thenvas I faid before, 

Out of Raymond md out of Bacons lore. 

Bacon fheweth it darkly in his three letters ally 

And Raymonde better in his Arte Genera/L 

Many men weene which doth them reade, 

That theie doe underftonde them when theie doenot 

With Aftrdogie joyne Elements alfo, (indeede^ 

To fortune their Workings as theie goe : 

Such fimple kindes unformed and un wrought, . 

Muft craftily be guided tilkhe end be fought. 


Or dinall. 61 

All which fcafon there have more obedience, Chap, 5 , 

Above formed Natures to Sterrs influence. 

And Science Perfpefttve giveth great evidence, 

To all the Minifters of this Sciggce. 

And fo done other Sciences manie moe 

And fpccially the Science de Pleno & Vacm> 

But thechiefe Miftris among Sciences all. 

For helpe of this Arte^ is Magjck Natural/. 

WHen the foure Elements wifely joyncd be. 
And every-each of them fet in his degree, 
Then of divers degrees and of divers digeftion. 
Colours will.arife towards perfe&ion, 
For then workeih inward heate naturally 
Which in our fubftance is but Intelle&uall : 
To fight unknowns, hand maieit not feele, 
His working is knowne to few Men and feild 5 
And when this heate natural! moved be fliall 
By our outward heate artificial!, 
Then Nature excited to labour will not ceafe \ , 
Many diverfities of degrees to increafe. 
Which is one caufe by reafon you ma e fee, 
Whie in our warke fo manie Colours be : 4 
Therfore it caufeth in this Arte great doubt, . 
Ignorance of heate within and without, 
To know how theis two heates fbulde accord, 
And which of them in working ftiulde be Lord, . 

Digeftion in thiswarke hath great likeneff& 
To digeftion in things of Qukknes: 
And before other (as I witneflc can) 
It is moft like to digeftion of Man. 
Therefore faid Mmen^ our Stove in generation 
Is moft like thing to Mans Creation, 

K 3* In 

6% Js^orton's 

Chap, y. In whom faith Raymond the fowre degrees all 

Of the fovvre Complexions together finde ycfhall, , 

And that a<3ually, which ye cannot finde 

Amongft Creatures in nQne other kinde. 

Wherefore arnongc Creatures theis two alone 

Be called Mkmofmus^ Man and out Stone. 

Now of Digeftion the aliment and foode 

Perfe&Iy to know is needfull and full good. 

It is humor follid conftant with Eccitie, 

Mightily medled after fome degree, 

In oppofitc paffives mixed duly, 

Ingendered by inward and outward heat trewly. 

Soe nothing clfc is ourDigeftion, 

But of humour fubftantiall a create perfe&ion. 

I pray ye Laymen have meexcufed, 

Though fuch Tearmes with you be not ufed, 

I muft ufe them, for all Au<3ors affirmes, 

How every Science bath bis proper Tearmes. 

Digeftion fomecimes advanced 

By outward cold, as yearly ye maie fee 

How in Winter men eaten more meate 

Than in Summer, when expanfed is their heate* 

For colde maketh heate inward then to flye, 

And ligge nigh together,, then ftronger is he 5 

Which by his ftrength his power is more 

To make Digeftion than he mought before. 

But our cheefe Digefture for our intent, 

Is virtuall heate of the matter digerent 3 

Nethles heate of the digeftible thinge, 

Helpeth digeftion and her working : 

Feaverly heate maketh no digeftion, 

Baines maie hejpe and caufe alfo deftrudion. 

Wine digefted hath more heate naturall, 

Than hath new Mufte^whofe heate is accidental! s 



Or DIN A L L. 6^ 

Coagulation is noc fofmc fubftantiall, chap. 5 

But onlie paffion of things materiall. 

Ore ye muft know, whe&Colours appeare, 
- Who is principall Agent in chat matter Cleere. 

For fometimes it is Heate, and fometimes Cold it is, 

And fometime Moyfture, and fomewhile Drines. 

The principall Agent to know at every feafon, 

Requireth great fearch made by futtill reafon : 

Which is not perceived but of Mafters fewe, 

For thci mark not how Colours arife by rewc : 

The principall Agent of the qualities fowre, 

Hath power royall as Lord of mod honour 

The remnant of qualities to Converte to his kinde, 

Of which converfion Anaxagom makethminde 

In his Boke ofCdnverfiom Naturally 

Whereof Raymond fat wet h caufes fpeciall : 

It is no Jape neither light to lerrte 

Your principall Agent all feafons to difcerne t 

Which I teach you to knowne by figncs fowre, 

By Colour, odour, Sapor and Liquore* 

ANd firft by Colour \o ferve your intente, 
To know thereby your principall Agent. 
Looke in your Veffell which Colour fheweth moft, 
He that caufeth him is principall of the hoft 
As for that feafon, whofe pride ye maie fwage, 
By this our Doftrinc, if ye fee him rage : 
Which ye maie doc when ye well underftonde, 
The caufe of all Colours which ye have in hondc* 
Which Iwoll teach you now fhortly withall, 
Bycaufc here and there feeke them ye ne ihall : 
Whitnes is caufed of manie matters cleere, 
la another thing termined, a nd foe it isheerc^ 

6/\. Norton's 

~.hap. 5. Blacknes is when parts of a body darke, 

With thicknes opprefferh the clcernes of the Warke- 
Or els it is of aCombuft tcrreftrietie-, 
But of fuch CombufHon^reate hardnes fhall be - 
And by Commixion of Darke Cleere andCleane 
Shall be ingendered all the Colours mcane: 
Every cleere thinge perfpicuate and fayre, 
Standeth by the matters of Water and Aire, 
Whome a pure Erth doth apprehend, 
Such as fhall not their cleerenes offend- 
And if in fuch cleerenes and perfpicuitie, 
Ye can noe fpeciall Colour fee, 
Thereupon to Judge you raaie heboid, 
Thecaufe of fuch things was exceeding Colde ; 
As Chrifiall^Beri^ and other things moe, 
Diverfitie bctwecne themlerne ereyegoe^ 
Chriftall hath Water declyning toward 4yer, 
Wherefore it is cleere, perfpicubus and faircj- 
But where it declineth towards Water more, 
It is darke as Berill or Ice hard frore ; 
But when matters 4raweth toward ficcitie, 
Darkneswith hardnes ingendred fhall be ; ' 
Asitappeareth in the Adamant Stone, 
And in other things manic one. 
Twinckling and glittering as in Magnetials> 
Light is caufe thereof within matter of Cleerenes 5 
Which is fuperduced upon warerly vapour, 
Bcforetyme incenccdwith Hcatebeyefurc> 
Now after cleerenes and Colours in cxtremi'tie, 
Of meane Colours a litlc (hew will I. 

Rubj colour is of a thinn fume fuccended 
In a cleere Body, which alfoeis amended 
When in that Body reyncth plenty of light, 
For more or les thereof maketh more or Its bright : 


O R D I N A L L. #5 

As the Amatifi followeth the Ruby in dignity, Chdp+$+ 

In kfs Clecrcncs and more Obfcuritie : 

And a Cdcedonie in Slymy fubftance, 

Followeth the BeriS in degrceg^pf variance. 

Greene as a Smaragde is of Water clcerc, 

With Erthy f ubftance Combuft mixt full neere : 

And the cleerer fubftance that the Erth be , 

The deerer greenefs thereof ye fhall fee* 

Tanwey is of Cleercnes terminate, 

Infufed with thick Fumofity congregate 

Of Water, and alfoe of Erth fuccended, 

Whereby the cleerenes of Aier is fufpended. 

Wann or leady Colour ingendred is 

Of Waterie and Erthy parts without atniffo<s 

And where fuch parts be cold and thick, 

Ever Wann Colour theron fliallftickj 

As it appeareth in old layen Lead, ^ 

And in Men that be wcllneere dead .• 

This Wann Colour called Lividitic, 

In Envious Men ufcth much to be 5 

Naturall heate and blood done reforte, 

To the Hm,them to comfort, 

And leavcth Cold and Dry the Face, 

For heate and blood is parted fro that place* 

Likewife when Fevers be in extremitic, 

The Nailes of Hands of this Colour wilbe. 

The Saphire Colour, that Orient Blewe, 

Like in Colour to the hcavenlie hue, 

Is much fairer than Wann Colour to fight, 

For therein is more of Aier Water and Light 

Than is in Wann Colour, and that by manifold, 

Wherefore fuch Colour is more deerer folde 5 

AH other Slews the faddcr that they be, 

Thci have lefle of Aier and more of Tcrreftricty, 

L » Silver 

Silver to Azure foonc broght will be 5 
The caufe thereof is perfpicuitie , 

Which is in Silver caufed of Ayer, 

Wherefore it turneth to«hevenly Colour fairc. 5 

And Quickfilvcr plenty within him is, 

Gaufeth in Silver all this brightnes: 

Subtiler Erth, pure Water, with cleerenes of Air, 

Gaufeth fueh brightnes to Quickfilver to repaire. 

Citrine Colour Yellowe as ye fee in Gould, 

Is Colour moft liking for fome men tobehould 1 

Caufed of mighty and ftrong digeftion. 

For humor in him have ftrong deco&ion- 

Such Colour with Heate ingendred be (hall, 

As it in Honey y Urine, Lye, and Gall: 

The {bining of Gould is caufed as I tell, 

Of pure and fubtile Water termined full well, 

Pcrfpicuoufly condenfed - 5 for Water pure and fine, 

The more it is Condenfed, the better it woll fhinc § 

For of a Mirrour the caufe none other is, 

But moifture termined, as all Clerks geflc r 

Soe that it be polible withall 5 

For Aier Figures receive never fhall v 

For Aier mate not be terminate in hiskinde; 

So caufe of ihining in Water ye (hall finde. 

With White and Red well medlcd pure and fine 

Woll be ingendred faire Colour Citrine. 

Soe divers Comixtions of Elements y 

Maketh divers Colours, for divers intents i 

With divers P>geftions and divers degrees i 

All Colours be made which your Eyen fees. 

Of Elements ye muft the proper Colour lerne, 

Whereby of Colours ye maie better difcerne 5 

Phifuians faieofgood Herbs and foote, 

Some be colde outward and hot within the rootc % 



Example hereof if ye lift togetr, Cbap.^ 

Behold the working of the gentle Viokt : 

Common Philofophie the caufe doth difclofe, 

Whiecolde is within and recj^ithouttheRofe: 

Anaxagoras faid in his Coverfiom naturaU, 

Inward and Outward be contrary in things all, 

Which is trewe except fuch things as be 

Of little compofition, and nigh fimplickie 5 

As is Scammonye , and Lawrell the Laxative, 

Which be not nourifhing to vegetative. 

Remember how in every mixt thinge, 

Evermore one Element defireth to be Kinge: 

Which proude appetite of Elements and vicious, 

Moveth men to be Ambitious : 

Wherefore our Lord that beft difpofe cann, 

Hath made Ordeynance for finfullMan, 

All proude appetites to equalitie to bringe* 

When Requiem &ternamx\\z Church (hall (Inge, 

Than (hall cverie ambitious thought, 

Plainely appeare how that it was nought : 

Lords, and Beggars, and all (hall be 

In the Charnell brought to equalitie. 

Your Principall Agent fo rebate (hall ye, 

When he ufurpeth above equality; 

Therefore AriJiotle faid Compound ye our Stone 

Equall, that in him repugnance be none 5 

Neither divifion as ye proceede •, 

Take heedc thereto, for it is greate neede $ 

And when it falleth that ye (hall fee 

All Colours at once that named maie be ; 

Than fuffer Nature with her operation, 

At her ownc leafure to make Generation \ 

Soe that amonge fo manie Colours all, 

Nature maie (hew one principall : 

L 2 • Such 

6$ 3\(ortorrs 7 

Chap. j # Such as /hall draw towards your intent, 
According to your defired Element* 

This wife by Colours yec maie provide 
Howinyourworkes yeef&all yec guide. 
Manic moe things of Colours I maie write, 
But this is fufficient my promife to acquite, 
As farr forth as Colours maie fervc your intent. 
By them to know your principall agent. 
But manic Clerks wonder why you may fee 
Soe manie Colours as in our Stone woll be, 
Before that perfeft White and Clcerc, 
And unchaungeable woll appearc, 
Confidcring the fewncs of the ingredients 5 
I woll that anfwer to pleafc their intents, 
And teach them the trewth of that greate doubter 
By kinde of UWagnefia fuch Colours paflc out, 
Whofe nature is of fuch Convertibility, 
To everie proportion, and to everie degree, 
As Chriftall to his Subjeft is founde 5 
For of everie thing that is upon the grounde, 
Which that ye woll Chriftall fet under, 
Such Colour hath Chriftall, therefore ceafe to wonder £ 
Wherefore Hermes faid not untruly nc Envious, 
Ad perpetranda miracula rei unim : 
God hath fo ordeyned faith Hermes the Kinge, 
To fulfill the miracles of one thinge : 
Common Thilofophers thereof cannot finde 
The vermes of our Stone exceeding far their minde. 

SCMeUing maie helpe forth your intente, 
To know your reigning Elemente? 
And be with Colour a Teftimony, 
To know your principall Agent thereby* 
And ye 'which would by fmelling lcrne 


Qr DIN ALL. tfp 

Of your principall Agent trewly to difcerne* chap. j # 

As White, and Black, be Colours in extremitie , 

Soe of Odors, foote and ftinking be : 

But like as Fifties know not fey fight 

Noe mcane Coloute, becaufe their Eyne bright 

Have none Eyelidds for their fight clofinge, 

Soe meane Odors {hall not by fmellinge 

Be knowne of you, this is the caufc whie, - 

For Noftrills be open as the fifhes Eye : 

Therefore meane Odors be not in certaine 

Smelled by the Noie, as meane Colours be feene* 

Heavie Smell is not as Clerks thinke 

The midlc Odor, but only the lefTe Stinke. 

Old Fathers wrote by their Do&rine, 

Of their Experience which is maturine, 

That if ye medle fwecte Savour and redolente 

Equally with ftinking to prove your intent 5 

The foote Ihall be fmelled, the ftinking not foe r 

The caufe ye may lerne now ere ye goc; 

All fweetc fmelling things have more puritie, 

And are more fpirituall than ftinking maie be : , 

Wherefore it is in Aier more penetrative, 

And is more extendible, and is alfoe to life 

More acceptable, as friend to Nature, 

And therefore rather received be ye fure. 

ODfir is a ftaokifli vapour refolved with heate * 
Out of fubftance, by an invifible fwcate5 
Which in the Aier hath free entringe, 
And chaungeth the Aier and your Smellinge-, 
As Sapor of Meates chaungeth your Taftinge, 
And as Sounds chaungeth your Hearinge , 
And as Colour chaungeth your Sight, 
Soe Odor chaungeth Smelling by might ; 

L 3 4 The 

70 O^ortoris * 

chaf.$. The caufe of Odours to know if you delight, 
Foure things thereto be reqmfite; 
Firft that futtill matter be Obedient 
To the working of Hcaftc, for to prefent 
By a fume the liknes of the fame tninge, 
From whome that fume had his beginningc 5 
Alfoto bearc forth that pure fume andfairc, 
There is required a cleere thinn Aier : 
For thick Aietwoll not beare it farr, 
But it woll reteyne it much fafter ; 
And foe thick matter Obedience hath none, 
To the working of Heate, as it fheweth in Stone : 
Heate maketh Odours, Cold flirinketh, by reafon 
Dunghills in Summer ftink more than in Winter feafpnj 
Pleafant Odours ingendered be fhall 
Of cleane and Purefubftancc and fumigak, 
As it appeareth in Amber,Narde, and Mirrhe, 
Good for a Woman, fuch things pleafeth her 5 
But of Pure fubftance with a Meane heate, 
Be temperate Odours, as in the Violet $ 
Of a Meane heate with fubftance Impure, 
Is Odours mifliking , as Aloes and Sulphure: 
But when Naturall heate beginneth to fpill, 
Then thereof arifeth heavie fmcll 5 
As Fifh fmelleth that is kept too longe, 
Naturall heate rotteth, foe the fmell is ftrongc 5 

STinch is a Vapour, a refolded fumofitie 
Of things which of Evill Complexions be. 
And when Humor onlie is in Corruption , 
Soe that the Subftance be not in Definition, 
Thereof fhall onlie heavie finely arife, 
But not verie Stinch come in that wife. 
Of everie Stinch the caufc of that Chaunce 


Or D I N ALL. yi 

Is only corruption of the felfe fubftance-, Cbap.f, 

And when Evill fubftancc fhall putrifie > 

Horrible Odour is gendrcd thereby :^ 

As of Dragons and Men that long dead be, 

TKeir ftench male caufe greate Mortalitie. 

It is not wholfome to fmell to fome Cole, 

For quenching of fome Snuffe a Mare woll caft her Foale. 

When the Qualities of a thing according is 

To your Nature, good Odour will not miffe : 

But when the fubftance is contrary to your kinde. 

The Odours thereof odious you (hall finde. 

Fifties love Soote fmell, alfo it is trewe, 

Thei love not old Kydlcs as thei doe the new. 

All things that are of good Odour, 

Have naturall Heate for their fuccour 5 

Though Camphire, Rofes, and things colde, 

Have- (bote Odours, yet Au&ors tould, 

How Heate virtually inclofed is the skcl!, 

With Purcnes of fubftance, whie they fo fmell : 

This oldc opinion you maie teach your Brother, 

How noe good Odour is contrary to another 5 

But it is not foe of {linking fmells. 

For flinch of Garlick voydeth flinch of Dunghills. 

Of Odours this Dodlrine is fufficientc, 

As in Alkimj to ferve your intentc , 

Your Warks to underflonde thereby, 

When things begin to purrifie -, 

Alfoe by Odours this you maie lerne, 

Suttilncs and grofnes of Matters to difcerne: 

Alfoe of Mcanc fubftance knowledge ye may get, ' 

With knowledge of Corruption of Naturall heate 5 

And knowledge of Diverfitic by good attendance, 

When Humour corruptcth and when the Subftance. 

But our Subftance was made fo pure and clcane, 



And is confcrvcd by vertue of the meane, 
That ye no ftinke thereof fhall finde, 
Albeit that it putrifie fro his owne kinde. 

'TTHe third figne and the third Teftimony 
A To understand your principall Agent by ;■ 
Is Sapor called, of Mouth the Tafte, 
Which evermore is caufe of waftc 
Of the fubftancc of the fame thinge 
Whereof ye make proofe by Taftinge 
Sapor fliulde be much better Judge 
Then Colour or Odour, and more refuge. 
Were not Tafte a pcrillous thinge, 
While our Stone is in workinge 5 
For it is hurting to health and life, 
It is fo greatly penetrative 5 
Above all fubtill things it hath Vi&ory, 
And pcirceth folid things haftily, 
Wherefore it is peril! and not good, 
Much or oft to Taft of that foode : 
It Gomfortcth Mettalls as we well finde, 
But it is Perillous for all Mankinde, 
Till pcrfeft Red thereof be made, 
Such as in Fier woll never fade. 
A lewde Man late that fcrved this Arte, 
Tafted of our white Stone a parte, 
Trufting thereby to find releefe 
Of all licknes and of all grecfe, 
Whereby the Wretch was fodenly, 
Smitt with a ftrong Paralific^ 
Whom my Mafter with great Engine, 
Cured with Be^oars of the Mine. 
Therefore though Taft by Common reafon, 
Shulde be beft judge at every feafon, 

f You 

O R D 1 N A L L. 


Yet for that Taft is abominable Ghap,* 9 * 

Sapor is hecrc not profitable. 

Yet of Tome parts feperable, 

A Taft maie well be Conv^nable 

Before Conjunctions to make affay, 

Whether they be well wrought or nay 5 

Howbcit a Wifcman hath helpe fufficient. 

By Colour and Odour to have his intent 1 

For manie Men can chufc good Wine, 

By Colour and Odour when^ it is fine 5 

But for new Wine not fined in generall , 

The trew Taft is moft fuertie of all 5 

For Smelling hath Organalls but one, 

Nothing difcerning but fumous things alone 5 

But Taft hath fix Organalls without doabt, 

To feele qualitic of things within and without. 

Which Nature ordain'd againft perill and ftrife, 

For more fuertie of things haveing life .* 

An Ape chufeth her Meate by Smelling, 

Men and Popinjayes truftcn to Tafting: 

For manie things be of good Smell, 

Which to Taft be found full ill: 

For they maie be abhominable fower, 

Over-fharpe, too bitter* or of grcate norrour, 

Or Venamous, (linking, or ovcr-ftronge, 

The Taft is judge and voideth fuch wronge. 

Old men wrote in antient time, 

How that of Sapors there be fully Nync- 

Which ye maie lerne in halfe an hower, 

As Sharpe taft* Un&uous, and Sower, 

Which three doe futtUl matter fignifie 5 

And other three doe meane matter teftifie, 

As Bitinge taft, Saltifti and Wecrifh alfo, 

Other three come thicke fubftances fro, 

M * A^ 



As Bitter taft, under Sower, and Douce 5 
Thes Nyne be found in manie a Noble Houfe 5 
Five of thefe Nyne be ingendrcd by Heat, 
Un&uons, Sharpe, Salt., Bitter, and Doulcet* 
But of the Nyne the remnant all fewer. 
Be made with cold, as is the Sapor Sower, 
And fo is Sowerifli taft called Sapor Pontick, 
And lefle Sower allfo called Sapor • Stiptick, 
Alfo is Weerifh taft called Unfavoury, 
With Cold ingendered effc&ually. 
Sapor of two things hath his Conception, 
Of divers Subftance and of divers Completion/ 

OF Hot and Moyft in the Second degree, 
With a Thick fubftance, Doulcct Taft will be 5 
The fame degrees of the fame Complexion, 
To a Meane fubftance knit by connexion, 
Unftuous Sapor ingender ever lhall 5 
But where it is Hott and Dry withal]. 
With a Meane fubftance in the Second degree, 
The Taft thereof muft needs Saltiih be 5 
When a thing in the Third degree Hot and Dry is. 
With a fubftance Thick/there is Bitternes-, 
But in the Fowerth degree matter Hot and Dry, 
With a Suttill fubftance, Sharpe Taft is thereby 5 
So five Tafts, as I faid before, 
Be ingendered with Heat, and not one more. 
Qf Cold and Dry in the Second degree by kinde, 
With a Suttill fubftance, full Sower ye fhall it findci 
As by Faces of People ye maie Deeme, 
When thei taft Crabs while thei be greene : 
The fame Complexion in the fame degree, 
In a thing which of Meane fubftance ftall be 3 
Of that is ingendred ye maie well fuppofe, 


O R DIN ALL. 7^ 

A Bitinge Taft as is of the Roafe, Chap^. 

But Sower,. and Sowrifh, and leaft Sower, all three 

Be of Cold and Dry in High and Low degree : 

And Cold and Moyft in th$ Firft degree of all, 

A Wcerifli Taft ingender ever fhall, 

As of an Egg it fhoweth in the glacre, 

And in pale Women over White and Fayer: 

For fuch be Cold, and of Humiditye 

Thei have trewly greate fuperfluity, 

Therefore to Men thei have lefTe delight ; 

Cold rebateth luxurious appetite, 

Ifaac faid there be but Taftcs feaven, 

For Sower and leffe Sower was one bat uneven. 

But in Complexion thei were of one foundation, 

For Unfavoury was but of Taft privation $ 

Compound Tafts be found alfo, 

As DoulceEger and others manie mo 5 

So by Taft men maie Craftily know 

Divers complexions and degrees high &nd low 5 

And when ye doubt by Taft to make report, 

Than to your other teftimonies rcfort. 

As in Phificke truft not to Urine 

Onely, but alfo take witnes and Do&rine 

Of your Pulfes, and wifely confidering 

Six things not naturall the Body concerning , 

Having refpeft alio therewithal!, 

Unto thefe Seaven things naturall 5 

And rake heed if ye woll be fure, 

Of Three things contrary to nature : 

Compleat theis Sixreene wifely to your ground, 

A lewd Pbifition leaft that yc be found: 

For fo of [had I mft) ye maie beware, 

And helpe the Sick man from his care: 

So fo this Scitnct if ye woll advaunce, 

M2 d You 

Your works, take heed of cverie Circumftance^ 
Wifely Confidering your teftimonyes fower, 
Three be now parted, the fowerth is Liquor. 

Liquor is the Comfort of this Werke- 
Liquor giveth evidence to a Gierke 

Thereby to Tarter* his Elements, 

And alio to loofe them for fomc intents $ 

Liquor conjoyneth Male with Female Wife,, 

And caufeth dead things to refort to Life 5 

Liquors clenfeth with theire ablution, 

Liquors to our Stone be Cheefe nutrition 5 

Without Liquor no Meate is good; 

Liquors conveieth all Aliment and Food 

To every part of Mans Body, 

And fo thci doe with us in Alkimy^ 

Ye muft confider the puritie 

Of all your Liquors and quantities 

And how thick thei be or thinn, 
Or elfc thereof lhall ye litle winn $ 
But not as Thifitions maketh mention, 
Vox Elixir is a thing of a fecond intention* 
Wherefore ye fliall more Wondrous natures find- 
In his working, than in all other kind -^ 
Thifitiom fay 'the thicker Urine be,- 
The more it fignificth Humidity, 
Where thick Liquor with us hath ficcity; 
And futtill Liquor betokneth Humidity .:. 

M Attic Liquors be requifit 
To our Swte for his appetite. 
In the Booke of TurU AnBms depofed, 
How Ayre in Water was fecreatly inclofed, 
Which bare up Erth with his Aierly might. 


Or din all. 77 

Pithagoras faid that was fpoke with right. Cbap^. 

Ariftotle Craftilve his words fct he, 

Saying, cum havueris aquam ai Aere* 

Plata wrote full fapiently, % 

And named it ftilla roris madidi : 

Which was kindly fpoken for Alkimy. 

But common Students in firft Philofophie, 

Say Ayre condenfed is turned into Raine, 

And Water ratified becomes Ayre againe. 

Some faid how Mayvjzs firft feafon and fairc 

To take fuch Water as is made of Ayre. 

Some faid fuch Waters come heaven fro, 

When the Sunn entereth into Scorpio. 

Some faid all Liquors fhulde be refufed, 

Which Froft infe&ed fhulde not be ufeds 

The caufe whie as telleth Autors old, 

Is that theire- accuity is duld with cokh 

Some Philofophers faid that ye fhulde take 

Milke for the Liquor Elixir to make: 

And other fort faid after their intent", 

No Liquor fo good for the Complement, 

As Water of Litharge which would not mi(fc, 

With Water of A^ot to make lac virgink: 

But Democrh faid beft Liquor to prefent 

Elixir withall was Water permanent: 

Whofe naturall vertue and propcrtie, 

Was fier to abide and never to flyer 

Rupifcijfa faid that chcefe Liquor 

Was Aqua-vit a Elixir tofuccour; 

For (he was (piritualh and would revive 

Dead things fro death to live, 

Shce was £uinte(fence y thc fift thing, 

Whereof Ariftotle by his writing 

In his Boke of Secrets faith foe, 

M*j How 


How that all perfection was m qmnartp. 

Ruptfcifa called k beft Liquor of ail, 

Foi it maketh grx\(fe matter fpirituall : 

But of Pithagoras ye raaie fjmde, 

Our Aqua-viM of another kinde $ 

He faith it was Mvificans in his fentence, 

Tac fugknsfxum &fxum fngiens, 

For in fuch wife with ftrong €oa&ion, 

Fixt matters .were nmde of light liquefa&ion. 

Another fort. (aid no Liquor was above 

The Liquor which Congers moft defier and love: 

Therefore Rich Liquors are beft found 3 

Nigh to Iflands^and to fuch ground 

Which the Ocean Sea hath compafled about, 

For there fudh Liquors be fooneft fct out. 

Of another Liquor wife men tell, 

Which is freflier than Water of the Well % 

Freftier Liquor there- is none in taft, 

Yet it woll never con fume ne wafte 5 

Though it be occupied evermore. 

It will never be lefle in ftore* 

Which Btmocm named for his intent, 

Lax umbra wens, Warier moft Orient; 

Hermes faid **o Liquor fo neceffarie. 

As was Water of crude Mercury : 

■For he fhall ftand faid that Noble Clerke, 

For the Water withih our werke. 

Now lerne y e which lor this Scimcehwe fought, 

By all thefe Liquors our Stow m uft be wrought. 

T Iquor is a thing movpable, .•' 
-*-' Of fleeting fubftance and Knftable. 
AH fuch things follow the Mmn^ 
More then {landing Jcindtfsrdoonev 


O RD IN ALL. yp 

And thatappeareth to a Gierke, Chap,*. 

In working of the white Werke 5 

Liquors wafhen and tnaken cleane 

Both Extremities and the lMfane 5 

God made Liquors for Mans ufe, 

To clenfe foule things in everie howfe; 

Liquor bringeth without doubt, Hi 

Hidden things in Bodyes out , 

As Landres witnes evidently, 

When of Afhes thei make their Lye; 

Liquor comfortcth the roots of Graffc, 

And of Trees £uchr as drye was 5 

For Liquors of Nature woll reftore 

Humors that were loft before. 

Liquors departeth Qualities afundcr, 

Subftance refolving in Attomcs with wonder 3 

Liquors alfo bringeth into one 

Many things to be one Stone. 

Liquors helpeth to flux and to flowe 

Manie things, and lerne ye maie now 

How Liquor is in manie manners found 

Out of things that be on the ground, 

Some by cutting, as Turpentine; 

Some with Prcfling, as Sider and Wine 5 

Some with grinding, as Oyle is had 5 

Some with ftilling, as Waters be made ; 

Some with Brenning, as Colophonie 5 

And fome with Water, as Women make Lye; 

Some be otherwife brought about, 

And by naturall working fet out, 

AsUrin, Sweat, Milk, and alfo Blood, 

And Renniet which for Cheefe is good : 

By as manie manners and moe by one, 

We feek Liquors for our Stone. 



Every of the forenamed woll cleave 

To thac thei touch, and fome dcale leave: 

But Quickfilver albeit it is fleeting, 

Yet he woll never cleave to any thingc, 

But to aMettall of onekinde or other, 

For there he findeth Sifter or Brother. 

Medling with futtill Erth doth him let, 

To cleave to things fuch as he meet: 

Ail the faid Liquors which rehcarfed be, 

Conteyne fower Elements as well as he 5 

As Milke conteyneth Whey, Butter, and Chcefe, 

So done trewly every-each of all thefe : 

Which fower maie be departed a twinn, 

And after conjoynd to makeycwinn. 

But much more craftily they be hcere fought, 

Then Cheefe , and Butter, and Whey be wrought •. 

And drawe neerer to fimplicitie, 

Then Cheefe, Butter, or Whey maie be. 

Of all Liquors which be in our St we, 

None is called fimple but Water alone. 

Of every Liquor which to our Stone fliallgoe, 

Ye muft know complexion and degree allfo, 

And than with Liquor ye maie abate 

The principall Agent from his Eftate, 

If he permanent and abiding be, 

In any point of fuperfluitye : 

As if the reigning qualitie beDrinefs, 

Ye maie amend it with humour of Moiftnes. 

Now more, now lefiTe, as ye fee need, 

And fo in all qualities proceede : 

And in fuch wife order at your will, 

The principall Agent, your purpofe to fulfill : 

With knowledge of diverfity, contrarietie, and accord, 

Ye male chufe which quality fhalibe Lord. 




Your Liquors be ordained to add and fubtray, Chap.<$ 

To make equalitie by wifdomc of affay$ 

But truft not that any thing maie be 

Hot and Moift both in one ©egree : 

For all that truft two qualities to be foe* 

Shall be deceived where ever thci goc. 

Common Schooles (To teaching) be not true, 

Leave that Opinion, and lerne this of new 

All Old men in that wcreoverfeene, 

To fet in one degree anie qualities twaine : 

Elfe thei faid fo that Schollers fhulde not finde 

The fecret mixtures of Elementall kind. 

Therefore who cannot his graduations, 

Maie not be perfeft in our operations .• 

For in true Number God made every thing * 

Without true Number no Man trulie maie fingj 

Who faileth of his Number faileth of his Song, 

Who faileth with us mult doe Nature wrong. 

COnfidcr alfo the nature of the meane, 
When it is in the Third degree made cleanej 
The purer that your meancs be, 
The more pcrfe&ion thereof ye (hall fee. 
The meanes reteyne a great part 
Of the vertues of this Arte : 
For the Principle maie not give influence 
To theFinall end, neither the refluence 
Unto, his Principall without fuccour and aid 
Of meanes conteyning the extremities aibrefaid :;; 
For like as by meanes of a treble Spirit, 
The Soulc of Man is to his Body knit, 
Of which three Spirits one is called Vitall, 
The fecond is called the Spirit Natural!. 
The third Spirit is Spirit AnimalL 

N* And 


And where they dwell now lerne ye fhall : 
The Spirit Vitall in the Hen doth dwell, 
The Spirit Naturall as old Au&ors tell 
To dwell in the Liver i^ thereof faine, 
But Spirit Animall dwelleth in theBraines 
And as long as thefe Spirits three 
Continue in Man in there profperitie : 
So long the Soule without all ftrife ^ 
Woll dwell with the Body in profperous life, 
But when theis Spirits in Man maie not abide, 
The Soule forthwith departeth at that tide: 
For the futtill Soule pure and immortal! , 
With the grofle Body maie never dwell witfaall. 
He is fo heavic, and She fo light and cleane, 
Were not the (uttilneffc of this Spirit mearte. 
Therefore in our worke as Au&ors teach us, 
There muft be Corpus Anima, & Spiritm : 
Alfo in our worke ye fliall fo findc, 
That our meancs muft accord in every kinde 
Of both extremities with wifdome fought, 
Els all our worke fhall turnc cleere to nought : 
For prudent Nature maie not by workinge, 
Make Complement of appetite of a thing, j 
And fo paffc betweene extremities, 
But if {he firft paffe by all degrees 
Of everic meane, this is truth unfained, 
Wherefore Nature manie meanes ordained. 

>J[ Ovv after all this to lerne ye had need, 

-L Xof feven Circulations of Elements for your fpeedc. 

According to number of the Planets feaven 5 
Which no man knovreth but he have grace from heaven. 
Old Philofopkers, men of great engine, 
Said how of Circulations there (hulde be Nine- 

7 It 

Or dinall. 85 

It is the furcr to doc by their advice, chaf. 5 

Nethles Seaven maie your worke fuffice, 

By inventions late found of new, 

Gf later Phihfofhers whos wrkes be trewe. 

But for Circulations: of Elements, 

Some Clerks ween to have their intents. 

When they fro Fier ordaine to defccnd, 

To Aire (thei ween not to offend) 

If thei to Water doe then proceed, 

And thcns to Erth when thei fee need 3 

And in fuch wife by order fall, 

From the higheft to the loweft of all: 

Upon thefe words they tooke their ground, 

That Aer eft cibus ignis found. 

But truft me that fuch Circulation, 

Is but only a re&ification, 

Better ferving for feparation, 

And for correction than for tranfmuta tion 

But the truth is that appetite of the Fier, 

Hath to worke in Erth his cheefe dcfire. 

As upon his cheefe foodc materiall, 

For Fier with Erth hath moft concord of all 5 

Becaufe that ficcitie is the lyme of heate, 

But Ay re of her kind is moft wet 5 

Yet Fire without Ay re worketh not, 

For Faces of Elements be knit with a knot 

OfGeds hand that they maie not depart, 

By noe engine ne craft of Mans art} 

As in Plomps ye have example fairc, 

Where heavie Water arifeth after Ay re; 

Whereof noe caufe reafonable ye fliall finde, 

But Connexion of faces of Elementall kinde. 

But our Circulation is from Fier on high, 

Which endeth with Water his moft contrary. 

N 2 Ano- 

S^- 3\(orton's 

Chap.$. Another Circulation beginneth with Ayre, 

Ending with his Contrary cleanc Erth and faier* 

Fro Fier to Erth, fro thence to Water cleanc, 

Fro thence to Ayre, thc^ fro thence by a meane , 

Paffing to Erth, then eftfoones to Fier, 

To fuch Circulations the Red worke hath defire. 

Other Circulations be better for the White, 

That be rchearfed for her appetite. 

Every Circulation hath her proper feafon, 

As her lightnefTe accordeth with reafon* 

For as one Planet is more ponderous 

Then is another and flower, in his courfe : 

So fome Circulations which Clerks feeks, 

Muft for her time have full thirtie Weeks ; 

Other Circulations fliall oft time have lcffc, 

As one Planet is lighter then another was: 

But the time of one with another will amount 

To twenty fix Wcekes proved by accompt. 

After all groflfe workes made before hand, 

And after all Circumftances had I underftandc $ 

Ignorance hereof decciveth raanie a Man, 

Caufing them to ceafe where Wifemen began. 

Common People which for this Science have fought, 

Ween how in forty dayes it mought be wrought. 

They know not how Nature and things of Arte, 

Have a proper time afligncd for their part, 

As it appeareth by this Similitude, 

The Elephant for that ihc is great and rude, 

Goeth with Foalc^ycars full twaync, 

And fifty yeares ere that Foale gender againe. 

Anaxtgoras faid in his Confideration, 

That Mettals had for their generation 

A thoufand Yeares, wherefore him lift to fay, 

In refped thereof our Worke is but one Day. 


O R D I N A L L. 2$ 

Alfo yc muft worke by good advice, Chap.$ t 

When ye fee Erth above Water rife; 

For as Water bearcth Erth which we goe on , 

So woll it doe in working o ? f our Stone : 

Wherefore Well-fprings with ftrokes foft, 

Soberly make ye muft in tymes oft 5 

Whereby Water maie foberly flowe, 

For violent Fluxes be perilous as nowc. 

Moreover it healpeth in Alkimy 
To know fcaven Waters effe&uafly •• 
Which be Coppied with manic a Man, 
While. thci be common fecke them as yc can, 
Defire not this Boke to (how things all, 
For this Boke is but an OrdinalL 
By thofc Waters men Wecne in mind 
All faults to amend of Metalinc kinde 5 
Alfo thei wecne of the Elements fower, 
The cffe&s to weene by their fuccour: 
For thei fuppofc with confidence unfeined, 
That all Venues requifit in them be conteyned; 
Some to molifie Mettalls hard wroght, 
And fome to harden Mettalls that be foft, 
Some to purifie, fome to make malleable; 
Everic-each according that he was able, 
Such Liquors to know it is profitt and good, 
Howbcit thei maie not to our Stone be food: 
Noble Au&ors men of glorious fame, 
Called our Stone iMtimofrnw by name : 
For his compofition is withouten doubt, 
Like to this World in which we walke about : 
Of Hcate, of Cold, of Moyft and of Drye, 
Of Hard, of Soft, of Light and of Heavy, 
Of Rough, of Smooth, and of things Stable, 

Kf Mcdled 

8(5 J^ortons 

Chap, 5/ Mcdled with things flectinge and moveable $ 
Of all kinds Contrary broght to one accord >. 
Knit by the do&rine of God our blcfled Lord'v 
Whereby of Mettalls is jjiade tranfmutauon, 
Not only in Colour, but tranfubftantiation , 
In which ye have need to know this thing, 
How all the vertucs of the Elements tranfmuting> 
Upon the tranfmuted muft have full domination. 
Before that the fubftancc be in tranfmutation j 
And all partes tranfmuted muft figured be 
In the Elements tranfmuting imprefiTed by degree. 
So that the third thinge elemented of them all, 
Of fuch condition evermore be fhall. 
That it trewly have it maie be none other, (other. 
But her Subftance of that one, andher Vertueof that 
A Child at his Nativitic can eate his meate and cry,. 
Our Stone at his Nativity woll Colour largly. 
In three years after a Child can fpeake andgoe, 
Then is our Sum more Colouring alfo. 
One upon a Thoufand his tindure trewly is, 
Of clean waflien Mcttall I am trew witnes, 
Faftiely (beleeve it) and fully in your thought, 
Itmakethgood Silver as of the Myne is wrought; 
And alfo our Stone woll augment and increafe, 
In quantitie, and qualitie, and thereof never ceafe .$. 
And therefore his growing and augmentation, 
Is likned to Man in waxing and creation. 
Nathlcs one pointe of trewth I woll reporte 5 
Which to fome Men maie be difcomforte $- 
At the firft making of our Stone, 
That time for winninge looke for none $ 
If ye then ceafe, I underftande 
Ye fhall departe with loofinge hand , 
The Cofts be fo great before,, 

i Expended 

Ordinal l. 87 

Expended and fct upon the (core 5 Chap, j, 

But at the firft augment of all 

Which tyme our Stove depart ye {hall 

In parts twaine full equally, ? 

With fubtill ballance and not with Eye .• 

One for the Red 3 that other for the White, 

To mainteyne both for your delight 5 

Then winning iirft beginneth to arifc: 

But afterwards if ye be wife, 

At every augment continually, 

Profit ftiall grow comodioufly^ 

In this our White Warke alone, 

As well as in the Ruby Stone 5 

Whereof faid CMaria Sifter of %^ron 9 

Lyfe is Jhort, and Science is full long. 

Nathlcs it greately retardeth Age, 

When it is ended by ftrong Courage; 

But fome that have byne tought trcwlie, 

Have forfooke their workc lewdly 5 

When their greate labour have byne pafle, 

For thei know not how at the lafte 

Groweth the profit and the winninge, 

Which thei would have at the beginningc, 

Therefore I finde that it is necde, 

The trewth to tell when ye fhulde fpeede, 

For when I am paft and out of mindc, 

This my Witnes fhall reft behinde, 

For which caufe I doe not fpare, 

Of this Arte the trewth to declare 5 

As much as I dare, that I be not fhent 

For breaking of Gods Commandemenu 

This wife endeth all our White Werke 

Shewed fufficiently for an able Clerke> 


88 $s(omri 



AFter all this upon a day 
I heard my noble Mafter fay, 
How that manic men patient and wiCc f 
Found our White Stone ^ith Exercife 5 
After that thei were trevvlie tought, 
With great labour that Stone they Caught 5 
But few (faid he) or fcarcely one, 
In fiftcenc Kingdomes had our Red Stone t 
And with that word he caft his Eye, 
Looking on me full fteadilye 3 
Of his words he faw me woe, 
I faid alas what fhall I doef 
For above all Erthly thinge, 
I raoft defirc and love Cunninge. 
And for the Red Stone is prefervativc, 
Moft precious thinge to length my Life 5 
The Redstone (aid lis lever fame, 
Then all were Gould that I would foe to be 
He faid I was to younge of Age, 
Of Body lufty and likely to outrage, 
Scantly of the age of twenty eight yeares, 
He faid Pbilofophers had noe fuch Compeers § 
This woefull anfwer then he made to me, 
Till ye be elder he (aid it maie not be. 
Alas good Mafier remember faid 1, 
Howbeit my Body be light and luftie,. 
Prove and affay and you fhall finde 
Age fufficient within my Minde, 
He held his words full ftill that tyde r 
And fo long tymc he did abidc^ 
After this fudainely in wonderous wife, 
He tempted me after the Philosophers guifco 
Which to reherfe it were too longe, 
And to fhew how I fhould doe wrongc, 

< For 

Ord i stall* 8p 

For that muft be kept fecreatc, Cfaf, y # 

For them which ihall with this Science meet? 5 

Yet at the laft with leafure and with fpace 

I wan his love, by help of Gods Grace 5 / . 

So that I had with Grace tike trewe do&rine 

Gf Confe&ion of the Red medicine* 

Whom to feeke it avaikth right noughts , 

Till the White medicine be fully wrought. 

Alfoc both Med icines \in their beginninge 

Have one manne r^TVeflell and Wprkjngc, 

ffTwHTToFtlie^WlHtc as alfo forTthe Rcd> 

Till all quick things be made dead ; 

Then Veflells and forme of operation i 

Shall chaunge, in Matter, figure, and Graduation* 

But my herte quaketh^ my hand is tremblinge, 

When I write of this moft felcouth thinge. 

Hermes brought forth a true fcntence and blounte> 

When he faid Ignis & A^ot iibi [ufficiunt. 

The Expofitorof Hermes and Arijlotle joynte, 

In that joynte workeihewd a ftraunge pointe 3 

He faid Albertus Magnus the Black Freere 5 

Nether Freer Bacon his compeere, 

Had not of our Red ftene confideration^ 

Him to increafe in multiplication. 

The Expofitor knew it fufficicntly 3 

And my Mafier tought me trewly. 

Albeit that I never made affaye 

Gf the Redworke before this Dayer 

The caufe appcarcth in this Boke before^ 

When I was robbed then I would no more, 

Kethleffe I have put me fo farr in preafs. 

That fecreatc Trcwth to fliew I cannot ceafej; 

ReherfThg fuch as were greately too bold, 

So great fccreats to Ihew as thei toldes 

G » Thei 

po 5\(ortoris 

Chap. j. Thei (aid that withki the Center of incompleatc White 
Was hid our Red Stone of moft delight: 
Which maie with ftrength and kinde of Fier, 
Be made to appeare rig:ht as we defier- 
Tandulphus in Turba faide, mentt fecura, * 
Bt ejus umbra in vera tinttura. 
Maria confirmed it in fide oculata J 
Stuod in if fa albedine ejl rubedo occuluu* 
The Boke Laudabile Sanctum made by Hermes^ 
Of the Red Worke fpeafceth in this wife : 
Candida tunc rubeo jacet uxer nuptamarito^ 
That is to faie, if ye take heede thereto, 
Then is the faire White Woman 
Married to the Ruddy Man. 
Underftandinge thereof if ye would gett, 
When our White Stone {hall fuffer heatc. 
And reft in Fier as red as Blood, 
Then is the Marriage perfect and good 5 
And ye maie trewly know that tymc, 
How the fcminall feed Mafculine, 
Hath wrought and won the Vi&ory, 
Upon the mcnftrualls worthily ^ 
And well converted them to his kinde, 
As by experience ye fhall finde : 
PaCTing the Subftancc of Embrhn 9 
For then compleate is made out Stone- 
Whom wife Men laid that ye ftiulde feede 
With his owne Venome when it is need. 
Then ride or goe where ye delight, 
For all your Cofts he woll you quite. 

Thus endeth the fubtill Warke with all her ftore, 
I need not, I maie not, I woll ihew no more. 



H a p. 


wards the Matters of Concordance, 
Confider there be no variance 
Betweenefuch things as Ihulde accorde • 
For of variance maie grow difcord, 
Whereby your Warkes maie be loft* 

V^Tith all your labour and all your coft: 

He! that wol take pur VVarke in hande, 

Five Concords he rnuft undcrftande. 
Thcfirji Concord is needc to marke 

Vyhethcr his Minde accorde iwith the Warily 

VVhich flialbe Lord to paie for all, 

Els all your labour deftroy ye fliall. 

The fecond Concord \s nfedfull to kenn, 

Between this Crafte and her Workemen. 

The Third (hM fervc well your intents, 

V Vhen Warke accordeth with Inftmments. 

The fourth Concord muft welbe fought, 

With the Place where it fliall be wrought t 

Fqr trewlie it is no little grace 

To find a perfefl: working Place. 

The Fift is of Concord and of Love y 

Bctweene your Warkes and the Spheare above. 

Of theis five Concords rehede wt fliall/ 

Beginning with the firft of all. 

FOr thtfirfi ye fliall well finde 
That full few Lords be ftable of Minde 7 
Thci be hafty , the VVarke is longe, 
Thci woulde have you doe Nature wronge. 
Some now be onward as hafty as ficr, 


Or DIN ALL* 93 

Halfe a yearc after have noe defire 5 chaf. 6. 

And fomc in a Weeke, it is noe Nay, 

Wollchaungc their mindes, and fome in a day, 

And for one Moneth have ftill beleife, 

And the next Moneth thei wall the Arte repreeve. 

-It were much better for ftich to ccafc, 

Than for this Arte to put them in preafle % 

Let'fuch like Butterflies wander and pafle 3 

And lerne this lefTon both more and lafle, 

Following the Sentence of this holie- letter, 

Attingem a fine uf% ad fintm former , 

Difponens omnia fuaviter i 

That is, proceede mightily to the End 

From the Beginning, maugre the feinde. 

All things difpofing in the meane ipace, 

With great fuavity that commeth of grace. 

All fhort-wittcd Men and mutable, 

Such muft needs fee variable 5 

And fome doe every Man beleive, 

Such credence doth their Cofers greive; 

To cverie new Talc to them tolde, 

They give Credence and leave the olde. 

But fome Lords be ftable of wit, y 

Such be apt to finifli it. 

Everie fuch Lord or Mafter of this Wcrke, 

Be he Layman or be he Clerke, 

Be he rich man, Knight , Abbot or Lorde^ 

He hath with this Arte greate -Concorde. 

THe feconde Concorde with this Arte is, 
When ye can finde apt Mimflen* 
Noe Minifter is apt to this intent, 
But he be fober, wife/and diligent; 
Trewe^and^watchfiill, and alfo timerous^ 

p 3 Clofe 

pq. Js(ortoris 

p.6. Clofe of Tongue, of Body not vitiou^ 
Clenly of hands, in Tuching curious, 
Not difobedienr, neither prefumptuous • 
Such Servants maieyour vorkes of Charge 
Minifter, and fave fronrall outrage; 
But truft not that two fueh Servants or three, 
Maie fufficicnt for your worke be 5 
If your Matter be of quantity reasonable, 
Then Eight fuch Servants be convenablcj 
But upon litle quantity, finde ye (hall 
Foure men able to performe all; 
That one halfe of them muftwerke 
While the other Sleepeth or goeth to Kerkes 
For of this Arte ye fhall not have your praye, 
But it be miniftred as well by Night as Dayc 
Continually, except the holy Sonday alone • 
From Evenfong begin till Evenfong be done* 
And while thei worke thei muft needes efchewe 
All Ribaudry, els thei fhall finde this trewe, 
That fuch miffaap fhall them befall, 
Thei fhall deftroy part of their Works or alls - 
Therefore all the Minifters muft be Men, 
Or elfe thei muft be all Wcomen 5 
Set them not occupied one with another, 
Though fome to you be Sifter or Brothers 
Yet thei muft have fome good difporte 
Their greate labours to rccomfortc : 
Then nothingc fhall better avaunce 
Your worke than fhall this Concordance* ] 

THe ThirdConwdfc to manic full derke, 
To ordeync Inftruments according tothc Wcrkc: 
As cverie Chapter hath divers intents, 
Soe hath it divers Inftmment$> 


Ordinalu 9? 

Both in Matter and alfo in Shape, Ghap. 9t 

In Concord that nothing may mis-happ: 

As workes of Divifion and Seperation 

Have fmall Veffells for their Operation- 

But Veffells broade for numeration, 

And fome deale broad for Circulation ; 

But longe Veffells for Precipitation 5 

Both fhort and long ferve Sublimation: 

Narrowe Veffells and foure inches higlt_ 

Serve Corre&ion moft properly* 

Of Veffells, fome be made of Leade, 

And fome of Clay both quick and deade- 

Dead Clay is called fuch a thinge 

As hath fuffcred greate roaftmgc 5 

Such mcdled in powder with good raw Oaye,' 

Will Fier abide and nor goe away-, 

But manie Claies woll ieape in Fier, 

Such for Veffells doe not defire. 

Other Veffells be made of Stone, 

For Fier fufficient but few or none? 

Amonge Workemen as yet is foundc 

In any Country of English grounde, 

Which of Water nothing drinke fliall, 

And yet abide drie Fier withall, 

Such Stones large for our intente, 

Were a precious Inftrument^ 

All other Veffells be made of Giaffc, 

That fpirituall matters ihould not out-paffe; 

Of Afties of Feme in this Lond cveri-eachone 

Be made, but els- where be of Stone : 

Of our Glaffes the better kinde. 

The morning ftuffe ye {hall it finde, 

WHch was A(hes the night before, 

Standing in Heate all night and more, 

a > The 


The harder ftuffe is called Freton, 
Of clipping of other Glaffes it comet 
Tin&ure with anealing of Glafiers 

Will not perfe him as thei reherfe. . - ■' 

By this Do&rine chufe or rcfufe, 

Take which you woll unto your ufe^ 

But for figures of VefTells kinde, 

Everie Man followeth his owneminde. 

The beft fafhioa is ye maie be fure, 

She that beft concordech with Vcffcll of Nature* 

And figure that beft Concordeth with quantity^ 

And with all Gircumftances, to matter beft is fhe> 

And this fheweth well Alberts Magnus, 

In his Boke Be Mimralibus. 

Hereof a Secreate difclofed was, 

By my good MaBer, to more and lefle, 

Saying, Si Beus non dediffet nobis v as 

Nihil dedijj'et y and that i^ Glade, 

IKftruments needefull there be more, 
As be Furnaces ordeyned therefore. 
Oide Men imagined for this Arte 
A fpeciall Furnace for everie parte, 
Everie- each divifing after -his owne thought | - 
But manie Furnaces-of them be naught; 
Some were too broade and feme too longe* 
Manie of them did Nature wronge : 
Therefore tome Furnaces maie be well ufed, 
But mame of them muft be refufed, 
For theie were made but by advice 
Of them which feemed, and were not wife r 
The moft Commendable Faihion of them all; 
In this Boke portraied finde ye fhall. 
One Furnace by me is found of newe, 


Or DIN all. 97 

Such as Olde Men never knewe, Cbap.6. 

Whofe fecreate Power with ftudy fought, 

And with greate Coft was dearely bought 5 . 

In him.wifbe at one tymc w/ought, 

Threefcore Warkes, and co& right nought, 

More than it fhulde for one Warke or twainc, 

Therefore profitable it is certaine 5 . 

Threefcore degrees divers yemaiegett, 

For threefcore warkes, and eyerie-ech of divers Hcate>- 

Within that Furnace, to ferve your defire, 

And all rhei ferved with one litle Fier, 

Which of a Foote fquare onlie flialbe, 

Yet everie-ech of the threefcore as greate fpace as he: 

Manie purpofesye maie thereby fulfill, 

For here you fhall have Heate after your will. 

Of this Inftrument all Men maie not be fure, 

Therefore it is not formed in Pi&ure. 

Another Furnace woll ferve threefcore 

Glafles trewly, and yet farr more,, 

Everie-ech of them, ftanding in like Heate, 

As by the Pi&ure, Do&rine ye maie gett : 

Another Furnace for this operation, 
JBy me was found by Imagination, 

Notably ferving for Seperation 

Of dividents, and for Altification,; 
And for Dis-jundion called Divifion, 
And for Correction called Ablution, 
Yt woll for fome things ferve Deficcation, . 
Yt fervethfull well for Preparation 5 
Soe for fix things it fcrvcth well, 
And yet for all at once as I can tell: 
This is a new thinge which fhall not be 
Set out in Pi&ure for all men to fee 5 
Another Furnace, in Picture be fhall*, 

P More 

pg ^(ortons 

ch<ip.6c More full of perills than other Furnaces all, 

"* Made for Magnetic whereof bould Men had doubte, 
To tuch with hands a poorc lynine Cloute, 
Which in the midle thereof unbrenned ftoode, 
For fearc of flames breWng fierce and woode$ 
Which futtill Furnace I devifed alfoe, 
In which I found manie wonders moe 
Than is convenient at this fcafon to tell, 
Whofe graduation is doubtfull and cafuell : 
Wherein tJMdgnetlA^ matter of greate cofte, 
Muft quickly beferved orfuddainly be lofte; 
Of whole graduation if you woll not miffc 
Confider your Stoples, and lerne well this, 
The more is the Stopie the lefTe is the Heate, 
By manifould Stoples Degrees ye maie gett; 
Whoe knoweth the power, the working and kindc, 
Of everie Furnace, he maie well trewth finde, 
And he which thereof dwelleth in Ignorance, 
All his Warke faleth uponChaunce: 
Noe man is furc to have his intent, 
Without full concord of Arte with Inftrument. 
Manie more Inftruments occupied ye fhall fe, 
Than in this Chapter now rehearfed be, 
Which ye muft ordeyne by good or fad advice 
And prove them before hand oft if ye be wife. 

THe fourth Concord is full notable 
Bctweene this Arte and Placer ConvenMe* 
Some Places muft needes be evermore dry, 
Clofe from . Aic'r, nowaies Windy-, 
Some muft be darke and dimme of fight 3 
In which Sun-beames none maie light-, 
But for fome Places the trewth fo is, 
Thei cannot have 109 much brightnes ; 


Ordinall. pp 

Some Places muft necdes be Moift and Cold Chap.6. 

For fome workes as Au&ors toulde 5 

But in our Warkes in everie place, 

Winde will hurt in everie C^fe : 

Therefore for everie Warke in feafon, 

Ye muft ordaine Places by reafon. 

Fhilofophers faid by their engine, 

How it fliulde be wrought within locks Nyne: 

Kjiftrologm faid it was a grace, 

To finde a Chofen Working Place- 

For manie things woll wonderous doe 

In fome Places and elfewhere not foe, 

But contrarie wonders be of one thinge 

In contrarie Countries wrought without leafing $ 

Whereof none other caufe maie appeare, 

But only contrarie places of the Sphere : 

Whereto Places contrarie of the groundc, 

To them Concordaunt and Obedient be found* 

Hereof great Evidence and wit tnes full cleerc, 

In the Magnets Stone openly doth appeare-, 

Whofe North pointe draweth toward his Countrie, 

Which under the Southe ftarr driveth Needles awaye 5 

Wherefore wife Men which for this Arte fought, 

Found fome Places concordant, fome Places nought* 

Trewly fuch Places where Lechery is ufed 

Muft for this Arte be utterly refufed. 

THe fift Concordls knownewellofc7*r&f, {Werks. 
Betwcene the Sphere of Heaven and ouxSuttiM 
toothing in Erth hath more Simplicitie, 
Than th'elements of our Stone woll be, 
Wherefore thci being in warke of Generation, 
Have moft Obedience to Conftcllation: 
WJicreof Concord moft kindly and convenient 

P 2 9 Is 

igo £\£ortoris 

Chap. 6. Is a dire&^nd firie Jfcendent, 

Being figne common for this Operation, 

For the multitude of their Iteration : 

Fortune your AfcendentjH\xh his Lord alfo, 

Keeping th' afped o$ Shrew es thernfro 5 

And if thei muft let, or needely infeft, 

Caufe them to looke with a Trine afped. 

For the White warke makefortuna ethe Afaw," 

For the Lord of the Fourth houfe likewiie be it done* 

.'For.- that is Thefaurum abfeonditum of olde Clerks 5 

Soe of the Sixt houfe for servants of the Wcrksj 

Save all them well from greate impediments, 

As it is in Pi&urc, or like the fame intenrs. 

Unleffc then your Nativity '.pretend infection, 

In contrariety to this Eledion, 

The venue of the Mover of the Orbe is formal!, 

The vertue of theEi^ht Sphere is here Inftrumeniall, 

With her Signes and Figures and parts afpe&ualJ, 

The Planets vertue is proper and fpeciall, 

The vertue of the Elements is here material!. 

The vertue infufed rcfulteth of them all: 

The firft is like to a workman* Minde, 

The fecond like his Hand ye fliall finde. 

The third is like a good Inftrument, 

The, remnant like a Thing wrought to your intent. : 

Make all the Premifes with other well accord, 

Then fliall your merrits make you a greate'Lord. 

In this wife the Elixir of- whom ye make mention, 

Is ingendercd, a thing of a fecond intention. 

Truft not in Geomantiethat fuperftitious Arte, 

For God made Reafon which there is fet aparte. 

Truft not to all Afirologers^ I faie whie, 

For that Arte is as fecreat as Alk'tnty. 

That other is difproved and plainely forbod, 


Or d in alu ior 

By holy Safotls of the Church of God. Chap.6, 

Truft not, ne love not Negromapcy, 

For it is a property of the Devill to lye. 

Truft to this DBifrwe^ki herein your defircs* 
And now lerne tlic Regiment of your Eers* 



O RD I N A LU toy 


Chap. VII. 

parfct Mafter ye tiiaie him call trowc, 
Which knoweth his Hcates high and lowc# 
Nothing maie let more your defires, 
Than ignorance of Heates of your Fiers* 
Of manic Au&ors written ye maie fee, 

Totum confifiit in ignis regimine : 

Wherefore in all Chapters you muft fo proceed, 

That Heate worke not more ne leffe than it need; 

Wherein manic of Gebars Ceokes 

Deceived were, though thei be wife in Bokes. 

Such Heate wherewith Pigg or Goofe is Scalded, 

In this i^frte Decocftion it is called 5 

For Minerall meanes ferveth fuch heate, 

And to make our Letharge to give fweate. 

Such Heate as dryeth lawne Karcheefes fayre, 

In thirty operations ferveth for our Ayre 5 

But for DiVifiajis you muft ufe fuch heate, 

As Cookes make when they roaft grofle Meate 5 

The fame Heate with a circular Fier, 

For Separation of Dividents wc defire; 

But for Circulation of Elements, 

Ignis candens ob ferveth our intents; 

Which Fier muft ever be Cocquall 

In every minute, and yet perpetuall : 

For it mate never abate ne increafe, 

And yet the Fier maie never ceafe. 

Study y>ty^Mwd looke about 

Such a t:v \. Iwlic to finde out. 

And in tfiat Fier no moifture maie be,' 

Which Hand maie f eele or Eye maie fec^ 


104. &Qrton 9 s 

Chap. j. Ignis humidta an other Fier alfoe 

Is, and yet it fecmeth ofpfitum in adjefifti 
Such Hcate difscvcrcth at certaine .tydes 
Matters .cleving to Vefleljs fides. 
Manie moe: things that Meztc maie wynn, 
It maketh oft thick Matters to be thynn. 
A Philof&pber, miftely fpake of this Heate, 
And faide, the. higheft degree thereof to get 
Shall caufe. and gender fuch Siccirie, 
As of dric heate fhall be in the Firft degree,.. 
Another Fier is Fireot Dificcation, 
For matters which be imbibed with Hume&ation* 
An other Fier' is Fier of Confer varion,„ 
For all drie things of his operatioa; 
For MAgmU is Fier of effufion, 
Full of perills and full of illufion, 
Not onely peril] which to the Warkemaie fall, 
But fuch alfoe which the Mafter hurte fhall 5 
Againft which once received is noe boore, 
Ordaine therefore to fetch breath from 
Provide for Mouth, Eyes, Eares, and Nofc,, 
For ic is.worfe than ten times the P.ofe. 
Men hereby hath found paines fore, 
Becaufe they had not this warning, before* 
Ignis corrodens ferveth in this Arte, 
Element a prop in qua. wifely to departe. 
By one point of exceffe all your Warke is ffient,-. 
And one point too little is inefficient 5 
Who can be fure to finde his trewc degree, 
- Magijler m Agnus in igne thall he be. 
It is the harder to know trewly his mighty 
There is no triall for it but our Eye fight: 
Therefore all men failein his prefence, 
Where Heate is lerned with coft of Experience* 


O RD IN ALL* I0 ^ 

Of this Heate in fpeciall Jkaxagoras faid thus, chap. j. 

Nemo frimo fronte reperitnr difcretus. 

Another is Heate of mighty Coa&ion, 

For Mineralls that be of hard Liquefa&ion : 

This Heate cannot be too ffbnge, 

Be he continued never fo longe. 

Another is Heate of Calcination 

For fowle Mettalls for their Preparation ? 

Which maie not brenti, ne doe them melte. 

For -fo all thei maie foone be fpilte. 

The twelfte is Heate for to Sublime 

All rhe Spirits of the Mine. 

The laft Heate of theis goeth for all,. 

When to Projection our<S7<w fhall fall. 

Ufe maketh Mafterie, there is noe more to fayne. 

But he that faileth muft needs begin againe. 

Now have I tought you everie thing by name, 

As Men teach other the way to Wdfingham^ 

Of every Village, Water, Bridge, and Hill, 

Whereby wife Men their Journey maie fulfill: 

Soe maie a Clerke by this Do&rinc findc 

This Science well if he be cleere of minde 5 

All other maie finde himfelfe hereby a foolc 

To deale therewith, which litle can of Schooled 

For this is the end of all worldly Cunninge 5 

Where to attaine can neither Pope ne King 

By their Honours, ne by their great Councell, 

But only by Vertue and Grace as Auftors tell* 

This precious Stone will not be found ne wrought 

But he be right devotely fought. 

The Au&orsforenamed with this Boke of mke, 

Shewerh of Alkimy all the Dodirinc, 

If ye compleate their Sentences all, 

Not by Opinion, but after this Ordinal! \ 

Q & For 

totf &(cftorrs 

cUm* ^ or m { ^ s 0r ^ na ^ ' ^ ct y° u fr° m a '" ^° u ^> 

Is nothing fit tvronge,nor one point left out. 
The dayes were when that this Do&rine and ground 
Had pleafed me more than a Thoufand pound- 
Three Hundred pounds was not for my defire, 
As would have byne this Chapter of the Fier. 
A<id mervaile not Lords, ne ye freinds all, 
Why foe noble a Scyence, as all Men this Arte call 5 
Is here fct out in Bnglijh blunt and rude, 
Fdr this is foe made to teach a Multitude 
Of rude people which delcn with this Werkcs, 
Ten Thoufand Logmen againft ten able Clerks t 
Whereby yearely greate Riches in this Londe 
Is lewdly loft 3 as Wifemen umlcrftondcj 
And manic men of Everie degree 
Yearely be brought to great Povcrtee. 
Cease Laymen, cease, be not in follie ever; 
Lewdnes to leave is better late than never- 
All that hath plcafure in this Bojcc to rcade, 
Pray formy Soule,andfer all both "Quick and dcade.- 
In this yearc erf" Chrift One thoufand fourc Hundred 

This Warke was begun, Honour to Cod in Heaven* 







A moft excellent, learned, and worthy 
worke, written by Sir (jeorge Ttjpley, 
Chanon of 'Bridlington in Torfy* 
Jhire, Conteining twelve 




Titulm Operis. 

HEre begynneth The Compound tf Alckymie, 
Made by a Chanon of Bridlington, 
After his learning in Italy 
At Yxnwg for tyme he there did wonne : 
In which be declared openly 
The fccrets both of Sunne and Moone^ 
How they their kinde to multiplye. 
In one body togeder muft wonne. 

Which Chanon Sk George i?//»/^ highr 5 
Exempt from Clauftrall obfervance, 
For whom pray ye both day and night , 
Sith he did labour you to advance.. 
He turned darknes into light, 
Intending to helpc you to happy chaunce, 
Gyving Counfell that ye live right, 
Doeing to God no difpleafaunce. 


I op 

q EO%G E %I T LEY 

King Edward the fourth* 

O Honorable Lord, and moft vittoryous Knyght, 
With Grace and Fortune abundantly endewed, 
The favegard 'of 'England ,&■ maynteyner of right; 
That God you loveth indeede he hath well Jhewed : 
Wherefore I truft thys Lond Jhalbe renewed 
With foy and Riches, with Charyty and Reace^ 
So that old ranckors underfirewed, 
Tempefluous troubles and wretchednes Jhall ce$fe> 

And now fyth I fee by tokens right evident, 
That God you guydeth, and that ye be vertnous, 
Hating fjnne, and fuch as be infolent, 
How that alfo Man/laughter to you is odious, 
Upon the Indygent alfo that ye be piteous, 
Greate ruth it were if ye jhould not lyve longe : 
Tor of your great fortune ye bt .not prefumptucus, 
Nor vengeable of mynde to wreke every wrong. . 

Theis confidered, with others, in your mo fl noble Ejlate^ 
Like as God knoweth, and people doe witnejje beare, 
So entyrely me meveth, that 1 mufi algate 
Recorde the fame, and therein be no flatterer : 
And that not onely } but alfo to write here, 
And to your Highnes humbly for toprefent 
Great Secretts which I in fane Country es did lere, 
And which by grace to me moft unworthy are lent. 

no The Epiflle. 

Once to your Lordfhip fuch things I did promife, 
What tyme ye did command to fend unto me 5 
i^And [wee that I wrote in full fecret wife, 
Unt$ your Grace from tfie Univerfitie 
Of Lovayne, when G& fortuned me by Grace to fee * 
Greater fecretts and moch more profyte, 
Which onely to you I wyll difclofed to be : 
That is to [ay the great Elixirs both Red and White. 

lor like it you to trnfl that trewlie I have found 
The perfect waje of moft fecrete Alchimy, 
Which 1 wyS never trewlj for Merke ne for Voundt 
Make common but to you, and that conditionally 
That to your [elfe ye pall keepe it full fecretly* 
And onely it ufe as may be to Gods pleafnre^ 
Bis in tyme comming, of God 1 fhould abye 
I or my difcovering of his fecrete treafurt. 

Therefore advife you mil wyth good delyberation % 
lor of this Secrete [hall know none other Creature 
But onely you, as I make faithfuH Proteflation , 
For all the tyme that I here in lyfe endure : 
Whereto I wyll your Lord/hip me to enfure, 
To my defyre in ihys bj othe to agree, 
Leafi 1 fhould to me the wrath of God procure^ 
Tor my revealing his great e gift and previtie. 

And yet moreover I wyS your Hyghnes to pardon me^ 
For openly wyth pen I wyll it never wryt€, 
But when that ye lift by practice ye [hall ft* • 
By Mouth alfothis pretiom fecret moft of delyght^ 
Bow may be made Elixirs Red and Whyte, 
Playne unto your Byghnes it jball declared be, 
x^ind if it plea[e you with eafy expence and refpyte 
To help, I wyll them rhake by helpe of the Trinitie. 


The Epiftle^ in 

But notwyfhftanding fir perHl that might befall^ 
Though I dare not here plainly the knot nnhinde , 
Tet in my mitcing I wyS not be fo My ft ic all, 
But that ye may by ftudie the p knowleige finde : 
How that eche thing multiplicahle is in hys kinde, 
And that likenes of bodies Metalline be tranfmutabk 
I wjll deelare> that if ye feele me iuyour minde 
Tejhall prove my my ting true and noe fayned fable* ' 

And if Cod gr aunt you by me to wynnethys treafare^ 
Serve him devoutly with more Laud and thanking^ 
Praying his Godhead in lyfe ye may fo endure , 
His gifts of grace and fortune to ufe to his pleafmg^ ] 
Mo ft specially intending over aH thing, 
To yeur power and connyng his precepts tenne 
So to keep, that into no dmnger your felfeye bring 5 
But that ye may in glorie fee him hereafter, Amen* 

As the Philofopher in the boke of Meteors doth wryte, 
That the lykenefje of body es Metalline be not tranfmutabk \ 
But} after he added the is words of more delyte, 
Without they be reduced totheyr beginning materiable* 
Wherefore fuch bod es which in nature be liquable^ 
Miner all and Metuline may be LMercun^ate, 
Conceave ye may that this Scyence is not opinable, 
But very true by Raymond and others determynate. 

In the faid Boke the Philofopher (peaketh alfo y 
Therein if it pleafe your Highnes for to reade^ 
Of divers Sulphurs, but ejpecially of two $ 
And of two Mcrcurycs fayned to them indede : 
Whereby he doth true underftanders leade 
To the knowledge of the principles which be true • 
Both Red moft pure, and White, as have I §ede y 
Which be nevertheleffe foundtn Put of right few. 


m The Epiftle. 

And thefe two things he hep he addeth anom 
Tor them that worketh the Alchrmy to take, 
Our Gold' and our Silver therewith to make alone* 
Wherefore I fay, who will our Pea/le and Ruby make, 
The faid principles loote that he not for fake : 
For at the beginning if his principles be trewe, 
And that he can by crafte them fo bake • 
Trewly at the end his Worke pall him not rewe. 

But one greate fecret ryght nedefull it is to knowe, 
That though the Philofophers (peake pluraHy, 
All is but one Thing, ye may me trim y 
In kinde, which is our Bafe principally,. 
Whereof doth firing both Whyte and Red naturally \ 
And yet the Whyte mufl come fyrjl of the Red z 
Which thyng is not wrought manually , 
But naturally, Graft helping oute of our Leade. 

For all the parts of our mofl precious Stone? 
As I can pr eve, be Cocffentiall and concrete • 
Moreover there is no true principle but one • 
Full longe it was er I therwiih could mete : 
Who can reduce it, and kneweth his Heate, 
\^And only kinde with kinde can redrejfe, 
Till filth origina/l be clen fed from his Seat , 
Likely he istofnde our fecret s both more and leffe, 

Onlie therefore worke Kynde, with his owne Kynde, 
And all jour Elements Ioyne that they not Hnve, 
This poynte alfoforany thing beare in mjnde ; 
That pafive natures ye t our ne into a5iive, 
Of Water, Fire, and Winde, ofErthe make blive 5 
And of the Quadrangle make ye a Figure round > 
Then, have ye honie of our bene hive h 
One ounce well worth a thoufand pound. 


The Epiftle; H j 

The prineipall fecrete of fecretes all 
Is true Proportion which may not he behinde, 
Wherein I counceU yow be not fuperfciall^ 
The true conclusion if ever ye thinke to fynde; 
Hume Erth to Water ; and Water into Wynde s 
Thenf wake Fin, and beware of the Floodc 
Of Noe 9 wherein many one be blinde • 
That by this Science thei get but little good, 

T cotmceU you to eate and drinke temper atly] 
And be well ware that Ipofarcha come not in place* 
jNefh not your Wombe by drinking ymmodtratly, 
Lett ye quench your naturaS fleatein lptle(pace$ 
The colour wyll tell appearing in your Face: 
Drinke no more therefore, then ye may me* 
Walke up anddowne after an eafie pace^ 
Chafe not your Fody too fore for to fweates 

With eafy Fire after meving when ye fweatq 
Warme your Body and make itdry-againe^ 
By Rivers and Fountaines walke after meate .* 
K^dt morrowe tymely viftt the high Mountaine^ 
That Phificke/0 byddeth I reade certeyne : 
So hygh the Mount aine nevertheles ye mtafcende; 
But that ye may d&wnewardtht way have flaine y 
And frith y our UanteU fyom caid ye yow- defend* * - 

Such labour is holfome^your ftieat if ye wyll drip 
With a napkin, and after it take no cold^ 
Forgrofie humors be purged by Sweat kindly, 
life Diacamcron, then confeU with ptrfeB 'Gold 
Hermodaftilus for watrie humors good I hold y 
life Hipericon Perforate withmylke fl/Tuhimall; 
AndSpztmz Cetc ana with reddWyne whenyewaxold, 
AndGtfcsMyike foddtwithGoldneurifheth moifiure rsdicah 

n ^ TheEpiftle. 

But a good Phifytian who fo intendeth to be, 
Our lower Aftronomy himnedeth well to kmwt 
And after that to lerne, well, Urine in aglajfe to fee ^ 
And if it nede to be chafed^ the Fyre to blowe, 
Then wyttily, it, by divers wayes to ibrowe, 
And after the caufe to make a Medicine blive y 
Truly telling the ynfirmities all on a rowe : 
Who thus can ho by his Phyftcke is like to thrive* 

We have an Beauen y corruptible of the guintejfence, 
Ornate with Elements, Signes, Planetts^ and Starn bright + 
Which motflttb our Erthe by Suttile influence : 
And owt thereof a Secrete Sulphur e hid from fight, 
It fetteth by vertue of his attractive might-, 
Like as the Bee fetcheth Hony out of the Flown 
Which thing can doo none other Erthly wight ; 
Therefore to God only be glory and honour* 

And like as Tfe to Water doth relent e^ 
Whereof congealed it was by violence of great e Cold, 
Whence Phebus it fmiteth with his Beate influent : 
Right fo to Water mynerall^ reduced is our Gold^ 
(As writeth playnly Albert, Raymond, and Arnold) 
With heate and moifture by craft occafionate^ 
With congelation of the Spyrite, Lo I now have I told 
Howe our materialls togeather muft be proportionate* 

An the Dyers craft ye may lerne this Science, 
Beholding with Water how they deco5iiens make 
Uppon theyr Woad and Maddre eafyly and with patience, 
7 ill the TinBures appear e which the C hath doth take 
Therein fo fixed that they wyll never for fake 
The Cloth for waging after they joynedbe^, 
Right fo our Tinffures with Water of our Lake 
We draw by boylmg with y^ifljes of Bermes tree. 


r The Epiftle: ll$ 

Which TinUures when they by craft are made parfite, 
So dieth <JMettalls with Colours evermore permanent y 
Kjifter the qualitie of the CMedycine Red or White $ 
That never away by eny Pire, will he brente: 
To this Example, if you take good tent 
Unto jour purpofe the rather jl) all ye wynne^ 
And fee your Fire be eafy and not fervent $ 
Where Nature did leave off\ what ty me look ye begynn. 

Fir/l. Calcine, and after that Putrefye, 
Dyfjolve, Dyfttff, Sublyme, Defcende, and Fyxe, 
With Aquavite oft times^ both waft) and drie, 
And make a marriage the Body and Spirit betwixt $ 
Which thus togeather naturally if ye can myxe, 
In lofmge the Body the Water ft all congealed bee± 
Then frail the Body dy utterly of the Flixe, 
Bleeding and chaunging Colours as ye jhaU fee* 

The third daye againe to Life he Jha/1 uprife, 
\jind devour Byrds, and Beafis of the Wildernes^ 
Crowes, Popingayes, Pyes, Pekocks^ and CMavies 5 
the Phenix, the Egle whyte, the Griffon of fear f nines ^ 
The Greene Lyon and the Red Dragon he pall deftres* 
The white Dragon alfo, the Antlope 9 Unicome P anther , 
With ether Byrds , and Beafis loth more and le(fe- 
The Bafilish alfo which aUmoB echo one doth feart. 

In Bus and Nubi he fhall arife and afcend 
Up to the Moone, and fith up to the Sonne, 
Through the Ocean Sea, which round is without end: 
Only S hypped within a little glaf en Tonne, 
When he commeth thither y then is the CMaiftrie Wonnet 
Kjibout which Iourney greate goodjhdll.yenotfpend. 
And yet ye fhall be glad that ever it was begonne * ■ 
Patiently if ye UJle to tour worke attend* 

&1 - *» 

n6 The Epiftfe; 

Toy then both Body and Spirit alfo both Oyle andWater, 
Sowle a^drTinSture one thing both White and Red, 
After Colours variable it contejnetb what fo men clatter $ 
Which alfo catted is when he hath once bene Dedd : 
And is revived <wrMarchafite,00r Magnete, W our Lead , 
Our Sulphurc, our Arfenicke, and our true Ca'Icevive * 
Our Sonne, our Moone, our Ferment of our Bread ; 
Our Toade, our Bafilisfce,w unknowne Body, our Man,' 

{our Wife. 

Our Body thus naturally by erafte when it is renovate 
Of the firft ordre is {Medicine catted in our Philefopby^ 
Which oftentimes mufi againe be Spiritualise : 
The rounde Whele turning of our fort faid Aftronomy : 
And fo to the Elixir of Spirit es nmfl ye come ^ for why 
Till the fame of the fixed by the fame of the flier be over- 
Elixir of Bodyes warned it is only 5 (g°n* 

\yind this fecretepoynt truly deceaveth many one* 

This naturatt procejfe by helpe of craft thus confummate 
Diffolvetb the Elixir (pirituatt in our untluous Humiditk 
Then in Balneo of Mary togeather let them be Circulate 
Like new Hon) or Oyle till they perfectly thicked be, 
Then mil that Medicine heale all manner Infirmitie, n 
And turne att Mettalls to Sonne & Moone moft perfectly: 
Thusjhallye have boihgreate Elixir, W AurumPotabile, 
By the grace and will ofGod 7 to whom h lapd eternally. 


Here folio we th tlie'Ti 
the fecrers of theTreati 

r ure conteynmg all 
? both great bi fmall 


Our hzaven- this r Fiaur-e caM&As u 
Our tcdde alfo oft/ife hnverJUronomy 
^fiuhvnderjhod- thaurnmf nolmifie 
To make our Median- -par felly 
Ort It therefore Jet thy study 
And vnto Cjod botk night and day 
'Tor gr act- andfoj\y Author jyray 






Incipit Trologus. 

Hyld of thys Dyffyplync incline to mc 

(thyne Ere, 
And harkyn to my doftryne with all thy 

(dylygencc 5 
Thcs words of wyfdome in mynde doc 
Which of old Fathers be trew in fentence 5 (thou bare, 
Live dene in foule, to God doe none offence ; 
Exalt thee not but rather keepe thee Lowe, 
Ells wyll thy God in thee no Wyfdome fowc.~ 

Fro fayncd Do&ryne and wycked thought, 
The holy fpryt doth hym wythdraw? 
Nylling to dwell where Syn is wrought, ^ 
Dred God therefore and obay his Lawc, 
A ryghteous Man forfooke I never fawe : 
Nether hys feed begg bread for need, 
In holy Scryfture thus doe I rede. 

Make Wyfdomc therefore thy>Sifter to be, 
And call on Prudence to be thy Frynd, 
By pathes of truth they wyll gydc thee, 
Wyth love and honcfty wher To thou wend: 
Both vertuofe to be, curteous and hend : 
Pray God therefore that thou may fyndc 
Wyfdomc and Prudence with mouth and mynde.' 

R3 All 

n8 TheTrologue. 

All manner good cum wyth them fhall, 
And honcftic by ther hands innumerable, 
Then into combraunce ihallthou not fall; 
Soe be they in ryches Incomparable : : 
To worfhyp and profy t they wyll thee able, ; 
Td conyng and to all manner of grace, 
Both here and after thy lyvys fpace. 

For thefe benefyts which they don bryng. 
In parte ynnumeryd by fapyence , 
To them I can compare no thyng 5 
No rychys, no fpyces of redolence r 
Above all trefure fuch is ther exellence. 
That whatfoever erthly that precyous ys^ 
To them comparyd ys but as cley ywys. 

Infynyte trcafure to Man they be, 
Who ufyth them (hall fryndihyp have 
With God in Heven, and there hym fe. 
After them vyvelyche therefor thou crave. 
For Body and Soule both wyll they favc 5 
And herein Goods doth multiplye, 
And afore Prynces they dygnyfy, 

Thynke how K^ddam loft hys wy fdome, 
Sampfon hys myght that was foe ftrong, 
Kyng Sauk alfo loft hys Kyngdome 5 
And Vavyd was punnyfhed foare for hys wrongs 
In the Gake by the here fayre Abfolbn hong, 
Kyng B^eky by fyckneffe had punifliment, * 
And many one moe for fynne was ihent. 


TheTrologue. n ^ 

But fee how other that livyd well, 
And to their God did none offence, 
Such chaftyfment did never felc, 
But God fhewed ever to them benevolence* 
Enok and Ely were caryed hence, 
To Paradyfe, and other good livers were 
Of God rewarded in dyvers manner. 

Sum had gret Fortune, fumgret Cunnynge, 
Sum had gret Peace, fum gret Ryches, 
Sum conquered Londs to ther wonyng ; 
Sum were exalted for ther gret mekenes , 
Sum other were faved fro the cruelncs 
Of Tyrants, Lyons, and hot Fornacys, 
As DanyeU and other in many places. 

Thus to good Livers God fend gret grace. 
And unto Synners fore ponifhment 5 . 
Sum to amend in thys lyfchad fpace, 
Sum fodenly with fyrc fro Heavyn were brent, 
Synfull Sodomyts for ever were (bent $ 
With Dathan and Abyran and other moe, 
Which fank for Syn to endles wo. 

Thus ever fyth the World was wrought, 
God hath rewardyd both evyll and good 5 
Thus yf it mayc reft in thy thought , 
Fro fynfull livyng wyll chaung thy moode. 
Yf fynfull people thys underftood. 
They ought to be aferd God to offend, 
And foone ther fynfull lyfcs to amend. 


iia TheTrologwl 

Therefore with God looke thou begyne; 
That he by grace may dwell with thee. 
So fhall thou beft to Wyfdbm wyn, 
And knowledge of our grete prevyte; 
Noryfti Vermes, and Vices looke thou fl£e> 
And truftyng thou wyk thee well difpofe, 
Gur fecrets to thee I wyll dyfclofe. 

" Keep thou them fccret and for me pray, 
Looke that you ufe them to Gods pleafurc 5 
Do good wyth them what ever thou may, 
For tyme thou fhalt thys lyfc endure, 
That after thy endyng thou may be fure 
In Hevyn for to rewardyd be, 
Whych God graunt both to thee and meJ, 


7 he Treface. 

Hygh Yncomprehcnfyble and gloryous 

Whofe Luminos Bemes obtundyth our 

Speculation 5 
One-hode in Subftancc, O Tryne hode 


Of Hierarchycall Jubyleftes the gratulant glory fycation 5 
O pytcwoufe puryfyer of Soulcs and pucr perpetuation 5 
O deviaunt fro danger, O drawer moft deboncr v 
Fro thys envyos valey of vanyte, O our Exaltcr. 

O Power, O Wyfdoin, O Goodnes inexplycable 5 
Support me, Tech me, and be my Governour r 
That never my lyvyng be to theedyfplycable, 
But that I aquyteme to thee as a trew profeflbr: 
Att thys begynnyng good Lord here my prayer 5 
Be nygh with Grace for to enforce my wyll> 
Graunt well that I may my entent fulfylL 

Moft curyofe Coffer and copyofc of all trefure 
Thou art, fro whom all goodnes doth deflend, 
(To Man} and alfo to every-cch Creature-, 
Thy ne Handy- warke therefore vouchfafe to defend, 
That we no tyme in ly vying here myfpend, 
With truth thou graunt us our lyvelode to wyn 
That in no daunger of Synfulncs ivc renne. 

6 S And 

yl% The Treface. 

And for foe much as wc have for thy fake 
Renowncyd the World, our Wylls,and the Flefliys Luft, 
As thyne owne wylfull profcfiTyors us take 5 
Syth in thee only dependyth all our truft, 
We can no ferther, to thee enclyne we muft : 
Thy fecrct Treforars, vouchfaf* to make us, 
Show us thy Secrets, and to us be bounteous. 

Among other which be profefTyd to thee 
I meprefent,asone wyth humble Submyfifyon, 
Thy Servant befechyng that I may bee 3 
Ana trew in levyngaeording to my profefTyon : 
In order Chanon reguler of Brydlyngton % 
Befechyng the Lord that thou wylt me fpare, 
To thy trew Scrvaunts thy fecretts to declare. 

In the begynnyngwhen thou madyft all of nought, 
A globofe Mater and darfce under confufyon, 
By thee Begynner merveloufly was wrought, 
Conteynyng naturally all thyngs withoute dy vyfyon, 
Of whych thou madyft in fix Dayes dere dyftyn&ion 5 
As Genefys apertly doth rccorde 
Then Heavyn and Erth pcrfey tyd were wyth thy word. 

So thorowthy Wyll and Power owte of one Mafe 
Confufyd was made all thyngs that being ys- 
But yn thy glory afore as maker thou w$s, ' 
Now ys and (hall be wythout end I wy$: 
And puryfyed Sowls upp to thy blys 
Shall come a pryncyple, thys may be one, 
For the dedaryng of our Stone. 


The Treface. 123 

For as of one Mafe was made all thyng, 
Ryght foe muft hyt in our pra&yfe be, 
All our fecrets of one Image muft fpryng: 
In Phylofophers Bokes therefore who luft to fc, 
Our Stone ys callyd the kjfe World one and three, 
Magnefm alfo of Snlphure and CMercury y 
Propotionat by Nature moft perfytly* ' 

But 'many one mervcly th whych mervel may, 
And mufe on fuch a mervelous thyng, 
What ys our Stone fyth Phylofophers doth fay, 
To fuch as ever be hyt fechyng : 
Yet Fowles and Fyihys to us dotfiyt bryng, 
Every-cch Manyt hath, and ys in everyplace, 
In thee, in me, in every tymcand fpacc. 

To fchys I anfwer, that Mercury itys I wys 
But not the comyn callyd Quickfylver by name, 
But Mercury withoute whych nothyng beyng ys ; 
All true Phyhfophers record and fay the fame: 
But fymple ferchers puttyth them in blame, 
Saying they hyd hyt, but, they beblame worthy 5 
Which be no Ckrks^ and mcdlyth with Phylofophy. 

But though hyt Mercury be yett wyfely underftondj 
Wherein it ys, where thou fhalt it feech, 
Ells I thee Councell tak« not this warkc in hond, 
For Philofophers flattryth Foolys with fayre Speche : 
But lyft to me, for trewly I wyll thee teche, 
Whych ys thy Mercury moft profyttable, 
Beyng to thee nothing dyflTeveable. 

S2 It 

n^ The Treface. 

It y$ more nythe in fum things than in fum, 
Therefore take tent what I unto the wryt, 
For yf thou ncyer to the knowledge cum, 
Therof yet flialt thou me not twytt; 
For I wyll trewly now thee excite, 
To underftand well Mercurys three, 
The keys which of our Scyem be. 

Raymond hys Menftrues doth them call, 
Without which trewly no truth ys done, 
But two of them are Superfycyall : 
The third eflentyall of Soon andMoone^ 
Theyr property es I wyll declare ryght foonc, 
And Mercury of other Mettallseffencyall, 
Ys the pryncipali of our Stone matcryall. 

In Soon and Mooneour Menftrue ysnotfcne 
Hyt not appearethbutby effeft to fyght, 
That ys the Stone of whych we mene 5 
Who fo our wrytyng concevyth aryght, 
Hyt ys a Soulc, a fubftance bryght : 
Of Soon and Moone, a fufrtyU influence, 
By whych the Erth recey veth rcfplendence. 

For what ys Gold and Sylvcr hy\hAvycen y 
But Erth whych ys pure Whyte and Red, 
Take fro that the fayd clcrnes, and then 
<That Erth wyll ftond but lyttyll in ftcde; 
The hole compound ys called our Lcde, 
The qualyte of clernes fro Soon and Moone doth com 
Thefe be our Menitrues both all and fum. 


The Preface. us 

Bodycs wyth the fyrft wc Calcene naturally 
Pcrfyt, but none whych be unclene> 
Except one whych dually 
Namyd by Phylofophtn the Lyon Greene, 
He ysxhemeane the Soon and Moonebetweenc: 
Of joynyng Ty n&ures wyth peifytnes, 
As Geber thereto bcryth wytnes. 

Wyth the Second whych ys an Humydyte 
Vegetable revyvyng that earft was dede, 
Both pryncyplcs matcryalls muft loofed be 5 
And formalls, els ftandyth they lytic in ftead : 
The Menftrues therefore know I the rede : 
Wythout whych neythcr trcw Calcynatyon, 
Don may be, nether yet naturall Dyflblutyon. 

Wyth the thyrd humydyty moft permanent 
Incombuftyble and un&uous in hys nature, 
Hermes Tre to aflics muft be brent : 
Hyt is our Naturall Fyre moft fure, 
Our Lfrfercury, or Sulpkure, or TjnEture pure: 
Our Soule^ our St one ^ borne up wyth wynd 
In the Erthe ingendered, bere thys in thy rnynde. 

Thys St$ne alfoe tell thee I dare, 
Is the vapor of Mettalls potentyall, 
How thou fhall gctt hyt thou muft beware : 
Forinvyfible ys truly thys Menftruall: 
Howbenytt with the fecond Water phylofophycall, 
By ieperatyon of Elements yt may appcare, 
To fyght in forme of Water cleere, 

S 3 Of 

Il6 TheTreface. 

Of our Menftrue by labour exuberate 
And wyth hyt maybe made Sulfhure of nature 
If itt be well and kyndly acuate$ 
And cyrculate into a Spryt pure : 
Then to dyflolve thou muft be fure 
Thy Bafe wyth hyt in dy vers wyfe, 
As thou ihalt know by thy pra<5tyfe, 

That poynt therefore in hys dew place 
I wyll declare wyth other mo, 
If God wyll graunt me fpace and grace: 
And mep rcfervc in lyfe from wo ; 
As I thee teche loke thou doe fo 9 
And for thy fyrft ground pryncypall 
Undcrftond thy Water menftruall. 

And when thou haft made true Calcination^ 
Encrcfyngandnot Waftyng moyfture radycall, 
Tyll thy Bafe by oftcr lubtylyatyon 
Wyll lyghtly flow as Wex uppon Mettall . 
Then lowfc hyt wyth thy vegetable Mcnftruall; 
Tyll thou have Oyle thereof in Colour bryghtt 
Then ys your Menftrue vifible to fyght. 

And Oyle is drawneowte in Colour of Gold 3 , 
Or lyke thereto out of our fine Red Lead, 
Whych Raymond fayd when he was old. 
Much more then Gold wold flrond hym inftede^ 
for whan he was for age nygh dede, 
We made thereof Aumm P&taMe, 
Whych hym rcvyvyd as Men myght fte. 


The ^Preface. \%j 

For (o together may they be Cyrculate, 
That ys to fay, Oyje and the vegetabk^nftruali* 
Ether fo by labour exuberate, 
And made by Craftc a Scene Celeftyall : 
Of Nature fo fyrye that we yt call 
Gur Bafelysk, othcrwyfc our Cokatryfe^ 
Our great Elixir raoft of pryfe. 

Whych as the fyght of a Bafiljib hy$ pj>jc& 
Kylyth, fofleyth it crude Mercury* 
When thereon itt ys projc<ft, 
In twynkc of an Eye raoft fodenly, 
That CMercury teynyth permanently* 
All bodyes to Son and Moone per fy t 5 
Thus gyde thy bafc bqth Red and Whytc# 

Am urn fotahile thus ys made, 
Of Gold, not corny n calcynat 5 
But of our Tyn<5ture whych wyll not vadc, 
Out of our Bafc drawen wyth the Menftruc circulate, 
But naturall Calcynatyon muft Algatc 
Be made, ere thy Gold dyflblved be, 
That Pryncypall fyrft I wyll tell thee. * 

But into Chapters thys Trcatis I fhali devyde, 
In number Twelve with dew Recapy tulatyon 5 
Superfluous rehearfalls I ley afyde, 
Intendyng only to geve trcw Informatyon, 
Both of the Theoryke and Pradycall opcratyon : 
That by my wrytyng who fo wyll guyded be, 
Of hys intente perfytly fbced fhall he. 


u8 The Trefaee. 

The Fyrft Chapter lhalbe of mtunll Calcination- 
The Second of Solution fccrct and Phylofophyca'li 5 
The Thyrd of our Elemental! Separation • 
The Fourth of Conjtwtfion raatrymonyall; 
The Fyfthe of Putrefatfion then followe lliall \ 
Of Congelation^ albyfycative fliall be the Syxt 3 
Then of Cjiatjon the Seaventh fliall follow next. 

The fecret of our Sublymation theeyght fliall fliew* 
The nynth fliall be of Fermentation, 
The Tenth of out Exaltation I trow 5 
The Eleventh of our mervelofe UHultypljcatpn^ 
The Twelfth ofProje^jon^thcnRecapytuldtjon$ 
And fo thys Treatyfe fliall take an end* 
By the help of God as I emend* 




Tbejirft Cjatc. 

Ahlnmon is the purgacyon of our "Stm r . 

' Reftauryng alfo of hys naturall heate 5 
Of radycall moyfture it lefyth none* 
Inducyng Solution into our Stone mo& mete, 
After Phrfofephj I you behyte, 

Do not after the comyn gyfe, 

WythSulphurcand Salts preparat indyvers wyfo 

Nether with Gorrofyves nor with Fire alone, 
Nor with. Vyneger nor Water ardent, 
Nether with the vapour of Ledc our Stone 
Is Calcyned to our intcntc : 
All they to Calcyne whych fo be bent , 

Fro thys hard Scjence withdraw theyrc hoard* 
Till they our Calcyning better underftonde. 

For by fuch Calcynyng they re bodyes be fhent, 
Whych mynyiheth the moyfture of our Storn^ 
Therefore when bodyes to powder be brent 3 
Dry as askys of Tre or Bone, 
Of fuch Calx then wy 11 we none, 
For moyfture we multiply radycall, 
In Calcynyng, mynyftyng none at all. 

T And 

i^o Of Calcination. 

4. And for a furc ground of our trew CalcynAcydn, 
Woorch wyttyly kynde only wyth kynde 5 
For kynd to kynde hath appctyblc *nclynacyon 5 
Who knoweth not thys yn knowledge is but blynd z 
He may forth wander as Myft doth wyth the Wynd 5 
Woting never wyth perfytnes where to lyght, 
Becaufe he cannot confcvc our words aryght. 

5. Joyne kynd to kynd therefore as reafon ys, 
For every Burgeon anfwercth to hisowne Seed 5 
Man begetteth Man, a Beaft a Beaft lykcwyfc 5 
Ferther of thys to trctc it is no need, 

But underftond thys poynt yf thou wyltfpede; 

Every thyng ys fyrft Calcyned in hys ownc kymf, 
Thys well confcvyng,frute thereyn Jfhalt thou fynde. 

6. And we make Calxes un&ious both Why te and Red, 
Of three degrees or our Bafe be pcrfy 1 $ 

Fluxyble as Wex, ells ftond they lytcle in fted 5 
By ryght long proceffe as Phytofipbers wryte, 
A yere we take or more for our refpyte : 

For in lefle fpaceour Calxewyll not be made, 
Able to taync with colour whych wyll not vade. 

7 # As for the P* oporcyon thou muft beware, 
For therein many one ys beguylyd, 
Therefore thy warke that thow not marre* ■ 
Lat the Body be fotclly fylyd 
With Mercury ^as much then fo fubtylych 
One of the So*n 9 two of the Maonc y 
Tyll altogether lyke pap be done. 


Of Calcination. 151 

8. Then make the Mercury foure to the S$nne, 
Two to the Mone as hyt fhould be, 

And thus thy workc muft be begon, 

In fygure of the Tryny te 5 

Three of the Body and of the Spryt three : 
And for the unytycof the fubftance fpiritual!^ 
One more than of the fubftance corporall. 

9. By Raymonds Report dry thys ys trcw, 
Proporcyon there who lyft to looke, 
The fame my Dottour to me did fliewi 
But three of the Spryt Bacon tookc, 
To one of the Body for thys I wookc : 

Many a nyght or I hyt wyft. 

And both be trcw take whych youlyfti 

0. If the Water be equall in Proporcyon 

To the Erthe whych hetc in dew mefure, 

Of hym ihall fpryng a new burgyon 5 

Both Why te and Red in puretyndure, 

Whych in the Fyre (hall ever endure: 
Kyll than the quyck, the ded rcvyve, 
Make Try ny te Uny te wy thout any ft ry vei 

f. Thys ys the beft and the fureft Proporcyon* 
For here ys left of the part fpyrytuall, 
The better therefore fhall be Solucyon 5 
Then yf thou dyd it wyth Water fmail, 
Thync Erth over glutyn whych Iofyth alii 
Take heedc therefore to potters loome, 
And make you never to nefh thy wome, 

T 2 That 

i^z Of Calcination. 

12. That loome behold how yt tempered ys 3 
The mcane alfo how thou hyt Calcenatey 
And ever in raynd loke thou bare thys, 

That never thync Erth wyth Water be fuffocate, 
Dry up thy moyfture wyth heate moft temperate z 
Heipe Dyflolucyw wyth moyfture of the Monc, 
And Congcllacyott wyth the Son,thcn haft thou done. 

1 3. Fourc Natures (hall into the fyfth fo turne, 
Whych ys a Nature moft perfeift and temperate; 
But hard hyt ys with thy bare f ootc to fpurnc, 
Agaynft a brodyke of Iyron or Stele new acuatc: 
Soe many one doth whych bene infatuate^ 

When they fuch hygh thyngs don take in hond^ 
Whych they in noe wyfe underftondc. 

14. In Eggs, in Vitryoll, or in Blod, 
What ryches wene they there to fynde 5 

Yf they Phjlofophj underftode, 1 

They wold not in worchyng be fo blynd, 

Gold to feke or Sylver out of kynd: 

For lyke as Fyre of brennyng thepryncyple ys, 

So ys the pryneyple of gildyng, Gold I wys. 

1 j. Yf thou intend therefore to make 

Gold and Sylver by craft of our Pbilojtpby* 
Therto nother Eggs nor Blood thou takc 3 
But Gold and Sylver whych naturally, 
Calcyned wyfely, and not manually, 

And new generacyon wyll forth bryng, 
Increfyng theyr kynde as doth ech thyng. 


Of Qakination. ni 

1 6. And yf yt true were that pcrfyt myght be, 
In thyngs which be not mettallyne .• 

In which be Colours plefaunt to fee, 

As in Blood, Eggs, Here, Uryn, and Wyne , 

Or in mcaneMettallsdyggydoutoftheMyne: 

Yet muft thcyr Elements be putrefyed and feparate, 
And wyth Elements of perf yt Bodys be dy fponfate* 

17. Butfyrftof thefc Elements make thou Rotacyon, 
And into Water thy Erth turne fyrft of all 5 
Then of thy Water make Ayre by Levygacyon- 
And Ayre make Fyrc 5 then Master I wyii thee call 
Of all our fecretts greatc and fmall : 

The Whcelc of Elements thoucanft turne about, 
Trcwlyconfevyngour Wrytyngs wythowt dowte. 

1 8. Thys-done, go backward, turnyng thy Wheelc againe, 
And into thy Water then turne thy Fyre anon$ 
And Ayre into Erth, ells laboryft thow but in vayne : 
For foe to temperment ys brought our Stone y 

And Natures contraryofe, fowcr be made one, 
After they have three times ben Cyrculat, 
And alfoe thy Bacc pcrfytly confummate, 

9. Thus under the moyfture of the M oone, 
And under the temperate hete of the Sonne, 
Thy Elements fhalbe incynerate fone, 
And then thow haft the Maiftery wone; 
Thanke God thy worke was then begon: 
For there thow haft one token trew, 
Whych fyrft in blacknes to thee wyll fliew.^ 

T 3 The 

nit Of Qalcination. 

20. The hcde of the Crow that tokyn call we, 
And fura men call hyt the Crows byll 5 
Sum call hyt the Ames of Hermes Trc, 
And thus they name hyt after theyer wyll, 
Our Tode of the Erth whych etyth hys fyll: 
Sum name hyt by whych it ys mortyfycat 
The fpyryt of the Erth wyth venome intoxycate, 

2ju But hyt hath Names I fay to the infynytc, 
For after each thyng that Bkcke ys to fyght • 
Namyd hyt ys tyll the tyme that hyt wex Whyte, 
For after blackneflTe when yt wexcth bryghr, 
Then hath hyt names of moredelyght: 

After Whyte thyngs, the Red after the fame, 
Rule of Red thyngs, doth take hys name. 

22. At the fjrfl Gtie % now art thoti in, 

Of the Pkylofophers Caftle where they dwells 

Proceeds wyfely that thou may wyne 

In at mo Gates of that Caftcll, 

Whych Caftle ys round as any Bell: 
And Gates hath Eleven yet mo, 
One ys conquered, now to the SttwA- go. 

The end of the firjl Gate. 



Of Solution. 
The/econd (jute. 

OF Solution now wyll I fpcke a word of tw£, 
Whych {heweth owt that err was hyd from fyght, 
And makyth intenuate thyngs that were thyk alfo 5 
By the vcrtueof our fyrft Menftrue clereandbryght, 
In whych our Bodycs eclypfyd ben to fyght : 

And of thcr hard and dry Compa&yon fubtylyat 
Into thcr owne fyrft nature kyndly retrogradate. 

One in Gender they be and in Nomber not fo, 
Whofe Father the Son, the Moone truly ys Mother, 
The mean ys Mercury, thefc two and no mo 
Be our Magnefia, our Cidtop, and none other 5 
Thyngs there be, but only Syfter and Brother : 
That ys to wenc Agent and Pacyent, 
Sulphure and CMercury coeflTentyall to our entent. 

Betwyxt thefc two in qualytc cotraryofe, 
Ingendred ys a Mcne moft mervyllofcly 
Whych ys our Mercury and Menftrue un&uofet 
Our fecrett Sulphur worchyng invyfybly, 
More fcrfely than Fyre brennyng the body," 
Into Water dyffolvyng the Body mynerall, 
Which Nyght fro darlcncs in the North parte wc call. 


xifi Of Solution. 

4. But yet I trow thou underftandyft not utterly 
The very fecrett of Phylofopers Bjffolucion % 
Therefore conceve me I coupcell thee wyttyly : 
For I wyll tell thee trewly wythout delufyon* 
Gur Selucyon ys caufe of our Congehcym^ 

For the Dyjfolucjen on the one fydc corporal! 

Caufyth Congclacjtn on the other fyde Spyrytuall. 

5# And we Dyffblvc into Water whych weytytK no-hohd, 
For when the Erth ys integrally yncynerat 5 
Then ys the Water ■■ congclyd, thys ' underftond* 
For the Elements be fo concatenar, 
That when the body fro hys fyrft forme ys alterate : 
A new forme ys inducyd immediately, 
For nothyng being wythout all forme ys utterly* 

$ % And here a fecret to thee I wyll dyfclofe,, 
Whych ys the ground of our fecrcts all 5 
And yf thou hyt not know thou fliak but lofe 
Thy labour and cofts both great and fmall, 
Take hedc therefore in Errour that thou not fall." 
The more tfeyne Erth andthelefTethy Water bc y 
The rather and better Solucyon fhallthou fee* 

- Behold how Yfc to Water doth relenr, 
And fo hyt muft> for Water hyt was before^ 
Ryght Ibeagaync to Water our Erth is bent. 
And Water thereby congclyd for evermore, 
For after all Fhylofofhcrs whych ever was bore 1 
Every Mettall was ons Water mynerall, 
Therefore wyth Water they turne to Water afl* 


Of Solubwn. \vj 

8, In whych Water of kynde occafyonate 
Of qualytes bene tepugnaunce and ^y^rfytc, 
Thyngs into thyngs :rauflf thetfore -fc^ Rotate \ 
Untyll dyverfyte be brought to parfyt unyte, 
For Scrypturc recordyth when the Erth (hall be 

Trowbelyd, and into the depe Sea ifliall be caft 
Mountaynes, our Bodyes lykewyfc jat ithc daft. 

9. Our Bodyes ibe lelccnyd convtnyently 

To Mountaynes whych after hygh Planets we. name $ 

Into the depencstherfore of CMercurj. 

Turne them and kepe the out of 'blame, 

Then (hall ye fc a Npbyil game^ 

How all Avail become powdtfr fbft as fylkc, 
So doth our Runnett^by kynde curd our Mylkc. 

o. Then hath our Bodys therrfyrft formedofte, 
And otheribc /enducyd ymedya&ly ; 
Then haft ihow well befet thy^coft, 
Wheras fome other uncunning muft goc by, " 
Not knowyng the fecretts of our Phylofopby : 
Yet one poynt I more muft tcH thee, 
>Every Body how hyt hath jJymenicyoris three. 

i # Altytude, Latitude, and Profiundyte, 

By whych algatcs turne we muft our Whcle- 
Knowyng thy entraunce in the Weft ihall be* 
Thy /paflage forth into the North yfrrhoudo well, 
And there thy Lyghts/lofe they re Lyght eche-dele: 
For there thou muft abyde by Ninety Nyght 
In d^rknes of Purgatoiyjwyfhowtcn Lyght. 

V Then 

ng Of Solution. 

I2 , Then take thy courfc up to the Effie anon 
By Colours paflfyng varyable in manyfold wyfe, 
And then be Wynter and Vere nyghover-gon 
To the Efty therfore thyne affendyng devyie, 
For there the Son wyth Day-lyght doth upryfe 
In Somer, and there dyfporte the wythdelyght, 
For there thy Warke .(hall becom parfyt Whyte*. 

*j. Forth fro the Eft ynto the South affend, 
And fett thou up therein thy Chayrc of Fyrc r 
For there ys Harveft, that ys to fay an end 
Of all thys Warke after thy ne ownc defyre : 
Ther fhynyth the Son up in hys owne fphyre, 
And after the Eclyps ys in rednes wyth glory 
As Ky ng to ray ne uppon all Mettalls and Mercury*. 

14. And in one Gtaffe muft be done all thys thyng, 
Lyke to an Egg in ihape, and cloiyd well. 
Then muft you Know the vnefure offyryng^ 
The whych unknowen thy Warke ys loft cch dele, 
Lett never thy Glaflfe be hotter then thow may feele : 
And fuffcir ftyll in thy bare hand to holde 
For dread of lofyng as Phihjofhers have the tolde- 

15; Yett to my Dodryne furthermore intend, 
Beware thy GlafTe thou never opyn ne meve 
Fro thy begynnyng, tyll thou have; made an end • 
If thou do contrary thy Warke may never chevc : 
Thus in thys Ckaptr whych ys fo breve , 
I have the taught thy trew Solution 5 
Now to the Tbyrd Gate goe, for thys ys won. 




Of S e parat ion/ 
The third (j ate* 

SEparacyon, doth cch parte from other dcvyde, 
The fubtill fro the groce, fro the thyck the thyn » 
But Separacjon manuall look thou putafydc: 
For that pertaynyth to folys whych lyttyll good don 
But in our Separacjon nature doth not blyn : (wyn, 
Makyng dyvyfyon of qualytes Elementall 
Into the fyfth degree tyll they be 'turned. all. 

Erth ysturnyd into Water black and bloe 3 - 
And Water after into Ayre under very why te : 
Ayrc ys turned into Fyre, Elements there be no mo > 
Of thys ys made by crafte out Stone of grcte dclytc, 
But or thys Separacyon much more muft we wry te 5 
And Separacjon ys callyd by P hylofop hers dyffynycy on 
Of the fayd Elements tetraptatyve dyiperfyon. 

And of thys Separacyon I fynde a lyke fygure 
Thus fpoken by the Prophet yn the Pfalmody, 
God brought out of a Stone a fludof Water pure, 
And out of the hardyft Stone Oyle abundantly: 
Ryght foof our precyofe Stone yf thou be wytty , 
Oyle incombufteble and Water thou flialt draw, 
And thereabout thou nedy ft not at the Coles to blow. 

V 2 Do 

i^o Of Seperation. 

4. Do thys wyth hcte cfy and mefuryng 

Fyrft wyth moyft Fyre y and after wyth the dry j V 
The flewme by Pacyence owt drawyng ; 
And after that thy other natures wyttyly, 
Dry up thyne Erth tyll hyt be thryfty : 

By Calcenyng els thou laboryft all in vayne, 
And then make hyt drynke up hismoyfture agayne* 

5. Separtopri th& mull thou ofte tymes make, 
Thy Matter dyvydyng into parts two 5 

So that die Symple fro the grocc thou take 
Tyll Erth remayne benethe in color bloc, 
That Erth. ys fyx for to abyde all wo : 

THk other parte ys Spyrytuall and fleyng, 
Mm rfaou muft turne hem all into one thyng. 

6> Than Oyfc and Water wyth Water {hall dyftylt 

And ttoswirviicr help receve menyng : 

K£g£ wdB t%si tw» that thou not fpyll, 

TH^ Wark fowc kdtof dew clofyng^ 

M2k* rhy Stdpell of glas meltyng 

The top of thy Vefsle together wyth yt v 
Thm-Phylofopher-lykc ufyd ys hyt. 

7. The Wkter wherwy th thou muft renew thy Stem 
Lookc thou dyftyll afore thou warke wyth hyt 
Oftentytnes by it felfe alone: 
And by thyfyght thou flialt well wyt T 
Ifo feculent feces when hyt "ys quytt : 

For fum men can wyth Satwne it mukeply^ 
And other Subftancs which wc defye. 


Of Sepermon. ^i 

Dyftyll hyt therforc tyll hyt be clene, 

And thyn lyke Water as hyt fhold be, 

As Hevyn in Color bryght and fhyne , 

Kepyng both fygurc and pondcrofyte, 

Therwith dyd Hermes moyfture hys Tre : 

Wythyn hys Glas he made to grow upryght, 
Wyth Flowers dyfcoloryd bewtyofcly to fyghr. 

Thys Water ys lyke to the venemous Tyre, 
Whcrewyth the myghty Tryacle ys wrought; 
For yt ys Poyfon raoft ftronge of yre 5 
A ftronger Poyfon can none be thought: 
Att the Potecarys therfore oftyn yt ys bought: 
But no manfhall be by hyt intoxycate, 
After the tyme yt ys into Medycyne Elevate,- 

For then as ys the Tryacall trew, 
Hyt ys of poyfons moft expulfyfe ^ 
And in hys working doth mervells fhewe, 
Prefervyng many from dcth to lyfe, 
Loke thou meng yt wyth no corrofyve : 

But chefe hyt pure and quick rcnnyng, 

Yf thou thereby wylt have wynnyng- 

It ys a mervelofe thyng in kyndc, 
And Wythout hyt may nought be done 5 
Therefore Hermes calleth hyt hys Wynde, 
For it ys up flying fro Sonn and Mone, 
And makyth our Stone flye wyth hyt Sone: 
Rcvyvyng the ded and gcvyng lyfe 
To Son and Mone 3 Husband and Wyfc, 

V 3 Which 

iAi Of Separation. 

12. Whych yf they were not by craft made quick, 
And ther fatnes wyth Water drawn out 5 
And fo the thyn dyflevered from the'thyke, 
Thou ihould never bryng thys workc about: 
Yf thou wylt fpeed therefore wythout doubt, ■ 
Reyfe up thy Byrds out of theyre neft, 
And after agayne bryng them downe to reft. 

1 j. Water wyth Water accord wyll and attend, 
And Spryt wyth Spryt, for they be of kyndc $ 
Whych after they be exalted make to dyflend, 
And foe thou (halt devy de that nature before dyd bynde, 
Mercury eflencyall turnyng into wynde .• 

Wythout whych naturall and fubtyll Seperacyon 7 
May never be compleat profytable Generacyon. 

14, Now to help thee in at thys Gate, 
The laft Secret I wyll tell to thee 5 

Thy Water muft be feven tymes Sublymate, 

Ells fhall no kyndly Dyffolucyon be, 

Nor Putryfyyng fhall thou none fee. 

Like lyquyd pytch nor colours appcryng, 
For lack of fyre wythin thy Glaffc workyng, 

15. Fower Fyers there be whych you muft underftond, 
Naturall, Innaturall, againft Nature, alfoe 
Elementall whych doth bren the brond 5 

Thefe fourc Fyres ufe we and no mo: 

Fyre againft Nature muft doe thy bodyes wo 5 

That ys our Br Agon as I thee tell, 

Ferfely brennyng as Fyre of Hell. 


Of Separation. jj, 

\6. Fyrc of Nature ys the thyrd Menftruall, 
That fyrc ys naturally in every thyng., 
But fyre occafionat we call Innaturall, 
And hetc of Askys and balnys for putrefying : 
Wythout thefe fyres thou may not bryng 
To Putrefaccyon for to be feperat, 
Thy matters togeather proportyonat. 

*7* Therefore make fyrc thy Glafle wythin, 

Whych brennyth the Bodyes more then fyre 

Elfementall * yf thou wylt wyn 

Oar Secret accordyng to thy defire, 

Then (hall thy feeds both roote andfpyre, 
By help of fyrc Occafionate, 
That kyndly after they may be feperat. 

l $' Of ' Seperacjon the Gate muft thus be wonc, 
That furthermore yet thou may procede, 
Toward the Gate of fecrct Conjunction, 
Into the Caftle whych wyll the Inner leade, 
Do after my Councell therefore yf thou wylt fpcde 5 

Wyth two ftrong locks thys Gate ys fliyt. 

As consequently now thou fhalt wyt. 

The end of the third Gate, 


Of Conjunction. 

The fourth (fate. 

i. A ^ tcr ^ Chapter °f wturall Separation 

**-*> By which the Elements of our £&w dy ffevcryd be 
The Chapter here followyth of fecret Conjunction^ 
Whych natures repugnant joyneth to perfyt Unyte, 
And fo them knyttyth that none from other may iflc$ 
Whan they by Pyre fhall be examynate, 
Socbe they together furely conjugate. 

2. And therfore Phylofaphtrs jgevcth thys deffynycyon, 
Seyng thus Conjunction y$ nought ells 

But of dylfeveryd qualytcs a Copulacyon 5 
Or of Pryncypylls a coequacyon as other tells, 
• But fame wyth Mercury whych the Potecarys fells, 
Medleth Bodycs whych cannot dyvyde 
Ther matter, and therefore -they -ftep afyde. 

3. For unto tyme the Sowle be Separate 
And clenfyd from hys orygynall Syn 
Wyth the Water and purely fpyrytualiyzafe : 
Thy trcw Conjunction may thou never begyn, 
Therfore the Soule fyrft fro the Body twyn : 

Then of the corporall parte and of the fpyrytuall, 
The Soule Conjunction fliall caufe perpetuall. 


Of ConjunBion. 14.5 

4. Of two Conjunctions Phylofophers don mentyon make, 
Groce when the Body with Mercury ys reincendat, 

But let hy t pa(Te,and to the fecond tent thou take, 
Which as I fayd ys after Separation celebrat : 
In whych the partys be left whych left fo collygate 5 
And fo promotyd unto moft perfyt temperance, 
Then never after may be among them Repugnance. 

5, Thus caufyth Separation trcw Conjunction to be had 
Of Water, Ayrc, E:mh arid Fyre^ 

But that every Element may into other be lad, 

And fo abyde for ever to thy defyre 5 

Do as dpne Laborours with Clay and Mycr, 

Temper them thyke, and make them not to thyn, 
For fo to up drying thou fhalt the rather wyn. 

6h But manners there be of thys Conjunction three, 
The fyrft ys callyd by Phjlofophers Dyptative, 
Betwyxt the Agent and the Patyent which muft be 
Male and Female, Mercury and Sulphure vive 5 
Matter and forme, thyn and thyke to thry ve. 

Thys leffon wyll helpe thee wythout any dowtc, 
Our Conjunction trewly to bryng about. 

7. The fecond manner ys called Tryptativc, 
Whych ys Conjunction made of thyngs three, 
Of Body, Sowle, and Spyrit tyll they not ftryve, 
Whych Trynite muft be brought to perfyt unyte, 
For as the Sowle to the Spyrit the bond muft be ; 
Ryght to the Body the Sowle to hym muft knyt, 
Out of thy myndc let not thys leffon Ayr. 

X The 

ja^ Of ConjmBion 

g # The thyrd manner and alfo the laft of all, 
Fowre Elements together whych joynyth to abyde, 
Tetraptative contendyPhyfofophers doth hyt call, 
And fpccyally Guydo de Montayno whofe fame goyth 
And therfore the moft laudable manner thys tyde,l wyde$ 
In our Conjunction four Elements muft be aggregar 
In dew proportion fyrft whych afonder were feparat! 

9. Therefore ly ke as the Woman hath Vaynes fy fteene, 
The Man but five to the a& of her fecundyte, 
Requyryth in our Conjunction fyrft I mene, 
So-muft the Man our Sun have of hys water three 5 
And (nine) hys Wyfe, whych three to hym muft be : 
Then lyke whych lyke wyll joy have for to dvvell r 
More of Conjunction me ncdyth not to tell. 

10. Thys Chapter I will conclude right fone therefore, 
Groce Conjunction chargyng the to make but one, 
For feldomc have Strumpetts Chyldren of them I bore r 
And fo thou ftialt never cum by our Stone, 
Wythout you fuffer the Woman to lygg alone $ 
That after fhe hath concey ved of the Man, 
The Matrycc of her be fliyt from all other than. 

u # F° r fuch as addyth evermore crude to crude, 
Openyng theyr vcfTells, and lectyng ther matter kele : 
The fperme concevyd they noryfti not, but delude 
Themfelfes, and fpyllyth ther work every dele $ 
If thou therefore lyft for to do well, 

Clofe up the Matryce and noryih the feed, ( fpede. 
Wythheat corny nuall and temperate if thou wilt 


Of QonjmBion. 

And whan thy Vefllc hath ftond by Monyths five, 
AndClowds and Clypfys be paffed ech one 5 
That lyght appcrcn incrcafe thy hete then bly vc, 
Tyll pryght and fhyneing in Whytneffe be thy Stone y 
Then may thou opyn thy Glaffe anone, 

And fede thy Chyld whych ys then yborc 
Wyth mylkc and mete ay more and more. 

*3- For now both moyft and dry be fo contemperate. 
That of the Water erthhath rccevyd impreffyon^ 
Whych never affunder after that may be feperate, 
And ryght foe Water to Erth hath given ingreflyon, 
That both together to dwell hath made protefTyon^ 
And Water of Erth hath purchafyd retentive, 
They fower be made one never more to ftrive. 

*4« And in two thyngs all our entent doth hing, 
In dry and moyft whych be contrary ous two 5 
In dry that hyt the moyft to fyxing bryng, 
In moyft that hyt gevc lyquyfaccion the Erth unto, 
That of them thus contemperate may forth go 
A temperament not fo thyk as the Body ys, 
Nother fo thyn as Water wythout rays. 

15 • Lofyng and knyttyng therefore be Princypalls two 
Of thys hard Scjence^ and Poles moft pryncypall 5 
How be hyt that other pryncyples be many mo, 
As fliyncyng fanells whych fliew I fhall: 
Proceed therefore unto another wall 

Of thys ftrong Cattle of our wyfdomc, 
That Inner at the Fyft Gate thou may come. 

X 2 of 


Of Putrefaction. 
The fift (fate. 

U ^VJOw begynnyth the Chapter of Putrefaction, 
±\ Wythout whyeh Pole no fede may multyply, 
Whych muft be done only by contynuall accyon J 
Of hete in the body, moyft, not manually, 
* For Bodies ells may not be al terat naturally : ( Whete 
Syth Chryft do it wytnes, wythowtthegrayne of 
Dye in the ground, encrefe may thou not gete. 

*• And in lykewyfe wythout thy Matter do Putrefye, 
It may in no wyfe trcwly be alterate, / 

Nor thyne Elements may be devyded kyndly 5 
Nor thy Conjunction of them perfytly celcbrat : 
That thy labor therfore be not fruftrate, 

The prcvyte of Putrefying well underftond,. 

brewer thou take thys Warkc in bond. 

ja And Putref accyon may thus defyned be, 

After Phylofophers fayings it ys of Bodyes the ffcyng. 
And in our Compound a dy vyfyon of thyngs thre, 
The kyllyng Bodyes into corrupcyon forth ledyng, 
And after unto Regeneratyon them ablyng : 
For thyngs beyng in Erth wythowt dowtc 
Be engendryd of rotacyon of the Hevyns aboute. 


OfTutrefaBion. i^.p 

4. And therfore as I have feyd afore 
Theyn Elements eomyxt and wyfely coequat, 
Thou keepe intemperat heate, efehuyng evermore, 
That they by violent hete be never incynerat 5 
To powder dry unprofytably Rubyfycate, 

But into powder blacke as a Crowes byll 
Wyth hete of Balne, or ells of our Dounghyll. 

5. To tyme that Nyghts be paft nynty, 
In moyfthete kepe them froeny thyng 5 
Sone after by blacknes thow flialt efpy 
That they draw faft to putrefying, 
Whych thow flialt after many colers bryng 

To perfyt Whytenes wyth Pacyence efyly, 
And fo thy fedeinhys nature fhall multeply. 

6. Make ech on other to hawfe and kyfle,* 

And lykc as Chyldren to play them up and downe, 
And when ther flicrts be fylyd wyth pyfTe, 
* Then lat the Woman to wafh be bound, 
Whych oftyn for fayntnes wyll fall in a found : 
And dye at the laft wyth her Chyldren all, 
And go to Purgatory to purg ther fylth orygynall. 

7. When they be there, by lyttyll and lyttyll encrefe 
Ther paynys by hete ay more and more, 

The Fyre from them lat never cefe : 

And fe thy Fornaee be apt therfore, 

Whych wyfe men do call Athenor : 

Confervyng hete requyryd moft temperately, 
By whych the Water doth kyndly putrefy. 

X 3 Of 

ijo Of TutrefaBion. 

8. Of thys Pryncypull fpckyth Sapyent Guydo^ 

And feyth by rottyng dycth the Compound corporall, 
And then after Moryen and other mo 3 
Upryfyth agayne Itegenerat, Sympill 3 and Spyrytuall, 
And were not hete and moyfture contynuall, 

Sperme in the wombe myght have now abydyng, 
And fo ther fhold therof no frute upfpryng. 

9. Therfore at the begynnyng oar Stonys thou take , 
And bery ech on wyth other wythin ther Grave*, 
Then equally a Marryage betwyxt them make 

To ly together fix wekys^then lat them have 
Ther fede confevyd kyndly to noryih and fave^ 
From the ground of ther grave not ry fyng that while, 
Whych fecret poynt doth many on begyle. 

xo. Thys tyme of Coneeptyon wythefyc heteabydc, 
The Blacknes ihowing flball tell the when they dye? 
For they together lykc lyquyd Pyche that tyde, 
Shall fwell and burbyll, fctyll, and Putrefye, 
Shyning Colors thcrin thou fhalt efpye : 

Lyke to the Raynbow mervelofe unto fyght, 
The Water then begynnyth to dry upryghu 

ik For in moyft Bodys herc noryfhyng temperate, 
Ingendryth Blacknes fyrft of all which ys 
Of kyndly Commyxyon to the tokyn aUygnatej 
And of trew Putrefying, remember thys, 
For then to alter perfytly thou may not myfft^ 
And thus by the Gate of Blacknes thou muft £um in 
To lyght of Paradyce in Whytenes yf thou wylt wyn. 


Of TutrefaBion. ^ L 

ii. F° r fy r ft ^ ^ on * n ^y s u P r yfy n § obfcuratc 
Shalbc, and paffe the Waters of Noyes flud 
On Erth, whych were a hundred dayes contynuate 
And fyfty, away or all thys Waters yode, 
Ry^ht fo our Waters as vvyfe men under ftode 
Shall patfc, that thou wyth Davyd may fay 
Abierunt in ficco fiumha : bare thys away. 

13. Sone after that Noe plantyd hys Vyncyard, 

Whych really florylhcd and brought forth Grapsanoni 
After whych fpace thou flialt not be aferd •. 
For in lykewyfe fhall follow the floryfhyng of our Stone: 
And fone uppon that thyrty dayes overgone , 
Thou (halt have Graps ryght as the Ruby red, 
Whych ys our Adrop, our Uljfer red and our Ltdu 

14* For lyke as Sowles after paynys tranfytory 

Be brought into paradyce where ever ys yoyfull lyfcv 
So fhall our Stone after hys darknes in Purgatory 
Be purged and joynyd in Elements wythoute ftryfe, 
Rejoyfc the whytcnesand bewty of hys wyfe: 

And paffe fro the darknes of Purgatory to lyght 
Of paradyce, in Whytnes Eiyxer of grct myghr. 

15. And that thou may the rather to Putrefaccyon wyn 
Thys Exampull thou take to the for a trevy conclufyon. 
For all the fecrett of Putrefaccyon reftyth therein •, 
The heart of Oke that hath of Water contynuall infufyon 
Wyll not fone putrefy, I tell the wythout delufyon: 
For though yt in Water ly a hundred yeres and more, 
Yet fhoid thou fynd it found as ever it was afore. 


152, Of TutrefaBion. 

\6. But and thou kcpe hyt fomtymc wetc,& fometymedry, 
As thow many ie in Tymber by ufuall experyment, 
By proffes of tyme that Okc (hall utterly Putrefy: 
And foe in lykewyfe accordyng to our entent, 
Sometyme our Tre muft wyth the Son be brent • 
And then wyth Water fone after we muft hyt kele, 
That by thys menes thou fhalt to rottyng bryng hyt 

1 7* For nowc in wete and nowc agayne in dry. 
Now in grcte hot and now agayne in cold 
To be, fhall caufe yt fone for to putrefy: 
And fo flialtthow bryng to rottyng thy Gold, 
Entrete thy Bodys therfore as I have thee told: 
And in thy Putrefying wyth hete be not fo fwyft, 
Left in the Askys thou ieke after thy thryfu 

18. Therfore thy Water out of the Erth thow draw, 
And make the foule thcrwyth for to aflend $ 
Then downe agayne into the Erth hyt throw, 
That they oft tymes fo affend and deffend, 
From vyolent hete and foday ne cold defend 
Thy Glaffe,and make thy fyrefo temperat, 
That by the fydys thy Water be never vytryfycate. 

ip, And be thou wyfc in chefing of thy Water, 
Medyll with no Salt, Sulphure, nor menc Minerall, 
For whatfoever any Water to the do clatter; 
Our Sulfhure and Mercury be only in Mettall, 
Which Oylys and Waters Com men call : 

Fowlys, and Byrds wyth other namys many one, 
Bccaufe that folys fhold never know our Stone* 


OfTutrefa&ion. !« 

20. For of thys World our Stone ys callyd the fcment, 
Whych mevyd by craft as Nature doth rcquyre^ 
In hys encrefe fliall be full opulent, 
And multeply hys kynd of thyne owne defyrc: 
Thcrfore yf God vouchfafc thee to enfpyre 
To know the trewth,and fancies to efchew, 
Lykc unto the flialbe in ryches but few. 

2i, But many be mevyd to worke after therfantafy 
In many fubje&s in whych be Tyn&ors gay, 
Both Whytc and Red, devydyd manually 
To fyght,but in the Fyre they fle away, 
Such brckyth Potts and Glalfys <iay by day: 
Enpoyfonyng themfelfs, and lofyng of theyr fyghts 
Wyth Odors and fmoks and wakeyng up by nyghts. 

I** Their Clothes be bawdy and woryn threde-bare, 
Men may them fmell for Multyplyers where they go % 
To fyle theyr fyngers wy thCorrofy ves they do not fparc 
Theyr Eyes be bleryd,& theyr Chekys both lenc & bloc: 
And thus for (had I wytt) they fuffer loffean d wo 5 
Such when they have loft that was in theyr purfe, 
Then do they chyd and Pbylofophers fore accurfe. 

23. For all the whyle that they have Phylofophers ben, 
Yet cowde they never know out Stone. 
Som fought in Soote, Dung, Uryne, fominWync: 
Som in Sterr fly me, for thyng yt ys but one 5 
In Blood, Eggs-, Som tyll theyr thryftwas gone: 
Devydyng Elements, and brckyng many a pott, 
Multyplying the iherds,but yet they hyt yt not. 

Y To 

if a Of TiitrefaBion. 

24. ^° & t ^ e y r Howfys it ys a noble fporr, 

* What Fornaces^what Glauys there be of divers fhape- 
What Salts, what Powders,what Oyles 3 and waters fort, 
How eloquently, de materia prima they clape. 
And yet to fynde the trewth they have no hap: 

Of our Mercury they medleand of our Sulphur vyve,. 

Wherein they dote, and more and more unthryve. 

25. They take of the Red Man and hys whyte Wyfe> 
That ys a fpeciall thyng and of Elixers two, 

Of the Suinteffenct and of the Elixers of lyfc, 
Of Hony, Celydony, and of Secundyns alfo, 
Thefc they devyde into Elements wyth other mo 5 
No Multeplyers but Pbylofophers callyd wyll they be, 
Whych naturall Phylolophye dyd never rede nor fee, 

%6. f hys My %P knowyth our Stone ryght wele 3 , 
They thynke them rycher then ys the Kyng\ 
They wyll hym helpe, he fhall not fayle 
Frounce for to wyn* a wonders thyng: 5 
The b&lf Grfifip. home wyll they bryng : 
And yf the King were pryfoner I take, 
Anoa hys Raunfome would they make* 

27, A mervell yt ys that Wefiminjkr Ghurch^ 
To whych thcife Pbylofophers do hauatoy 
Syth they fo much ryches can woorchc^ 
As they make bofteof andavaunte, 
Drynkyng dayly the wyne a due taunte, 
Ys not made up perfytly at ens, 
for truly hyt bckyckyet many Stonys* 


Of TtitrefaBiotk f£i 

i%, Tolys doc folow them at the tayle, 
Promotyd to ryehes wenyng to be ; 
But wyll yc here what worfhyp and avayle, 
They wyn in London that nobyll cytc, 
Wyth Sylver Macys as ye may fe : 

Sarjaunts awayting on them every owre, 

So be they men of great honour. 

ip. Sarjaunts fekyth them fro Strete to Strctc, 

Marchaunts and Goldfmyths leyeth after them watch $ 
That wellys he that wyth them do mete, 
For the great advantage that they doe cache, 
They hunt about as doth a Rache *v 
Wenyng to wy n fo gretc trefure, 
That ever in ryehes they fhall endure. 

30. Som wold cache theyr goods agayne, 
And fome more good would aventurc 5 
Som for to have wold be full fayne, 
Of Ten pound one I you enfuer; 
Som whych hath lent wythout mefure 

Theyr goods* and be with powerte beftad , 

To cache a Nobyll wold be full glad. 

31* But when the Sarjaunts do them areft, 
Ther Paukcners be fluffed wyth Parry s balls ; 
Or wyth Sygnctts of Seym Marty nes at the left, 
But as for Mony yt ys pyffyd on the walls: 
Then be they led as well for them befalls 
To Newgate or Lndgatt as I you telly 
Becaufe they ftiall in fefegard dwell. 

Y z Where 

H6 OfVmrefMm. 

32- Where ys my Mony faccom feyth one, 
And where ys myne feyth he and he? 
But wyil.yc here how fuctell they be anon, 
In anfeeryng, that they excufed may be : 
Saying, Of our Etjxers robbyd we be: \ 

Ell* myght we have payd you all your Gold, 
Yf yt had been more by ten folde. 

33* And. then tfeeyer Creditors they begyn to flatter 
Proaiyfyng to workc for them agayne 5 
Tile Eljxers two in fhort fpace after, ' 
Dotyng the Merchaunts that they be fayne 
To let them go, but ever in vayne: 

They worke fo long, tyli at the laft 

They he agayne in Pryfon caft. 

24° ^fy then aske them why they be notryche, 
fncy fey they make fyne Gold of Tynn. ft 
But he they fey may furely fwym in dyche 
Whych ys upholdcn by the chyn 
We have no ftpek, therefore may we nought wym 
Whych yf we had we wold fome worche 
I now- to fynyfbup Wtfimjnftet Churches 

55 . And fome of them be fo J)evowte, 
They wyll not dwell out of tfcit place- 
For there they may wythowtcn dome: i 
Do what them iyftito their Solace, 
The Archedtacm ys fo full of grace: 

Yf that they ple^fe hym wyth the Crofle 
Hcforfyxh lyttyll of other menys loffc 


OfTtttrefaBion. 157 

36. And when they there fy t at the wyne, 
Thefe Monkys they fey have many a pound, 
Woldc God f feytn one) that fom were mync 5 
Hay hoe, careaway, lat the cup go rounds : 
Drynk on, feyth another, the mene ys founder 

I am a Matter of that Arte, 

I warrant us we ftiall have parte. 

J7- Such caufyth the Monkys then evyll to don, 
To waft thcr Wagys thorow theyr dotage 3 
Som bryngeth a Mazer and fom a Spone* 
There Pbyhjophers gcvyth them fuch corage, 
Behotyng them wynnyng wythout damage: 
A pound for a peny atr the left agaync, 
And fo fayre promys makyth folys fayne. 

38* A ryall Medycyne one upon twelve 
They promys them thereof to have, 
Whych they could never for themfclfe 
Yet bryrig abowte, fo God me fave: 
Beware fuch Bhylofephtrs, no man depraves 
Whych helpyth thefe Monkys to ryches fo r 
Wyth threadbare Cowlys that they do go* 

2P* The Abb$t well ought to cheryfh tfiys Company, 
For they can tech hys Monkys to leve inpovcrte, 
And to go clothyd and monyed relygyoufly, 
As dyd Seynt Benet, efchuyng fuperfluyte, 
Efyng them alfo of the ponderofyte 

Of theyr pur fys, wyth pounds fo aggravate r . 

Whych by Phyhfophybt now allcvyat* 

y s> m 

ijS- Of TutrefiMon. 

40 Lo who fo mcdlyth wyth thys rych Company, 
Grcc boft of thcr wynnyng may they make, 
For they ihall have as much by thcr Phylefofhy, 
As they of th£ tayle of an Ape can take* 
Beware therfore for Jefus fake : 

And mcdyll wyth nothyng of grct coft, 

For and thou do, yt ys but loft. 

41. Thcfe Phylofophers (of whych I fpake afore/ 
Mcdlyth and blondry th wyth many a thyng 5 
Rcnuyng in errors more and more> 

For lac of trew undcrftandyng, 
But lyke rouft fyke al way forth ,bryng: 
So God hath ardeyncd in every kynde, 
Wold Jefus they wold thys bere in mynde. 

42. Wene they of a Nettyll to have a Rofc 
Or of an Elder an Apple fwete, 

Alas that wyfe men ther goods fhold lofe : 
Truftyng fuchLofclls when they them mete, 
Whych fey th our Stene ys trodyn under fete : 

And makyth them therfore vyle thyngs for to ftyll 
Tyli at theyr howfys wyth ftench they fyll. 

43. Som of them never lernyd a word in Scolys, 
Such thynk by reafon to underftond Phylofofby : 
Be they Pfylvfop hers < nay, they be folys: 
Therfore ther Waikes provyth unwytty$ 
Medyll not wyth them yf thou be happy: 

Left wyth theyr flatteryng they fo the tyli 
That thou agre unto thcr wyll. 


Of'pMfefa&On. iyp 

44 Spend not thy Mony away in wafte, 
t ' Gcvc not ta every fpeche credence 5 
But fyrft examyn, grope and tafte ; 
And as thou provyft, fo pot thy confidence* 
And ever beware of grete cxpencc : 

But yf thy Phjlofofber ly ve vertuofcly, 
Truft the better to hys Fhjhfofhj.: 

54* Prove hym fyrft and hyrtt oppofc 
Gf all the Secrects of our Stm 9 
Whych yf he know not thou hedyth not to'lofc-; 
Medyll thou not ferthcr, but let hym gone, 
Make he never fo py tyofe a raone : 

For than the Fox can fagg and fayne 
When he wold faynyft hys prey attayne. 

#. Yf he can anfwer as Ought a Clarke, 
How be hyt he hath not protyd indede • 
And yf thou wylt hclpe hym to hys Warke, 
Yf he be vertuofc I hold hyt mede, 
For he wyll the quyte yf ever he fpede : 

And thou fhalt weete by Pi lytyll anon 

Yf he have knowledge of WpffiM? 

W- One thyng, one Glaffe, one Furnace arid no mo, 
Behold thys pryncypyll yf he take, 
And yf he do not, then fat hym go 5 
For he (hall rfever thee fydi man make: 
Trcwly yt ys bctt€t rhou hym forfake, 
Then after wyth loflfe and varyaunce* 
And other manner of dyfplcfaunce, 


i*> Of 9utrefaBim. 

48. But and God fortune the for to have 
Thys Scjenee'by do&rine whych I have told^ 
Dyfcovcr yt not whoever thee crave, 

For Favor, Fere, Sylver, nor Gold : 
Be none Qppreflbr/ Lecher, nor bofter bold 5 
Serve thy God, and helpe thepowre among, 
Yf thou thys lyfe lyft to continew long. 

49. Unto thy felfe thy fecretts kepe 

From fynners whych hath not God in dred-, 
But wyll the caft in Pryfon depe, 
Tyll thou them tech to do hyt in dede. 
Then (lander- on the fholde fpryng and fprede, 
That thou dyd coyne then wold they fcy, 
And fo undo the for ever and aye. 

50. And yf thou tcche them thys conyng, 
Their fynfull levyng for to tnayntaynej 
In Hell thcrfore myght be thy wonnyng, 
For God of the then would difdayne, 

As thow nought cowd for thy felfe fayne: 
That Body and Soule you may bothe favc, 
And here in pece thy levyng have, 

51. Now in thys Chapter I have the tought, 
How thou the bodys mud Putrefy : 

And fo to guide the thou be not cawght, 

And put in durauncc, lofle, and vylanyei 
My do&ryne therefore remember wyttyly, 
And paflc forth toward the -Sixth Gate, 
For thys the Fjfthe ys tryumphate. 



The fixt (fate. 

i* f\V Congelacyon I nede not much towryte, 
^-^ But what yc ys now I wyll fyrft declare : 
Ic ys of'fofc thyngs Induracyon of Colour Whyte, 
And confyxacyon of Spyrits whych fleyng are: 
How to congele thee nedyth not much to care 5 
For Elements wyll knyt together fone, 
So that Futrefaccyon be kyndly done. 

2. But Congelacyons be made in dy vers wyfe, 
And Spyryts and Bodys dyffblvyd to water clcre, 
Of Salts alfo dyffblvyd ons or twyfe, 
And then to congele in afluxyble Mater 5 
Of fuch Congelyng folys do clatter : 

And fome dyfsolvyth devydyng manually 
Elements, them after congelyng to powder dry. 

3* But fuch Congelyng ys not to our defyre : 
For unto owers yt ys contraryofe. 
Our Congelation drcdyth not the fire : 
For yt muft ever ftond in yt un&uos, 1 
And alfo in hys Tin&ure be full bounteous, 

Whych in the Ayrc congelyd wyll not relent -.' 
To Water, for then our Worke were flient. 

Z Moreover 

l6i Of (Congelation* 

4* Moreover Congelc not into, Jo hard a Stone 
As GlaflTc or Cryftall whych meltyth by fufyon $ 
But fo that hyt Tyke wax wyll mek anon 
Wythouten falaft : and beware of Belufyon 5 
For fuch Congelyng longyth not to our Conclufyon 
As wyll not flow and ren to water agen, 
Lyke Salts congelyd, then laboryftthou in vayne." 

5« Whych CongeUcyon avaylyth us never a dell, 
Hyt longyth to Multy plyers whych Congele vulgarly $ 
Yr thow therefore ly ft to do well, 
(Syth thy Medcyne fhall never flow kyndiy, 
Nether Congele, wythout thow fyrft yt Putrefye) 
Fyrft Purge, and Fyx the Elements of our 'Stone, 
Tyll they together Congele and flow anone. 

6. For when the Matter; ys made parfyt Whyte, 
Then wyll thy Spryte wyth the Body Congelyd bcf 
But of that tyme thou muft have long refpyce, 

Yer yt appere Congelyd lyke Pearles unto the, 
Such CongeUcy on be glad for to fee$ 

And after lyke graynys red as blod ? 

Rychyr then any worldly good. 

7. The erthly Grofiies therefore fyrft mortyfyed 
In MoyftneSj Blacknes ingendiyd ys ; 

Thys pryncypeli may not be denyed, 
For natural! Phylofopbers fo feyth I ivys> 
Whych had, of Whytenes thou may not mys: 
And into Whytenes yf thou Congelc hyt ons, 
thou haft a Stone raoft prefyofc of all Stonys. 


Of Congelation. iK 

8. And by the Dry lyke as theMoyft dyd putrefy, 
Whych caufyd in colors Blacknes to appere 5 
Rygnt fo the Moyft Congclyd by the Dry, 
Ingendryth Whytenes fhyneyng withmyght fullclcrc. 
. And Drynes proccdy th as Whytyth the matter; 
Lyke as in Blackyng Moyfturc dothhytn fhow. 
By colors varyante aye new and new. 

2. The caufc of all thys ys Hett moft temperate, 
Workyng and mcvyng the Mater contynually $ 
And thereby alfo the Mater ys alterate, 
Both inward and outward fubftancyally, 
And not to as doth folys to fyght fophyftycally : 
But every parte all Fyrc for to endure, 
Fluxybly fyxe and ftabull in tyn&ure. 

I0# And Phjfycie determyneth of cche Dygeftyon, 
Fyrft don in the Sromack in whych ys Drynes, 
Caufyng Whytnes wythout queftyon, 
Lyke as the fecond Dygcftyon caufyth Rednes, 
Complet in the Lyver byHete andtemperatnes; 
And fo our Stone by Drynes and by Hete, 
Dygeftyd ys to Why te and Red complete. 

1I# But here thou muft another fecret knowe, 

How the Phylofopbers Chyld in the Ay re ys borne : 
Befy thee not to faft at the Cole to blowc, 
And take that nether for mock nor skorne, 
But truft me truly elfe thy work ys all forlorne: 
Wythout thyne Erth wyth Water revyvyd be, 
Our trew Congelyng flialt thou never fee* 

Z 2 A 

1 6^ Of Qongelation. 

12 A fowle.betwyxt Hevyti and Erth beyng, 
Aryfyng fro the Erth as Ay re wyth Water pure. 
And caufyng lyfe in every ly vely thyng, 
Inceffably runny ng uppon our forefayd Nature, 
Enforfyng to better them wyth all hys cure; 
Whych Ayre ys the Fyre of our Phylofbpby, 
Namyd now Oyle, now Water myftyly. 

13. And thus mene Ayre, whych Oyle, or Water we call, 
Our Fyre, our Oyntmcnt, our Spryte 3 and our Stone , 
In whych one thyng we grownd our wyfdomes all, 
Goyth nether out nor yn alone, 

Nether the Fyer but the Water anone$ 

Fyrft yt outeledyth , and after bryngyth yt yn, 
As Water with Water whych wyll not lyghtly twyn. 

14. And fo may Water only our Water meve, 
Whych mevyng caufyth both Deth and Lyfe, 
And Water doth kyndly to Water cleve 
Wythout repugnance , or any ftryfe, 
Whych Water to Folys ys nothyng ryfcj 

Beyng of the kynd wythowten dowte 

Of the Spryte, callyd Water and Ieder owte. 

15^ And Water ys the fecret and lyfe of every thyng 
That ys of fubftancc in thys world y found ; 
For of the Water eche thyng hath begynnyng. 
As fliowyth in Woman when ftie fhallbe unbound 
By water whych paflfyth afore, if all be found, 
Callyd Albjen^ fyrft from them rennyng, 
Wyth grevofe throwys afore ther chyldyng. 


Of Congelation. 165 

! ^« And truly that ys the caufe pryncypall, 
Why Phylofopbers chargyd us to bepacyent 
Tyll tyme the| Water were dryed to powder all, 
Wyth nurryfhyng hetc contynuall but not vyolent, 
For qualytes be contrarious of every element , 
Tyll after Black in Whyte be made a unyon, 
And then forever congelyd wythout dyvyfyon. 

l j t And furthermore the preparacion of thys converfyon 
Fro thyng to thyng, fro one ftatc to another, 
Ys done only by kyndly and defcrete operacion 
Of Nature, as ys of Spcrmc wythin the Mother: 
For Spcrme and Hete as Syfter be and Brother, - 
Whych be converted wythin themfelf as Nature can 
By accion,and pa(Tyon,and at the laft to parfy t Man. 

1 & For as the bodely part byNaturc whych y s confumate 
Into Man, ys fuch as the begynner was, 
Whych though yt thus fro thyng to thyng was alterat, 
Not owt of kynd to menge with other kynds dyd y t pas$ 
And fo our Mater fpermatycall wythin one Glas, 
Wythin hyt felfe muft turne fro thyng to thyng, 
By fKtejrnoft : temperate only hyt noryfhyng. 

M>. Another example naturall I may thee tell, 

How the fubftance of an Egg by nature ys wrought 
Into a Chyk, not pafyng out of the fhell, 
A playner example cowd I not have thought, 
And there conversions be made tyll forth be brought 
Fro ftate to ftate the lyke by lyke yn kynd, 
Wyth nurryfhyng hete : only bere thys yn mynd. 

Z 3 Another 

\66 Of Congelation. 

20. Another example here may you alfo rede, 
Of Vegetable thyngs takyng confyderacyon 5 
How every Plant growyih of hys owne fede, 
Thorow Hetc and Moyfture by naturall operacyon, 
And therefore Mineralls be nurryfhyd by mynyftracyon; 

Of Moyfture radycall, whych theyr begynnyng was. 
Not paffiyng thcyer kynd wythin one Glas. 

21. There we them turnc fro thyng to] thyng agaync, 
Into ther Modcr the Water whea they go 5 . 
Whych pryncyple unknowen thou laboured: in vaync: 
Then ys all Sperme, and thyngs ther be no mo, 
But kynd wyth kynd in number two 5 

Male and Female, Agent and Pacyent, 
Wythin the matryce of the Erth moft oryent. 

22. And thefe be turnyd by Hete fro thyng to thyng 
Wythin one Glas, and fo fro ftate to ftate, 

Tyll tyme that Nature do them bryng 
Into one fubftancc of the Water regenerate, 
And fo the Spcrme wythin hys kynde ys alterate, 
Abyll in lykenes hys kynde for to Multeplye, 
As doth in kynde all other thyngs naturally. 

23. In the tyme of thys feyde proceffe naturall, 
Whyle that the Spcrme confevyd ys growyng, 

The fubftanceys nurryftied wyth hys owne Menftruall, 
Whych Water only out of the Erth dyd bryng, 
Whofe colour ys Greene in the fyrft fhowing, 
And for that tyme the Son hydyth hys lyght, 
Taking hys courfe thorow owte theNorth by nyght. 


Of Congelation. rfy 

24. The feyd Menftruc ys, ( I fay to the in councellj 
The blod of our GrtneLy<w t and not of VytriolJ, 
Dame Vents* can the trewth of thys the tell , 
At thy begynnyng to councell and yf thou her call : 
Thys fecret ys hyd by Phylofepbers erete and fmall 5 
Whych blode dravven owte of the feyd Lyon, 
For lac of Hete had not pcrfyt Dygeftyon/ 

25 • But thys blode our fecret Menftruall, 

Wherewyth our Spcrmc ys nurryfhed temperatly. 
When it ys turnyd into the fecys Corporally 
And becom Whyte perfytly and very Dry, 
Congelyd and Fyxyd into hys owne body $ 

Then bruftyn blod to fyght yt may well feme, 
Of thys warkc namyd the rnjlke whyte Dyademe. 

16. Underftondc now that our fyery Water thus acuatc, 

Is called our Menftruall water, wherein 

Our Erth ys lofyd and naturally Calccnat 

By Congelacjon that they may never twyne : 

YcttoCongele more water thou may not blyn 
Into thre parts of the acuate water {eyd afore, 
Wyth the 4 th part of the Erth congelyd & no more. 

ry. Unto that fubftance therefore fo congclar, 
The fowcrth part put of water Cryftallyo 
And make them then together to be Dyfponfat 
By Congelacyon into a myner metallyne, 
Whych lyke a fworde new flypyd then wyll fliyne, 
After the Blackncs whych f yrft wyll fhowe, 
The fowerth parte geve yt them of water new. 


6g Of Congelation. 

28. M° Inbybycyws many muft we have yett; 
Gcve yc thefecond, and after the thyrd alfo, 
The feyd proportyon kepe well in thy wyt 5 
Then to another the fowerth tyme loke thou go, 
The fyfth tyme and the fyxth, paflfe not there fro : 

But put two parts at eche tyme of them three, 
And at the feventh tyme fyve parts lee there bee. 

29. When thou haft made thus feven tymes lnbybycion> 
Ageync then muft thow turne thy Whele, 

And Putrefy all that Matter wythowte addycyon: 
Fyrft Blackneflc abydyng yf thow wylt do well, 
Then into Whytcnes congele yt up eche dele, 
And by Rednes into the Sowth affend, 
Then haft thou brought thy Bafe unto an end. 

30. Thus ys thy Water then devydyd in partyes two, 
Wyth the fyrft party the Bodys be Putryfycat, 
And to thync Inbybyciom the fecond part muft go, 
Wytb whych the Matter ys afterwards Pcnygrat, 
And fone uppon by efy Dececcyon Albyfycatc : 

Then yt ys namyd by Phylofophers our Sterry Stone, 
Bryng that to Rednes, then ys ihcfyxth Gate woon. 



O F C I B A T I N. 

The feventh (jate. 


Ow of Cibac ion I turtle my pen to wryte, 
Syth yt muft here the feventh place occupye^ 
But in few words yt wylbe expedyte, 
Take tent therto,and undcrftond mc wyttyly 5 
Cibacien ys callyd a fedyng of our Matter dry 

Wy th Mylke, and Mete, whych moderatly they do, 
Tyll yt be brought the thyrd order unto. 

2. But geve yt not fo much that thou hyt glut, 
Beware of the Dropfy, and alfo ofNoyes Hoods 
By lyttyll and lyttyll therforc thou to hyt put 
Of Mete and Drynkc as ferny th to do hyt good, 
That watry humors not overgrow the blood: 
The Drynke therforc let hyt be mefuryd fo, 
That kyndly appetyte thou never quench therfro. 

*; For yf yt drynkc to much, then muft yt have 
A Vomytc, ells wyll yt be fyk to long., 
Fro the Dropfy therfore thy Wombe thou fave , 
And fro the Flux, ells wyll hyt be wrong, 
Whych rather lat yt thyrft for drynke amonge : 
Then thou fhold geve yt overmuch at ons 
Whych muft in youth be dyattyd for the nons. 
A a And 

17° Of Qibation. 

4" And yf thou dyatt hyt (as Nature doth rcquyrc) 
Modcratly tyll hyt be growen to age, 
Fro Cold hyt kepyng and nurry fliyng wyth moyft pyre* 
Than fliall yt grow and wax full of corrage, 
And do to thee both plefure and advauntage : 

For he {hall make darke Bodys hole and bryght, 
Clenfyng theycr Lcprofenes thorow hys myght. 

m -fc Thre tymes thus muftthou turnc about thyV^hde 
Abowte kepyng the rewle of the feyd Citacyw, 
And then as fone as yt the Fyre doth felc, 
Ly^e Wax yt wylbe redy unto Lyquacyon$ 
Tliys Chapter nedyth not longer protcftapon -. 

For \imz told thee the dyatory moft contrenyent 
After thync Elements be made cquypolent. 

6, And alfohowthou to Whytnes {halt bryng thy Gbld 2 
Moft lyke mtfygure *o the lenys of m hawthorn trc 5 
Callyd tMagnefya afo*e as I have told i 
And our Whjtt Sulfur wyihowtc conbuftebyllytc, 
Whyeh fro the Iyer away wyll never fle : 

And thus the f&vtntb Gatt as thow defy red 
In the opfpryng of the Son ys conquery d. 

Of Sublimation, 
The eight Gate. 

i. tJEre of our SubUmuion a word or two, 
-EX I have to fpekc, whych the eyghth Gate ys 
Folys do Sublyme, but Sublymc thou not fo, 
For wc Sublymc not lyke as they do I wys 5 
To Sublyme trewly therforethou fhall not mys: 
If thou can make thy Bodys firft fpirituall, 
Ami then thy Spyryts as I have tought the corporall. 

2 m Som do Mercury from Vitrt&tt and&i/f fublyme, 
And other fpryts fro Scales of Yern or Steele, 
Fro Eggfhells calcynyd and quyk lyme, 
And on theyer manner Jhyt they Sublyme ryghtwell 3 
But fuch Sublymyng accordyth never adele 
To our cntcnt, for we Sublyme not fi>, 
To trewe Sublymyng therforc now wyll I go. 

In Sublymtcyen fyrft beware of one thyng, 
That thou Sublymc not to the top of thy Veflcll, 
For without vyolence thou (halt ytnot downe bryng 
Agcyne, but there yt wyll abyde and dwell • 
So hyt rcjoyfyth wyth refrygcracion I the tell: 
Kepe hyt therfore wyth remperat hctc adowne 
Full forty dayes, tyll hyt wcx black abowen. 

Aa 2 For 

m Of Sublimation. 

4, For then the Sowk begynnyth for to com owte, 
Fro hys ownc vaynys •, for all that fubtyll ys, 
Wyll wyth the Spry ts affend withouten dowte: 
Bere in thy myndc therfore and thynkeon thys, 
How here eclypfyd byn chyBodys: 

As they do Putrify Subiymyng more and more, 
" Into the Water tyll they be all up bore. 

j # And thus ther venom when they have fpowtyd out 
Into the water, than Black yt doth appeare, 
And become fpirituall every dele withoute dowtc^ 
Subiymyng efyly on our manner 
Into the water which doth hym bere: 

For in the Ay re one Chyld thus mufl: be bore 
Of the Water ageync as I have feyd before. 

5 # But when thefe to Subljmacym continual!. 

Be Iaboryd fo,wyth hete both moyft and temperate, 
That all ys Whyte and purely made fpirituall 5 
Than Hevyn uppon Erth muft be reitterate, 
Unto the Sowle wyth the Body be reincorporates 
That Erth becom all that afore was Hevyn, 
Whych wyll be done in Sublymacyom fevyn. 

7. And Subljmacym we make for caufys thre, 
The fyrft caufe ys to make the Body Spiritually 
The fecond that the Spryt may Corporal! be, 
And becom. fyx wyth hyt and fubftancyall: 
The Thyrd caufe ys that fro hys fylth orygynall 
He may be elenfyd, and hys fatnys fulphuryofc 
Be mynyfhyd in hym whych ys infe&uofe. 


Of Sublimation. iji 

3. Then when they thus togeder depuryd be. 
They wyll Sublyme up whyter then Snow 5 
That fyght wyUgrctly comfort the; 
For than anon parfytly (halt thou know 
Thy Sprytts (hall fo be adowne I throw: 
That thys Gate to the fhalbe unlockyd, 
Out of thys Gate many one be fhy t and mockyd. 

O F F E R M E N T A T I O N. 

• ' * ■ ' - ■ • ! 

^Ihe ninth (jate. 

TRew Fementacyon few Workers do underftond, 
That fcerect thcrfore I wyll expounde to the, 
I travelyd trewly thorow many a Lond : 
Or ever I myght fyndc any that cold tell by t me 5 
Yet as God wolde, (evermore blcflcd he be,) 
At the laft I cum to knowledge therof parfyt, 
Take heede therfore, therof what I do wryte. 

Fermentyng in dyvers mancrs ys don, 
By whych our Medcyns muft be perpetuate, 
Into a clerc Water, fom kfyth Son znd Money 
And wyth ther Medcyns maky th them to be Congelate 5 
Whych in the Fycr what tyme they be examynate, 
May not abyde nor alter wyth Complement, 
For fuch Ferments ys not to our intent. 

A a 3 But 

1 74- Of Fermentation. 

3* But yet more kyndly forii other men dpn 
Fermentyng thcyer Medcynes in thys wyfe. 
In UHercury dyflfblvyng both Son zx\& <j\doM^ 
Up wyth the Spryts tyll tymc wyll aryfe, 
Sublymyng them together twyfe or thryfe: 
Then Fermentacyon thcrof they make. 

That ys a way, but yet we hyt forfake. 

• ■ 

4. Som other ther be whych hath more hap 
To touch the trothp in parte of Fermentyng ; 
They Amalgam th£r Bodys wyth CMercury lyke papp $ 
Then theruppon t|ier Medcyns relentyng, 

Thcfc of our Seeretts have fom hentyng : 

But not the trewth wyth parfyt Complement, 
Becaufc they nether Putrefy nor alter ther Ferment. 

5. That poyntthcrforel wyll dyfclofe to thee, 
Looke how thou dydyft wyth thy unparfyt Body, 
And do fo wyth thy parfyt Bodys in every degrej 
Thatys to fey fyrft thou them Putrefyc 

Her prymary qualytes deftroying utterly : 
For thys ys wholey to our ement, 
That fyrft thou alter before thou Ferment. 

6. To thy Compound make Ferment the fowerth parte, 
Whych Ferments be only of Son and Money 

If thou therfore be Mafter of thys Arte, 

Thy Fermentation lat thys be done, 

Fyx Water and Erth together fone : 

And when the Medcyn as wax doth flowe, 
Than uppon CMalgms lokc thou hyt throw. 


Of Fermentation. 175 

7. And when all that together ys myxyd 

Above thy GlafTe well clofyd make thy fyic, 

And fo contcnew hyt tyll all be Fyxid, 

And well Fermented todefyre-, 

Than make Prejeccyon after thy pleafurc: 
For that ys Medcyn than cch dele parfyr, 
Thus muft you Ferment both Red and Whytc. 

■ . 
8. For lyke as flower of Whetc made into Paft, 
Requyrerh Ferment whych Lcven we call 
Of Bred that yt may have the kyndly taft, 
And becom Fode to Man and Woman raoft cordygll ; 
Ryght fo thy Medcyn Ferment thou fhall, 
That yt may taft wyth the Ferment pure, 
And all affays evermore endure. 

h And underftondtftgtther be Ferments three, 
Two be of Eodys in nature dene, 
Whych muft be aJtryd as I have told thec$ 
The thyrd moft fecret of whych I mene, 
Ys the fyrft Errh to hys owne Water grene : 

Ana therfore when the lyon doth thurft, 

Make hym drynke tyll hys Belly burft. 

10. Of thy s a Qyeftyon yflfliold meve, 
And aske of Workers what ys thys thyng, 
Anon therby I fholde them prevc- 
Yf they had knowledge of our Fementyng, 
For many man fpekyth wyth wondreng: 
Of Robjn BoJe, md of his Bm, 
Wbjch never (hot tberin I trow. 


jytf Of Fermentation. 

ii # But Femcntdrion trew as I the tell 

Ys of the Sowle wyth the Bodys incorporacyon, 
Reftoryng to hyt the kyndly fmell $ 
Wyth taft and color by natural! corifpyfacyon 
Of thyngs dyffeveryd, a dew redyntegracyon : 

Wherby the Body of the Spryte taky th impreffion, 
That eyther other may hclpc to have ingreffion. 

12* For lyke as the Bodys in ther compaccy on corporal! 
May not fliow out ther qualytes effc&ually 
Untyll the tyme that they becom fpyrituall : 
No more may Spryts abyde wyth the Bodys ftedfaftly, 
But they wyth them be fyrft confyxat proportionably : 
For then the Body techyth the Spry t to fuffer Fyer, 
And theSprytthe Body to endure to thydefyre. 

13. Therforc thy Gold wyth Gold thou muft Ferment, 
Wyth hys ownc Water thyne Erth clentyd I mene 
Not ells to fay but Element wyth Element 5 

The Spryts of Lyfc only goyng betweene, 
For lyke as an Adamandas thow haft fenc: 
Ycrn to hym draw, fo doth our Erth by kynde 
Draw downe to hym hys Sowle borne up wyth Wynd. 

14. Wyth mynd therfore thy Sowle lede out and in, 
Meng Gold wyth Gold, that is to fay 

Make Elements wyth Elements together ryn; 

To tyme all Fyre they fuffer may, 

For Erth ys Ferment wythouten nay 

To Water, and Water the Erth unto 5 
Our Fermcmacmn in thys wyfc muft be do. 


Of Fermentation. 177 

1 5.' Erth ys Gold, fo ys the Sowle alfo, 
Not Comyn but Owers thus Elcmcntate, 
And yet the Son therto muft go, 
That by our Whcle yt may be altcrate, 
For fo to Ferment yt muft be preparat : 
That hyt profoundly may joynyd be 

Wy th other natures as I feyd to thee. 

. c . 

i& And whatfocver I have here feyd of Gold, 
The fame of Sylver I wyll thou underftond, 
That thou them Putrefyc and alter as I have told • 
Ere thou thy Medcyn to Ferpient take in hond, 
Forfowth I cowde never fyntle hym wythin Bnghndi 
whych on thys wy fe to Ferment cowde me teche 
Wy thout errour, by praftyfe or by fpeche. 

1 7- Now of thys Chapter me nedyth to trcte no more, 
Syth I intend prolixite toefchewj 

Remember well my words thcrfore, 
Whych thou flialtpreve by pra&ystrew, 
And Son and lM one loke thou renew .• 
That they may hold of the fyfth nature, 
Then (hall theyr Tyn&urcs ever endure. 

18- And yet a way there ys molt excellent, 
Belongyng unto another workyng, 

A Water we make moft redolent : 

All Bodys to Oyle wherwy th we bryng, 

Wyth whych our Medcyn we make floyng i 

AQuynteffens thys Water we call 

In man, whych hely th Dy fefys all. 

Bb But 

178 OfFermentation. 

19* But wytfa thy Bace after my Do&ryne prepcrat* 
Whych ys our Calx, thys muft be donj 
For when our Bodys be fo Calcenat, 
That Water wyll to Oyle dyflblvc them fone ; 
Make therforc Oyle of Sen and tJMone 

Which ys Ferment moft fragrant for to fmcll, 
And fo the 9* gate ys Conquered of thys Caftclh 




OfExaltat ion. 
The tenth (jate. 

PRocede we now to the Chapter of Exaltation, 
Of whych truly thou muft have knowledge pure, 
Pull ly ttyll yt ys dyffcrent from Subljmacyon, 
Yf thou concede hym ryght I thee enfurc: 
Herto accordyth the holy Scrypture : 
Chryfte feyng thus* Tf I exalted be, 
Then (hall I draw all tbyngs unto me* 

Ower Medycyn yf wc Exalt ryght fo, 
Hyt fhall therby be Nobylyzate, 
That muft be done in manners two 5 
Fro tyme the-partsbe dyfponfatc, . 
Whych muft be Crufyfyed and examynat : 
And then contumulate both Man andWyfe, 
And after revyvyd by the Spyryts of Lyfe. 


Of Exaltation. , %jp 

j # Than up to Hevyn they muft Exaltyd be, 
Thcr to be in Body and Sowlc gloryfycate 5 
For thou muft bryng them to fuch fubtylyte , 
That they affend together to be intronyzate, 
In Clowds of clcrencffe, to Angells confociate : 

Then fliall they draw as thou (halt (c 

All other Bodys to thcr owne dygnytc. 

4# Yf thou thcrforc thy Bodys wy 11 Exaltat, 

' Fyrft wyth the Spryts of Lyfc thou them augment, 

Tyll tyme thy Erth be well fubtylyatc, 

By naturall rc&yfyyng of eche Element 5 

Hym up cxaltyng into the Fyrmamcnt : 

Than much more prefyofc (hall they be than Gold, 
Becaufe they of the Quynteflencc do hold. 

$0 For when the Cold hath overcum the Hetc, 

Then into Water the Ay re lhall turnyd be 5 

And fo two contrarys together ihall mete, 

Tyll ether wyth other ryght well agre, 

So into Ayrc thy Water as I tell the 5 

When Hete of Cold hath gott domynacyon, 
Shalbe convertyd by craft of CjrcuUcyon. 

6. And of the Fycr then Ayer have thou fhall. 
By lofyng Putrefyyng and Sublymyng$ 
And Fyer thou haft of the Erth matcryall : 
Thyne Elements by craft thus dyfleveryng, 
Moft fpecyally the Erth well Calccnyng : 
And when they be eche on made pure, 
Then do they hold all of the fyfth nature. 

Bba On 

i8o Of Exaltation. 

7'. On thys wy fc therforc make them to be Gyrculat,' 
fich unto other cxaltyng by and by, 
And in one Glasdo all thys furely fygylatc. 
Not wyth thy honds, but as I teche the naturally, 
Fycrinto Water thea turne fyrft hardely* 

For Fyer ys in Ayer wych ys in Water exyftent, 
And rhys Converfyon accordyth to our entente 

& Than ferthermore turne. on thy Whele, 
That into Erth thy Ayre convertyd be, 
Whych wylbe don alfo ryght well : 
For Ayre ys in- -Water bey ng in the Erth truftme> 
Then Water into Fyre contrary ofe in ther qualyte : ; \ 
Sone turne thou may, for Water in Erth ys, 
Whych y s in Fyer converfyon, true ys .thys* 

9* Thy Whele ys now nygh turnyd abowte, 
Into Ayre. turne Erth, whych ys the proper neft 
Of other Elements ther ys no dowte, 
For Erth in Fyre ys, whych in Ayre takyth reft, 
• Thys Cjrculaey on thou begynmuftin the Weft: 

Then forth into the Sowth tyll they exaltyd be, 
Procede dewly as in the Fygure I have towght the* 

iq». In whyxh proces , thou may clerly fey 

From anextreame how to another thou may not go* , 
But byamene, fytluhey in qualyte contraryofe be • 
And rcfon wyll forfoth that hyt be fo, 
As hetc into cold wyth other contraryofe mo: 

Wythout theyr menys as moyft to hete and cold/ 
Examples fuffycyent afore thys have I tolda , 


Of Exaltation. igx 

m Thus have I tawght the how for to make. 

Of all thy Elements a parfyt Cyrculacyo^ 

And at thy Fygure example for to take ; 

How thou {halt make thys forefayd Ex&lucyon^ 

And of thy Medc'yn in the Elements trew graduacyon: 
Tyll hyt be brought to a quynaryte temperat, 
And then thou haft conqueryd the Tenth Gate. 

O E M.UL T I P L I C A T 1 O N. 

7/^ eleventh (jate. 

Xi %J[tlltyplyc4cyof3 now to declare I procede, 

J.VJL Whych ys by Phylojopherh in thys wyfe dyfynyd^ 
Augmentacyon yt ys of that Blixer indede, 
Ingoodnes, in quantyte, both for Whyt and Rede, 
Multyplycacyw ys therfore as they have feyd : (degrc 3 
That thyng that doth Augment the Medcyns in ech 
In Color, in Odor, in Venue, and alfo in Quantyteo 

2. And why thou may thy Medcyn raulteply, 
Infynytly the caufe forfoth ys thys. 
For y t ys Fyer whych tyned wyll never dye : 
Dwcllyng wyth the as Fyer doth in houfys, 
Of whych one fparke may make more Fycrs I wys • 
As musk in Pygments, and other fpycys mo, 
Invertue multyplycth and our Medcyn ryghtfo. 
Bb 3 So 

iBi "Of Multiplication. 

3* So he ysryche the whych Fyer hath les or more, 
Becaufe he may fo gretly Multcply 5 
And ryght (o ryche ys he whych any parte hath in ftore 
Of our Elixers whych be augmentable infynytly : 
One way yf thou dyffblve our Powciers dry, 
And oft tymes of them make Congelacyon, 
Of hytingoodnesthoumakyft then Augtnentacyon. 

4» The fecond way both in goodnes and in quantyte, 
Hyt Multyplycth by Iterat Fermentation, 
As in that Chapter I fliowyd playnly unto the. 
By dy vers manners of naturall Opcracyon, 
And alfo in the Chapter of our Cybaqon : 

Where thou may know how thou fhak Multcply 
Thy Medycyn wyth Mercury Infynytly* 

5. But and thou bothe wyll Loofe and alfo Ferment, 
Both more in quantyte and better wyll hyt be 5 
And in fuch wyfe thou may that fo augment. 
That in thy Glas ft wyll grow lyke a Tre, 

The Tre of Hermes namyd, feemly to fe.- 

Of whych one Pepyn a thowfand wyll Maltyply, 
Yf thou can make thy Projeccyon wyttyly. 

6, And lyke as Saffron when yt ys pulveryzate, 
By lyttyll and lyttyll yf hyt in Lycour be 
Temperyd, and then wyth mykyll more Lycour dylate • 
Tyngyth much more of Lycour in quantyte, /fe 
Than beyng hole in hys owne grofe nature : fo (hall thou 

That our Elixers the more they be raacfe thyn, 
The farther in Tyn&urc fothfaftly wyll rennc. 


Of Multiplication. 183 

7." Kcpc in thy Fyer therfore both cvyn and morow, 
Fro houfe to houfe that thou nede not to rennc 
Amongc thy Neyghbors, thy Fyer to fech or boroiv, 
The more thou kepyft the more good fhall thou wyn, 
Multyplyyng ey more and morcthy Glas wythin: 
By fedyng wyth UWercury to thy lyvys end, 
So fhall thou have more than thou nedyft to ipend. 

pK Thys mater ys playne, I wyll no more 

Wryte now therof, lac Refon the guyde $ 

Be never the bolder toSyn therfore,. 

Butferve thy God the better at echtyde 5 " 

And whylls that thou fhall in thys lyfe abyde, 
Bere thys in mynde, forget not I the pray, 
As thou fhaltapere before thy God atdomys day. 

9: Hys ownc gret Gyfts thefore and hys Trefure, 
Dyfpofe thou vertuofcly, helpyngthe poore at nede 5 
That in thys World to the thou may procure 
Mercy and Grace with Hevenly blys to mede, 
And pray devoutly to God that he the lede 
In at thys eleventh Gate as he can beft, 
Sonc after then thou fhak end thy conqueft. 



Of P RO j EC T ION. 

The twelfth Gate. 

INProjeccyon hyt fhalbe'provydyf our pra&ifebeprofy- 
Of w ch yt bchovy th me the fecrets here to meve-, (table 
Therfore yf thy Tyn&ure be fure and not vaiyable, 
By a ly ttyll of thy Medcyn thus fhall thou preve 
Wy th Mettall or wyth Mercury as Pyche y t wyll cleve : 
And Tynft in Pro\eccyon all Fyers to abyde, 
Andfone yt wyll enter and fpred hym fullwyde. 

But many for Ignorans doth mar that they made, " 
When on Mettalls unclenfyd Projeccyonthcy make, 
For be caufe of corrupcyon theyr Tyn&ures muft vade ; 
Whych they wold not awcy fyrft fro the Bodys take 3 
Whych after Projeccyw be bryttyl, bloe, and blacke : 
That thy Tyn&ure thcrfore may evermore laft, 
Uppon Ferment thy Medcyn loke fyrft that thou cafh 

Then brottyl wyll thy Ferment as any glas be, 
Uppon Bodys clenfyd and made very pure, 
Caft thy brottyll fubftance and forie ihall thou fe, 
That they flialbe curyofely coleryd wyth Tyn&ure, 
Whych at all aifays for ever fhall endure : 

But at the Pfalmys of the Sawter example thou take 
Profytable Prejeccyon parfytly to make. 


OfProje&hn. #S 

V On Fundament* caft fyrft thys Pfalme Nunc Dimittis, 
Uppon Verba mea then caft Fundaments bly ve 5 
Thdh'Ferka mea uppon Dilg am, confevc mc wy th thy wy tts ; 
And Dlligam on ^dttende yf thou lyft to thryvc : 
Thus make thou Projeccyom thre fowre or fy vc , 

Tyll the Tyn&ure of thy Medcyn begyn to decrefe, 
And then yt-ys tyme of Projeccjm to cefc. 

5 # By thys myfty talkyng I mene nothyng ells, 
But that thou muft caft fyrft the leflc on the more, 
Increfyng ever the Number as wyfc men the tells, 
And kepe thou thys Secrett to thy felfe in ftore, 
Be covetuofc of connyng y t ys no burden fore : 
For who that joy neth not the Eljxers wy th Bodys made dene, 
He wot not what fykcrly Prqeccyon doth mene. 

& Ten yf thon Multyply fyrft into ten, 
One hundreth, that number wyll makefykerly$ 
Yf one hundreth into an hundreth be Multyplycd then, 
Ten thoufand ys that number counte hyt wyttyly, 
Then into as much more ten thoufand multyply : 

That ys a thoufand thoufand, whych multyplyeth Iwys, 
Into as much more as a hundred myllyons ys. 

7 # That hundred myllyons beyng multyplyed lykewys, 
Into ten thoufand myllyons, that ys for to fey, 
Makyth fo grctc a number I wote not whatytys, 
Thy number in Pr$]eccyon thus Multyply alwey : 
, Now Chyld of thy curtefy for me thou pray 5 

Syth that I have told the our fecretts all and fome, 
To whych I befcehc God by Grace thou may com. 

Cc Now 

i$6 Of TrojeBion. 

8/ Nowthow haft conqueryd the twelve Gates, ' 
And all the Caftell thou holdyftat wyll, 
Kepe thy Secretts in ftore unto thy fel?c 5 
And thccomaundementsofGod lookc thou fulfull : 
In fyer conteinuc thy glas ftyll, 

And Multeply thy Mcdcyns ay more and more, 
For wyfe men done fey Bmyrnefore. 

Thencioftbe Tmhe (jates. 

U HDD ! ' ■ 

The Re capitulation, 

i. TJOr to bryng f fays fretys to afynall end, 
-T Anc| brevcly -here for <o cmclidt tfcefe Secretts all, 
Dylygently lokc thou 3 and to thy Fygure attend: 
Whych doth in hyt conteync thefe iiecrccs grete & fmall, 
And yf thou conceve both Theorycall and Pra&ycall : 
By Fygures, and by Colors, and by Scrypturc plaync, 
Whych^vyttelyconfevydthfoumayft not work in vayn. 

2 » Confyder fyrft the Latytude of thy Precyous Stone y 
Bcgynnyng in the fyrft fyde notyd in the Weft, 
Where the Red Man and ihtWhyte Woman be made 6nt y 
Spowfyd wy th the Spry ts of ly f e to ly ve in love and reft* 
Erth and Wattr equaly proportyond that ys beft* 
And one of the Erth ys good and of the Spryts thre, 
Whych twelve to fowre alio pf the Erth may be. 


The c Ricaptu\atm. 187 

Thre of the Wyfe and one of the Man then muft thou take 3 
And the leffe of the §pryts there be in thys dyfponfation, 
The rather thy Calcjnatjon for certeyne lhall thou make, 
Then forth into the Noith procedeby obfcuratyon 5 
Of the Red Man and hys Whjte Wjfe callyd Eclyffation : 
Lofyng them and alteryng betyxt Wynter and Vcre, 
Into Water turnyngErth darkeand nothyng clerc. 

4. Fro thens by colors many one into the Eft affends, 
There ihaU the Mone be full apperyng by day lyght 5 
Then ys fhe paflTyd her Purgatory and courfe at an end \ 
There ys theupryfyngaf the Son apperyng vvhyt andbryght, 
There ys Somcr after Vere> and day after nyght : (Ayrc? 

Than Erth and Water whych were fo black be turnyd into 
Than clouds of darknes be overblowy n & all aperyth faire. 

5. And lyke as the Weft begynnyng was of the Pra&yfej 
AndtheNorth the parfyt menc of profound Alteratyon 3 
So the Eft after them the begynnyng of Speculacyon ys* (tion 
But of thy s courfe up in the Sowth the Son maky th Confuma- 
Ther be thy Elements into Fy re turnyd by Cyrculacyon: 

Then to wyn to thy defyre thou needft not be in dowte, 
FortheWhele oi ovx Phylofephy thou haft turnyd abowte. 

6* But yet ageyae turne abowte two tymys thy Whele, 
In whych be comprehendyd all the Secretts of our Fhylofofhy^ 
In Chapters 1 2 made playne to the if thou coafeve them wellj 
And all the Secretts by and by of our lower Aflo&omye, 
How thou Calcin thy Bodys,parfit 3 diffoIve,dcvide & putrefie: 
Wy th parfyt knowledge of all the polys whych in our Hevyn 
Shynyng with colors incxply cable never were gayer fene. iben 

Cc 2 And 

88 c B^capitulation. 

7. And thys oneSecrctt conclufyonal know thou wy thoutcn fayle, 
Our, Red Man tey net h not ty 11 he teyny d be $ 

Therforeyf thou lyft thy telfc by thy craft to avayle, 
The Akytudeofthy Bodys hydc &(howoue theyrprofundyte 
In every of thy Materyalls dyftroyyng the fyrftqualytc: 
Andfecundary qualy tcs more gloryofe repare in them anon 
And in oneGlas wyth one governauncc4 Naturs turnc into one, 

8. Pale, and Black, wyth fake Citryne, unparfyt Whytc & Red, 
Pekoks fethers in color gay, the Raynbow whych /hall overgoe 
The Spottyd Panther wyth the Lyon grccnc,thcCrowysbyil 

Thefe ihall appere before the parfy t Why te, & many other moe 
Colors, and after the parfy t Why t,Grey, and fake Citrine alfo : 
And after all thys lhall appere the blod Red invaryablc, 
Then haft thou a Medcyn of the thyrd order of hys owne 

a *ru n. j j t ,. , (kyndeMultyplycablc. 

o. I how muft devyde thy Eltxer whyte into partyes two, 
After thou rubify and into daffy s let hyra be don, 
If thou wylt have the Blixers both for Son and Monedofo* 
Wyth Mercury then hem Multeply unto gret quantytc fone: 
Yf thow at the begynnyng had not as much as wold into afpone : 
Yet moght thou them fo Multeply both the Whytc & Red 
That yf thou levyd a thoufand yerc they fliold the ftond iii 

I0# Have thou recourfe to thy Whcle I councell the unto, 
And ftody ty 11 thou undcrftond eche Chapter by and by, 
Medyll with no fake Fantefys,Multeplycrs, let them go^ (phje 
Which wyll the flatter & falcely fey they are connyng in Pbjkfl 
Do as I byd the and then dyflblvc thefe forefcyd Baccs wyttcly • 
And turne hy m into parfy t Oylys with our trew water ardent! 
By Cyrculacion that moft be don accordyng to our cntent. 



^capitulation. 1 8< 

i x. Thcfe Oylys wyll fyx crude Mercury and convert Bodys all, 
Into parfyc Wand Lme when thou fhalt make Frojeccyon, 
That Oylyfh fubftance pure and fyx Raymond Lnlly dyd call 
Hys Bafylyske, of whych he made never fo plaync deteccyon, 
Pray for me to God that I may be of hys clcccyon: 
And that he wyll for one of hys on DomysDay mckene, 
And graunt me in hys blys to reygne for ever wyth hym, A men. 

Gloria tibi Domine. 

An Admonition^ therein the Author 

decUreth bis Erronieus experiments* 

AFter all thys I wyll thou underftonde, 
For thy favegarde what I have done, 
Many Experymcnts I have had in hond* 
As I found wrytcn for Son and Monc, 
Whych I wyll tell the rehcrfyng fone : 

Begynnyngwyth Vermylion whychprovyd nought 
And Mercury fublymyd whych I derc bought. 

I made Solucyons full many a one, 
Of Spyrytts, Ferments, Saltf^Ycrne and Steele 5 
Wenyng fo to make the Phylofpphers Stone : 
But fynally I loft cche dele, 

After my Boks yet wrought I well 5 , 

Whych evermore untrew I provyd, 
That made me oft full fore agrevyd* 

Ccj Waters 

Err onions 

3. Waters corrofyve and waters Ardent, 
With which I wrought in divers wyfc, 
Many onel made but all was fhent-, 
Eggs fliells I calcenyd twife or thryfe, 
Oylys fro Calcys 1 made up ryfe 5 

And every Element fro other I did twyne 3 
But profyt found I rygru none therein. 

4. Alfo I wrought in Sulphur and in Vitriall, 
Whych folys doe call the Grene Lyon, 

In Arfenike, in Orpement, fowle mot them ...fall 5 
In debili prmipio was mynelnccpcyon : 
Therefore was frawde in fyne the Conclufyon 5 

And I blew my thryft at the'Cole, 

My Clothys were bawdy, my Stomache was never hole, 

%* Sal Armonyake and Sandever, 
Sal Alkaly, fal Alembrokc, fal Attinckarr, 
Sal Tarter, fal Comyn, falGeme moft clcrc 5 
Sal Peter, fal Sodc, of thefe beware 5 
Fro the odor of Quyckfylver kepe the fare: 
Medyll not wy th Mercury precipitate, 
Nether wyth imparfyt Bodys rubyfycate. 

&• I provyd Uryns, Eggs, Here, and Blod, 
The Scalys of Ycrn whych Smethys do of fmyte, 
Ms lift, and Crokefer whych dyd me never good: 
The fowle of Saturne and alfo Marchafyte, 
Lythage and Antemony not worth a rnyte : 
Of whych gey Tyntures I made to fhew, 
Both Red and Whyte whych v^re untrew. 


Experiments. 19 l 

7. Oyle of Lune and water wyth labour grett 3 
I made Calcynyng yt with Talc precipytate, 
And by hyc felfc with vyolent hctt 
Gryndyng with Vynegar tyll I was fatygate : 
And alfo with a quantyte of Spyccs acuate-, 

Uppon a Marble whych ftode me ofr in coft, 

And Oyles with' Corrofyves I made-, but all was loft. 

8. Many Amalgame dyd I make, 
Wenyng to fix thefe to grett avayle, 
And thereto Sulphur dyd I take-, 

Tarrer Egges whyts, and the Oyle of the Snayle, 

But eyerof my purpofe dyd I fayle : 

For what for the more and what for the lefle, 
Evermore fome thy ng wantyng there was. 

h Wyne, Myllte Oyles, and Runnett, 
The Slyme oflStcrrs that falleth to the grownde, 
Cclydony and Seeundyncs wyth many moe yett, 
In thefe I pra&yfyd as in my books I found 3 
I wan ryght nought, but loft many a pownde 5 

Of Mercury and Mettalls I. made Chryftall ftones, 
Wenyng that hyt had ben a worke for thenonys. 

)• Thus I roftyd and boy lyd as one of Gtbers Cooks, 
And ofttymes my wynnyng in the Asks 1 fought^ 
For I was dyfcevyd wyth many fake Books 
Wherby untrue thus truly I wrought : 
But all fuch Experyments avaylyd mc nought 5 
But brought me in danger and in combraunce* 
By lofte of my goods and other grevauncc. 


ipi Emmons 

ii* For the love of our Lady fuchlewdncs efchue, 
Medyll wyth no falfhood whych never prcvyd well $ 
Aflay when thow wylt and thow fhalt fynde me trcuc 5 
Wynn flialt thou nought but lofe every dele, 
Pence in thy Pauwkner fewc (halt thou feelc : 

In fmokes and ftnells thow lhalt have myckle wo, 
That unnethc for fyknes on Erth Sialt tnow go. 

ii. I never faw true workc treuly but one, 
Of whych in thys trctys the trewth I have told. 
Stody only therfore to make our Stone : 
For therby may thow wyn both Sylver and Gold, 
Uppon my wrytynge therfore to ground the Be bold: 
So flialt thow Tofe nought yf God be thy gyde, 
Truft to my Dodlrync and therby abydc. 

.13 Remember how Man ys moft noble Creature, 
j In crrhs Compofycyon that ever God wrought, 

In whom are the fowre Elements proportyonyd by natoret 
A naturall Mercuryalytc whych coft ryght nought, 
| Out of hys myncr by Arte yt muft be brought? 

For our Mettalls be nought ells but myners too, 
Of our Soon and our Moone, wyfc Rejmond fcyd fo. 

14. The clerenes of the iMoone and of the Stone, bryght, 
Into thefe two Myners defendyth fecretly, 
Howbey t the clcernes be hyd fro thy fyght : 
By craft thou fhalt make ytt to appcre openly, 
Thys hyd Stone, thys one thyng therfore putrcfyc: 

Wafli hym wyth hys owne broth tyllwhytehebecoom, 
Then Ferment hym wyttely, nowenere ys allandfoom. 

>*V K Now 

Experiments. ip2> 

Now to God Almyghty I thee Recommend, 
Whych graunte the by Grace to knowc thys one thing, 
For now ys thys Treaty* brought to an end : 
And God of hys Mercy to hys blyflc us bryng, . 
Santfus, Sanftus, Santfur, where Angellsdo fyng: 
Prayfyng without ccafynge hys gloriofe Magcftye, 
Whych he in hys Kyngdome graunte us for to fee* 

A N. DoM, 14,71. 

Explicit AlchimU TrAttatus FhilofopbU, 
Cu)us Rypla George, Canonicus^ AuUor erat$ 
OWillt, quadringentis feptuaginta unofc 
Amis qui fcriptus cempofitufq-, fait. 

KyiuUcri letter prdbeprtcc^ quafo Iuv&men, 
Itti purgarnen leve pefi vitam nt fit Amen* 


Thus hecre the Tra6t of \Akhimj doth end, 
Whych (Tract) was by George Ripley Chanonpen'd-, 
It was Compofed, Wrirt, and Sign'd his owne, 
In Anno twice Seav'n hundred feav'nty one: 
Reader ! Affift him, make it thy defire, 
That after Lyfe he may have gentle Fire. 





How that in thys Boke beginneth to rede, (fpede.* 

Keepe well thys Councell the better fchalt thow 

X Be thow in a place fecret by thy fetfe alone, (done. 

That noe man fee or here what thow fchalt fay or 

2. Yet ere thow begyn to rede much, take thow good hede, 
Wyth whom thow tep ft company I councell thee indede; 
Truft not thy freind too much, wherefoere thow goe, 
For he that thow trufteft beft fometyme may be thye Foe. 

5. And take hede to the words of the Fader of Wyfdom 9 
How he techeth bys Sonne how he fchould done y 
To kepe hys preftpts of bodety governance 
And wyefc hys Conynghe wyll the gretly advance. 

4. And yf thow wylt not to hys wordy* ta&e hede, 
ThowTchalt ftand here oft in gret feare and dred. 
For he that hath a fore wy tt he nedes not do amyfle. 
And he that doth Folly the Folly fcnalbe hys. 

5. Now my dere Senne be thow not a know 
To Lerned nor to Leud, to Hygh nor to Low 1. 
Ney ther to Young nor Old, Rych nor Poore, 
Unto them thow tech nothyng my Lore. 

6. Alfo 

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6. Alfo to fcnche men chat hold therafelves wyfe, 
And fo forth to the foolys that glyde on the Ice ; 
They weene in grete Bokes fchould be the Art 

Of the Science of Alchemy Jmt they -be not worth a fart. 

7. Therefor my Sonn to thee thys Science I may well teach, 
And yf chow wylt upon thy enemy be wreach ; 

Or to purchafe or build any good thyng, 
It fchalbe to thy gret furtheryng, 

8. Thys worthy Scyence of Alchemy if thow wy It it leare, 
A lyttle morry ouc of thy purfe thow muft forbeare j 

To buy therewyth Flos Flornm it is moftworthieft, 
And to build well her Cabyn and her Neft. 

p. And if thow put out mony for any other thing, 
It is co thy iolTe j and to thy great hindring : 
Except yt be for thy workes naturall Foode, 
Which is had out of Stone, Ayre and Wood. 

io. And if thow have all thyngs wythin the growing, 
Then thow needed not to buy any manner of thing, 
That fchould be to thys Science belonging, 
But beware of thy felfe for feare of hanging. 

ix. For then thow and thys Scjence were forever loft, 
If thow make thereof any manner of boaft, 
To any Man or Woman, Old or Young, 
Beware of thy felfe for feare of difcovering. 

1 2. For if thow make any man privie 
Of thy Councell, Rich or Needy, 

Thow muft fo beware Sleeping or Waking, 
For once ymagining of Money making. 

1 3. For yf God fends thee grace and underftanding, 
Wyth thys Scjence thow may ft have good Jyving : 
But beware of fpeach of Women liberall, 

And of the voice and fight of Children general!. 

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14. Sonn in thyne ownehowfe thow maift well gett 
A g°°d Morfell of meat thy mouth to fweet, 

Both Pheafant, Partridge, Plover and Leveret, 
Though thow cry yc notowte in the common Market. 

1 5 . Therefore kepe clofe of thy Tongue and of thy Hand, 
From the Officers and Governours of the Land ; 

And from other men that they of thy Craft nothing know, 
For in wytnes thereof they wyil thee hang and draw. 

16. And thereof the People will the at Scffions indight, 
And great Treafon againft the they wyll write? 
Wythowt that the Kings grace be to thee more, 

Thow fchalt for ever in thys world be forlore. 

17. Alfoe wythowt thow be lure of another thyng, 
To purchafe the Lycence of thy King ; 

For all manner of doubts thee fchall betide, 

The better thow maifte Worke 3 and both goe and ride. 

1 8. Alfo another thing I fchall thee Jere, 
The poore People take thow nothing deare, 
But ever ferve thy God aiway at the begynnyng, 

And among the poore People thebetter fchalbe thy livyng. 

19. Now my ChyUe to my precepts looke thow take hede; 
Whatfoever fair after the better fchall thow fpede. 

Better it ys to have a thyng, then for it to wifti, 

For when thow feelft a Sore tis hard for thee to get a Leech. 

20. Now g^y deare^fcw to the I wyll declare, 
More of thys Warke which fchalbe thy weifaire ; 
If thow canft confider all my fayings, 

For therewyth thow mayeft finde a full precious thing. 

2 1. And Son though thys Writing be made in Ryme, 
Vet take thow thereat noe greate difdaine. 

Till thow hail proved my words in deede and in the ught, 
3 watt it well it fchalbe fee at nought. 

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22. Therefor of all Bodyes and Spyrits more or lefle, 
Mercury is called Fhs Florum and worthieft Pryncefle : 
For her Birth and marvelous dealing, 
Sche ys moft worthieft to have byne King. 

'23. For fche ys Erth and Water moft hevieft, 
And fche will conjoyne wyth Fire and Aire moft lyghteft ; 
And fo forth wyth her love fche will run and flee, 
For fche delighteth noc other game or glee. 

»24« Some fay that of Sulphur and Mercury all Bodyes minerall 
Ingendered in the Erth with divers Colours cladd : (are made, 
By the vertue of Decoccion before Preperacion, 
To the lykenes of every body Mynerall in ther faftnon. 

25.I will firft begin wyth Saturne after other mens fayings, 
How he ys ingendered in the Erth wyth unclene Mercury flying : 
And of Mercury he ys moft hevieft wyth black Sulphury Erth 
Save he ys foft of fufion, and hys Sulphur nothing fixed, (mixed, 

261 Iupiter is a whyte Body made of pure Mercury outward, 
And ofclere Sulphur fomewhat Erthly and white inward ; 
He ys in kynde fofteft and well in his fixation, 
For he is almoft ftV, but he iacketh Decoclion. 

27. Marsys a white Body moft of unclene £ in the Erth y'made, 
And he ys hardcft of fufion with Sulphur Erthly cladd $ 
To blacknes and rednes he will fooneft confume, 
By heate or by corrofivc when the Spirit beginneth to fume. 

28.iSVis the pureftfomwhit red } & is made of dene £ & Sulphur 
. Ingendered with clere red Sulphur, in the Erth well mixed, (H%cd 9 
And therefor he ys without defalt and Iacketh no degree ; 
For he ys almoft hardcft of Fufion and hevieft in ponderosity. 

29. Venus ys a Body more red of pure £ made in hys fubftance, ; 
Moft of red Sulphur and greene and therein is greate variance ; 
In the Erth ingendered with Corrofive and bitter fubftance, 
Well fixed and hard of fufion, rude in governance. 

D d 3 30. Mercury 

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30. Mercury ys a Body if he be with a Subflance moved, 
Mixing one kinde with his kinde, fo fchall he be loved ; 
One Spirit received wyth another, the which of them be maine, 
Is caufe of ingeneration of every body Mettalyne. 

$i.Ltt*a ys a pure white Body of dene Mercury & Sulphur white 
And fche is a litle hard of fufion & aimoft well fixed, (ingendered 
And fche is next cleaned m Tincture of whitenes, 
Of Ponderosity light, oflupiter bearing his whitenes. 

32. And foe after the Colour of that Erth ys Sulphuri and re- 
Some men do fay ys engendered every Mettal I • (ceptuall, 

But my Son the perfect worke of thys alteration, 
I fchall informe the tins way of another faftiion. 

3 3. Now have I declared the working of the Bodies Mynerall, 
Whereof they be ingendered after other mens fayings over all ; 
And as in place of the Erth one Body was fully wrought, 
Soe muft the artificiall Medicine, be or elfe it ys nought. 

34. Now will I declare the worthines of Mercury in fpeciall 
How fche ys the notableft Spirit that y s mynerall, 
Mod marvelous in working and in degree, 
Sche ys called the Matter principalleft of the three* 

3 5 . Alfo fche ys very fubtile in many things artificial/, 
Sche will both give and take Tin&ure mod fpeciall, . 
To hym or of hym that fche loveth moft beft, 
In fpeciall when fche ys warmed in her Neft. £ 

36*. My Son Mercury ys called the mightieft Flosflorum^ 
And moft royal 1, and richeft of all Singulorum ; 
Sche ys very Patron and Princes moft royall, 
And fche ys very Mother of every Mettall. 

37. Sche ys Vegitable, Animalle and Mineral !, 
Sche ys Foure in kinde, and One in generall.; 
Sche ys Erth, Aire, Water and Fyre, 
Among all otha: fche hath no Pecre, 

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38. Schekylleth and fhyeth, and alfo doth calrine, 
Sche dyeth, and alfo doth fche live againe ; 

Schc giveth lyfe and alfo ingreflion, 
For joyntly fche ys three in one. 

39. Sche ys a very frendly mixar, 
The progeneration of a greate Eltxaf : 
Sche ys both Body Soule and Spirite, 
In Colour very red, black and white. 

40. Many be the wooers that hang on her tayle, 
But fche will not with them I'deale; 

They would her wtdd againft her will, 
With foemen that liken her full ill. 

41. Sche will deale with no manner of wight, 
But with her Husband as it ys greate right ; 
With him fche will beare much fruite, 

For he ys by nature of her felfe fame fute. 

42. My Son of hem Fooles have much difpight, 
And therin fuch Foeks loofe their light : 

For fometymes he ys darke, and fometymes bright, 
For he ys lyke no other wight. 

43. For if they have their kynde ingendering r 
Their natural) foode and good keeping, 

They fchall increafe frute by dene, 
Very red and white, King and Qneem, 

44. My Son in thys Scjtncel doe deny, 
All things that be difcording truly, 

All manner of Salts I doe defie, 

And all manner of Sulphurs in waters of Corrofie. 

45 . Alfo Alloome, Vitrial 1> Auripigmefttucn and Hairey 
Gold, Silver, Alkaly and Sandiver ; 

Honey, Wax, and Oyles or Calxelfey 

Gumms, Galls, and alfo Egg (hells, 

4^1 Alfo 

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46. Alfo I defie Antimony, Berrall, and Chriftall, 
Rofin, Pitch, alfo Amber, Jetc and Corral! • 
Hearbs, Dated Stones, Marble, orTinglas, 

If there come any of all thefe it ys the worfe. 

47. Alfo Berrills v Gotts Homes, and Alomeplome, 
Good with them will none be done ; 

All things chat difcordeth from Mettall, 
It ys contrary to thys worke in generall. 

48. My Son many fooles to me have fought, 
But they and I accord right nought ; 

I leave them there as I them finde, 
And as Fooles I make them blinde. 

49. For whych Mercury they have errd full fore 
And then when they had they could doe no more, 
Therefor in Pkyhfopkers fche bear'th the floower, 
For fche ys King, Prince, and Emperour. 

50. Yet my deare Son be thow not a knowne 
To Learned, nor to Lcwde, to High, nor to Low ; 
That thys worke ftandeth by Mercury and in her fire, 
Her owne fpeciall Love both life and deare. 

5 1 . For he ys her Son, fche ys hys Fright, 
In whome fche worketh all her myght : 
He ys her Son, fche ys hys Mother, 

Sche loveth him peramore and no other. 

$ 2. In Sol, and Lune, in her meeting ys all love, 
For of Mercury only ys all her behove, 
And with them fche worketh all her might, 
Bnt they may never increafe on fright. 

% 3. Therefor it ys poffible to call: a Projection pure, 
Upon a Million to make a perfect Body of tincture : 
Wyth Medicine of Spirits well joyned and fixed* 
It fchall not be perceived where it ys well mixed, 

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54. And therefor if there com Silver or Gold in at thy Gate, 
The which men ufe in Aoyne or in common Plate; 
I fwea^e by God that all thys world hath wrought, 
All thy labour and warke fchall turne to nought. 

55. For with what Mettall foever that Mercury be joyned, 
Becaufe of her Coldnes and Moiftnes fche ys acioyd : 

Put them never fo clofe togeder fche will fume anon, 
And when they come into the fire fche wil fone be gone* 

56. Therefore Mercury hath a Lover that pafleth them 
A thousandfold, who fo will him ken 

And he ys her Lover and her Leman fweete, 
And fo hys Counccll fche ' will keepe. 

57. Both in hys Chamber and alfo in hys Bedd, 
Alfo alive and when they byne dead ; 
Seekeyee forth fooles as behave fought, 

For in all other things finde yee right nought. 

58. Now my deare Son to thee I will indight, 

The* truth in word and deede Lwill write : i 

How that a precious Stone ftialbe made, 
Thee to rejoyce and make thee full glad. 

. 59. As I faid in the 3 2. Chapter unto my Concludon, 
How I fchould informe the truth after another fafliion, 
And to performe thys Scyence both in word and deede, 
In making of our Medicine God muft us^peede. 

60. The which ys called the greate Elixer, 
And ys verily made with a ftronge mixar ; 
The which is a Stone very Minerall, 
And thow maift him well gett ever all. 

tfi.-My Son thow fchalt take to Mercury no other thing, 
But Erth that's heavy and hard and ftiffftanding; 
The which in himfelfe ys derke bright dry and cold, 
To joyne them togeder thow maift be full bold. 

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202, 'Pater Sapientitf. 

6i.0cit of them to 10 parts of that Water running moft heavieft 
And they fchalbe both one, and to thy warke moft mightieft: 
Then haft thow Man and Woman togeder brought, 
The which ys done by greate love in a thought, 

6$, The which two be both Spirits, & one Body moft heavieft, 
When they be in your Chamber and bed joyned in the Element 
The which ys more bigger, and bigger hott and dry, (Hghteft, 
And therein they will both kifs togeder & neither weepe nor cry. 

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64. For when Erth and Water ys well mixed, 

By the vertue of the lighted Element well hardned and fixed r 
For before that time they be Water running both, 
And then fchall turne to fix body be they never fo loath. 

65. For in they r bed they fchall make a perpetuall Conjunction* 
After the feeding of the light Element and of their proportion ; 
Soe fchould they be deco'ft, having the parfeit fixafcion, 

In the likenes of a body in fufion having hysfaihion. 

66. But at the firft in their Bed they may indure no greate heate, 
Soe as they may well labour in their Bed for fweate : 

Att the firft if there be in their Chamber overmuch red Colour, 
Haftily going thereto will ca,ufe greate Dolour. 

67. For in their firft Neft they fcho&ld be both water running, 
And becaufe of heate they fchould be ever drying. 

And fo therein become a fubtill dry Subftance, 
The which warke fchall thee greatefy avaunce. 

68. Therefor their Neft muftbemadeof aftrongkinde, 

Of the moft hardeft and cleereft Body, that they not out windc • 
For if it fo be that their Chamber or Neft begin to breake, 
Anon out thereof they will begin to Creake. 

69. And then ys all thy warke and thy greate labour loft, 
Then thou maift begin againe upon a new coft, 

And fo thow mayft not be negligent and hafty, but of the bed be 
Without it be hard ftoffand cleere it will not induce, (fure, 

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70. And if thow wil at the firft hand give fuddaineheate, 
Ic will unto thy Warke be nothing meete ; 

And if thow let him have any fuidaine greate Cold, 
All thys fchall breke thy warke, then art thow to bold. 

71. Let their Neft be fomewhat large with a broade roufe. 
And therein they fchall abide if it be ftrong and clofe above ; 
And in proportion put thereto nothing more nor lefle, 

But as ys fayd before if thow doe y t ys the worfe. 

72. Alfo froifcthe beds headthere muft rife a highe Spoute, 
And another almoft downe to the bottome that the Spirit go not 
For thou muft fave the flyers that fwim into the upper place, (out; 
For they may hereafter ingender a body as well as the other in 


73. Alfo be fare that thow put in their Bed no other thing, 
Then thereof jthow fchalt have no greate winnyng, 

If thow do thys it fchall be to thee for the beft 

To keepe them clofe from flying and warme in their Neft. 

74. Firft with foft fyre her Neft muft be warmed, 
With a litie bigger Fyre with overmuch they fchalbe harmed, 
Under thy Chamber flowre meafure thy Fyre with tyme^ 
Then commeth the reward, Sold and Silver fine. 

75. After the quantity fpace and tyme muft be had, 
For to deale togeder they be in their dealing glad. 
And how long fpace and tyme I cannot well fay, 
That they in their Chamber and Neft wilbe in fport and play. 

76. Behold the uppermoft of their Neft what there commeth 
The fweting of their Bodys labouring round aboute, (out, 
And when they have played and fweate and laboured fo fore. 
They wilbe ftill, and neither labour nor fweate any more. 

77. Then let them coole eafily, and draw their breath, 
And then there fchalbe fome above and fome beneath : 
There thou fchalt fee a Stone as it were grey pouthcr, 
Which fchalbe to the a ryght greate wonder. 

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78. Then take them out of their Chamber and Bed anon, 
And lay them upon a Marble (lone and breake them thereon 1 
And looke what thow haft in of Colour and Ponderofity, 
Pat to him as much ofFlosflomm gteateft in dignity, 

79. That ys the fame Spirit that thow hadft before, 

And fo raedle them togeder and leare them the fame lore ; 
A ltogederin another Bed and in their Chamber they muft be; 
For a marvelous warke thereof thow fchalt nndcrftand and fee, 

80. And thus fo oft thow muft Multiplie thy Warke, 
To afcend and defcend into the Aire as doth the Larke j 
For when the Larke ys weary above inhysftound, 
Anon he falleth right downe to the ground. 

8 1 . Behold well their Body, and to their head lay thine Eire, 
And 'barken thow well what warke they make there : 

If they begin to fing any manner of voyce, 
Give them more heate till thow heare no noyce. 

8 a. And thus give them more heate in their Chamber and Bed 
Till thou heareft no manner of noyfe rumbling to nor fro: (alfo 
And thus continue in their Bed in their fporting- playes, 
After the quantity thereof continue fo many dayes. 

85. When their play and tvreftling ys all well done, 
Ja their voyce finging and crying and fweating up and downe- 
Give their Chamber bigger heate till their Neft be red, 
And fo bring them downe low and have no feare nor dreado 

84. For thus with heate they fchalbe brought full low, 
That they fchall in their Bed ne cry nor crow, 

But as a Body lye ftill downe in their Bed, 
In their owns liknesas they were bodyes dead. 

85. Of Grey and White ys all hys chrifo Colour, 
For then he ys paft all hys greate Bofoar s 

I fweare by Almighty God that all hath wrought, 
Thow haft found out that many other Men hath' fought. 

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%6. Then take thow hym out of hys Cchamber and Bed, 
And thow fchalt then finde a fixt Body as he were dead ; 
Keepe thow hym clofe and fecretly within thy place, 
And thanke Almighty God of hys grace. 

87. Now my Son before thys, after thys Science I haye right well 
And thus to thee I have the White Elixer parfetly wrought 5 
And if thow wilt of the Red Elixer parfetly underftarid, 
Thow muft take fuch another warfee in hand. 

88. My Son whan thow haft wrought more upon more, 
Dubling each time as I faid before • 

Make thow what thow wilt of Red fubftance, 

As I did the White warke in manner of Governance. 

89. Then thow muft take the Red Stone that ys ail ponder,. 
And lay on a Mable Stone and breake him afunder • 

And to medle him with the white Spirit and Water cleere, 
And fo put him in hys Bed and Chamber in the Fire. 

90. And fo in hys Chamb. & in hys Bed, he muft all thys while be 
Till thow haft turn'd and broght him to another manner of glee : 
Thys Red Elixer if thow wilt open woike heare , 
Thys manner of Schoole thow muft right weH leare, 

. 91. Thow muft hang him in his Chamber with red Colour, > 
Till he be faed and brought from hys great Dolour : 
Then of thys worthy warke be not thow agaft r 
For in the warke all the worft ys paft. 

92. And fo in hys fiery Neft and Chamber let him before,- 
For the longer he be in, the better fchaibe hys tin&ure ; 

Soe that be runn not like blood overcoming hys fufion, 
Then haft thow parfe&iy thys worke in conclufion. 

93. Thus he muft continue in thys greate heate of Firing, 
Tilihe be full fixed that he be not running nor flying ; 

Then he will give tinfture without Number running like wax^ 
Unto hys like of fufion he will both joyne and mix. 

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94. And yf thy Warke be thus well guided and fo forth led. 
Then haft thow in thy Warke right well and wittily fped : 
For if thow do otherwifc then I have chee tould, 

In the adventure of thy warke thow maift be to bold. 

95. For if thow warke by good meafure and parfeft tyme, 
Thow fchalt have very good Gold and Silver fine ; 

Than fchalt thow be richer in thy felf than any King, 
Wythowt he labour the Science and have the fame thing. 

96. Now my deare Son I fchall teach thee how to caft a Proje&i- 
Therein lyeth all the greate prafetnes with the Conclufion: (on, 
To leade an imparfed: Bodjrto hys greate parfe&nefle, 
In joyning that like to hys like thow ftandeft in no diftres. 

97. For when thow haft joyned the miike to the Bodyes dry, 
Than haft thow the White and Red Elixer truly : 
The which ys a Marvilous and very precious Stone, 
For therein lieth in thys Science all the worke upon* 

9 8, In thys Science thefe Stones be in themfelves fo precious ,, 
That in their working and nature they be marvelous : 
To fchew thee the greate vertue furthermore I will declare, 
That if thow canft with thys manner of working well fare. 

99. Firft thow muft take of that Body which ys next Sol in per- 
And of his colour toward in ponderofity & proportion: (fe&ion, 
Being foluble as it were cleere blood running, 

In the hot Element yt ys alwayes lighted and fleeting. 

1 00. Then take parte of the Red Slixer that ys the precious 
And caft hira upon that body that ys blood running anon : (Stone 
And whan thow haft thus parfe&Iy thys warke wrought, 

It fchalbe turned into parfed Sol with iitle labour or nought. 

id/On the fame wife do for Luna that is in the Colour fo white, 
In joyning with that body that is fchining and fomewhat light * 
. In the fame proportion caft him the very white Stone, 
And then ys all thy greatcft warke both made and done. 

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ic2. Than haft thow both the Red warke and the White, 
therefor bleffed be that tyme both day and night; 
For thys warke that ftandeth by greate vertue and love, 
Thow muft thanke Almighty God in heaven above. 

103. Sonn in the 2 1. Chapter there write I a full true Rime, 
That ys to fay unto thys warke thow have no greate difdaine ,• 
Till thow have proved my words in deede and thought, 

I know it well thys Science fchalbe fet at nought. 

104. My Son to thefe laft precepts looke thow take] good hede 
For better *cys to have then to wifti for in time of neede : 

For who fo ys bold in time to a Freind to breake, 

He that ys thy Freind may be thy Ijp and hys emnity wreake. 

105. And therefor my Son I fchafl give thee a greate charge, 
In uttering of fpeech be thow not to large • 

To tell every man what thow haft in Silver or Gold, 
For to have it from thee many men wilbe right bold. 

106". Alfo ufe not to reviU or ryott that fchould exceede 
To thy bodily health, the better fchalt thow fpeede ; 
Ufe temperate dyet and temperate travel!, 
For when Phyfitian thee fayleth thys fchall thee availe. 


107. And leave all blind warkes that thow haft feene or heard of 

Or proved by Sublimations, Preparations, Diftiliations, or Diflb- 

Of fuch manner of things greateBokes do greatly fpecifie (lutionsj 

And all thofe contrary fayings in this Craft 1 do plainly deny . 

10S. Alfo my Son remember how thow art mortal!, 
Abiding but a while in thys World which ys terreftriall : 
Thow wotted not how long nor hence how foone, 
That death fchall thee vifict and unto thee Come. 

too. And remember thee well at thy departing, 
Whome thow lovedft and truftedft beft old and young : 
Makehira thineHeire and mo ft of thy Councell, 
And give him thy Cunning or thy Boke every dcale, 

no. But 

2o8 Tater Sapientia. 

i io But beware of flattering and glofing People, 
Of Boaftersand Crackers for they will chee beguile 
Of thy precious Cunning behinde or beforne, 
And when they have their intent they will give thee a fcorne. 

in. Therefor make no Man of thy Councell rude nor ruftie, 
But him that thow knoweft both true and truftie ; 
In ryding and going fleeping and waking, 
Both in word and decdc and in hys difpofirfg. 

1 1 2. Alfo in thy owne Chamber looke thow be fecret, 
That thy dores and windowes be dofe fhet ; 

For fome wyll come anrf looke in every Corner, 
And anon they will aske what thow makeft there. 

113. And therefore a good excufe muft foone be had, 
Or elfe thow fchalt verily wine for to run madd ; 

Say thow laboureft fore both fleeping and waking, 
To the perfect: way of ftrange Colours making. 

1 t 4, As yt he fure Bice, Vmntllion, Aurum Muficum, & others 
Or elfe with fome people thow fchalt never have a doe ; (mqe 
Alfo thereof thow muft have many famples to fchew, 
Or elfe they that harmes thfnke will fay fo* 

115. Alfo furthermore I give thee right good warning, 
Beware of thy warking and alfo of thy uttering, 
For the examination of "the People better or worfe, 
Ere thow have for thy warke thy mony in thy purfe. 

1 1 tf. Therefor take heede my Sen unto thefe Chapters fixfeore 
And all manner of things faid what fchould be don before : 
For in Aflrommj thow muft have right good feeling, 
Or elfe in thys Boke thow fchalt have fimple believing. 

117. For thow muft know well of feaven principle Characters, 
To what Bodyes in heaven moving that they be hkned in thofe 
And to underftand their properties and their Conditions, (figures 
In Colours, qualities, foftnes, hardnes, & in their proper faftiion?, 

118. Now 

TaterSapientia. 209 

lift Now Sen to thee that underftandeft parfeflion & Sciences 
Whether it be Speculative or Pracktick to my fentences : 
In thys Science and labour I thinke it greate ruche, 
Therefore I write to thee very truth. 

up. And to thee that underfunded no parfe&ion nor praftike 
In no conclufion proved that fchould be to hys warke like, 
By Almighty God that all thys world hath wrought, 
I ha ve faid and performed to thee right nought. 

1 20. Therefore my Son before that thow thys Boke begin, 
Underfiand wifely in thys what ys written therein : 
For if thow canft not finde by thys Boke neither Set not Moyne, 
Then go forth and feeke thow farther as other fooles have done* 

Explicit Liher dittos Pater Sapient; a > 



IN the name of the holy Triniti 
Now fend us grafejo hit be : ' 
FyrftGodmade both Angel and Heaven, 
Na allefo the World wyth Planets feaven ' 
tJttan and Woman wyth gret fenfewalite] 
Sum efeftate, and other in hyr degree • 
Both Befi andWormefor in the grown crepe, 
Everyechin hys kyndto receve hys mete. 
Egles andFowles in the Eyre donfle 
Andfwemynge ofFycheys aljh i„ the' See : 
Wyth vygltalmyftter and of the red Crap, 
And allefo of the why e hos can hym take : 
\ftUc meneral thyng that growyth ingrownd % 
SHmtoencrefeandfitmto makeaneni; 
Me thcsbryn S nh now to owre hswfe, 
The mgbttiSton that ysfoprectn 
Thys rycheReby, that fit ' n of price 
The whych woffendowtofParWce : ( 
Thus made the gret Godofhcv~en { 
Whychatte hen rewledunder Planets ftaven .< 
Cod fend us parte of thyt fecrete, 
And of that heven that ysfweet. 






ITfethow wilt thys wdrke begy*, 
Than Jchrevy the dene of allethy Seynt: 
Contryte in hert wyth die thy %howght y 
And ever thenke on hym ihat the der bowghh 
Satisfaction thow make wyth alle thy myght K 
Than thre fay re flowers thow haft infyght$ 
Tet nedeth the mor to thy conclefyon^ 
Take thow good hede nowe to thys lejfen$ 
Thow muft have Grafe, Nature, and R&n, 
Spekelatif, a nd Coning, wph good Condition 
Tet thow mufl have more now herto, 
Experience, wyth Pracktik, Prudent alfo 5 
Patient that thow be^ and Holi in Lyfyngs, 
Thenke thow on thjs in thy beginings 5 
Thesfowrtyn He fly s as I the f aye, 
Ever kepe thow man both nyght and da) 9 
Of thy defy res thow may ft not myffe, 
Andaliefoofheven thatfwe^tblefl. 


Roblemis of olde likencs and fuguris, 
Wych proved byn fru&uos of fentens ; 
And have au&orite grounded in Scripture, 
By refemblaunce of notabil apperence ; 
Wych moralites concludyng on prudence : 
Lyke as the Bibel reherfeth be wryting, 
How Trees fum tyme chefe hemfelfe a Kyng. 

2.Firft in theyre choife they namyd the Olyve 
To regne among hem, Iudicjum doth expres $ 
But he hymfelfe can excufe hym bly ve, 
He myght not forfake hys fatnes : 
Nor the Fig-tree hys smorus fwetnes : 
Nor the Vyne hys holftim frefche terrage : 
Wychgyveth comfort to all manner of age, 

Ff 3 g. And 


Hermes ^Bird. 

3. And fembleabil Pojetes laureat. 
By derke parables full convenient ,• 
Feynein that Birdis andFBefts of eftate 
As rial Egeles and Lyons by affent, 

Sent owte to holde a Parlement j. . 
And made degrees brevely for to fey, 
Sum to have Lordfchip and fum to Obey. 

4, Egeles in the Eyre hygheft take theyre'flyght^ ' 
Power of Lyons on the grownde ys fene j 

Cedre amonge Trees higheft ys of fight, 
And the Laurer of nature ys ever grene, 
Of flowris all Florra Goddes and Quene : 

Thus of all thyng ther byn diverfites, 

Sum of eftate and fqm of lower degres. 

5.P^y/writewonderfull lykncs, 

And£avertkepehemfelfo^ - -.•_-• 

They take Beftes and Fowles to witnes : ' *' ' 

Of whos feynyng Fabelis furft a ros, 

And here I caft unto my purpos, 

Owte of the Frenfihe a tale to tranfcelate, 
Whych in a Pamphlet I red and faw as I fate, 

6* Thys Tale wych y make of mencion, 
In gros reherfeth playnely to declare , 
Thre Proverbys payed for raunfome 
Of a hyvt'Byrde that was take in a fnare, 
Wonder defirus to fcape owte of hir care ; 

Of myne Au&or foilowyng the profTes, 

So as it fel in Order y fchall expres. 

7. Whilom ther was In a fmall vilage, 
As my Auftor maketh reherfal • 
A Chorle the wlch had luft and gcet corage, 
Within hymfelfe by hys deligent travel, 
To aray hys Garden wich notabil reparei : 

Oflenght and brede y lyche fquare and long, 
Keggyd and dychyd to make yt fure and ftrong. 

8. All 

Hermes 'Bird, uj 

8. All the Aleys made playne with Sande, 
Benches coverid with new Turves grene, 
Set Erbes with Condites at the ende; 
That wellid up agen the Sun fchene, 

Lyke Silver ftremys as any criftal clene : 

The burbely Waves upther onboylyng, 
Rownde as Beral theyr bemys owte chedyng. 

9. Mides the Garden ftode a frefh Lawrer, 
Ther on a Byrde fyngyngf both day and nyght ; 
With (hinyng federis brighter then Gold weer, 
Wych wyth hir fongmade hevy hertis lyght 5 
For to behold hit was an hevenly fyght : 

Howtowerdevynandin the dawnyng, 
Sche dyd her payne moft araeus to fyng. 

io.Efperus enforced hyrcorage, 
Towerd evyn when Phebus went to neft ; 
Amonges the brauncbes to hir avauntage: 
To fyng hir complyn as yt was beft, 
And at the ryfyng to the Quene Atceft 
To fyng ageyne as hit was to hir dew, 
Erly on the rnorow the day-fter to falew. 

ii. Hit was a very hevenly melody, 

Evyn and Morne to her the Bjrdion% ; 

And the fote fugeryd Armony : 

Gf uncoud Warbelis and twenes drewalorigj 

That al the Garden of the noyferong: 

Tyll on a morow that Tytan fchone ful cler, 
Jhe 3jrd was trapped and cawt in a Pantcr. 

12. The Cherle was glad that he thys Byrdhith take 
Mere ofcher loke and ofvifager 
And in all haft he cad for to make 
Within hys howfe a ly til prati Gage, 
And with hir fongto re Joyce hys corage ; 
And at the laft the fely Byrd abrayde, 
Andfobirly to the Cterh fchefayde; 

z\6 Hermes Bird. 

13, 1 am now take and ftond under da unger, 
Hold ft reyte that y may not fle • 
Adew my fong and al my notes cCr, 
Now that y have loft my liberte, 
Now y am thrall and fumtyme tvasfre: 

And truft wel y ftand in diftres, • 

Y can nat fyng ne make no gladnes. 

14. And thogh my Cage forged were of Gold 

And the penacles of Beral and Criftal : 

Y remember a Proverbe fayde of olde ; 

Who li fit hj/sfredom infooth beys in thral, 

For me had laver upon a branche fmale , 
Merle to fyng amonge the wodis grene, 
Than in a Cage of Golds bryght and chene. 

1 $. Songe and Prefun have non acordaunce, 

Trowys thow y wyl fyng in Prefiin, 

Song procedet of joy and plefaunce ; 

And Prefun caufeth deth and deftruftion, 

Ryngyng of Feteris maketh no mere fown • 
Or how fchoulde he be glad and jocownde, 
Ageynhyswilthatlyth in cheynys bownde. 

1 6. What avayleth a Lyon to be a Kyng ofikftes 
FaftfchucinaTower of fton alone; 

Or an Egell under ftryte cheynys, 

Called alfo the Kyng of Fowlys everichon, 

Fy on Lordfchyp whan Liberte y$ gon : 
Anfwer hertb and hit nat a ftart, 
Who fy ngeth mere that fyngcth not with hert. 

17. If thow wilt rejoyce the of my fyngyng, 
Let me go fleen fre fro dawnger ; 

And every day in the mornyng 
Y wyll repayre to thy Lawrer, 
And freflely to fyng with notis cler • 

Under thi Chaumber or afore thy Hal, 

Every feafon when thow Jyftmecal. 


HermhTSird. 217 

1 8. To be fchut and pyned under drede, 
No thyng acordyng to my nature: 
Though I were fed with Myik3 and Waftelbrede ; 
And fwete Crudis brought to my pafture, 
Yet had y lever do m y befe cur&: 

Erly in the morow to fhrape in the Vale, 

To fynde my dener amongs the Wormys finale. 

1 p. The Laborer ys gladder at hys Plough, 
Erly on the morow to fcde hyra on bakon : 
Then fum ben that have trefour y nowgh ; 
And of ai deyntes plentjeand foyfon $ 
And no fredom with hys poceffion ; 
To go at large but as Bere at the (lake, 
To pas hys bondes but yf he leve take. 

20.Takethysanfwer ful for conclufion, 
To fynge in prifon thow fchalt not me conftreync s 
Tyll y have fredom in woddis up and downe : 
To fle at large on bowys both rough and plaine, 
And of refon thow fchuldeft not difdeyn : 

Of roy defy re but laugh and have good game, 

But who ys a Chorle wold every man wer the fame. 

11. Well quod the Cborle fith hit woll not be, 
That y defyre by my talkyng ; 
Magre thy wyll thow fchalt chefe on of thre s 
Within a Cage merele to fyng,^ 
Or to the Kychyn y fchall thy bode bryngej 

Pul thy federis that byn fo bryght and clere, 

And after rod or bake the to mydynere. 

22. Then quod the Bjrde to reflbn y fey not ney, 
Towchyng my fong a ful anfwer thow haft : 
And when my federis pulled byn awey, 
If y be rolled or bake in a paft, 
Thow fchalt of m e have a final repafte : 

But yf thow wylt werke by my councel, 
Thow may ft by me have a gret avay le. 

Gg 23. jt 

218 Hermes *Bird. 

23.Ifthowwoicto my rede aflene, 
Andfuffermego fcelc fro Prefon : 
Witowte raunfom or any oder rent $ 

Y fchall the gyf a notabil grete gwerdon, 
The thre grete Wyfdomy% acordytig to refon ; 

Mor of valew, take hede what y profier, 
Than a! the Gold that ys (bet in thy Cofer. 

24. Truft me wel y fchal the not deceyve. 
Well quod the Chork tel and letfe .- 
Nay quod the Bjrde a forne confeyve ; 
Who fchal teche of Refon he moft go fre s 
Hit fitteth a Mafter to have hys Liberte : 

And at large to teche hys ieflbn, 
Hafe me not fufpe&e y mene no trefon. 

25. Wcl quod the Cforley holde me content, 

Y truft the promys whkh thow haft made to me j 
The Byrdefc forth the ChorU wis of fent : 
And toke hys. flight np to the Lawrer tre, 
Then thought fche thus now that y ftand fre i 

With fnaris panters y caft not al my fyve, 
Nor wyth no Jyme twygges no mor to ftrive. 

26. He ys a Fole that fchaped ys daungere, 
That broke hys feteris and fled ys fro Prefon , 
For to refort agene :fof brentecbifdedreds fyre ? 
Eche man bewar of Wifdom and refon, 
Of fuger ftrawed that hideth falfe poyfon 5 

Ther ys no venom fo perilus in fcherpnes, 
As whan y t hath triakcle of lyknes. 

27. Who dredeth no pereH in perell he fchal fallen 
Smothe Watres byn of fithes depe 1 
The Quayle pipe can moft faifely calle ; 
Tyl the Quayle under the net doth crepe ; 
A bleryed Fowler truft not thogh he wepe : 

Eschew hys thumbe, of weping take no hede, 
That fraaie Byrdys can nyp by the hede. 

2S And 

Hermes Ttird. 210 

28. And now that y fuch daunger am fcaped, 
Y wyl bcwar and afore provide : 
That of no Fowlar y wil no mors be Japed, 
From theyre lyrae twygges to fly far afyde, 
There perel ys perel to abyde ; 

Com ner thow Chorle, take hede to my fpechej 
Of thre Wyfdomys that y fchal the teche. 

19. Yefnot of Wyfdom to hafty credens, 
To every Tale nor eche tydyng ; 
But confyder of Refon and Prudens ; 
Among Talys ys many a grete Icfyng, 
Hafty credens hath cawfed grete byndcryng : 

Report of talis and tydyngys broght up new, 

Maketh many a man ful on trew. 

30. For on party take thys for my Raunfom, 
Lerne the fecond grownded of fcripture : 
Defy re thow not by no condition 
Thyng that ys ympoflybyl to recute, 
JYorldly defyres ftante alle in a venture : 
And who defyreth to foare hygh a lofte, 
Oft tyme by foden turne he falleth on lofte, 

3 1 .The thyrd is thy s,bewar both even and morrow, 
Forget yt nought but lerne thys of me: 
For Treior loft, make never to grete Sorrow ; 
Wych in no wyfe may not recovered be, 
For who that taketh forrow for loiT in that degree : 

Reken fyrft hys loflfe, and after reken hys peyne, 

Of one forrow he maketh Sorrowys tweyne. 

3 2 . Aftur thys Leflbn the r Byrde began a fonge, 
Ofhyrafcapegretely rejoycyng: 
And fche remembred hyr allefo of the wronge 
Don by the Chorle, fyrft at hyr takyng, 
And of the affray, and of hyr impre/onyng ; 

Glad that fche was at large and owte of drede, 
Seyde unto hym hoveryng shove hys hede, 

Gg2 33. Thow 

no Hermes < Bird. 

33. Thow were quod fche a very natural Fofe 
To fuffer me departe of thy lewdnn : 

Thow owthtys of right to complaine and make dole, 

And in thy hert have grete heveries, 

That thow haft loft fo paflyng grete riches : 

Wych myght fuffice by valew in rekeyng 

To pay the raunfom of a myghty Kyng. 

34. Ther ys a Stone wych ys called fagownce, 
Of olde engendered within myne entrayle ;: 
Wych of fyne Golde poyfeth a grete unce ; 
Setryne of Colors lyke Garnetis of entayle, 
Wych makyth men vi&orius in batayle 5 

And who that bereth on hym thys Stme 9 
Ys ful afured agey ne hys mortal Fone. 

35. Who that hath thys in pofceffion, 
Schal fuffer no Povert ncrnon Indygens .- 
Bat of Trefour have plente and foyfon, 
And every Man fchal don hym reverence^ . 
Andean Enemy fchal don hym non offence ; 

Bnt fro thi honde* now that I am gone, 
Pleyne gyf thow wilt for thy parte ys none*, 

36. As y the abrayde her before, 
Of a (tone now that I had : 

The wych now thow haft forlore V / : ' 

Be alle refon thow fchuldys ben fad, ! "< 

And in thi hert nothyng glad : 

Now Chork y the tel in my device^ 

I was eyred and bred in Twite Paradyce* 

37. Now mo namys y fchal the tef, 
Of my ftone that y cal fagownce 1 
And of hys vermis with hys fme) | 
That ben fo fwete and fo odeferus, 
Wyth Ennock and Ely hath be my Fervis % 

My fwete fonge thatfowndethfofcherpe, 
Wyth Angeiks^vdyfe that paffeth eny harpe. 

j8r The 

Hermes ISird. 221 

38. The nigrum deamond that ys in Modems fees 
And the white Charbonkkel that rolleth in wave ; 
The fetryne Reby of ryebe degrus : 
That pafleth the ftonys of comen fawe, 
In theLapidery ys grown by olde lawe • 

He paffeth all ftonys that ys under hevyn, 
After the cowrfe of kynde by the Planets fevyn. 

39-Hyt ys for none Chorle to have fchuch trefour, 
That exfedeth alle Stonyt in the lapidery : 
And of alle vertuishe bereth the flowr, 
Wyth all joy and grace yt maketh man mery, 
That in thys worlde fchal never bynfory 5 

Now very Chorle thow pafleth thy gras, 

Y am at my leberte even as I was. 

40. As Clerkys fyndeth in the Bybell, 
At Paradys yatis whan he was caft ; 

By an Angel both fayr and ftyll, 

A downe Kyng Ely founder ther I threft, 

And of all ftonys yt was y left; 

Soche ftonys in place few ben y brought, 

Soroful ys the Ckorh -and hevyjn hys thowte, 

41. Now more £W/* yt te! yean, ; 
And thow wolt to me take hede : 

The *Byrde ofErmes ys my name, 
In ail the worlde that ys fo wyde, 
Wyth gletering of grace by every fyde, 

Hofe rr.e myght have inhys covertowr, 

He wer rychcher than eny Emperowr. 

42. Ely fender the corquerowr my Ston fraotdowne 
Upon hys helme whan hyt pyght : 

No mor then a pefe that ys fo rownde, 
Hyt was ther to no manys fyght, 
That leyde fo pleyne the manly Knyght $ 

Now y tel the wyth melde Stevyn, 

Thys myghty grace cam owte fro Hevyn, 
* Gg 3 43.Hye 

in Hermes "Bird. 

43. Hit cawfeth Love aad maketh men Gracius, 
And favorabd in ever mannes fyght : 

HiE maketh acorde of two Folks e&vyus ; 
Comforteth Sorowful and maketh hevy hcrts lyght* 
Lyke paflyng of co!ur Sunny bryght ; 

Y am a fole to tel the at onys, 

Or to teche a Chorle the pryce of precious Stonys. 

44. Men fchalle not put a precius Margareyt , 
AsRubeys, Saferys, and odtherStonys ynde; 
Emeraudys, nor rownde Periys whyte, 
Byforerude Swyne that love draffe of kynde: 
For a Sowe delyteth hyr as y fynde 

Mor in fowle draffe hyr Pyg^s for to glad, 
Than al the Perry that comes owte of Granad. 

45. Heche thyng drawes to hys femblable, 
Fyfrties in the See, Beftys on the Stronde ; 
The Eyr for Fowlys ys commendabyl, 

To the Plowghman for to tyll hys Londe, 
And to a Chorle a Muk-forke in hys honde. 

Y lefe my tyme eny more to tare 
To tell the "bewtr of the Lapidare. 

4<5. That thow haddeft thow getyft no more, 

Thi Lyme twygges and Panters y dcRe ; 

To let me gon thow were fowle over feen, 

To lefe the richch^s only of folye : 

Y am nowfre to fyng and to fle 

VVher that my lyft : and he is a Fole at all 
That goth at large, and maketh hymfelfe thrall. 

47^ To here of VVifdome thi neresbehalfe defe, 
Like a Naffe that lyfteth upon an Harpe • 
Thow muft go pype in a Ive leffe: 
Better ys to me to fyng on Thornes fcharpe, 
Than in a Cage wyth a Chorle to carpe : 

For hyt wasfeyd of Folkes many ycre agone, 
A Charles Chorte js oft me be gone. 

48, Now 

Hermes "Bird. 

48. Now Chorle y have the her tolde, 
My vertuys her wyth grete experience ; 
Hyt were to fume roan bettet thanGoIde; 
To the y t ys no fruftias a fentence, 

A Chepys Croke to the ys better than a Launce : 
Adew now Glohbs wyth herte fore, 
In Charles clowchys com y never more. 

49. The Chorle felt hys herte part in tweyne, 
For very forow and in funder ryve : 

Alas quod he y may wel wepe and pleyne j 
As a wreche never lyke to thryve, 
But for to indure in povert all my ly ve : 
Foroffolyand ofwylfulnes, 
Y have now loft all holy my ryches. 

50.I wasaLordey crye owte on Fortune, 
And had grete Trefor late in my keepyng • 
Wych myght have made me long to contune j 
Wyth that ilke^/otf* to have levyd aKyng, 
Yf y had fet hyt in a Ryng : 

Borne it upon me y had gode y nowe, 
Than fchuld y no mor have gon to the plowe* 

5 1. Whan the Byrde faw the Chorle thusmprne, 

That he was hevyofhyschere, 

Sche take her ffyght and agayne returne : 

Toward hym andifay d as ye fchal here, 

G dull Qhorle wifdom for to lere $ 
That y the taute allys lefebyhynde, 
Reyfed awey and dene owte of thy meynde. 

5 2. Taw tey the not thys Wyfdome in fentens, 

To every tale brought up of new, 

Not to haftyle gyf not ther to credens ; 

Unto tymethow know hit betrew, 

All ys not Gold that fcheweth Goldys hew i 
Norftonysallby nature as y fynde, 
Byn not Saferus that fchewy th colour ynde. 



Hermes 'Bird. 

53. In thys Doftryne y loft my labour, 
To teche the fuch Pf overbys of fubftaunce ; 
Now mayft thow fee thy lewd Blynde error ; 
For ail ray body poyfed in Balans, 

Weyth not a nounce iewde ysthi remembratmce ; 
Yet have y mor poyfe clofyd in rsyne entrayle, 
Than all my Body fet for Countervayle. 

54, All my Body weyth not an unce, 
How myght y have then in me a Hon : 

That poyfeth mor than doth .a grete fagounce % 

Thy brayne ys dull thi witte almoft gbn, 

Of hre Wyfdomys thow haft loft on; 
Thow fchulds not after my fentence, 
To every tale gefe to haftyly credence. 

55.Ibaddealfobewarbotheven andmorowe, 
For thynge loft by fuden adventur • 
Thow fchulds not make to moche forow; 
Whan thow feyft thow mayft not hit recover, 
Her thow fayleft wych doth thy beiy cure ; 
Inthefnare to catch me agayne, 
Thow art a Fole thy labor ys in vayne. 

56. In the thyrde alfo thow doft rave, 

Y bad thow fchulds in no maner wyfe 
Covet thyng the wych thow mayft not have, 
In wych thow haft fogetyn myne empryfe, 
Thaty may fay playnly to devyfe, 

Thow haft in madnes forgetyn all thre, 
Notabyl Wyfdomys that y taute the. 

57. Hit wer but fofy mor wyth the to carpe, 
Or to teche of Wyfdomys mor or lefle % 

Y holde hym madde that bryngs forth hys Harpe, 
Theron to teche a rode for doilyd Aflfe, 

And mad ys he that fy ngyth a Fo!e a Made 2 

And he ys moft madd that doth hys befynefle, 
To teche a Chorle the termys of Gentlenefle. 

5 3. And 

Hermes 'Bird. 

58. And femeblabilly in Apryll and in May, 
Whan gentyi Byrds moft make melody ; 
But the Cockow can fyng butoo lay ; 
In odthir tewnys fche hath no fantefy : 
Thus every thyng as Clerks do fpecify ; 

As Frute c n the Trees, and Folke of every age, 

Fro whenfe they come they have a tallage. 

SP.TheWynter treiythofhysWelfomwyndysi 
Of the gentyll Frute boftys the Gardener^ 
The Fy&r caftyth hys hokys and fays lynys^ 
Tocatche Fy fflie in the freflb Revy r , 
Of tyllyth 1 of Londe tretyth thepovvre- 

The Gentylmari tretyth of Gentry, 

The C/w^ dely tith to fpeke rebtwdryi 

tfo. All on to a Faucon and a Kyte H 
As good an Owle as a Popyngay K 
A dunghyll Douke asdeyntieth as a Snyte, 
Who fervys a Chorle hafe many a wofull day , 
Y caft me never her after mpr with the play 1 

To fore a Qmh any more to fyng, 

OfWyfdometocarpeinmy lyryng; 

61. The Folke that fcball tbys Fabyl fc and rede, 

New Forged Talys J. councel them to fir ~ 
For lojfe of Good take not " iogretehede M 
Be not toSoroyfalffyrnom 
Covet not ityngthrtrnaynot be, 

And remember wher ye goan, 

A Chorljs Chorhjsoffe wobegon. 

62* IJnto purpofe thys Proverh ys fa! ryve, 
{Redde arid reported by olde remembraunce • 
*A Chjldjs Byrde; and a Choky s Wjfe , 
Hath of tejythjs form and wfchawce. ' 
VVho hath f redom hath fnfSciaunce : 

Better ysFredom wyth lytle in gladnes, 
Thamobe a Chorle wyth all worldly rychches J 

Hh ^C^ 

%i6 Hermes *Bird, 

6$. Go lytyl Quiar and rcoraraaunde me 
To my Majfter wy th humbyl aflfeccyon, 
Be fekynghym lowly of merfy and pete 
Ofthysrudemakyngto ha companion; 
And as towchyng thys Tranflacyon 
Owte of the Frenfhe^ how fo ever the Englyfihs > 
All thyng ys fayd under correccyon, 
Wy th Asportation of yowr benygnite. 




Written by our Ancient and famous 
Englifli Poet, (jeoffry Chaucer, 

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The Chanons Yeoman. 

Han ended was the LyfeofSmt GcCylc, 
1 JEr we fully had rydden fyve myle : 
^tf Boughton tinder theblee usganatake 
A Man that clothed was in clothes blake$ 
And under that he had a whjte Surplyfe, 

His hakcny that was all pomelygryfe • 

Sofwete that itt wonder was to fee 5 

It Jeemedthat he hadprecked myles three. 

The borfe eke that his Toman rode uppo#, 

So Swete 9 that vimeth migh hegon: 

About the faytrelljlods the fome full hye 9 

He was of fome as flecked as apye : 

A Maletwyfolde on his croper lay • 

Ittfemed that he carryed letel Aray • 

All [fight for femer rode this worthy Man y 

And in my heart wondren I began, 

Hh z What 

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What that be was, till I under/lode, 

How that his cloke was few ed to his bode: 

For which whan I had long avyfedme * 

I demyd himfome Chanon for to be : 

His hatt hynge att his hacke by a Lace 

lor he had rydden more then trot or face. 

Herode aye pryckyng as he were wode^ 

A Clote leaf e he had layd under his bode, , 
For Swett and for to keepe his beede fim bete, 
But itt was joy for tofe bimfwete : 
Hisforeheed droned as a Stillatorie, 
But full of Playntaine or of Peritorie : 
And when he was come began crye, 
Gadfave (quod he) this lofty company : 
Fafi have I pricked (quod be) for your fake > 
Bycaufe that I wold you overtake y 
To ryden in this mery company. 

His Toman was eke full of curtefy, 
And fay d, Syrs, now in the morowe tyde, 
Out of your hoftrye I faw you ride^ 
And warned here my Lord and Soverayne^ 
Which that to ryden with you isfullfayne : 
For his diflorte^ he loveth dalyance. 

F rede for thy warning Godyeve thee good chanced 
Then fayd our Hojt, certayne in wold feme 
Thy Lord were wyfe 9 andfol may well deme : 
He is full Iocunde, alfoe dare I lay, 
Can be ought tell a mery Tale or t way 
With which he glad may this company \; 

Who Sir my Lord', ye without lye 
He can of my rt he and eke oflolyte, 
Notbutynough alfo Sir trufteth me • 
And ye him knewalfo well as doe T ' 

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Te wold wonder how well andthriftely 

He con the werke and tfytt infondry wyfe$ 

He bath taken on him many a great Bmpryfe ; 

Which were full hard for any that is here, 

To bring about 5 but they of him itt lere* 

As homely as he rideth among you 3 

If ye him knew itt wold ben for your prowe : 

Tenoldenot forgon his aquayntaunce, 

For Mochel good I dare lay tn balaunce 

All that I have in my poJJ<J?ion- r 

He is a man of hyedtfcrepon r 

Iwarne you well he is a pafting wyfe man. 

Wei quod our Hofte) I fray thee tell me than, 
Is he a Clcrkc or non ? tell what he is. 

A Clcrke ! nay greater then a Clerkc / wys, 
SaydtheToman,and in words f ewe, 
Ho fie of his Crape fomwhat wol I Jhew ^ 
I fay my Lord can fucba fubtelte. 
But of his Crafteye may not wete of me : 
And fomewhat helpe lyeU tohisworchyng, 
That all the ground that we be on rydyng, 
Till we come to Canterbury Towne, 
He could all cleane turne tip anddowne : 
And pave it all ^Silver and of Gold. 

And when this Toman had thus 1 told 
Unto our Hofte, hefajd bencdicitc, 
This thing is wonder and marvellous to me: 
Sens that thy Lord is of fo high prudence, 
{Becaufeof which men Jhold him reverence^ 
That of his worftnp recketh hefo lyte, 
His over eft ftepp is not worth a myte 5 
As in ejfeft to him fo mote I go, 
It is all bawdy and to tore alfoe. 

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Why is thy Lord Joe Jlotlyche I thee pray, 
And is of power better clothes to bey ? 
If that his dede accord with thy fpeech y 
Tell me that and that I thee befeech. 

Why {quod this ftiman) whereto askeyeme f 
God helpe meefo, for he Jhall never ythe : 
Bat Iwol not avtiw that I faye y 
K^&nd therefore heft itt fecrett I you praye , 
He is to wyfe in fay as 1 beleeve, 
That is overdone wil not preve*, 
And right as Clerkes fayne in is a vyce y 
Wherefore I holde him in that leude and nyct , 
For whan a man hath over great e a, witte, 
Full ofte H happeth him to mifufen itt : 
So doth my Lord, and that me grevethfore% 
God amend in, I can fay you no more. 

Thereof no force good Toman {quod our Hoft) 
Sens of the connyng of thy Lord thou woft ; 
Tell how he doth I pray the hertely, 
Sens that he isfo crafty and fojly, 
Where dwellen ye if itt to tell be ? 

In the Subbaroes of a Towne {quod he) 
Lurkejng in hemes and in lanes blynde, 
Where thefe Robbers^ and Tbeeves by kynde 
H olden her privy fearefull r evidence y 
As they that dare not Jhewen her pre fence, 
Soefare we if that I jhall fay thefothe, 
Ten (quod our Hofie) left me talketothe. 
Why art thou foe difcoLred in thy face? 

Peter (quod he) God y eve in hard grace $ 
Iamfoufed in the hottfyretoblowe, 
That. itt hath changed my colour as I trow : 
I am not wonte in no mirrour to prye y 


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But fwynke fore and lerne to Multiplye. 
We blondren ever andjpooren in thefyre^ 
And for all that wefaylen of our defyre :■ 
For ever we Ucken our condufion. 
To moche folke we do illufion : 
%^Andbmowe Goldebe itt a pound or two ^ 
Or ten or twelve or many fomes mo, 
And make hemwene at the lefle way, 
That of a pound we coulde make tway • 
Tett is itt falfc and ay hav we good dope 
Ittfor to done y and after it we grope. 
But that Science isfo ferre us by form, 
We mowe not all though we had itt fworne 
Itt overtake^ ittfipte away foe fafle, 
Itt wot us make Beggerl at the lafie. 

Whiles this Teman was thus in his talking 
This Chanon drew him nere and her de all thing 
Which this Teman Jpake, for fufpetfion 
ofmennesfpeche ever had this Chanon : 
For CdXO Jaythe^ he that giltye is y 
Deemeth all thing be fp eke of him Iwys : 
Bycaufe of that he gan fo nyghe to draw, 
To his Teman to her ken all his Jaw % 
And thus hefaydunto his Teman tho, 
Holde nowe thy peace and fpeke no words mo, 
For if thou doe^ thou Jhalt it (ore abye^ 
Thouflanderefi me here in this Companye : 
And eke difcovereli that thoujholdeft hyde. 

Te {quod our Ho fie) teS on whatsoever betyde, 
Of all his thretynge recke the not a myte. 

Infayth {quod he) no more doe I but lyte. 
And whan this Chanon/** ittwolde not be, 
But his Teman wolde t el his privy te 9 


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Hefledde away for very forrpw and frame. 
A {quod the Teman) herejhall ryfe a game, 
All that I can anon wolll you tell, 
Sens he is gone thefoule Fend him quell; 
Fyr never hereafter wol I with him mete, 
For fenny nefor founde I you behete* 
He that me brought firfi unto that game \ 
Er that he dye for r owe have he ana/hame*, 
For it is ernefi to me by my faith, 
Thatfele Iwellwhatfoe any man faith: 
And yen for all my fmerte and all my greife y 
For all my forrowe> labour and mifcheife^ 
I couthe never leave it in noe wy/e: 
Now wolde God my witt might fujfyfe , 
To telle n all that longeth to mat Arte. 
But natbelejfe, yet wol I tell you a parte c 
Sens that my Lordisgon I wol notfpare-, 
Such thyng as I know I wol declare* 

Here endeth the Prologue of the Chanons 
Yeoman, and her? followeth his Tale. 


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The Chanons Yeoman. 

IthxKis Chanon I dwelt fcavcti yere, 
And of this Science am I never the nere: 
All that I had I have loft thereby, 
And God wottc foe hath many moe then I, 

There I was-wontc to be right, frefli and gay, 

Of clothing and* eke of other good aray % 

Now may I weare an hofc uppon myne heed : 

And where my colour was bothfrefh and reed, 

Now itt is wanne and of a leaden hewe, 

Whoefoe itt ufcth, foreihall him rewe. 

And of my fwynke yett blered in myne Eye, 

Lo which avauntage itt is to Multiply: 

Thatflyding Science hath me made fo bare, 

That I have noe good where that ever I fare : 

And yett I am indetted fo thereby, 

Of Gold, that I have borrowed truly, 

That while I live I fhall itt quite never, 

Let every man beware by me ever ; 

What manner man that cafteth him thereto. 

If he contynue I hold his thrifte I do: 

So helpe me God thereby fhall he never wyn, 

Butempte his purfeand make his wittsthyn 5 

And whan he thorow his madneffc and folye, 

Hath loft his ownc good through Jeogardye : 

Than he exiteth other men thereto, 

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To lcfe her good as himfelfe hath do 5 
For unto fhrewes joy it is and efe, 
To have her fellowes in paine and difefe $ 
For thus was I ones ferved of a Clerke^ 
Of that noc charge, I wol fpeke of our werke* 

When we be there as we fhall exercife 
Our elvifh Craft 5 we femen wonder wife. 
Ourtcrmesben fo Clergiall and fo quaynte; 
I blow the fyrt tyll myn hearte faynte. 

Whatfliold I tell each proportion 
Of things which we werchen uppon ? 
Asonfyveor fyxe unces, may well be 
Of Silver or of fome other quantite 5 
And befye me to tellen you the names, 
OfOrpiment, brent Bones, Yron fquamesi 
That into powder grounden ben fullfmall, 
And in an Erthen pott how putt is all .• 
And fait y put in and alfo plpcre, 
Before thefepowdres that 1 fpeke of here I 
And welly covered whh a lompe of GlafTe 3 
And of moch other thing that there was. 
And of the potts and glaff englutyng, 
That of the ayre might paffe out nothings 
And of the eafy fyteand fmerte alfoe, 
Which that was made, and of the care and wo 
That we had in our matters Sublymeing, 
And in Amalgamyng and Caifenyng : 
OfQuickfilver icleped Mercuryefrude, 
For all our fleight we conne not "conclude. 
Our Orpyment and Su Jymed Mercury-, 
Our grounde Litarge eke on the porphirye : 
Ofecheofthcfe uncesa certayne 
Nothelpeth us, our labour is in vayne 5 


the Chanons Yeoman. 

Neeke our Spyrites affge^ioffn, 
Ne yet our matters, that lyen al$xe adoun : 
Mowe in our werkyng nothing avayle, 
For loft is our laboure and our travayle. 
AndalltheCofte, a twenty dyvel away, 
Is loft alfoe which we uppon itt lay. 

There is alfoe full many another thing, 
That is to our Craft apcrtaynyng : 
Though I by ordre hem ne reherce can, 
Bycaufe that I am a leud man. 
Yet wol I tellen hem as they come to mynde, 
Though I ne can fette hem in her kynde, 
As bole Armonyakc, Verdegreece, Boras, 
And fondry Veffles made of Erth-and Glas. 
Ourllrynalls and our Difcenfories, 
Vyols, Croffelctts and Sublimatorics : 
Concurbytcs and Alembykcs eke, 
And other fuch dcre ynough a lcke : 
It needeth not to reherce them all, 
Waters rubyfyeng and Boles, Gall 5 
Arfneke, Sal Armonyake and Brymftone, 
And herbes could I tell eke many one : 
As Egrimonye, Valeryan, and Lunaryc, 
And other fuch if that me lifte to tarye 5 
Our Lampes brennyngboth night and day, 
To bringen about our Crafte if that we may $ 
Our Fournyce eke of Calcination, 
And of our Waters Albifycation. 
Qnfleked Lyme, Chalke, and glere of an Eye, 
Poudres divers, Afhes,Dong,Pifle,and Cley: 
Sercdpokettes,falt Peter, and Vitriole, 
And divers fyres made of wood and cole 5 
Sal Tartre,AlkaIy,and Sal preparate, 

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And combuft matters, and coagulate, 

Clcy made wkh horfc donge, mans heere and Oyle, 

Of Tartre, Alym, Glas, Berme, Worte and Argoyle I 

Rcfalgor and other maters enbybyng, 

And eke of our Maters encorporing • 

And of our Silver Citrynacion, 

Our Ccmentyng, and eke Fermentacyon 5 

Our Ingottcs, Teftes and many mo. 

I wol you tel as was me taught alfb, 
Thefowre Spyritcs and the bodies feven, 
By order as oft I herd my lord ncmene. 

The firft Spyrite Quickfilver cleped is, 
The fecond Orpyment, the third I wis . 
Armonyake, the fourth Brim ftone. 

TheBodyes feveneke lohcre hem anone, 
Sol Gold is, and Luna Sylver we threpe, 
tJMars, Iron, Mercury, Quickfilver weclcpe: 
Satttrnus Lcde, and Iufiter isTynne, 
And Venus Copper, by my father kynne. 

This curfed Crafte whoe foe wolexercyfe, 
Hefhallnoegood have that may him fuflfyfe-, 
For all the good he fpendeth thereaboute, 
Helefe fliall thereof have I no dbute. 
Whofo that lyften to utter his folye, ' 
Let him com forth and lerne to Multiple : 
And every man that hath ought in his cofer 
Let him apere and wexe a Philofopher*. 
Askaunce that Grafte is fo light for to lere* 
Nay God wot all be he Monke or Frere 
Preifi,ot Chamn^oxzny other wight, 
Though he fytre at hys bokc both day and night- 
In IcrnyngQf this Elvyfli nyce lore, ? 

All is in vayne, andpardemochc more 5 


the Qhanons Yeoman. i^y 

Is to lere a leude man this fubtelte, 
Fye fpcke not thereof, itt wol not be $ 
Al coulde he lettrure or coulde he none, 
As in effect he (hall fynd itt all one 5 
For bothc two by my Salvacyon 
Concluden in Multyplycacyon : 
Ilyche well whan they have al ydo, 
This is to fayen, they faylen both two* 

Yet forgate I moche reherfayle. 
Of waters Corofyfe and lymayle : 
And of Bodyes molifycacion, 
And alfo of her Induration : 
Oyles, Ablucyons, Mcttall fufyble 
Totcllenyouall,wolde paffeany Byble: 
That G where is, wherefore as for the beft 
Gf all thefe names nowe woll I reft. 
For as I trowe I have you told ynowe 
To reyfe a Fende, al loke he never fo ro we. 

A nay let be the Phihfphers Stone 5 
Alixer clcped,we fcken fafte echeone, 
For had we him, than were we fykcr ynowe: 
But unto God of Heaven I make a vowe, 
For al our crafte whan that we han al ydo. 
And all our fleyght, he wol not come us to 5 
He hath made us fpend moche goode, 
For forrow of which almoft we wexen wodc y 
But that good hope crepcth in our herte, 
Suppofyng ever though we fore fmertc, 
To ben relevcd by him af terwarde, 
Suppofyng, and hope is fharpe and hardcy 
I warnc you wel it is to fyken ever, 
That future temps hath made men difcever, 
In truft therof all that ever they had, 

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Yet of that Arte, they could not waxe fad • 

For unto him itt isabytter fwete, 

Sofemeth itt, for ne had they but afhete: 

Which that they might wrappen hem in anight, 

Andabratte to walken in a day lights 

They woldcn hem fel and fpend it on this Craftc, 

They conne not ftynte,tyl nothing be lafte 5 

And evermore where that ever they gone. 

Men may hem ken by fmell of Brimftone : 

For al the world they ftynkenasa Gote, 

Her Savour is fo rammifh and fo hote : 

That though a man a rayle from him be, 

The favour wol infe&e him trufteth me. 

Lo thus by fmelling and by threde-bare aray, 

If that men lift this f olke know they may : 

And if a man wol aske him prively, 

Why they be clothed fo unthriftely: 

Right anon they wil rowne in his ere, 

Andfayne if that they afpyed were, 

Men wold hem flee bycaufe of her Science* 

Lo thus thefe folke betrayen innocence. 

Pafle over this I goe my tale unto, 
Ere that the pott be on the fyre ydo : 
Of Metalls with a certayne quantyte. 
My Lord hem tempreth and no man but he : 
Now he is gon I dare fay boldly, 
For as men fayne, he can done craftely 5 
Algate I wotte wel he hath fuch a name, 
And yet full oft he renneth in the blame, 
And wotte ye how full oft itt happeth fo, 
Thepottcto breaketh and farewel all i$ go* 
Thefe Mcttalls ben of foe greate violence, 
Our walls may not make hem refyftence 5 


the Qhanons Yeoman. 239 

But if they were wrought of lyme and ftone, 
They pcrcen foe and through the wall they gone-, 
And fome of them fynken into the ground, 
Thus have we loft by tymes many a pound: 
And fome are fcattered all the floore aboute, 
Some lepeninto the rofe withouten dome: 
Tho that the fende not in our fyght him fliewc, 
I trow that he with us be, that ilke (hrewe : 
In hell where that he is Lord and fyre, 
Ne is there no more wo, ne angrc, neyre: 
When that our potte is broke as I have faid, 
Every man chyte and holte him yvell apayde. 
Some fayd itt was long of the Fyre makeing, 
Somefayd nay, it was on the blowing: 
Than was I ferd, for that was myn offyce, 
Straw (quod the third) ye ben lewde and nycej 
It was not tempered as it ought to bee, 
Nay (quod the fourthe) ftynte and herktn me : 
Bycaufc our fyre was not made of bechc 
That is the caufe, and none other fo teche 5 
lean not tell whereon itt isalongc, 
But well I wotte greate ftrife is us among. 
What (quod my lord} ther nys no more to done, 
Of thefe perill I will beware ofte foone ; 
I am right Syker that the potte was crafed, 
Be as be may, be ye not amafed •, 
As ufagc is, let fwepe the floore as fwythe, 
Plueke up your heart and be glad and blythe. 
The Mullockc on an heapeyfwepte was, 
And on the floore caft a Canvas-^ 
And all this Mullocke in a fy ve y throwe, 
And yfyftcdandyplucked many a throwe. 
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Yet is there here though we have not all $ 
And though this thyng mifhapped hath as now, 
Another tyme it may ben wel ynowe $ 
We mote put our good inaventure, 
A Marchant parde may not aye endure^ 
Trufteth me wel in his profperyte, 
Sometyme his good is drowned in the fee ? 
And fometyme it cometh fafe unto the londe. 

Peace (quod my lord) the next tyme I wolfonde s 
To bring our Crafte all in another ply te, 
And but I doe Syrs lett me have the wyte : 
There was default in fomewhat wel I wote. 

Another fayd the Fyrc was over hotc. 
But be it hotte or coldc I dare fay this, 
That we conduden evermore amys : 
We faylen of that which we wolde have, 
And in our madnefle evermore we ^rave- 
And whan we be togythcr everychon, 
JEvery man fcmeth as wyfe as Solomon, 
But all thing which that ihyncth asthcGolde, 
Is not Golde as I have here tolde : 
Ne every Apple that is faire at Eye, 
Nys not good what fo men clappe or cry* 
Right foe itt fareth among us 5 
He that femeth the wyfeft by lefus 
Is moft foole when it cometh to the prefe, 
And he that femeth trueft is a Theefe : 
That fhall ye know er that I from you wendc, 
By that I of my Tale have made an end. 
There was a Chanon of Religyoun 
Amonge us, wolde enfcft all a Towne 3 
Rome, Alyfmndm^ Troy, and other thre 3 

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His fleyght and his infynyte falfenefie, 
There couthe no man written as 1 geffe-, 
Though that he might lyve a thoufandyerc 
In all this worlde of falfcneffc nyc his pere : 
For in his termes he wol him fo wynde, 
And kepe his words in fo flye a kynde, 
Whan he conignHhall with any wighr. 
That he wpl make him dote anon right. 
But it a iw&c be as himfelfe is, 
Full many a man hatfrhe begy fed er this \ 
And mo wol, if that he may lyve a whyle, 
And yet men ryden and gone full many amylc 
Himfortofeekeand have acquayntaunce, 
Not knowing of his falfe governauncc : 
Andifyelufte to give me audience, 
I wol it tellen here in your prefence. 

But worfliipfdlcifawftf relygyoufe, 
Ne demeth not that I fclaunder your houfe 5 
Although my tale of a Chanon be , 
Of every ordre fome fhrewe is pardc: 
And God forbid that al a Companye 
Shoulde rue a fy ngle mannes folye. 
To flaunder you is not my n entente, 
But to correct that my (Te is mcnt€ 5 
This tale was not only told for you , 
But eke for other moe ye wotte welhowe? 
That among Cbrifts Apoftles twelve, 
There was no traytour but Iudas himfelve : 
Then why fhouldc the remcnant have blame 
• That gyltleffe were ? by you I fay the fame : 
Save only this, if you wol herken me $ 
If any Judas in your Covent be , 
Rcmeveth him betyme I you rede, 

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Iffliaraeorlofiemaycaufcn anydrcde, 
And be nothing difpicfed I you pray, 
But in this cafe herkcnncth what I fay. 

In LONDON vtz&zPrcefi annucllere, 
. Thattherin had dwelt many ayere, 
Which was foe plefauntand fofervy fable 
Unto the Wyfe, where he was att table 5 
That fhc wolde fuffcr him nothing to pay 
For borde, nc clothing, went he never fo gayi 
And fpcnding Sylver had he right ynowc, 
There of no force Iwol proceed asnowe: 
And tell forth my tale of the Chatm, 
That brought' this Preefi to confufyon. 

This faldc Chan$ft came uppona daye 
Unto this PreeSs chamber where he laye,. 
Befecchyng him tolcye him a certayne 
©f Gold, and he wolde quyte him agen: 
Lcyetb me a Marke (quod he) but daycs thre^ 
And att my day Iwol quyte itt the 5 
And if it fo be, that thou fynde me falfe^ 
Another day bang me by the halfe. 

This Preefi tokc him-a Marke and that fwytfy 
And this Chmon him thanked oft fyth 5 
And toke his leve, and went forth his wey, 
And att his third day brought his money. 
And to this Preefi he toke this Goldayen^ 
Whereof this Preefi was ghddeand fayn. 

Certes (quod he) nothing anoycth me 
To lend a man a Noble, two or thre 5 
0E what thing were in my poffcffioni 
Whan he foe tyxt is of Condition : 
That in no wyfehebreke wol his day* 
To fuch a man I can never fay nay* 


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What (quod this Cbanon) ^holdc I be untrewe, 
Nay i that were a thyng fal/en of newe, 
Trouthe is a thyng that wol ever I kepe 
Unto the day, in which I fhall crepe 
Into my Grave, or els God forbedc: 
Beleveth this as fykcr as your Credc: 
God thanke I and in good ty me be it fayd, 
That there was never man yett y vcl apayd ; 
For Gold ne Syl ver that he to me lent, 
Ne never falfehede in myn herte I meat. 

And Sir (quod he) now of my privytc, 
Sens ye fo goodlych have ben to me ; 
Andkythetome fo great gentleneflc, 
Somwhattoquytewith your kyndneffej 
I wol you (hewe if ye wol it lere, 
(I (hall it (hewe to you anon right here) 
How I can werche xnPhjlofofbye : 
Takethgoodhcdeye (hall itfe with your Eye, 
That I woll done a Maiftrye or I goe. 

Ye Sir (quod the Preeft ) and wol ye for 
Maryc thereof I pray youhertely. 

Att your Commandement Sir truly, 
(Quod the Chanon) and els God forbedc, 
Lo how this thefc cojp the his fcrvyce bede. 

Ful fothc itt is that fuch profered fervyfe 
Stynketh, as wittneffeth the oldc wyfe : 
And that ful fone I wol it veref ye, 
InthisCtew rote of L all trechery, 
That evermore delyte hath and gladncfle: 
Such fendly thoughts in his herte emprcfle, 
How Chrifts people he may to mifchiefc bring, 
God kepe us from his faifc diflymuling. 

What wyft this Preeft with whom that he delte, 

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Ne of his harme comyng nothing he felte. 
O CclyPreeft, O fely Innocentc. 
With Govctyfc anon thou {halt be Mente: 
O gracelefTe fWblyndc is thy conccyte, 
Nothyng arte thou ware of his deceyte. 
Which that this foxe hath ihapen to the, 
Hswy lye wrenches thou mayftnotffa. 
Wherefore to goc to thy Conclufyon, 
That referrethto thy conf ufyon : 
Unhappy man anon I wol me hye, 
To tell thy n unwittene thy folye: 
And eke the talfenefiTe of that other wretche, 
As fer fort he as my connyng woi ftretche. 

This Chamn was my Lord ye wold wene, 
Syr hofte in fayth and by the heven Qciene $ 
It was another Cbanon and not he, 
That can an hundredfold more fubtelte : 
He hath betrayed folke many a tyme, 
Gfhis falfeneffe it doleth me toryme^ 
Ever whan Ifpeke of his falfeheed, 
For fhame of him my chekes^ waxen reed: 
Algates they begennen for to glowe, 
For redneffe have I non right well I knowe 
In my vifage, for fumes dyverce 
Of Metalls which ye have herde me rehercc 3 
Confumed and wafted hath my rcdncfTe, 
Now take heed of this Cbanom Curfedneffc. 
SyrYquodhe;tothe Preeft, fet your Man gor^ 
For Quickfilver that we it had anon 5 
Andlett him bring unces two orthre. 
And whan he cometh as fafte ihul ye fe 
A wonder thyng which ye faw never er this 5 
Syr (quod the Prcefi) itt ihalbedonc iwys :.' 


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He badd his fervaunte fetch him this thyng, 
And he already was att his bydding -, 
And went him forth and came anon agayne 
With this Quickfylver fhortly for to fayne : 
And toke thefe unccs tfyrc^to the Chanow^ 
And he hemfayd well and fayreadoun: 
And bade the fervaunt Coles fortobryng, 
That he anon might go to his werkyng. 

The Coles right anon were yfet, 
And this Chanon toke out a Croffelett 
Ofhisbofomc, and (hewed it to the Preefi : 
This Inftrument (quod he) which that thou feefc 
Take in thy hond, and put thy felfe therein 
Of this Quickfylver an uncc and begyn 
In the name of Cfyft to wexe a Phihfofber y 
There be ful fewe which I wolde it profcr $ . 
To fhewe him this moche of my Science, 
For here fhul ye fe by experience, 
That this Quickfylver I wol mortifye 
Right in your fyght anon withouten lye, 
And make it as good Sylver and asfyne, 
As there is any in your purfe or myne 5 
Or elfe where, and make it malliable, 
Or els hold me falfe and unftable y 
Amonges folke ever to apperc. 

I have a poudre that coft me deere, 
Shall make all good, fork is caufe of all; 
My connyng, which I you fhewe (hall $ 
VoydetH your Man, and let him be therout, 
And fhette the dore, whyles we ben about 
Our privetie, that no man us efpy, 
Whyles that we Werken in our Philofophyc* 
Al as he bade fulfylled was indede: 

Kk 3 This 

2^6 The Tale of 

This ylke fcrvant anon out yedc, 
And his Maifter fhettc the dorc anon, 
And to her labour fpcdily they gone. 

This Preeji at this curfed Chtwns byddyng, 
Upponthefyre anon fee thisthyng-, 
And blewe the fyrc and befyed him ful faftc, 
And this Chanon into this croflet caftc 
A pouder, I not wherof it was, 
Ymade either of Chalke, Erthe, or Glaffe 
Or fomwhat els, was not worthc a fly, 
Toblyndcwich this Preefi^md bade him hye 
Thefe Coles for to couchen al above 
The Crofflet for in token that I the love ; 
(Quod this Ckanori) thyn hondes two, 
Shal wcrke al thing that here fhalbe do $ 
Graunt mercy (quod the Preeft) and was ful glad, 
And couched coles as xhtGb&nvn bad. 
And why le he befy was, this fendely wretch, 
This falfe Chant*, the foule fendchimfetchcj 
Out of his bofome toke a bechen cole, 
In which ful fubtclly was made an hole, 
And therein was put of Sylvcr lymayle, 
An unce, and flopped was without fayle, 
The hole with waxc to kepe the Limaylc in. 

And underftandeth that this falfe gyn 
Was not made there, but it was made by fore ; 
And other thynges that I fhall you tell more 
Heraf ter, that whichc he with him brought, 
Er he came there to begyk him he thought : 
And fo he did er they went a twynne 
Till he had turned him, coulde he not Wynne, 
It dulleth me whan that I of him fpeke, 
On his falfe hedc fayne wolde I me wreke , 


the Qhanons Yeoman. i/^rj 

If I wyftc how, but he is hcre-anthhere, 
Hcisfo varyaunthe bydeth no where. 

Buttaketh heed Syrs nowc for Godds love, 
He toke his Cole of which I fpake above , 
Andinhishondehe bare it prively, 
Andwhyles the Preeft couched beflly 
The Coles, as I told you er this, 
This Chanon fayd, Frende ye done amys : 
This is not couched as it ought to be ; 
But fonc I ihall amend it (quod he) 
Nowe let me medle therwith but a whyle, 
For of you have I pyte by Sam Gyle : 
Ye ben right hotte, I fc wel how ye fwcte, 
Have here a clothe and wype away the wcte : 
And while the PreeH him wypedhace, 
This Chanon toke the Cole, I fhrewc his face : 
Andlaydit aboven uppon the mydwardc 
©f the Croflet, andblewe wel afterwarde, 
Till that the Coles gonnc faftc brenne. 

Nowc yeve us drinke (quod this Chance) then, 
As fwythe al fllall be wel T undertake, 
Sytte we downe and let us mery make 5 
And whan this Chanons bechen Cole 
Was brent, al the Limayle out of the hole 
Into the Groflet anon fell adoun, 
And foe it muft needesby rcfoun, 
Sens it fo even above couched was, 
But thereof wyfte the Preeft nothing alas r 
He demed all the coles lyche goode, 
For of thefleyght nothing he underftoode. 
And whan this Alkamtpre fawc his ty me, 
Ry feth up Syr Preeft (quod he; and ftondcth byme| 
Aftdior I wott well yngot have I none : 


24,8 The Tale of 

Gothc walketh forth and brynge a chalkc ftone, 
For I wol make it of the fame fliappe, 
Thatanyngottisjflmay have happc-, 
And bring eke with you a bolleor a panne 
Full of water, and you fliall fe thanne, 
How that our befynefle fhall happe and prevc, 
And yet for ye fhallhave no misbykvc, 
Ne wronge conceyte of me in your a&fence, 
I wol not ben out of your pretence : 
But goe with yoirand come with yonagaync 

The Chamber dore fhortly to fayne, 
They opened and fhette and went forth her wcy , 
And forthe with him they carryed the key h 
Andcomenagen withouten any delay, 
What fhulde I tarry all the long day? 
He toke the Chalke and fliope it in the wyfe 
Of an yngot as I ihall you devyfe. 

I fay he tokeout of his ownc fleve 
A teyne of Sylver, yvel mote he chevc 5 
Which that was but an unce of weight, 
And takcth heed now of hiscarfed fle'ight, 
He fliope his yngot in lenght and in brede 
Of the teyne withouten any drede, 
Soflilythatthe Preeftii not afpyde, 
And in his fleve agayne he gan it hyde 5 
And from the fyre toke up his Matterc, " 
And into the yngot it put with mery chere : 
And into the water- vcflele he it cafte 
Whan that him lift, and bade the Preeft as fafte 
Looke what there is put in thyn honde,and grope 
Thou (haltfinde there Sylver as I hope- ~ 
Whatdyvel of hell fhulde it els be * 
Shaving of Sylver, Sylver is parde. 


the Qhanons Yeoman. &j,p 

He put in his hondc and toke up a Teync 
'Of Silver fyne, and glad in every veyne 
Was this Preefi, whan he faw itt was fo, 
Gods bleflynge and his Mothers alfo: 
And al hallowes have ye Sir Chanm 
Saydthis Preefi^nd 1 her Malyfon. 
But and ye vouchfafeto tcchc me 
This noble Crafte, and this fubtelte 5 
I wol be yours in althat ever I may. 

Qpod the Chanon yet woll I make affay 
Thefeconde tyme, that ye mo we takeheede, 
And ben expert of this and in your neede 
Another day affay in myn abfencc, 
This Difciplyne and this crafty Science. 
-Lette take onother ounce (quod he) tho 
-Of Quickfylver withouten words mo, 
And don therwith as I have don er this, 
With that other which that nowe filver is. 

This Preefi him befycth in all that he can, 
To don as this Chanw this curfed man 
Commanded him, and faft blew the fyre 
For to come to the effeft of his defyre 5 
And this Cbanon right in the meane while, 
Allredy was, t\us Preefi efteto begyle 5 
And for a Countenance in his honde bare 
An holow fticke, take keepe and beware ; 
In thend of which an unce and no more 
Of Sylver Lymayle putte was,as before, 
Was in his cole, and flopped with wexe wele, 
For to kepen in his Lymaile every dele. 

And whiles this Preefi was in his befynefle 
This Chanon with his ftickc gan him dreffe 
To him anon, and his poudre caftin, 

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250 The Tale of 

As he did erft a the Dy veil out of his styii 
Him torne, I pray to God for his falfhedc, 
For he was ever falfe in thought and dedc: 
And with his fticke above the Crofllette, 
That was ordeyned with that falfe iette, 
Heftyreth the coles tyl all relent gan 
The waxe agayne the fyre, as every man, 
But he a foole be, wote wcl it mote ncde, 
And al that in the hole was out yede : 
And into the crofflette haftely it fell. 

The Preeft fuppofed nothing but well, 
But befyed him faft and was wonder fayne, 
Suppofing nought but trouthe, foth to fayne : 
He was fogladd that I cannot expreffc, 
In no manerc his mirth and his gladnefle 5 
And to the Chanon he profered eft foonc 
Body and good : ye (quod the Chanon) anone, 
Though I be poore, crafty thou fhalt me fynde, 
I warne the yet is there more behynde 5 
Is there any Copper here within fayd he? 

Ye Sir (quod the PreeH) Itrowc there be. 

Els go bye fome and that afwy the. 
Nowe good Sir go forth thy way and hythe. 

He went his way and with the Coper he came 3 
And this Chanon in his honde it name; 
And of that Coper wayed out but an uncc, 
All to fymple is my tonge to pronounce : 
As to miniftre by my wytte the doubleneffe 
Gf this Chanon, roote of all curfydncflc : 
He femed freindly to hem that knew him nought* 
But he was fendly both in wcrke and thought, 
Itweryeth me to tell ofhisfalfeneffe 
And nathlefle, yet wall it expreffc, 


the Chanons Yeoman. 251 

To the entent that men may beware thereby. 

And for none other caufe truly. 
He put tWs unce of Coper into the Crosflett, 

And on the fyre as fwythe he hath it feet 5 

And caft in ponder, and made the Preefi toblowe 

And in his workeing for to ftoupe lowe : 

As he did erfte , and all nas but a jape, 

Right as him lyfte, the Preeft he made his Ape 5 

And afterward in the yngot he it cafte, 

And in the panne put it at the laftc 

Of water, and in he put his owne honde, 

And in his fleve, as ye by forehonde 

Herd me tell, he had a Sylver Teyne, 

He flily toke it out,this curfcd heyne, 

Unwetyng this Preefi of his falfe crafte, 

And in the pannes botome he hath it laftc, 

And in the water rombleth to and fro : 
And wonder prively toke up alfo 
The coper Teyne, not knowing this Preeft y 
And hyddeitt, and hent him by the breft 5 
And to him fpakc, and thus fayd in his game, 
Stoupeth adowne, by God ye be to blame, 
Helpeth me nowe, as I did you whylere : 
Put in your honde, and loketh what is there. 

This Preefi toke up this Sylver Teyne anoi* 9 . 
And then faid the Cbanon^ lette us gon 
WiththefethreTeynes which we han wrought 
To fome Goldfmy the, and wete if it be ought : 
For by my faith, I nolde for my hoode, 
But if it were Sylver fyne and goc de, 
And that as fwythe wellproved flialbe. 

Unto the Goldfmy the with thefe Tcynes three. 
They went and put them in afTaye, 

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%fi *I be Tale of 

Tofyrcand hammer, might no man fay nay, 
But they were as them ought for to be. 

This fotted Preejl who was gladder then he, 
Was never Byrd gladder agenft the day, 
Ne Nightyngalc agenft theceafonofMay, 
Was never none, that lyft better to fynge, 
Ne Lady luftier in Carolyng : 
And for to fpeke of love and woman hede, 
Ne Knight in armesto done a herdy dede, 
To ftonden in grace of his Lady dere, 
Then had this Preejl this crafte to lere, 
And to the Chanon, thus he fpake and fayd 
For the love of God, that for us all c^yd, 
And as I may deferveit unto yow, 
What {hall this receitecoft, tcllethme nowe .? 

By our Lady (quod this Chmon) idsderc, 
I warne yoij well; fave /and a Frere : 
In ENGLAND there can no man it make. 
No force (quod he) nowe Sir for Gods fake, 
What fhall I pay * tell me I you pray. 

Iwys v quod he it is ful derc I fay. 
Syr at one word if that ye lyft it have, 
Ye fhall pay fortye pound, lo God me fave : 
Andnerethefreindfhyp that ye did er this 
To me, ye (hulden pay more y wys. 

This Preejl the fome of forty pounde anon 
Of Nobles fette, and told hem everychon 
To this Chanon for this ilke rcceyte, 
All his worchyng was f raude and deceyte* 

SyrP/^hefaid-, Ikepe for to have no loos 
Of my craft, for I wold itt were kept doos : 
And as ye love me kepeth it fecre. 
For and men knowe all my Subtelte, 


the Qhanons Yeoman. 252 

By God men woldehave foe greate cnvyc 
To me by caufe of my Phylofophye : . .. . 
I fliuldc be deed^ther w<re none other way. 

God it forbid (quod the Preeft) what ye fay: 
Yet had I lever fpend all the good, 
Which that I have, or els waxe I wood 
Than that ye fliouldc fallen in fuch mifcheife : 
For your good wyll have ye right goodprefe, 
(Quod the Chanen)znd fare well graunt mercy: 
He went his way, and never the Preeft him fey 
After that day : And whan that this Preeft {holde 
Makcn affay at fuch ty me as he wolde, 
Of this recey te 5 f arwell it nold rm be : 
Lothus bejapedandbegyledwashe. 
Thus maketh he his Introdu&ion, 
To bringc folkc to her diftru&ion. 

Confy dereth Sirs, howe in eche eftate : 
Betwixt Men and Gold is debate, 
Soe fer for the, that unneths there is none, 
This Multiplyeng blyndeth fo many one $ 
That in good fayth, I trowc that it be 
The greateft caufe of fuch fcarfytc 
Thefe Phjhfofhers fpeken fo miftily , 
In this Crafte, that men cannot come thereby, 
For any witte that men have nowe adayes, 
They may well chattre and jangle as doth the Jayes : 
And in her termes (ett her lufte and payne, 
But to her purpofe /hall they never attaine 5 
A man may lightly lerne if he have ought, 
To Multiply and bring his good to nought: 
Lo fuch a Lucre is inthis lufty game, 
A mans myrthe it wol turns all to grame : 
And emptier* alfo greate andhevy purfes, 

L 1 3 * And; 

154* ^ e ^ a ^ e °f 

And raaken folke to purchafe curfes : 
Of hem that han alfoc her good ylcnt. 
O fye for ftiame, they that han be brente i 
Alas cannot they fly the fyres hete, 
Ye that it ufen, I rede that ye it lete : 
Left ye-lefen al, for bet then never is late, 
Never to thryve were to long a date, 
Though that ye prolle aye ye fhallit never fynde, 
Y e ben as bold as is Bayarde the bly nde ; 
That blondereth forth ? and periil cafteth none^ 
He is as boldexo mime agenft a ftbne. 
As for to gobefyde inthcwayv 
So farenye thataniiltiplyen I fay 
If that your Eyen can ] not fene aright, 
Loketh that your My ndc lacke not his fight ; 
For though ye lokc never foe brode and ftare, 
Ye fliall not wynne a myte in that chaffarc : 
But wafte all that ye may repe and rerme, 
Withdrawe thefyrcleaft it to faft brennfc: 
Medleth with that Arte noe more I mencf 
For yf ye done your thrifte is gone full cleane. 
And right as fwythe I^oll youtelferi here, 
What that the Pbjkfapkirs faynelftthismattere. 

Lo thus faith Arnoldeot the newe tCunc, 
As his Rofarye maketh mencioune: 
He (%ytk right thus, withouten any lye, 
There may noe; man Mercury mortif ye % 
But if it be with his brothers knowlegyng- 
Lohow that he which firflefayd this thyng 
Of Phylofophers father was,Hermes. 

He faythe how that.the Dragon doutleflfe 
Ne dycth not> but if he be flayne 
With his brother ; and this is for to fayne p 


the Qhanons Yeoman. 25$ 

By the Dragon Mercurye and none other, 
He underftood that Brimftone was his brother. 
That out of Sal and Luna wereydrawc, 
And therefore fayd he, take heed to my fawc. 
Let no man befye him this Arte for to feche, 
But he that the Entention and fpeche 
Of Phybfiphen underftonde can, 
And if he do he is a leud man.- 
For this Science, and this connyng fquod he) 
Is of the Secre, of the Sccres parde. 

Alfoe there was a Difciple oiPlato^ 
That on atyme fayd hisMaifterto: 
As his booke Senior wol bere wytneffe, 
And this was his demaundeJn fothfaftnefle. 
Tell me the name of thr privy Stoned 

And Plato anfwered unto nim anone, 
Take the Stone that Tytanos men name. 

Which is that (quod hp t) Magnatia is the fame, 
Said Plato : ye Sir, and is it thus * 
This is ignotum per > ignotius : 

What is Magnatia\good Sir I you pray f 
It is a Water that is made I fay 
Of Elements foure (quod Plato) 

Tell me the Rocke good SirYquod fictho) 
Of that Water, if it be your wyll. 

Nay nay (quod Plato) ccrtayne that I nyll, 
The Philosophers were y fworne echone, 
That they fhulde difcover it unto none 5 
Ne in no Boke it write in no mancre* 
For unto Chrifi it is fo lefe and dere , 
That he wol not that it difcovered be* 
But where it liketh to his deite 5 
Man to enfpy re and ekefor to defends 


25g The Tale, <3tc. 

Whan that him lyketh, lo this is his ende. 

Then conclude I thus, fens the God of heaven, 
Ne wyl not that the Pbylof&phers neraen: 
Howe that a Man fhall come unto this Stone, 
I rede as for the beft,lett itt gone$ 
For who fo maketh God his adverfary, 
As for to wcrche any thing in contrary : 
Unto his will, certes never fhall he thrive * 
Though that he Mulriplye terme of his live, 
And there a poynte .• -for ended is my Talc, 
God fend every true maxiBoutfhisbak* 

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Ot yet full fieping,nor yet full waking, 
Butbetweene twayne lying in a trauncc; 
Halfe clofedmine Eyne in my (lumbering, 
Like a Ma rapt of all cheer & countenance; 
By a manner of weninge & Remembrance 
Towards Aurora, ere Vheebus uprofe, 
I dreamed one came to me to doe me plcafaunce 
That brought me a Boke with feaven fcales clofe. 

2. Following upon I hada wonderfull dreame, 
As femed unto my inward thought, 
Thcfaceofhimfhoncas the Sun-beame: 
Which unto me thys hevenly Boke brought, 
Of fo greate Riches that yt may not be bought. 
In order fet by Dame Philofofhie, 
TheCapitall and the flowrifhing wrought 
By a wife Prince called Theokgie. 

3. Thys Boke was written with letters aureae. 
Perpetually to be put in memory , 
And to Apollo the Chapters confecrate, 
And to the feaven Gods in the hevenly Confiftory * . 
And m Mercuries Me Oratory, 
Groweth all the fruite in breefe of thys Science, 
Who can exprefle hem and have of hem Vi&ory , 
May clay me the tryumphof his Mineral! prudence. 

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258 T>ajlins Dreame. . 

4. Of this matter above betweenc Starrs feavcn, 
By Gods and Goddeffes all of one affent^ 
Was fent Caducifer to Erth downe form Heaven .* 
Saturms as Bedell by great advifement ; 
For to fummon a generall Parliament, 
By concord of all both old and younge of age. 
To fay in Breife theirCouncell moft prudent : 
For Common profit to knitt up a Marriage. 

5.Betweenetwaine Borne of the Imperiall blood, 
And defcended from lupiters line, 
Of their Natures moft pure and moft good 5 - 
Wythowte infeccion their feede is moft divine : 
That noe Eclips may let them for to fhine. 
So that Mercury doth ftint all debate, 
And reftraine their Gourageby meaknes them incline 5 
That of frovvardnes they be not indurate. 

6. For the Stinne that fitteth fo heigh a loft, 

His golden dcw-droppesfhall cleerely raigne downe,. 

Bythe:meane of CMercury that moven fifft madefoft: 

Then there fchalbe a glad Conjunccion, 

Whan there is made a Seperacion : 

And their two Spermes by Marriage are made one 5 

Andthefaid Mercury by devifion, 

Hath taken his flight and from both is gone. 

7. Thefebe the mo Mercuries cheife of Philofophers, 
Revived againe with the Spirit of lyfe, 

Richer then Rubies or Pearles ihut in Cofeurs 5 

Wafhed and Baptized in waters vegitative, 

The body diffevered with heate nutrative : 

By moderate moyfturc of Putrefaccion$ 

So that there is no excefle nor no ftrife 

Of the foure Elements ia their Gonjuncciona 

T>aflin%T>reame. %^p 

8 # Thegraine of Wheate which on the ground doth 
But it be dead it may not fru&ifie, (fall, 

Ifit be hole the vertuc doth appayle-, 
'And in no wife it may not Multiply e, 
The incrcafc doth begin whan it doth Putref?e 5 
O f good Grafts commeth Fr uites of good laftage 3 
Of Crabs Verjuyce, ofAfh is made Lye 3 
Of good Grapes followed) a good Vintage. 

q. Who foweth good Seede repech good againe. 
Of Cockles fowne there can grow no good Whea 
For asfuch a Ploughman traveled} in vaine, 
ToFiuitefull Land Cockle is not meete; 
Gall is ever bitter, Honey is ever fweete. 
Of all things contrary is fals Connections, 
Let Male and Female together ever.meete 5 
But both be clenfcd of their Complexions. 

10. A Man of Nature ingendereth but a Man, 
And every Beaft ingervdereth his femblable^ 
And as Philofophers rchearfc well can, 

Diana, and Venus in marriage be notable, 
A Horfe with a Swine joyneth not in a ftable, 
For where is made unkindly geniture , 
What followeth but things abominable ? 
Which is to fay Monfirum in Nature. 


11. All this I findc in the faid Boke, 
Brought to me when 1 lay a fleepe 5 
And of one thing good heede I toke 5 

The Wolf in kinde is Enemy to the Sheepe. 
TheRofe full divers to the wild Neepe: 
For things joyned that be contrary-, 
Dame Nature complayning doth fit and weepe : 
For falce receipts found in her Library. 

Mm 2 And 

i6o Dajiin'sDreatne. 

12. And there it was fo pitioufly complained, 
That men To err by falfe Opinions 
That be fo farr from truth away reftrained, 
Like as they had loft wholly their Reafons , 
Not confidering in their discretions •, 
, What mifcheife followeth as is oft feene. 
By thefe falfe froward Conneccions : 
As doth leapers with folkes that byne cleane. 

1 3.Notwithftanding he that is fate fo high in heaven, 
Crown'd with a Crowne of bright (tones cleere, 
Borne there to raine as cheife chofen of feaven : 
Equall with Vhcebu* fhone in the fame fpferc, 
Without difference as Clerkes to us leare, 
Sate there moft royallin his diadem : 
Very Celeftiall and Angelike of chcare 5 
And in all vertue like as he did feeme. 

14. And in that Boke I found well by writing, 
Like as the procefTe made mention : 

How that there was once a mighty rich King, 

Gleane of nature and of Complexion : 

Voyde of deformity from head foe forthe downe, 

Which for his beauty as it is fpecificd. 

And for his clcanes moft foverayne of renownc r 

Was among Planets in heaven ftellefyed. 

15. Certaine Brethren I found he had in Numbeiy 
And of one Mother they were borne every each one : 
But a Sicknesdid them fore cumber. 

That none was whole on his feetc to gone, 
Hoarfe of language, cleere voice had they none: 
For with a fcabb that was contagious, 
They were infected, hole was their none $ 
For ever exiled becaufe they were Leaprous. 

*DaJliris Dreame* 161 

\6> The faid King rofeup in his Royallfcc, 
Seeing this mifcheife caft his Eye dowrte,. 
And of his mercy, and f raternall pittye, 
Surprized in heart, full of Compaffion : 
And began to complaine of their Infeccion, 
Alas quoth he how came this adventure, 
Under what froward or falfe Conftclacion $ 
Or in what howre had yee your ingendurc. 

17. But fithence this mifcheife ys to you befall. 
There is nothing which were more expedient, 
Then to chufc one outamongft us all, 
Without fpott all cleere of his intent , 

For you to dye by his owne ^flent. 
To favc the people from their Damnation*. 
And with his blood ere you be fully fhent,. 
To make of his mercy your remiffion. 

1 8. The which Liquor moft wholefome is and good, 
Againft leprous humors and falfe infeccions, 
When from a veyne taken is the blood 5 
Cleanfing each parte from all corruptions, 

The Originall taken from generations: 
Which is defcended downe from ftock royalty 
Nounihed with Milke of pure complexion h 
With menftrous which are not fuperficiall. 

1.9. But when the Brethren of this worthy King 
Heard the Language , they fell in full great dread, 
Full fore weeping and faid in Complayning 
That none of them was able to bleede, 
Bccaufc j:heir blood was infectious indeede, 
And of corrupt blood made is noe Sacrifice,, 
Wherefore alas there is noe way to fpeede , 
That we can finde, to helpe us in any wife,. 

M m 3 Of. 

6i DaftinsDreame. 

20. Of our Birth and of our Original^ 
Cleerely and truly to make mcncion 5 
Excufe is there none in parte nor in all 5 
In fin was firft our concepcion .• 

Our bringing forth and generation, 
Fulfilled was in forrowe and wickedncfle, 
And our Mother in a fhort conclufion 
With Corrupt milke us foftred in diftrcflfe, 

21. For who may make that feede to be cleanc 
That firft was conceived in uncleanes, 

For cancred ruft may never I meane, 
By noe crafte (hew forth parfeft brightnes : 
Now let us all at once our Courfe addres •,. 
And goe unto our Mother to aske by and by, 
The finall caufe of our Corrupt ficknes 5 
That fhe declare unto us the Caufe and why, 

22. The faid Children uprofe in a fury 
Of wofull rage, and went by one aflent 
Unto their Mother that called was Mercury 1 
Requiring her by greate advifement, 
Before her Goddejfes being every one prefent. 
To tell them truly and in noe parte to faine, 
Why their nature was corrupt and fhent -, 

That caufed them evermore to weepe and complaint. 

23. To whome the Mother full bright of face and hew, 
Gave this anfwer remembred in Scripture, 
Firft when I was wedded a new , 
I conceived by proffes of true Nature .• 
A Child of feede that was rnoft cleanc and pure , 
Undefiled, rnoft orient, faire and brighr, 
Of all the P L A NETS cheife of ingendure .- 
Which now in Heaven giveth fo clcere alight. 

T)ajliri$ c Dreamc. i6) 

24. Whofe Complexion is moft temperate, 
In heate and cold and in humidity. 

In Erth alfo that there is noe debate, 
Nor noe repugnaunce by noe quallity: 
Nor none occafion of none infirmity , 
-That among them there may be nonedifcord, 
So well proportioned every- each in his degree, 
Each hower and fpace they be of fo true accord** 

25. Whofe Nature is fo imperiall, 

That fire fo burning doth him noe diftreffe :. 
His royall kinde is fo celeftiall , 
Of Corruption he taketh no fickneffe; 
Fire, Water, Air, nor Erth with his drines, 
Neither of them may alter his Complexion, 
He fixeth Spirits through his high noblenes 5 
Saveth infecfted bodyes from their Corrupcion, 

26. His Heavenly helth death may not aflayle, 
Hedreadeth noe venome,norneedeth no treacle* 
Winde Tempeft ne Wether againft him may prevaile,. 
Soe high in Heaven is his Tabernacle, 

In Erth he worketh many a miracle : 
He curech Lepers and fetcheth home Fugitive,, 
And to gouty Eynegiveth acleere Spectacle: 
Them to goe that lame were all their lief,, 

27. He is my Son and I his Mother deare, 
By me conceived truly in Marriage; 

As touching your Birth the ficknes doth appeare^ 
Of Menftruous'blood brought forth in tender age 3 
Your Leprie is fliewed in Body and in Vifage, 
To make your hole Medicine is no other 

I Drinke, nor potion to your advantage j, ; 

j^ut the pure blood of him that is your dears Brother. 

z £a Dajliris Dreame. 

2?. A good Shephard muft dye for his Sheepe, 
Without grudging to fpeake in words plaine, 
And fcmblable take hereof good keepe a 
Your Brother muft dye and newe be borne againe. 
Though he be old, be hereof well certaine j 
To youth againe he muft be renewd, 
Antf fuffer paffion or elfe all were vainc, 
Then rifing againe right frefii and well hewd, 

29. Old es£fcn was made young by Medea, 
With her drinks and with her potions, 

See rnuft your Brother of pure Velum* 
Dye and be youn^ through his operation, 
And that through fubtile natures Confections, 
By whofe death plainely to expreffe 5 
Yce ftialbe purged from ail infeccions : 
And your foulc leaprie changed to cleanes. 

30. With the faid words the King began to abrayd 
The tale advening that 'flic had tould, 

How might a Man by nature thus he faid 
Be borne againe, namely when he ys old t 
Then faid hys Mother by reafon manifold: 
But if the Gofpell thus doth meane.> 
* In Water and Spirit be renovate hott and cold, 
/ That he (hall -never plainely come into Heaven. 

31. The King was.trifty and heavy of checre 3 
Upon his Knees meekely kneeled downe, 
Prayed his Father in full low manner, 

To tranflate the Challice of hys palfion, 
I But for he. thought the redempcion 
* Of his brethren, might not be fulfilled, 
i Without his death nor their Salvation • 

For them to fuffer he was right willed. 


Da/lin's T)reame. i6j 

32. And for toaccompliflb hys purpofc in fentence, 
By cleere example who (0 looketh right. 
Heavy things from their Circumferance , 
Mull up affend and after be made light, 
£nd things light ready to the flight 
Muft defcend to the Center downe, 
By interchaunging of natures might , 
As they be moved by meane of Revolucion. 

33. Soe as Iupiter in a Cloud of Gold, 
Chaungcd himfelfe by transform acion, 
And defcended from hys hevenly hold 
Like a Golden dewe unto Banae downe, 
And (he conceived as made is mencion , 
By influence of hys power divine 5 

Right fo fliall Phcebu* right foveraigne of renowne 
To be conceived of his Golden raine decline. 

34. And to comfort hys Brethren that were full dull. 
The Sun hath chofen without warr or ftrife, 

The bright 'Mwne when fhe was at the full, 

To be his Mother firft, and after hys wedded wife % 

In tyme of Vcr the feafon vegetative, 

In Arm when Titan doth appeare, 

Infpired by grace with the Spirit of lyfe, 

This marriage hallowed at midday Spheare. 

35. And at this feaft were theGodesall, 
Saturne from blacknes was turned to white 5 
And Inciter let his mantle fall, 
Full pale a nd meager of greate delight, 
Clothed in|lylies that every maner wight, 
Of Heaven and Erth, and Gods of the Sea, 
Rejoyced in Heart, and were full glad and light, 
To be prefent at this great Solemnity. 

>Jn tJllALi 

%66 'Daftiris Dreame. 

$6.Mars forgot there hys fturdy black hardincs, 
Caft off his Habergeon fret with old ruftj 
Vcnm forfoolec her mincrall rcdncs, 
Tooke Gold for greene and flic againe alfo forluft^ 
Bccaufe fhe had in Hosbus fuch a truft, o 

That he fhould this feaft hold of moft noblencs : 
Of brotherly pitty needs as he muft, 
Give her a mantle of Oricntall brightnes. 

37. After this Wedding here afore devifed, 
Of faire Phabm andfrefti Lucine* 
Pbilofophers have prudently pra&ifed, 

A Cloffet round by their wife Do&rine, 
Cleere as Chriftall of Glaflc a litle fhrine 5 
With heavenly deawe fluffed that dungeon, 
Kept night and day whh glorious maidens nyne$ 
To kcepe the Queene in her Concepcion. 

38. Religioufly they kept their Sylenee, 
Till that from heaven their a royali light, 
And there with all in open audience $ 
Was heard a voyce almoft at mid night, 
Among the Virgins moft amiable of fight, 
That faid unto them, to fave that \yas forlorne 5 
I muft againe through my imperial! myght, 

Be of my Mother new conceived and borne. 

39. 1 muft pafle by water and by' Fire, 
The brunt abide and there from not decline, 
To fave my brethren I have fo grcate defire. 
With new light their darknes to yllumine, 1 
But fore I dread that venomous Serpentine, 
Which ever advanceth with his violence , 
My tender youth to hurt and toinvenome, 
Bur in your keeping doe you your diligence* 


40. The King thus cntrcd in his bed royal], 
The Queene conceived under a Sun bright 5 
Under her fecte a mount like Chriftall, 
Which had devoured her husband anon right, 
Pead of defire and in the Maidens fight 5 
Loft all the Collour of his f re(h face, 
Thus was he dead, the Maidens feeble of mighr 
Difpaired> flept in the fame place, 

41. The Serpent bold flied out his poyfon, 

The Queene and Maidens for fearc tooke them to flight^ 

Seaven tymes aflending up and downe 

With in a vault, now darke, now cleere of light. 

Their generation was fo ftrong of might, 

Tfter death now palfeth Purgatory 5 

Ao Refurrcccion as any Sunbright* 

Things that were loft to bring to his glory, 

42. The Qiieene tooke her full poffeffion, 
The Soule reviving of the dead King; 
Bat of old hatred the toxicate poyfon, 

Was by the Serpent caft in to their hindring 5 
The Prince was buried, but of his rifing, 
The Btethren were glad the] truth was fcene, 
When they were waflied by his rtaturall clenfing ; ; 
And their old Leprie by Miracle was made cleane* 

43. The full Moonc halfe fliaddowedthe Sun, 
To putt away the burning of his light 5 
Black (haddowed firft the styes were fo dunn, 
The Ravens bill began wholoofceth right, 
Blacker then Jett or Bugle to fight 5 

But litle andlitle by ordinary apparance, 
The temperate fire wich his cherilhing might 
Turned all to white^ but with noe violence* 

jn 2 Tyme , 

268 T>ajliris T>reame. 

44. Tymc to theQueene approchcd of Childing, 
The Child of Nature was ready to fly, 

Paflage was there none to hys out going : 
He fpread hys wings and found no liberty * 
Of nyne Virgins he devoured three, 
The other fix moft excellent and fairc, 
Fearefull for dread in their greateft beauty, 
Spread their feathers and flew forth in the Aire, 

45. The Child coloured firft Black and after White, 
Having noe heate in very exiftence , 

But by cherifhing of the Sun bright, 

Of forraine fire there was noe violence ; 

Save that men fay which have experience, 

He dranke fuch plenty of the Water of the well, 

That his fix fitters made noe rcfiftance; 

But would have devowred 3 Daft-en can you tell. 

46. Sometymes black, fometymes was he redd, 
Now like a(hes,now Citrine of Colour: 

Now of Safforne hew, now fanguine was. his head, 
Now white as a lylie hefhewed him in his bower. 
The Moone gave nourifhment to him in his labours 
And with all their force did their buifnes, 
To cloath hym frefher then any flowre, 
With a mantle of everlafting whitnes. 




P E A R C E 


upon the Elixir. 

Ake Erth of Erth, Erths Modcr , 
And Watur of Erth y t ys no oder, 
And Ficr of Erth that4>eryth the pryfe, 
But of that Erth louke thow be wyfe 3 
_ The trew Elixer yf thow wylt make, 

Erth owte of Erth looke that thow take, 

Pewer futel faire and good, 

And than take the Water of the Wood: 

Clecre as.Chryftall fchynyng bryght.- 

And do hem togeder anon ryght, 

Thre dayes than let liem lye , 

And than depart hem pry vyly and flye, 

Than fchale be browght Watur fchynyng, 

And in that Watur ysafoulereynynge, 

Invifible and hyd and unfeene, 

A marvelous matter yt ys to weene. 

Than departe hem by dyftillynge, 

And you fchalle fee an Erth appennge,. 

Hevie as metale fchalle y t be 5 

In the wych is hyd grete prevety, 

Deftil that Erth in grene hewe, 

Three dayes during well and trew •, 

And do hem in a body of glaff, 

In the wych never no warke was* 

Nn 3 in ' 1 

zjo c Blac/{Monfy 

In a Furnas he muft be fett, 

And on hys hede a good lymbeck* 

And draw fro hym a Watur clere 

The wych Watur hath no peere, 

And aftur macke your Fyer ftrongcr, 

And there on thy Glafle continew longer, 

So fchal yow fc come a Fyer 5 

Red as Mode and of grete yre, 

And aftur that an Erth leue there fchale, 

The wych is cleped the Moder of alle $ 

Then into Purgatory fche muft be doe, 

And have the paynes that longs thereto, 

Tylfchebe bryghter than the Sune, 

For than thow haft the Mayftrey wone$ 

And that fchalbe wythin howres three, 

The wych forfooth ys grete ferly : 

Than do her in a clene Glaff, 

Wyth fome of the Watur that hers was. 

And in a Furnas do her againe, 

Tyl fche have drunke her Watur certaine , 

And aftur that Watur give her Blood, 

That was her owne pewre and good , 

And whan fche hath dranke alle her Fyer, 

Sche wyll wcx ftftfng and of grete yre. 

Than take yow mete and mylcke thereto, 

And fedc the Chylde as you fchowlde do, 

Tyl he be growne to hys full age, 

Than fchal he be of ftrong courage • 

And tourne alle Bodies that leyfull be, 

To hys owne powre and dignityc, 

And this ys the makyng of owre Stone, 

The trewth here ys to wide yow evereech one* 

For all that taketh any other wey, 
Mouch they loofeth and mouch they may. 


upon the Elixir. %ji 

For trcwly there ys no other way of righte, 

But Body of Body and Lyghte of Lyghte, 

Man of Man begottyn ys, S 

And Bcfte of Bcfte to hys lykcnes, 

Alle the foolcs in the worlde feeken ; | 

Athyngethattheymay never meeten, 

They woldc have Metalle owte of hem, 

That never was fownde by worldly men : 

Nc never was fownde by Goddis myghte* 

That they fchould beare any fuch fryghre* 

All Saltes and Sulphures far and nerc y 
Iinterdite hem alle in fere, 
AlleCorofiye waters, Blood andHayre y j 

Pyff, Homes, Wormes and Saudiver , 
Alume, Atriment, alle I fufpende, 
Rafalger and Arfnick I defendc, 
Calx vive, and Calx mort hys Brother,, 
I fufpende them both, one and other, n 

For of alle things I wyll no moc, 
But fowrc Elements in Generall I fay foe*. 
Sun and Moonc,Erth and Water; 
And here ys alle that men of clatter, 

Our Gold and Sylver ben no commonplato? '** 
But afperme owte ofaBodi I take, 
Inthewychys alle £*/j Z***, Lyfe and Lyghte . 
Water and Erth, Fyre and Fryght : 
And alle commyth of one Image, 
But the Water of the Wood makyth the marryagt $ 
Therefore there ys none other waye, 
But to take thee to thy Beades and praye : 
For Covetous Men yt fyndyth never y 
Though they feek yt once and ever, 
Set not your Hearts in thys thyng, 
But only to God and good lyvyngei 


And he that wyll come thereby, 
Muft bemeeke, and full of mercy : 
Both in fpyrit and in Countenannce , 
Full of Chereti and good Governaunce 5 
And evermore full of almes decde, 
Symple and pewerly hys lyf toleade: 
v Wyth Prayers, Pennaunces, and Piety, 
And ever to God a lover be, 
And allethe rychcs that he ys fped, 
To do Godworfchyppe wyth Almes deede* 

In Arfenyck fublymcd there ys a way ftreight, 
Wyth Mercury calcyned nyne tymes hys weight 
And grownde together with the Water of myght 
That bereth ingreffion lyfe and lyght, 
And anon as they togyther byne, 
Alle runnyth to Water bryght and ftene, 
Upon thys Fyre they grow togcthyr, 
Tyil they be faft .and flee no whythyr 5 
But than feede hem fowrth wyth L thy hond> 
Wyth mylke and mcate tyle they be ftrbnge, 
And thow fchalt have there a good Stone, 
Whereof an Ounc on fowrty wyll gone: 
Upon Veym^t on Mercury, 
Thys Medicyn wyll make thee merry. 

All yow that have fowght mani a<!ay, 
Leave worke, take yowre Beades and pray, 
For the longer that yow feeken, 
The longer yt ysor yow meeten - 
And he that now fayne would be fped, 
JLyften to my Daughter Megg\ 
Forfchhe (call telj yow trewth and ryghte, 
Hearken now wyth- all your myght. 
lam Mercury the myghty Flower, 
I am moft worthy of Honour * 

upon the Elixir. 2,72 

I am fours of Sol, Luna^ni CMars, 

I am gendercr of Iovis^ many be my fnares: 

I am fetler of Saturne^ and fours of Venus 9 

I am EmprefTe,Prynceffe and Regallof Queenes, 

I am Mother- of Myrrour, and maker of lyghr, 

I am head and hygheft and fayreft in fyghc .• 

I am both Sun^ and Moone, 

I am fche that alle thynges muft doone. 

I have a Daughter hight Saturne that ys my darlyng, 

The wych ys Mother of allwerkyng, 

For in my Daughter there byne hydd, 

Fowre thyngs Commonly I kydd : 

A Golden feede, and a fpearme rych, 

And a Silver feede none hymlich$ 

And a Mercury feede full bryght, 

And a Sulphur feede that ys ryght. 

Of my Daughter wythowten dred , 
Byn made Elyxirs whyte and redd, 
Therefor of her draw a Water cler, 
The Scjenct yf thow lyft to leare. 
Thys Water reduccth every thyngc, 
To tendernes and to fyxing : 
It burgcneth growyth and gy veth fryght and lyght, 
Ingreffion ly fe and laftyng in fyght : 
Alle ryghteous werkcs footh to fay, 
It helpcth and bryngyth in a good ^vay: 
Thys ys the Water that ys moft worthy, 
Aquaperfettiftma & fios mundi r 
For alle werkes thys Water makyth whyte ? 
Reducyngand fchyning as Sylver bryght: 
And of the Oylc grca>e marvell there ys, 
For all thyngs yc bryngyth to redncs: 
As Cy trine gold he ys full high, 
None ys fo redd nor none ys fo worthy: 

Oo And 

274* ( Blac^ Mon^dcc. 

And in the Erth grete marvele ys hyd, . 
That ys firft fo black, and than fo red :- 
And alle ys done in howres three 3 
Thys may be cleped Gods Prevetie ( 
Than the Erth fhall torne red asblood, • 
Citrine Gold, naturall cleere and good, 
And than the red Oyleto hem fehall goe. 
Red Ferment, and red Mercury alfoe, 
And grow togeder weekes feaven, 
Blefled be Almyghty God of Heven: 
One Ounce of thys Medycine worthy 
Caft upon two hundred ownces of Mercury r 
Schall make Gold moft royall, 
.And ever enduring to holde tryallj 
Eyre and Hammer Tuch and Teft , 
And all eflfayes moft and leaft. 
And yt ys Medycen above common Gold, 
To mans body as God yt would. 

For Gold that cometh from the Oare 
Is nouriihed with fowle Sulphur : 
And Engendered upon Mercury he ys, 
And nouryflied by Erth and Sulphur I wys, 
And our Gold ys made of threpewre foules^ 
In the wych ys noe Corrupcyon foule: 
But purged pewre as clene as Chryftall, 
Body and Spyryt and Sowlc wythallj-. 
And fo they grow into a ftone, 
In the wych Corrupcyon there ys none 5 
And than caft hym upon Mercury, 
And he fchalbe Gold moft worthy, 
Now have you heard the makyng of our Stone, 
The b^gynyng aod endyng ys all one,, 

i THE: 



•RICH: C^RfE^(JE% 

F litan Magmfia take thecler light, 
., T he rede Gumme that ys fo bryghc, 
* OfPhrfofofris the Sdftr vife, 

I called Gald wythouten ftryfe ; . 

Of hem drawe owtc a Tinfture, 
And make a matrymony pure : 
Becweene the husband and the wyfc, 
I fpoufed wyth the Water of lyfe : 
And fo that none dyvyfion 
Be there, in the conjunccion 
Of the CMoene and of the Sonne, 
After the marriage ys begonney 
And that Mercury the planete, 
In loefmake hem fo to mete; 
That eyder wyth oder be joyned even, 
As a Stone engendered fente down fro hcveny 
Of hem make water clere rennynge, 
As any Chryftall bryght fchynyngc. 
Drawen out of bodycs fyxed. 
By Nature prively mixed 
Within a veflfal dcpured dene, 
Of Philofofris bright and fchene ; 
Beware the Fume efcape the nowghr, 
And allefo marked well in thy thowght^ 
That of the Fire the quallitee, 
Equal to Pbebe^ bcmes be 5 *\ n ' 

In the moneth oilune and lule, ^ c 

Undeiftand me be not dulle^ 

O o 2 For 

zj$ Carpenters Worfy. 

For thou fchalc fee marvelcs grete, 
Colures fprirtg oute of the heate : 
Fyrfte Blakke and Whyte, and fo Redde, 
And after Setryne wythouten drede: 
And fo wythin howres thrc, 
That Stone fchall thorowe perced he 
Wyth Aier that fchall upon hymlyght, 
The wych ys a wonder fyght .• 
Whenne the fpiryt ys refrcyned, 
And wyth the Bodie fo conftrayned, 
That hem afounder maycnothyng parte, 
So Nature hem doth there focoart, 
In matrife whenne they both ben knyte, 
Lett never thy Veflel fae unfhytte $ 
Tyl thys ingendred have a ftone, 
That in thys world ys not fuchc on : 
For hyt ys called Anymal, 
Richer then the Mineral* 
Wyche ys founden in every plafc, 
Who foundeth hyt myght have grafe .• 
In the and me and over alle 
Both Vegetables and Sophifticall : 
On Hillcs hye and Valeys lowe, 
He groweth who cowde hyt know, 
Take thys for an informacion, 
InCaryt and in Proporcion, 
Lyth alle who fo coudc feke oute, 
In Bus and Nubi ys alle the doutev 
|ie that puttcs hcmfelf in prcs, 
To Genis and to Species : 
Qualitas and every Quantite, 
. To mane a man hyt wol not -be. 
To brynge about thys trefeur, 
I mene owre Stone of fuchc valour 5 



And yet who coudc well underftonde, 

May tyndc hit rcdy at hys honde : 

For Fowles that in the Ayre done flee, 

And alfo Fifches in the See : 

Thcmoyfterofthercde Grape 

And of the Whyte, who coud hymtafce: 

Vert ucs of Erbcs vegety ff, 

And foules oi Beftes fenfytyff: 

Rey fons of Angels that doth difecrne, 

Goudc and Yeul Man to governe, 

All bryngs to thyn houfc 

Thys Noble Ston fo precious , 

AndSoverenteofallethys Werke, 

Both to Lewd and to Clerke: 

This ly th alle by difcrecion, 

In Fyre^and in Decoccion .• 

The craft recordethyif he can rede> 

How all and fume who ihal fpedc 5 

In Bokcs cler as ye may c fee, 

Stat in Ignis rtgimint : 

To bry nge fosth at my devys, 

Thys rychc Rubye, thys Ston of prys : 

Harde hevy and pcrcyng, 

Now ys thys a wonder thyng .• 

I coude never fuche on a fpye; 

Save that I finde howe on Marie i 

Fy rft found hyt wy thoutcn lefe , 

The wyche was fufter to Meyfe^.- 

But who hyt be that fchall hyt wcrke, 

Let hem not begenn in the dcrke .- 

For he mai fayle for faute of lyght> 

But the Sunnefchyne full bright .• 

Advy fe the well cr thow begene, 

Or clfe ly tel fchalt thow Wynne* 

O05 THE 




thcg^EE^E LYO^. 

LL haile to the noble Companie 
Of true Students in holy Alchimie, 
Whofe noble pra&ife doth hem teach 
To vaile their fecrcts with miftie fpeach $ 
Mought y r pleafe your worihipfulncs 

To hearemy filly foothfaftnes, 

Of that pra&ife which I have fcene, 

In hunting of the Lyon Greene : 

And becaufc you may be apaid, 

That ys truth, that I have faid 5 

And that you may for furety weene, 

That I know well thys Ly$n % greene »• 

I pray your patience to attend 

Till you fee my fhort writt end, 

Wherein He Jceepe my noble M afters rede, 

Who while he lived ftoode me in fteede 5 

At his death he made me fwearc hym to, 

That all the fecrets I fchould never undoe 

To no one Man, but even fpread a Cloude 

Over my words and writes, and fo it fhroude, 

That they which do this Art defire, 

Should firft know well to rule their Fyre : 


Hunting of iyp 

For with good rcafon y t doth ftand, 
Swords to kcepc fro mad Mens hand : 
Leaft th'one fliould, kill th'other burne. 
Or either doc fome fore ihroud curne : 
As fome have done chat I have feene, 
As they did hunt thys Lyongreem. 
Whofe collour doubtles ys not foe, 
And that your wifdomes well doe know 5 
For no man lives that ever hath feene 
Upon fourc feete a Lyon colloured greene :, 
But our Lyon wanting maturity, 
Is called greene for unripenes truft me, 
And yet full quickly can he run, 
And foone can overtake the Sun : 
And fuddainely can hym devoure, 
If they be both Ihut in one towre : 
And hym Eclipfe that was fo bryght, 
And make thys redde to turne to whyte: 
By venue of hys crudytic, 
And unripe humors whych in hym be. 
And yet wythin he hath fuch heate , ' 
That whan he hath the Sun up eate, 
Hebringcth hym to more perfe&ion, 
Than ever he had by Natures direction; 
This Lyon maketh the Sun fith foone 
To be joyned to hys Sifter, the CMoonci 
By way of wedding a wondcrous thing , 
Thys Lyon fhould caufc hem to begett a King: 
And tis as ftrangc that thys Kings food, 
Can be nothing but thys Lyons Blood h 
And tis as true that thys ys none other, 
Than ys it the Kings Father and Mother* 
A wonder a Lyon^ and Sun and Moom y 
All thefe three one dqede have done; 


2 §o thegreene Lyon. 

TheZy0#y$the Preift,the £00 and Moone thewedd, 
Yet they were both borne in the Lyons Bcdd 5 
And yet thys King was begottby none other, 
But by Sun and Moone hys owne Sifter and Brother, 

O noble Mafter of pardon I you pray, 
Becaufe I did wcll-ncere bewray 
The fecrct which to me ys fo deare, 
For I thought none but Brothers were here : 
Than fchould I make no doubt 
To have written plainely out , 
But for my fealty I muft keepc aye. 
He turne my pen another way , 
To fpeake under Benedicite 
Of thys noble Company : 
Wych now perceives by thys, 
That I know what our Ljonys. 

Although in Science I am noe Gierke, 
Yet have Ilabour'd in thys warket 
And truly wythouten any nay, 
If you will liften to my lay : 
Some thing thereby yow may finde, 
That well may content your minde, 
I will not fweare to make yow give credence, 
For a Pbzlofopher will finde here in evidence, 
Of the truth, and to men that be Lay a 
I skill not greatly what they fay. 
For they weene that our Lyon ys 
Common Quickfilver, but truly they miff: 
And of thys purpofe evermore fhall fayle, 
And fpend hys Thrift to litle availe , 
That weeneth to warke hys wy 11 thereby, 
Becaufe he doth foe readely flie • 
Therefore leave offere thou begin, 
Till thow know better what we meane 5 


the greene Lyon. iSs 

Whych whan thow docft than wilt thou fay 
That I have tought thee a good lay, 
In that whych I have faid of thee before, 
Wherefore lyftcn and marke well my lore. 

Vf han thow haft thy Lyon with Sol and Lum well fedd, 
And layd them clenly in their Bedd; 
Aneafie heate they may not mifle, 
Till each the other well can kifTe 5 
And that they ftiroude them in a skin, 
Such as an Egg yelke lyerh in: 
Than muft thow draw from thence away, 
A right good fecret withouten any nay .• 
Wych muft ferve to doe thee good, 
For yc ys the Lyem Blood : 
And therewith muft the King be fedd, 
When he ys rifen from the dead ; 
But longetyme it wilbe, 
Or ere his death appeare to thee 5 
And many a fleepe thow muft lack. 
Or thow hym fee ofCollour black. 
Take hcede yow move hym not with yre, 
But keepe hym in an eafy fyre 5 
Untill you fee hym feperate. 
Prom hys vile Erth vituperate* 
Wych wiibe black and light withall, 
Much like the fubftance of a fUsball: 
Your magnet in the midft wilbe, 
Of Collour faire and white truft me 5 
Then whan you fee all thys things 
Your fire one degree increafing 5 
Untill yow well may ie thereby, 

Your matter to grow very dry: 

Then yt ys fit wythout delay, 
The excrements be tane away 5 

P P Prepaire 

i%6 Hunting of 

Prcpaire a Bed moft bryght and fhine 

For to lodge this young Chylde in : 

And therein let hym alone lye, 

Till he be throughly dry ; 

Than ys tyrne as I doe thinke , 

After fuch drouth to give him drinke : 

But thereof the truth to fhew , 

Is a great e fecret well I know 5 

For Philofopbers of tyme old , 

The fecret of Imbibition never out tould 5 

To create UMagnefia they made no care, 

In their Bookes largely to declare 5 

But how to order it after hys creation, 

They left poore men without confolacion ; 

Soe many men thought they had had perfection, 

But they found nothing in their Projection : 

Therefore they mard what they had made before, 

And of Alchimy they would have no more. 

Thus do olde Fathers hide it from a Clearke, 

Becaufe in it confifteth the whole fubtill warke; 

Wych if ye lift of me to know, 

I fhall not faile the truth to flicw. 

Whan your pure matter in the glaffe is fitt, 

Before that you your veffcll fhitt -, 

A portion of your Lyons fweate 

Muft be given it for to eate ; 

And they muft be grounded fo well together, 

That each fro other will flee noc whither; 

Then muft you fcale up your Glaffe, 

And in hys Furnace where he was , 

You muft fet them there to dry. 

Which being done then truly, 

You .muft prepare like a good Phifitian, 

For another Imbi bition: 


thegreene Lyon. j& 

But evermore lookc that you dry 

Up all hys drinke, that none lye by, 

For if »yow make hym drinke too free, 

The longer will your workeing be, 

And yf you \tl hym be too dry, 

Than for thirft your Child may dye $ ' 

Wherefore the iiieane to hold is beft, 

Twixt overmoyft and too much roft 5 

Six tymes thy Imbibitions make, 

The feaventh that Saboath's reft betake .• 

Eight dayes twixt ilke day of the fix, 

To dry up moift and make it fix 5 

Then at the nynth tyme thy GlafTe up fcale, 

And let him ftand fix wcekeseach deale: 

With his heate tempcrd Co right, 

That Blacknes paft he may grow white 5 

And fo the feaventh weeke reft him ftill, 

Till thow Ferment after thy will; 

Which if thow wilt Ferment for Whyte, 

Thereby thow gainft noe greate profict - y 

For I allure thee thow needeft notdred, 

To proceede with fire till all be Redd ; 

Than muft thow proceede as did Philofofhers old 

Toprepairethy Ferment of peure Gold, 

Which how to doe though fecret that it be, 

Yet will I truly teach it thee. 

In the next Chapter as erft I did fay. 
That foe the truth finde yow may, 
Therefore of Charity and for our Lords fake, 
Let noe man from my writings take 
One word, nor add thereto, 
For certainely if that he doe, 
He ihall flicw malice fro the which I am free, 
Meaning truth and not fubtilty 5 

Pp 2 Which 

x88 Hunting of 

Which I refer to the Judgement 
Of thofe which ken the Fhilofopbers intent: 
Now liften me with all your might, 
How to prepaic your Ferment right. 

O noble Worke of workes that CJod has wrought, 
Whereby eachthing of things are forth aye brognt 5 
And fitted to their generacion, 
By a noble fermentacion 5 
Which ferment muft be of fuch a thing, 
As was the workes begyning 5 
And if thow doe progreffe aright 
Whan thow haft brought the worke to whight •■;. 
And than to ftay is thy intent, 
Doe after my Comandement 5 
Worke Luna by her felfe alone, 
With the blood of the greene Lyon i 
As earft thow didft in the begining, 
And of three didft make one thing, 
Orderly yeilding forth right, 
Till thy Magnet fchew full'- why te? 
Soe muft thow warfce all thy Ferment^ 
Both White and Red, elfc were yt fhent. - 
Red by yt felfe and foe the White, 
With the Lyons Blood muft be deight 5 
And if thow wilt follow my lore, 
Set in thy Ferment the fame hdTire, 
Of Sol for Redd, of Luna for White, 
Each by himfelfe let worke tight $ 
Soe fhall thy Ferment be ready edreff, 
To feeds the King with a good meff 
Of meates that fitt for his ckgeftion, 
And well agreeing to his Complexion 5 
IfhebeofCollour White, 
feed hym than with Luna bright $ 


the greene Lyon. 285? 

If his flefhbeperfeftRed, 

Than with the Sun he muft be fedd, 

Your Ferment one fourth parte muft be, 

Into your Magnet made evenly , 

And joyne hem warrae and not cold, 

For raw to ripe you may be bold 

Have difagreement foe have heate and cold i 

Therefore put hem warmc into thy Giaffe, 

Then feale it up even as it was .• 

And Circle all till yt be wonne, 

By paffing degrees every each one : 

Both black and whytc, and alfo redd, 

Than of the Fire hecre have noc dread $ 

For he will never drea^e the fyre, 

But ever abide tixy defire . 

And heere a fecret to thee I muft (hew, 

How to (Mnlteplie that thow muft know, 

Orelfe itwilbeover miclepaine 

For thee to begin thy worke againe : 

I fay to thee that in noe fafhion, tation .• 

It's fo well Multeplied as with continuall Firmen 

And fure far it wilbc exalted at the laft, 

And in Projection ren full f aft .• 
There for in fyre keepe Fitment alway, 
That thy Medicine augment may ft aye 5 
For yf the maid doe not her leaven fave, (crave* 
Then of her Neighbours fche muft needs goc 
Or fche muft ftay till fche can make more, 
Remember the Proverbe xhzxftore is no fere : 
Thus have I tought thee a leflbn, full of truth, 
If thow be wicked therefore my heart is reuth ? 
Remember God hys bleffing he can take, 
Whan he hath given it, if abufe any you make, 
For furely if thow be a Clerke^ 

Pp 3 Ihom 

ape Hunting of y 8cc. 

Thow wilt finde trcwth in thys wcrkc : 

But if fo be that thow be lay, 

And underftond not what I fay , 

Keepe Councell then and lcve thy Toy, 

For it befitts no Lymmer loy, 

Tomedle with fuch grete fecrefie : 

As ys thys hygh Phylofiphje. 

My Councell take,; for thow fchalt finde it true, 

Leave of fecking thys Lyon to purfue , 

For hym to hunt that ys a prety wy le, 

Yet by hys Craft he doth moft Folke beguile , 

And hem devour and leave hem full of care, 

Wherefore I bidd thee to beware. 

And Councell give thee as my frend, 

And fo my Hunting here lend. 

Praying God that made us we may not myff 

To dwell with hym in hys Hevenly blyflf. 


Naturall Philos o p h y. 
Compiled by the unlettered Scholar 


Student in- the moft worthy Scyence of 

^flronomy and Philofopby. The firft of January 

i^inno* Dom. 1557. 
Anno. Dom. 1557. The ft ft day of the newyeare 
This Treat ife was begun as after may appear e. 

The Booh Speaketh. 

CO me hither my Children of this Discipline, 
Which in naturall Philofophy have fpent fo longtime 5 
To cafe your painfull Study I am well willed 
And by the grace of God it fhall be fulfilled -, 
If he in me f my Author) will fhed one drop of grace, 
The better hefhall finiih me and in fhortcr fpace. 
And if you will know what I am furely, 
I am named the The Breviary of naturall Phikfofhy. 
Declaring all Fejfells and Inftruments, 
Which in this Science ferve our intents. 
For moe things belong unto the fame, 
More then any Author hath written the Name^ 
Which hath brought many a one in great doubt, 
What is the Implements that longeth thereabout 5 
Wherefore in good order, I will anon declare, 
What Inftruments for our Aru you necde to prepare. 




The Preface of the Author. 

GOefoi th little Booke in volume bmfmall, 
ret haft thou in thee that is not in them All, 
Forfatisfying the mindes of the Students in this Arte, 
Then art thou worth as many Bookes, as will lye in a Cart : 
Clad may he be that hath thee in his keeping, 
For he may find. through diligent feeking 
All things in thee which Jhall be necejfary, 
As resells and Inftrnments belonging to Alchimy 5 
Which would fef many a Mans heart on fire, 
To have the fame knowledge they havefo great defire. 
And no mervade though they begladandfaine 
For they have (pent many a pound in vaine > 
In making of Fe fells of many divers forts, * 
Andhave brought them out ofmanyftrange Forts : 
Beciufe they did not well underftand, 
That all things we need we have in England. 
Now think you that this will notfav'e many a Marke 
Unto thofe that have wreftledfo long in our Warke f 
7es fome would fiend all the Money in their pouch, 
J f they knew but this or half e Jo much. 
Wherefore ofptty I will no longer refraint 
But declare all things their purpofe to attaint. 
Wherefore if you do happen on my Booke, 
Either by Cafualty, Hooke, or by Crooke : 
ret pray for my Souk when I am dead and rotten, 
That of Alchimy Scyence the dore hath let. open h 
Sufficient for thee if thou have any Braine, 
Nowfiarpenthy wits that thou maift it amine* 


The breviary ofThilofophie. z8p 


Thefirjl Chapter. 

NOwwilll declare ali things at large, 
Of Implements of this Woi k and what is the charge: 
And firft with the Potter I will begin, 
Which cannot make that which he hath never fecne 5 
Whether that thy Veflels be made to thy minde, 
Srand by while he worketh more (urety to finde, 
And fhew him what to doe by fome figne or fimilitude, 
And if his witts be not to dull nor tudc, 
He will underftand what thou doeft mcane, 
For I think few Potters within this Realme 
Have made at any ryme fuch cunning ware, 
As, we for our Scjence doe fafhion and prepairc 5 
And when he hath formed them unto thy purpofe, 
For what occafion thou needeft not difclofe .• 
But if he fay unto you, Good M after myne, 
Tell me for what purpole or what engine 
Shall thefe VtfTds ferve that thoucaufeme to make, 
For all my life hMicrto I dare undertake 
I jevcr formed fuch, nor the like of them 3 
Yet are they bur phinc without wrinkle or hem, 
One within another, it is a pretty featc, 
The third without them to guide up the heatc .- 
Then fay onto him to fatisfie his minde, 
That ye have a Father whxh is fome what blinde, 
Who if it pleafc God you will indeavour, 
To ftil a water his blindnes to difTever : 
Which is the Elixir of lyre as wife men fay , 
And in this doing God fend me my pray 5 

aq Then 

ipo The ^Breviary 

Then will he fay this or the like, 

I pray God to lend ycethat which you fecke, 

And thus with the Pptter thou haft now done, 

Without thou breake thy Pots with the heate ofthe Sun: 

Which if it doe it turnes thee to paine, 

And there is no way but to make ihcm new againc. 

As foonc as with the P^ttrthouhaft made an end, 
Then with a Ioyner thou muft Condefcend, 
Who alfo muft have this Counccll and witt, 
To make a Tabernacle the Veffell to fict * 
Which wilbe alfo in greate doubt y 
Tor what purpofe it will ferve about 5 
Inthac he never made nor framed none fuch ? 
Although it be made like to a Hutch .• 
Then tell him a Tale of a roafted Horfe, 
Unto the which he will have no rcmorfe : 
And laugh and fay it is a Borrough for a Fox, 
Although it be made fure with Keys and locke, 
And thus with the Ioyner thou haft made an end. 
Without thou fet it on Areas I did mine. 

As for Gla/ftmakers they be (cant in this land. 
Yet one there is as I doe undcrftand* 
And in Sujfex is now his habitation, 
KiChiddwffold he workes of his Occupation; 
To go to him it is neceflTary and meete. 
Or (end a fervantthat is difcreete: 
And defire him in moft humble wife 
Itoblow thee aGlafle after thy devife-, 
If were worth many anArme or a Legg, 
The could fhape it like to an egge 3 
To open and to clofe as clofe as a haire, 
If thou have fuch a one thou needeft notfeare. 
Yet if thou hadft a number in to ftore, 
It is the the better, for Store is no fore. 


ofThikfophy. ipi 

Thefecond Qhapter. 

NOW L O R D of thy grace I befeech thee fuffer me, 
To finiib my pretence in this lude Studie: 
For this nor ought elie without thy helpc can be done, 
As neither the Conjunrion of Sun nor Mesne : 
Nor yet other Planets can motion them felves an houre. 
Without thy providence and thy divine power: 
Wherefore in all things that we doe begin, 
Let us with prayer call for helpe of him : 
That he bring our doings to effect, 
Which muft be done very Circumfpe&t : 
Wherefore if you thinketoobcaine your intent, 
Feare God and keepe his Comandement : 
And beware of Pride and let it palTe, 
And never be looking too much in thy Glaffe 5 
Deceive noe man with falfe meafure. 
For truly thar is ill gotten treafure.* 
But let thy weights be true and juft, 
For weight and meafure every man muft 
Unto his Neighbour yeild uprightly, 
And fo muft thou in the worke of PbiUfiphy : 
And alfo feede him which is hungry, 
And give him drinke which is thirfty. 
Give liberally I fay as riches doe arife, 
And from thirfty body turnenot away thy Eyes. 

What and two poore Men at one tyme come unto thee 
And fay, Maftcr, for the love of God and our Lady, 
Give us your Charity whatfoever you plcafe, 
For we have not one peny to do us eafe* 

Qq 2 And 

2pz The 'Breviary 

And wc arc now ready to the Sea prcft, 

Where wemuft abide three moneths at the lcaft 5 

All which tyme to Land we (hall not pafle, 

No although our Ship be made but of Glaffe , 

But all tempeft of the Aire wemuft abide^ 

And In dangerous roades many tymes to ride 5 

Bread wciball have none, nor yet other foode, 

But only fairc water descending from a Cloude 1 

The Moone fhall us burnc fo in proccfTe of tyme, 

That wefhalbcas black as men of Index 

Bur fhortly we (hall paflc into another Clymatc, 

Where wc fhall receive a more purer eftatc 5 

For this our Sinns wc make our Purgatory, 

For the which wc fhall receive a Spiritual! body : 

A body I fay which if it fhould be fould, 

Truly I fay it is worth his weight in Gold : 

Son give theis two, one penny in their Journey to drinke, 

And thou fhalt fpeedc the better truly as I thinkc. 

The third Chapter. 

NO w have I good will largely to write, 
Although I can but flenderly indite 5 
But whether I can or cannot indeede, 
With the Chapter of Fire I will proceedc: 
Which if thou knoweft not how to governe and keepc, 
Thou wert as good go to bed and fleepe , . 
As to be combred therewith about, 
And therefore I put thee moft ecrtainely out of doubt 5 
Forwhenlftudiedthis Science z% thou doeftnow, 
I fell to pra&ifeby Godlvowc: 


ofThilofophy. ^ 

I was never fo troubled in all my lyfc beforne, 
As intending to my Fire both Midday Eve and Mornt ? 
And all to kepc it at an even flay 5 
It hath wrought me woe moe then I will fay. 
Yet one thing of truth I will thee tell, 
What greate mifliap unto my Worke befell 5 
It was upon aNewyeares day at Noone, 
My Tabernacle caught fire, it was foone done : 
For within an houre it was right well. 
And (height of fire I had a fmell. 
I ran up to my worke right. 
And when I cam it was on a fire light: 
Then was I in fuch feare that I began to ftagger, 
As if I had by ne wounded to the heart with a dagger} 
And can you blame me I no I think not much, 
For if I had beene a man any thing rich , 
I had rather have given iooMarkes to the Poore, 
Rather then that hap fhould have chanced that hourc. 
For I was well onward of my Work truly, 
God favc my Matters ly fe, for when he thought to dye 3 
He gave me his worke and made me his Heire, 
Wherefore alwaies he fhall have my prayer : 
Iobteynedhis grace the datehercfronottovarie, 
In the firft and fecond ycare of King Phillip & gueene 
Yet lewdly I loft it as I have you tould, ^JHarj. 

And fo I began the new and forgot the old , 
Yet many a night after I could not flcepe in Bed 
For ever that mifchance troubled my head, 
And feare thereof 1 would not abide againe- v 
No though I fhould e reapc a double gaine, 
Wherefore my charge rofe to a greater fummc, 
As in hyring of a good ftoute Groome 5 
Which alight abide to watch and give attendance, 
Yet often tymes he did me difpleafaunce, 

0^3 A nd 

2P4- The 'Breyiary 

And would fleepe (o long till the Fire went out, 

Then would the Knave thatwhorfon Lout, 

Caftin Tallow to make the fire burne quicker. 

Which when I knew made me more ficker^ 

And thus was I cumbred with a drunken fott, 

That with his hafty fire made my Worke too hott^ 

And with his floth againe he fet my worke behinde; 

For remedy thereof to quiet my Minde , 

I thruft him out of dores, and tooke my felfe the paine. 

Although it be troublcibme it is the more certain? * 

For fervants doe not paffe how our workes doe frame , 

But have more delight to play and to game. 

A good fervant faich Solomon \a him be unto thee, 

As thyne owne heart in each degree. 

For it is precious a fairhf uil fervjnr w fi nde, 

Efteeme him above treafure if he be to thy minde ; 

Not wretchles, but fober, wife, and quiet. 

Such a one were even for my dyet : 

Thus having warn'd thee of an ill fetvant fufficient, 

But a good fervant is for our intent. 


The fourth Chapter. 

W Hen my Man was gone I began it anewc, 
And old troubles then in my minde did renew 5 
As to break fleepe oftentimes in the night, 
For feare that my Worke went not aright 5 
And oftentimes I was in greate doubt, 
Leaft that in the night, my fire fliould go out: 
Or that it fhould give to much hcate, 
The penfivenes thereof made me to breake fleepe : 


ofThilofophy. zp5 

And alfo in the-day lcaft it fliould mifcary, 

It hath made my mindc oftentimes to varic $ 

Wherefore if thou wilt follow my readc, 

See thy fire fafe when thou goeft to Bed : 

At Midnight alfo when thou doft arife, 

And in fo doing I judge thee to be wife: 

Beware that thy Fire do no man harme, 

For thou knoweft many amansHoufe and Barnc 

Have byne fet on fire by mifchance, 

And fpecially when a Foole hath the governance 5 

Our Fire is chargeable, and will amount 

Above 3. pound a weeke, who hath lift to caft account, 

Which is chargeable to many a poore man. 

And fpecially to me as I tell can : 

And Geber bids poore men be content, 

Mac Scientist, pauper i& agent e non csnvenit 

Sedpotius eft Wis inimica, and bids them beware, 

Becaufe their mony they maynotwellfpare^ 

For thou muft have Fires more then one or two. 

What they be George Ripley will thee (hew 5 

Above a hundred pounds truly did I fpend. 

Only in fire ere 9. moneths came to an end 5 

Butmdecdc Ibegun when all things weredeare, 
Both Tallow, Candle, Wood, Coale and Fire : 
Which charges to beare fometymes I have fold, 
Now a Jewell, and then a ring of Gold: 
And when I was within a Moneths reckoning, 
Warrswerc proclaimed againft the French King. 

Then a Gentleman that ought me greate mallice, 
Caufed me to be prcft to goe ferve ztCallys: 
When I faw there was none other boote. 
But that I muft goe fpight of my heart toote 5 
In my fury I tooke a Hatchet in my hand, 
And brake all my Worke whereas it did ftand$ 


ip6 The 'Breviary 

And as for my Potts I knocked them together 

And alfo my Glafles into many a fliivcr ; 

The Crowes head began to appeare as black as Ictt 

Yet in my fury I did nothing let : 

But Hvith my worke made fuch a furious fairs, 

That the Qumtejfence flew forth in the Aire. 

Farewell quoth I, and feeing thou art gon, 

Surely I will never caft of my Fawcon, 

To procure thee againc to put me to hinderance, 

Without it be my fortune and chaunce, 

To fpeake with my good Mafter or that I dye ; 

Mafter /. S. his name is truly: 

Nighe the Citty of Salisbury his dwelling is, 

A fpirituall man for footh he is 5 

Forwhofe profperity I am bound to pray, 

For that he was my Tutor many a day / 

And undcrftood as much of Phtlofophie> 

As ever did Arnold or Raymund Lullie : 

Geber^Hermes^Arda^ nor yet King Caleb, 

Undcrftood no more then my good Mafter did. 

I travelled this Rcalme Eft and Weft over, 

Yet found I not the like betweene the Mount and Dover 

But only a Monke of whomclle fpeake anon, 

Each of them had accomplifhed our White Stone : 

But yet to the Red Worke they never came necre, 

The caufe hereafter more plainely ftall appeare •' 

And thus when I had taken all this paines, 

And then could not reape the fruit of my gaines: 

I thought to my felfc, fo to fee out this Warke, 

That others by fortune may hit right the Markc. 


ofThilofopky. 297 

Thefift Chapter. 

1am forry I have nothing to requite my Majlers gentle- 
But only this Boke a litlc fhort Treatife 5 (nes, 
Which I dare fay fhall as welcome be to him , 
As if I had fent him a Couple of Milch Kinc : 
And hecrc for his fake I will difclofe unto thee, 
A greate feacret which by God and the Trinity , 
Since that our Lord this world firft began, 
Was it not fo opened I dare lay my hand , 
No, all the Pbilofofhers which were before this day, 
Never knew this iecret 1 dare boldly fay. 

And now to obteync thy purpofe more rathe 
Let thy Fire be as temperate as the Bath of the Bathe. 
Oh what a goodly and profitable Inftrument, 
Is the Bath of the Bathe for our fiery intent ! 
To feeke all the World throughout I fhould not finde, 
Por profit and liberty a Fire more fitt to my minde. 
Goe or ride where you lift for the fpace of a yeare 
Thou needeft not care for the mending of thy Fire. 
A Monke of Bath which of that houfe was Pryor, 
Tould me in feacret he occupied none other fire, 
To whome I gave credit even at the firft feafon, 
Becaufe it depended upon very good reafon : 
He had our Stone, our Medicine , our Elixir and all, 
Which when the Abbie was fuppreft he hid in a wall : 
And ten dayes after he went to fetch it out, 
And there he found but the ftopple of a Clout. 
Then he tould me he was in fuch an Agonie, 
That for the lofle thereof he thought he fliould be frenzic, 

Rr And 

2 pg The 'Breviary 

And a Toy tookc him in the head to run fuch a race, 
That many yeare after he had no fctling place $ 
And more he is darke and cannot fee. 
But hath a Boy to leade him through the Country. 

I hapned to come on a day whereas he was, 
And by a word or two that he lctpaffe, 
I underftood ftrcight he was a Philofopher> 
For the which caufe I drew to himneare. 
And when the Company was all gone, 
And none but his Boy and he and I alone, 
Mafler quoth I for the love of God and Charity, 
Teach me the feacrets of Ndturall Phibfopby. 

No Son, quoth he, I know not what thou art, 
And fliall I reveale to thee fuch a prceiuos Arte *r 
No man by me fhall get fuch gaines, 
No not my Boy which taketh with me fuch paines, 
That to difclofe it lyes not in my Bands, 
For I muft furrender it into the Lords hands, 
Becaufe 1 heare not of one that hath the f ame 5 
Which lifts up his minde and is apt for the fame, 
Which if I could finde I would ere I dye, 
Reveale to him that fame greate miftery : 
Yet one there is about the Citty of Salisbury, 
A young man of the age of Eight and Twenty, 
Char nock is his name ofTennet that IJle, 
His praife and Comendacions foundeth many a Mile % 
That for a Younge man he is toward and apt, 
]n all the feaven liberal! Scyenccs fct none apart v 
But of each of them he hath much or litle, 
Whereof in our Scyence he may claime a title : 
His praife fprcads alfo for his good indighting, 
And of fome of his doings I have heard the reciting, 
Both of Profe and Meeter, and of Vcrfe alfo, 
And furc I commend him for his firft ihewc, 


ofTbilofopby. 299 

I thinke Chaucer at his yeares was «iot the like, 
And Shelter* at his ycares was further to feeke 5 
Wherefore for his knowledge, gravity and witt, 
He may well be Crowned Feet Lmreat, 

Ceafe Father quoth land heare me fpeake, 
For my name is Chamock upon whorac you treate 5 
But this which you fay to me is greate wonder, 
For thefe qualities and I am farr affunder •, 
IamnofuchMan as you have made reckoning, 
But you (hall fpeake for me when I go a wiving : 
Your praifc will make me fpcede, though it be not true, 
Nor yet my fubftance worth an old horfc fhooe. 

Is your name Cbarnocke, and the fame Man t 
Yea Sir quoth I : then ftumbled he to give me his hand : 
And talked an howrc with me in thcPbifofiphers fpccchc, 
And heard that in no qucftion I was to fecchc , 
My Son quoth he let me have thy prayer, 
For of this Science I will make thee myne heirc 5 
Boy quoth he lead me into fomefecret place, 
And then departs for a certaine fpace , 
Uutill this man and I have talked together.- 
Which being done, quoth he, now gentle Brother, 
Will you with me to morrow be content. 
Faithfully to receive the bleffed Sacrament , 
Upon this Oath that I fhall hecre you give, 
For ne Gold nc Silver as long as you live, 
Neither for love you beare towards your Kinne, 
Nor yet to no great Man preferment to wynnc: 
That you difclofe the feacret that I fhall you teach, 
Neither by writing nor by no fwift fpecch 5 
But only to him which you be fure ? 

Hath ever fcarched after the feacrcts of Nature ? 
To him you may reveale the feacrcts of this Art^ (depart. 
Undo: the Covering ofPhilofophiebcfotc this world yec 

R r 2 What 

^00 The^reVtary 

What anfwer will you give me.* let mc heareV 
Mafter quoth I, I grant your defire. 
Then Son quoth he keepe thys Oath I charge thee well 
As thinkeft to be faved from the pitt of Hell, (cion 

The next day we went to Church, and after our devo" 
A Preift of his Gentlenes heard both our Confeffions-, 
Which being done, lo Maflfe ftreight we went. 
And he miniftred to us the holy Sacrament- 
But he never wift what we meant therein: 
For with a contrary reafon I did him blindc, 
And fo home to dinner we went to our hoaft, 
All which refeccionl paid for the Coft. 
When dinner was done I walked in the field 
Large and plaine, where people pafld<by but field, 
Andwhen we were in the midds, Boy quoth he go pick a 
And come not againe before I for thee whittle. iThiftle 

Now Mafter quoth I the Coaft from hearers is cleare, 
Then quoth he my Senn hearken in thyne Earc 5 
And within three or foure words he reveajed unto me, 
OfMineralls prudence the greate Mifterle . 
Which when I heard my Spirits were ravifhed for Joy, 
IhtGreciam were never gladder for the wynning of Troy: 
As I was then remembring my good Mafter thoe 
For even the felfe fame fecret he did me fhew : 
Nyne dayes and no more I tarried with him fure. 
But Lord in this tyme what fecrets of Nature 
He opened to me at divers fundry tymes, 
As partly I have told thee in my former Rimes: 
The reft is not to be written on paincof Damnacion, 
Or elfein this Boke truly I would make relation 5 
Now Father quoth 1,1 will depart you froe, 
And for you 1 wil pray whether focver I goe •, 
Sonopoth he Gods blcffing goe with thee and thync, 
And if thou fpeede well, lee me heare of thee againe. 


ofThilofophy. 30 \ 

.<*>, v t*v v <fe a*k & A ^ A ,& /?», /fe Sfo ****, jj*!c rfl A iffe 5& »fk ijfe x^ *fe ^ ^ 

The Jixt Chapter. 

WHen I was gone a mile or two abroade, 
With fervent prayer I praifed the Lord : 
Giveing him thankes for that profperous Journy, 
Which was more leaver to me then an 100 1. in mony : 
Surely quoth I my iM after {hall know all this, 
Orelfemy Braines fhallfervemcamifle$ 
Which if they were fo good as the Monke made mencio 3 
Then would I write to my Mafier with a better invencio, 
O Lord quoth I what a folemneOath was this given ! 
Surely in fheetes of Brafie it is worthy to be graven 5 
For a perpetuall memory ever to rcmaine 
Amon^thc^Jlofopbers^Soi: an Oath certaine .• 
And when I was two dayes Journey homeward, 
To aske him a queftion to him againe I fared 3 
Which I had forgotten, and would not for my Land, 
But that doubt truly I might pnderftand. 

I thought it not much to.goe backe with all fpeede, 
To feeke him our, & to the houfe where I left him I yed. 
And there in a Chamber anone I founde him out, 
Fraying upon his Beades very devout .• 
Father quoth la word with you I doebefcech: 
Who is that quoth he i my Son Charnock by his fpeech : 
Yea forfooth quoth I, I am come back to you, 
Defiring you heartily to tell me one thing true : 
Which is this. Who was in Phdofopby your Tutor, 
AndofthatSeacret to you the Revealer < 
Marry quoth he and fpcake it with harty Joy 3 
Forfooth it was Ripley the Canon his Boy : 

Rr 3 Then 

^oz ThelZreVidry 

Then I remembred my good Mafter againe, 
Which tould he did it never attaine 
Of no manner of Man but of God, he put it in his head, 
As he for it was thinking lying in his Bead : 
And thus I tarried with him all that night, 
And made him as good Cheere as I might. 
In the morning I tooke my leave of him to depart, 
And in the proceffe of tyme came home with a merry 
But that mirth was (hortly turn'd to care, (heart ; 

For as I have tould you fo my Worke did fare. 
Once I fct it on fyre which did me much woe, 
And after my Man hindred me a Moneth or two ? 
Yet the Gentleman did me more fpight then the reft, 
As when he made me from worke to be preft, 
Then Bedlam could not hold me I was fo fretr, 
But fowft at my worke with a greate Hatchettj 
Rathing my Potts and my Glaffes altogether, 
I wiffc they coft me more or I gott them thither .* 
The afhes with myftur flew all about, 
- One Fire I fpilt and the other I put out: 

All the Rubirti to the dunghill I carried in a Sack, 
And the next day I tooke my Coates with the Crofle at 
And forth I went to ferve^ Soldiers rome (the back 5 
And furely quoth 1, there fhall come the day of Dome 5 
Before I pra&ife againe to be a Philofefher, 
Wherefore have me Commended to my good Mafter. 
And now my ftudents in this^tf,my promile I have kept 


And that you fhall finde trpewhen you underftandme 

(truly 5 
Whxh before that day never thinke to fpeede, 
For a plainer Beke then this never defire to rcade.- 
And true it is alfoyf you can pick it out, 
But it is not for every Cart flavc or Loute$ 


ofThilofophy. ^ 

This to underftand, no though his wittswere fync, 
Forit Aialbeharde enough for a very good Divine 
To Confter our meaning of this worthy Scyence y 
But in theftudy of it he hath taken greate diligence: 
Now for my good Mafter and Me I defireyou to pray, 
And if God fpare me lyfc I will mend this another day, 

Finiftied the 20 th of Jul y, 1 5 57. By the unktterd 
Scbollar Thomas Charnock ? Student 
inthe mojl worthy Scyence ^Astronomy 
and Phylosophy. 

JEnivrna adAlcbimiam. 

Whenvii.tymes xxvi. had run their rafe, 
ThenNature difcovered his blacke face; 
But when an C. and L. had overcome him in figtit, 
He made him wa(h his face white and bright : 
Then came xxxvi. wythe greate rialltie. 
And made Blacke and White away to fle : 
Me thought he was a Prince offhonoure 3 
For he was all in Golden armoure ; 
And one his head a Crowne off Golde 
That for no riches it might be folde: 
"Which tyll I faw my hartte was colde 
To thinke at length who fhould wyne the filde 
Tyll Blacke and White to Red dyd yelde 5 
Then hartely to God did I pray 
That ever I faw that joyfull day. 

157Z. T.Charnocke. 


304. Qbarnoc^s Mnigma. 

jEnigma de dlchimU. 

WHen vii tymcs xxvi had runne their rafc, 
Then Nature difcoved his blackc face. 
But whith an C. and L. came in with great bloft 
And made Blacke nye to flye the Coffe : 
Yet one came after and brought 30. offgreatc might, 
Which made Blacke and White to flee quite $ 
Me thought he was a Prince offhonor,* 
For he was all in Golden Armoure, 
And one his hed a CrowneoffGolde : 
That for no riches it myght be folde, 
And trewly with no Philofofher I do mockc . 
For I did it my fellffe Thomas Charnockc : 
Therefore God coomforte the in thy warke 
For all our wrettinges are veryc darke, 
Defpyfe all Bookes and them defye 
Wherein is nothing but Recipe & Acetic ; 
Fewe learned men with in this Realme 
Can tell the aright what I do meane- 
I could finde never man but one, 
Which cowlde teaehe me the fecrcts offour Stone- 
And that was a Prjfte in the Glofe off Salcfburie] 
God reft his Soil in heven full myrie. 


T. Charnocke, 




£ L S S M S: 
The Campe ^Philosophy.." 

Hen Phoebus was entred the figne of the Ramme, 
In theMoneth of March when all things do fpring; 
Lying in my bed an old Man to me came , 
Laying his hand on my buily head Numbering; 
I am, (aid he, Tjme, The Producer of all thing t 
Awake and rife, prepaire thy felfe quickly, 
My intent is to bring thee to the C^mpe ofPhilofophj. 

2. Bloomes and Bloflbmes plentifully in that field, 
Bene plefantly flourifhing dickt with.Collour gay, 
Lively water fountaines eke Beads both tame and wild ; 
OverOiaddowed with Trees fruitefull on every fpraye, 
Meilodioufly finging the Birds do fittandfay: 

Father Son and holy Ghoft one God in perfons three, 

Impery and honor be to thee O holy Trinity, 

3. Lo thus when he had faid I arofe quickly, 
Doing on my Clothes in haft with agility, 
Towards the Campe (we went) ofPhilofofhy : 
The wonderfull fights ther for to fee; 
To a large greate Gite father Tjme brought me. 

Which clofed was then he to me faid, 
I Each thing hath his Tyme, be thou then nothing difmaid. 



!>q6 'BloomfieUs TSlofloms. 

4. Then greate admiration I tooke unto my felfe, 
With fore and huge perturbacion of minde, 
Beholding the Gate faftned with locks twelve: 
I fantifed 6ut fmaily that Tyme fhould be my frend : 
Why ftudieft thou man, quoth hee, art thou blinde ? 
With a rodd he touched me, whereat I did downe fall 
Into a ftrong fleepe, & in a Drearae he (hewed me all.* 

I . Jgitur audits [omnium mtum quodvidi. (feaven 

In the thoufand yeare of Chrift five hundred fifty and 

IntheMoneth of March a fleepeas I did lye, 

Late in the night, of the clock about Eleven, 

In fpirit wrapt I was fuddainely into Heaven - 
Where I faw fitting in moft glorious Ma jeftie 
Three I beholding : adored but oneDeitie. 

2. A Spirit incircumfcript, with burning heate incofnbuftible 3 
Shining with brightnes, permanent as fountaine of all light. 
Three knit in one with Glory incomprehenfible; 

Which to behold I had a greate delight: 
This truly to attaine to, furmounteth my might s 
But a voyce from that Glorious brightnes to me /aid, 
I am one God of immenfurable Majeftie ; be not affraidt 

3. In this Villon cleere, that did it fcife foe extend 
With a voyce moft pleafant being three in one; 
Peirced my Minde , and tought me to Comprehend 
The darke fayings of Phliofiphers each one $ 

The Altitude, Latitude, and Profundity of the Stone, j 

To be three in Subftance, and one in Efience ; 
A molt Heavenly Treafure procreate by Quinteflence, 

4.Then ftudied I what this Quintcffence (hould be, 

Of vifible things apparant to the Eye ; 

The fife being even a Grange privetie, 

In every fubftance refting invifibly 5 

The invifible Godhead is the fame thought I • 
Primer caufe of being, and the Primer Effence : 
And of the Macpcofmj the moft foveraignc Quinteflencea 

c Bloomfields Hlojjbms. 307 

$. This is that heavenly feacret potentiall 3 

That divided is, and refteth invifible 
In all things Animall, Vigetall and Mineral! ; 
Whofevertue and ftrength in them is indivisible: 
From God it cometh, and God maketh it fcnfible, 

To fome Elect, to others he doth it denay, 

As I fat thus mufing a voyce to me did fay. 

6. Study thou no more of myBeing,but ftedfaftly 
Beleive this Trinity equally knit in One ; 

Further of my Secrets to mufe it is but folly, 
Paflingthe Capacity of all humane reafon ; 
The Heavens clofed up againeat that feafon: 

Then Father Tyme fee me at the Gate, 

And delivered me a Key to enter in thereat. 

7. The Key of knowledge and of Excellent Science • 
Whereby all fecrets of Philofophy are referace 5 

The feacrets of Nature fought out by diligence % 

Avoyding fables of envious fooles inveterate : 

Whith Recipe and 'Decipe this Scyence is violate. 
Therefore to me this Key he did difpofe 
The feacrets of this Arte to open and difclofe. 

8. Thus faid Father Tyme this Key when he me tooke 5 
Unlock quoth he this Gate now by thy felfe, 

And then upon him forrowfully did I looke, 
Saying that one Key could not undoe Locks twelve, 
WTiofe Axe quoth he is fare both head and helve 
Hold will together, till the Tree downe fall, 
Soe open thou the firft Lock and thou hail: opned all. 

9 .What is the firft Lock named tell me then 
I pray thee, faid I, and what fhall I it call ? 
It is faid he the Seacret of all Wife Men ; 
Chaos in the bodyes called the firft Original!: 
Prima materia^ our Mercury, our MenftruaU: 

Our Fitrioff, our Sulphur, our Lunary mod of price; 

[Put the Key in the Lock, twill'open with a trice* 

Ss 2 „ fo.Then 

5<d8 'Bloomfidds 'Blofiorfis. 

I o. Then the Key of knowledge I bufily tooke in hand 

And began to fearch the hollownes in the Lock, 

The words thereof I fcarce did understand, 

"So craftily conveid they were in their (lock ; 

I proved everyway, and at laft I did unlock 
The crafty Gynns thus made for the nonce, 
And with it the other Locks fell open all at once. 

1 1. At this Gate opening even in the entry 

A number of Philofophers in the face I met, 

Working all one way the fecrets of Philofophy 

Upon Chaos darke that among them was kt t 

Sober men of living, peaceable and quiet; 
They buifiiy dsfputed the Materia Trima, 
Reje&ing cieane away Simnl jlttlta & frivola, 

12. Here I faw the Father of Philofophers, Hermes, 
Here I faw Ariftotle with cheere moO jocund ; 

Here I faw Morten, and Senior in Tmba more oriefle, 

Sober Democritm, Albert , "Bacon and Ramnnd, 

The Monks an< J £ne Chanon of Bridlington fo profound, • * 

Working moft feacretly, who faid unto me ; 

Beware thou beleeve not ail that thou doeft fee. 

13. But if thou wilt enter this Campe ofPhilofophy 
With thee take Tyme to guide thee in the way ; 

For By- pathes and Broad waves deepeValies and hills high 
Here (halt thou finde, with fights pleafant and gay, 
Some thou fhale meete with, which unto thee (hall fay, 
Recipe this, and that ; with a thoufand things more, 
To Detipe thy felfe, and others - 3 as they have done before, 

14, Then Father 7)w* and I by favour of thefe men 
Such fights to fee paffed forth towards the Campe, 
Where we met difguifed Philofophers leane, 
With Porpheries, and Morters ready to grinde and (hmpe, 
Their heads (baking, their hands full of the Crampe ; 
* Seme lame with Spafmer,. fome feeble, wan and blind 
With Arfqick and Suiphus, to this Art moft unkinde. 

15. Thefe 

^Bloomfields 'BJoffims. $09 

i5.Thefewere "Brooke the Preifl:, and Yorkg with Coates gay, 
Which robbed King H E N RT of a Million of Gold, 
Martin Per ten, Major, & Thomas De-la-hay 
Saying that the King they greatly inrich would, 
They whifpered in his Eare and this Tale they him tould* 

We will worke foe your highnes the Slixer vit<z % 

A princely worke called Opus Regale. 

1 6 .Then brought they in the Viccar of Maiden 
With his greene Lyon that moft Royall feacretr, 
Richard Record^ and litje Mailer Eden y 
Their Mettalfs by Corrafives to Calcine and frett $ 
HughOldcaftle and Sir Robert Greene with them mett. 

Roafting and boy ling all things out of kinde, 

And like Foolofiphers lefr of with lofTe in the end. 

17. Yet brought they forth things beautiful! to fight, 
Deluding the King thus from day to day, . 

With Copper Citrinatefor the Red, and albified for the White 
And with Mercury rubified in a glaflfe full gay, 
But at the laft in the fire they went away. 

All this was becaufe they knew not the verity, 

Of Attitude, Latitude and Profundity. 

18. Thence Father Tyme brought me into a Wildernes, 
Into a Thicket having by. paths many one ; 

Steps and footeings I faw there more and lefle 

Wherein the aforefaid men had wandred and gone, 

There I faw Marcafites,Mineralls, and many a (tone. 
As Iridis, Talck, and Alome, lay digd from the ground 
The Mines of Lead, and Iron, that they had out found. 

19. No marvel I trow though they were muchfet by 
That with fo greate Riches could endue the King, 

So many Sundry wayes to fill up his Treafury ; 
With fi\ty matters greate charges in to bring, 
The very next way a Prince to bring to begging ; 

And make a noble Reaime andCoramon wealth decay, 
- Tfaefe are Royall Philofophers the cleane contrary way. 

Ss 3 20. From 

3io %lootyfieldsT3loJJoms> 

io.From thence forth I went {Tyme being my guide,) 
Through a greene Wood, where Birds fing cieerely, 
Till we came to a field pleafant large and wide 
Which- he faid was called The Campe ofPhitofophy- 
There dowrte we Fatt to h^are the fweete Harmony 
Of divers Birds in their fweete Notes finging, 
And to receive the Savour of the flowers fpringing. 

2 1 .Here Junobete PaBas, here ApoRo do d well 5 

Here true Philofophers take their dwelling place 

Here duly the Mufes nyne drinke of PyrenesWtW, 

No boafting broyler here the Arte can deface; 

Here Lady Philofophy hath her royall Pallace : 
Holding her Court in moil high Confiftory, 
Sit ting with herCouncellors moft famous of memory. 

22.There one faid to me, an ancient Man was hee \ 

Declaring forth the Matter of the Stone > 

Saying that he was fent thither to Councell me, 

And of his Religion to chufe me to be one ; 

A Cioath of Tifhue he had him upon, 

Verged about with Pearles of Coliour frefti and gay, 
He proceedath with his Tale, and againe he did thus fay; 

23. Here all occult feacrets of Nature knowen are, 
Here all the Elements from things are drawne out ; 
Here Fire, Air and Water in Earth are knit together 5 
Her« all our feacret worke is truly brought about, 
Here thou muftlearne in thy buifines tobeftoute, 

, Night and day thou muft tend thy worke buifily, 
Having conftant patience never to be weary. 

24. As we fatt talking by the Rivers running deerej 
I call myne Eye afide and there I did behold 

A Ladj moft excellent fitting in an Arbour 
Which clothed was in a Robe of fine Gold, 
Set about with Pearles and Stones manifold. 
Then ask't I Father Tyme what fhe fhould be? 
, Lady Thilofopby quoth, hemoft excellent of beauty* 

25. Then 

"Blomfalds "BloJJoms, 311 

25. Then was I ftricken with an ardent Audacity, 
The place to approach to where I faw this fighr, 
I rofe up to walke and the other went before me , 
Againft the Arbour, till I came forth right , 
There we all three humbly as we might, 

Bowed downe our felves to her with humility. 

With greate admiration extolling her felicity. 

, :26.She (hewed her felfe both gentle and benigne, 
Her gefture and Countenance gladded our comming > 
From her feace iraperiall (he did her felfe decline , 
As a Lady loving perfecl wifdome and Cunning, 
Her goodly Poems, her Beauty was furmounting : 

Her fpeech was decorate with fuch aureat fentence, 

Far excelling famous Tallies Eloquence. 

27. Then Father Tyme unto that Lady faid, 
Pleafeth it your highnes this poore Man to heare, 
And him to affift with your mod gratious aide : 
Then (he commanded him with me to draw neere 
Son , faid the Lady, be thou of good Cheere. 

Admitted thou fhalt be among greate and fmall 
To be one of my Schollers principal!. 

a 8. Then (he committed me to RymmdZuilie, 
Commanding him my fimplenes to inftruct, 
And into her Secrets to induce me fully, 
Into her privy Garden to be my conducl: 
Firft into a Towre moft beautifull conftruft, 

Father Raymttndmz brought, and thence immediately 

He led me into her Garden planted deiicioufly. 

29. Among the faire Trees one Tree in fpeciall, 
Moft vernant and pleafant appeared to my fight. 
A name infcribed, The Tree Phildfopbicall, 
Which to behold I had greate delight: 
Then to Philofiphy my troth I did plight 

Her Majefty to ferve s and to take greate paine, 
The fruits of that Tree with RaymandtQ attaine* 

30. Then 

2ii c Bloomftelds *Blo[foms. 

go Then Raymmd (hewed me Budds fifteene 
Springing of chat Tree, and fruites fifceene moe, 
Of the which faid Tree proceedes that we doe meane ; 
That ali <PhiIofiphers covet to attain e unto 
The bleffed Stone ; one in Number and rro moe : 
Our greate Elixer mod high of price, 
Oar Azof, our TlafaHsk?, our Adrop, and our Qocatrlcu 

5 1. This is our Antimony and our Red Lead 

Glorioufly (hining as Phoebus at midday, 

This is our Crowne of Glory and Diadem of our head ; 

Whofe bearnes refplendant fhall never fade away 5 

Who attaines this Treafure, never can decay : 
It is a Jewell fo abundant and excellent, 
That one graine will endure ever to be- permanent; 

32. Heave thee heere now our feacrets to attaine, 
Looke that thou earneftly my Councell do enfue, 
There needes no blowing at the Cole, buifines nor paine : 
Bat at thyne owne eafe here maift thou continue, 
Old Antient writers beleive which are true 1 
And they fhall thee learne to paffe it to bring, 

Beware therefore of too many, and hold thee to one thing. 

33. This one thing is nothing elfe but the Lyongreene s 
Which fome Fooles imagine to be Vitrioll Romaine 7 

It is not of that thing which Philofophers meane, 

For nothing to us any Corofive doth pertaine, 

Undcrftand therefore or elfe thy hand refraine ; 

From this hard Scjence, leaft thou doe worke amifle, 
For I will tell thee truly ; now marke what it is, , 

34. Greene of Collorour Lyon is not truly 

But vernant and greene evermore enduring i 

In mod bitternes of death, he is lively : 

In the fire burning he is evermore fpringing | 

Therefore the Salamander by the fire living, 

Some men doe him call, and fome na other name, 
The MeTuRine Minimally it is ever the fame. 

v.- £ 35.Sbme 

c BloomfieUs "Bloffoms. - 1? 

3^. Some call it alfo a Subftance exuberate, 
Some call it Mercury of Mettaline eflence, 
Some Limns deferti from bis body evacuate , 
Some the Eagle fying from the North with violence ; 
Some call it a Toade for his greate vehemence. 

But few or none at all doe name it in his kindc, 

It is a privy guittteffence ; keepe it well in minde. 

3 6* This is not in fight, but re fteft invifible 5 
Till it be forced out oiQhaos darke, 
Where he remaineth ever indiviflble , 
And yet in him is the foundacion of our warke, 
In our Lead it is, fo that thou it marke. 

Drive it out of him fo out of all other, 

I can tell thee no better if thou were my Brother. 

37.This£Wfdarke theMettallsI do calf, 

Becaufe as in a Prifon it refteth them within, 

The feacret of Nature they keepe in thrall s 

Which by a meane we do warily out-twyne, 

The working whereof the eafier to begin. 
Lift up thy head and looke upon the heaven, 
And I will learne thee truly to know the Planets feaven. 

The fecond parte of 
the B © o k e. 

SAturne in all, to this Arte hath moft refpecl, 
Of whom we draw a Quinteffence moft excellent, 
Unto ourMagifteryhimfelfe he doth connect, 
United in quallitie, and alfo made equipolent 
In ftrength and in vertue ; who lifts to be diligent , 
Shall finde that we feekean heavenly trefure 
And a precious Jewell that ever (hall endure, 

Tc Uufiur 

214. c Bloomftelds ISlofioms* 

i.Jfipiter the gentle, endewed with Azure blew, 
Examiner by Juftice declareth true Judgement, 
Altering his Colours ever fre(h and new , 
In his occult Nature to this Arte is convenient ; 
To Philofophle is ferviceshle and aifo obedient, 
Joyned with Lunar] after his owne kinde, 
Conteyneth this Arte and ieaveth noshing behinde. 

3. Mars that is Martial] in Citty and Towne, 
Fierce in Battaile s fuII of debate and ftrife, 
A noble Warriour, and famous of renowrte, 
With fie andfword defendeth , his owne lyfe, 
He ftajneth with blood and flaiethwith a knife 
All fpirits and bodyes, his Arts be fo bold, 
The harts of all others he wyns to him with Gold. 

4 The Sun moft glorious fhining with power potent, 
Above all other faire Planets feaven, 

Shedding his light to them all indifferent, 
With his glorious Beanies and glittering flhine, 
He Jightneth the Earth and the Firmament of Heaven 1 
Who can him diiTolve and draw out his QuintclTence, 
Unto ail other Planets he Hull give influence. 

5 .Lady Venus of love the faire Goddefle 
With her Son Cupid apperteyneth to this Arte 9 
To the love of the <$Wwhen {he doth her addrefle, 
With her Darts of love ftriketh him to the hearte, 
Joyned to his kcde of his Jubilance fhe taketh parte : 

Her felfe fhe endu~th with excellent Tiflue, 
Her corrupt nature When (he doth renew, 

6, Mercury this feeing begineth to be fugitive, 
With his rodd of Inchantment litle doth he prevail?, 
Taken often Prifoner himfelfe doth revive 5 
Till he be fnared with the Dragons Tayle 
Then doth he on a hard Coate of Male , 

Soudred together with the Sunn and Moone, 
Then is he Mattered and his Inchantment done; 

7. The 

^Bloomfields *Blofams. 215 

The Moone that is called the leGfer Lunary, 
Wife unto Phoebus, Chining by Night, 
To others gives her Garments through her heaLtbLmary, 
And from the North to the South (hineth full bright, 
If you do for her looke (lie hydeth from your fight. 

But by faire intreaty (he is won at the laft, 

With Azat and Fire the whole Maftery thou haft. 

S.TheMaifterythougetteft not yet of thefe Planets feaven, 
But by a fluffy meaning knowne only unto us ; 
Bring them firft to Hell,and afterwards to Heaven .• 
Betwixt lyfe and death then thou mud difculTe, 
Therefore I councell thee that thou worke thus. 

IHJfohe and Seperate them, Sublime, Fix and Congede, 

Then haft thou'alh- therefore doe as I thee tell. 

o.D'iiToive not with Corrofive nor ufe Separacion 
With vehemence of Fire, as Multipliers doe ufe, 
Nor to the Glaffe topp make thou Sublimacion $ 
Such wayes inordinate Pbilofiphers refufe, 
Their fayings follow, and wifely them perufe : 

Then (halt thou not thy felfe lewdly delude 

In this goodly Scyencei Adiew, I thus conclude. 

Incipit Theorica. 

WEE intend now through grace divine 
In few words of Chaor for to write, 
Light from Darknes to caufe forth to (hine, 
Long before hidden as I (hall recite, 
In every thing unknowne it is requifite 
A Seacret to fearch out which is invifible, 
Materiall of our Maiftry, a fubftance infenfibks 

Tt 2 2,Becaufe 

yi6 c Bloomfi € elds IZlojforns. 

i. Becaufe I fhould not feeme Co inclofe 

Long hidden feacrets unto me committed, 

Of my Lord God. Therefore plainely of Chaos, 

My purpofe (halbe thereof to be acquitted, 

For dangerous burthens are not eafily lighted. 
In faith therfore I (hall my felfe endeavour, 
Lightly to difeharge me before God for ever. 

3, Devotely rherefore unto thee O Lord I call. 
Send me thy Grace to make explicacion 

Of Chw % For thou art opener of feacrets all t 
Which ever art ready to heare the Suplicacion 
Ofthymeeke Servants, which with hearty humiiiacion 
To thee do I apply : fend me now thy grace 
Of thy Secrets, to write in due order tyme and place. 

4. C^aos is no more to fay, this is doubtles, 
(As0z//V/writeth in hlsAfetamorphofiri) 

But a certaine rude fubftance,fmtigi/?*7i moles, 
Having divers Natures refting it within , 
Which with the Contrary we may it out twyne. 
By Pbilofipbers Arte, who fo the feat doth know 
The foure Elements from £feg# to out draw. 

5rThis^was all things hath Dimenfions three, 

Which well confidered (hall follow the effecl:, 

That is Altitude, Latitude and Trofttnditie , 

By which three all the Water is direc"h 

Unto thefe Dimenfions who hath no refpeft 
Shall never divide the C^os in his kinde, 
But after his labour (hall Snde fraud in the end. 

d. Chaos is to us the Vine-tree white and red, 
Chaos is each Bead, Fifh and Fowle in his kinde,. \ } * 

Chaos is the Oare, and Mine of Tinn and Lead, 
Of Gold and Silver that we out finde, 
Iron and Copper which things do binde : 

And hold our fights and wi tts unto them bound, 
The feacretehid in them which we ne understand* 

7. Out 

< Blomfields TSloffoms. 317 

7«0ut of this mifty Chaos, the Philofophers expert, 
Doe a (ubftanee draw called a £l*inteflence. 
Craftily deviding the foure Elements by Art : 
With great Wifdome ftudy and Diligence, 
The which high Seacreat hath a divine Influence^ 

That is fupernaturall of Fooles thought impoflibfe, 

An Oyle or fuch like called Incombuftible. 

8.the Mayftery of this plainely to (hew thee, 
In forme heareafter I will it declare : 
Setting forth here the Philofophers Tree , 
Wherein now the whole Arte I (hall Compare: 
In this faire Tree Sixteene frutes are, 

More precious then Gold in the Stomake to digeft , 

Put thy hand thereto and take of the beft. 

9 .And left the fault imputed (hould be, 
In me,or nothers that of this Arte doth write. * 

I fet before thee the true figure of the Tree, 
Wherein orderly the tArte I will recite • 
Underftand my Sentence that thou maift worke right , 

Confider that I faid that Chaos is all thing 

That we begin of, the true way of working. 

10. Put cafe thy Chaos be Animall,VegitalI or Mineral!, 
Let reafon guide thee to worke after the fame ; 
If thou workeft out of kinde,then loofeft thou all : 
For Nature with Nature rejoyceth and maketh true game, 
Worke Animall with his kind and keepe thee out of blame* 

Vegetable and Minerall in their Order due, 

Then (halt thou be counted a Philofopher true. 

1 j. When thou haft found what it isindeede, 

Then knoweft thoiuby forme by reafon it muft oe, 

Search it wittily and draw from him his feede : 

Then is there thy Altitude fuperficiall to fee, 

The Latitude (hall appeare anon beleeve mc. 
When thou haft divided the Elements affunder, 
Then the Profundity araongft them lyeth hid under. 

Tt 1 12. Here 

2 1 8 ^Bloomfields TZloffoms. 

1 2. Here is Materia Prima, and Corpm confufum, 
But not yet the Matter of which Philofipkrs doe create, 
Yet this one conteyneth the other in Somme : 

For Forma, Materia and Corpm together are knit • 
With the Menftruall Water firft thou muft them frett : 

That the Body firft be finely Calcinate, 

After diflbived and purely evacuate, 

13. Then is it the true Mercury of the Philosopher s t 
Unto the Mayftery apt needefull and fcrviceable 5 
More of this thing I needenot much rehear fe.- 
For this is all the Secret mod Commendable s 
Materia Prima it is called Multiplicable, 

The which by Arte muft be exuberate, 

Then it is the Matter of which MettaJIs were generate* 

14. Sulphur of Nature and not that which is common, 
OfMettalls muft be made j if that thou wilt fpeede, 
Which will turne them to his kinde every each one • 

His Tindure into them abroad he will fpread , 
It will fix Mercury common at thy neede. 

And make him apt true Tin&ure to receive. 

Worke as I have tould thee, and it (hall not thee deceive. 

15. Then of Sun and iMoone make thou Oyie incombuftible, 
With Mercury vegetable or elfe with Lunarj, 

Inferate therewith and make thy Sulphur fluxible 
To abide thy Fire and alfo thy CMercury 
Be fixt and flowing, then haft thou wrought truly. 
And fo haft thou made a Worke for the nonce, 
And gott a Stone more precious then all Stones. 

v6, Fix it up now with perfeel Decoccion, 
And that with eafy heate, and not vehement , 
For feare of Induracion, and Vitrificat ion, 
Lenft thou loofe ail and thy labour mifpent : 
With Eight dayes and nights, this Stone isfufficient, 
The greate Elixir moft high of price, 
Which Raymond called his Btfliskezni Cocatrice* 


"Bloomfields %loJJoms. 3 \? 

17. To this excellent worke greate Coftneedenot be, 
Many Glafies or Potts about it to breake, 
OneGlafle,one Furnace and no more of neceflicy, 
Who more doth fpil), his witts are but weake, 

All this is ftiiled in a Limbeck with a Beake. 
As touching the Order of Diftillacion, 
And with a blinds head on the fame for Solucion. 

18. In this thy Mercury taketh his true kinde, 
In this he is brought to Multiplication ; 

In this made he his Sulphur, beare it well in minde, 
Tin&ure he hath herein, and inceracion, 
In this the Stone is brought to his perfect Creadon 5 
In one Glafle,one Thing, one Fire and no mo, 
This Worke is Compleate. Dagkriam Deo. 

f if ff ff if fit ft if ft fff if 

Incipit TraBica. 

WE have fufficiently declared the Theorique, 
In words mifticall making declaration. 
Let us now proceeds plainely with the Trattique , 
Largely of the Matter to make explanacion: 
I will therefore that you marke well my Narration, 
As true Difciplesroy Do&rine to attend 
My Teftament, and laft wlU to you I do comend. 


2. Be you Holy therefore, Sober, Honeft ; and Meeke; 
Love God and your Neighbour, to the Poore bee not unkind; 
Overcome Sathan, Gods Glory fee you feeke, 
My Son be gentle to all men, as a Frend ; 
Fatherles and Widdow have alwaies in thy minde, 
Innocente love as Brothers, the wicked do efchew, 
Let Flafehood and Flattery goe, leaft thou it rue. 


220 ^Bloomfields ^Blojloms. 

g.Devoutely fcrve God, call daily for his grace, 
Worthip him in Spirit with heart contrite and pure, 
In no wife let Sathan thy prayers deface : 
Looke thou be ftedfaft in faith and truft moft fure, 
Lay up treafare in heaven which ever (hall endure: 
In all Adverfity be gentle in thy heart 
Againft thy Foe ; fo (halt thou him convert. 

4. Moft heartily therefore G Lord to thee I call^ 
Befeeching thee to ayde me with thy heavenly grace, 
Lovingly thy Spirit upon me downe let fall ; 
Overfhadd owing me that I at no tyme trefpas, 

My Lord and my God grant me to purchafe 

Full knowledge of thy Secrets, with thy mercy to wine, 
Intending thy truth this Practife I begin, 

5. Liften thou my Son, and thine Eares incline. 
Delight have thou to learne this Pra&ife fage and true, 
Attend my faying, and nore well this Difcipline : 
Thefe Rules following do as it doth enfue, 

This labour once begun thou muft it continue 

Without tedious fluggardice, and flothfull wearines : 
So (halt thou thereby acquire to thee greate Riches. 

6. In the name of God this Seacret to attaine, 
Joyne thow in one Body with a perfect unity: 

Firft the red Man, and the white Woman thefe twaine : 
OneoftheMansfubftance, and of the Worn ans three, 
By Liquefaction joyned together muft they be : 
The which Conjunction is called Diptative, 
That thus iVmade betweeneMan and Wife; 


7. Then after that they be one Body made, 

With the (harpe teeth of a Dragon finely, v • 

Bring them to Dull, the next muft be had, 

The true proporcion of that Duft truly, 

In a true Ballance weighing them equally £ 

With three tymes as much of the fiery Dragon 
Mixing altogether, then haft thou well done. 

8. Thy 

c Bloomfields c BlojJbms. 221 

8. Thy Subftance thus together proportionate, 
Pat in a Bedd of Glafle with a bottome large and round, 
There in due tyme to dye, and be regenerate 

Into a new Nature, three Natures into one bound, 

Then be thou glad that ever thou it found. 
For this is the Jewell ftiali ftand thee moft in ftead, 
The Growne of Glory, and Diadem of thy head. 

9. When thou haft thus mixt thy Matter as is faid, 
Stop well the Glafle that the Dragon goe not out 5 
For he is fo fubtile that if he be overlayd 

With Fire unnaturall, I put thee out of doubt, 

For to efcape he will fearch all about ; 
Therefore with gentle Fire looke that thou keepe it in 9 
So (hilt thou of him the whole Mayftery winne. 

io.The whole Mayftery hereof duly to fulfill , 

Set thy Glafle and Matter upon thine Athenorj 

Our Furnace called the Pbilofophers ^Dftngbitt t 

With a temperate heate working evermore • 

Night and day continually have Fuell in (lore, 
Of Turfe, of Sawduft, or dry chopped fegges I 
That the heate be equipolent to the Hen upon herEggs. 

11. Such heate continually lokethou doe not lack, 
Forty dayes long for their perfect union 

In them is made ; For fir ft it turnes to Black, 
This Collour betokens the right Putrefaction, 
This is the begining of perfect Conception 

Of your Infant into a new generation, 

A moft pretious Jewell for our Confolation. 

1 2. Forty dayes more the Matter fhall turne White , 
And cleere as Pearles 5 which is a declaration, 

Of voiding away of his Cloudes darke night j 
This fteweth our Infants full organization, 
Our White Elixir moft cleere in his Creation. 

From White into all Colours withe uten faile, 

Like to the Rainebow or the Peacocks Tayle. 

Uu 13. So 

^il ^Bloomfields c Blof$oms. 

1 3. So forth augment thy Fire continually, 
Under thy Matter esfily they muft l>e fedd, 
Till thefe Collours be gone ufe it wifely ,* 

For foone after appeareth Yellow the mefTenger of the Redd, 

When that is come then haft thou well fped, 
And haft brought forth a Stone of price, 
Which Raymund calls his Bajilisk* <W Cocatrice. 

14. Then ^odayes to take his whole Fixation, 
Let it ftand in heate ffioft temperate, 

That in that tyme thou fpare thy Fermentation , 
To increafe him withall that he be not violate, 
Beware of Fire and Water, for that will it fuffocate. 
Take one to a hundred of this Gonfe&ion, 
And upon crude CMercurj make thou Projection. 

1 5. One of thy Stone I meane upon an hundred fold, 
After the firft and fecond right Fermentation, 

Of Mercury crude^ turneth it to fine Gol K d } U 

As fine,as good, and as naturall in ponderation, 

The Stone is fo vehement in his penetrations, 
Fixt and Fuflble as the Gold-fmiths Souder is, 
Worke as I have faid, and thou canft not doe amifle, 

i(5. Now give thankes to the blefTed Trinity, 
For the benefit of this precious Stone, 
That with his grace hath fo much lightned thee, 
Him for to know being three in one, 
Hold up thy hands to his heavenly Throne. 

To his Majefty let us fing Ho/anna, 

Altiffimo^Deo fit honor & gloria. 


The Conclufion. 

OUr CMagiflery is Three, Two, and One .• 
The Animal!, Veg table WMinerall Stone. 
F r/i I fay w the name ofthe holy Trinity ^ 
Looke that thou ioyne in One \ Per fons Three. 
The Fixr. the V riablc and the Fugitive, 
T 11 they together tafi Death and Live. 
The f- fi » the D agon/*//, 
lh it fha/l th ft her waive both (lay and quell : 
The bun W Moont fhafi loofe their light, 
Jndin mourning Sable* ifyffflfili them d ght y 
jh'eefcore dayes long or h Iter i thereabout*: 
Thenfhall Phoebus appear e Jirfi out , 
W'thjlrange Ccl!our> tnalltht Firmament^ 
Then our T>oy is coming and at hand present : 
Then Qrent Phoebus in his hemifphere 
Tom full glorioujly (ball appear e : ^ 

Thm who can tvorke wifely 
Shall attune umo our Maiftery. 




LL you that faine Vhiiofophers would be, 

And night and day in Geber's kitchinbroyle, 
Wafting the chipps of ancient Hermes Tree y 
Weening to turne them to a pretious Oyie, 
The more you worke the more you loofeand 
to you I fay,how learned foever you be, (fpoile. 

Goe burne your Bookes and come and learne of me 9 

Although to my one Booke you have red tenrr, . 

Thats not inough,for I have heard it faid, 
The greateft Glarkes ar not the wifeft men, 

A Lion once a filly Moufe obeyd, 

In my good will fo hold your felves appaid : 
And though I write not halfe fo fweete as Tulljy 
Yet (liali you finde I trace the ftepps of Lully. 

Yt doth you good to thinke how your defire,; 
And feife-conceit doth warrantize vaine hope, 

You fpare no coft, you want no coals for fier , 
You know the vertues of the Elitrope, 
You thinke your felves farr richer then the Pope. 

What thinge hath being either high or low, 

But their Materia prima you do know* 

Elixir vita ; and the precious Stone % 

You know as well as how to make an Apple ; 
Ipte come to the workinge then let you alone, 

You know the coullers black brown bay and dapple, 
Controwle you once then you begin to fraple. 
Swearing and faying, what a fellow is this? 
Yet Hill you worke but ever worke amiffe. 


KdlexWorkg , 515 

No no ,tr)y friends, it is not vauntinge words, 
Nor mighty oaths that gaines that facred skill; 

It is obteined by grace and not by fwords ; 
Nor by greate reading, nor by long fitting ftill, 
Nor fond conceipt nor working all by will. 

But as I faid by grace it is obteined, 

Seekc grace, therefore* let folly be refrained. 

It is no coftly thing I you a (fare, 

That doth beget Magnepa in hir kind. 
Yet is hir felfe by leprofie made pure : 

Hir eyes be cleerer being firft made blind; 

And he that can Earths faftnes once unbind, 
Shall quickly know that I the truth have tould, 
Of fweete Magnefia, Wife to pureft Gold. 

Now what is meant by Man and Wife is this, 
Agent and Patient, yet not two but one, 

Even as was Eva 9 Adams Wife I wifle : 
Flefh of his Fldfh and Bone of his Bone, 
Such is the TJrionhood of our precious Stone* 

As Adam flept untill his Wife was made, 

Even fo our Stone, ther can no more be faid. 

By this you fe how thus k came to pafle, ; 

That firft was Man, and Woman then of him s 

Thus Adam heere as firft and cheefeft wa?, 
And ftill remaineda Man of perfect limme, 
Then Man and Wife were joynd together trimme. 

And each in love to other ftraight addreffed them, 

And did increafe their kind whenGod had blefled them. 

Even fo the Man our Stone is faid to fleepe, 
Untill fuch time his Wife be fully wrought; 

Then heawakes,and joyfu'ly doth keepe 

His new made Spoufe, which he fo dearely bought, 
And when to fuch perfection they be brought, 

Rejoyce the beauty of fo faire a bride, 

Whofe worth is more then halfe the world befide. 

Uu 3 

3 1 6 KellesWorfa \ 

Idoubteas yetycuhsrdly unj'erfhnd, 
What Mm or Wife doth truly fignifie, 

And yet I know you beare your feivcs in hand* 
That out of doubt it Sulpbtr is and UMemry, 
And foyt is, but not the common certeinly;' 

But^mwrjrefTentiallistrewlychetrew Wife, 

That kiiles her fdfc to bring her Child to life 

For fiift and formoft (he receaves the M3n, 
Her perefd love doth make her foone conceive : 
Then doth (he ftnvc with ail the force foe can, 
In fpite of Iove ; of life h>rn to bereave, 
Which being dpne.then will ill- never leave, 
But labour kindly hke a Jovmg W fe, 
Untill againe flic him have brought to life. 

Then he againe her kindnefle to requite, 
Upon her head doth fet a Crowi.c of glory, 

And to her praife he Poems doth indite, 
Whofe Poems nuke each Poet write a ftory^ 
And that (he fl w him tnei (he is not lorry. 

For he by vcitue of his 1 >ving W.fe, 

Not only lives.butalfogivcth life. 

But here I wifli you rightly understand, 
How heere he ra kes his Concubine his Wife, 

W T hich if you know not, do not take in hand, 
This worke which unto fooles is nothing rife, 
And looke you make attonenknt where is ftnfe. 

Then (trip the Man into his (hirt of T>(h :w, 

And her out of her irnock to ingendcr ylTue. 

To tell you troath he wanteth for no Wives 
In Land, or Sea, in Water, Air, or Firt, 

Without their deaths he waieth not their lives. 
Except they live he wants his cheif deiire, 
He bindes them prentice to the nghteltD er, 

And when they once all Sorrowes have aaidden, 

Then finde they Ioyes which from them raft wereiiidden. 

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JfylksJTorkg . 327 

For then they finde the Joy of fweete encreafe, 
They bring forth Children beautifull to fight. 

The which are able Prifnersto releafe; 
And to the darkefl: Bodyes give true light, 
Their hevenly Tinclure is of fuch great might. 

Oh I he that can but light on fuch a treafure, 

Who would not thinke his Joyes were ouc of meafure ? 

Now by this queftion I (hall quickly know 

If you can tell which is his Wife indeede : 
Is (he quick footed, faire faced yea or no, 

Flying or fixed as you in Bookes do reade ? 

Is (he to be (cd or elfe doth (he feede} 
Wherein doth /he joy, where's her habitation ? 
Heavenly or Earthly, or of a ftrange nacion f 

What is (he poore . ? or is (he of any wealth .* 
Bravely of her attyre, or meane in her apparrell ? 

Or is (he fick f or is (he in perfect health .? 
Mild of her Nature ? or is (he given to quarrell ? 
Is (he a Glutton? or loves (he the Barrell ? 

If any one of thefe you name her for to be, 

You know not his Wife, nor never did her fee. 

And that will I prove to you by good reafon, 

That truly noe one of all thefe is ihe, 
This is a queftion to you that is geafon : 

And yet fome parte of them all (he muft be, 

Why then, fome parte is not all you may fee. 
Therefore the true Wife which I doe meane, 
Of all thefe Contraries is the Meane betweene. 

As Meale and Water joyned both together, 
Is neither Meale nor Water now but Dow ; 

Which being baked, is Dow nor Water neither ; 
Nor any more will each from other goe, 
The meane betweene is Wife, our Wife even fo : 

And in this hidden point our feacret lyes, 

It is enough, few words content the wife. 


^8 K^Ue'sWorbg. 

Now by this fimile heere I do reveale, 
A mighty Seacret if you raarke it well ; 

Call Mercury Water, imagine Sulphur Meale, 
What Meale I meane I hope the wife can tell : 
Bake them by craft, make them together dwell, 

And in your working make not too much haft, 

For W>fe (Tie is not while fhe is in Pafte. 

This leflbn learn'd now give me leave to play, 
I (hall the fitter be to learne another, 

My minde is turn'd cleane cam another way. 
I doe not love fweete fecret thoughts to (mother, 
It is a Child you know that makes a Mother, 

Sith fo it is then muft we have a Childe, 

Or elfe of Motherhood we are beguild. 

What will you fay if I a wonder tell yon, 
And prove the Mother is Child and Mother too? 

Do you not thinke I goe about to fell you 
A bargaine in /port, as fome are wont to do? 
Ift poffible the Mother, to weare her Infants flioe ? 

In faith it is in our Thtlofophy, 

As I will prove by reafon by and by. 

Ripley doth bid you take it for no fcorne, 
With patience to attend the true Conjunction, 

For faith he in the Aire our Child is borne, 
There he receiveth the holy Un&ion, 
Alfo with it a heavenly funclion- 

For after death revivd againe to lyfe, 

This all in all both Husband Child and Wife. 

Whilft all is Earth Conception it is termed, 

And Tutre faction ty me of lying in, 
Per feci Conjunction f by artes-men is affirmd) 

The womansChilding where doth allloybeg* f 
- Who knowes not this , his witts are very thin.^ 
When {he is ftrong and {hineth faire and bright, 
She's tearm'd the Wife moft beautif nil to fight. 

Katies Worfy. pp 

Loe thus you fee that you are not beguil'd 5 
For if you marke it I have proved by Reafon f 

How both is one the Mother and the Child , 
Conception, Breeding, Childing, every feafon : 
I have declared to you without all Treafon, 

Or any falfe ambiguous word at all • 

And hewn you worke then finde it true you {hall. 

This is that Mercury eflentiall truly, 

Which is the principall of the Stone material!, 
And not thofe crude Amalgames began newly % 

Thefe are but Mercuries fuperficiall, 

This is that Menftrue of perfect tin&uriall ; 
This is moft truly thatOne thing, 
Out of the which all profitt mud fpringe. 

If this content you not, abide difpleas'd for me, 

For I have done. If Reafon take no place. 
What can be faid,but that there doubts will be, 

Doe what one can, where folly wins the race. 

Let it fuffice, this is the perfect Bafe, 
Which is the Stone that muft diflblved be. 
How that is done I will declare to thee. 

This is the Stone that Ripley bidds you take, 
(For untill thus it be it is no Stone) 

Be rul'd by me, my councell not forfake, 
And he commands, Let Crudities alone, 
If thou have grace to keep thee free from moan . 

Then flick to this, let Phanfey not o'refway thee, 

Let Reafon rule, for Phanfey will betray thee. 

Take thou this Stone , this Wife, this £&W, this Alt, 
Which will be Gummous, crumbling, (ilken, foft : 

Upon a Glaffe or Porphire beat it final 1, 
And as you grinde, with Mercury feede it oft, 
But not fo much that Mercury fwim aloft, 

But equal! parts, nipt up their feed to fave$ 

Then each in other are buried within their grave. 

X * Whea 

3jq Utiles Workg. 

When thus and there you have it as is faid, 

Worke in all points as Nature wrought at firft t 

For Blacknes had thow needed not be afraid, 
It wilbe White, then art thou paft the worft* 
Except th ou breake thy Glafle and beaccurft ; 

But if through Blacknes thou to Whitenes march, 

Then will it be both White and foft as Starch. 

This very place is cal'd by many names, 
As Imbibition^ Feeding t Sublimation, 

Clyming high Mountatnes, alfo (^hildrens (fames ; 
And rightly it is termed Exaltation, 
When all is nothing elfe but Circulation 
, Of the foure Elements whatfoere fooles clatter, 

Which is done by heatc upon Forme and Matter. 

Earth is the lowed Element of All 
Which Black, is exalted into Water, 

Then no more Earth but Water wee it call • 
Although it fceme a black Earthy matter, 
And in black dud ail about will fcatter, 

Yet when foe high as to Water it hath clym'd, 

Then is it truly faid to be Subljm'd 

When this black Mafle againe is become White, 
Both in and out like (now and Aiming faire, 

Then this Child, this Wife, this Heaven fo bright, 
This Water Earth fublimed into Aire, 
When there it is it further will prepare 

It feife into the Element of Fire, 

Then give God thankes for granting thy defire. 

This Black,this White, doe we call Seperation, 
Which is not roanuill but Elcmentall ; 

Ic is no crude Mercuriall Sublimation, 
Bat Natures true worke confubftantiall, 
The White is called Conjunction naturall, 

Secret and perfect Conjunction not groffe 5 

Which bringeth profitt aH other lofle. 

file's Wor\e^ 52 

When thrice yee have turned this Wheele about, 

Feeding and working it as I havefaid, 
Then will it flow like Wax without doubt : 

Giving a Tin&ure that will not vade. 

Abiding all tryalls that can be made. 
If wifely Project you can and keepe free, 
Both profict and creditt to you it wilbe. 

Your Medicine fixed and perfectly flowing, 

White you muft thinke will Whitenes increafq. 
So Red begets Red as Seede in the fo wing 

Begetteth his like or as kinde doth in Beafle, 

And fire muft be the true maker of peace : 
For white or red Ferment your Medicine augmenteth, 
And perfeftly tinckteth and foone it relentettu 

That is to fay, your Medicine ended, 

If White melt downe Silver and thereon Project it, 
If Red melt downe Sol, for fo it is intended ; 

Like unto like in no wife reject it, 

And out of the pureft looke you elect it. 
Medicen one parte upon Ferment ten, 
That One on one Thoufand of Jupiter then;. 

Your Jupiter {landing red hot on the fy re, 

So foone as your Medicine upon ' him is caft, 
Prefently ftandeth fo hard as a Wyre , 

For then he is fixed and melteth by blaft, 

And of ail your working thisis the laft, 
Then let it by Teft or ftrong water be tryde, 
The bed Gold or Silver no better (hall bide* 

Mercuryarftde in a Crucible heated, 

Prefently hardeneth lik Silver anealed 5 
And in the high Throwne of Luna is feated , 

Silver or Gold as Medicine hath fealed : i 

And thus our greate Secret I have reveled* 
Which divers have feene, and ray felfe have wrought,^ 
And dearely I prize it, yet give it for nought, 

finis. e.k: 



C J^C E ^JA( I p^ G 
the Philofophers Stone mitten to 

bis ejpeciall good Ireind^ G. S. Gem. 

THc heavenly Cope hath in him Natures fowcf > 
Two hidden; but the reft to fight appeare : 
Wherein the Spermes of all the Bodies lower 5 
Moftfecrettare,ycttfpring forth once aycare, 
And as theEarth with Water, Authors are, 
So of his parte is Drines end of care. 

No Flood foe greate as that which floweth ftilL 
Nothing more fixt than Earth digefted thnfc: 
No Winde fo frefh as when it ferveth will 5 
No Profitt more, then keepc in, and be wife, 
No better happ, then dricup Aire to duft, 
For then thou maift leave of,and fleepe thy luft. 

Yett will I warnc thee leaft thou chaunce to faile, 

Subtype thine Earth with ftinkeing Water erft 

Then in a place where Thoebus onely tayle 

Is fecne att midday, fee thou mingle beft : 

For nothing fhineth that doth want his light, 
Nor doubleth beames, unlcflTeit firft be bright. 


£'• E<fa, J^eUey to G .S. Gent. 333 

Lett no man leade, unleffe he know the way 

That wife men teach, or Adrof leadeth in, 

W hereof the firft is large and eafieft pray 5 

The other hard, and racane but to begin. 

Forfurelythcfcandno one more is found, 
Wherein Affile will his harp- firings found. 

Example learne of GOD that plaftc the Skyes 3 
Refle&ing vertues from and t 'every poynt, 
In which the mover wherein all things lyes , 
Doth hold'the vertues all of every Joynt : 

And therefore Effcmejift may well be faid, 

Conteining all and yett himfelfe a Maid. 

Remember alfo how the Gods began. 
And by Difccnt who was to each the Syre, 
Then learne their Lives and K ngdomes if you can, 
Their Manners eke, with all their whole Attire % 

Which if thou doe, and know to what effe&j 

The learned Sofhets will thee notrejeft, 

If this my Do&rine bend not with thy braync, 
Then fay I nothing though I faid too much : 
Of truth tis good will moved me, not gaine, 
To write thefelynes: yett write I not tofuch 

As catch at Crabs,when better fruits appeare, 

And want to chufe at fitteft time of yeare. 

Thou maift (my FreindJ fay, what is this for lore * 
I anfwerc, fuch asauncient Phyficke taught ♦• 
And though thou read a thoufand Bookcs before, 
Yett inrefpeft of this, they teach thee Naught : 

Thou mayft likewife be blind, and call me Foole 
Yett fhall thefc Rules forever praife their Schoole. 
Xx 3 TESTA. 




adrfohannem Grvynn y tranfmiflum i 5^8. 

THis Letter third and laft I mindc to make, 
At your requcft for very vcrtues fake 5 
Your written panges, and methods fet afide, 
From that I byd, looke that you never Aide. 
Cut that in Three, whichNature hath madeOne, 
Then ftrcngthen hyt, even by it fclf alone, 
Wherewith then Cutte the poudred Sonne in twayne, 
By length of tymc, and heale the woondc againe. 
Thefelf fame Sunne twys yet more, ye muft wounde, 
Still with new Knives, of the fame kinde, and grounde 5 
Our Monas trcwe thus ufe by natures Law, 
Both binde and lewfe, only with rypc and rawe, 
, Andaythanke God who only is our Guyde, 
All is ynugh, no more then at this Tyde. 





T He Heavens, the Earth, and all that in them is , 
Were in fix Dayes perf c&ed from Abiffe : 
FromOnc fprung foure-,from fourc afecondOne? 
This laft a Gritt $ that firft the Corner Stone. 
Without the Firft the Laft may not be had 5 
Yet to the Firft the Laft is too too bad. 
When from the Earth the Heavens were feperatcd, 
Were not the Heavens with Earth firft cohobated Z 
And when the Heavens, and Earth and all were not 5 
Were oncly Heavens create 5 and Earth f orgott ? 
No: Heavens, and Earth fprung all from one at firft .* 
Then who can fay or Heavens, or Earth is worft t? 
Is not the Earth the Mother of them all «r 
And what the Hcayens^but Earths cflentiall ? 
Although they have in tteaven no Earthly refidence, 
Yet in the Earth doth reft their Heavenly influence ; 
Were not the Earth, what were the other Three ? 
Were not the Heavens, what on the Earth could be? 
Thus as they came, fo (hall they pafle together 5 
But unto Man not knowne from whence, or whither. 
And for the tyme of Earths Heaven purifying, 
Sisc thoufand yeares they live, and have their dying : 
Then all fhall reft cternall and divine, 
And by the Beauty of the Godhead fliine. 

I fwearc there is noc other truth but this 
Ofthat great St$ne$ which many feefce and mifie. 








Ave you not heard yee Princes great,you Lords & Ladies all, 
Of the roiflup and heavy chaunce that now of late did fall? 

A wofull Tale to tell 

Who could exprefle it well : 
Oh that fome learned Poet had byne 
With me, to fe that I have fene ; 
Or elfe fome other Handing by, 
That well could write a Tragidy 
Of lafting fame and memory. 
For yet not fince this World began, 
Such cry, fach clamour as was than 
Heard never any earthly Man. 

Experience that PrinceiTe greate,I faw her in her Throne 
Of glory, where her Majefty delightes to fitt upon ; 
And on her way ting by 
A blefled Company 
Of Virgins pure, that as I geffe,. 
Were Children to that great Goddefle s 
Their Princely port, their Coroly grace, 
Their pierles featured hands and face 
Did (hew them of moft Noble race : 
But of their prudent skiil to tell, 
In Artes where in they did excell, 
No earthly Tongue can do it well 


and Thilofophy. qj 

And as I gazed thus upon that (trange and dreadful! fight, 
I faw how that Sxpsrisnce did teach thefe Ladies right, 

The (even Artes Divine, 

With defent difcipline, 
By divers rules and orders grave, 
As ihe thought good for them to have. 
But for to fee how diligent 
And buifily their t ; me they fpent 
To learne thofe Artes raoft excellent, 
The endleflfe travells that they tooke 
From place to place, from booke to booke, 
Amazed meon them to looke. 

For fome in divers Languages did reafon and difpute, 
And other fome did ting and play on Organ,Harpe and Flute • 
And fome with Compaffe found 
All Meaftires fquare and round ; 

And fome by Cyphering could tell 

Infinite Summes and Numbers well i 

And fome with Eloquence began 

As Poets and Orators to fcan 

The Caufes betweene Man and Man : 

And fome upon the Stars did gaze, 

And other fome fat in a Maze, 

To judge of Seacrets that there was. 

Soe that nothing created was under the Firmament, 
That hath a Being or Life by any Element, 

No Simple nor Compound 
In all the World is found 
Under the Sky, or Clouds that fly, 
But they fought out the privity : 
This Rocky Earth, this heavy Mafle, 
This Art ; cKe Virgin, this let not paife 
To feeke the thing that therein was : 
But put themfelves in prefife to creeps 
Into the Center of the Deepe,* 
Where fundry Souks and Spirits doe fleepe, 

Yy This 

^8 Experience 

This thing Experience gan prudently to debate, (ftate. 

With cheerefuil looke and voycefall mylde, is fcemed to her, 
And foone decreed (he 

Of her benignity : 
Not for their fundry paines I take, 
But only for her Glory fake, 
That all thefe Lidies in a row 
Should further of her Secrets know, 
That from her Majcfty did grow ; 
Wherewith to Counccll called (hee 
A Lady grave of greate degree, - 

That named was 'Philofephr, 

And after their difcourfe and talke, that Lady fell downe flatt 
On hands & knees before the gueene in heaven where (he fatt. 
And looking upon her face 
Did fay unto her grace : 
Blefled be thou Experience, 
Full mighty is thy Influence 5 
Thy wondrous workes records full well 
In wordell of word-els where thou doeft dwell. 
In Earth,in Heaven, and in Hell j 
That thou art now the very fame, 
That of Nothing All things did frame, 
Wherefore now blefled be thy Name, 

Wherewith the Heavens opened, and fiery flames did fall 
Downe from the Throne of endles Joy and feate imperial!, 
Where Angels infinite 
Like glittering Starrs did fitt : 
So pure and (imple was the Light, 
As all the World had burnt bright ; 
The flames and floods began to roare, 
And did prefent their hidden (lore, 
Of Spirits that fing for evermore, 
All glory and magnificence, 
All humble thankes and reverence 
Be given to EXPSRieNCS, 

- " Then 

and Thilofophy. 210 

Then fylence fell upon the face of Heaven Chriftalfine 
Where all the Powers muttered full ready ro encline ; 
To that mod Sapient, 
The high Omnipotent ; 

That faid bt it, and it was don, 

Our Earth, our Heaven were begun ; 

I am faid it the moft of might, 

In worde in lyfe and eke in light. 

I am Mercy and Jijgment right, 

The Depth is myne fo is th Hight : 

The Cold, the Hot, the Moyft, the Dry, 

Where All in All is there am I. 

What thing can tell when I began,or when Iraake in end.* 
Wherewith I wrought, and what I mought, or what I did intend* 
To doe when I had done 
Theworke I had begun. 

For when my Being was alone 

One thing I made when there was none, 

A Made confuted darkely clad 

That in it felfe all Nature had 

To form and (hape the good and bad; 

And then as Tyme began to fall, 

It pleafed me the fame to call 

Ihcfirft Urfatter, Mother of all. 

And from that Lumpe divided t foure fundry Elements 9 
Whom I commanded for to raigne in divers Regiment!: 
In Kinde they did agree, 
But not in Quality. 
Whofefimple Subftanceldidtake, 
My feate invtfiblc to make : 
And of the Qualites compound, 
I made the Starry Sky fo round 
With living Bodyes on the ground 5 
And blefied them infinitely, 
With lyfe and long profperity, 
And bad them grow and Multiply. 

Yy2 Re- 

3<|.o Experience 

Refpeftiog thefe divided things fo created by me, 
Their light and lively fpreading forth of them in their degree 5 
Retourning to the Maffc, 
Where there begining was, 

And fa w the refufe of the fame, 

HowVoydand Empty it became, 

All darke,and nothing to remaine, 

I put with wrath and greate difdaine, 

My only Curfe there for to raygne ; 

For I the Author of all Light 

Did banifh Darknes from my fight, 

And blefled all things that (hined bright, 

So that I mard nothing I made, for that I made is ftilf, 
And fo flulbe unto the end, on!y to worke my wiH a 
One thing wasfirftimployd, 
And (hall not be deftroid, 

It compafleth the World fo round, 

A Matter eafy to be found : 

And yet moft hardeft to come by: 

A Secret of Secrets pardye, 

That is moft vile and leaft fet by, 

And it my Love and my Darling , 

Conceived with all living thing, 

And travells to the Worlds ending. 

What neede have I of mans Devife ofPeny or of Pound, 
Of Gold or Silver, Lead or Tynn, or Copper in the ground^ 
Iron or Silver Quick, 
Whereat Jthe blind do prick • 

Of Cankered Corofives that ruft, 

By Salts and fulphurs all to duft I 

Seeke out therefore my darling deare 5 

For unto me it is moft neere , 

My fpoufe my Love and my Compeare; 

And unto it looke thou direct 

My feaven Children long elefl, 

That all things elfe they might reje& 

and Thilojoyhy. 34.1 

A Child begetting his owne Father, and bearing his Mother, 
Killing hirafelfe to giye lyfe, and light to all other: 
Is yt that; I do meane, 
Moft myld and moft extreame. 

Did not the Word that dwelt in me 

Take forme and walked vifibly ; 

And did not I then dwell in it, 

That dwelt in me for to unite 

Three powers in one feate to fit ? 

And then Experience did fay 

Now knoweft thou all, heere lyes the Key, 

And then (he vaniflit deane away. 

There with arofe Thylofophy as one filled with grace* 
Whofe looks did (hew that (he had bync in forae Heavenly place.- 
For oft (he wipt her Eyes, 
And oft (he bowd her knees. 

And oft (he kift the Steps with dread, 

Whereon Experience did tread • 

And oft (he caft her Head on high 

And oft full low (he caft her Eye 

Experience for to efpy : 

But when (he faw that (he was gon, 

And that her felfe was left alone: 

I never hread thing make fuch mone, 

F l^CJS. 

H 1 

the MAgi sre<Rj. 

THrough want of Skill and Reafons light 
CMen {tumble at Noone day • 
Whilft buifily our Stone they fcekc, 
That lyethinthewsy. 

Who thus do feeke they know not what 

Is't likely they ihould/Wt£ 
Or hitt the Marke whereat they ayme 

Better then can the Blinde* 

No, Hermes Sonns for Wijdome aske \ 

Your foetefteps fliecle direct : 
Shee'le Natures way^ndfecret Cave 

And Tree oflyfe deteft. 

Son and Moone in Hermes veffell 

Lcarne how the Collours fhew , jf 

The »<tf *r* of the Elements , 

And how the Ztaz/kj grow. 

Greate Python how Af polio flew, 

Cadmus his hollow -Oake : 
His »«? r*// */- *rw*^ and /<f/2w how 

The Fiery Steeres did yoke. 

The Eagle which aloft doth fly 

See that thou bring to ground $ 
And give unto the Snake fome wings ^ 

Which in the Earth is found. 


TbeMagiflerj. 34.3 

Then in ineRoomefoxc binde them both, 

To fight tili they be dead s 
And that a Prince of Kingdomes three 

Of both them fhalbe bred. 

Which from the Cradle to his Crowne, 

Is fed with his owne blood • 
And though to fome it feemeth ftrange, 

He hath no other Foode. 

Into his Virgin- Mothers wombc, 

Againe he enter muft 5 
Soc fhall the King by his new-byrtb, 

Be ten times ftronger juft. 

And able is his foes to foile, 

The dead he will revive : 
Oh happy man that under/lands 

This ^Medicen toatchive ! 

Hoc opus exigium nobis fert ire per ahum. 
December, 1633. 






unknowne <tAuthon. 

Owl fchall her be gy nne, \ 

To techc the a Conchmon 5 
In the name of the Trenete 
Send us grace that well hit be 5 
NowtakctwoOncesas mych of anoder^ 
And dyflblve on ther with the coder, 
Y tel the trowthe as ray broder, 

Put in to a Glas wyth owtten oder : 

Than tafce three Onces of the bytter, 

And meng hym with* the fwetter 5 

And put them than into a Glas, 

Even right as the toder was: 

Than take a unc of thebeft, 

And do with hym as thou didft erft, 

In a Glas than thou him put, 

And loke thy mowth be wel I fliut 5 

Now thow haft here GlafTesthre, 

Evenlyke unto theTrynete, 

Than hem ftop thefe everyehon, 

Even a fute as thow haft on : 

About thy Glaffes a wal thow make, 

Laft the wynde ham al to crake. 


Anonymu ft$ 

Than thy Glaffys now all I thre, 

With yn that grave they fchal be 5 

Now thys I fed with moyfty hetc, 

To make that Glaffys fwynkc and fwete, 

Then let hem ftonde thus weky s thre * 

And wel the beter they fchal be. 

Than put hem all now into on, 

The wich ys lyke than be a ftonc 5 

Than let hem ftonde fo theryn, 

Whan thou haft made thy Conjun&ion : 

Tyl fevyn dayes be al I don, 

Much the better woll be thy Ston 5 

Than upon thy Glas thow fett 

A fayre heed and wel I mettc, 

Draw up thy water with efy fyre , 

Within a Rotunde good and cler, 

Tyl thi Mater wol ftyl no mer, 

Than fet thow hem in dry Fyr, 

Than fc thow ftyl with reafonabyl hetc, 

Tyl thy Mater wol no more lete. 

Whan he ys ther both good and dry, 

Ful f ayne wolde he than be moyfty % 

Than wey that Stone within the Glas, 

And put hym hys Lecur has it was 5 

Now whan thys fryft drawte ys don, 

Thow rauft Embybc with good proporciun : 

Now lookc thow wel what y s hys whyght, 

And wy th the fourth part than hym dyght , 

And evermore wyth partysfowr, 

Now tyl he be of Whyte colowr % 

And thus loke thow make good wache, 

Tyl the Body thy Spirit can cache 5 

And alfo thy Sowle fo muft he, 

Than underftand thow haft thre. 

Zz Now 

3<f6 Anonymi. 

Now fchyt thy Glas as hy t was cr, 

And vvorke hyc forthe on thys maner $ 
Whan tho thre to gedur ben knyte, 
With moch joy than thow mayft fitte. 
For than art thou ricchar than the King r 
But he have the fame thyng. 
Thus is alle thy Medcyn wroght, 
Evyn after thin owne thoght ; 
How thys Medcyn thow fchalt encres, 
And make hyt mor tyll thow lyft fees 5 
The trowth I fchall now the certefie 
How thow fchalt hyt thus Multyply t 
Loke as thow did thy Werke befewy 
Encres hit forth with mor and mor t 
As thow did at the begynnyng, 
So contihu forth to the endyng : 
Thus for foth infyny tely 
Thou mayft this craft forth Multiply : 
Lyke as a man hath lytil Fyr, 
And mor to make ys hys defyr 5 
He be hovyth this ys no nay, 
More Wode or Cole ther to lay : 
And thus he may hys Fyr encres, 
That he fchall never be fyrclcs. 
One the fame wife thou underftande, 
Ever thy Medcyn muft be growande* 
And whan the lyft Projecciun make,' 
Loke to this leffbn good tent thou take % 
Whan thy Medcyn is very parfit , 
Thow fchalt hym caft on hys lyke- 
A Is evyn than as thow can gefc 5 
On part on Ten lookc thow not melFc, 
The trowthe yf thow wil wete, 
Than y s thy Lexer evyn complete 5 


Anonyrni. ^y 

And than of that On part thow take, 

The trew Projection thus fchaltthpw make $ 

Caft that on Ten of Tyn or Lccde , 

Or Coper or MercujryAher in that fteedc, 

Into fine Lunhit fchalbcbrdght y- 

Or into Sol evyn after thlthqght: 

After that thy Lexer ys, r 

Be hit White or Rede I vyy s, 

If thow hit caft orvlrei^afto, ; 

If it fchal be Lun opSM ifher ta : 

Thys ar the Secrets of Mjlefyhit, 

I counccl the keepe hit fecretlye % 

And ferve thy God both^gfitand day, 

The better thou teltlpcede^ihysys no nay. 

Now I have taught the how thow fchalt do,< 

The Wys of hevyn God bryng hus to. 

Zz% H " 



ERysanErbe men calls Lmayrie, 
Iblefletmowtehys maker bee. 
Afterion he y s, I callet alle fo, 
And other namys many and mo 5 
He y s an Erbe of grete myght, 
Of Sol the Sunn he taketh hys lyght, 
He y s the Fader, to Croppe and Rote • 
Wyth fragrant Flowris that ben fote, 
Flowrys to bere in that ftcde, 
Swm benWhyte, and fwm ben Red : 
Hys Lewys grwy th, both day and nyght 3 
Lykc to the Ferment that ys fo bright : 
I fhall declare, thy s Erbe fo lyght, 
To many a man hyt ys a fayre feyght 5 
Frift at the Rote I wolle be gynne, 
That cawfythalle thingfor to fprynge -, 

Ananymu. 34-9 

A growyth a pon a Mowntayne bry m 3 

Where FebU hath grete domination : 

The Sune by day, the Mone by nyght, 

That maketh hytn both fayre and bryght, 

The Rote growyth on ftonns clere , 

Whytc and Rede, that ys fo peyre : 

The Rote ys blacke, the Stalke ys red 5 

The wyche fchall ther never be dedc, 

The Lewis ben rownd, as a Nowbclfon, 

And wexfyth and wanythas the Mon : 

In the meddes a marke the brede of a peni, j 

Lo thys is lykc to 6 wre fweght Lunayre : i \ 

Hys Flowrys fchynith, fayre and cler, I 

In alle the Worlde thayc havenon pere, 

He ys not fownde in no maner wyfe, 

But of a Schepeherd in Godis fcrvy fe : 

The good Schepeherd that I her mene 5 

Ys he that keepeth hysSowleclene: 

Hys Flowrys ben gret and fum ben fmall, 

Lyketohem that growyth in Dale,- 

With many a .verm both fayre and cler. 

As ther ben dayes in alle theyere, 

Fro fallyng Ewel and alle Sefceneys, 

From Sorowe be brengyth man to files % 

Unto that blefe that wee maye come, 

Byth the help of Marys Sonne :■ 


Amen good Zord for cheritc 

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. [ 

Schal yow tel wy th hert mode, 

Of thrc Kynggys that ben fo goude, 

w AndhowthayecamtoGodaknyght, 
The wich was ther a fwcet fygh a 

I figure nowhowrbeffet Stone, 
FroHrven wafe fende downe to Solemen: 

By an Angele bothe goudc and ftylle, 
The wych wafe than Chriftis wylle. 


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The prefent of hem in Bedlem than, 

To Cryftbrwght Aurum Tus & Myrham. 

Owrc Sol and Sulphir wy th his Mercuri, 
Both Bodi and Soule wyth oureLurieyre. 

Aurum betokeneth hcer, owre Bodi than, 
The wych was brwght to God and Man. 

And Tusallefo owre Soule of lyfe, 

Wyth Myrham owre Mercury e that ys hys Wyfe 

Here be the thre namys ray re and good 
Andallethaye ben but one in mode. 

Lyke as the Trenite ys but on, 

Ryght fo conclude the Phylofofeers Stone. 

Thow mayft a fc her now in fyght, 
Offowre Stone figuriet a right. 

How fende he wafe out ofHevcn, 
By an Angcle wyth mylde Stefyni 

And by hys fygure thow mayft fe 
That hy t ys lyke to perfonis Thre. 

To Fader and Sonne and holi Goft, 
The wych was and ys of my tis moft* 

Into hys blyfe now come wee, 
Amen goud Lord for cheyte. 

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£hew you here a fhort Conclufioa, 
To underftand it if yc have grace , 
Wrighten without any dclufion 5 
Comprehended in a litle fpacc • 
AH that in this Booke wrighten is. 
In this place comprehended is, 
How Nature worketh in her kinde, 
Kcepe well this Leffon in your minde : 
I have declared miclc thing, 
If you have grace to keepc in minde, 
How that our- Principle is Onethirig, 
More in Number and One in kinde j 
For there ben things Seven 
That in a Principle doe dwell, 
Moft precious under Heven, 
I have fo fworne I may not tell. 
In this Booke I fliew to you in wrighting, 
As my Brcthcren doe each one, 
A fimilitude of every like thing, 
Of the which we make our Stone. 
O ur Stone is made of one fimple thing, 
That in him hath both Soule and Lyle, 
He is Two and Oneinkinde, 
Married together as Man and Wife : 
Our Sulphur is our Mafculine, 
Our Mercury is our Femeninc, 
Our Earth is our Water cleerc $ 
Our Sulphur alfo is our Fier, 
And as Earth is in our Water cleare, 
Soc is Aer in our Fier, 
Now have yee Elements foure of might. 
And yet there appereth but two in fight 5 
Water and Earth ye may well fee, 
Fier and Aer be in them as quality : 


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Thys Scyence maie not be taught to every one. 
He were acurft that fo fchould done : 
How fchould ye have Servants than > : 
Than non for other would ought done. 
To tyl the Lande or drive the Plough, 
For ever ech man would be proud enough % 
Lerned and leude would put them in Preflc, 
And in their workes be full bufie, 
But yet they have but little increfe, 
The writings to them is fo mifty. 
It is full hard this Scyence to finde, 
For Fooles which labour againft kinde^ 
This Science I pray you to conceale, 
Or elfe with it do not you meale, 
For and ye canot in it prevaile, 
Ofmuchforrowrhenmay you tell : 
By fuddain mooving of Elements Nature may be letted. 
And wher lacks Deco&ion no perfedion may be, 
Forfome Body with leprofy is infe&ed 5 
Raw watery humors caufe fupcrfluity : 
Therefore the Philofofher in his reafon hath contrived 
A per fed Medicine, for bodyes that be fick, 
Of all infirmetyes to be releeved, 
Thisheleth Nature and prolongeth lyfecak-, 
This Medicine of Elements being perfe&ly wrought, 
ReceyptsofthePotccarywcneedenot to buy, 
Their Druggs and Dragms we fet at nought, 
With quid fro que they make many a ly. 
Our Aurum fotabile Nature will increafe, 
Of Philofophers Gold if it be pcrfe&ly wrought, 
The Phifitians with Minerall puteth him in prefe : 
Litle it availcth or elfe right nought. 
This Scyence fhall ye finde in the old bokc of Tttrb • 
Howperfc&ly thisMedicine Phikjofhers have wrought, 

A a a Rofary 


Roftry with him alfo doth record, 

More then four Elements wc occupie nought 5 

Comune Mercury and Gold wc none occupie, 

Till we perfe&ly have made our Stone ^ 

Then with them two our Medicine we Multiply, 

Other rccepts of the Potccary truly we have none. 

A hundred Ounces ofSaturne ye may well take 5 

Seeth them on the fire and melt him in a mould, 

A Projection with your Medicin upon hem make, 

And anon yec fliall alter him into fine Gold $ 

One Ounce upon a hundred Ounces is fufficient, 

And fo it is on a f houfand Ounces perfe&ly wrought, 

Without diffblucion and Subtillant 5 

Encreafing of our Medicine els have we nought. 

Ioy eternall and cverlafting bliffe, 

Be to Almyghty God that never fchal miff. 

In fame Qopes Ifoundthefe following 
Verfes fet before this Wor\e. 

EArth out of Earth elenfed pure, 
By Earth of himfelfe through his nature, 
Re&ined by his Milke who canittye, 
And afterward united with Water of lyfe truly r 
A Dragon lying in his deepe denne, 
Rotting in Water to Putrefic then : 
Leproufe huge and terrible in fight, 
By bathing and balning the Dragon cometh to light 5 
Evermor drowned in the bottome of his Well, 
Tylall hisLeproufie will no longer dwell, 
In his owne Nature he altereth cleanc 
Into a pure fubftance, ye wat what I meane. 
ljhewjeu bereajhert Conclufion, &c. 




Hy art thou fo Poore and I fo Rich, 
r JP Aboundance of Trcfurc in mc thow maift 
In all the World I am nothing fo iichc 5 
As Man that is fo proginitous to my kyndc, 
TheRych man on the Poorc hath no pity* 

In mc therefore have thow affiance, 

It is oft tymes feene in Townc and Cittic : 

He is evy 11 at eafe that hath no Craft norScycnce. 

TheRychemenofthePoore now havegreatedifpight, 

That they fhould wyth thyr cunyng any good thing wyn^ 

And to give to the Poore alrnes they have no delight, 

Lytle is the Charity that is them within. 

And Enfample of Dives as the Scripture can tell, 

Poore La^erus at his Gate for default dyed $ 

Had he given him Almes he had not gon to hell, 

Now for tarepenit him truly it is too late. 

Man thou haft no goods but God doth them fend, 

Departe with thy Brother as God doth thee Comand. 

Thy lyfe that wyll the better amend, 

Death will with thee make a fuddainc hand, 

Thy worldly goods thow fchalt forfaken : 

Give every Beaft againe his due, 

And than fchall thy body be full naked : 

Death on the will nothing rue. 
Why fo far and I fo neare i 

Haft thou no grace Man me to meetc, 

SooftynasI to the doappeare* 

And yet of me thou takeft no keepe, 

In common Mercury thou doeft mc feckc : 

In Alkali and in Alembroke, 

In common Sulphur and Arfenick eke, 

Which makes many a man to dote. 

Common Mercury is not good, 

It bringeth many a man to care 5 

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' It makes his Haire grow through his hood, 
And his Purfe both thin and bare. 
Mercury and I are of ailye, 
But (he with me may not compare ; 
In nature fhe is both cold and dry, 
Therefore I counceli thee to beware : 
Many a man flic makes full bare, 
Becaufe (he lacks humidity, 
On her to fpend they would fparc, 
She brings many a man to poverty. 
I am (he which wife men fcekc, 
Mercury > which is moft of might 5 
Hot and moyft, lightjand weake, 
Of the Elements I am full right, 
Water, Earth, Aire and Fire, 
Quality, and Quantity, you can never have your defire. 
Without Concoction perfc<5Uy, 
Great riches in us be, 
Who hath grace us for to know, 
By vertue of her humidity, 
In the Fire our Stone doth grow. 

Thou needy man, where is thy mindc f 
1 counceli thee this leflTon leare : 
Our Mercury is but of one thing, 
In our Veffell thin and clecre. 
Common Mercury in him is none, 
Neither Gold nor Silver in him none is 5 
Of Mettalls we make not our Stme y 
By proportion more or lefle, 
All manner of Mettalls we deny, 
Untill the time our Sum be wrought, 
All other Receipts we defie 
That of the Potecaryes be bought, 
With all Spices> fave onely Mercury. 


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Gould with Him ftands us in fteed, 

Our Medicine for to Multiplic, 

After our Phificks Stone be Red. 
A true Lcffon I have thee tought, 

Pray for me and forget it nought : 

Many Bookes mayft thou fee. 

That is not writ fo openly. 

And as I am true Chriftian man, 

Attuer Booke findeft thou none $ 

And thou wilt of this Scyence leare 

In riches thou flialt have no peare 5 

He that made this Booke hath it well preved, 

The better therefore he maybe beleivedj 

Therefoec I pray you for charity, 

To*eepe this Booke very fecretly. 

If any man this Science of you will crave, 
Know he be Sapient that the Coppy fliall have 
I made it not for every man, 
Neither for them that litle good can, 
But for me and for my Brother, 
Such as have Reafon and no other 5 
Kcepe this Leffbn well in minde, 
Beware thou worke not againft Kindc $ 
And in thy Worke make no greate haft, 
That thou labour not in waft: 
Worke in light and not in darke, 
And ask Councellof a Gierke : 
Elfc may you both lightly f ayle, 
Without you have both good Counfayle. 

Aaaj Take 

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Ake our Rofe with the red Flower, 
Which thou maift know by his Colour 5 
* And him knock into Plates (mail, 
A like thin beate over all. 
And with a Corofive good and fine, 
F orthwkh drawe the fametyne •, 
Of things that be new and good, 
And diverfc in Nature and one in Moode, 

And put together with ftrong grinding, 

In Horfe wombe ever abiding $ 

In a Veffeil good and ftrong, 

Thou fo it rule and thinke it not longe, 

For within a Moneth or litle moe, 

And with his might the Body flo ; 

Thy Corrofive will thy Rofe fo frett, <+ 

Till he be thin as Milke in Meate, 

But how the Corrofive made fhalbe, i 

I will it fliew plainely to thee 5 

As I faid to thee before, 

Elffknoweft thou litle of this lore* 
Take Maidens Urine younge of age, 

Afhes, Salt, and Lyme, 

Of him together make a mariage. 

Then the Corrofive is both good and fine: 

For without this Corrofive fliortlyfaid. 

Well compound together in One, 

All your Worke is but voyd 5 

As Philofephers write every echone: 

For Do&ors both to lay and Clearke, 

Written that our firft Warke 

Is to bring our Body all and fome 5 

And him to reduce in Mcrcurium. 

Then is our Worke well begun, 

If the firft love be thus wonc. 


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Now fay Tbilofephers much more, 
OurfecondWorke if thou wilt know, 
Labour with paine and travell therefore : 
And God is ready thee it to (hew, 
To bring our Water into Air, 
Of PhiUfophers the fecond verfc, 
Spare not to worke and be not afraid 5 
For fo it will be without lefe, 
But yet be wife in the Warke, 
For hafty men never lack woe : 
And aske the Council of a Clarke, 
For fober thrift is beft thereto, 
And fo Continue night and day 
I thee charge, and fleepc thee not, 
For in fix Weekes truly in fay, 
All into Earth it wilbe brought : 
So the Fyre continued be, 
Every Deco&ion to even meafure, 
And after that fyre his quality, 
Thou muft all the Worke rule. 

For when it is in Earth full black, 

Then is it our black Stone, 

He is fo ftrong he may not lack, 

Tyll all thy Worke be y done. 
The third degree as I thee fay, 

Of our Stone now black as pitch. 

Thou muft him wafhwith waters gay 5 

And make him white for fodid Ich 5 

And when thou haft wafhc him cleaned 

Then is his blacknes gone 5 

Then is he bright and fhinc, 

As Carbuncle or Beril ft one : 

But ere he come to that degree, 

It wilbe labour but thinkc not long, 


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For many a Coldbr change will he, 
Browne, Red, RufTct, cvcramongc: 
After that to many other mo, 
Greene, Blew, Pale and Why te, 
Bat all thefe let them goe, 
They arc not to thy profit, 
And when thou haft thus wrought, 
By fix wcekesand a day, 
Then is the Earth truly fought, 
A white powder collor'd in fay : 
But then fparc the fyrc, 
And bate him even to meafurc 5 
And within a month and litle mo, 
The Why tc Stone hath nigh fure done, 
Which will fhine and melt as wax , 
He muft needes iMafterics do 5 
The Spirit and Soule make him fo lax 5 
That all other kindes he tqurne him to. 
Then Ferment him with his like, 
By joyning of true Decodiion, 
And feedc him forth by lirie and lite, 
That both together be brought in one, 
In Colour fight and Demeane, 
That there be no divifion i 
As thou haft wrought fo will it prove, 
Take hecde how thou haft done 
la this worke of Conjunction 5 
Thou fhalt fe marvells greate, 
Both going up and coming downe, 
Of Colours fpringing by theheate: 
For t he foule that is To withheld, 
And thefpirit that is fo bright, 
If men it feene fay they would, 
Certaine it were a wondrous fight, 


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And all this is paft, 

That God and Kinde hath done his cure, 

OftheWhytc Stone be notagaft, 

He will not flee but bide the Fy re. 

Now farther if thou wilt Worke, 

To have the ready way, 

Take good heede and be not dull , 

For ile tell thee the truth in fay: 

Hold alwaics as thou did 

Before in the other Stone, 

Thou cannot faile God be thy fpede, 

As Clcrkes write every one, 

For your Fyre will him dcre, 

So it be dry and laftingly ; 

Save other while the changing chcare, 

Till he have fottill fading and (lye. 

Firft I wot well change he woll, 

Into Citrine and pure degree % 

And after that Colour is full, 

He (hail never but be White ay, 

After that Tawny and Colour de Pale, 

Hechangeth often in fuch lay : 

Till he be Red withoutcn faile, 

As goodCoroll orRofc in May. 

Then dread he nothing I wis, 

Of this Worlds adverfity, 

An Emperourof conqueft then hei$, 

The Fhikfofhers faync worthy td be : 

And when thou haft thus done, 

And thereof feene the privity, 

Thanke God and Chrift his only Son. 

Together with our bleffcd Lady. 

Bbb Take 

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SAkeofthcegerbloud that is foRed, 
And diftill that by Lymbick till it be bright, 
Therewith diffolvethe Philofphers lead, 
Filtering it till it be clecre in fight, 
Evaporating it if ye do right. 
And from the Medicine with ftrong Ficr, 
Diftill our Mercury moft of myght, 
Rede as blood and ftrong of Eyre, 
And there you have your Stone I wyffc^ 
Contey ning in them all that you neede , 
The Erth thereof true Ferment is. 
Of our purpofe yf you will fpecde > 
In other Bokes whatfoever you Reede, 
From this Dodrine you never flitt , 
But further with thefe Stones proceeded 
Into foure Elements dividing it , 
Ayre, Water and Oyle well re&ified, 
The Earth by boyling make white as Whale bone^ 
Againe together them neately joyne, 
And of them make a precious ftone 5 
The matter goeth to the White alone^ 
This Ariflotle tought Alexander his \oit y 
The Stone thus fixed make fugitive, 
Againe with Aer referved in Store 5 
And then againe make fix bely ve : 
Multiply it in one and more. 
With Nature and Oyle referred in ftofe^ 
Both white and red as you did firft, 
This fecrct made me ftudy full fore, 
Many anight ere I it wyfte .5.. 


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For my Matter from me it hidd. 
Now is one point yet behind, 
With this Stone thacmuft be done : 
Ingendering him of Water, Ayr and Windc, 
The Red on Sun the White on Moonc, . 
Molten looke thow caft full foonc ; 
And Multiply in them their Tin&ure, 
And then take of the powder with a fpoonc, 
And ftraine it on Mercury hott and pure % 
And a marvelous Battell thow flbalt fc foonc 
Bctwcene that and the faid Mercury, 
Either it will turne it Sun or Moone , 
And then thou fhalt thcMaftery unfold, 
And thus proceeding Multiply* 
In every thing as I fiave tottld? 
And thus endeth our FHILOSOFHT. 
\ - ' 

He World is in a Maze, and wot you why? 
Forfooth of late a great rich Man did dye 5 
And as he lay a dying in his Bed, 
Thefe words in fecret to his Son he faid» 
My Son quoth he, tis good for thee I dye, 

For thou fhalt much the better be thereby 5 

And when thou feeft that lyfe hath me bereft, 

Take what thou findft, and where I have it left 

Thou doft not know, nor what my riches be, 

All which I will declare, give Eare to me. 

An Earth I had ali Venome to expell, 

And that I caft into a mighty Well 5 

A Water eke to clenfe what was amifle, 

I threw into the x Earth and there it is ; 

My Silver all into the Sea I caft, 

Bbba My 

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My Gold into the Air, and at the laft 
Into the Fyrc for feare it fhould be found, 
I threw a Stone worth forty thoufand pound : 
Which Stone was given me by a mighty King, 
Who bad me wcare it in a fore- fold Ringc : 
Quoth he this Stone is by that Ring found out. 
If wifely thou canft turne this Ring about : 
For every Hoope contrary is to other, 
Yet all agree and of the Stone is Mother. 
And now my Son I will declare a wonder, 
That when I dye this Ring muft breake affunder: 
The Kingfaid fo, but then he faid withall, 
Although the Ring be broke in peeces finally 
An eafy Fircfhall foone it clofe againc 5 
Who this can doe he neede not worke in vainc* 
Tyll this my hidden Treafurc be found out 
(When I am dead) my Spirit fhall walke about % 
Make him to bring yourFier from the Grave, 
And ftay with him till you my Riches have 5 
Theis Words a wordly man did chance to here, 
Who daily watcht the Spirit but ncrc the neere* 
And yet it meetes with him and every one, 
Yet tells him not where is this hidden S TO N£, 


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Dialogue betwixt the Father and ASonne, 
Concerning the two Principles of the BlessedStone. 

Y Sonne if that Sulphur be abfent away, t*h*. 
Our worke is reproved what ever they fay, 
And it is Water &Fire as tru as your Greed 
Which conftraineth a Body till it be dead : 
Of him (halt thou never have your defire. 
Till he be blew as Lead through his o wneFire, 
I do liken our Sulphur to the Magnet Stone, 
That ftill draweth to her Naturally , 
So with our Sulphur the firey Woman Mercury, 
When (he would from her husband flye. 

Father I pray you for Charity, Son. 

Where (hail I this Sulphur findc < 
For I never did him fe with Eye 5 
Nor never knew him in his kinde. 

In our Water my Sonne keepe it in your mindc, Father. 

Where he will appeare fo white as any fnow, 

Grammercy Father ye be full kinde, Son. 

For through your teaching full well I know. 
Now teach me the Red ftone when it is in mindc, 
How it is made by Natures Law. 

The White and Red be both of one kinde, Fatfs>er - 

Now haft thou my Son all thy defire, 
Whofc tin&ure by growing thou (halt it fo finde, 
Through vertue of the Sun and regiment of Fire 
His riches there he doth increafc, 
Farre paffing all that I can name , 
If they in Fire (hall come in preflc .♦ 
Gune is their glory but he the fame, 

Bb>3 For 

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For the vermes of xhz'eUnets feaven 
Shall have, and alfo from the Pole of heven , 
Since the World began noe Gemme is fotind 
Equall him till in vertues all, 
The Saphir, nor the Diamond , 
The Ruby rich behind fliall fall, 
So (ball the Turkic and Carbuncle : 
If they in fire togcather fliall fight. 
All One except (ball loofe their might, 
The fire on him hath power none, 
His Elements be fo coequall, 
An Incombuftible Oyle is this our Stone 
In power farr paffing others all. 
In what Element Father is our Sulphur bright? 
Is it in all, or is it in one ? 
hr. In all S000* he muft need be of right, .; 

For Seperacion of Elements we make none -, 
And y etc in them we can knot fee, 
For fcnfuall matter is he none, 
But equallitie only intellc&uall, 
Without which our Stone never fixt be fliall . 
Q aalitie £0w**alfoegroweth in the fire ; 
Betwixt the White ftone and the Read, 
For Colours many to you fhall appeare, 
Untill the tyme the Woman be dead : 
The which things if ye fliall not fee, 
Red fhall your Stone at noe time bee 5 
For jvhere the Woman is in prefencc, 
There is much moyfture and Accidence 
Watry humors that in her bee 
Will drowneand devoure ourqualityc, 
Remember and thinke of Noahs flood , 
For too much Water was never good: 
And yet as qualitie is hid in quantitie, 


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So muft in Water our Earth be : 
Riches in him thou fhalt much finde, 
After alteracions all due to his kinde 5 
When Oyle in him is coagulate, 
Then is our Stone body made liquefaft : 
When Sulphur Water and Oyle bc-one , 
Indued with riches then is our Stone . 
I cannot thee tell a richer thing • 
Then is our Stone when he is fire dureing. 
Our Fire maketh her fo ftrong. 

-F^^rhowtomakeour^^^ Son. 

Faync would I kno we that have we done - 

My Sonne with lent and eafie he a te, ? frim. 

The Elements togeather will kindly meate : 
Hafte not to faft whilcft they be rawc , 
Keepe well thcFie, beware of thelowe. 

Shutt well the Veffle leaft out pafle the Spint, 
So (hall you all things the better kcepe 5 
For if the Spiritts doe paflcyou from, ' 
Remedy to gett them againe have you none : 
And how marvcillous it is the Elements to meete 
Kecpe this as your principal! fecrete, 
At your begining give God the prayfe 5 
And keepe your Matter in heate forty dayes. 
But fo that all things be made clearc, 
Or elfe you are never the ncare : 
And within this tyme itt wil be Black 5 
And oft chainge colour till it be White, 
There you may ceafe^nd further proceede, 
By mendinge the heate to your mefurc indeed 5 
And there withall now will I end, 
And to God onely thee Commend. 


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The Philosophers Stone, 


jNDalfo with great diligence, 
Thei fpnde thilke Experience : 
Which clcpcd is Alcwome, 
Whereof the Silver multeplie$ 
jThei made,and eke the Gold alfo. 

And for to telle howe^itt isfo: 

Of bodies feven in Speciall , 

With fowre Spirites joynt withall $ 

Stant the fubftance of this materc,' 

The bodies which I fpeke of here, 

Of thePlannets benbegonrie, 

The Gold is titled to the Sonne : 

The Ultoem of Silver hath his part, 

And Iron that ftonde uppon Marti 

The Lccd after Satur wgrowcth, 

kx\d$ttpiter\ht Brafle beftoweth 5 

The Copper fette is to Venus : 

And to his part Mercurius > 

Hach the Quickfilvcr, as it fallcth, 

The which after the Boke it callcth r 

Is firft of thilke f oure named 

Of Spirits, which ben proclaymcd, 

And theSpirite which is feconde, 
In Sal Armomake is f ounde : 


upon the Thilofophers Stone^ %6p 

The third Spivke Sttlp&ur is, 

The fourth Sewende after this, 

Arcennium by name is hotte 

With blowyng, and with fires hotc : 

In thefe things which I fay, 

Thei worchen by divers waye. 

For as the Pbilofofher tolde, 

Of Gold and Sylver thei ben holde, 

Two principall cxtremitees, 

To which all other by degrees , 

Of the mettalls ben accordant, 

And fo through kinde refcmblant : 

That what man couth awaie take, 

The ruft,of which they waxen fcjlake, 

And the favour of the hardnes 5 

Thei fhulden take the likenes 5 

Of Gold or Silver parfe&ly, 

Bnt for to worche it fykerly ^ 

Betweene the Corps and the Spirits 

Er that the Metall be parfitc, 

In feven formes itt is fcttc 

Of all, and if one belettc, 

The remnant may not avayle, 

Butothcrwife itmaie nought fayle 5 

For thei by whome this Art was founde, 

To every poynt a certayne bounde, 

Ordeinen that a man may finde, 

This Craft is wrought by wey of kinde 5 

So that there is no fallacc in 5 

But what man that this werkc begyn 5 

He mote awaite at every tyde, 

So that nothynge be left afyde. 

Forth with the Congelacion, 

Ccc Solucion 

27© JohnGower 

Solution, Diffcencion, 
And kepc in his entencion, 
The poynt of Sublimation, 
And forthwith Calcination, 
Of very Approbation, 
So that there be Fixation, 
With temperate hetes of the fycr, 
Tyll he the perfite EMfcer, 
Of thilke PhiUJofhers Stone* 
Maiegette, of which that many one 
Of Philosophers whilome write : 
And if tljou wolt the names wite, 
Of thilke^tf* with other two, 
Which as the Clcrkes maden tho 5 
So as the Bokes itt recorden, 
The kindc of hem I fhall recorden. 

Thefc old Philosophers wyfe* 
By wey of kyndc in fond ry wife 5 
Thvc Stones made through Clcrgie, 
Was cleped Vegetahite 5 
Of which the proper vcrtueis, 
To mans heale for to ferve 5 
As for to keepe, and to preferve, 
The body fro ficknesall. 
Till death of kinde upon hymfalL 
The fecond Stone Ithebchote, 
Is Lapi& Animate hote : 
The whofe vcrtue, is proper and couth* 
ForEareand Eye,Nofe and Mouth 5 
Whereof a man may here, and fee, 
Andfmell and taft, in hisdegree^ 
And for to feele and for to goe^ 
Itt helpeth a man of both two; 


upon the Thilofophers Stone. 371 

The witts five he underf ongeth 
To keepe, as it to hym belongeth. 

The third Stone in fpcciall 
by name is cleped Minerall, 
Which the Mettalls of every myne, 
Attempreth, till that thei 6enfynej 
And pureth hem by fuch a wey. 
That all the vice goth awey, 
OfRuft,ofStynke, and ofHardnes: 
And when they ben of fuch clenncs, 
This minerall fo as I fynde, 
Transformeth all the fyrft kynde, 
Andmaketh hem able to conceive, 
Through his vertuc and receive 
Both in fubftance and in figure, 
Of Gold and Silver the nature. 
For thei two ben the extrcmitccs, 
To which after the propertees, 
Hath every mettall his defire, 
With hclpe and comforte of the fyre. 
Forth with this Stone as it is faid, 
Which to the Sonne and Mooncislaide.* 
For to the Red, and to the White, 
This Stone hath power to profitc 5 
It maketh Multiplicacion 
Of Gold and the fixacion , 
It caufeth and of this babitc, 
He doth the werke to be parfite .- 
Of thilke £//*tr which men call 
Alconomy, as is befalle 
To hem, that whilome were wife,- 
But now it ftant all otherwife : ' 

Thei fpeken faft of thilke Stone, 
But how to make it now wote none. 

Ccc 2 After 

57^ John Gower 

After the footh Experience, 

And nathles greate diligence, 

Theifetten upthilke dede, 

And fpillen more then thei fpede $ 

For alwey thei fynde a lette. 

Which bringeth in povetee and Dettc 5 

To hem that rich were to fore, 

The Loffe is had the Lucre is lore: 

Togetteapoundthei fpenden five, 

I not how fuch a Craft fhall thrive : 

In the manner as it is ufed, 

It were better be refufed, 

Then for to worchen upon wene, 

In thinge which ftant not as thei wene : 

But not for thy who that it knew, 

The Science $f himfelfe is trtw : 

Uppon the forme as it was founded, 

Whereof the names yett be grounded 5 

Of hem, thatfirft itfounden out: 

And thus the fame goth all about, 

To fuch as foughtenbefines, 

Of vetueand ofworthines, 

Of whom if I the names call, 

Hermes was one the firft of all , 

To whom this Art is moft applied, 

Ceber thereof was magnified, 

And Ortelane and CMorien, 

Among the which is Avicen. 

Which founde and wrote and greate partie, 

The pracrickc of Alconomie, 

Whofcbokcs pLiinLeastheiftondc, 

Uppon this Crat^e tew underftonde. 

But yet to pur hem in affay, 

There ten full mank now a day, 


upon the ThilofophersStone. 375 

That knowen litle that thei mcne, 
It is not one to witc and wcne, 
In forme of words thci it trcte 5 
But yet thei failen ofbeyet. 
For of to much, or of to lite, 
There is algate found a wite : 
So that thei follow not the line, 
Of the perfect Medicine, 
Which grounded is upon nature; 
But thei that writcn the Scriptute 5 
Of Greke, Arabe, and Caldee, 
Thei were of fuch Auftoritcc, 
That thei firfte founden out the wey, 
Of all that thou haft herd me fey, 
Whereof the Cronicke of her Lore, 
Shall ftonde in price for evermore. 

Ccc a THE 




ChanonoF Bridlington. 

H*n bufie at my booke I was upon a certeine nrgte, 
This Vifion here expreft appear'd unto my dim- 

(med fight, 
A Toade full rudde I faw did drinke the juce of 

grapes fo faft, 

Till over charged with the broth, his boweils all to braft; 
And after chat from poyfoned bulke he caft his ven ome fell, 
For greif and paine whereof his Members all began to fwell, 
With drops of poyfoned fweate approaching thus his fecret Den, 
His cave with blafts of famous ay re he all be- why ted then ; 
And from the which in fpace a golden humour did enfue, (hew: 
Whofe falling drops from high did ftaine the foile with ruddy 
And when this Corps the force .of vitall breath began to lacke, 
This dying Toade became forthwith like Coale for colour blacke: 
Thus drowned in his proper veynes of poyfoned flood, 
For tearme of eightic dayes and fowre he rotting ftood t 
By tryall then this venome to expell I did defire, 
For which I did commkt his carkafe to a gentle fire : 
Which done, a wonder to the fight, but more to berebear'ft, 
The Toade with Colours rare through every fide was pear'ft, 
And White appeared when all the tondry hewes were pall, 
Which after being tin&ed Rudde, for evermore did laft. 
Then of the venome handled thus a medicine I did make 5 
Which venome kills and -faveth mch as venome chance to take. 
Glory be to him the graunter of fuch fecret wayes, 
Dominion, and Honour, both with Worfhip, and with Prayfe. 

A M 8 N. 



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Suppofedto be invented by Geo: Ripley. 

Shall you tell with plaine declaration, 

Where, how, and what is my generation : 

Omogem is my Father, 

And ^Magnefia is my Mother : 

And A\ot truly is my Sifter, 

And Kibriek forfooth is my Brother : 

The Serpent of Arabia is my name, 

The which is leader of all this game : 

That fometymc was both wood and wild, 

And now I am both meeke and mild; 

The Sun and the Moone with their might, 

Have chaftifed me that was fo light : 

My Wings that me brought, 

Hither and thither where I thought 

Now with their might they downe me pull, 

And bring me where they woll, 

The blood of mync heart I wifT, 

Now caufctli both Joy and bliflfe : 


yj6 Verfes belonging 

And diflfolveth the very Stone, 
And knitteth him ere he have done ; 
Now maketh hard that waslix, 
And caufeth him to be fix. 
Of my blood and water I wis, 
Plenty in all the World there is. 
It runneth in every place 5 
Who it findeth he hath grace : 
\w the World it runneth over all, 
And goeth round as a ball : 
kut thou underftand well this, 
Of the worke thou flialt miff. 
Therefore know ere thou begirt, 
What he is and all his kin, 
Many a Name he hath full fure, 
And all is but one Nature: 
Thou muft part him in three, 
And then knit him as the Trinity : 
And make them all but one, 
Loe here is the Philofofbers Stone. 

THe Bird of Hermes ismy name, 
Eating my wings to make me tame* 

IN the Sea withoutcn lefTe, 
Standeth the Bird of Hermes : 
Eating his Wings variable, 
And thereby maketh himfclfe more ftabk$ 
When all his Fethers be agon, 
He ftandeth ftill there as a ftone$ 
Here is now both White aud Red, 
And alfo the Stone to quicken the dead, 


to Ttykys Screak. 377 

All and fume withouten fable, 
Both hard, and nefh and malliabk 
Underftandnow well aright, 
And thanke God of this nght. 

TAKE thou Vhmbus that is fo bright, 
That fitteth fo high in Majefty 5 
With his beames that fliineth foe light, 
In all places where ever that he be, 
For he is Father to all living things, 
Mayntcyncr of Ly fe to Crop and Roote, 
And caufeth Nature forth to fpring - 
With his wife being footc, 
For he is falve to every fore, 
To bring about thys precious worke; 
Take good hcedc unto his lore, 
I fay to learned and to Clerk, 
And Omogenj is my Name : 
Which God ihaped with his ownc hand, 
And Magnefia is ray Dame 5 
Thou (halt verily understand, 
Now hecre I fhall begin, 
For to teach thee a ready way : 
Or elfc litlc ihalt thou wyn, 
Take good heed what I fay 5 
Devide thou Phoebus in many a parte 5 
With his beames that byn fo bright, 
And thus withNaturc him Coarte, 
The which is mirrour of all light : 
This Phebus hath full many a Name, 
Which that is full hard for to know 5 
And but thou take the very fame, 
The Philofophers Stone thou ftalt not know, 

Ddd There- 

378 Verfes belonging 

Therefore I councell ere thou begin : 
Know him well what it be. 
And that is thick make it thin ; 
For then it /hall full well like the. 
Now underftand well what I meane, 
And take good heed thereunto, 
Theworke {hall elfelitle be feene: 
And tourne thee unto mikle w t oc. 
As I have faid in this our Lore, 
Many a Name I wiff it have, 
Some behinde, and fome before 5 
As Philofophers of yore him gave. 

ON the Ground there is a Hill, 
Alfo a Serpent within a Well : 
His Tayle is long with Wings wide* 
All ready to fly on every fide, 
Repairc the Well round about T 
That the Serpent pas not out - 5 . 
For if that he be tliere agone, 
Thou loofeft the vc; tae of the Stone y 
What is the Ground thou mayft know hcere, 
And alfo the Well that is fo cleerc : 
And eke the Serpent with his Tayle 
Or elfe the worke (hall litle availe, 
The Well muft brenne in Water clearc, 
Take good hcedc for this thy Fyre, 
The Fire with Water brent fliabe, 
And Water with Fire wafh lhall he % 
Then Earth on Fire fhalbe pur, 
And Water with Air (halbeknir. 
Thus ye (hall go to Putrefaccion, 
And bring the Serpent to redu&iojou 


to %i$leys Scrowple. 

Firft he fhalbc Black as any Crow,* 
And downe in his Deri (hall lye full lowe: 
I fwel' d as aToadc that lyeth on ground, 
Burft with bladders fitting fo round, 
They fhall to braft and lye full plaine, 
And thus with craft the Serpent is flainc 
He fhall flicw Collours there many a one, 
And tournc as White as wilbe the bone. 
With the Water that he was in, 
Wafh him cleanc from his fin : 
And let him drinke a litle and a lite, 
And that fhall make him faire and white, 
The which Whitnes is ever abiding, 
Lo here is the very full finishing 2 
Of the White Stone and the Red, 
Loe here is the true deed. 



Jft $& $& K& j{ffl< »n> ^f!# Jfini *nl 

llilf tttf i*f ff f tf f f 1 f f 1 f ' 


Compofedby Sir Geo: Ripley 

Chanon of Bridlington. 

Hen o in T and Phoebus fhines bright, (ing 
[The Elements reviving the new Year fpring- 
Thc Son by his vertue givesNature & Light, 
And moyfture refrefheth all things growings 
InthefeafonoftheYearewhenthe Sun waxethwarme, 
Frefhly and f ragrantc the Flowers doe grow, 
Of Natures fubtill working we cannot difcerne. 
Nor yet by our Reafon we can it not know, 
In foure Elements is comprehended thingsThree, 
Animalls, Vegetabills, Mineralls muft be, 
Of this is our Principle that we make our Stone, 
Quality and Quantity is unknowne to many one* 
Sm. Quality {Father) would I faine know , 

Of what nature it is and what it hath in his kinde. 
Father. As Colours divers which on the ground do grow, 

Kcepe well this fecret {Son) and marke it in thy minde. 
Sun Without Proportion {Father) how fhould I it know, 

This working now is far from my minde. 
JttlEwC Nature and kinde (Son) together do grow, 

Quality by waight (Son) {halt thow never finde. 
Mzml To- iepcratc Elements {Father) I muft needes know, 

Either in Proportion which be more or WT. 


The Mijiery ofAlchymtfis. $8 i 

Out of our Principle foure Elements thou (halt draw* Father. 
Thou (halt nccde nothing elfe that necdefull is •, 
Our Principle in quality is fo perfe&ly mixed , 
By vertue of the Son and his quality, 
So cqualy Joyned, fo throughly fixed. 
As nothing fo well mixed may be. 

This Principle {Father) is but one thing, Son " 

Good (Father) tel me where it doth grow. Father. 

In every place (Son) you (hall him well finde 5 
By Taft and by Colour thou (halt him well know 5 
FowlesintheAyerwith it doe fly, 
And Fifties doe fwim there with in the Sea, 
With Reafon of Angels you may it diferne, 
Both Man and Woman togoverne, 
With our fixed Body (Sen) we muft thus begin. 
Of him make Mercury and Water cleare, 
Man and Woman is them within, 
Married together by vertue of our Fire, 
The Woman in her working is full wild, 
Be well aware (he goe not out 5 

Till (he have conceived and borne a Chylde, 

Then all his Kin on him (hal lout 5 

In their workes they be unliable, 

The Elements they be fo raw 5 

And in their Colour fo variable, 

Asfomctymelike the head of a Crow, 

When he is black ye may .well like. 

Putrefaction muftgobcforne, 

After Blacke he wilbc White, 

Then thankeye God the Chyld is borne. 

This Child is both King and Empcrour, 

Through his region both far andneere 5 

All the World doth him honour , 

By the vertue he hath taken of the Fire; 

Dddj His 

382 The Mifiery 

His firft Vefture is White and pure, 

As any Chriftall fhining clecre, 

Of White tin&ure then be you fure 5 

By verture taken of our Fire, 

His firft Vefture that is fo White, 

Betokencth his Virginity, 

A fimilitude even thereto like, 

And according to the Trinity : 

Our Medicen is made of things Three, 

Againft which the Phibfophcrs cannot fay nay, 

The Father, the Son in one degree, 

C erpus, Spirit us & Anima. 

When Nature is with Nature, thou mayft fruite finde, 

By proportion more or lefle, 

In pra&ife hereof many men be blinde, 

Becaufc they underftand not what Nature is 5 

His fecond Vefture as Gold is Red, 

In his Veffell bright fhining, 

ADiadem fetonhis head, " 

Richer then any earthly thing. 

His third Vefture is Purple pure, 

Like Sun-beames he ihineth bright and clere, 

Of Red tin&ure then be you fure .• 

By the vertuc he hath taken of our Fire. 

My beloved Son I commande thee, 

As thou wilt have my love and bleffing, 

That thou to God kneele on thy knee, 

Unto him give laude and thankeing « 

For thcisguifts of grace geven unto thee, 

To have trew knowledge of this worthy Scyence y 

That many men feeke by land and fea, 

And cannot finde it for any expence .• 

I fliall (hew thee my Son here a hid S ccrer 

Becaufe thou art vertuous in thy living, 


of Alchymijis. ^ 

Of me elfe (houldft thou never it wect, 

And for thou art wife in thy Councell keeping, 

And therefore I charge-thee on my blcffing, 

Not to fhew it to any man living, 

For it is the firft Principle of bur blefled Stone^ 

Through which our noble worke is releeved, 

Note well that I (hew now to thee my Son , 

If Sulphur be abfent our worke is deprived,- 

Our Sulphur my Son is Water and Fire, 

Gonftraining the Body till it be dead, 

Of hem thou haft never thy defire, 

Till he 6e bloe as any Lead , 

After all this he doth revive, 

That in his Veffell before was dead 5 

I can no better in my reafon contrive, 

Then to figure him to the greate God head. 

For as there dyed no more then One, •' 

Howbeit that there be perfons Three, 

The Father, the might is one : 

The holy Ghoft make our full Trinity : 

AjGmilitudc like unto our Stone^ 

Iti him ben things three which be concluded all in one, 

Our Sulphur is likened to the holy Ghoft, 

For he is quick, called the Spirit of Sly fc, , 

In his working of might he is moft. 

He raifeth our Body from death to ly fe, 

Many (my Son) with him do rifc 3 

The holy Gofpcll therein is expert, 

The number my reafon cannot contrive, 

CMultum & quantum frntium adfert : 

I liken our Sulphur to the AdamantStone, 

That Steele drawesto him naturally, 

So doth our Sulphur the woman, 

When ihe from her husband would flye* 


3% The Miflery 

Sen. I mufe greatly (Father) and mcrvaile in minde, 

Whereof this Stone is ingendered, 
And alfo of what manner of kinde, 
For I have traveled many a Country, 
In vallics low and on hills high. 
And fpurred therefore of foes and frcind, 
Yet could I never that Sulphur fee, 
Nor in any place wat I where him to finde. 

Father. Son he is made of the Elements, 

That God hath given both foule and lyfe, 
From Mettall he may never be abfent, 
For he rules both man and wife. 

Son. Father I pray you for charity, 

Where fliall I this Sulphur finde, 
For pcrfe&ly I know him npt by quality, 
Nor ret to fore know him by kinde. 

In our Water Son keepc this in minde, 
For there he will appeare as whiteas fnow. 

Gramarcy/Wfortome ye be full kinde, 
For through your teaching full well I it know, 
Now Father I pray you for charity, 
The while it is in your minde, 
To ken the red Sulphur that you will teach me, 
And then I truft your Do<9xine to finde. 

Father. White and Red Son be both one in kinde, 

Now haft thcuall thy defire, 
Keepe well this fecret and clofe it in thy minde, 
His tin&ure and growing is by vcrtue of our Fire, 
For in our Fire our Stone will grow, 
And there his riches he doth encreafe, 
And fo doth no Stone that I do know, 
That in the fire will put him in preafe 5 
We liken him therefore unto the Sun, 
That to all Elements givctMighc. 



of dlchymijls. $$ 

Hever fith t he World was begun, 

Was any but he of fo much might, 

Were he never of fo high degree, 

Saphir, Diamond or Emarald Stone, 

The Turcas, or the rich Ruby, 

Of all vcrtuous Stones fet ower alone, 

The greatcft Carbuncle that is full of light, 

May not with our stone Compaire, 

For if they in the Fire fliould fight, 

The Carbuncle of vcrtue fliould be full bare, 

To deftroy our Stone > Son that will not be, 

The Elements in him be fo equall 5 

He is an Oy le incumbuftible, 

And of all things moft imperiall. 

In which Elements {Father) is our Sulphur in? Son. 

Is he in all, or in any one £ j 

In all ( Son he needes muft be, Father. 

For Scpera? on of Elements make we none, 
Sulphur in Elements £0* we may not fee, 
By Nature in {hem he is fo privily mixed, 
In Elements he is a quality, 
O ur Stone will never clfe be perfc&ly fixed. 
Quality (£***) growdl alio in fire, 
Betwixc the White Stone and the Redd, 
For many Colours there will appere, 
While the cyme the Woman be dead. 

Father m uft the Woman needes be dead f s$ "* ■ 

Om Stone tik my Son will never be Redd 5 Father. 

For whereas a Woman is in prefence. 
There is much moyfture and accidence, 
Wettiss and humours in her be , 
The which would drown'd our Quality^ 
Perceive wdl(Son) by Noahs flood , 
To much moyfture was never good. 
Lib' as quality is hid in quantity, 

Eee So 

j8d TheMiftery 

So muft our Erth in Waters be, 

The riches in him thou flialt findc, 

After alteration of kinde, 

HisOykinhim iscongelatc, 

This makes our Body liqucfad. 

Sulphur and Oyle all of one kinde, 

Which makes our Stone rich and couloring^ 

I cannot tell thee son a richer thing, 

Then he is in the Fire during, 

The Fire to him may do no wrong, 

Sulphur of Nature makes him fo ftrong. 

How to make our Stone (Father) I would faine know* 
In foft heates my {Son) Elements will mecte, 
Haft not to faft whilft they be rawe, 
In the Vcffell iSon) the better thou flialt him keepe^ 
Rule well the Fire and and beware of the La we. 
Shut well the VefFell forgoing forth of the Spirit; 
Soe fliall you all things the better kcepe $ 
For how to get him againc it is ftrange to know, 
It is hard for fomc men to make Elements meetc* 
Keepe well this Secret Son and God daily praife, 
Put into thy VefFell Water cleare, 
And fetit in Fire full forty dayes. 
And then in the VcflTell blacknes will appear^ 
When that he is black he will change tytc, 
Many Colers in him then will appeare, 
from coulour to colour till it be white,; 
Then it is tyme Son to change the Fire, 
And melt the heat to your dcfire ; 
And if you will have him White ftill, 
Then muft you your Medicine apply, 
A dry Fire put him till, 
Artda moyft Fire naturally, * 

Till he be made fixed, 
for to take Mercury before his flight, 


ofJlchymiJls* 387 

As he is by nature privily mixed, 

Of fufion then he ftialbe light, 

And if you to his proportion take> 

Fine Luna then will he make , 

So micle of piercing will he be, 

Bothfluxible with penetrabilitie 5 

And (Son) if thou wilt have thy Medicine Red, 

In a dry Fire thou (halt him keepc, 

Evcrftitlinone ftced, 

That never y our Veflell come to wet. 

So hard, fo heavy and fo peircing, «f#». 

(F4*for)thisawonderous thing, 
So hot, fo moy ft, fo light, fo wet, 
This greatc Secret Father will I keepc, 
So white, fo red, fo profitable, 
Of all Stones mod incomparable. 

He may do more then any King, Father, 

He is fo rich Son in his working, 
Gould and Silver men would faine have, 
Poore and rich for it do crave, 
They that of it have moft aboundance, 
Of the people have moft obaifance, 
To fervc them both day and night, 
And in the feeld will for it fight, 
Therefore $M upon my bletfing, 
Kecpe fecretly this precious cunning, 
Of thy Councell make neither King nor Knight, 
If they knew they would fct it light 
For when they have what they will, 
God's curfewil come they faytheuntill, 
For had I wift and had I wend, 
That commcth evermore bchinde, 
Our Mercury my (Son) is white and thin, 
In our Veflell Aiming bright and cleere, 
Our Sulphur is in him within, 

Eee* Bur- 

$% The Miftery ofAtchymip. 

Burning him more then our dry Fire, 
He fixes him more in one yeare , 
By his naturall working I underftand, 
Then dorh the Sonne by his dry Fire, 
In yeares a long thoufand. 
In fhort fpace. we may have done, 
When our Medicine thou wilt aflay* 
Thou maift make both Sol andLune. 
In leffe fpace then in one day. 

Father is it Water m the well fpringing, 
Or is it Water in the river running? 
Other V$2Xtx(F£ther) can I not findc. 
er» Noe(Son) it is of another kinde, 

Howbeit it is Water cleere, 
Our Sulphur in him is foe cle ving^ 
He may not be departed by any fire,' 
I tell thee 'the throath in this thing* 

By no &c K Father) howmay that be? 

Fire he is ever brenning, 
Our Sulphur is made of the Sun and fuch humi- 
Tha t in the Fire he is ever during. (dity 

The tyme of our working would I knowy 
In what fpace might be made our Stone, 
By Come and by Frut [Son) thou maift it wel 
Once in a ycare it is afore thee done; (know* 
The Sun in the Zodiack about doth gonne, 
Through the twelve Signcs onct in a yeare, 
Soe long it is ete we can make our Stone: 

Hafte not to faft but rule well thy fire, 
The virtue of our Stone few men Can tell, 
- The Elements in him be fo mighty, 
Aboundance of treafure in htm do^wcUf 
lor in riches all Stones exceeds he; 

1!&JS. JU: 


The Preface prefixt to Sir (jeo: %plejs 

Which he wote Ann. Dom... 14.76. and 

Dedicated to Geo: Ncvell then ArcfhBifhop #/ Yorke. 

JGHT noble Lord, and Prelate Deert, 
Vouchfafe of me thefe Verfes takf> 

Whch Iprefent unto yon heere, 
That mention of the Stone doth makg, 
Of Wife men meetered for your fake. 

For Which of you thm much I crave y 
Your gentle favour for to have. 

5. Thh Stone divine of which I write, 
Is known* as One, and it u Three-, :-. 

Which though it have his force and might 9 
Of Triple nature fine be, 
Yet doe they MettaUs judge and trj. 

r And called u of Wife men all, 

The mighty Stone that Conquer {hall. 

3. <Difdaineyou notnoryetrefufe; 
To learne the vertues of them noW) 

By which you may if you them ufe, 

Yourfelfe preferve and eke k?ow howe] 

Old age to hide, and Youth outjhewe. 
r And *Brafe by them tranfmutedU, 
<*Andeger r BodyesclenfedIwis % 

4, Fined alfo and made full pure, 
AndAurifiedbeatthe laft. 


Right hurtfuBtsfor Man to tafi 9 , 
' For Life it wiH refolve andwaft, 
OfCorroJtves made corrupting all, 

And named k the Mintrall 

Se g j gig . 


3^o The Preface 

$.8ut AnlmaU the fecoxd u, 
The third firfooth the Vegitable, 
To cure all things their venue is, 
In every caufe What foe befall, 
Jldankinde in health freferve they {halls 
Renew eth Tenth and keepeth itfound % 
As trew by proofe the fame is found, 

6* And here I Will teach you ptdine t 

How for to make their Mixtures pure : 
In order faire without difdaine. 
IwHltellyou no T)reame injure, 
'Beleeve me While my life may dure* 
Lookp what with mouth to you I fay , 
CMy deedes (hall prove it tmealway. 

7. Ten JhaSfome Figure my Meeter hide, 
Leafi the Arte with Wings ficuti fly aw*y % 

And foe as vile abroad to (lide> 

fVhofe fence, or Truth cannot decay , 
And without fraude I Will difrlay 
The matter plaine on every Jide % 
And true liktwife what foe betidei 

8. ^Although ere this you have heard fay, 
Thatfuch at practice doth this Arte, 

Their thrift in AJbesfeek* alway : 

Anhkarne at length with heavy heart. 
Not more but lejfe to make their part, 
Yet be not you difmayed therefore^ 
Nefeare nor fhrinkefor it the more. 

9. But trufl the words Which I jou teff, 
For truly I doe flatly fay, 

I have bothfeene and knoWn it well % 
And wittneffe wiS the fame alWay, 
This the Marrow called is I fay, 
sA truer Text fnll well I wote, 
In *U this World fnde Jhallyou not. 

10 The» 

to Ripley s Medulla, Jpi 

I o. Then as this Writing of our Wine, 

Whereof I bringyou here a taffe • 
Whofe heavenly Water pure and fine, 

Doth aH things Works withoutenWafie , 

To your de fire the bodyesfafl 
It doth dijfolve, make light and open 
With other things, not yett offpofyn. 

1 1 . sAgainfi Qfaturp yet is it not, 

But natural! a^may men trow, 
Which being cleanjedfrom his Ffiott, 

There Phoebus fflendor (ball forth fiew* r 

And caufe it fragrantly togroW j 
For how wore fragrant it (balbe, 
Soe much of Valor more ishee. 

1 2. Tor Phoebus nature dothfurpaffe t 
And body es pure i and eke the sky> 

Jt doth bejhine both Come andQraffe^ 

The Sonn reneWethfrom on hye, 

And caufeth things to fmctifie* 
*Doth mix, and fix, and naturetb, 
Drives plagues dtoay and nourijbeth. 

I}. Abandoneth, draweth r and clenfeth the Air&y 

Maketh dews fweete, floods and humors dry , 
Makethfofte, hard,/weete andfayre j 

Andpurifieth T^atures perfectly ', 

*By his Working incejfantly $ 
It maketh all things to grow I fay, 
Andchafeth Vgly things away, 

14. In LaureU Tree, it is fuSgreene, 
In Gold it lodgeth glifiringly • 
It decktth Stones with brightnes (beene, 
Thejhinening bodyes are made thereby} 
But if you will more certeinly, 
©/Phoebus vertue have k&owledging, 
Then Saturns Chyld mufi yjfue bring. 

15 * 

5pa The Preface to, e^« 

15.0 Paftor me eke draft Water chtre t 

From buds ofVynes out of a Glaffe t 
As red at blood as Gold it were ; 

Which ftiU you give a Gummy Maffe, 

Aspretiom as ever was. 
Thus without fraude made of en is by wyfe, 
The Arte Which you fbafl mt difpife. 

\6. It multiply eth and make th alfi 7 
Gold Potable know this for treWt, 

By it are things increafedfoe, 

That health thereby you may renewe, 
To learnt thofe Seer eats doyly fete, 

Which formally prolongweU may 

Tour Life in joy fr $m day to day. 

17. For although many hate this Arte, 
Tetit is precious over all; 

Try and difcerm within your foe arte, 

By all the Lejfons miflicall • 

A Gift it is fattftM 
Which here is taught to you him bf 
Thatprovd it hath sAffuredlj . 

1 8. This have I written for your fak^ t 
Net in vaineftile t but order plaine 9 

This little Booke of himyou take, 
Which frankly doth beftowe his pain** 
To God commit tinge you againe. 
And all that doth Wifb WeM to thee* 
In anyplace wherefoever they bee. 

19. If you unbroken long Would keepe> 
In per f eft healthy our Veffelftill; 

Then for your Cannon looke you feeke, 
Remembring him that hath good will , 
By your ajfifiance to fulfil 1 1 

And in fitch fort pur Works display , 

As found may to your lawd alway. 



That bearetb theJ^ame of the aforefaid 

Sirq.%1 T LSX 

Ake Heavy, Soft, Cold, and Drye - (ly ; 

Clenfe him, and to Calx grind him fubti- 

Diffblve him in Water of the Wood ,* 

Ifthoucando any good 

Thereof, take a Tin&ure 
And Earthy Calx good and pure. 
Of this maift thou have with thy travaile, 
Both Mercury, Water, and Oy le 5 
Out of the Ayre with Flames great, 
Fire into the Earth doth Creepc 5 
In this Workc if thou wilt winn, 
Take heed wherewith thou doft begin, 
And in what manner thou doft work, 
Forloofing thy way in the darke; 
And where, with what, and how, thy matter fhal 
I tell and Councell thee as my Frend : (end 5 
Make Water of Earth, and Earth of Watery 
Then arc thou well onward in the matter. 


394 A fhortWorfy of 

For thou fhalt find hid in the myre, 

Both Earth, Water, Ay re, and Fire : 

I tell thee ray Brother, I will not flatter, 

Of our Earth is made our Water : 

The which is cleere white as Snow 5 

And mates our Earth Calcine and growe. 

Blacknefle firft to thee dothfliew, 

As by thy praGifc thou fhalt know .• 

DifTolve and Calcine oft, and oft 5 (brought.- 

With Congelation till the Body to whitnes be 

Make the Body fluxiblc, and flowing • 

With the Earth,perfe&,and teyningv 

Then after Ferment is oncedone 5 

Whither thou wilt with Sunneor Moone, 

DifTolve him with the Water of life,. 

Ycalled Mercury withouten ftrife : 

Put the Soule with the Body, and Spirite 

Together in one that they may tneetej 

In his Dammcs belly till he wax great, - 

With giving Drinke of his owne fweate .• 

For the Milke of a Cow to a Child my brother 

Is not fo fweete as the Milke of his Mother : 

This Child that is fo marveiloufly wrought, 

Unto his Heritage muft be brought : 

His lively hood is fo worthy a thing. 

Of abilitye to fpend with a King : 

He that beareth all this in minde, 

And underftandeththefe Parables all> 

WithScperation he may finde, 

Poore and Ric^ great and fmall 5 

With our Sulphur we make our, Antimony, White and- 

And thereof we make ourMcrcury quick,& dead. (Red; 

This is a Mcttall that I fpcake of one of the feaven, 

If thou be a Clerk read what I meaner 


George Rjpjey. ^ 

there is no Plannet of fix neither great nor fmall , 

But if he be put to them, he will Calcine them all. 

Unto red blood he muft be brought 5 

Elfeofhimthougetteft right nought: 

Reach him then with the Wood Water, 

Man, and Woman Clothed under one hatter, 

In and of them is conceived a Child 

Lovely of beauty, mceke and mild 5 

Out of the Earth with droppsftrong, 

Kourifli the Child in his Mothers wombc ; 

Till he be come to full age 5 

And then make thou a Mariage, 

Betwecne the Daughter, and the Sonne , 

And then thou haft the Mattery wonn. 

The beginning of this Worke, if thou wilt crave. 

In hoHy Writ thou &alt it have : 

Both in Maffe Booke and in Pfalter 

Yea wrightcn before the Preeft at the Alter : 

And what is Antimony that thou flialtworkc, 

I have written to thee if thou be a Clcrke 5 

Looke about before if thou canft finde 

Plainely written, which maketh men blind: 

O ur Werke is bringing againe our Mercury, 

And that Philofofbers call Solucion 5 

And if thou loofc not the uncleanetody, 

Thou werkeft without difcretion* 

The Inhibition of Water, isnotthcloofing* 

But bringing the Body into water againe turning : 

That is to fay into fuch water. 

That is turning the Body into his firfl: Matter: 

The fecond Werke is to bring, 

Earth and Water to Congealing 5 

The cleanfing of the Third is another 

Unto Whitenes ; my ownc Brother $ 

Fffz With 

%$4 J/bortlVorfa&c. 

With this Water of his ownc, 

That is full marvalous tobcknownc : 

The fourth werke is diftilling 

Of Water, and Earth upfweating. 

And thus haft thou by one affent, 

Earth, Ayre, Water, and Fire 5 the foure Elements 

The Allies that are in the bottome of the Yeffell, 

Lookc thou difpife 'them not though left, 

For I tell thee right well, 

There is the Diadem of our Craft. 








In his Tranflation of the fecond 'Epiftle 

that iQng Alexander fent to his 

Majler Aristotle, 

Han Aljfaundre as is Reherfyd hccr 
This Pbjlofophre for vertucs manyfoold; 
Sent unto hym a fecrct Meflengeer , 
_ Without cxskus to come to hys houfoold^ 
But he agey n for he was feeble and old , 
And impotent on the tother fyde, 
And unweldy for to goon or ryde. 

But chiefe caufe why Aljfaundre fente, 
A purpoos take and a fantafy e, 
To declare pleynly what it mente 5 
He wyft in (both that in Fhilofopbye, 
Wyth other fecrcts of ^Jironomye : 

He was experce and moofte cowdc underftoirde, 
Thys was in cheefe Caufe of the Kynges fonde. 

Ef f 3 Powder i 

39S Lydgate out ofsAriftotles 

Powder of Planctys and mevyng of all Sterrys, 
And of every heavenly Intelligence 5 
Dyfpoficion of Pees and ek of Werrys , 
And of ech othyr ftraungc hyd Scyence, 
As the fevene Goddys by theyr Influence 
a Dyfpofe the Orders of Incantacions, 
Or of fevene Metallys the Tranfmutacions. 

With othir Craftys which that be fecre, 

Calculacion and Geomancye, 

DyfformacionsofCVVrwand <JM e ed: 

Lokynge of Facys and Pyromancye, 

On Lond, and Watir, Craft of Geomctrye. 
Heyghte and Dcpneffe with all Expcryence, 
Therefore the Kinge defires his prcfence* 

But for all this within himfelfe a thing 
There was a Secre he kept not to difclofe 5 
Nortopublifheopynly to the Ky»ge, 
Takeyng Example by two things in a Roofe, 
Firft how the Flower greet fwectneffe doth difpoofe : 
Yet in the Thorne menfinde great iharpnefle, 
And thus in Konnyng there may been a ly keneffe. 

In Herbe and Flour, in Writeing, Word andStoon, 
Ech hath his vertue of God and of Nature 
But the knowyng is hyd froo many oon : 
And not dcclaryd to every Creature, 
Wherefor he eaft twen Reafon and Mcafure : 
To fhape awcye both the Kyng to plefe. 
Somewhat to unclofe and fet his herte at efe. 


Secreta Secretorum. %pp 

There is of ryght a grccte difference, 
Tween a Princes royallDignite, 
And a twen Commons rude In telligencc, 
To whom nat longeth to meddle in no degrc, 
Of Konnynges that fhould be kept feerc, 

For to a Kynges famous magnificence, 

And to Clerkys whiche have Experience. 

Itt cordcth well to fearch out Scripture, 
My fteries hid of Fowlys, Beetle, and Tree, 
And of Angellys mooft fotyl of Nature 5 
Of Myneralls, and Fysfhes in the See, 
And of Stonys fpecially of Three. 

Oon Mineral another VegtMyff^ 

Partyd on Foure to lengthe a Mannys lyflfe* [ 

Off whych I radde oonys among othir Stonys, 
There was oon calyd Anyrnd* 
Foure Elements wrought out for the noonys : 
Erthc, Watir,and Ayre, and in cfpecyall, 
Joyned with Fyre proporcyon maad egal. 

I dar feynbreefly and not taryc, 

Is noon fwych Staone found in the Lapidaryc. 

trad Oonys of a Phylofephre, 
Ageyn ech fyckeneflc of valew doth mooft cure, 
All the Trefure and Gould in Crtfus Coffre 5 
Nor all the Stoonys that grow by Nature, 
Wrought by Craft or forgyd by Pi&urc. 

Lapis & non Lapis^ Stoon of greeteft fame, 

Artfiotiks gaff it the fome name. 


^oo Lydgate out of JrijtotfeA 

And for I have but little rad ©r fey ne, 
To write or medle of fo high mateerys, 
Por prefumcion fomc would have difdeyn 5 
To be fo bold or clymbe in my defires: 
To fcale the Laddere above the ny ne Speerys, 

Or medle of Rubycs that yeve fo cleere a light, 

On hooly fhrincs in the dirk night. 

I was ncvir noon expert Jowelcerc, 
In fuych mateerys to put my fylfe in prees, 
With Fhilofophres myn Eyen wer nat cleer, 
Nowthir with Plato nor with Socratees : 
Except the VtynccAriftotilees. 

Of Philofophres to t^ilifaundre Kyng, 
Wrott of this Stone the mervaylle in all werking. 

In prevy wyfe lych to hys Entcntys, 

Secretys hyd cloos in Phylojophye^ 

Fyrft departyng of the foure Elementys ; 

And aftyrward as he doth fpeceffye, 

Every ech of hem for to recteffye. 
And after thys lyk hys Oppynyon, 
Of thys foure to make a Conjunccyon. 

In fuych wyfe performe up thys Stoon, 
Seene in the joynynge there be noonc outrage 
But the fals erryng hath founyd many one * 
And brought hem aftyr in full greete rerage, 
By Expenfys and outragyous Coftage. 
For lak of brayn they wern maad foe wood, 
Thyng to begynne whych they not undcrftood. 


Secreta Secretorum* 4or 

For he that lyft puttc in Experience, 
Forboode fecrees I hold hym but a foole, 
Lyke hym that temptyth of vvylfull neglygence* 
To ftonde up ryght on a three foote ftoole. 
Or fparyth a ftewc, or fyslheth a bareyn poole* 
Whan all is doon 3 he get noon othir grace, 
Men wyl skornc hym and mokkehysfoltifhface, 

Itt is no Craffc poore men t'affaylc, 
It caufeth Coffers and Cheftysto be bare^ 
Marry th wytts, and braynes doth affray % 
Yit by wry ting this booke doth declare. 
And be Refons lyft not for to fpare, 

Wyth Golden Refouns in taaft mooft lykerous, 

Thyngper Ignotum prcvyd per Ignocius. 

Title of this Booke Labor Philojophorum, 

Namy d al foe De Regimine principum ^ 

Of Philofophres Secreta Secretorum, 

Trefour compyled omnium VirtutHm 5 

Rewle directory fet up in a fom, 

As Complexions in helthc and fekeneffe, 
Dyfpofe them fylf to mornyng or to gladneffc. 

The whych booke dired to the Kyng 

Alyfaundn both in the werre and pees, 

Lyke hys requeft and roy all commanding, 

Full accomplifhed by Arifiotlles^ 

Feble for Age and impotent doubtles, 
Hoolc of corage and trew in his entents 
T'obeye his byddyng this booke he to hym fent. 

Ggg HOW 

4-oz Lydgate out of<*Arijlotles 

Jioyp Ariftotle dectareth to !\ing 
Alyfaundre of the Stony s. 

TOwching the Stone ofPhllofophres OeU t 
Of which they make mooft Sovereyn meneyon • 
But there is oon as Ariftotle eoold , 
Which alle excelleth in Comparifon, 
Stoon of Stoonys mooft Sovereyn of renoune 5 
Towching the vertue of this rych thyng, 
Thus he wrote to the moft fovereyn King. 

O Alyfaundre gretteft of dignite, 
Of al this World Monark and Regent, 
And of al Nacyons haft the Sovereynte ; 
Echoon to obeye and been obedyent, 
And to conclude the fyn of our entent, 

All worldly Trefure breefly fhet in oon, 
Is declaryd in vertue of this Stoon. 

Thou muft firft conceiven in fubftance, 
By a mineer uncouth dyvyfion ; 
Watir from Eyr by a diffeverance .• 
And fyr from Eyr by a departicion, 
Echoon prefervyd from all Corruption.' 
As Pbihfophres a forme have fpeceffyed^ 
Which by Reafon may not be denyed. 

Watir from Eyr departyd prudently, 
Eyr from Fyr and Fyr from Erthe don> 
The Craft concey ved devyded truly , 
WithoutenErrour or Decepcyon, 
Pure every Element in his Complexion. 1 
As it perteyneth pleynly to his parte, 
As is remembryd perfyghtly in this Arte. 


Secret a Secretorum. ^03 

This Stone of Colour js fometyme Citrynade, 
Lyke the Sonne ftremyd in his kynd, 
Gold treflyd maketh hertes full glade • 
With more Trefour then hath the Kyng of Init\ 
Of pretyous Stoonys wrought in their kynde. 

The Cetryn Colour for the Sonne bryght, 

Whyte for the Morne that fhyneth all the nyght. 

This Philofophre brought forth in Paris, 
Which of this Stoonys wroot fully the nature. 
All the Dyvyfion fet by grett advys j 
And thereuppon did his befy cure, 
That the perfection long fhould endure, 

Lyke the entent ofAriftotles fonde y 

Which none but he cowd well bryng on honde. 

For though the mateer opynly nat toold, 
Of this Stoonys what Ptylofiphrts mente, \ 

Ariftotihs that was experte and Oold % 
And he of Tarts that forth this prefent fent, 
And in all hys beheite feythfull true of Entent : 
With Circumftances ofAraby Inde & Ptrce, 
Towching the Stoonys that Clerkys can rcherfe. 

Hermogenes hadde hymfelfe alloone, 
With the feyd The lip that with him was fecre, 
Knewh the vertue of every prevy Stone ; 
As they were difpoofyd of Degree, 
From him was hyd noon uncouth prevy te. 
This Hermogenes and he knewh every thing, 
Of alle fuych vertues as long to a Kyng, 

G gg* SHE 

404* Anonymi. 



;N the name of the holy Trinitie, 

I will write of this Workebreiflie* 
l< Leaving matters of circumftance, 
And promife the truth to advance : 
I will not write Figuratively, 
But declare the Matter plainely, 
And how things muft be made to accord, 
By Natures true workc and the hclpe of our Lord : 
The World is but one inclofed with heavens round, 
Though divers matters and formes be therein found: 
The Earth this worlds Center borne up by the Aire, 
In kinde hath noe more but being baire, 
And neerefl to not being, Philofephers have told,. 
In kindc of Complexion is full dry and cold 5 
And-now for my Figure of rotundity, 
I will (hew how Elements accord and difagree r 
And though the Elements be fo contrary, 
Yctt by heavtns Influence they are brought to unite, 
And when once togeather a body they binde, 
Nought may them loofen without wrecketothekinde* 
Firft Fire in Nature is hott and dry, 
Aire differs from Fire in moifture only : 
Earth only for eoldneffe from Fire difag*ees, 
This Concord and difcord every man fees: 
Aire hot and moift of complexion and kindc, 
Water differs from Aire but in heatewefinde: 


Anonymi. 4.05 

Soe that in moyfture we finde them both one; 

Naturall heate in Water we finde none 5 

Water cold and moifte of Complexion is, 

Earth differs from Water in drynes I wis : 

Earth agrees with Fire in drynes noc doubte, 

Thus one in another the Wheele turnes about. 

From this round Circle proceeds a quadrant, 

Each line unto another an equall diftant: 

And as the round Figure concludes all in One, 

Soe the Quadrant of foure things makes diftin&ion. 

From this Quadrant a Fire muft proceed, 

Which is Animall, Vcgiubk and MineraU we recde : 

And with the Fire I will begin; 

Pray God I be not too bold therein. 

The whole Compofition of this world is fram'd, 

Of the Three things which before I have nam'd: 

Now to make things of Excellence, 

We muft take things necreft Nobilitie ; 

And as this greate Maffe conteincs things Three, 

Soe Blood, Flefh and Bone in the leaft World we fee 5 

Yctt leffe World and greate World is all but One 5 

Thus ftill we keepe an Unyon: 

Whatfoever itt is that is alive, 

Without Blood they may not thrive. 

Sperme is Generacion of each thing, 

Of what kindc focvcr itt bene ^ 

Blood is Sperme be itt White or Redd, 

For without Blood each thing is dead: 

Blood contcineth the three things I have told, 

And in his Tin&ure hath Nature of Gold: . 

WithoutGold noe Mettle may fhine bright. 

Without Blood noe Body hath bene fitt of light r 

Thus doth the greate and leffe World ftill, 

Hold the Union according to Gods will : 

G g g 3 Now 

^o6 Anonyml. 

Now of all things Blood Nobleft is, 

For nothing in the World may itt miffe, 

Blood hath true proporcion of the Elements foure, 

And of the three fpecics I fpoke of before: 

The Blood muft be the principall matter of each thing, 

Which hath any manner of increafing : 

Mercury in Mcttalls is the Blood ccrteine, 

Sperme in Animalls getts the like againe 5 

Vegetable moyfture from heaven fogood, 

Yctt all thefc three are but Blood : 

Then Blood in procreation is neereft of kinde. 

This Sccrett good Brother keepc clofc in thy mynde : 

And uppon that Condition, 

Which Blood thou fhalt take I will make repetition % 

The true Blood of Mettalls is hard to have. 

And long tyme of gettting itt doth crave : 

Blood of Vegetables hath moyfture greate ftorc, 

And therefore to have itt requireth much labour % 

The true Blood to finde without labour and coft, 

Thou knowft where to have it ere thy witts be loft. 

Seekc out the nobleft as I faid before, 

For now of the. Matter I dare fay noe more. 

This Secrer t was never revcal'd till this tyme, 

By any Mans writings that ere I could finde, 

But I which by practice have found itt true, 

Knew how things caufed things to renew : 

God grant noe AlchymiBs meete with my Bookc, 

For they would have £//*/> by hookc or by crookej 

And he would fpend what his Freinds wan, 

And be as neere at the laft as when he began. 

And would promife to give men Gold greate ftore, 

Buc beware thou of Expence, as I faid before. 


Anonymi^ aqj 


Of the manner of the Workg. 

NOW after the Matter the Manner compute, 
How to bring this our Worke aboute: 
Firft take the Matter crude as itt is, 
Which will coft you little or nought I wis : 
Scarce it foe cleane as it may be, 
Untill from filth itt is all free, 
Which wilbee done in hourcs three or foure, 
Then will it be cleare from his ill humour: 
Then take the Faces which you (hall findc, 
In the fame which the Matter left behind : 
Purge him alfo with thenobleft Element, 
Untill that he to Earth be brent : 
Then have you a Stone of wonderfull might, 
With fmall Coft a fecret right. 
Take ye this Stone and ufe Millers Craft, 
Till it be fine powder and made very foft : 
Then give him the moifture which from him ye. tooke, 
Then ufe him as ye {hall findc in this booke. 
But give him noe other Drinke but of his owne kinde, 
For elec you doc not after my mynde. 
Let him drinke noe more then will fuffice. 
Beware of Floods I you advife: 
Then fearch him twice againe as you did before, , 
And ftill put uppon his owne liquor : 
Thus their firft Order to paffe is brought, 
And yout fouleft Worke fully wrought. 


ao8 ^Anonymt. 

C H A P. I I I. 

Ofthefecond Order. 

NOW the fecond Manner I will fhew plaine, 
How you (hall workc it with little paine : 
When your three fearfings be done after my lore, 
Then brcake the Stone as you did before: 
Then muft you have one Vefchell, 
Which muft be made like an Eggfhell, 
Into the which VefTell the Matter you muft putt ? 
Then fee that itt be well clofed upp: 
The VefTells divided in parts three, 
Whereof two ftill voyde muft bee; 
This VefTell muft be fet in a kinde heate, 
That the Matter may kindly fweate; 
The Spiritts*muft not be oppreft with Fire, 
For then thou flialt never have thy defire 5 
Neither muft thy VefTell have cold, 
For then itt will fpoile as Fhthfofhers have toldj 
But keepeltt in a temperate heate alwayes, 
For the fpace of fortie dayes: 
Then BlackefTe will appeare to fight, 
That BlacknefTe thou muft bring to be White, 
akeout t heGlafTeatthe forty dayes end 5 
And fe that from cold thou doe itt defend^ 
And fct itt in a Furnace with dry fire, 
Till itt be White after thy defirc, 
Which wilbe done in Weekes three, 
And dryed from his moyfture utterly : 


<iAnonymi. ^op 

Then with the firft Water thou firft didft imbibe 

Againe thou maift feede it att this ty de, 

But give itt noe more, nor you doe thinke 

May fuffice at once for itt to drinke, 

This done putrefy as you did before, 

Even in the very felfe fame maner, 

Andinthefaid tyme which itftoode before, 

Itt will becom of blacke Colour, 

And in the fame Order if it congeale White, 

Then is your Worke both perfect and right 5 

Nowyoumuftgoe lerne the Baker£XKCupacion, 

How he Leavens Bread by Fcrmentkionj 

And truly to Ferment take noe plate of Gold, 

But parte of that the plates doc hold. 

You know that if Sol fhew not a faire Tin&ure, 

Itt will be had but in little honour, 

Then Tin&ure of Gold is a moft noble thing, 

With a grace to noble men of our workeing, 

For that true proverbe doth well accord, 

Bafe things bepttnot 4 noble Lord. 

Now have I told you what Ferment is, \ 

To teach you to Ferment I will not miflej 

This Chapter is now brought to an end, 

And now the third Order to fhew I intend. 

Chap. IV. 
Of the third Order of this Worfy. 

REC1P ESol that is pure and good, 
And fee that from him you take his pure blood, 
Your Stove you muft divide in parts three, 
And the fourth of the Ferment muft be. 

Hhh If 

jjjo Anonymi. 

If you will have for Red, and White too, 

To Red after this Order you muft doe, 

And the White after the fame, 

Muft be ferment with Lune by name, 

And the matter equally divyde 

One for the Red, the other for the White. 

Another like VeflTell for the White you muft looke, 

As before is taught you in this Booke. 

When your Ferments to your matters be put, 

Then your VefTcll clofe you muft fhut; 

And iett it to Putrif ye as you did before, 

The full tyme as I faid of yore : 

And ufcitt in every degree, 

As in the next Chapter before you may fee. 

Butlookcthatyouknowe your two Ferments aflunder, 

Or elce of your folly itt were great wonder: 

And when from his Blaekneffe you have brought itt 

Then have you Elixir of wonderfull might: White, 

Your Red to his perfe&ion is not fully brought, 

But your White is perfe&ly wrought. 

Your Red with moft ftrong heate muft be f edd 

In a clofe Furnace until! itt be Redd : 

When itt is Redd and will melt likewaxe, 

Then of all that fliould be nothing laxe. 

Now have you a Sunt of wonderfull might, 

Which will take Mercury before his flight, 

And command him to ftay, and caufc him to bring 

All Mettalls unto him, and call him their Kingc, 

And make fuch obedyenee without Digrefton, 

That of him they fhall all take Impreffion 5 

Now have you a Stem of wonderfull power, 

Which conteineth the three Species and the Elements 

Fire in Colour, Water by Effiifion^ (fcure .• 

larthto fight without delufioa, 


Anonymi. au 

Aire is in Water all men doe knowe, 

And thus the fourc Elements accordcth nowe: 

As for the three Specks I will flicwe, 

How in your Stone you may them knowe: 

Tintfure for Blood pcrteincth to the Animall, 

Moyfture the Vegetable part pofTdTe ihall 5 

All Earth is Minerall without any doubt, 

Thus kcepe we in one Circle and never goe out. 

Now have I my Figure perfe&ly wrought, 

Yett of the Center I have faid right nought. 

A Center is a pricke of whatfoever itt be. 

Without any manner of divifibilitie 5 

And made as Nature doth well provide, 

So as no Accident may itt divide : 

Only by hand but in the Qyantitic, 

But by noe Element feperate the Qyalitie; 

If in greate Fire you fctt it downe> 

A true Salamander itt wilbe found; 

If in the W atcr thou throwe I wis, 

It will live there as doth aFifh 5 

If in the Aire you caft it up hye, 

There will it live, and never dye : 

If in the Earth thou bury itt faft, 

Then will it remaine there, and ever laft. 

Thus can no Element divide without doubt, 

The Center which our Whcele turnes about : 

Now how to Multiply your Medicine I trow, 

Would doe you much good for to knowe ; 

For unlefle you know howe to Multiply, 

Your Medicine will be fpent quickly: 

Then would itt put thy minde to much paine, 

To thinke that thou muft make itt againc : 

Therefore the next Chapter fliall teach thee right, 

To Multiply this Stone of wonderfull might. 

Hhh2 CHAP. 

ah Anonymi. 

C H A P. V. 

How to Multiply. 

NOW in this Chapter I meane to fliewe, 
How to Multiply that thou may knowe : 
Iflron to the Load-ftone be not put certcinly, 
Itt will decreace wonderfully 5 
The Species of all things both more and lefle each one, 
Arc mainteyncd by rcafon of Multiplication 5 
Then if they be not Multiplyed they decay, 
But Multiplication makes them be all away. 
All things after Conception receive naturall Food, 
To mainteine their kind as Nature feeth good : 
Soe likewife our Stone muft needs Multiply, 
Or elce the Species of that Stone will dye : 
And Multiplication muft needs be of fuch thing* 
As the thing multiplied takes beft likcing. 
Fire which burneth perpctually a 
If Matter want Fire will dye • 
But for to feed our Stone rightly, 
The way I will fliewe prefently. 
Take your Glaffc and Medicine withal!, 
And in a warme Fire fett itt you {hall; 
And when itt begins to liquefy, 
Put common Mercury to itt by and by 5 
And itt wilbe devoured anon 
By vertue of heate that is in out Stone, 
And as much as you putt in quantitie, 
Soe much doth your Medicine augment truly : 
Yett you muft have reafon not for to cloye, 
With overmuch cooling, kind heate thereby 1 



Anonymi. 4.13 

And as of a Dragme you will make a Pounds, 

You may well do itt, if you keep round 5 

And when it is Multiplied fufficiently, 

Then from the Fire fet it by. 

A man in this Land once I knewe, 

That marred that he made, and fo may yowc • 

Except ye doe as I have taught, 

And then neede you to fcare nought. 

Another I knewe which wanted good direccion, 

And at once fpent all at one proje&ion. 

Thefe knew not howc itt flio|i*ld be multiplyed, 

Which things I have taught you at this tyde 5 

But fee that the Mercury wherewith ye Multiply, 

Be made foe cleane as itt may be. 

Now to make him extend his perfe&ion. 
It is needfull to know how to make projeccion : 
Whereof in the next Chapter I will create, 
For of Multiplicacion I will noe more fpeake; 

Chap. VL 
Of TrojeBion. 

NO to lacke we but onely this Leflbn to take, 
Pcrfe&ly proje&ion for to make : 
Take one parte of the Medicine, and of $ "B or Tinn, 
But fee that you make them exceeding cleane 5 
And when your Mettall doth Liquefy, 
Then caft in your parte of Medicine quickly. 
Then will it be brought to fuch a paffe, 
That all will be as brittle a glaffe 5 
Take the brittle fubftanceas it is, 
And upon an (ioo.)to take doe not mifle. 
That 100. uppon 1000. foe ftill inereafe you may, 

Hhh 5 And 

^ Anonyml. 

And p rojcfl noc more When your Tinfture doth decay. 
This proje&ion is fure without any doubt, 
Thus is our Whccle turned round about* 
In what Veflell to projeft I need not to tell, 
For a Maifter of his Arteknoweth it very well-, 
To projed on Mettalls nowe you knowe, 
And to projecft on mans body nowe will I fhewe. 
Firft the Body muft be purged well, 
And by fwetting and bathing be made futtell. 
And when you arc cleane according to your minde, 
Take a dragme of yourMcdicine with thcQuintcflence of 
Such a fuddeine alteration itt will (howe, lWine 5 

As you need not to feare Corruption noe moe •• 
Nowe of his Vcrtues I need not to declare, 
They arc fully fliewnc by others elce-wherc. 
* Now to the holy Trinitie I thee commend, 
Thankekig him my Worke is at an end ■• 
Chargeing thee this Secret from bad men to keepc, 
Though withgreatc Importance of thee they ittfeefce 5 
And beware itt goe not from thy hand, 
Except to a perfecft honeft man. 
ByBookcs the true Worke I could never finde, 
Therefore left I this Booke behinde, 
That to whofe fhare foevcr itt might fall, 
By itt they might know our Secrctts all. 
God grant noe Multiplyer mcetc with my Booke, 
Nor noe finifter Clerkcs thereon to looke 5 
Then will they pay their debts furely, 
And build Churches, and Steeples very hye 5 
Keepe itt from thefe f olkes I thee pray, 
As thou wilt anfwere before God att laft day.- 
For whatfoever hath bin faid to our worke doth accord 
Therefore give honour, prayfe,and thankes to our Lord- 
Holy and Reverend be his Name, 
Which to me vile Synner hath revealed the fame. 





|N Pilgrimage one onely thing I found 
Of worth in Lemnes ncre to Vulcan's fhopp, 
A Chriftall fountcine running under ground , 
Between a Vally and a Monnteincs topp. 

Pleas'd with this fight, I bid a Hermit* tel! 

The ftory of the place, who there did dwell. 

Within this Vale a hallowe dusky Cave 

There is (quoth he) of greate Antiquity, 

Where plumes of Mays blew grcene and red you have : 

Tornefrom his creft for his Iniquity. 
The Troope of Smiths, as he for Venus lay, 
Surpris'd and tookc him, yctt he gctt away. 

For as the CycUps him in tryumph brought, 
To halting Vulcan to receive his doome, 
They lifted up his beaver, and found nought 
But vacant place and Armour in the rooxne. 

Of th'armour then they thought they had good prize, 
But working it they found itt fcyndarize. 

The Smiths amaz'd finding thcmfelves dcluded r 
Satt all in Counfaile in their Matters Dome , 
Deliberating well, at length concluded, 
There is noequall War twixt Godds and men, 
Lett's finde the Angry God and pardon crave, 
Lett's give him Venus our poore felves to favc. 

5 They 

^\6 The Efermt's Tale. 

They fought in Heaven Mars knew his fa& fo bad, 
He came out there, then one began to tell, 
Saturntmm'd from hisThrone, a Place had 
Not far from thence,hard by this Chriftall Well. 
Thither they wen,and found two Gods alone, 
Sitting within a darkc 3 but glittering throne. 

Downe fell old Vulcan on his crooked knee, 
And faid forgive, O mighty God of Warr, 
My fervants and my felfe (once God as yee ) 
Then ufe thy will with Venus my fairc ftarr. 
Saturne (quoth tMars) and 1 muft not yet parr, 
Though (heefor whom th'art pard'ned hath my heart. 

With this the Cuckold with his fweaty Troope 

Went to his Forge and feera'd to make a legg, 

Att every fteppe, where halting made him ftoope, 

In thankes to Mars, granting what he did begg 5 

In whofe remembrance you fliall ever have 

Syndars, and fetters in that hollow Cave* 

But lett me tell you all that then befell, 
lave feeing this, meaning the Smith to right, 
Sent downe a winged God, he trufted well , 
Difguif d in habitt of a fhineing light, 
Which to the Vally from the Hill's high topp, 
Affrighted all the fmiths in Vulcans fhopp. 

A voyce was heard from loves Embafladour, 
To fummon Mars t'appeare before the Gods: 
With Saturne forth came Venus Paramour : 
Thinkeing with might to gett of right the odds : 
Downward came he 9. myles, they upward fower, 
All mett in mift, he fledd, they nere went lower. 


The Hermeps Tale. 4- 1 7 

Vulcan came hobling up to fc what's done, 
He findes nor light, nor Gods, but other fhape$ 
To witneffe of this fa& he calls the Sonne ^ 
Who (Ireght crycs Murther,and made haft to fcape: 

Some dyeing Soule groan'd forth, Apollo ftay> 

Helpc wife i^ipoh ere thou goeft away. 

With this Apollo lookeing round about, 
Efpies this fountaine knowes the voice was here, 
And boweing downe to finde the party out, 
Himfelfe unto himfelfe doth ftreyght appeare. 

There gaz'd he till a fturdy fhowre of rayne 

Tookc mk^pollo from himfelfe againe. 

Farewell Apollo then Apollo fayd, 

To morrow when this ftorme is fully paft, 

He turnc and bring fome comfortable ayd, 

By which He free thee ere the latter caft. 
Then did itt cry as if the voyce were fpent, 
Come fweete Apollo 7 foe itt downwards went. 

Vulcan went to his Forge, the Sonne to bed, 
But both were up betimes to meete againe; 
Next morne after the ftorme a pale foule dead 
Was found att bottome of this faire Fountaine. 

Smith (faid Apollo) helpe to lade this fpring, 

That I may raifc to life yonder dead thing. 

Then Vulcan held A f olio by the heele, 
While he lades out the Waters of the Well % 
Boweing and ftraining made Apollo feele 
Blood from his nofe, that in the fountaine fell. 
Vulcan (quoth he) this Accident of blood 
Is that or nought muft doe this Creature good* 


418 The Hewtets Tale. 

He fpake the word, and Vulcan fawc itt done, 
LookcS*/(faidhe)I fee itt changeth hue, 
Fewe Gods have vcrtue like to thee 6 Sonne, 
From pale itt is become a ruddy blue $ 
VttlcanlqaothPhcebfts) take itt to tfty forge, 
Warme it, rubb it,lctt itt cafte the Gorge. 

Thus Fulcan did M fpued the Waters out, 

And then itt fpake and aydc itt was a cold; 

Then Vulcan ftuft and cloath'd it round about, 

And made the Stone as hott as ere itt would. 

Thus fourteenc dayes itt fickly did indure> 

The Sonm came every day to fe the cure. 

As itt grewe well the Colours went and came, 
Blew* Blaeke, White, Redd, as by the warmth & heate, 
The humours moved were within the fame. 
Then Phcebus bid him put it in a fweate 5 
Which Vulcan ply de foe well, it grueall Red, 
Then was itt found, and caldfor drinke and bread. 

Stay f quoth ApHo) though itt call for mcate, 
Difgeftion yett is weeke, 'twill breede relapfe, 
By furfett, therefore ereyoulett itt eate , 
Some little exercife were good pcrhapps, 
Yett had itt broath alowde the ftrcngth to keepe, 
But when 'twas on his leggsit would fcarcc creepe. 

Sol fawe fome reliques left of th'ould difeafc, 
A folutine (quoth he) were good to clenfe, 
Withwhichthefickneflfehe didfo appeafe. 
Health made the Patyent fceke to make amenfc 5 
Who went away three weekes, then brought a Stone* 
That in proje&ion yefclded ten for one* 


The Hermtfs Tale. 4jp 

This did he Jay downe att Apollo's feete, 
And faid by curcing one th'haft faved three .• 
Which three in this one prefent joyntly meet?, 
OfFringthemfelves which are thine ownetothee. 
Be our Phyfitian, and as we growe old, 
Wcele bring enough to make new worlds of Gold* 

With that this Htrmite tookc me by the hand . 
And ledd me to his Cell 5 Loe here f quoth he) 
Could'ft thou but ftay, and truly underftand 
What thou now fceft, thou knowft this Myftcry* 

Iftajd, I/aw, Itrjdc^ and undtrBood^ 

A HtAv'nw Eaitb, aneverUJling good. 

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<D I S C^IT T I ^ 

of the Stone. 

T Hough Daphne Ay from Fhcebus bright. 
Yet fliall they both be one, 
And if you undcrftand this tight, 

You have our hidden Stene. 
For DAfhnt flic is fairc and white : 

But Volatile is fhe 5 
fhoebm a fixed God of might, 

And red as blood is he. 
Davhm is a Water Nymph, 

And hath of Moyfture ftore, 
Which Vhosbns doth, confumc with heate, 

And dryes her very fore. 
They being dryed into one. 

Of chriftall flood muft drinke, 
Till they beferought to a white Stone: 

Which wafli with Virgins inilke, 
So lenge untill they flow as wax, 

And no fume you c an fee, 
Then have you all you neede to aske, 

Praife Cod and thankfull be* 


itiiliiiiiii'iiiiiiiiiit . 

Thejlanding of the (jlajfe for the tyme of 
the Putrifadtion, & Congelation of 


THcGlaJfe with the Medicine muft ftand in the fyrc 
Forty dayes till it be Blackc in fight-, (defirc, 
Forty dayes in the BlacknefTc to (land he will 
And then forty dayes more, till itt be White, 
And thirty in the drying if thou lift to doe right; 
And then is the Sulphur pcrfe&ly Calcinate, 
Todrinkeuphismoyfturc for him, being preparate. 

In this tyme the Glajfe neither open nor fhutt, 
But ftill let him ftand all the aforcfaid dayes, 
Not once from the Furnace that ye take him upp * 
For by Cooling the Matter the Medicine decayes, 
Therefore you muft fire continue alwaycs, 
In one meafure and temperatenes of heate, 
Untill all be White, and the Sulphur compleate. 

This heate fufficeth for this principle one, 
Which is the cheife ground of Cur Secreus all, 
Without which Knowledg thou muft not make thcStwe r 
If thou labour thy ly fe tyme, not profper thou fhall, 
Therefore merry beware thou doe not fall. 
But firft truly learne, before thou beginne, 
And fo to true workeing thou fhah the better wynne. 

lii 3 Follow 


Folio w this Booke, and wander not afidc 
Out of the way, to the left hand, nor the right, 
But {freight betweene both direttly you guide 
Thy Worke, foe as I to thee doe write, 
For in this Booke I will thee plaincly excite, 
How thou ihaJt make the Philofophers Lead, 
That is Elixir to the White and the Redd. 

And then the Golden Oyle called Aurumfotdile, 
A Medicine moft marvelous to preferve Mans health, 
And of Tranfmutation the greateft that can bee, 
For in the fame Oyle is nothing but wealth 5 
Then glorious he is in the power of himfelfc: 
Fornoefickncflecan ftand where he is in place, 
Norpovertie dwell in the plcafures of his Face, 


Mnigma Wlofophicum. 

THcrc is no light, but what lives in the Smne% 
There is no Sunne^ but which is twice begotts 
Nature and Arte the Parents firft begonne : 
By Nature 'twas, but Nature pcrfefis not. 
Arte then what Nature left in hand doth take. 
And out of One a Twofold worke doth make. 

A Twofold worke doth make, but fuch a worke 
As doth admitt Divifon none at all 
(See here wherein the Secret moft doth lurke) 
Unleffe it be a {Mathematical!. 

It muft be Tm, yet make it One and One, 

And you do take the way to make it None. 

Lo here the Primar Secret of this K^irte , 
Contemne it not but underftand it right, 
Whofaikthtoattaine this form oft part, 
Shall never know Artes force nor Natures might. 

Nor yet have power of one- and One fo mixr. 

To make by pnefixt i one unfixidfixt. 

T>.T>. W^edman. 

4 2 4- 



From ThomasGharnock's 
oitone handwriting. 

Hen an hundreth & fourfcorc had run their 
Then fone after in fhort time & fpace 3 (race 
Blackncs began to (hew his Face, (in fyght 
But when a C. and L. had overcumde hyra 
He made him wafh hisFace white & bright 
Which unto me was a joyfull (yghtl 

Yet xx. at laft came in withgreate boft, 

And made both Black and White to flytheCoft. 

Written bj T» Charnock at tbeendofScotvs 
de Bufone. 

HEre in Gods name take thy reft, 
Quietly in thy warmc neft , 
For fo Cbarnecke thinks it beft, 
Ty 11 the Sune hathe runne Weft , 
Seaven tymes6oo. and 16. juft, 
Then this C£j?Wawake thou mufti 

Written \ 

Frdgments. ^1$ 

Written at the end of RIP LYE'S Camalena. 

ABoivte 653. I dare be bold, 
This Chyldttiall put on a Crownc of Gold $ 
Or at 6 $6. at the mofte, 
This C by Id {hall rule the rofte. 

OTher Frdgments pattered in the waft places of an Old 
Manufcrifty written with T. Charnocfc's own Hand. 

WEworkc this Workc of wonder, 
By Wayght, Meafurc and Number. 

WHen he is full Black then take fomc payne, 
To wafli him 7.ty mes in the water of J ourdayne. 


[Ro the tymc that he be Black and Ded, 
Wafh him 7 tymes, or he be pcrfeft Red, 

Nd when he is full Black then take fame payne, 
Towaflihymy.tyraesin the water of Jourdayne. 7 

\ ■ 

ANdwhen you fee hym perfeft Redd, 
Then take a ftone and knock him on the hedd. 

ANd when this Woman is brought a bed, 
Take the Chyld and knock hym on the hedd. 

CHA&NOCKB, 1573* 
— K ^ iSL 

jp,6 Fragments. 

PErfe&Whytcwill not be accomplished, 
UntiUithatb by ne twelve tymes circulated, 

Id eft. 
Six tymes Black, and vi. tymes Whyte. 

BEtwixttrue BIack,and true Why te 5 
Wyll appearcmany Gollcrs tofyght. 


BEtwixt Purgatory and Paradyfe, /*p ^ 

The Raigne-bows Callers will arife, r * • v->» 

BEtwixt Black and Why te fartayne, y X* C# 
The Pckokcs fcthcrs wyll appeare plainCi 

LOokc you conceive my words aright, 
And markc well this Which I have fedcj 
For Black is Ferment unto the Whyte, 
And Whyte fhalbeFermknt unto the Rede: 

WhtihlMvcrfawtilll had whjtthtrts ttponmjhttf. 


The soj/eare of my age. 


Fragments. j^ij 

In feme Copies I haye found thefe Verfes 
placed before Pearcc the Black Monk, 

upon the E L I X I R. 

AN and Woman God hath wrought, 
And full mykie fruite forth they brought, 
So multiplyeth the workcs of our heaven 
And yet come they but of one thing. (King 
Now quod Martin what may that be ? 
Theflithe of the Yearth fo fay we: 
Yearth it was, fomc Men would fay nay , 
And yet was it nether cleane yearth fand ne clay. 
But the feces of yearth it was of Colour grey, 
Which then turned to yearth as it on yearth lay. 
The Water turned to bludc to make man ftronge, 
The Ayrc and Fire was mcdled thcare amongc. 
How be Ay re and Fire quod Martin* 
Through the workcs of our Lord quod Martin* 
For the brightnes of the holy Ghoft is the Airc> 
And the lightnes that gafc lyfeisFyrc* 
Whcarc haft thowe goe too Scollc to learne all this ? 
For that thou fayeft is right true I wifle 5 
Andlfuppofe it in thic thought, 
That with iiii. Spirits it muft be wrought. 
Nay your Spirits are too wilde quotb ^Martin againe, 
Therefore I will not medic with them ccrtaine: 
I will have a Spirit made by kindc naturally, 
That will abide with every body kindly 5 
Such a Spirit could I macke quod Martini 
And yet men would hold y t but in vcyne. 

Kkk % And 

£ Z g Fragments. 

And yet of all workcs it is the beft, 

Left of Coft and moft fureft : 

For if it ftiould faile then were we done all, 

And therefore for the moft parfiteft worke we it call$ 

It is fo rich when it is wrought, 

Though all the world were turned to nought : 

As mennye rich bodyes agayn make would he, 

As ever were or ever fhould be. 

Take Earth of Earth, Earths Brother, &c. 

I" have feene an oldQoppy ofthefaid wr^ 
o/Pearce the Black Monk, to the end 

of which thefe following Verfes werejojned. 

NOW of this Matter derke and nothing clere, 
An Expoficion I doe mack here; 
Wherein. I charge y oufecre to be, 
That frencf ne foe doe yt fc 5 
Erthhyd within the bodies center is moft fine, 
Water of Wood MflTcll of Wine, 
For by the moyfter of the Grape, 
Thisccntrall Earth who can it take j 
It and Sercion do our Maiftry make , 
Foritfliall become k Mercuriall, 
And after that Effentiall. 
But now beware that you not faile, 
For then you loofe your grcate travaile, 
Whan you have drawne owte of the Gut% 
All the CWercttry that wyll come, 
Underftand that Lycowres three 
Inthat Jyfmwjf conteyned be 5 


Fragments. q.zp 

The firft is the Watur of ly fe Ardent, 
By Bath departed that is moft lent 5 
It burneth as Aquavite by live, 
And is called our Mercury attra&ive, 
Wherewith is made Earth Chriftallinc, 
Out of all Collours Metallyne: 
I fpeke no more thereof as yet , 
For in this worke we necde not it; 
Then runneth a Water after thilke, 
Litle in quantity white as mylkc 5 
Whych ys fpcrme or nature of our Stone ', 
That is carneftly fought of many one : 
For of Man, Bcfte, and every thynge, 
Spermc is there begynyng, 
Therefore we our Mercury do it call. 
Whych ys found here and there and over all. 
For wythout yt ys nothyng ly vyng, 
Wherefore yt ys in every thyng : 
Aswellinthyngsmoft precioufe, 
As in thyngs moft vyle and odious 5 
Of yt they have there firft nature, 
Thys moyfter to you as now is clere, 
Thys ys the Mercury that we call 
Vigctablc, Minerall and Animall : 
OurQuickfilverand our lac Virginia 
Our Water permanent forfooth yt ys 5 
Wyththys Water Mercuriall, 
We wafch the fylth Originall 
Of our Erth tyll yt be whyte, 
LykeaGummthat fioweth lytc, 
By dry fyre after that fchalecume 
Oyle whercwyth we make red Gumm .• ^ 
Wych ys our Tin&ure and our Sulfur vive 5 
The foule of Smrnt the Goldc of lifer 

Kkk 3 ©ur 


Our Tin&ure and our airy Gould, 
Wych before was never fo plaincly tould 5 
God graunt that I do no difpteafure 
To hym in fulfillyng your defirc. 

Now Elements be divided every one, 
Wyth thy s Oyle make red your Stont s 
O wre Gumms two then have fchall ye, 
Wythout the wych no Elixir may be. 
They go the Body and the Spirits betwixt, 
Wythowte the wych our Stm cannot be fixe, 
And makyth of hym in a lytle fpace, 
Two Elixirs by Gods Grace .• 
Whereby arc trewly altcrarc, 
All Metalline Bodies into a better ftate, 
Wyth Sol and Lum equall to be, 
Tohclpc us in our neceflitie. 
Now thanked be God moft gracious, 
Wych hath this Secret lent to us, 
Hys grace thcrcwyth to us he leave, 
To our Soulcs helth us for to raeve. 


Fragments, 431 

This following Fragment in fime copies J 
have found placed at the end of the 

aforegoing Expeftion of Pearce the Black 
Monke. In others, immediately before 

With Hk and with Hxc y Sec 

and bearing thit Tytie, 


TAkc Wyndc and Water, white and greene> 
And thereof draw a Ue Virgine 5 
Where fome it call a water cleere* 
The which water hath no Pccre 5 
And then make your Fier ftronger, 
When the white fume doth appeare 5 
Chaungc your Receiver and continue longer : 
And then (hall you fee come a Fire, 
Red as blood and full of Yrc. 
gupddicitur menftruum fietens 3 &folfhikfcfh$rHm*, 
In am fit neflra difftlutio, & congelatio. 
SMimatio, attra&io, & etiamflxatif, 
Mt Sulphur is n$3rirfvefolim tmtih 


q.]i Fragments. 

With hie and with h*c thus may ye do, 
As Husbandand Wife togcathcr them wed 5 
Put them in a chamber both two , 
And fhet faft the dore when they be abed. 
The woman is both wanton and wilde, 
With her husband (he cannot reft, 
Till flie have conceived a Child 5 
Of all his kin he ihall be beft. 
He is a Childe of the Elements 
Both byjpather and by Mother, si 
None fo worthy in prefencc , 
Not pcrfed Sol his owne Brother. 
Sol and Luna owe unto him obedience, 
And all that him necdes they to him bring, 
Saturne doth to him obefance, 
Howbcit he is next of his kinne : 
There is neither Emperour or Kinge, 
But ofhis prefence they would be glad, 
If he from them were one ycare wanting 5 
In their hearts they would be full fad. 
In riches he exceedeth all other, 
The Elements in him are fo even , 
Luna is his Sifter, and Sol is his Brother, 
His Father dwelleth among the planets feaven. 
Nulla virtus mineralibtts where ihall we him feeke, 
Sit tibifrincipium principle Counccll we muft it keq>c 
Reperitur nbifo localis by way in every ftreete. 


Fragments. a^ 

(tAn other Qonclufion* 

FIrft Calcine and after Putrefie, 
Diflblvc, diftill, fublime, difcend and fix 
With Aquavit* oftymes wafh and dry ; 
And make a marriage of Body & Soul theSpirit betwixtt 
Which thus together naturally if ye cannot mix, 
Then fliall the Body utterly dye in the flix. 
Bleeding and changing Collours as ye fhallfce, 
In bus and nuhi he fhall uprife and defcend 5 
Firft up to the Moonc and after up to the Sun, 
Oncly fhipped within a litle glafen Tunnc- 
When he commeth thether,then is all theMaiftry wonne, 
About which Journey great goods ye fliall not fpend, 
And ye (hall be Glad that ever it was begun 5 
Patiently if ye lift, to your worke to attend. 
Who fo fhall our Pearle and our Ruby make, 
Our Principle let him not for fake, 
For at the beginning if his Principle be trcw, 
And that he can by craft fo him balkc ; 
Trewly at the end his Worke (hall him not re w. 

Lll The 

2^4. Fragments. 


/ '■ ■ ■ '< 

The whole Scyence. 

Here is a bodi of a Bodi, 
And a Soule and a Spry te, 
Wyth two Bodycs muft be knete. 

There ben two Erthys as I the telle, 
And two Waters wyth hem do dwellc % 
The ton ys Why te the tother is Red, 
To quick the Bodies that ben ded. 

And oon Fyrc in Nature y hydd, 
Arid oon Ay re with hem that doth the^dcde* 
And all hyt commeth out of onn kyndc, 
Marke thys well Man and beare yt yn mynde. 

1 Ake Mercury from Mercury which is his wyfe, 
— For Mercury wife to Mercury maketh greate ftryfe i 
But Mercury s wyfes Wyf c , 
To Mercury maketh no ftryfe, 

AND thou wed OMercury to Mercury with her wy fe, 
Then fhall Mercury and uuercury be merry with- 

(outen ftryfe: 
For Mercuries Wyft'to Mercury maketh greate ftryfe, 
But Mercuries wy fe s wyfc to Mercury maketh no ftryf. 

A- » 

Fragments* a™ 

ARidle to you I will propofe, 
Of a Comon thing which raoft men knowes, 
Which now in the Earth very reefe doth grow, 
,But is of fmall Price as all men fcnow^ 
And that without roote, ftalkc or feede, 
Wherewith of his kinde another to brecde : 
Yet of that nature, that it cannot ccafe, 
If you plant it by pceces it felfe to increafe , 
Right heavy by kinde, yet forced to fly, 
Starke nought in the purfe, yet good in the Eye, 
This fomething is nothing which fcemcth full ftrange, 
Having tafted the fire which maketh the change: 
And hath many Collours yet fhewethbut one, 
This is the materiall of our S To N E. 

I Asked Philofophy how I fliould 
Have of her the thing I would, 
She anfwered me when I was able, 
To make the Water malliable, 
Or elfe the way if I could findc, 
To mefure out a yard of Winde > 
Then ihalt thou have thyne owne defire, 
When thou canft weigh an ounce of Fire.* 
Unleffe that thou canft doe thefc three , 
Content thy felfe, thou get'ft not rac. 

LII2 Lee 

a^6 Fragments. 

LEt the old man drinkc wine till he piffe: 
The meanes to the bleft Stone is : 
And in that menftrous water drowne, 
The radiant brightnes of the Moone* 
Then caft the Sun into her lapp, 
That both may perifh at aclapp. 
Soefhall you have your full defire, 
When you revive them both by Fire. 

IF ye wolle to hys Medycyn aplye, 
Make furft hevy, hard, hotte and drye : 
Nefjthe, lyght, cold and wete, 
Put ham togeder and make ham mete, 
Thus may ye fpettd mor thann the King, 
Yf ye have conny ng of fuchc a thy nge . 

IF thou the Fixid can diffblve, 
And that Diffblv'd doeft caufe to fly, 
That Flying then to Fixing bring, £ 

Then maift thou live moft happily. 




*********** "*f** *********** 





Some part of the preceding VVorke. 

Pag,<Uin. i . TO t^e f) ono} of <!5oti 

Rom the firft word of this Trocmc, and the Initiall letters o£ 
the /*x following Chapters (difcovered by AcromonofiUa- 
biques and SiUabiquetAcrofliques) we may colled the Au» 
tbors Name and place of Refidence : For thofe Utters , 
(together with the fir/f line oi the feventh Chapter) fpeak 

Comas j&otfonoftttifetoj 

3t parfet Rafter ?e mats i)tmt205toc. 

Such like Fancies were the refuits of the wifdome and humility of the Aunci- 
cntl! kilo fopbers, (who when they intended not an abfolute concealement of 
Per fons, Names, Miseries, &c.) were wont to hide them by Tranjpoftions, 
Acroftiques,Ifogrmm*tiques 3 Sympboniaques, and the tyke, (which the Search- 
ing Sens oiArte might poffibly unridle, but) with defigne to continue them 
to others, as concealed things 5 And that upon the Queftion no other An- 
fwer mould be returnedjthen the like of the (a) Angelas to tftanoah. \HU name ( a \ w* 1 ^~ 
vpm Teli, to wit, admirable and fecrtt."] j g. 

In imitation of wbome, tis probable our Author (not fo much affeAkg 
the vanity of a Name as to afiift the lovers of Wifdome) thus modefily and in- 
gemoufly unvailes himfelfe ; Although to the generality of the world he meant 
to paffe mfytome, as appeares by his owne words : 

(b) f $ t^at 3 DeOi* Hot XDojifcty fame, (b) Nort.Ordi- 

10 at pear gooD pwpcr s ttn&no&jne ftaU be mp name. »*//. pag. 6. 

(c) John Pitts from Iohn Bale, and (d) he from Robert Record, relates, that (c) VeiUufir. 
&is tbomss Norton, was Alcbymifta fuo tempore peritifiimus, and much more 
curious in the Studies otPbilofopby then others, yet they pane fome undecent pag. 666. 
and abafiVc Gwfnret upon him, wkb reference to this iw»e «ni frivolous (d) J) c Script. 

Lll 5 Stmts Br*€entAi.f, 67. 


Science, as they areple^'d to tcarme it, (and a better opinion I find not they 
had even of the Hermetic^ learning it felfe.) Indeed, every one that is educa- 
ted a Scboller, is not borne to aff.ft or be happv in every Art, Tome love one, 
-.;• fome another but few tAll, And this arifeth from the various Ivfluenctt of 

the Stzrrs, which beget fundry Inclinations and e/lffsftions in Men,' according 
to the different Confiitutions and Temperatures of their bodies 5 fo thit com-- 
monly what either a man docs not affeSt, otfyim^htdefpifes or cendemnes, 
yet feldome with any (hew otRcafon. But it is no good Conclufion for Blinde 
men to affirme the Sun has no light, becaufe they were never fo happy as to fee 
it. For though thy felfe (faith Conmatb) art ignorant of a Matter, 'tis not de- 
nied to others to know the fame. However, our ^Author was fo happy as to 
e) Ori.p.|$. become a OHtfier of this Science very early : which he learned in (e) forty dayes. 
anoV when he was 

Or din. p. 88. (f) g> eantlp of t%z age of t&entp t i$t grates, 

He earneftly moved his Mafter (who is generally thought to be Ripley) to 
communicate the Red Medicine to him, which after fome tyme (finding him 
capable of it) he accordingly did. 

Much more might be faid in Honour of this Author, but I refer the Reader t© 
the Ordinall it felfe, which will abundantly fatisfie. 

Befides this worke (which is called both by Pitts and Bale, Ephomtn AUby 
ram, but by himfelfe 

, „ .. „ (g) garnet) of 3Mfcfm£jfte iDrfcteail, 

g ; ottam. p^e CreSe mftt, t^e <§> tantat & perpstttatt) 

pag-9- He wrote another Booke Ve tranfmutatione Metallorum 5 and to thefe 

h) Pa<* 666. ' W Pmj " adds a thircI ^ L ^ e Pbilofopbko. 

In the time of Hen 8. there flouriihed Nyne Brothers of the family of the 

NorwwandallKwg^oneofthem (Viz.; Sir Samp fon Norton, Mafter o£ 
fl Iftver's fan ^^ rdmnce t0 the{aid K'«& ^an G/jfaof greate Hrawr,and not ufualiy con- 
Mr. fo. 52/ ' ^ d b " C , u t° n ^ en Vtt J« w " B fO [y« bur jf<* m (0 Fiifowi Cftmfr nere Ira- 
> °- dm, whofe r«m£c was adorned with feverall Hermetic^ Hieroglipbicall paint- 
ings, which have lately periflit by the Ignorant \eale of thofe that understood 
them not. 

The Epitaph this. 
aOf t?o&r petite ptty for tfa j&oufecf &tr Sampfon Norton 
*iuug^t,iate#aSeref W Ordinance of S»am, toi&) ftfog 
Henry tfce 8*§ atlO f ov tfa jg)Ottie Of £>ame Elizabyth &£$ fcm§F. 

B%cl; ^it Sampfon t)ccc(Tfl> tye epgfet& sag of ^rbr«arv 
one tijoutano ft* fctwovea a«o feUatee a. 

Pag. 1 i.l.7- Cijat tro #an s for better nefot footfe, 

Change mp amtfiigfor&reDe of dSoogcittfe* 

DeuMeffe Afcrwii was truly fenfible of the highjnjuries done toltarued men 
through the ErroxtcusTranfcripthns of their &%/ 3 and had mated in the 
unimaginable misfortune which thereby befell the then Students in yVlofopbj, 
for he lived in thofe tymes that could not afford him the ufe of arty other 



Bookes fare oiidy Manufcripts (priming having not ierved an Apprentithip to k)The6rftjPmi- 
Engjhnd(k) when he wrote this Oridinatt)8c in that regard he layes this weighty ting-Freffe was 
charge upon unfaithfull ttrifo vho negligently ot wilfully alter their Cc/y, fetup in Wefi- 
whereby the warieft Studennxe encombred mthdwbts&nd mifled,or plunged min. Abbey by 
into unhappy Errorf. ] Symmlflip, 

How ordinary a fault this was amongft the Tranfcribers of former times An. 1471 and 
may appeare byCbaucer, who (1 am confident) tooke asgreate care as any man William Caxton 
to be ierved with the beft and heedefulleft Scribes, and yet we finde him com- the firft that 
playning againft Adam his Scrivener for the very fame : practifed it 

(1) £>oofteatjape 3B motets tojojfeerenefo), See Straw 

31 1 1 C Direct ano efee to r ttb be ant> (crape, s«rv. ? 2 ?. 

31ud all is tfyoiote tljp neglesetice an* rape, 1) chamr to 

But as in other Ami zndSciences the fault is fcarce pardonable, fo cheifly bU Scrivener. 
in Hermetqtx learning, where the Injury may prove irreparable, 

(m) Htft ttyattBgiita of fome one billable, m ) orip.x 1- 

£^ ag make t^isf l^ofee twpsofftable. 

Pag.jj.i.ij- Hf3Bfl)ttlT)e&)rite31 Wtem^ feattp breafe 

Cljcrcfoje^outlj to £9 out!; J ttmft nee^es fpealie. 

THisispart of the letter which Norton's Matter wrote when he invited 
him to come and receive the Secret by mrdcf&ioutb, far without breach of 
hisOdffeJie dutft not commit it to writing, left he might cafl the Children* 
$rcad to Voggs. 

In like manner tAri/lotle refufedto communicate to Alexander by Letter s 
things apperteyning to thlsMiftery, untill zperfotiall meeting might allow him 
to do it viva voce:, for thus writes Lydgate out of Arifiotlcs Seer eta fecretorum. 

Cfcere be decree* of ^atcrte ijtl> an& foSot, 
!£2fein iftaton concttyt) anfe fceree, 
TOtyt)} Alyfandre beffreofo; toftnotees 
®t Ariftotles a eert^n prebitee , 
ifrat fpf etfiefc cioo0 in \)$m fyiff feept %t, 
^tycb&asMape&ofgrete proot&ettce, 
^liije ^mftlff came to bt'0pref ence. 

And this was for fear hhWritings mould come to the view of fuch whofe£)e r G 
were not worthy the perufall of iofublime Secrets, and thereby furYer under the ^* 2 ' 
contempt of the prophane Vulgar, ox by wicked men L-eabufedto wic\edufes. 
/For a Secret discovered will not faile of doing Injuryto one party other) 
which (if by his meanes it mould happen,) might render him CrimiuU before 
<jod, and zprefumptuous violator of the. G&lcfliaU Sealer 

However theauneient Pbilofopbers have-' ufed writings , and they as well 
obfeure as obviotu. whereby the Ignorant might be more Ignorant, but the Wife ««- G br.. 
derftmiituLprejitt^tbe one be deceived, the other <*/«?•&/: And like Ariflotle who 
(publiminghisy^ro?w«fw//P/yt/p//»e and) being therefore taxed by Akx- 
tnder (becaufe he alone had learned them of him) anfwered Sefcritfitfc, &* 

C44- ) 

nMifmpfijjC} edidijfe pidem fcdlegentibu* non inietligtntibm. 'They have taken 
much patxies by o/fcnjgmaticalland Parabolkall difcoveries {'according to cheic 
arfe&ed Ideoms) to point out the 7?bilofcphcrs Mercury, andf with an wuvocatt 
confentj aflerted the wonderous operations of an tAgent and Patient united 
Anonymi. but we'wuft not loo\e for the Name oftb&t in plainc words wbitb bitberto never, 
my man durji name: For that they have lockcup in fir into pectoris, and pur- 
pofely deprived ofligbt. 

Their chiefeft ftudy was to wrap up their Secrets in Fables, and fpin out 
their Fancies in Vdiles w.djbadows ,whok Radii feems to extend every way, 
yet fojthat they all meete in a Common Center, and point onely at One thing. 

o) cbauc, ProL ° ) ^ nT> #w* n »*ote tfcat ebett Cfcangcljff, 

to his owne Cftattelfetfc titf-tfee gains of JSefo Cljrift. 

Xtk. ifrefagt^ not ai titf ng a* ftt* felioS» oetfee, 

10 tit my t^e ieffe $g* Sentence i$ ail Cot^. 
SNio a*i accotfcen in!)«r jS)ente»ee> 
3L! be therein ijer telling oif er ence. 
iFo? feme of^etn famemoje ant) fomeleffe, 
C&Ijen tijei l)i £ Qinom pafeion ejepr eO>« 
3R meane of #at&49ati)eto£lukean&3!ofyi, 
H5ut Doubtleffe^etr Sentence ig .all one. 
pj Z?e cbim. And to this efFed is that of Count Trevifan. (p) He that well under (lands the 

Mr. fecunda PhilofophersJMJSmle tbey agree in all things, but fucb as ire not the Sonns of 
pars Pa*. 28. Art will tbinfi tbty clajb mojlfouly. 

Pag.55 .1 .1 j. $® tfie i&eire unto ti)i$ %x% 

3 frill ton roafee— » 

THere has ever beenea continued Sueccfiion of Pbilofopbers in all e/4g«", al- 
though the beedleffe world hath feldome taken notice of them 5 For the 
Auncients ufualiy (before they dyed) ^Adopted one or other for their Sonns y 
whom they knew well fitted with fuch like qualities, as are fett downe in the 
letter thx. Hor tort sM after wrote to him when he fent to make him his Heire 
unto this Science. And otherwife then for pure vermes fake, let no man ex- 
pect to attaine it, or as in the cafe of Tonfile, 

q ; Or din. %) ^ej^tejaf^&tUtttsfccnoftoje, 

Pag.4 1 . $Matni£ to fcifriofe it, tfcat &a£ tuber oone before- 

Rewards nor Terrors ("be they never fo Munificent or Vreaifull) can wreft 
r) w/rfpag. J J. thts/iecrrt out of the bofome of aPbilofopber.zmongfk others, witnefle (r)r^w»tff 

Now under what 7>ci and Ingagements this Store* is ufualiy delivered^ 
fwhen beftowed by word of moutb) may appeare in the weighty Obligations 
oifthat 04^ which Cbanwck toolje before he obtained it , for thus fpake his 
Pftzfle? to him : 



tfi Will tm» Mtt) mee to $0 o?rolio be content ^)Bw. of P£*\ 

jfatt^fuH^ toieeeibe tye bieffefc Sacrament te/*.cap.?. 

^pont^(0£>at^t^at3I fljall^eregoa gibe, 
^f o; »e 45 olD tie j&tlber as long a0 £a& Itbe, 
ifteitycr fejiobe poti bears toS»art>0 poor &tntte, 
j$c££et to no great Jflpati pjefermeRt to wirme, 
fCbatpoufcifdofe tfje ^etret tfeat 31 fball pon tsacJj, 
ffizitiMtyMtiting, ttofrbvnofagft jbpeecijes 
IBut oneip to tym Sw^tcb ^ou be fare, 
Ik art? ebcr teatcbeo after t te &ctvzt$ cf B attire, 
Co ^im pon map r efceale tbe ^ecreW of tljte Srte, 
^Snber t\)t Ccbertng of & lyil of op*jjc before ttytef ^toilb^ee 

And this 0<«fc he charged him to keepe Faithfully and without Violation. 

x) ^jertje fyon$>t to befabeb from tfjepttt of l£cH. r) Ghap.ibia. 

And if it fo fell out, that they met not with any, whome they conceived in 
all refpe&s worthy of thtk Adoption ^Qthey then refigned it into tkc bands of God, $) Or£'plg»37« 
who beft knew where to beftow ic.However,they feldome left the World before 
they left fome mitten Legacy behind them, which (being the ijfue of their 
Braine) ftood in roomeand place of Children, and becomes to us both Pd- 
rent TUidScboQlraafler, throughout which they were fo univerfally \inde, as to 
call all Students by the deare and affectionate Tytle of Sons (t J (Hemes giving t) in 'PflBlttt* 
the firft Prefident) wifliing all were fuch 3 that take the paines to tread their 
Fathers fteppsj and induftrioully follow the Rules and Dictates they mad* 
over to pofterhy,and wherein they faithfully difcovered the whole Mjflery * 

u) %$ lawftttfp a0 bv tljeir fealtp ttyt map, \x)OrMn, pa«i«. 

IB % ipeence of t^c ojeafcf nil 31 ttfcge at Borneo t>a^ 

In thefc Legitimate Children they lived longer then in thth Adopted Sonsfot 
though thefe certainly perifhed in an Age, vex their Writings fas if when they 
dyed their Souls had beenTranfmigrated into them)feemed as Immot wB 3 enougb 
at leaft to perpetuate their Memories, ii\} Time mould be no more. And to be 
the Father of fueh Sons, is fin my Opinion) a moft noble happinefle. 

w) Let domes get Heires, and Wealth ', when I am gone, w) Rand.T!ocmt 

And the greate Bugbear egri fly death pig«6$ • 

Shall fnatch this Idle breath, 
If la Poem leave, that Poem ts my Son. 

p ag 34. li-3 J. 3 maoa alfo tfje mtviv of tyfe, 

i m%i<b me bereft a £0 arcijaunt'0 m%U. 

THt Conjecture has much of probability in it which fpeakes this the Wife of 
Will, Cannings, who was U zymes Major of ErifloH, contemporary wicbi 
Norton, and whole wealth was farr beyond the beft of thole tymes, as appeares 

Mmm by 


" by that notable Worke of his in building Stmt Miry ofRadtiiff without the 
" Walls of Briftoll, into which Cbmb there is a Stately afcent upon many 
« tfwiw, fo large wkhall 3 fo finely and curioufly wrought, with an arched 
« Roofe over head of ftone, artificially tmbowedj a Steeple alfo of an exceeding 
aJ'2*W. f , « height, that all the parifticftttwifct in England which hitherto I have feene 
a? * 7 . cc ('faith judicious (a) Camden) in my judgement it furpaffeth many degrees. 

h) Camb.Brit. The hidWiUim earnings aifo(^ Inftmttd 3 (lfaacfin faith very much (e) 
fo, a? 8. augmented) the Cfl&%e of Weftbury neere BW/f&ff (not Jong before (d) foun- 

c)'£fom dcdbyjfifr» Carpenter, Bifhop of Worcester) and in bis old age tooke upon 

fo. 467. bim the Sacer detail fkn8iw and became Ztof thereof, 

d) Go^.pag- 
3*7. #»* DeMsat Teuxbury Ufi:## fceafc 

$4.5&t7*47* \7\7 IthIntW0(ia y e$afl:erthe W v i&°*1 which EafaMte^wfc obteyned 
▼' V ow et^eene Margaret 2t\dPrince Edvf (the Wife znd Son o( Henry the 

K^attheearneltlolicitationota'Jfnr/jwno witnltood nis entrance into; 
Church, whither Hee and many more were fled for SanMmry, till the faid 
Pardon was obteyned. A juft punifhment for betraying fo honeft a PhUofa 
pberzs Valton into the hands of fo imminent danger, as the Su/ry at the iattes 
end oft hefecofid PflfJftT mentions. 

SCTi ! 1 ' i — ! ft 3 

Pag.39.11.1. TonfileSjajffHU/abmivctmt^e jflrc. 

THe great Letter E fet in pi. 6. wherein thzGryfoon h? cut,mouid have been 
placed the firfb Lerttr of the Lint: But this miftake was comitted in my 
abfencefrom the Preffe, for which thcTrinter beggs pardon, as alfo the Es- 
paverfa giving the ^rj^Wf hinder Fectf, thofe cUwt $nes of a H<?£g, inftead 
fcf the tinguedpams of a I/orr. 

What was contained within the lower compafle of the faid F. which in 
the Origfaatt Manufcrip was like a Capitall Secretary T. feemes fin my judge- 
ment) a Coateoi Ames, toe although k was not drawne in the forme of a 
fbield or Scwbeon^ yet within the compare of the Letter (which I take to be 
the field) was A%ure 3 a Gryphon Rawpm, w*th Wings delayed, Argent. But 
to whatFiw'i/ it belongs I cannot yet learne* 

Pa. s *•!* * . Brifc S»i)Oft ^arname atyen tlje disuse of C ogne wag Jjas. 

2) Atk 1 46$. "TpHis alteration of our EnglijbCeyne was in the fgjfth. of Edmrd the 4tk 

J[ the value of Money at one rife was never fo great before or lincejfor he 

h)Ston» Annal ma de of an (b) eld Noble of Gold a RjtfC, and from the value of 6 s v 8 d. with 

.^i^SHry. 46.adding 8. d. in allay x^td it to 10 s. (and fo other Coynes in like proportion) 

and yet that Nfi&teivas by H. 4. made 4 d. in value lefie then the Rofe Hobit 


of Six* MUtf Aa ^, x |H« ** &) Sold ^hereof as is aftoed <%fal|; en**.**. 

unwritten-verity) was made by Projection or Multiplication AlcbimicaU of &»'- pag . l7 v 
cc mftWi i L»I/>, in the Twer of twfon, and befides the Tradition, the Inscription K s * 
«« is fome proofe, for as upon the one fide there is the %ings Image upon a j% 
« to notifie that he was Lord of the Seas, with this title fee upon the reverfe, a 
»c ctofltfiMfX with Lioneux, inferibed, Ie(»s 4«ft>» tranftens per medium eorum 
« ifot, that is, as Jefus paflfed invifible and in moft fecret manner by the midft 
£C of ibirifes, fo that Gold was made by invifible and fecret An midft: the Ig* 
mnnt, Mayerm conffrmes this, and faith Qi) Raymond made moft pure Gold k ) S/m&.*ht. 
in the fower which is ye* called Raymonds noble, obr\\i fummaqi indicatura,P*g>4 1 *' 
fome of which himfelf had feen.Tis alfo worth ebferving that^)there was noU Camb.Rem. 
Gold coyned in England before the faid Edward the third's Reigne An. 144$. P a g- 172 - . 
& Raymond Lully was long in England before that, for (m) An. 1 5 3 2. he wrote w)See the rat- 
bis rf/fown*m Nw/jffwww in §tyfeftfar&* Cfo*refr neere the Ttwer of London, ter end of his 
andZtetoci it fwith other of his #>fc«) to Edmrd the third, and it may be TeflMto 
pie-fumed he was fome while there before he wrote the fame: For, that he was 
brought over by Cremer Abbot of Weftminfter , afterwards made knowne to the 
King, and didfurniihhim with much Gold, as /hall appeare hereafter in the 
Annotations upon l&f$»ealilHt&. 

"_ . 

Pa.6ili7 ^tttt^et^dfe^iftcitf amons ^cteiiceflfaii 
-£ojt^c ^elpc of t%\9%xtt, if* ^agic& ttattttaU, 

IUdiciall Aftrologie is the ltyy of Haturall Magtc\, and N««f all VAagic\ thfc 
Z)oo« that leads to this Bleffed Stone. 

Howbeit, the Ignorance and Malice of fome times, and the' common Cuftome 
of ours has moft falfly and abufively called Necromancy (and what other Arts 
are raifed from the DoSi-ine of Vivcls,) Magick ; without affording that jufc 
and due diftinction which ought to be made betweene them: and what grea- 
ter Injury to learning then without Dift in ftion to confound Laudable tyoitm 
Udie, withwhatisJ^iow and Z)evilifb> For, if there be any thing in 
(what we call j Magick , other then a (canbivgino tbofe bidden venues which 
God in beenpleas'd to beftow upon created things ('though clofcly Iockt up by the 
generallCurfe) whereby we may aptly and naturally apply Agents toPatients, I fay, 
if in it there be any thing elfe, they are only §abdl\falfeboods that melter and 
fhroud themfelvs under that Tytlc.znA which would gladly beefteemed Leaves 
of that Plant, from whofe Root they never fpmng* And therefore is it not 
leffe abfurd, then ftrange, toffee how fome Men (who would have the World 
account them learned, and whome I beleive to be fo learned, as to have read 
and found what Latitude is due to the word Magm , how it is accepted by ,the 
tfudmow, and what a vaft difference there is, betweene the VoBrine of aM<«- 
gicien, and the abufe of the Word) will not forbeare toranke True Magicians 
with Conjurers, Necromancers and Witches (thofe geand Impoftors) who(n)vi« n) Ttrieel.dt. 
clently intrude themfelves into Magicb^ m if Swine fhould enter into a f aire and de- occult Phil, cap, 
licatc Garden, andfbeingin league with the Vevill) make ufe of his Affi- u. 
ftance in their wor\es, to counterfeit and corrupt the admiral! wifdome of the 
' Magi, betweene whom there is as large a difference as betweene Angels and 
Devils Mm mi The 


The Mi^here intended,and which I ftnVe to "VindksittMyVivifteXrue, 
9) Giff.Gm'hs.°f tl teM / ifdQmQ(Naiure t 8L indeed comprehedeth the whokPbilofopby c f 'Nature \ 
pag.66* fcein 8 00 3 Tcrfecl knowledge of the mrfa ofGod,and tbeirEffeols. h is that* 

p) Bac.adv. fo, wjuch {p)reduces all naturall Phiiofophy /row variety of Speculations to the mag- 
3$. nitude of workes, and (q) wbofc Mifteries are far greater then the naturall Phy- 

q) Dr.Getis lofophy now in ufeand reputation will reach unto. For by the bare application of 
%erm.i6<)0> Aftives to TaJJives it is able to exercife a kind of Empire over Nature , and 
worke wonders z and 'tis from the ignorance of fueh marvelous Operations 
that the Tgnoram, {vi\ the molt learned in other thiugs (as well as the lllite- 
rate) if they be not learned in this,) either by an unwarrantable adoration e- 
fleeme them as Miracles, which onely are the worlds of Naturall or Mathe- 
matical Philofophy: or'elie (which is an Erf our as wide on the left hand,) forth-' 
with cenfure and flander thofe truly Naturall as Diabolically becaule Wonder- 
ACm I 2 7 ^ ^ r47 ^ e and he Y ond the r^w&e of their Apprebcnfions. The latter of which 
rjwn.l . $/ . Qjightas- well fay fr) ^frftr praftifing to make his Lambs of a P/d Colour 
was performed by the afliftance or miniftry of the Devill, and as well con- 
demnethe ufe of Pbific^y becaufe the Devill has taught Witches divers harm- 
full and uncharitable tifes of Herbs, Miner alls, Excrements, &c. 

And as in fome dull ages, and among fome Groffe Spirits it has proved dan- 
gerous to be Learned, Witm flfe our Renowned .Roger Bacbon, whom (To- 
gether with Artepheus,Arnold,de villa nova,who were Tbilofopbers of known re- 
$)De TrejHgw? ut ^' lon & credit) fs)// 7 /^ reckons among theP ephmiingenii homines (t)all 
Dam. w ^ Worses fairely written and well bound 3 were by Religion pretending Sciolifts 
pag.140. dm ^ ™ Vevilifb, vHtb long Nailes through them fajfned to des\s in the Francifcan 

t) Hcldcnpref Library at Oxford ,zrid there with Duft and Moths confumed : Even fo our other 
toHopt.Concord^ mmsCountr y- mm profound Ripley-} was alio abufed, ( u ) who after hh 
a) Bale Cent.S. Mb bfaid to have been branded with the name of a Necromancer. PopeSUveker 
M.631 the fecondpiC'd. for a Magician (in the worft fence) becaufe he underftood 

Geometry , and about 1 fo. yeares agoe (To blind an age was it,) that to know 
Gree\e and Necromancy were one and the fame thing, in opinion of the Il» 
#*fWe.However,iet the Ignorant fcoffe and attribute that to Deceipt and IlluB&n 
which is the proper worke of Nature produced by exquifite knowledge^ lam 
confident the ingenoufly learned will approve and admire it. 

But to teare ofi'that ugly vizard which Envy has placed before the Pace of 
{o Divine beauty, and to make way for the meaning of our Author, I thinke 
k necefiary (in thefuft place,) that I touch upon the Word, that gives a name 
to the Projectors 3 

And that is Magus ('primitively a Perfiatt word) which onely iignifies or 
imports a C^Umpiat or of Heavenly and Divine Sciences, a (iudious Obferver r 
w) an expounder of Divine things, a name ('faith (wj Marcellus Ficinus) gratious-in 
57 J« tbegofpel^notpgnifyivga Witch or a Conjurer, but a wife man and a Trieff. 

And in truth a true Magician, acknowledges God,to be the true Caufe and Gi- 
ver of life and vertuc to Nature, and all Naturall things, of the Qui{ts of 
x) Magiapra* which tfciags (u alfo of (x) Divine) is the whole fcope and effefi of all their 
sipua&pars Writings and Difcourfes : 

Tbcologia. In the Next place,that I give the Definition of Magic\ (becaufe zs(y)Myran~ 

y)T/c.M/» Mifayes) it is an Art winch few under (f and and many reprehend, and therefore 

§k " of neceflicy to be clearly evinced:) Receive it from a learned hand 1 

..yoHle finds it worth your ©bfemnee. ~ M& 


&tagick> hi tb* Connexion ofnaturall Agents and Patients, anfwerable each to 
ether, wrought by a wife Man to the bringing forth of fucbeff eels m are wonder full 
to thofe that \mw not their cau[es<Thu$ Hee. Taracelfa called it (z) a moji fecret z) T>e Occult, 
and hidden Scyenceoffupematurall things in the Earth, tint whatfoever is impefti- JPM.cap.i i. 
bit to be found out by mans Reafon way by this Art. And Jhortly after to cleere 
it from imputations adds, that iis in it felfe mofl pure and not defiled with Ce- 
rimonies nor Conjurations at Necromancy is. 

Agreeable to both (but more copioufly delivered) is that of (Jorn : A" 
grippa, who affirmes, (aj Magic\ to containe the profoitndeft ■Contemplation of moji z) Ve occult. 
fecret things, together with the nature^ power, quality, fub/lame,and vctues thereof, PbilMh. * . 
vsatfo the knowledge of whole nature: That inftrutifs m concerning the difference 
and agreement, of things amongft tbemfelves, whence it produceth its wonder.' 
fullcffetils, by uniting the venues of thingt through the applicatiotL-of^em 
one to the other, and to their inferionr futable Subjects, jcynivg and knitting 
them together throughly by the powers and venues offuperiour Bodies. This 
briefly is an account of ihaiLearning, whofe Operations and Effetits (being fuli 
of Miseries) was by the Ancients efteemed as the higheft and facred Pkylofo- 
pbiejthe fountaine of zWgood doUrine: Animadverts (faith Tliny) fummum Liter a* 
rumrU f ititem,ghrianqii:,cxlucfcientii amiquims, &* penes femperpetitam. 

What hath been hitherto faid, will not (I prefume) offend the E&res of the 
moft Pious y for here is no Incantations, no Words, no Circles, no Charmes, no 
other fragments oi invented Fopperies 5 nor needs there any : Nature (with 
whom true Magicians only deale) can worke without them, me findes Matter, 
and they Att 3 to helpe and affift Her,and here's 1AII. 

To inibnee the Generation of Froggs, Lyce, Wormes, Infcfts, &c. The 
worke of a Philosopher is therein onely to (b) tfrengthen the Seeds of Nature 3 , 
(for lhe alone Workes) and fo to quicken them that they haften the worke of b )' 
Generation /'and by fuchmeanes Tho* Aquinas fuppofes Pharos Magitwu, pro- wg-cap.M* 
duced Froggs) infomuch as it feems to the Ignorant not to be the Wor^e of 
N<tt«re, (that ufually operates mere leafurelyj rather the Power of the Vevill. 
But they who are learned in thofe Arts, marvell not at fach working,but Glo- 
rifie the Creator. To whole Honour alone thefe Operations muft chiefly 
tendjor(c)keisbejlpraifed in his worses, and we knowing him in and by thefe c ) Dz-Gells 
vifable things, may through fuch knowledge underftand his more Secret and Serm.i6so. 
Invifible things, and thereby be better inabled to Glorifie him, then men 

Now I deny that any meafure of underftanding, innaturatt Magic\, how 
large foever, or the utmoft and ^artheft fearch we can poflibly make into that 
pure and primitive knowledge of Nature, to be a prying in:o thofe Hidden Se* 
eretSi which God would have concealed and ranked among the number and 
nature of thofejhings he has prohibited us to' fearch into, (as 1 know there are 
that will tell you it is, and they fuch as weare the Coat\ and would be loath to 
want the reputation of ScbolUri) And this is fully manifested from tAdam,, 
who (d) before his Fall was fo abfolute a Philofopber, that he fully'underftood d) Gcn«i.v.i^. 
the true and pur* knowledge of Nature (which is no other then what we call 20. 
NaturallMagic\) in the higheft degree of Perfection, infomuch, that bjrthe 
K&ht thereofjUpon the prefent view-ofthe£VftttMWJ he perfectly knew theirATrf- 
Mr«,and was as able to beftow names futable to their Qualities and Properties, 

Maim 3 For 


For, This was a larger and cicercr Ry of the light of &aturc>the* ail the 

induftry of man (fince the Fall) was able to hope for or attaine unto, and (to 

atteft the allowance) beftowed up6n him by God himfelfe : Nor was it this 

Naturall knowledg that introduced his Fall, or can be any Offence or Sin in us 

(were it pofliblejto arrive at his TtvJc8im.Ho certain! yMd&ms tranfgreffion 

e JBac advance f for wh > h , he ^0 was of a higher Nrftere ; [even ^ proud inquiry into the/W 

merit- /J , hnowlcdeo{goodandeviU,whhnolej]c intenttbcntomake a mall defctiim from 

mem , /*/. 5. GwUji depend wholly upon bimfelfe and bis freewill.-] { F 

4 *' Befides, tis worthy Qbfervation,that God in conftituting Me^ to be zGover- 

nor over his owne people, feemed as willing to make choyce of fuch a one for 

that high Office, as was (f) learned in all the Sciences, then in requeft with the 

Egyptians, among vihomMaghk was the cbiefe. And we find that upon Sale- 

mon's Prayer to god fotWtfiome he granted him a Heart &$ Urge m the Sea 

and therein lodged fo greate knowledge of humane things, that he penetrated 

whatfocver the underftanding of .Sto might comprehend: and (to manifeft 

the inofcnfaenefc of NaturallMagick,) never reckons it up in all his Re- 

traclatiws Though he throughly understood it, and in his praftife attempted 

the higheft Experiments, which had it been unlawfully certainly he would 

not have omitted. 

Thus much for a Treptfram/e. And now that I may come clofer to what 

f) Aa.7.v.ii.£ m ° n } mnd$} andb "ng^g'<*necrerto our purpofe 5 We muft under- 
Ench.Phif. itand that tne 0rder and Symmurj of the Univerft is fo fetled by the Laves of 
Reft. Can. 1 1. Crmw, that the loweft things[the SukeleftiaU or Elementary Region] mould 

g) Canon.?.. 1 be immediately fubferviem to the W»//c 5 theAftfc [or C *leftiaUl~ to thofe 

above 5 and thefe Itht Super celeftiaU or Intelligible] to the Supreme Rulers 

becke. With this it is further to be knowne that thefe (g)Superiours and Infe- 

"riourshwantdvalogicaUlikeneffe^nd by a fecret Bond have Iikewife afaft 

« coherence between themfelvs through infenfible Mediums, freely combiening 

"in Obeikme to the fame fupremejRw/cr, and (aj fo to Oie) benefit of Nature* 

Infomuch, that if we take the foul Harmony in rhe Reverfe, we /hall finde that 

fr;Cor. thin g s ^ Supercelefiidl -may be-diawne down by C eh fiiall, and Supernatural 

oc PMUi.«». bv Natural. Vox this is the Atom of o]dHermcs,Q)^updeJlfuperius, eftficun 

3 8. z ^ 9 tt0 * e # wferius. ' ' 

i) Tab. Sma- « And upon this ground ft) Wf/faeff conceive it no way IrratimU that it 

ragd. mould be poflible for us to afcend by the fame degrees through each world to 

.fc)Cor. thc vet 7 Originall world it felfe, the Maker of all things and fit ft Caufe. , 

Occult. Philof. But tlow co con joyne the Inferiors with the vertae of the Superiours (which 

fe'A. J . Mp. 1 . J s mar 7 in g f lmcs to Vines) or how to call out of the hidden places into open 

light, the difpetfed and feminated Vermes, (i e. Vimtes in cemro centri latcn- 

.^tf* tes,) is, the work of the Magi, or Hermetic^ Pbilcfopbers onely 5 4md depends 

SiyjvV*** upon the aforefaidHdweny. For, 

They know that the Producliou of things is Naturall, but the bringing forth 
of the venue is not Naturall: becaufethe things are Create, but the Venues 

Hence it is that' the Twer and Vermis not in Plants, Stones, Mine- 
rails, &c. (though we fenfibly perceive the Effcels from them) but tis that 
Umverjall and AlUpiening Spirit, rfaatbw qperrt w ^ rfia an d iwmrf «£/ 5We of 
worldly tbmgs^hzt God in the beginning infufed imo the Cfow, which is every 



where Active and ftill flowes through the world in all kindes of things by 
UniverfaU extenfion, and manifefts it felfe by the aforefaid Productions. Which 
Spirit a true Artift knowes how-foto handle (though its activity be as it were 
duVd and ftrcightly bound up', in the cloCtTrifm ofGrofie and Embie bodies) 
as to take it from Qoiporiexy, free/ it from Captivity , and let it loofe that it 
may freely xooi\e as it doth in the &£tbcriall Bodies; 

But the memes whereby it is to be done (which is the firft Preparation) all 
Pbilofopbershwe hitherto concealed. For, 

1) Co Cm) Create ^agnefia t^ep maoetto care, /) Hunt.Green 

'Jnt%zit1$09h.t8 largely to oeriare. Lyon, 

-fl&at fcofc> to 3Drt>cr ttaftct its Creation, m) U. To tell 

C^cg left pooje J^en Uoitlpout C onfolation. what it is, 

though a/Cnig- 
And unlelfe <}od pleafe to ri vm/e ir^ (like the ltwifb Fire) it muft be kept matically* 
bidden 3 zn& till he doth there is no humane indiMry can forcibly wreft the 
^Kow/f^c thereof out of the Almighties bands. . 

n^i te fata vocant, aliter von. n ) Augurel. 

Looke not then for it at the band oiMan, for tis the gift ofgod onely. 

o) 9 flngtor gtfta*Hraceof fymmi$t?. °) Ordinal*: 

N il dat quod non babet, Man has it not , (ihitis 3 ) he has it not to beftow 
where he will. 

pj Cltfl&fyicfop^atf S»£re^fSoo?«ecc^eone, p)Chan, Yeoni 

Cfcat Hitp SjttiUe fci&ofcej it unto none, Tale. 

fflttntml&o&tttotiMititLQ roanere, 

$0% unto C^rift it 10 foicfeanbfceate : 

^£$«£ |e Stf*l mt t^attt fc^co&erco fce, 

115 ot fcj^ere it fcfectfj m fya Uitt : 

9$ an to inipin ant) e&e fox to aefeno, 

In fine, if any man befo bleft as to difcove: 2nd unvaife our 'Diana, he 
i'hall finde and confefle thar he was beholding to NuturatlMagi;*; ft r u.<re£ti- 
ons at the Beginning, Midle, and E?*d; at*) when k is wrought up 60 his bigbeft 
Mgrtetf Perfeftion, he mall fee things not fat to be :i (may I avec 

it with awfull Reverencej AngeliaM wifdome is to be obteyned by it. 

Pag.72.lUr. Catesotir Wjtte&toKs a $&**& 

U! Nletfe the Medicitie be qualified as it ought, tis rfottft to taft the leaft ^*- 
tawe of it,becaufe itsNamre is fo highly Vigorous and ftrong above that 
of Man*', For if its leaft parts are able to ftrike fo fiercely and throughly into 
theZW/ of a bafe and corrupt Mettall, as to Tinge and Convert it into fo high 
a degree as perfect Gold, how lejOfe able is the Body of Man to reiift fuc-ha 


force, when its greateft ftrength is far inferiour to the weakeft Mettall > I doe 
believe(and am confirm'd by feverallw4«*l&w)chac many Pbihfopbers (havin* 
a defire to enjoy perfecVH^/*/;,) have deftroyed themfelves by adventuring 
to take the Medicine inwardly, ere they knew the true ufe thereof, or how to 
qualific it to be received by the Nature of Man wichout defirufiion . 


Pa.8 $. • Qlfymzn gHomifsptrtUvMibt, 

^oftpjccteoftimg to !eng$rm^I?ft, 

THfc is the Stone which fom builders up of life Ibti* refufed, when in truth it 
was the cheife\Stone in the Corner ' 9 It being produced from that undefiled 
np * a ish-f f ^wj 11 ^ 15 y etl€ ( c with the Cr^«rc(a$ a final! remainder of the F/r/KB*f- 
q) K. Bolta nu.,.^;ig) and able to make a (^ perfecT: union betwcene the So^y, Soule and Jttri*, 
■«H> whilft our lively Fire, (that Medium between the Body and ty/r/r/ byrecei- 

- ving this ®&tberiall Medicine confifting of heavenly vermes (that confume 
the Impurities and Superfluities of the Boiy) is delivered from all Impediments, 
and the Body forced to agree with that incomparable Nature into which it is 
changing by fo fweete and powerfull Compulflons, and confequemly \ik Pro- 

As touching the Prolongation of life, wee meete with fome Prefidents in 
Hiftones, and they not F*M«, where by the Application of things inward or 
outward, the Spirit hath beene renewed, the Body ftrengchned the Vitall and 
Ammall faculty qiiickned,<fc«*/>/i and withered *Age renewed 3 &Lfo inlarged. 
Befides thefe Relations ,we perceive Nature is fo curteous to fome kind of Crea- 
tures &s the Hart^agle.znd Serpent ,that (he affords them meanes to obteinethe 
benefit oiRenovatton (here Nature teaches them Naturall Magic^, for tis no o- 
*)&. Bach. Ep. ther) and why then may it not be granted to Man if fought after? Nay the (r) 
De Secret. confideration ohhisFavourableBlefing afforded toAnimalls has been the princi- 
Natur.«f*. pall ground whence many Tbilofopbers have addided themfelves tothefearch 
" of this Miftery, hoping that might not be denyed to >Man, upon his fearch, 
" which is beftowed gratis upon the Creature. 
JJSeverin.Idea It is apparent that our (s)Vifeafcs proceed chiefly from Transplantation /'chough 
Med.Philof. * deny not buc fome Hereditary Corruption is intail'd upon Tofierity, from the 
Mpi i a., decaying, mouldering, and rotten Natures of our Anceftors) for, by what we 

Eate or Drin\e as Nourifhment - y the corrupt and harmfully nay deathfull qua- 
tjS/VW.Raw.IjHes, which the (t) Divine maledicJion lodged in created things, is removed 
Bift./o/.6 f . from them into our Bodyes,*nd there grow up and multiply till phavin* height- 
ned the Sal, Sulphur and Mercury, into an irreconcileable Conteftation^throuoh 
the impurities wherewith they are loaded and burthened) they introduce a 
referable decay, which confequently become a Death : and this is the fooner 
haftned if thereunto we adde the heavy hade of Luxurioufnejfe andGlutony. Yet 
is not thisDeatb Naturall but Accidentall 3 and(as may appeare by what has been 
ujl W Epift f aid ) a / M ) ^ mh "ffigwof the fruits of the greate World which growesitp 
f. -" f**' by Tranfplantation,the Rebellious Difhbtdience of man provokinaGo/to/toa 

w; i EfJ.cap £"*? m ever y thin § tha i he had m *My Ac Cw/fc wherewith he had turfed the 
7.VH.12J2 L , And tothistheDoarine which the (w)Angell taught Efdras is agree- 
$' able. a 

And though it is appointed aUmufldye, again ft whiehXtora tie Elixir has 

power # 


power to rcfift, yet thk Ncikine is a remedy for the particular ccmption of 
M*n, to keep back thofe^rwfcj and difeafes which ufually accompany & mo- 
lett Old Age; infomuch, that that Death which man eates in his 'Bread may be 
brought to a Seperation, and confequently (in the comfort of an Uninterrupted 
Health) fpin oat his thread of life to the longeft end of that Nature fallen from 
Origin all fa/lice. For tisa certaine truth that what we receive into our 2?o~ 
<tfw,ofthatjN"<ttKrefindestwo Subdmcer, the (one with a Giadfome appe- 
tite,) ihe retaincs to £ccdt Vitality >the other (with an abhor*d diflike^ me ex- 
pells, as not onely ufelefle but Thttreftclive and Dangerous : and if thereupon 
we throughly advife with our felves we muft needes confelfe Her way is beft 
to be imitated, in feperating the Pure from the Impure, f which are joyned to- 
gether in every thing) before we make ufe of them, and where Jhe does mani- 
festly Subftraft and Divide, let us not there add and multiplie $ for doubtlefle 
the F^c^(y^profit nothing,nay in tick perfons they plainely opprefie the pens- y)Rotbm,Ce* 
trating vertue of the Spirit it felfe, and commit that feperating tArt to the difea- mentt 
fed Body, which through wea\ne([e is not able to perform e the Tas^e. 
The Brevity oitife came in with the Fall of Adam, and though fome of the 
Antients before tht Flood lived almoft a thoufand yeares, yet certainely their 
lives y/cvt prorogued by the ufe of this Medicine, with which they well knew 
how to feperate and corrccl the obnoxious JQuilities of all things, and I much 
queflion whether the generality of Perfons then lived fo long, or onely thofe \ « wRim 
who were the (z)true At!Ccjtors}o(Abrabam,they not being alwaies the eldeft J,a ^ fr - Kmi - 
and firH begotten of the Patriarfa but fuch as god chofe out of the Family to " ° 4 * 
continue the line, and had (by the permiffion of God, as a lingular and pe- 
culiar blefing) this Secret Traditionally committed to them, 

Pa. 29M. 17. — 3 f*tor aia&e afTag 

4Df tytlRefc S»o*fee befojetijts Dag. 

HEnce fomeaffirme that J^'*^ neither had nor knew how to make the 
Red Medicine, but that' snot (o,i or to the time of publishing his Ordi- 
nal}, 'tis true, he had not zfecond time gon about to make ir,and why ? 

fa) Cfce attfc appeared in t&te H5ofee before, a)0rrf.pag. % 9u 

W%m $ u s»a0 robbefc tijen t£ee Saouft no moje. 

Yet that he was formerly at vflrfc, »M<fe it, and was toWd thereof ap- 
peares alfo (6) before, where he faith the (c) Merchants Wife ftole it ^om^^ I 

faim, and that the misfortune thereof deterr'd him from making further C ;S e A * 
progreffe therein. Befides, he avers his Mafttr taught it him, and that he fully ' _ n ?J a * 
nwhow tomakeit,forfohimfelf witnefleth. ° P a g«34» 

(d J 3R fcao frftfj <16> race t&t ttm ID ottd ft^ 
*0f Confttffon of tfce iSeti^e^cine. 

And laftly, in the latter end of the ^Chap. of the aforefaid Ordinall, Nor- 
ton truly and cleerely declares how it is madc$ unto which! refer the 
Reader. Nun SP^etefajc 


l^stie moft obcbiertce to Cancellation. 

Here our Ambon refers to the Rules of Aftrologie for Eleftinga time where- 
in to begin the Pbilofophkall woike, and that plainly appeares by the following 
lines, in which he chalkes out an Eleftion fitly relating to the Bufinefle. 

In the ^m/ve part of this Science the Rules of Ajtronomie and Aftrologie 
(aselfewhert I have faid) are to be confutted with. 

e) Pat.Saptent. (e; $ oj in 3tftronom:c t&ou mttft fcafce rtgljt goob f eelmg> 

-3D? clfemt&telpo&etljoftfcljatt !>3be ample belfebing. 

So that Ele Ui&ns, fwhofe Calculator} part belongs to Ajtronomie, but the 
judiciary to Aftrologie) are very neceflfary to begin this worke with 5 and the 
paincs that Norton hath taken manifefts no Iefle, moil Authors hinting the 
lame, although we take but little notice thereof. For 

f) Ord CO &uch GmpU &nbe$anfojme&attb!tnu#oii^t, 

$$u& craftily be mibztt tiUtlje enbbefongfot, 
% U tofyd) Ceaf on t rje? Ijabe rc<# e ebebiencc, 
^bobe fo jmcb i^aturw to ftertr^ 3tn8ttencc. 

Generally in all Eleclions the E#ft«y of the ftitw are ufed as it were, by 3 
certaine application made thereof to thofe unformed Natures that are to be 
)M V 'nn wr0U S ht u P°n> whereby to further the working thereof,and make them more 
&/jnar*ncinus. available to our purpofc (g) Forfime botbinferiour andfupemm Caufes concur 
to every effect, itfoUoweth that iftbe one be not confidcred as well as the other, tbh 
Negligence mil beget Error. And by (achEleclions as good ufe may be made of 
the Celeftiall influences,** a Tbyptian doth of the variety of Herbes. Agreeable to 
which is that of Ptolomy Apbor. 8. A luditiout man belpes formtd the Ce- 
leftiall cperationjven as a difcreet Htabandman afti ft sN autre in his plowing and pre- 
paring the Ground. But Nativities are the Radices of Elections, and therefore 
we ought chiefly to Iooke backeupon them as the principal! Root and Pom* 
dation of all Operations, and next to them the quality of the Thing wejntend 
to fit, muft be refpe&ed ; fo that by an apt portion of Heaven, and fortifying 
the Planets and Houfes in the Nativity of the Operator, and making chem 
agree with the thing fignihedj the Imprcftcn made by that Inftucnce,m\l abun- 
dantly augment the Operation. 
h) Sir C\m And this \^ upheld by very evident reafon of Nature^) for ( faith a learned 

WyL Def. of Gent, whofe defence of Iuiiciall Aftrologie (fo long fince publifhed) ftands 
MhoLpagJ 63 hitherto firme & unconfuted, notivithftanding all the whirling Affaults of any 
Advcrfary) the CeleftiaH Influences never ceafe to flow into m^and therefore not 
unlikely tkt the lifapofition or Configuration to that under which we are borne, my 
by Ufa imprefion andhfluence incrcafe and ftrengtbeti the operation of the former, 
more then it would iftbe Nativity were conpdered alone. And upon thefe grounds 
Harm ad vi&s to make Elections, like thofe he layes downe. 


i) ®toie<& tljm tout ffi&tMtv p? etenfc inf ection, i) Ordin moo 

Jin contrariety totals election. 

Which is the Jfame in effeft with that of (\) Ototomy, where he faith to fA Aphor 6 
this purpofe, vi\. « ' Though an Eleclion of a Day or ibowrc be well made, yet 
"will it prove of little advantage unlefl'e futably constituted to the ftheame 
<c of the Ntfiiw^jbecaufe elfe it cannot divert that tvill which in the Nativity 
"the Planets threatned: and hence it comes that tAclions Thrive or Mifcarry 
(though begun at one and the fame time,) according as the pofition of Hea- 
ven then agrees with the Nativity of the Pcrfons that manage them. 

As touching the Necefity of Eleftions, to be ufed in Pyet, Buildings Dwel- 
ling, Appardl, and the feverali Actions of our Life, let any that would be fatis- 
iied,read Marcd!u* % Ficinui, Hefiode, Cato, Virgil, Varro, Columella, Pliny, who 
(and generally all PhilofophersJ ordered their affaires of planting, fo wing, 
lopping, &c. by them. 

For in thofe things (here below) which have no fence (as well as thofe that 
have) the Heavenly influences alwaies make Imprefion according to the meafure 
and Capacity of the $ubjeft,znd doe evidently manifeft their dominion in 
them,(/)for nothing is mere powerful then their Influences, whenlmpettiois one* .* r „ r . f 
made. Witnefie their power in Plants, Herbes, Come, and what is Vegitable, ] ' &^T' Cmo l' 
whofe Seeds diverfly profper,6r decay, according to the ftate of the D with the P a S ,2,I 9* 
O at the time of their [owing. This the Husband-mans Experience can tell the 
world, and the Sau'i ArmuallAcceffe and Receffe makes manifeft to the fence. 

And great Reafon there is in Nature why the Moons condition ought chiefly 
tobeobierved, for (he is the Pta'neereft the Earth, and appointed as it 
were the Vibiculum of all other heavenly Influences unto what is Sublunary, and 
in that regard (he is properly called (m) An Injfrument of the Armies from m) Eccl.4$« *• 
above : according to whofe prefent Condition things are fteered $ for if (he fie 
Fortunate by good A Jpe6ts,bappr by Vofltion, fwift oUourfe, and increafing in 
Light, things thrive apace zndflourifb ', But the contrary if (he fuffer Impedi- 
ments. We may ordinarily obferve how pdore ly and flowly the Seeds of Plants 
grow up, nay man) 1 times languijh and degenerate into an unkindly Quality 
and Taft, if fowne in the Wxine of the Moone, and the Reafon is becaufe the 
ZMoyftureand Sapp that mould feed them is exceedingly dimini&ed ; yet his 
the fitteft tyme for cutting downe Timber, or what effe we would' preferve 
from decaying. 

(n) Tbumeijfem (among many other admirable and ufefull Obfervations) «) Hid Plant 
gives us the Tofhionoi Heaven under which feverali Plants are Impregnated 
with the greateft vertue^ the gathering of which at fuch times, for ThifieaU 
lifts, defer ves to be taken notice of ; for the notable difference that evidently 
appeares betwixt their wrtacx and the vertues of fuch as are gathered without 
that Confideration. In a word, by EleSfions we may Govern, Order and 'Pro- 
duce things as we pleafe ; Fabcr quifq- } Fonunxpnpii& t 

Nnn 2. Paa. 



Pag. loo.U.u *$0&Mvt&&tfo$vte%itzn'bmt* 

IN chis and the firft Ten following lines, are laid downe the Authors Rules 
for framing an Eleftion by,' agreeable to which he ere A? you Schema 
(about the Latitude of ?r. degrees) that are placed before the (ixth 
Chap, which Ihivecaufed to bz exaftlyCop/'d from ihzOrigiMll though fome 
Planets, I maft acknowledge not placed in that exactorder (for houfes and 
fignei) as Ap&nomicall Rules dire ft, and the Doftrine of Aftrelogie requireth. 
For Example, In the firft Houfe of the firft Figure you have g in 7. 'degr. of 
£, the Afcendent in a. rfegr. of £ 5 and then the O in the 1 SSDegr. of the fame 
$gwe5 whereas the -a. degr of $ being fewer degrees of that S/^we then 7, 
(wherein $ is placed j mould Antecede it. Againe in the fecond Figure you 
have both $ and the]) in the nth Houfe thereof, who mould of Right be 
politedinthe roth, becaufethe * oth degree o£ £1 is the Gufpeof the nth, 
and therefore zWPlmets in leiTer degrees of that Signe are falling into the 1 oth. 
Befides you have £ placed in every Figure fo remote from the O, that 
Aftrommers rauft count it abfurd, fince me is never above 4$Aegr. Elongated 
from him > and yet in the third Figure me comes not within the compafle of a 
2fc Ajpetii, nay in the fecond fne is almoft in 8 to him. 

For their Pofitiou; I could have placed them in Houfes according to Art 3 
but I rather let themftand as I found them in the Originall,bdng well aflured 
they were thus Polited by DtfignCy and not through Ignorance or Miftafa for 
our ^wformanifeftshirnfelfe a learnedv4/Wogw»,and too wary a Pen-man to 
be guilty of either* And though it may feem contrary to sArt for the Pofition 
of 2 to be fo far diftant from the Q , yet 'tis agreeable to his Rule of EleStion 
that (he is fo often placed in the 4th Houfe (efpecially feeing theSigne falls out 
to be there in which (he is exalted) bee aufe he appoints the Lord thereof to 
be fortunate, 

©je^pag.ioo, j j jfo^jeitg CtyefattmmabfconWtttmof etoCleriJ*. 

Withall, the Planets n they ftand here placed in Signet and Houfes are not 
fo as that thefe Figures were the Elc&ed times for the Authors owne Operations 
(or any others in that Faculty) but are rather famed and invented, onely to 
bring them within the compafle of his Rules. And tofatisfiemy felfe herein, I 
have taken fbme paines to Calculate the places of the TUanets for feverall years- 
about the Authors time, but cannot finde the three Superiors and place of the 
. G to be in thofe Signes wherein he has poiited them; 

It is alfo worthy pf ourObfervationto fee how the tAuthor continues- his 
Vailes and Shadows, as in other parts of the Miftery, Co likewife in the very 
F^rexoffomeoftheTtazj/orhedoesnot exhibite them under the Cba- 
\A 'ft *' w&ers commonly now (or then) ufed, but Hterogliphically in Figures agtee- 
fjAnpow. a ^ e tQ the - r ^ atU j. eSj y Ct (py direrfitie of Names (or Figures) makes no di- 
verfitiein the thngs they fignifle: For J} is pointed out by a Spade, If, by a 
Miter, $ by an Arrow, 2 ^Y a beautifull Face, $ by the figure (in thofe daies) 
ufualiy ftamped upon the Reverfe of cur Evglifh Coyne : Onely the and J) 
are left us in that fafhion the Aumimts beftowed upon them. 



Pag.i*©.H.3 2. Croft nottoaU ^ftrologerg, 3 fate fofcte: 
^r o? tljas 3M t0 a0 Jeer n 30 UHfefmte. 

AStrologk is a profound Science: The depth this Art lyes obfeur'd in, is 
not to be reach't by every vulgar Plumet that attempts to found it.Never 
wasany»/4gefopefter'd with a multitude of Pretenders, who would be ac- 
counted (and ftick not to ftyle them fel ves)Mafiers, yet are not worthy to weare 
the Badge of illuftrious Urania. And ('oh to be lamented/) the /»<Jrtf?e is 
likely to increafe,untill through their Ignorance they become the ridiculous 
objed of the Enemies to Afirologie ', (would that were all J and EtVpfe the 
glory ohhzt light, which if Judicioufly difpenf'd to the Worli would caufe 
admiration 5 but unskilfully expof'd, become the fcorne and contempt of the 

He that understands no more of Afirologie (nor wiU make a further ufe of 
it) then to quack with a few Tcarmes in an Horary Jgusftion} is no more worthy 
to be efteemed an Afirologian then Hee who hath onely lea rnt Hebrew may be 
accounted a C&btilifticaU Rabbi. Tis true, he may be fo fraught with words, as 
to amufe the unlearned, with the Canting noyfe thereof,but what is that if com- 
pared to the full and intjre knowledge of the Language} Yet of this fore at 
prefent are ftart up divers Illiterate Profejjors (ant Women are of the Num- 
ber) who even makttAfirologie the Bawd & Pander to all manner of Iniquity, 
proftituting Chaft Urania to be abus'd by every adulterate Interefl. And what 
willbethe imiefl wifh it may prove no ProphefieJ ere long Afirologie (hall 
be cried down as an Impofl or, becaufe it is made ufe of as a Stalexo all bad 
Uraftifes, and a laudable Vacuity to bolfter up the legerdimane of a Cbeate* And 
befides having now growne famous by the true Predictions of fome of her 
able and honett tfMLf,fhall grow into as much difgrace and infamy,by the un- 
skilfull 'Trcgnofiio^s of ignorant Illegitimate Bafiards : who rather then they 
will accufe themfelves-when they faiie of truth in their Judgments, will not 
Iticktocondemne Afirologie it felfeas defective and lame, in what their 
flothfull negligence or ignorant blindnefle was not able to finde out. And 
therefore Norton here fpeaks truly 3 that tXfirologie (take it with all its Com- 
prehenfions)is as Secret or Mificrious asAlchimy,and. as difficult to be throughly 
and perfectly underftood. 

There are in Afirologie (T cenfefle) (hallow £> oo\cs, through which young 
Tyroetrnaywadei but withali, there are deepe P cards, over which even the 
gyants themfelves muft fmm. Such is the Do&rine of Nativities, Directions, 
tAnnuaU Revolutions and what elfe depends thereupon, belonging to {Man, the 
Utk W%rli : and beyond thefe, thofe of Comets, Eclip'es, Great Conjunct* ions and 
Revolutions, that refer to the grczteiVorld. Thefe are fubje&s of Emineiuy, and 
being judicioufly handled Magnifie the^tt. But, 

q; $® an$ men fccene te$t$ tmifc t^m tcattf, %) ©ri/Xcap. 

<Cf)at tyc^tue tinker ftsnfcs tljem fcrtjen t&cp&ottotinDeefce* f-pag#o. 

Iknow fome few tArtifis have fatisfa&orily manifefted what excelloncy of 
Sk$ there is in Judging an Horary J^ueftw, and how much of truth may be 

"^ Nnnj drawne. 

C4H) ' 

drawrie from that branch of Art j But they are thofe that are throughly read in 
all other parts oiAQrologit 5 for fuch only are able to'give a true Rtfolution to 
the^uerent, and from the evenrs of their confederate TrediSions, bring Honour 
to thes/£rr,and gaine Reputation to Themfelves, 

IN regard of the violent Nature of the Medicine which is deadly indeed^becaufe 
its Nature is fo infinitely ftrong above Mans, that it overcomes his Spirits 
and poy fens him j Nett ok therefore lets fall a hinte> what Parts an Operator 
ought to Arme, and whence to fetch "Breath : Meaning thereby, that thofe 
0?$Cttofthe2toiy beclofelyftopt (through which there isfo open a paffage, 
that a Strong vapour would fly as fpeediiy as lightning into the inmofl parts) 
white the Vzjfetl is opening. But how to breathe the while is the ^Difficulty. We 
have Praftijes fomething neere it, as of thofe who attempt to lye long under 
Water, Sec. 

And therefore let this be a Caution fufficient to youngPrdftifers in this Science^ 
that when they worke upon a Matter, and bring it (as they fuppofe) to fome 
perfection, it they caninduretheo/wwBgoftbeir Vefltll without being Armed, 
they may reft fatisfied that nothing is morecertaine then that their Matter is 
not the T hilofopbers Mercury, and their Praftife erronious* 

Pag. $oa?&abe3 tattgtypotiefecrgttyBgbg $ame* 

r j#0r. r) Hoctibidiftum 


THis Verfe ought to be needfully obferved by the Student in this Science, 
for he fpeaks a real! truth, Nihil pratermijfum quod a quovis dicipofit No- 
thing being wanting, nor nothing Itft eut that is needfull to be knowne to com- 
pleate this greate J^orfc : which many have not the happineffeto*/>pr*faf, 
though it mould be more plaincly difcovered unto them. Much alike unfortu- 
s>Pnef ine^E- nate as tno ^ et ^ at Sandivogiut fpeaks of, (s) to whom he had intimated the 
niiPhiloC ' dnkomwordto word, but they could by no meanes underftand him, yet 
, . would be accounted Pbilofopbers, 

Seeing then a {Man may be in the true Path and not know it to beib, it be- 

t) Wifd 1 J. hoves the ferious Student cavnzftly to defire ot God to (f) cc remove from his 

a) 1 Tbefj.S. < c Mind al thoughts without underftanding 3 to make him a(«)Child of the light 

w) Trov.4.1 5. <c as of the Day, that his (w) Eyes may behold the right, and his Eye-lids di- 

« red his waves. That his Dayes be not fpent in vanity, nor his Yeares waft 

y')Pfai9.i. tr doing nothing : but that (7) one Day may teach another and one Nighc 

"add knowledge to another, And then he (hall find that though this Author 

has opened his Mouth in a parable, yet he hath declared [or made plain] hard 

Sentences ©f Old. 

1) Ord. pa .105. *) f &* * n ^(0 jOtftitiall-Obe-ftts pen out of Doubt,) 

3s mtWz Ut%>l*w,\w}xi9pomkftont. 



Cijis XOofczteW begun 

INthe/ctfwHhave made after tAutbentique Mamfcripts to compleate this 
Worker private gentleman lent me a very faire one of Norton's OrdinaU, 
which I chiefly followed 5 yet not admitting to compare it with fourteen other 
Copies. It was written in Velame and in an auntient/er* Hd«i,very exact and ex- 
ceeding neatcTheFrgwrn (whence I caufed thefe herewith printed to be Gr&v- 
«yi>eing alfo moft neatly & exquifitely lym y d 3 znd better work then that which 
was Henry the feaventfrs own J3oc^,(as lam informed by thofe that have feene 
botbj It had placedin the midle and bottome of the Compartments o£Flowers 3 
Birds and Beajts , the Nevcll's Coate of Ames, with others which that 
Family quartered. This induced me to believe it to be the Originall for one 
exaftlyC'op/Vifrom It) prefented by the Author to George Itevett then Arch- 
Bijbop o/Torfowho was a moft wealthy and Magnificent Bifhop;zs appeares not * T( - r . 
onely by the rich (a) Jewell he offered at Bec\etts Tombe, but for the greate and V 1 J?| c ^ar. 
ftately Entertainment he provided at Morein Hartfordfbkc for. Edward the 4th : J '* 6 ** 
to make which more Magnificent he brought forth a (b) \z& Trcafure o{ ft s tow . Ann 
Tltic, that he had hid during the diftra&ions of former yeares, all which the ji,^ X 6^ " 
Ipffg feifed upon with his (Money and <7o?is then valued at zoooo f (a farre 
more conGderable fum of Money in thofe dayes, then now 5 j and made of the 
Arcb-Bijhops Mitre (fet with precious Stonei) a Qrowne for himfelf. 

I hare beene informed that there was greate Correspondency betweene this 
Areb-'Bifhop and the Hermetique Tbilojopbers of his time,and this is partly con- 
firmed tome from Ripley's (c) Dedication of his Medulla to him, Ann.1476. ascj See the Pie- 
alfo the prcfentation of this of Norton's Ordimll ; for though I findethefaid face. 
Arcb-Bijhop dyed the fame yeare this OrdinaU was begun to be written, yet 
th? certaine time of that yeare I cannot yet learne^us: it was towards the latter 

fentcd, (or if not prefented, yet intended) before he dyed, though begun bmtht pag.ibidem.. 
fame yeere. 

Pag. 1 07. <€%z C 'ontpattn'fc of 3tidj|>mf e, &c. 

THis #%£e- (which is alio called the twelve Gates) was ven'd by Sir Gtffr^f 
R/p/ey,and formerly (/)fet forth in print by Ralph Rabbards-,1 have compa-/) An. r foi, 
red it with feve rail other Manufctipt Copies, amongit which I happily met with 
one written neere about the time that Ripley lived, (and in thefe Streamesof 
Learning the more cleared and without the leaftcf Mixture is to be found 
neereft the Spring-bead^ the which I moft relyed upon. Yet where th -y 'differ, 
the Reader (if this Copy pteafe not) may make ufe of the former. 

It appeares at the en.1 of this (g)/for^,that it was written in the yeare 14.71. ,\ p _ ,, 
which I the rather take notice of, becaufe I have met with a kind of Retraction ***' 
vf Ripley's beginning, 



Falix quemfacimt alknapericula cautum. 

Wherein he befeecfcesallmen, wherefoever they (hall meete with any of his 
Experiments written by Him , or that go under his Ityme, (from the yeare 1 4 ? o. 
totheyeare 1470.) either to £#r«e them or afford them no Credit, being writ- 
ten according to his eftecme, not proofr, and which ("afterwards upon tryall) he 
found falfe and vaine : for foe long was he feeking the Stone , but in the truth 
of praStife had not found it, till towards the end of that yeare, and then (faith 
He) Invent quern diligit animamca. 

So that this Treatife of the 12. Gates being wrote the yeare after, is unquefti- 
onablytobere/>fi«po», becaufe pen'd from a grounded experimental} Praftifc&s 
himfelfe Teftifies in his Admonition, 

....... h) 31 tiebct faS» toc?fec trulg bttt one, 

h)K^./idmo- -. jpf frfyfy int ^ ij0f ^ teatt f e t j, e tvutl) 3J &atoe toft. 


In which (for the Students fafeguardj he gives an account of his own Efti- 
niota Experiments, therein following Chaucer, Ricbardus Anglicus, Vionipus, 
Zaebarius the noble Trevifan, a»d divers other honeft and Confciencious 
i) A nno 164 9. Ludovicm Combacbm (who hath f i) lately fet forth divers of Ripley's Wor\s 
k)Pref. ad 0- m * ,<w/7 ce ^ s us (V tnat he then had in his hands thefe Twelve Gates rendred 
per. G Rip. * n mo ^ P ure Eltgiaqtit verfe, by one Unbolts May upon the Command of the 
?/'./■■' Empcrour Rudolph the fecotid, and that he could willingly have added it to that 
he publified, (which wastranflated out ofEnglijb into Latine verfe by Sir Edw: 
H\flley) for the better undemanding thereof, but that the Qopy w as none of 
his owne. 
1) Printed at To ^e learned Faber, ( 1 646.) befto wed much Paines and Coft in publishing 
loufe. toxhewov[d(l)B<tfilit6iCurmTriumpbalis,an& others,mone Volume. In the 

Argument of which Boo\e gcorgim Riplatm Canonicus Anglus doRijjimm (<r 
mirandui in quo nihil falfi & fupervacui ad metallorum omnium proprictates,^ 
Mturas majiifeftandtiSt is thus Ingenioufly acknowledged. He further affuresus 
chat his Worses are worthy to keep pace with the beft Thilofophers f$ and 
knowes that Policie in Vrinting is fureft,and takes well with the Iudicious, to 
begin with a good lVorh K e, and end with the beft ; to which place he refers ou 
Ripley. But 1 muft needs tell the Reader that in pag. $38. and fo to the end, 
he is by miftake called Triplanm inftead of Riplaus. There are other the like 
notorious faults which the Printer (moft likely) is guilty of, as giving Ifaac 
Holland the name of Ir facta. Cornelius Vrebble he prints Tornelius, (and 
fometimes Fornclm) ^Prcbellianm 5 and beli des thefe, further caufes of Ex- 
ception to other parts of the Worfy (too many to be mentioned here) amongtt 
the reft where Faberhycs they were all rendred intoL<W» out oiDutcb, and 
that this peece otRipley's, which he there calls Triplanm de lapide Pbilofopborum 
(hut is indeed an Ephomy of thefe 1 1. Gates) was by one Nicholas ^Barnard a 
jPbilofopber Translated out of Vutcb into Latin, intimating withall that it was 
Originally written in the Germain Tongue 5 which is very falfe, injurious to our 
Author , and dlihonourable to ova Ration. 
Thus much for the Wor\e, and now to fay fomething touching our Author. 
Philemon Holland in his Tranflation of Cambden's Brinnia Printed 16 $6. 



is pleafed to take the liberty to tell us that the place of his Nativity was (m) w)fol.2£5\ 
Ripley ,% Village in the County of Surrey, and calls him a Ringleader cfour 
Alcbimids, and a myfticali Impojior. This Imputation otMjQicall Impoflor 
fmells more of Envious difli^e then faithfull Account, and therefore I'le 
pafleit by. But as to the place of his Birth, 2 am induced to believe it to be 
about Tor kflrire, (not that he was a Foundling at Ripley in that County ,or of 
fo obfeure Ptfrf Hf/j that the name of the place of his Nativity muft be im- 
posed upon bimin defed of abetter) No certainly, his Name, Relation, and 
Xjndred difcover him to be the Sonne of a Gentleman; and though I cannot 
exhibite his Vedigree, yet it appeares in fome ancient Manufcript Copies oi his 
(n) Medulla (which I have kene) that his Relation of Jtfndred lay in the njttnwrrfi the 
Northern* pant, where (he faich) <c he had divers Kindred, Gentlemen of end thereof 
cc Yorkshire and Lincolnftiire,as Tevarfall, Ripley, Medlay 3 lViUougbbie 3 Burbam, 
fC Waterton, F 'lemming and Talboyes, who (as he there complaines to the Arch- 
<* 'Bifiop Nevell, to whom he dedicated that Worke) were by the Conquering 
. cf Sword of Edward the fourth, (God fo permitting,/ lamentably deftroyed. 
*Tisalfo considerable that his Ecckfiafticall ^Promotion hapned to be at 'Brid- 
lington, a (o) Tome in the Eaft Riding of Torkjhire. ojCamb.'Brit. 

p; 9cce»ting to mp $r ofrffta it, piinfte hk 

3 n 4D jter C^anon IS egnlat of 015 r i&Ungton« „ t G ^ /# 

And probably fuch his B/2iiW*weK*,might be procured rather in that Co#»- 
try where his J^indred and Friends lived , and himfelt that Country-man, then if 
he had been a Stranger. 

I determine not whether Holland has done the learnedyte'^ry or profound 
Thilofopber the greater Iw/Kry, in what heputsdowne concerning *he place of 
his Birth $ for I muft let the world know, 'tis not to be found in.the Origiuall 
Latin which #imMeMpublimede/&W0 1607. nor can I learne that there was 
any other Tmprefjion, to the time of Tranjlation, nor in probability could there 
be when Holland (q) fell to worke immediately upon the coming out of the q)PoftcripUo 
faid Imprefion in 1 607. and fet forth his Translation within foure Yeares. samb.Briu ' 

So that I cannot but wonder at the Boldnefle of this Tranjlator, not onely in 
adding many things of his owne fcore, but for abufing fo learned a Vbilofophet 
with the Tearm Jif CMyfticall Impoflor, and putting it upon the Account of an 
Author, who (hould he thus vilifie one of fo cleere a Reputation, ingenious 
Scbollars might have juft caufe to queftionthe Candidnejjc efhis Pes in other 
things. But this kind of liberty I flnde Holland hath taken in other parts of 
that worthy wrl(e, The effects whereof, hath rendred Banbury (amongfto- 
thers) much beholding to him for an eminent Flout : For, where Cambdett 
fames it for (t) Checfe onely, he addes Ca\es and Zcale : Neither of which are i)Nunc confici* 
to be found in the Originall, though doubtlefle both in the Tewie, and iotcndoCafeono- 
better purpofe then to be boafted of. tifjimim 10.266 

But to leave this Vigrefion & returne toRiplcy. Pitts tells us, cc He was a Man s) Pitts de illu- 
" of a «^Jw/V£,&(more then can be expreffed) curious Wit^nd that Totamfere ftr.tAxg.Scrip* 
ct fua atate inpe,(crutandis reru Natwaliu occultist? abBrufis Cmfis G? effeftibu* pag.^77. 
et confumpfit 5 He wafted almoft his whole Life in fearching out the occult and 
cc abftrufe Caufes and Effects' otNaturall things. And that he might more 

Ooo "copi- 


u copioufly and plentifully ftudy Pbilofcpby&nd accomplifli what he Conceived 
" his mind, he boldly travailed through France, Germany, and Italy, where he 
r a <C 8 rew int0 ^ am ^ iar "y w * tn Overall of the moft Learned men. 

t) Bate Cent.*, uland faith truly, that he (t) laid the foundation of bis Studies in Italy, 

°' 6xu . r for there indeed he had the blefing firft to fee Projection* 

u) Cantakna O. ^ ln jL 0mn fr pnibm nuptiU Mercurii, 

Rtpley tAccidit poft ftudium fcmel quod inter jui. 

n)Pitts p. 677 »jj s f urE her teftified,that He alwayes either fw) Writ, or Learnt, or ttfl/gfo 

fomething ; He was perfectly learned mall the liberall Arts, and well red in all 

\ni f A i manner °^ TPbilofopbj/i a moil famous Mathematician , a Rhetoritun 

x) ™f'^ and Po#, (x) per mot *mjwi , woa vulgaris effeftus. Combachim ftyles 

yj Z?*J; " him (yj Author procul dubio dignus, qui ab Amatoribus Chemia fedulo evolvatw* 

CKip.fe cm j n j- €rmne apertrnfit, rotundas &> planus, nee ullis fpinfs aliorum more obfim : 

A worthy Author without exception, who is diligently ftudyed by the lovers 
otCbimeftry, forafmuch as he is open, well tompaft, and plaine of deli very ,and not 
, wrapt m any Thornes, after the cuftome of others. Habet infuper (faith the 
fame Author) cum LuliifcriptU maguam affinitatem, ut units alterum explicct,&c. 
Betides, he hath great Affinity with the Writings of Lully, infomuch that the 
one explaineth the other* 

Amongft other parts, abroad, he vifited the IJle of Rhodes, and refided there 
for fome time with the Kjiights of the Order of Saint lobnof lerufalem. An Ac- 
quaintance of mine hath in his custody certaine private Observations ofanE»- 
glifh Gentleman of good quality and credit, who in his Travells abroade, Ob- 
ferves (amongft other things,/ that in the Ijle of (Malta he faw a Record, which 
declares that this Sir (jeorge Ripley gave yearely to thofe flights of Khodes 
ioooool. towards maintaining the war (then on foot) againft the Turfy. 

But at length, that !he might bid his farewell to the World, and wholly 
comecrate himfelfe to God, and betake him to his private Studies, upon his 

%) Bale CentS* (fc) -recur ne inco England he obtained an Indulgence of Pope Innocent the eighth '> 
that for the future he might be 

a) Tiuoper. a ) <& xm $t frotttCiattffraU0bfetfowce, 

and alwaies difcharged and freed from the burthen of the Ceremonies and 

Obfewwcy of his Ordery 6ut in regard the Cbanons admit % fuch things, be 

_ became z(b)Cam elite in the Mmaftery of Saint2«ro^,which (faith Leknd)is a 

^n?'/* famot, s {c)MartTowne nigh the Banks of the River Lindus: This River I 

A\r hi ?*' take t0 be the River Withm in Limoln )bire (anciently called ( d) Lindis) which 

djCamb.Briu p a f|j n g { rom tincoln, runs towards the maine Sea by Lofton, more truly called 

f *^ . • fey 'Bwolpbs Towne, (for it carried that name from Butolph, a moft holy and 

g )$x. devote Saxon:) Andityv&obkzveCambdens Map of Lmolnjhire, you fhall fee 

St* Butolph ftands neere to Bo/fa*. So that in alllikelyhood this was theplace of 

Ripley's Retirement, where he continued an Anchorite until! his Death, and was 

there Buried Anno 1490, 

The probability whereof,may be further confirmed from hisMcdulla,whetc it 

f) See the latter appeares he had tben(f) a-great defire to return into England, and to that end 

end ofthat therein became a Suter to the Archbishop 0/70%,. that by his meanes he might 

works* ©btaine an abiding place in fome Religious houfe, within his Vioces.. Which* 



Arcbbifbop pre fently after dying, he could not performs, but not unlike Ripley 
having ftili an ear n& longing thereto, (becaufe k was his native Country,) 
might without doubt otherwife efteft. 

And whereas Bale faith he obteined Pope Innocents Indulgence upon hit 
returne into England ^nd thereupon became a CarmelitejAn.i+BS . It is mani- 
feft from the aforetaid Mei»lU> that at the writeing thereof, which was io 
1476. fatleaft 11. yeares before the time Bale makes him to enter into thac 
Order) he had this *DiJpenfation 3 for fo he tells the Arcbbijbop : And if fo, then 
it muft be either (g) Sixtns the fouith,or?*»/ the fecondfhis PredecefforJ that %) *[*&• Cbron. 

maft grant it unto him. 


He wrote divers Bootes worthy of peftafing, but amongft thofe which 
Bate RegifterSjI mall onely culi out thefe, vi%. 

1. Compendium Jlcbimia, feu Qafal- 

lum Vuodecim Pomrum. 
1. Ccncordantias Guidonk (p Raymun- 


3. Secret* Pbilofophorum. 

4. Alcumiftarum Mifteria. 

1. Artcm brevem vel Clangorem, 

6. Praftkam Ceremonialem, 

7. VictAtao/Egru 

8. 2)e GHagia Hamrali. 

?, Ve Upide Pbiiofipbico, ktini Tract* 
turn rythimicunt. 

All which THittt recites, and to them adds the following worses* 

13. Experiment* Vbilofipbiea. 
14. T>e rerum temperature 

1 Ok Medullam Thihfopbfe. 

11. Pupillam Alcbimia. 

12. Terr am Terr arum. 

What followes Ludov: Qombacbius has lately printed, and added to 
* fome of the aforementioned Veeces* 

1 $,Ve Mercurio & lapidePbilofopboru, 

16. Vbilorcium Alcbimiftarum. 

17. ClavU AuraVortce. 

1 8. Viaticum feu Varia Atactica. 

19. Accumtiones & practice Raymun* 

io. Qanulena. 

And laSly take into the Number the fmali Veeces publifhed in this 
Tbeatrum. vi% His 

1 1 . ltp//f le to Edvt,tbcfourtb$ag. 1 09 
ix« tfrjfon.pag. 374. 
*l.Vtrfabel<mging%obu? v 
Scrowle—— £ ia S-37*. 

14. Pre/dfe (0 fcfc Medulla, 380. 
2?. ytf ./for* nwfcc fuppofed to be bit s 

Pag. 1 7 7.1in.ult. % £luf wteffence tljfe mater S»e call, 
3!n#an,txM&t)ri|Ktij 2Mffcafe0aii. 

PUjpk is a rf«//»e StoVwe, even Gods Tbeclogie ; for the Almighty wrote his 
Scriptnre in that language, before he made Adam to reade it.. The Ten Fa* 
tbers before the Flood, and thofe that followed, together with Mofer and Silo* 
rawijwere the great Pbyfitimsin former ^ge/, who bequeathed their heavenly 




knowledges offfcttwwKhelpes tothofe they judged as well worthy in honefty 
and induftry, as capable thereof: and from their piercing 'Beamet all Nations 
enlightned their Tapers. Abraham brought it out of Cbaldea, and bellowed 
much thereof upon Egypt 3 znd tbencea refulgent Beame glanced into Qreece. 
The Cc'dcfy and &£fculapian Family , &c. God greatly incouraged to ferve that 
tAge. Vemocritm and Hypocrates fupportedRK/Tw^s Man\i?ide 3 with their Tbifi- 
call adminiftrations, and Schollers {ucceflively fupplyed their places for at leaft 
40O.yeares > untill Gakn undertooke by his ftrong Abilities and incefTant 
Paines to vivifie the then dying Genius of Fbific\: which hath fince moft no- 
bly becne Augmented, by the ftupendious paines of Arabians and Euro- 

And in the Trogrcfie this Science has made into feverall parts of the 
World 3 we may finde, that God hath evermore been pleas' d to call upon the 
ffage thereof in fundry Ages, fome choyce and eminent Men 3 whom (6y the 
Illumination of his blejfed Spirit) he hath furnifhed with ability to reade the 
0araSfers of his bleifed will, writ in that ample and facred Volume of the Cre- 
ation, and the feverall Pages of individuall Matures. And further, to teftifie his 
care of his Creatures? hath alfo given them "Balme in their hands to ftoppe the 
over-fpreading.contagioufneffe of bainefull Z)ifeafes. But to contract the 
Rayes of my ProfpeSive to our ovtnebomes, the Pbifitians Colledge of London 
doth at this day nourifh moft noble and able Sons of Art s no way wanting in 
the choyceft of Learning 5 And though we doe not, yet the World abroad has 
taken notice of fundry learned Felloxves of that Socictie, as Linacres 3 Gilbert, 
Ridley, Dec, Flood, &c. and at prefent Vo&or Harvey 3 who deferves for his ma- 
ny and eminent Pifcoverie^ to have a Statue erected rather of Gold then 0$ 

Neverthelefie, it has beene obfei ved in other parts that we Englijh will Coc- 
ner abufe and detract from the worth of any of our owne Nation (though ne- 
ver fo well deferving) then render them what they juftly merit by a worthy 
Applaufe: And rathercry up a Frie of Illiterate ^uac^sflov every Galen hath his 
Plague, [a mounting ignorant Tbeffalus'] that cheatethe poore and fimple of 
their Money, and (I wilh they # did not) often in Conclufion murder theie 
h)Ecclef$8. over-credulous Patients 3 ) then give the learned Vb'ifitian the due (b) Honour 
God has appointed us to pay him. 

Now as God hath formerly died moft eminent Beames of the firft light up- 
on a few particular (Men (as it were to gratifle the deferving Labourers at all 
times of his day^So I am confident there are yet moft noble feeds of that light 
of Nature appointed to fpring up for the Benefit of Vofterity* The Gloty 
whereof we fee hath (hin'd in other Horizons , (hortly it will draw-neereto ours ; 
and that which wkhincenant7ty/e cannot yet be 7)ifcovered 3 (hail in thofe 
dayes be freely Revealed to fome that iittle dreame of it. I am more then Con- 
MtntSucceflion will meete with many advantages and belpes, which this cor- 
rupt and ingratefull Age deferves not s -nor (hall have j becaufe we deride, what 
Vefterity will adore with a lafting admiration: The Cirmt of that great and 
S&btiatbicaU Conjunction of the two Superiour Vlanets which- began An. 160$. 
in the Fiery Triplicity ,will lUuftme, Enlarge, and Refine Arts like the tryed 
Cfold, U (hall produce more pregnant and famous Vhilofopbers by Fire 3 (I 
meane fuch as isEtfarM) then yet the world ere fa w y and fo purifiefome 



ingenious Inqutfttors, as to make tbem fit MettaU for tAngeUs to Project on. 
This Fiery Trigon rtiall not pafTe, before that god maktmanifejt what he com- 
manded former Ages to keepe Secret , Where old Hermes his &£tbtriall 'Phi- 
pcfi ( vi l- * his ^nuintefTentiall Crater which R/pty here fpeakesof, and 
which is 

(i)jgwc& a$ atmciettt$2>l)t(fc&tatig^t, i) Sir E.^. to 

g 5". 

mail be Reftoiei $ whofe />cr/<?# and incorruptible Qualities of He<tte, 6o/i, 
MoiSure and Vrimfie are able not onely to Nourifh, Fortifie, and Encreafe the 
Fitall Spirits, but Z>/ge/f, Corrctf zndConfumc all Impediments and Corruptions , 
thofe hurtfull and Impure Stoifo which crept in with the C«r/e, (and joyning 
themfelves with the Good,) have ever fince ('like a growing Tydt) encroached 
fo far upon the Body of Man, till he is almoft overwhelmed and ready to 

But it is to be acknowledged that thofe Cbemifls defjprve a confiderablc 
mate of HoK0Ki%who,for want of thiso/£ tberiaU and Univerfall Medicine (which 
Gc^hath hitheno granted to few) iealoufly apply themfelves to finde out a 
Particular one, (that (edulout Indufiry may afford to more ) andtoraife up a 
Body oWbifick) from thofe (ft) Three Vrithiples which are to be found in every ]ABoft.Pbif 
Body, becaute compounded of them 5 (though ftrongly lockt up) namely Sal, c i Pt l m ' 
Sulphury and Mercury: (to which DtQave of late adds two more, vi%. Earth 
znAPhleagme) and fo comfortably relieve decaying Mortality, and heale J) if" 
e fifes by the meanes they are Cured. 

In the painefull andcurious/fowib of which Experiments, where there is more 
of Nature .that ftill lyes hid, (yea (he is as Infinite in her productions, as the 
M/nieof Mas can be Unfatiable,\n the fearch) lee the farisfa&ion the Ingenious 
Artift findes in one Truth, leade him cheerfully on to make Inquifition after a 
further, perhaps the Even* of his Labours may difcover a "Perfection iu the \ww- 
ledgeht hunts after, and Providence may be as kinde to fo diligent an Inquifitor, 
as "Nature is to the >tf«f, who beftows Wings on her in her declining Age, as a 
reward for her former Labours. 

And albeit I magnifie Cbemicall Tbiftqm, yet I do not leffen the due com- 
mendations that belong to galtnicaU : nor dare I, when fo great an Hermetic^ 
Pbilofopber as Amoldta de villa Nova has taken fo much paines to Joyne them 
together. And befides him, it has been the worke of Maierus, Faber, and many 
other conJciencious Pbilofephers ,to reconcile them. Who laying afide (indeede 
abhorring) all thought of Faction, conceive nothing to come neerer theVivi- 
nity of Nature,ov be any way more gratefull to God and Goodmen,thtn to help 
the Afflicted, and relieve the Sick ', nor greater Charity then to beftow health, 
and fupport dejefted Nature* Nor is Galenicall Phifiefih^rd to come by, it 
being at all timts eafy to be met with, the Superficies of the Earth never deny- 
ing us fome thing or other for {Medicine, and they, Milde, Gentle, and Safe for 
weake and tender N««rej.Moreover,it is obferved by Nclliut and others, that 
where God ftrikes with any Vifiafe, in thofe parts he alfo fends forth ^Plant 
that he endowes with vertue to cure it. And truly I cannot but admire h thofe 
fnarling humours, who make it their Tai\e to difparage w hat they affed not, . 
fnay oftentimes what is beyond their owne worth) and rent thofe noble 

O003 parts 



parts of Art afunder, which Nature has conjoyned in an harmonious Agree- 
* mcnt,a.nd whofe wide breaches, honeft hearted ftfilofophers endeavour to make 

up by a friendly Reconciliation, it being not to be denyed, but that each hath 
their peculiar Eminencies for which they deferve both Pmife & Honour* For my 
owne part, I am none of the Vetraffors from Learning, but beare an Qntverfall 
affection to Arts, and am in freindfhip with each of their particular 'Branches j 
Nay even in thofe I underftand not, for I am perfwaded by the fatisfa&ion 
I have received in things which before time I knew not, that there may 
be fomething deferving of my faire Opinion , in what I am yet to know. 
l)B*tt.&fv.pag. It has proved a great (l)Errour in fome Trd#«/0RffJ'iWhof tumbling up and 
downe their owne Speculations) feeke out for Truth in the Little world, and 
withdrawing themfelves too much from the Contemplation of Experiment all 
Naturall Obfevations ^neglect to looke for it in the greate and common World: 
When certainly fuch may far fooner arrive at that Truth they feekefor in Man, 
if they would but obferve the Beginnings, Change, declination, and death of 
all things, in and upon this inferiour Ghbe, and compare their vermes with 
our owne ituernall Natures for they are certainly (rn) united by a Noble,excel- 
lenr,and fecret^Harmony and Relation. 

And having found the true OriginaU and Caufe of Vifeafes, then further to 
fearch after a proper remedyj for all Vifeafes are no: cured by one fort of 
Pbyfek f^ ave tnat wmch is&&tberiatt and Incorpor call) And therefore according 
to the Doctrine of (n) Taracelfus, fuch as are bred from £o light a caufe as the 
impure Seeds of Vegitables, viz. Meatc , Vm\e, Fruits, Herbcs,znd the like 
Elementary things, may be very eafily cured with the Secrets of Hearbes,Koots y 
and fuch like mild and tender Medicines, oi which fort Gdlenicali Pbyfic\is 
more plentifully furniflied then any of the reft. Thofe that are produced from 
the more rude and knotteer Qualities oiMineralls, and what is caft within the 
CompafTe of that Tribe, the Cbemicall Pbifitian muft expell by the power and 
force of his metalline Sulphurs, &c. Vegitablcs being (in this Cafe; too v/eake 
to Mafler and T>iffolve their tenacious and coagulated Spirits: Thofe which 
are derived from the Influences o$ Heaven, mu&bt removed by Plants 3 &c, Ma- 
gically gathered and prepared,or by Sigills 3 &c. framed or made under futable 
Portions and Afpefts of the T lancis,and impregnated with the rayes otCelefti- 
all Venues, for without opening the Bodyes, Infufing fuperiour influences', and 
(by an additional Artifice) fixing them to the faid Bodies-, their own ordinary 
venue (be Elections never fo propitious) hath not ftrength enough to conquer 
Z)i (cafes of that Nature: andfeverallofthefe choice Secrets (of Nature and 
Art united) I my felfe have prepared, made and Experimentally verified. Final- 
ly, where Vifeafes happen by Supernatural meanes, as by Inchanments, &c. 
none of the other three are able to remedy the fame, fave onely SMagicall and 
Superceleflia.ll meanes, by and through the Vermes of particular Intelligences, 
Or the Red Medicine wrought up to the higheft degree of Terfeftion. Andia 
fuch cafes the Hermetique Philofopher muft apppeare, who 

m)$ct Davi- 
fon's Guric. 
?*JDe occult, 


o) Jm%ifS HUafonlatyconftitjefc 

% pztUit Sfymtint, foj Ufrotuis tijat be ffefc 
iDf all in tftmttteg to be veieifcefc, 

€i)tsl>e!etf> $mw 3 mt> prolonged i^fecfee. 



Therefore let all men ceafe to wonder why fo many Vifeafcs feeme incurable, 
when many times being SupernsHtrall we judge them Naturall, and the true 
Caufts unknowne, no futable M edicamen is adminiftred. ' * 

And whereas I havetoucht upon Sigills, I thinke it will not be remote from 
this iifcmrftyiil give a little fatisfa&ion to my Reader therein ; Though pr- 
tnpsit may be efteemed as a thing of too daring a Nature for my Pt?i Nor 
am I ignorant how fome, moft learned Men, have excremly fuffered under the 
heavy and Iharp Load of unworthy and raih Calumny, for manifefting or de- 
fending this Voclrine 5 but it hath only beene (fuch is their Glory )by tbofe that 
could never fufneiently Anfwer their ^Arguments. ?) $ ee & Mofes, 

The framing oiSigills, Lamels, Talefmes (for all depend upon one Radix) h* &uftor dubi- 
i$ a piece of Learning as (/>) Ancient as the Babilonian^ and Caldean Magi, ornm ' 
(who fit ft found out the Secret power of Figures) a chiefe part of their Magicfa 
Andpractifedbythe greateft Tbilofophers in the Eafterne World; Where re- 
maineto this day, (as evident Teftimonies of their firft Invention) very many 
and ancient Talefmes, the miraculous effects whereof were admired and ap- 
proved throughout all &£giptznd Perfia: although (I confeiiej their Nime 
and life be yet fcarce knovvne in thefe parts of the World ', Or if, onely to fuch 
whoie Wifdome thinkes fit to conceale and preferYe the \qtumkdg thereof, from 
the hands of the fenflene and profane. 

Among all other Thilofopbers ("famous for this kiade of knowledg) Apoh- 
?icK*Tyana<A\v3sthe(q) mightieft, and his Worses (in my Opinion} moft qjGreg.Obferv. 
StupcndiofCi : Who though the Envious and Ungratefull Worlds has throwne pag. 3 6. 
fome dirt upon him, to b!emi(h the Tnnocency of his Operations, yet he never X 

deferved other then well 5 all He did being for the (r)good thereof, and not VMayerusSym. 
for hurtle was no lefle a Pious then Illuflrious Pbtlofopb^r, Hi whole Life be- AurMenfaag. 
ingftiict and vertuous, andhis Death not blafted with any fcandalous Exit. Iz7 ' 
And for a juftification of his Tnwc#,take this Teftimony of Jw/fa'«s»,who,faith 
(s) that he was a Man skillfull in the " Diffent and fynfent of all nnurall Po- s)Inqueft. ai 
<c wets 5 and who wrought wonderfull things by the meanes of this Science 5 Orthodi^Uiejf, ) 
" (which were only Naturall and not Miraculous:) For which purpofe, he 
« made choyce of fuch fit Subjects, as might conduce to the perfection of 
w what he intended to Effect : And indeed God did not withftand thofe 
« Worses of his, in regard they were done by the knowledg of Naturall things, 
« for the ufe and benefit of Man. 

What I have further to fay, fliall onely be tafliew what Naturall powers. Si- 
gills, &c. graved or lmprejl wich proper Characters 3nd Figures, and made an* 
dercertaine peculiar Ccnftellatiotis may have. Albuma\ar,2ahel, Holy, Alba- 
tegnus, and divers other Arabians, give us feverall examples of fuch as have 

what Admirable effects 

been cured of the biting of Serpents, Scorpions, Mad dogs, &c. by Talifmaticall . r 
Figures : And in other Authors we meete with a world of (t) Stories which tell /lu 6 ^'^' 
~ ts they have wrought being rightly prepared, f which £ (??' r 
mould I here mention, would fwell beyond the limits of my Vifcourfe) But Ga JJ' Cur0 l' 
thispsece of Art is of extreme difficulty, and not to be performed by every 
one that takes it in hand. 

AsfortheufeoffuchCfordfferj, Letters, Words, Figures, &c. Formed or 
Infculped upon any Matter we make ufe of a we are led to it by the prefident u)See Crolius 
of Wamrc, who Stwpes moft notable and marveiow&F/^rej upon (u) PUnts, de fignat.inter, 

i Rives mum. 


Rootes, Seeds, Fruit?, nay even upon rude Stones , Flints, and other inferior 

Nor are thefe remarkable Signatures made and defcribed by Chaunce, (for 
there is a certame Providence which leades on all things to their end, and which 
makes nothing but to fomepurpofe,; but are the CbaraRcrt and Figures of 
thofe Starrs, by whom they are principally governed, and with thefe particular 
Stamps , have alfo peculiar and different venues beftowed upon them. 
What Artifls therefore doe in point of Character, is onely to purfue the 
Track, that is beaten out by Nature 5 And by how much the more the Matter 
whereupon fuch Imprefions are made, is futable to the Qualities of thofe Starrs 
whofeCfor4ff<?r*itisiignedwith: By fo much more apt and inclineable ic 
will be to receive thofe venues that (hall impowericto produce an Effeft, in 
things whereunto it's applyed. 

Nevertheleffe, this is not all, for this Body mutt have as it were a Soule in- 
fufed, and be Impregnated with aCeleHiall vitality, or elfe it remaines Inejjeftu- 
allandVead. In which refped other meanes muft be found out before we 
can obtaine that Effect. And therefore we are to Confider, that the Soule of 
the World is not confined, nor the Celejiiall Influences limited, but doe indif- 
ferently emit and communicate their Venues alike,as well to things Artificially 
made, as to thofe that are Naturally generated^hough fometimes they are more, 
at othertimes lefle vigorous and powerfull a according to the different Afreets 
under which they are wrought : In which regard a fit Election muft be built up 
from the foundation otAfirologic, futable to the Nature of the Operation pro- 
pofed, which being effeded, and the Stars finding a figure aptly difpofed for 
receiving them, they forthwith Imprefe their vertuc, which they retaining doe 
afterwards operate in that they finde to befemblable- And this is not ftrange 
i{ we refled upon the Vulgar experiments of the Loadejione, who communi- 
cating its vertue to a peece of Iron (a thing made fit by Nature to attrad and 
reteine) that P/a* thereby becomes of ftrength to communicate this vertue 
to a third. But if we fhould confider the Operations o£ this Magnet throughly 
fwhich oroceeds onely from a Naturall Vrinciple) there is no other My fiery Ce- 
leftiallyElemtntaUw Earthly, which can be too hard, for our "Belief e. 

Moreover,thefe CeleUiall venues and peculiar Gifts are not infufed into Ifr- 
dividuaU and particular things, by the Idea, and by meanes of the Soule of the 
World alone, But alfo are invited thither, through the Obedientiality of their 
Matter, and a certaine aptitude and likeneffe that thefe Inferiom beare to 
their Superiours 5 which being once taken in, they thereupon contrad and re- 
teine (befides fuch as they receive from their owne Species) thofe naturall 
Venues and Roots of the Starrs, wherewith they fufcitate and ftir up the Influ- 
ences of the Celefliall Bodies 5 who are (as, it were by compad when United) 
Obliged to Operate in and for that purpofe, which trie Artift appoints them. 
And more efpeciallyiftheMiwfe of the Operator be vehemently inclined to- 
wards the fame. For that through the ftrength and Efficacy of the Imagination 
and Vafiion, (being ferioufly intent upon any Operation) is joyned with the 
Hinde -of the Starrs and Intelligences, and as fodainly fitted with Vertues, as if 
it were the proper Receptacle of their Influences, and confequently -helpes more 
efTedually to infufe their Vertues into our Worse's : And the reafon is ; becaufc 
there is m apprcbwfim and power of all things in the Mnde: Whereupon all things 



havings naturail Obtdknce to it,bave alio of neceffity an Efficacy j and more to 
that which defires them, with a ftrong and intent Defirc. 

Notwithstanding, all thefe Wonders are not wrought but by the Coopera- 
tion otfecond Qau[es dilpofiing of the Cotporall Matter, god ('the firft caute of 
all things) having varioufly distributed thefe venues to every one as he plea- 
feth, who by his Command and appointment are neceffitated to produce 
their Effcfts.) Which Matter (by reafon of its Purity or Inequality may caufe 
the Celcftiall venues to erre in their Aft togs, (for certainly Influences maybe 
hindred, and prove ineffectual! through the indifpofition or inefficiency of 
the Matter.) And therefore it is no ordinary Speculation to awaken t he fleeping 
Spirit which lyes bound up in the ftraight Prifon of the Body, to invite and 
allure that propitious Spirit to defcend from Heaven, and unite it feife with 
that which is Internally and there withall to convey a Vinculum thereinto, that 
is of power to hold faft and fix the Qtkftiall Inflncncs, from uecoyling back in- 
to their united Centers. 

This is the Series and Order of Nature conjoyn'd with Art : and this, and 
all this muft be effe&ed,before one ttueMagicall Operation can be performed. 

Fag- r iH. tibct jjatrts £>aptentte. 

T Hough I cannot yet fatisfie the Reader who was the Autbour hereof, and 
therefore muft Regiftcr it,(together with <&$pmmte ant) ^f)iio(op))f, 
the i^mtietS Cale) amongft the Anonymi : vet I can aflure him He gives ex- 
ceeding good advice to the Student in this Science, where he bids him be Secret 
in the Carriage on of his Studies and Operations, and not to let any one know 
of his Undertakings, but his good Angel and Himjelfe s and fuch a clofe and 
retyped Br eft had Norton's Mafter, who 

w; m&etisajhn Utpnm of Coiouto cf tfce ISofe, w) Ordip.p.zv 

^efc>c»i&notfpea&e bat fceepe ^tmfcifefaU clofe. 

Priiw/ will (queftionlefle) prove an unimaginable benefit to him, whereas 
on the contrary Apertnejfe expofeth a true Pbilofopber to a multitude of Misfor- 
tunes. Witnege Sir ,E4. Kelley, whofe immoderate Ambition of fpreadin* his 
Name, lifted him up even to a Madiieffe of p«%Me Carriage-, which not°cor- 
reainginTime,hemoftmiferably/«//, through thefatall Virtego of impru- 
dent Glery, To fuch therefore I (hall only adde flfowraw Councell which may 
prove of no litle advantage if they remember ic. 

x) #a!se|ptib£ to ^our Dealing a* fefo as t*n ntafe, *)r« Cmmti 

#0} tyxtt tm tew Comtceil if ttotiim ht afc>aie. of Uw< ' 

THc Figure cut in Er^e and placed in Vage aio. is an Hierogliphicall 
device o(Cnmer fomtime ^fo* of Weftminfter, and ftftrifer (in this Sci- 
me) to%?n^rft#,wbichhecaufed to be painted upoaan ^;*M WJ 

?PP in 


hi Weftminjlcf tAbbey, where now the Statues of our lyings and J^uccm are fet 
in their refpeclive Habits. 

I met with k Limned in a very Ancim Mahufcript, before the old Vcrfes that 
vJftft>a<»ili .fr) follow, which there feemed to ferve as a Tnface to thac JfW^c which 

* ' ' bearesthe Tycleofi&erttte0 115 lift. In it is conteyn'd the Grand MijUrits of 

.the Pbilefopbers Stone, and not move Pcpifo or Superftitioui then FlameW% 
Hieroglipbht{s povmid upon antAnb'm St. Innocents Church-yard in TarU', 
Notwithftandingithaspleafed fdme, to warn the Original! over with a T to- 
urer's whited Brufh. As alfo (of late) to breake in Pieces the Cjfajfe Windoiv 
behfnde the Pulpit in St. Margarets Church at Weftminfter, wherein was faircly 
Painted (but unhappily miftaken for a r £opifh Story) rhe whole Proafje of the 
Wor\e, in this manner. 

The Window is divided into three Partsi In the Outermoft. wbereof.upon 
the right hand was drawne a Man holding a Boy in his hand , and a Woman 
with a Gir/e in hers, all ftanding in upright, na^edpoflures, upon a grcene foliate 
earth: Thefttoand Woman had Fetters, wherewith their Pen feemed to be 
thawed, to the ground, which Fetters were prefenttd as falling from off their - 
Legs, Over the beads of thek pcrfons were the 57* land Mootfe placed/and paiR- 
ted of a fad darke red Colour. 

Within the Left fide of the. Window was a Beautifull T&wg w4«, clad in a 
Garment oivanom Colours, bearing a Ydlow CroJZc upon his Shoulders, his 
Body.Encircled with aS/gfo Glory, which fent forth Beames of divers Colours, 
He ftcod upon an Earth intimating Qculm Vifcium. 

At the Facte- of the Midle Part of the Window was a faire largo Red Rt?/e 
full fpread, which iifued Rayes upward, and in the Middle anexeedmg bright 
Yellow Glory. Above the Rvfe was the Figure of a Mm rifing with Beames of 
Light fpread about his Head (fomwhac like the Poilure ufed to expreile Cbrift*'$ 
riftng from his' Sep- 1 bre) He had a Garment of a Reddi/b Colour, deepned with 
Red and heighmed with Yellow ; !n his left fta/, a Jfto Sme, which he 
held towards the Perfons arifing in that pa : tof the Window on the R/gfc* HawJj 
and in his Ri^bt Hand he held forth a Red Stone towards Him, whole Garments 
was of variovA Colours. 

In the upperrrtoft part of this Window over the Figures was Tranfverfely 
written as followeth: 

In the firft partof the Left Han J, 
®mnc& gcRteg aDeptt planfcite ci«ta ootHWtaSfratet: fcefcer. 
AT th* 1 $irthe Af/VMte Part. 

^jm tnisf lace ^ at m j ttenS fpt r ^amfa!im,ecce no&a facta sm«ta cefum $ /V) t • ., ' 
tu probable fc tfac rjw<m lhc R ^ r H ,^ 

fu Ted is $ act0 * qtia(I ttnU0 ** ' ' ' W ' ' ' ' ' m & li * tiU 

urram. Under thefe Figures in the Left fide oixhz Window were the Stawels and the 

Martyns Coates of >4rwej quartered ', And at the bottome of the Right fide 

* Elements of thereof, was this CoateotsArms placed, (w'tO^g^ <* Chevoron * Embattelled, 
Armor.p,^$. Jw/er, 6? Pa* ; which for the rareneffe of Bearing I thought fit to Blazon, and 

withail (becaufe upon very diligent fearch among the Records of Englifb Coats 
oiArmes it is not to be found ) in hope it may come to the view of fuch, who 
C'ifnQE at home) may from abroad produce the 2te4rer,and confequeotly bring 




to light the Terjoit that defign'd thefe Hiengliphhk*> and cAiijfed them thus to 
be Painted, f 

Pag.-* 13. i&ermMfH&fri). 

WHich ?/>« (as 'tis thought,) was written Originally by Raymund Lully 
(or at leaft made Englifl) by the afore mentioned Cremer) and that 
upon this Occafion, 

Cremer tra veiling into Iwtfjf fell into the acquaintance of Ltttfv, and fo ex- 
ceedingly wrought upon him by his perfwafions that he {a) brought <0,VideT efta- 
him over into England, where within ttvoyeares (but after thirty yeares erronious ment » 
Experiments) he obtcyned the Secret from him. And afterwards bringing Cremcri.] 
Lully to the fight and knowledge of Edward the third, upon fome deepe Ingage- 
mens and ''Promifes that the Jtfng entred into to profecute a VVarre agtinfl the 
Turves in per [on, to beftow fomwhat on the Houfc of God, but nothing in Pride or 
Warring againft Cbriftians,) he was content permt/SioneVivina Regem fuaArte 
divitemfacere. Which when the T{ing had obtained, he brake his Promife,tm- 
ned his Vefignc agaiaR France (the firft Expedition being {b) Anno 1337.) £) Stow. Ann. 
and finding that Lully (after he had feeae him violate his faith in deftroying/o. 234. 
C^rz/tojinfteadof Mahumetans) vdakd to further his Ambition with new 
fupply of Gold, He clapt him up in the Tower 3 whcre he lay a long time, and fee- 
ing no poffibility ofRetetf/^begun to fiudy his Free-demand to'that end made 
himfeife a Leaper, by which meanes he gained more Liberty, and at length an 
Advantage of efcaping into France, where in all probability he pen'dthis 

The whole Wor\\s Parabtlicall^ndAUufive; yet truly PbilofopbicaU : and the 
Bird (that intitlcsit) the Mercury of thePhilofopkers^whoCe. venues and properties 
are therein largely defcribed,) By the word Chorle, iwneant the Covetous and 
Ignorant Artift, the Garden is the re/JcU or gia/fc, and the Hedge the Furnace. :/ 

Pag.233. C^eCale of t^c Cijanoa's Yeoman. 

ONeReafonwhylfeleded out of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, that of the 
Cbanotfs Teomanw zs,toktthe World fee what notorious CW/V there 
has beene ever ufed, under pretence of this true (though Injur'd) Science} 
Another is, to (hew that Chaucer himfeife was a Maftcr therein. 

For, in this Tale Chaucer fets forth the deceipts in Alchimy to the life, and no- 
tably declaimes againft all fuch villanous Pretenders, who being wholly iono-' 
rant of Art t have notv/ithftanding learnt the Cunning, to abufe the World; And 
this paines he rooke (as himfeife profefleth; meerly 

c) €0 tl)t intent t%at mm ttiaie betoarc tfttreim, gchMTtm 

3L80 fo? no ot^er cattfe trai£. ' 

Herein following the Trefdm of all fiheere and confcientiousPWe/jW 
then whom, the Injured world cannot morecondemne the abufes of thefe Im« 

Ppjp a pojkrs 


pofim that difgrace the Art, in that they are continually advipng to Ihun them 
as fpreading InfeMion ; and fetting out £?g&ttand Vircclionf, that mayferve 
as To many Ltfni mar fa (if we will but take notice of them J to make us a- 
voyd the Roc\s of zheir Fr*j/4 and Veceipt, which will otherwise fplit U5. 

Thefamous^r/of Vbyfielt is not more abufed, with ^uaciiing Mounts 
han\si nor that other of^/fro/sgy moreinjur'd by fome nibling Scioliftsand 
ignorant luglers : then this Divine Science hath fuffered by the Lcgerdtmaine 
of feme Trttenders. What though fome Moderne Cbemifistove beyond the 
Latitude of their Trofejfion, (being hurried on by a Covetous thirftj to obteyne 
this Arcanum e £>ei i this Tbefaurus incompxrabilU',) and by operating inftrange 
tHatters.Sc torturing of various Bodies ; bring Z)isjaragcment upon this worthy 
Science; yet we ought not therefore to confound praife-wortby Arts, with the 
Abufcs which Iwpofters muffle into them * or for the falfeneile or corruption 
cf,the bad, condemne the pure and good : If So, Religion it felfe (35 well as 
©ther Learning, and Pro] : ejj ions) would fcarce be exempt from the like blemi- 
ffoesj and wounds, if not deftroyed and buiied in fcornfull Ignorance, 

This is the Mifcry, (and tis not ultra Caduceum for me tojfpeake it) ihat there 
are a Generation ©f Veople thatruih headlong into the acquaintance of fach 
Men, there's nor ftaviug them oft] much like the doting Idiotts which lo eager- 
ly courced Cbauctfs Cbanon, after whom 

d) Chan* - — — dj £$ en rften anfc fcone Ml mmt a £®$ iz 

Teom.Tale* |£ imfo? to ficfee an o^afos acquaintance, 

iftot&ncSmisg of lyte faife governance. 

Let Vbilofophers fay what tbev can, and wife men give never fo good Counfelf^ 
no warning will ferve,they muft be Couzened, nay they have a greedy ap- 
petite thereunto 5 but it Ins beene ever fo, and we are told of old, that 

t) Odin. pag. 7 e) £$ m$ %x tifice^s W& b$m fmife, 

a&ut§I;ail£ Credence to fume axoapt^cir tariff, 

fo fhong and powerful! a mifleader isCovetoufnejfe. 
f) Ord.p4g.i7. f ) Norton defcribes thefe Cheats exactly, and give as ful an account of their 
Subtilties as he dare, for feare of incouraging fuch as bend their Witts that 
g)Chap,ofPu- way. (gj Ripley dtffe&s them to the £oac,and feourgeth them naked to the 
trefac viewoidtf; the like doth many other Vbilofophers: Bloomef eld gives us a Cata- 

logue of the cheife of this Tribe in his time, and I may fafely tell the Reader be 
fhall gaine much benefit by this Wot fa if he pick but out what is faid concer- 
ning them, andftudy that Firft. 

In fome darke Vajfages tis as greate a Curtefle to Be taught to know Bloc fa 
as tobedire&edwhichwayto avoyd and get beyond them, and being fee 
thanke Ripty for this his following Cautionary advice. 

F)Chap,of Pu- b; Ufafeare lfymfo%t fo? Itjefog fafje, 

^cfac ^ nti ttwfctH S»tt't? nothing of greate Coll , 

J o^..atOf 1^0^ §ee, $t &f but ioft. 



As alfo Norton, 

i) Ceafc 2Upme n ceafe, be not tn letobneffe ebet?, \\ Ord. i> i *<$< 

3le3»bmffe fo leabe te better late tljen neber . 

I wifh I could fay this ^^ this_ Ndtt'Mt, the World, were not alured and in- 
fected with the Cyrtm notes of fome grand , and notable Impoftors 3 oz that 
the too too Qredulom had not met with the fame misfortune which Story 
tells us others have undergone, even to Ruine.Ya to thofe that have been De- 
coy'd into the fnare 3 and would gladly for the future purfue a more hopefull 
Cwrfa let them heare Richard Carpenter. 

k) 2&bpfztfce&>eHetetl>eS» begin, worke. 

SHelfelptel fc^altt&oa? frpnne 

And with him Chaucer, 

3If tyat sour <££»« cannot feenetigH /)Ghan Yeoro. 

aofcetytljat ^out #tnt>elac&notfcij0f%$t. Tale. 

And againe, 

H'tnomanbmle fri* t$te Ktoetofcctye, 
U&nt ije ttjat the ententton anb ^>pcee^e 
^fttyefWiofon^er£tim$erflNnb saw, 
&nb if %t t oc \p ijQf a leStobe man. 

-$ o* t^te^cpenee ant) Coming qtiob Cm; ty, m ) Arnold, de 

3,0 of t&c £>ecre of decree* parse. villa nova. 

Let me tell them they may btcomthappier and exped a Ittefiing in what they 
feekej If with Jo& they can thus throughly purge themfelves and fay, If I 
have made § old my Hope, or fine Gold my Confidence, &c. that is, if they can 
fludy this Science and not purfue it for Tranfmutation of Metals 
fake onefy, 

nj tfojCobetotuei ment^atfittbi^tiebetr 5& Pe f ce Black 

C^oos^ ttyvUte it once anb eber, monke. 

and certainly the lucre of that will fix a Curfe upon their 'Endeavours, and 
plunge them headlong into anunfathom'd depth of Misfortune. 
\ If what hath been delivered be not of force to make men watch over >their 
undertakings, and needfully avoid the Springs and Ginns that are ordinarily 
laid to intrap them into Ruine; but that on the contrary tbey carelefly Aide 
into* Venture upon any Tearms, lie leave them with this incouragement, 

o) m%o fetfytitlvttetywtiUettyemty, > Ch 

&et&mcomefo?tfcanbIeatneto^ttMpJies V p i. , 

3nb cbet^man t\)*t fcai^ott^tm t^t0 C ofcr 2 3tcom ' * ale *- 
%tt Jtfro appeateantJ frf j&ea#Wofop$e*. 

V P4> y, * Now- 


Now as Concerning Chaucer (the Author of this Tdle) he is racked amongft 
the Hermetic^ Fbilofopbcs, and his Maflcr in this Science was Sir f obn Gower, 
vvhofe familiar and. neere acquaintance began at the Inner Temple upon Chau- 
cer* s returne into England, for the Troubles of the Times towards the latter 
end viRieb: the fecond' sRaigu had caufe'd him to retire out of their Danger into 
Holland, Z eland, and France. 

He is cited by Norton for an Autbcmiquc Author y in thefe words 5 

p) Ord-p4g.4*« p) 3ta& Chaucer refceatfet^ ^ofc Cleans i# t|>e fame. 

Betides he that Reads the latter part of the Chanon's Yeoman's Tale^il eafily 
perceive him to be a ludiciom Ubiiofopber 3 and one that fully knew the 

tAi&ztSpegbt (in that commendable Account he gives of Chaucer's life,) 

is perfwaded he was borne in London, from fomething intimated in his Tcfta- 

|) Bale Gene men of love. But Bale faith. He was (q)Nobililoco nam, and that neere unto 

7./0/.J25. Oxford, tor ( faith he) Ltknd had ^Arguments which made him helieve he was 

borne either in Oxford [hire or Bar^fhire. But what thofe Arguments were we 

now know not, yet may believe them to be of considerable weight, becaufe 

they were doubtlefle fuch as he gathered in his 6.yeares laborious fearch into 

the Libraries of our Englijh Momfteries and Colleges, being furthered by the 

liberall Encouragement and Commifiion of Hen. 8 And had it not been for his 

r) See his indefatigable paints, All that was notable in this Nation (r) bad in all l\elyhooi 

Newyeares 1 bcene perpetually. obfCurcd, or .at, bejhbut hgbd, remembred 3 as uncertaine (baddowes. H.8. - Nevertheleffe the fruits of this famous Antiquaries labours, are no where now 

intirely to be feene, unkife difper fed through the -ceor\es of fome other men, 

who have moft arrogantly and unworthily made them their owne ; amongft 

the reft I perceive '2 olid, Vi'gtl ftole much Tymber from this worthy Snufture, 

with part whereof he bu.iL up, his Wor\e, the reft be envioufly burnt, for 

thus I bndt LelandsGboji Complaining. 

.$) Lelands 

s)fttt3 fceeetb'o i ojfcotij not island spirit, 
Complaine Spit!) (Etyofltf of tfg«gu$ &otaxti$ » 
aa&om $2>olioo*e 3Utrgiil tobb'D af merit, 
Bereft of iframcana fscfct of ^i&G}iee, 
mfylt(mzttl)) \>t ral3ia>t <£nghO) iUbjarteg. 
%% ftnelseo IB 20Se=fneei ; e sp^ofocber Mo it : 
£^o»io one borne all, to gettone fingieCreoitt. 

Urn 31 tocettrfc ? 0? fceti) not Eclantyef spirit 
^afee t£ne ana Cr^foj fome OiSoofee Crefare ftelt&$ 
3SifIwgfy0S8e*Sic!Mtt&ra3uig $smeano Merits 
a&fccre&t? arc fmotljef efc a ^tnecsglben 2£ealtj), 
31 learneo ©ItttteisCrafcaile, flDtts, anfc Realty-* 
2111 t^efc \)t fpent to Soe l)ig Country pieafnre, 
4) i) faoe l;# iparoe, t!je tt)o?lb mag feno& I,te Cmfure, 



But begging Pardon for this Vigrefiion, (being on the behalf of fo deferving 
a Schollar) I return to Chaucer .Vttts Pofitively faies he was born in W<.odflal{, 
of noble Varcnts, and that Pane bahu'u Equcftrts OrdinU VI u, his Faikr was a 
Knight. And this may not be unlikely it we Confider, that not onely the 
Nameis as A undent as (t) William the Conqueror's time, but that feme of the ^ RoiLof Bat- 
F<w»/yhave beeneboth of large fortunes and good quality. For we finde (uj te i[ Abby. 
thatErfw *fo i . heard the Complaint oilobn Chaucer in the Danrageof iooo 1. w ) Record in 
And alfo, that there was in theRaigve of H. j. and Ed. 1. one E//'fltf Chancer, Tur. Lond. 

of whom (wj • Edxoardm ici gratia, (?c. liberate de Thefauro nojtro Elm ^ Record in 

Chaufecif decern Solid: Wich which (x)£barafters our Geffrey Chaucer is written Scacc; 
intht Records otEd.^.^nd Kkhahefecond. _ xJSpeghtin ' 

But wherefoever he was Borne, his Education was chiefly in the University e^yit.Ghaucer. 
Oxford in Canter -b -try -Cvlledge, (y) (fuppreffed by H. 8. and now joyned to^,) Scow. An, 
Chri ft church) though for fome time he ftudied at Cambridge. fol.Q^j. 

s() Court of 

z)0t aram&jt&se Ctarfec. — Law.C JSu/\. % 

He quickly became a Witty Logitian, a fweet Rhetoritian, a pleafant Poet, a 
grave Vhilo/opher,z holy Vivine,a. skilful Maihcmatitian,h\s Tutors therein were 
^me3loi)ti i^<m,attrj iFrereij^SUnn?, W ^Friers Carmelites oiLymc » B , , 
remembred with honour in his Treaiife of the Aftrolabe) and moreoverfl may *' a '* 5 ' 
fafelyadde) an able Aftrologian, for almoft in every VVorke he inter- weaves 
moft found and per fed Afirologie. In Brief, he was Univerfally learned, and 
fo affirmes his Scholar thoX)cckv£ % 

h) €> vKniberfaU ;ffaoje of Science* ^ p l0 i og ,to 

*Pius fliles him(c)P/>2W# VazifaAnlbmm+e Florens.A Man that excelled p r 'j^ 
in >4m both olWarrt and T<tf<*> and a little after ,'Nam jam antequam virilem^ ^ 2 a t 47 1 
atatem attigiffet 3 erat Poeta Elegant, Et qui Potfim Anglicam ita illuftmvit, ut } °* 
Anglicm Homerus mcrito baberetur : For ere he came to Mans Eftatc, he was an 
Elegant Poet, and one 3 who illuftrated Englijh Poefy, that he might have beene 
defervedly .accounted the ^ttgit^ isomer. Lidgate the Mov\e of Bury calls 
him the (J) Load ftar of our Language, and tells us that it was he,thac d) J?r ef to Bo* 


c) fljpa&cfirft to feiUtl! an& IHatite c j j .Lid<*ate 

Cf)e (0 oiD tcro t>?qpp0 of gipeecSi anfc €!o quence, de N ativ.Mar* 

3Bnt« our Congue tfjroug^ J)t0 <£*eeiimce. 
3dnt> fount) t^e #iouresf frft of iSi)etera&e, 
£>nr tufcefpeectyi 0: e:y to inlumine, 
Cfcattn our Conge was nebcr non I? mi like. 

For indeed in his time all good Letters were laid afkep in moft parts of the 
World, zndinEngland our Towgwewas exceeding wild and rude, yet (through 
hisYefiningandpoliJhing)k became more fweet and pleafant, in which regard 
heisttiled f) Occl. de 

€$e 6rft fmttt of our km Dupage. Concur, 



He fpem many of his yeares in France and Flanders : fcferall Preferments he 

£) Pat, Rot* had at Qwri y for he v/As(g)Armigcr Regis to Ed. 3. (a place of very good Re- 

firft parte of putatim) (h) ValeSfta Hofpmi 3 vlz. Groomc of the Pallace, and after inR. 2. 

$o.Ed j.5W. f. time (i) Comrouleroi the Cu§ome-bou\t London 5 With thefe he had feverali 

fc)InPelfis lAnmallpenfiom during his Lz/e granted from R.z. and H. 4. His Abilities 

Excitus Scacc. for F orrdigne Implements were fo farre taken notice of, that he was twice or 

/J Anno 8.R.2 thrice fent abroad into other Countries> and thought fit to be one of the Em* 

bafjadors into France to move a Marriage betweene Richatd the fecond (while 

VrinceoiV Tales) and the Lady SMary , Daughter to the French t\ing. His fove- 

kw was ioooi./w <M7W». a very pientifull E0tftt,the times conhdered. 

He dyed at London x$ . 0£M. ^«?i. 1400. as appeares by the lnfcription up- 
on his ro???fo at Saint Pewr* in Vyeftmin^enAbby, in an I/Ie on the Smtb 
fide of the Churcb. 

Mr. Nicholas Brigham built this «3W4r&fc Monument to his Memory, the true 
Vourtraifture whereof I have caufed to be exa&ly graved in Brajfe&nd placed 
. in page 2 1 6. There was formerly round the ledge of the Tombe thefe following 
Ver[es 3 but now no remainder of them left. 

Sirogites quis eram 3 forfan tefama docebit: 
^ttodfifama negat, mundi quia gloria tranpt 9 

The Vi fan of Chaucer is now fomwhat deeay'd, but the Cjuver has reco- 

ve^itifs&gjffirimipaU left to pvfteritj by his worthy Scholiar Tbo* 0cdeve 3 
who MlPBrrhefe Ver[es upon it. 

■ ■~' 

£)Occ^deRe« k) ^nBt^Ott^^ijBf!tfcbcqoeint0t^erefemb!at?n«. 

gem.Princj 3D£tym&st&ittfme fofre$u;e iiffnefle, 

§ Concilm \%%&X to pnttt otyev men in remembiranncc 

Upon the fi- £>f $f perfoiie, J ^atc tjere tlje lifeneffe 

gure QiQbau- 5Do make, to tlji0 cnoe tHfot^faftneffej 

«r„ Ci)at ttyei i^at i^abc of l;ctn loft ft; owe ant) mpnoe, 
US. 2 tW ^cintoie, tna^ap^tnclimftnoc 

Before Mr. Brigham built the aforefaid Monument it feemes Chaucer had a 
Sttwc layd over his Grave upon which was ingraved this following Epitaph. 
Galfridus Chaucer Vates &fama Pocfis, 
Materna haefacrafum tumulattcs bumo. 

Pag 1 57. 2Daftttt' jaf 2Dr earn*. 


Amperfwaded this VVor\e called by the Name otpaftin's Dreamt ; feas 
beene turned iiitoEnglifh Vcrfe by fome later Vbilofopber tfor in his dayes we 

meete with no fuch refined Englifh, and in Latin we have his r*/fa» with which 

(in eflfed) this agrees. 

1) Gent. 1©. ^ ne T i m he ^ Iv '^ * n * s not certainely knowne 5 1 finde none that mention 

P&W* * tt ' ^ ut tis ^ e ^ eev ^ ic was * on § fe^c.-Oui}2?rffe fpeafcs of him 

.... ^ 


- yet thro wes at him and this Science fome uncomely abufes : Nevertheiefle he 
calls him lAlcunujtic* artfs atate fua ptimm & inAngim CMagifler union 5 the 
Prime AlcbymiS of his Agc> and the only Maftcr thereof in EngUnd; A Pro- 
ducer and Foreteller of things which (it feemes in his apprehenfion) he could 
not attaine to by Nature} He made a diligent fearch into all things that might 
poflibly be found out in Cbemiftry i infomuch that he boldly wrote and publi~ 
{bed feverall Experiments. 

And though (m) Pitts renders him a very Poore man, and layes the blame m)?ng.Bjt t 
upon his owne Artifice 5 (being fo much addicted to Akbymie,) yet queftion - 
lefie (if he were Majier of fuch learning as they confefle him to be, and his 
Poverty were not voluntary ',) he might have advanced himfelfeto riches when 
he pleafed. He wrote thefe following Bo^c/, 

1 . Super Arte Alcumifiica. 7^4. Speculum Ubilofopborum. 
t . Vifiones ai hue alias . ><^ 5 • Sapientum Aurimm. 
3. Secret* Secrewum. j£ 

(n) OAaierm faith he left behind him a confiderable QbemicaU Trail, which ri)$ymb^4ur. 
tfatut Laciniuthzth put in his Colleflions. Not unlike but this may be in Laci- Mens* pag.458, 
nm&sPretiofa Margarita novella de Tbefauro, acpreciofijfimo Pbilofopboru lapide j 
hutthe2tyofcI have not yet feene, and therefore cannot tell whether what is 
there publimed of Vaftin's, be any of the before mentioned Worker. 

Pag.i6<>. Cafce <&xty of (Btty, <Srtty@f49ofcer. 

LUdoviw Combubm in his hte CoUeclions of fome of Ripley* s Wor\es, put 
this oiPearce the 'Black Minfft among them under the Title of Terra Ttrra 
Pbilofopbicot 5 and publiihes it as Ripley's : and withallthat Tytle [TcrraTcr- 
rarum] which (o) Vitts alfo gives to one of his Wor\es may feeme to infinu- P*g»*77« 
ate this j But I conceive all arc not Ripley's which walk under his Name, for 
queftionleffe, many Pieces are (of hteTymcs) fathered on him which he never 
wrote; Bale his not this at all among the Catalogue he delivers of what was 
Ripley's, And I have met with it info old a Manufcript under the tytle of 
*Pearce the Btic\ Monfa thae the Hand (as I Judge) fpeakes it to be antienter 
then Ripley's Time. 

Pag. 275. 5©f Citan ^agneila tafee foe clcerc itgtyt, 

C^e IS etft <5 umme tyat 1 f bjtsbt : 
Some Ancient Copies have it alfo thus, 

£>f i£>pame mlie flje cieere Itg^t, 
' ^e ISeti Eton tfjat i* fo bjtgljr. 

tTTjHoto pitch upon for the Author, I was a long time ignorant of, yet 

V V st length I happily met wi|h an old Manufcript (and it was the anci- 

cnteft Hand-midngleyet faw this TW written in) to which was afHxt the 

Q^q 2{amc 


Nam of Richard Carpenter* and thereupon I hare Imitled it, Catttentet'd 

p) ljT*tt*Cbrm. I finde that in^ww 1 447. SF^« Carpenter then 2//&cp of WovctfUr (p) foun- 

fo.4^7. ded the Coliedge at IVefibury neere Br7Se//,(memioned (q) before to be A ug- 

«|).Pag,44i. mented bv mUism Camingt : (r) by f f pulling downe the old £<$<%, and in 

t)godrvf.^67' tc the new Building inlarged it very much 3 compafling it about with a ftrong 

"WaU, Embattaled 5 adding afaire Gate, with divers Towers, (more like un- 

"to zCafile then zCoiledge,) and laftly beftowed much good Land for augmen- 

_ ring the Revenue thereof. Befides this he built the Gateboufe ztHartlebo-ougb s 

s) CambMrtu a Cd/fte neere and (j) belonging to the Bilhop of VVorcefcr 5 and did feverail o- 

(0^74' ther VVorkesoi^iety zndCfarity. 

This^ijhop Carpenter is fuppofed to be Brother, -or neere l$infman to Ri- 
cbard Carpenter our eyftt*&or 3 and accounted an Hermetiquc Pkihfopber. He was 
Contemporary with Norton, and Cannings', and for the moft part lived neere 
unto them, at the aforemencioned VVe[\bjxy\ my he had fo great AfTe&ion to 
tVjfcto.p.442 ^ hat ^^e ^not unlike for the So««/w fake of Norton and Cannings or for 
*r '^ . • f ome jTpecfaii Blefling be met with there; that(f) he intended to have it honou- 
red with a part of his Style ', and to have taken upon him the Name oiBijhop 
of Worcefier and VVeftbwy, which though he could not effect yet chofe ic for 
his Burkilpkcc where he lyes Intend. 

In another old parchment Manuscript ('and that a veryfaire one) I met this 
VVor\e, Vrejaced with what follewes. 

30fec^cof t%z Cietfcea ti&atijoioen t&e&foSrtfe^tjati* ttyt 
ffifatt t^at moft be fatten in tU €*tr), ant) to!;et>ere it i£ nojfl;e& 
fojt^ fcot 0? colt), ifsj if tt xyere m !;eate, it fctyol&e iieoer tots &itfc 
out celoatiBmoEftttw, HWo fef t9 !^m al!e>ai tl)ateber &ag cornea 
of ostium it to toiffebetefc in tfae, a^ ifaoere, ant) jg>one, an&l&olg 
<£$o&, ^Dne foap t*>er« is, aufeno m©* SRilfo lofee fcrijicfc tjs t^e 
zffatct and $® ooere of alio i^ctallcj, iFoj- if ttjoti tya&e 0$ tafee m$ 0* 
tycnimmtec twinge trjan %i& sfamt UtnU? tljoa lefts all ti)t fcoetfe : #0? 
loofce to$etm$g$e comet*?, ans in iji* qwm ^otereisbeigttojf&e^un 
fojt!},an$%^en *)e i$ of age n«tt& $im£o$$ xsntijtjteo&ne ^otefS 
m^Ik?, ant) %sf 1$im is ©3&m : # o$«# tn^i&e* 

Pag.278. Che gating of t$e <&t?e&n£ &*on. 


-NihcCamplofVhilofopby,Bloome field reckons up a #Vfc that beares the 
j Title of thtGrebne Lyon, and amongft other Impoftors ^of his Tyme) calls 
the Ftar of Maiden, ( bur in fome Copies Vicar of JfWwJ the Ambon and 
confequently efteemes the Wor^e fpurious, 

v) Bloomfi u)-«ftenb?oattttfte«tiitbeWittr0f^atootti 

$of j?r/* /w*.. CBttMfe &?on <£ rcene, t^at moft t^all j&ecm 5 

But what P/ece foever that wns I know not: lam consent this, that I 
here ©refent my K^Jer wish under that Tytk 3 is a perfect Wor\$, and truly 


pbilofopbicall } UCiiztfomeCwpiesownetAbraftimAiklrem for their Author, 
and is To confirm'd to me by the Tcftimovy of a credible Philcfopber. 

Pag.103l.10. dfroo fa&e tup $9aHev{ei Rfe^- — — 

T Homos Cbtmocli (the Author o( the Breviary o{ ( Naturall Vbilo/opby) had 
the happinefle to have Two Mafters that made him inheritor of this $6- 
cret y The firft was he, whom here he Mentions, and it feemes 

w) m&* ftaicft in ttfi Clofe of JbdigbntU. ^e^ 

» Aich. 
This he further confirmes in his Breviary,thus: 

x) QfttQtt 3d &>.W name js ttttlp, I »0 Bre?. of 

jfttglj to t\)t Cite? ot*&aU0btttg ijig ft»e1itttgf0»- Phil.C^.4. 

It feemes he had fomc acquaintance with this Prie/f , and in that time bent 
his Studies this way, Imomuch that the Vriejt falling pc\ (whilft his ^Tw^c 
was a going J thought Cfomw^deferving of it ', for He 

y) aPfcttityttrjOttgftffoUfc, 7) Chap j, 

<0abe &ftn $f &o$fee ant> maos tym ty$ ffsir e 

This VVor\e Cbarno(k continued going, till unhappily it perimeth by Fire 
upon a Hewycaret day at ZSforae ^probably ir might be An. 1 f??. for that fell 
out in the fir ft and fecond ofTbil. and Mar. and in thofe yeares of their Raigne 
(which was parte in the yeare t ? 74. and parte in 1 ? $$.) he fa) received the ^\ Chap, ibid* 
Secret from the aforefaid Prieft, as himfelfe Teftifies. At which time he was A Q^S * 
about 3 o. or j 1 . yeares of Age (though he intimates he was about 18. yeares 
old when he firft met with the Prior of Bath) for Ann. 1 774. he was S o. yeares 
old, as appeares at the end of his (b) Fragments, which I Coppied from his b(%ztpag.^i6 
owne Hand. 

Pag.r.atfluuj. *0n!f a^oafcf ofxc^om'^eCnealtcaBon, 

THis 9A<m\z was Charmc\s other Maflerjmo whofe Company he (c) acci- c l J}*?' *". . 
dentally happened, his Name was MUiam Bird^nd by his FunUion, Tri- a)};™?- 1 ™* 
or ofBatb, at the Diflbhrnon of that Abbey 5 ■ J> G°™.$ucc. 

This Bird Awhile Prw/ expended much. Money by fe) endeaiourwg what J*&° J . 
fc# »)?«(/& *£e ^% Cburcb ~of%ttb (the (/) foundation of which^. mbd * 
fumptucus Building was^begun by O/rwr l^/«g,but he dying left it unpeifed:) ' 2 ^ 4 * 
flwi foii Jrcargfrt it to a perfection, when the VijJ'oltttion of the Abbey, bad once ever- 
thrown what before was fit up. 

It feemes this Prior had the Elixir upon the Supprefiion of the tAbby: he hid 

Q^q q 1 g;^no 


l) Chap, r. g) Unt> Ccit fcage& afte r \)t mnt to fctc^ (t cut, 

3tofe ttyere l)t fotw»fc but ti>e ftople of a Ciotite. 

For it was taken away; It made their Hearts light who lound it, but his Co 
beavy, and the lofle fo difcontented and affli&ed him, 

k) Chap.ibid. h) C£at mang £*are ■ af t cr ije fcati r.o fetltng trfacs. 

and flofing his E/# foone after his EcclcfigticaU preferments) was quite de- 
prived of attempting to make the Elixir againe. Whereupon he liv'd cbfcurtij, 
and grew verypoo^j and not able to give Cbtmocl^ entertainement, but his 
ewne Purfe paid for it., both times he was with him. 

Pa|^$8.1in x$. C^arnacft is i;ts name, of Ccnet fyat 31fle. 


*Enet or Tainct is aa£/k that lies in the Ea-fi part o£i$ent, and the 3B/>*£- 
p\aceoi(Jbamc-c\\ however though'he might be born there, yet he dwelt 
about (i) Salisbury, when he firft met with his Mafter BirdMe cais himfelf the 
v) knap. ?♦ Unlettered ScboUar, and by feverall Fragments and NM« that I have feene of 
his owne Writing, it does not appeare, that he underttood much Latin, or 
knew how to write true Englijh 5 yet though he wanted the Shell he obteyned 
the J^erneil, and had the good fortune to meete with that in plaine Englifb, 
which many (who have the affiftance of otherL^wgw^c/) goe without } Thus 
we fee by him,that Goihath not excluded all who are M.a(ters of no other then 
their own Language* from the happinefle of under (taming many Abftrufe 
and fubtill Secrets j I could inftance feverall in this Sciences and this very Gon- 
fideration invited that noble Fraternity of the R>C. to publiih their Fame and 
Cmftfm in Five feverall Languages, to the end the unearned might not be 
deprived and defrauded of the knowledge thereof. Nor was the Vroceffe ('which 
all Students may take notice of) tedious or long in delivering to 0}Arm:\* 
For thus he faith, 

|)His Mafter mitfnn tl# ee o? faure &oft$ (k)%t tebeateatome 

* J ro?» ®f #mcta!l practice tlje greate ^tflcr(e. 

HenvedintheRrfs%cofanO^/'«<«rp«^ elfel prefumehis Quality might 
have priviledged him from being Treft tor a Qommwt Souldkr, And from a 
Memorandum of his owne hand, it may be gathered, that he pra&ifed Cbirur- 
' _ gcry y for thereby it appearcs He bargained to have Five Maries for healing 

the Leg of one Richard Deane, for the payment of which x>ne Iobn 7$$dtn and 
Wffitim Lawly be c ame Succtyes, 





$*o 2-oo.H 13. ffiemembtfng mp Rafter tljo. 

Pal' toi.U.5. #2 flpaftet tyall fcnofr ail tftfef. 

li.8.Cl)cn frontt) J Sojite to mp Rafter 

Plg.3oi.lui.4WeH 3 rgmemb^'mr gew Rafter agame. 

TTis ^.lA.theVricli of Salisbury whomCbiirnecli means in thefe fever all 
J. places, and whofe Cbriftim Nume was 3|ame0 * for in another private Hi- 
moranium 3 mizten by Cbarnoch.^ finde thus much y 

i»cmo?anb > t^at £>irffioba*t fetyeJbfci* confer feftty mgCft* 
toi 5 £>i* 3lam?0,in fting <E*»art>0M£e0,T>toeIiefl> now tit 
t^e^aboije in &onSon, anD 3»ai& tt a ft>o»%uis t^cfe, ajat 
iif arrs ilamon* toft mt at &>amsr James ^atte. 


Page 301.IUU. tfojfoeti; it fcas Iglttfce tfr C^anon «i* #o*. 

SOme will have this to bearc a double ConftruSlion (either that Ripley was 
Bn or Sen/Ml to a Cbanon, as being bred up under a Qhrnm while a Boy j 
or that it was one who was Ripleys Servant, and brought up with him when 
toot?- to whom R/p/ey (finding him, fauhfull) might commit the Secret) 
and (o leave it uncertaine whetherRi;^ or his Scbolkr was Mafter to the afore- 
faid William Bird. But I rather conceive the latter moft probable j ..for, Rip/e/ 
// ) dyed about the yeare 1 S 9°- and the time that this Bird communicated this \)B*U Cen t 9: 
Secret to CHwwcfcwas at leaft 64.yearsafcer.S0 thac ^ftionlefTe this Bird was { .6i$. 
too vouns to be acquainted With fo weighty a Myflery at the timeofR/pty's Pmx.pag.578. 
death. However VViUiam "Bird had a Mafter, thrfugb £)« 3Rame* the Priejl 
of Salisbury had none j but received it from G^ds hands by infpiration ; for • 
Cfarowfefaycshctouidhirn / 

_— — m)i|cUit»itnotatiai«e, »)Cap.6> 

g>f no manor of ^pan but of <0ob,fc« ^totitfato-tyifffc**' 
9s i?e fc* it was t^natng, itm *« &te fctu 

90 atycnfcematje me fromm^ foej&e to be #reu\ 

C'H#*w£was much hindredin the Gourfeofhis Vraftife by the Malice 
of this Geflto<w,whoit feems was fome ill Neighbour, that bore him a 
Grudge, and executed it in as bad a time for the honeft Pbilofopber as pofiible 
might be 5 [even then when he was neere finilhing his wotke, 

. n) WW** ^onctfoefteefcowing.] . ^ Ga 

caulin^*/ r >- — 
Qqb 3 

caufing him to be preft for a Sbaldier upon the Defigne of relieving o(£alfs, 
o ) Stow An. ( which was the (°) beginning of Unitary Anno 1558. and almoft hx Mcmtfa 
J u ' after he had finished the Brevity of Vbilofofiy,) whereupon in 1 Vifcontent he 

" » ' deftroyed ^//. 

Pag.jo3.Ii.^ ^«t>if(0o5rp«cmei^3IS»UImen^t^i0anot6ct^. 

THe Breviary o(Natwall Vbilofopby was begun to be written wichintwo 
or three yeares after he was Mafler of the Secret, and thongh he feeme 
to promife fome other Wcrty, yet I could never learne that he wrote any thing 
afterwards , fave onely His two o/Enigmaes ,(the which I have Marmald after 
his Breviary) and the Fragments incerted, Pag.^. What time he dyed, is 
uncertaine, but after the yeare 1 5 77. 1 meete with nothing under his owns 
Hani, although feverall yeares before that, his Pen lay not ftill j for in divers 
fpare places of his Bootes he inferred fundry Notes, to the which moft com- 
monly he affixt a Ptftt j fome whereof I have published in this Tkatrum. 

Pag.^or. ^loomcfteftrg^ioffomejsf. 

THe Author himfelfe alfo calls this Wor^ethtCamp of Pbilofopby,md the 
VraHkk thereof he ftyles by the Name of his /<*/* fV/0 and. Teftament. It 
was written by Wittim Bloomefielitfomt Copies have called him Sir WM&m 
Bloomefidd) a Baifaikr of Pbyfict^, admitted byH.8. 

IhavefeeneafaireAftnw/frjpt of Norton's Ordinall, wherein (at thetoppe 
ofthe£.«/e,tfaac begins every Cfopttr and fome other Eminent places,) is a 
Scrowle, aMfn the firft fold thereof is written [Mjrte*] in the midle of it, the 
Number of the Chapter, and in the third ioU[BUomefieW] which Myles Bloom- 
field I take to be the Owner of theSto^e (and perhaps fome Brother or Osjnfmau 
to our William Bloomefield:) Never theiefle by at Note in that Boo\e (of an 
indifferent antient hand) I afterwards found this Myles Is called the An* 


l&IoomcficltyS Woffcttteg. 

I Cannot give my Kwier an Account of Sir Edward V&ky, but I muft alfo 
men ion that famous Anift, Do&or Jobn&ee-, (whofe laft Frill and Tefta- 
W€«* folioweth Sir .Edw. ladle's Worke) He being fometime his Intimate 
frund) and long Companion in Tbilofopbicall Studies, and Q)emicall Expert- 
mmtsx Till at length the worthy Veclor (leaving him in Germany) returned 
foj England, and fo by Providence, efcaped from being his further Companion ; 
in thziftiaiofr Confinement which Sir Erfw. Ifc//gp furfered, (by command of 
KuJui^b 1 he z, Emperowr of Gtrmany) at Pntgsc. 



Teaching Sir Edward K*Mty> he was bonk at Worcester, the Scheme of 
whofe Nativity (graved from the Origmll Calculation of Doctor Pre, and un- 
der his H**4) J here Exhibits 


Ttdauardus Kmuls : 
^oUMtltuao tjr:5Z: 10. 




vVnich may be gratefull and acceptable unto fuch that can read the Lin* 
gtwge of the Heavens : Infomuch> that therein they mall finde out more con- 
cerning him, then Story has left us. F or, whereas he by fome is called Ubi- 
lofcpbttiJ)ubitu t (omtYih2Lt a better 0p/««« might be hence CoUeSfed, and that 
from the l J ofition of Mercury Lord of the N#»fr 3 fthe Hck/£ o$J$noi»Udge, Wif- 
domeznd Science;) and who is placed upon the Cu[pe thereof in Virgo y where 
he is exceeding Strong, and Fortunate^in Dignities $ Ejjtnfiall and AccidertaU, 
[viz. inliis owne H««/e,and Exaltation, Vireft, and Jwi/t of Courfe, free from 
Combufl ion ,and in the Te<ir»ic, and F^ce ofVenm j to whom he applies by a 
pay tile Scxtik."] Venus al fo is %AnguU» 5 and beholding the C ufpe o( the Ninth 
Houfc,by a Sextilt} All which (with Confideration that the Degree A fcevdingis 
in the Tearmes of Mercury,) doe truly render him a iSWtfw of cleere Underftan- 
dingy qnkk Apprebeiifion, an excellent Wjf, and of great propensity to JPJbi- 
lofopbicall Studies. And indeede, by all Reports hs was very Ingenious, and a 
continuall Searcher, in the abftrufe and difficult $rcmx of Vbilofophy and C&c- 

Yet for all this, he could not efcape the hard Cenfures and Scandalls of" thofe 
that uaderftood not what he did} which tteDragm Tayk'mxhe^fccndm, 



was at all times ready to further 'and promete , and from vtho&Ptfitknthe 
Nature oithofc abufive AiJerfio?is may be (Generally ) gathered : and partly 
from z Story which Weverin his Fmerall Monuments inferts, where, rhongh he 
make him an After in. the worft part. of Conjuration, * and backs his Reluion 
with fome Hotmail Circumstances i Yet that nothing was done in the Nature he 
Relates s good and found Reafons (too tedious to be touched here) induce me 
to believe. 

As touching Voftor Dee, he chiefly bent his Studies to the &latbematk\s * 
in all parts of which he .was an a&foluce and perfect Mafter. WitnefTe his 
MatbematicaU Preface to Euclids Elements, wherein are enumerated many Arts 
of him wholly invented (by Name, Definition, Propriety, andJ^e) more then 
either the grccian or Romane Matbematitians have left to our knowledge : with 
divers and many Annotations, and Inventions , MatbematicaU , added in fun- 
dry places of the faid Boo^e : Together with feverall Pieces of Navi- 
gation, Vcrfpcftive > and other rare Mathematically works of his in UAam- 
fc-ipt. -. -'- ;-■■ '-.•.■=* • 

His Epiftle prefixed to Ubn Field* s Epbemeridcs 1 5 tf.Ve ufu Cflobi C&lcflts 
to Ed.6. Vc Nubium (olis lm& ac reliquorum Tlanttamm^&c, Viflantiis, &c. to 
Ed.6. zAfirononticallandLogifiicall Cdstsks to.Cactitafe-$ie Epbemerides byi 
2>e ftella admiraada in C'afiiope* Afterifmo\ An Advil! and Difcourfe about 
the Reformation of the Vulgar Teare, fpeake him ilearhed Aftropomer. 

And laftly, that he was a good Aftrolcgiah, and a Itudious Vbilofopber, his 
goo. lAftnlogicall Apborijmes , His no. Apbori fines Z)f fraftmftribm qui- 
bufdtm Mturavimtibua.pftonMHieroglipbic*. Speculum unimji, (being axiApv- 
logie for our famous Frier %tcon) Cabala Hebrakacompendiefa Tabula, with 
many others, afford no (mall Evidence to the World, ..,."" 

All which and many mors (in feverall other kinds of learning) as Hiftoiy, 

Heraldry, &c. written by him before the year 1 58}. Some time He beftowed in 

/>) 2 8.' Dec. w^gir Cbcmiftry&nd was thcmtiMafter of divers Stett,amongft others he (p) 

*579* revealed to one Roger Cocfothe Great Secret ofohe Elixir(as he called it)of the 

$alt o£Mctalls, the Projection whereof was One upon a Hundred. 

His great Ability in lAftrologie, and the more fecret parts of Learning fee* 

which he had a ftrong propenfity and unwearyed Fancy,) drew from the E»w- 

om andVulgar, many rtf#, lewd, and lying Scandalls, upon his mofkJtoneft and 

juftificablePbilofopbicall Studies} and many times forced him out of the toer- 

neffe of his 5owte (which was even Crucified with the malice of Impudent 

Tongues) mod feiioufly and fervently to Apologise. Nor coyald he enjoy 

Tranquility in his Studies, but was oftentimes difquieted and vexed with the 

) A 8 fower dtfpofitions of fuch as moft Injurioufly Scandalised both him and fte, 

^/ An. f 5 8 J«i n f om . uc h that the (<?) veare he went beyond Sea his Library was feiiedon, 

wherein was 4-00. Booty, and 7ocof them Manufcripts (aCaveat for all Inge: 

mom and eminent Pbilofopbcrs to be more wife then to keep any dear or Excellent 

Books in their own Houfes.) And tis moft probable that at this time his before 

mentioned Spcculu witatis, might fall into thok bands, that would never fince 

fufFer ir to fee the Light, which might occafion the Learned Sslden to lay, this 

r) (r)Apologie was long h~ncz promifed by himjbat intimating it was never Writ. 

Hopt. Concor . *An. 1591. (s)Mafter Sec m<zry Walfingbam, and Sir Tfo: Georgeweve fent to 

sj Nov. 9. his then dwelling houfe at Mortilack by vertue of a Commifion 3 tounderftand 



the Hattet 2Ltid€dnfcs for which his Studies were 1 'Scandalised. And Foe fome 

other thing in the like Nature, was he neceflitated to fend his (s) Apohgeticall s ) T an .^ x tg f, 

letter to the Arcbbijbop of Qam bury \ '* y 

Thefekind otPcrfceutions were ftil Multipiyed upon him,and hefometimes 
Perfonally agreeved by them: for about the yeare 1594* he was under a 
kinde of Reftraint, which occafioned him to (t) write to the Lady Scydmore to t \ t o q « 
move the ^ueene that either he might declare his Cafe to the Body of the Com- i^al 
ctU, or elfe under the Broade-feale have liberty to goe freely where he pleafed. 
And thus mach concerning thefe two famous men in feverall j now 
' mall I give the Reader an Account of their jeynt Actions abroad, as alfo what 
relates to Vector Dee after his returns into England ; which I mall doe 
from an unqueftionable Authority, even Doctor Dee's Diary, all written with his 
owne handj where I mall take thalarger Field to walke in, becaufe I move 
upon fo certaine ground: fome of which paflages may pleafe (if not concerne) 
the Reader. Eot I think it not fit to fuffer fuch Eminent lights longer to lie in 
Obfcurity, without bringing them forth to the view of the World. 

'Tis generally reported that Doctor T)ee, and Sir Edward l^elly were fo 
ftangely fortunate, as to finde a very large quantity of the Elixir in fome part 
of the Knines of Glaftcnbury- Abbey ,which was fo incredibly Rich in vcrtuc(bc~ 
ing one upon 27x350.) that they loft much in making Projection^ way of 
Triati} before they found out the true height of the Medicine, 

And no fooner were they Mafters of this Treasure, then the y refol ved to Tr& - 
veil into F err tigne Parts, where falling into acquaintance with^one Albertus 
laskty a Holonian prince (which came into England the beginning of &/lay, 
An. 1 $ 83.) on the 21. of Sep*, following, They, their Wives, Children, and 
Families, went beyond Sea with the faid Urincc. 

And whether they found it at Glaftenbwy (as is aforefaid) or faowfoever elfe 
they came by it, 'tis certain they had it: for at Trebona in Botawfwhither they 
were come to'(«) dwell) Sir Edward Valley made (w) Projection with one tfjSept.4.i?86 
fmall Cjraine thereof (in proportion no bigger then the IeaftgraineofSand) wjDcc9*!?&$ 
upon one Ounce and a Quarter of Common Mercury, and it produced almoft an 
Ounce of moft pure GoW. This was done to gtatifie Mafter Edward Garland 
and his Brother Francis 3 and in their prefence; which Edward Was lately come 
to Trebona, being fent thither to Doctor 7)ce, ftotn the Empmur of Mufcovia, 
according to fome Articles before brought^ by one Thomas $ym\infw* I alfo 
finde this Note ol Doctor Dec's, J *n,$.i$% 6. Donum Dei 2.ounces.E« }{ More- 
over, for neerer and later Teftimony,! have received it from a credible Tcrfon, 
that oncBroomfield and Alexander Roberts ,to\d him they had often feen S/r Erf: 
"Kelly make Projection , and in particular upon a piece of Metall cut out of a 
Warming pan, and without S/r Edwards touching or handling it, or melting 
the Metall (onely warming it in the Fire) the Elixir being put thereon^ic 
Vi&sTraufnmtcd into pure S/7wr:The Warming-pin and this piece of it,was fent 
to J^uein Eliytbcibby her Embajjador who then lay at Prdgttcyhat byfitcif g the 
P/ece into the place whence it was cut out, ie might exa&ly appeare to be once 
part of that VV 'arming- pan, .The aforefaid Verfon hath likewife feen in the hands - 
of one Matter Frye and Scroope, Rings of Sir Edward KjUycs Gold, the fafhion 
of which was onely C70W vryre, twilled thrice about the Finger: and of thefe 
f afhioned Rings> he gave away,to the value of 4000I. at the Marriage of one of 

Rrc his 


his Servant Maides, This was fiighly Generous, but to fay truth he was openly 
Vrofufe, beyond the modeft Limitts of a $o5«r Philofopber. 

During their abode at Trebona, they tried many Cbcmicdl Experment$(to fee 
whether they could make that Iewell they pofleftj (the particular account of 
their operations I n?ede not here relate) yet I cannot bearethat ever they accom- 
plifhed any thingjonely I fince-the z7 .ofjprill noted by Doflor Dee with fe- 
veralhexf reflions of Ioy and Gladnc(fc,zs — — H&c eft dies quint fecit Domi- 

ms. Againe >Mifemordia Dei magna^nd laftly, Ornne quod vivit 

UudetD&ninum. And to teftifie what they meant, he writes upon the 30. day 
following,^*/?*? Edward KfHij did open tbe Great fecret to me, God •be. 

Whiles they lived at TrcboMiSir Edward Kjlley went dives times to Vragm x 
and th e 1 S. of Ian. 1 J 87 . he went into VoUni, but returned the 9 of Febr. after, 
And 'tis probable thefe Ie*rnr/J were made in quell after fome famous Cbe- 
mifts Things were not carried here fo privately* but ^eene Elizabeth had no- 
ticegiven her of their Anions, whereupon (he ufed feverall meanes by Letters 
and M.if\igcs to invite them back into England, where it was believed (he had 
fo far prevailed that "Mafter Sim^infou and Mafter Francis Garland' s Brother 
x)8.Dec«i 587 R<>fo r ?, coming from England to (x) Trebona fuppofed they badbeene ready to 
come over to England upon the ^ueencs Letters formerly fent them. And- 
j)iMay ij8^. though Sir Edwardl{cUty Raid behinde,yet Doftor Dee (7) lefc Trebona and 
and came for England, But whether occaiioned by fome unkindnefle received 
from Sly Edward l^elley or falling out of their Wives, or the Solicitation of 
JQueene Elizabeth (or all thefe concurring) I am not yet certaine, not unlike 
but each of them might contribute to their Seperatkn, 

For that there was fomcGreate and Wondtrfull unkindnefle paft from S/u 
"Edward l^tiley, appeares,by his fending for Doctor Dee, the beginning of Ian, 
1588. under mew of Reconcilmun, and discovering more then an Ordinary 
intimacy and Compliancy about that time, which faire fbewes the good Doctor 
notes with this prayer. God lade bU bear t to aU Charity and Brotherly love: 
Asalfo by Letters fent from Doctor Dee to Sir Edward J£elley &nd his Wife 
the end of March following, requiring at their hands Mutuall Charity, which 
|) May 9. Ct) after upon MMris ^cUtyt receiving the Sacrament (he gave her hand to 
Doctor Dee and his Wife in^TclfeeB oi Charity, But it feemes thefe things were 
notcordiall butonely outward 5 for 9, Sept. following, (the Lord Chancellor 
coming toTrebena) the Rancour & Difiimulation was more evident to him,and 
it feemes grew up to a greater height then he could beare. And thereupon he 
thought wifely to avoid theiurtber Danger by leaving Germany which occafi- 
0)^.]m.i^9> one( * him to (a) deliver to Sir Edward Valley tbel 'owder, the Bootes } tbeG 'la ffe., 
with fome other things, and thereupon received his Difcbarge in writing unier 
his Hand and Seale. 

While thdzDifcmtents continued, feverall Letters paft betweeen ^ueene 
Blfybeib and Doctor Dee, whereby perhaps he might promife to returne 5 At 
yV.Mar.i 1*9- length it fo fell-out, that he (b) left Trebona and took his lourney for 

The ninth oiAprill he came to Breame and had not flayed there three dayes, 
but the Landtgrave of Heffe fent Letters oiCiviU Complements to him, and with- 
sovthree daves -xfm, Doctor Pee prefented Jaim with hit Twelve Hungarian 

_~ Horfit 


Hvrfet, that he bought at Prague for his feum*}. (c ) Here that famous Her* c ) zj June 

metiqucHbilofopber, [Dodor H*ww Jfunratb of Hamburgh"] came to vific ij8o, 

him: The I 6. of Nov.he went thence to Stade, where he met with Mi.Edward 

Dyer going Embajfador for Denmarl{e, who the yeare before had beene at Tre^ 

bona^nd carried back Letter/ from the DoBvr to Queene Elizabeth He was a 

great Corefpondent of Dodor Dm, and as earneft a Searcher after the 


The 13. of Novcmb. following, he arrived at (J 'raves end having beene out 
oiEngland 6.yea>es z. Monetbs and z.Dayes, and the 9th of Decern b. prefented 
himfclfe to the ^uecne at Richmond, where he was favoured with a kinde Re- 

Being fetled againe at Mortdac\,tht ^ueent ufed to call at his Houfe to vific 
him, and (hewed her felf very Curteous to him, upon all QccaGons Againft 
Cbriftmas 1 f pojhe fent him Two bundredAngds wherewith to keep ri is Cbrift- 
mas, and a hundred Ma kes againft Cbriftmas 1 r 9 1. fhe if e wife fent him wor d 
by Mr. Thomas Candijb, to doe what he would in AUhymie and Philofopby, and 
none mould controule or moleft him : and not unlike by the ^Menertxainpte, 
divers Per fottages of Homum Court) frequented his Company ',and fent him 
many Guiftlfcom time to time.Amongft others Sir Thomas f ones moft nobly 
offered him his Caftle of Emlin in Wales, to dwell in, free with all lAccomo- 

HisPavour was fairc at C ourt t the ^ueene her felfe bad him findeoue 
fomethingfor her to beftowj yetali the preferment he gain* d was the (d)d) 8, Dec 
grant of the CbanceUorjbip ofSt.Tauls, and the 17 of May 1^9 j. his latent i59*> 
paft the great Scale, for the Wardcnfhip of Manhzfter, whither He, his Wife, 
Children, andF amily came the 14. ofFe&.ifotf. and the 20. day following 
was InftaUed, and in this Wardenjkip (wherein he had the unhappinelTe to be 
often vexc with the TwrbulentF eilowes ol that Colledge)dyed,dtCctYing theCww- 
meniations of all Learned and Ingcnim Scbolters, and to be reaiembred for his 
remarkable Abilities* 

After Dodor Z>« came into'Engkmf/as is before remembredj Correspon- 
dency was ftill maintained betweene him and Sir Edward Ifylley, in Letters (ent 
by Mr. Francis Garland and others * (and fome expectancy of Sir Edwards 
comming over ; fe) Mr. Thomas Valley (his JSroher,) putting the Doftor in i?) 2$.Dee. 
hopes thereof likewifej but at length Sir Edward wasclapt upctofe Prifonert^Ba t 
by the Empermr (for he had fo unwarily and openly managed the Secret, that 
it had given the Emperour occafion to carryaftrid Eye over all his Anions, 
out of a defire to be (hater, with him in his good fortune) yet it feemes the , 
Emperour fet him at (f) Liberty, and Dodor Z)*ehad notice of it the $. of/MC/a.iJ^S 
IDecemb, after. And though he began to grow into the Emperours favour, in 
hopes to be entertained into his Service (for fo he certified Dodor Dee by Let- 
ters in Auguft i$o 5 .) Nevertheleife he was clapt up againe into Prifon,znd 
attempting to make his Bfcape out of a high Window, by the teering of his 
Sbeetcs, which were tyed together to let him downe, he ('being a weighty Man) 
fell and broke his Legfy and thereof dyed : (The •Afcendent then coming by § : . 
Diredionto the place of the (g) Moone with Latitude, (he being Ldiy o/rfo 8th.g; * ce ltie 
houfe in theR<*i/x and pofited in Aquarius.) Aadthisis one report of his Scheme of the 
Death 5 others there arc, but Dodor Z)w mencions none at all of the manner Nativity ♦ 

R r r a thereof 

h) Anno if 9 f. thereof j onely this^ (h) HovSnb. H* Newes that Sir E. K- was flaine. 

■ ■■■I !!■■ II I — ■ — — MM— ^— — I— — ■ — ^— — — — — — — — — «—— II 1 ——111 

Pag. $ 6 r. 31 ^Dialogue httvoipt tye jFafljer ant) ttye &onne. 

THis Dialogue is there placed among the Anonymi, in regard I then knew 
not the Author 3 but afterwards I met with the intire (i) Jforfoand 
P*&'$ 1 *• found it to be that of Ripley's, which is called the Miftcry ofAkbymifls ,and that 

this Fragment was but drawne out of it, only dreft up with another Tytlei 
which if the Reader compare he mall readily finde. 

For the want ofSenfe in fome parts thereof , as a-lfo in other Elder Pieces*, I 
hope tht J) imnes of the Taper will be excufed where there was no ckerer light 
to be found. For though (like the Sun) theymav feeme to have fome Spots, 
yet the candid Peruler mull confefle they are not without their peculiar 
Glories. Thekruth is, fome Paflages through them were fo obfeure and dark, 
and the *Patbs I followed fo rugged and uneven , that I could neither ftay in 
them without manifeft difptragcment,ov goe out of them without fome Danger: 
and from my discoveries fraught thence, I am well aifured I mightiiave more 
contented the Reader, could I have fadsfied my Self better. However, I durft. 
not adventure to Reftifie what I found amijfc'y but thought it better to leave it 
to the Judgement of each that takes the prints to ftudy them, then obtrude my 
owne fen[e,kft what I Judge m'Emendation,others may fenfare as a Grojje fault: 
and withall ever remembring the ftri& Qiargi the generality of Pbilofopbers 
have continually given to fucceffion, not to meddle or alter any of their Worses % 
I,feven in what I feare are manifeft ImperfeSfions) dare not but moft invio- 
lably obferve them,and amongft them all this Credible and Trufij Pbiloftpber is 
not unworthy of our taking notice of, who thus requires the fame. 

jftHunt. green* W 'Cfcetefoje fa Cljarfte ano fo* tye&ojfcgfafce, 

2,j on . iUtnomanfroiiHnpfcmttngtafee 

jfiD ne fc>o?D, o% afco thereto, 

^o? tevUinztyit tfjatfcefco, 

$t$aUajefe malice ft ofo$fc|j 31 amfrec, 

$® eaning QLxufy a»fc not fubt% 

Pag 4 358.1in,i. 3nT> alfotetA gtete btKgetice* 

l)Mb.4.]o.p a "y^His P/Vtf is the Woi\t of Sir tfebnGowr,imd Colleaed out of his Bwfc 
\ X (\) Ve Confejjtone AmanU. He is placed in the Rc^r of our Hermetique 
Vbilofopbers : and one that adopted into the Inheritance of this Miftery, our 
famous Engli/b Poet, Geoffry Cbmer. In this litle Fragment it appeares he fully 
undefftoodthe Secret, for he gives you a faithfull account of the Properties 
of the WuertU, Pegiuble, za£ Animall Stmes, and afiirmes the Art jto be 


j£>o ttytt thereto ttofatface in. 


Cfa ^cpeneeof Ijim&lfe {* trtfc, 
^i|jon tyefojme as it t£ founts. 

He vras an eminent To«, and hath (m) written the ftorycf the golden 
fleece, like an Hermetique Fbihfvpber: which Tbilofcpbicall veine is to be traced m )£*M. 
through feverall other parts of his Worlfji* The firft acquaintance betweene Him 
and Chancer began at the laser r<?;?j/>/c,where Sir tfobnCjower Audied th; Larves, 
and whither Chaucer came to follow the like coude of ftudies upon his returne 
out of France. He was (Cmh^Pitts) a (a) noble and learned Man, galfrido , 
f§re per omnia fimilem , quique eundem prorfus babuit omnium ftudiorum {uQrum n '™&^ 7 $' 
propofiwmfinem; refembling Geoffry almoft in every thing, and who had furely 
the fame propofed end of all their Studies; they foone perceived the fimilitude 
of their manners, quickly joyned in Friendship znd Labours $ they had dayly 
meetings and familiarity,and all their endeavour was to refine and p3lifh their 
Mother Tongue, that there might appeare the expreife footefteps oi the Roman 
Eloquence in our Englifh Speech. 

This appeares by Q)iucer's fending to Gower his Tnylm and CreJSida after 
he had finimed it, for his perufall and amendments. 

o) 3D ^ejatt Softer, tW ^oafce J t>tf e<* $i ec tf ! e end , 

®o tfce, anttotfte^^iiofop^tcail ^tro&e 5? V ? 111 * ana 

(&o tooueltfafe, tijer neeoe ijef, to covert, - * fS " 
iDf^oui; 35 emgniteeff aao JZekg g oo&. 

And furely thefe two added fo much of fplendourand ornament to our Efl. 
glijh Ideome> as never any the like before them : for they fee foote to foote, and 
lovingly contended, whether (hould bring moft honour to his Country both en- 
deavouring to overc^me a and to be overcome each of other, they being.not on* 
ly the Remembrancers but Imitators of him, 

Jguod lingua, Catonh (? Enni, 
Sermonempatrium ditavcri't, & nova rerum 
Nomina protulerit, 

p) Stow Margens it, that he was no T&iigbu yet we have it (q) from Bale P)^ avv *f -^ ' 
that he was Vir Equeftris Ordinis, of the Order of Jfyigbtbood, and Lcland fayes £)Ccnt-t7.5 *4-- 
that Abilluftri ftemmate origmem duxit, that he had . his Originallf rom an f/- 
lufiriom Pedigre. 

He (r) built a great part of St. Mary Overies Church in Soutbm kc ; and r ) btow ' ATin * : 
when, death had fnatcbt out of his bofome his deare Companion^wjjfcv Cbau- P'S z &* 
cer, he then prepared a rcfting place for his owne *&oiy in ihe Chapelt of Saint 
lobn in the faid Cbureb where hz founded a Chauntry.\\t was very old and blind 
when he dyed and lived but two yeares after Chancer. He had a ftately Monu- 
ment erected, wherein was his whole Vonraifture cut in Stme ia the Wall on the 

Rjr 5 " "'" North; A 


North fide of the (aid Chapdl, The Haire of his H«4 Aburnelongto his 
Shoulders, but curling up,and a fmali forked Bwrij on his Head a Cfo&fo like 
a Coronet of foure R^a habit of Purple, (Mr. jftgfe byes'GremJh) Vamaske 
downe to his tee, a Co//cr of E/fcj of GoW about his Ata*, the Ornaments of 
Knighthood, under his head thelikenefle of three Bwfcx which (amoe fever all 
others) he compiled, the firfl Speculum Meditantis, written inFrencb,the fecond 
Vox Ckmantts wrucen in £«/», the third Cen/e/fo Amantit, pen'd in £»£/;#, 
which Iaft was printed the i z.of March An. i ? y* His tAmes were thetef ^f ! 
gent, zChevoranAiure, three Leopards heads thereon Or, their Tongues Gules, 
two ^wgefc Supporters, and on the Cre/f a.Wk. 

His Epitaph 

armigerij&cttttminfctt amofco fertfibi tutttm, 
iBct»Ditiit immotaftmi morti generate ttftmttttii, 
^>ptrtt»0 £*tttum fe gaafceat eCTe fohttam, 
€t Wf Mtntaw IRegiwm One fate Sattttttm. 

T>em nobis h#c Otiajecit. 

• r-< * ^: 

Courteous Reader, thou art defired to re&ifie thefe fol^ 

lowing miftakes, in (brae Copies, (committed by 

the Printer) in the Tabic ot Obfolctc words. 

&'eft>r. 115 lent Djnc!e,t\!D0;iIce Etve,r.<&tbz Leah a r.lLec$ Maver,r. 
ii^jer Quall,r.ittueU LibeUia,v. Libclltts We^UBap Weude,r.C®effl>$ 
Wli, r. moll Wame, r. S&ome Wannc^.^onne WauMen,r.2aioSll**a; 






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The fever all Treatifes 7 
with their Authors Names,contained 

in this WORKE. 

ORdinall of Alchemic Thomas Norton* pag. i . 
Compound of Alchemic. George Ripley. p. 107. 
Pater Sapiential Anonymus. pag«i94» 

Hermes 's Bird. Anonymus. pag.211. 

Chanon's Yeoman's Tale. Geoffry Chaucer. pag.227. 
Daft in's Dreame. lohn Daft in . pag. 257, 

Pearce {the Black Monke) upon the Elixir. pag. 2 69 m 

Richard Carpenter's Worke. pag.27 J. 

Hunting of the Greene Lyon. Abraham Andrewes.p.zjS 
Breviary of Naturall Philofophy. Th0.Charnockp.291 
jEnigmaes. Thomas Char nock. P a g 3°3- 

Bloomefields Bloflbmes. William Bloomef eld. pa.30j. 
Sir Edward Kelley's Worke. pag. 324. 

Sir Edward Kelley to G. S. Gent. pag. $$ 2. . 

Do<ftor John Dee's TeBament. pag. 3 34. 

Thomas Robinfon of the Philofophers Stone, pag.3 3 J. 
Experience and Philofophy. Anonymus. pag-33^* 
TheMagiftcry, W.B. pag.34^ 

Sss Anonymi 

Anony mi, orfeverallWorhes of unknownt Authors. ^z%. 


John Gower up m the Philofop hers Stone. pag.3^8. 

Geof ge Riplcys Vifion. pag«374» 

Verfcs belonging to Ripley's Scrowle. P a g-375« 

Myftcry of Alchemifis. pag.380. 

Preface to theMedulIa. Geo.Ripley. pag- 38p. 

A fliort Worke. George Ripley. pag. jp* ' 

Secreta Secrctorum . Uhn Lydgate* pag, * 9 J 

Hermit's Talc. Anonymus. pag.41 $• 

Difcription of the Stone. Anonymus. pag«420. 
The Standingof the Ghfft.&c.Anonymus. pag.42i. 

Enigma Philofophicum . W. Redman, pag. ^ 2 ^ 

Fragments. pag^. 



ATable explaining the Obfcurefibfelete, 
and mif-fpell'd words ufed through- 
out this VV o R K E. 


AH&O&tttt above. 
%b jag&e, arofe, recovered, up- 

ftatc. , 
3tgQ7K, gone, fled. 
^Iconomfe, Alchemie, Cbemiftrie« 

footh,even now, altogether. 
Sitefefate, Elevate, lift up. 
%\\Z> all. 
3M0, alfo, as well. 
%m, of each, a like quantity, 
%MteX, another. 
SflWale, decay. 
Sppearage, appearing. 
%pp€tibU, defireable. 
3jBffeatttlCC,as though, as if, aUde* 
%&fy8, allies. 
3ltt<t0#, Authors. 


H5afoe$, Bathes. 
*5ale, forrow. 
115alnc, Balnea Maria* 
Sli5ei)ta,or USe^eote, promife, 
IBeUut, anon. 

H5cn,bt?«j be - 
Wtltt) begotten. 
Ol&Uttt, blind, turned back. 
$500tc, helpe. 
1£aWr, ready; 

115 rail, breake. 

HSrcfcf, bredth. 

U&rebe, b*efc**P> briefe, ffiort. 

USretTOing, burning. 

10rooer, brother. 

10 rfrjt, brought. 

^tornc, before. 


Certcg, undoubtedly* 

Cfeccf e, chufe. 

Cl*eep2& flieepcs. 

C^e*5f, thrive. 

C^O?le, flave, clowne. 


C&£tC, chiteth. i 

Clatter, brable. 

Clatf?, prate. ., 

Clotlcafe, Bardana, or greate Bur-; 

Ctypfeg, Eclipfes. 
Coatt, infbrce. 
Confccnabie, Convenient. 
Cotttoj could. 
COtttyC perfedly, know. 
Co»jI^0, Monkes hoods. 
' Crop, topp. 
Croiictg, Crucibles. 


iDebonait j Humane, civil, meeke, 
S f f 2, hsmble 

Humble, gentle, 
IDelflH deale. 

3Demtrt>, ismtfy, Judged. 

3Dettigrate, make black. 

3DepBret>, clenfed. 



3Dig$t, made ready* handled, ufed. 

JDOle, grieve, forrow. 

3D one, doth. 

gentle, fcotue,fweet. 

ID^aff. filth. 

Cmp^tHe, interpiife, fafhion, order. 

CttgJttttng, flopping. 

CttgfKe, witt, device. 

<&r , untili. 

Ctbe, Hearbe, 

Ctft, earneft. 

^fCell, Viniger. 

Ctjerpetbe, every one, 

CtfVC, wrath. 

:ffafcer, Father. 

JFagg antJfaine, giofe and flatter. 

ifai0 falfe. 

panels, fanes. 
'tfG&itly, firmly. 
iFaute, want, Lack, 
JFap, truth. 

JfeCtS 3 dreggs. 
^Fe^cris, fethers, 
$tt 9 fetched. 
iFenfce, Devil 
^PeriC, Grange* 
^ICttJtne, phiegme/ 
j|f oemcHj Emmies. 
jMt*,ftifife& fully. 
Jp Olp0, fooles. 
<$ O^f0l»,plenty. 
3Ftape, Company, arable. 

$#% firfti 
if TO?*i frozen. 


<£afe, gave., 

d&a^er, Gaudier, Braver. 
€>eafon, ftrange,rare. 
<S?ott&e, good. 
d5lrtre, white. 
" dEfOJWret^, fcinde, refpe&ive. 
<Bx Wgtfc, grcweth. 
Guerdon, reward. 
<2>£fC, manner. 


^alfc, Neck. 

I^alioft), hollow. 

I^aant, ufe. 

i^attfe, imbrace. 

i|attbctgeoti 3 a Coate of Male. 

^Cig!)*, called. 

i^CIti, them. 

I&ro&e, gentle. 

i^enttttg, catching. 


!| ernes, vallies, corners. 

!§Ctt, Hart. 

$}*&$&) wills, promifes, commasde- 

!£e#e, health. 
$egnf, labourer, drudge, 
^ing, hang together. 
*S|e!e, whole.* 
i^^r, their. 

3Tape, Jeft, yet by abufedrawne into 

a more wanton fenfe. 
3 Cieflefc, called. 
Icfc I, 
3 fceafc, meddle. 

Jfctfe, device. 
3ifce, fame. 

3 i?c!)C,alike> 
gnginc, wit, devife. 
31 nofr, enough. 
3 ItOt, I know not. 
gntreate, handle. 
3*UCt&ttc 3 prohibited ► 
3Jtett, Iron. 
31 tafee, taken. 
3 wps, verily. 
3tfe> if. 

&ee$e, care. 
itm, know. 
&«>, madeknowne. 
#fele0,&itft!cg, i< e. fetus* young 

&2fys, madc known,^uaint. 


SLatt, let, hinder; 


aiafceto rather. 


&a#. law, fong. 

Ceafe your ia& hold your Tongue 

aiagflr, leafure. 

ILzatc, learne. 


icefe, loofc. 

&C»& Chirurgeon. 


lUife, deare. 

3lema», Concubine. 

aiCfltogentle. ■ 

irttrure, a Booke of learning. 

£c5»t)C, ignorant. 

3Lefc)£8 5 leaves. 

llcjcer, Elixir. 

&EfeCH a af&&. 

3LttC 3 little. 

3Uft foft, plyablc 

llwgltfc bclongeth. 

Haffell*, Crafty tellowes. 


&o?e, loft. 

iLorCj Doctrine, learning, knowledge. 

& Off, love, 
lloetckneele, honour. 


flatten, likethjpleafeth. 
H^tjeio^Cj livelyhood* 


^9aHCH 3 made. 


#augte, defpite. 

^atoef, a broad drinkng-bowlc. 

$£et>e> mete,reward,help. 

£$e*lel>, mingle* 

jftpeger, leane. 

j$9*fe, meddle. 

j^enge, mingle. 

$Petf& Turds. 

<2$ztt 3 merry. 


guttle, much. 

j$jjj)o, more. 

i9oBet 3 Mother. 

S19ottOC&, Earth, Dung. 

4Jj)6te, muftgoe. 

^ o»$t;,ro0tt)t:e, might. 



$a&was not. 

H&rtfylcffe, neverthelefle. 

#c, not. 

^ett, were not. 



Wilde #e$e,Catminu 


J5*one0, condition, purpofe. 

j(3#*tt>,noB>e> could not. 

Jft afrfcelfon, Rofe noble. 

J^0B)t^et> neither. 
i i9*e r is not 
* Jftftfje* neere. 



£>&er,0T)tljcr> other. 
mt fft^e^ouohtcft. 
&nyt%fM, Oriix. 

£>&nate, decked* 
j£>ttt f i»£8:> depart, feperate. 

Ranter, pitfall. 

4$nrt>e, truly. 

$barfitc, perfect 

sj&au&netg, purfes. 

$>iefaunce, delight. 

#l?te, condition, 

{MftAt; turned, catched. 

f&Ome^gtffe, daple-grey. 

^Sjprjesie&Marble mingled with 

#0^00, Poets. red. 

f^eafc, fubjeaion. 


4£>$efeCtk ridden faft. 

®l€bitlt, feeret. 

|2>*oHe, to prole after a thing, 

#?al»C> profit, honour . 

f^Eg^caftjfetled, propped. 

£ltteintCj ftrange. 
£ttiailj da(h,deftroy. 
&»gttj requite. 

IBacljC, a litle cur Dog. 

3Ba&, reade. 

IB agotmcc,a kindc of precious ftone. 

Bat!), quickly. 

IHeCojten, recordeth. 

ISeCtttk recover. 

IBefcC, meaning. 

18 cfce, help, advice, fpecche 3 arte. 

By IBetDe, in order. 

MibavftW, baudry. 

s*. «e 3 whifper. 
3B U red- 

fg(tmM-rt> made a noyfe, 
IB atl), lamentation. 
IB gfe, frequent. 
IB £*)*, rende. 

jS>aiefo>, honour. 
&mplZ&, forts. 
j£>aro3 pere, without Fellow, 
tauter, Pfalter. 
^col^0j fchooles. 
^Cfcalt (halt ♦ 
£>Clje, (be. 
4><$0ttiD, mould* 
j&cttCrjCj fuch. 
^CCtee, feeret. 
^emblcab?!, like, 
j£>etoenT>, followes. 
&tyBe,fc&tne 3 mining. 
j&I)Ctit, harmed, infe&ed; 
j§>!?r £TO3 3 Inf ortunes. 
^rap, fcrape. 
i&ttlfc by and by, 

I^l^peD, burnifhed* 
5>omeT>eie, fomewaat,fomething^ 

£>o0ti#aftte>iBf00t& truly^ruth, 
£>P?a& fprig,bougb. 
5>|>ttrrcD, enquire. 
&qtta«eiBfj ftales. 
£>tabftli 3 ftable. 
j&tantc, ftand. 

j&tefcen 3 i&tefett, found, alfo time: 
£>ttitatO?te, Alembick. 
^tott«t»e 3 time 3 moment 3 dumpe.' 
&ttmnt, a banke. 
j^tpnt 3 ceafe, fheke. 
jg>uccen&e& 3 inflamed; 
gmffrcn, fufter. 
defter, fifter. 
^fceste, fweete. 

j§>l»pn&e> labour: 
JS^tijC, fwiftly. 
&thtt tnoS», fure enough. 
^£&etie£, affuredly, ftedy. 
^^fcelt, certain. 


fiKaantc, a reprochfull Chccke.. 

CempjGf, times, 


fltepne, an Ingot of MettaL 

Ceft, a devise to try Gold with. 

CfyO although fomc. 

C$rq?e, affirmc. 


<Cooer, the other, 

Ctofeje, heretofore. 

GTegetfar, together. 

Crwitfe, Trinity, 



Cco5»?0,fuppofe e 

Ctaften, confidence. 

<fl££a ague, two, , 

A Cart ti, in two federated, parted. 

4Efc>ene& Tunes. 

<®fcrtf0I*e, double. 


fl&nhotmu, delivered. 
tttttcoa^, «ico«^,ftrange. 
ttn&etfcngetfc taketh in hand. 
»ntotft*tt»tttt*S> unknowne. 
»#e**#t,carneftly heartily. 


m*thttl } walke. 

C&atfee, worke. 

saaftie bjeao, #&//*« fine CtmnelL 


mmiti), waterilh. 

XOfflz, thought,doubr, 

Weening, thinking. 
ffifteUtOj rifeth, fpringeth. 
t&en&e, goe. 

Wit, undemanding, 

Z&etnt, were. 

fcft1&flome» etc while, fomctimes. 

t&iie, deceipt; 

lipid, kaowne. 

OlaiL will. 

MaWC, wombe; 

tPamie, dwell plenty. 

$£toofce, made. 

ttaoaje^e,S»oojc^c», worker 

tttlttty thinking,judg|ng. 

Wofc was. 

mattUen ,would. 

mmft, wjeafcc, revenge,wuth. 

Cftrencrjeg, trapps, 

Wvt&ttn, written. 

flp$C$, which. 

Yheje, borne. 

Yefet, fetched. 
r YcrtijIroiL 

Ynaftrc, fufficient. 
Yntoe, Indie. 
Yt^e, thrive. 
Ybel, apaid. 



It will concerne the Studious Rea- 
der to Corre& the faults cfcaped in this 
Worke, The moft materiall whereof 
follow. nolunt Pag.ii.l.4,1'. like* Ifx+did LiMMtf#<* pag.n.L 
lo.r./ott pag.j©.Ln.r./w?e pag.j i.l.y.r. the Mtoion pag.37.L1 x. ttv$ 
x.trie pag.4?«Li7.r.&» pag.46.L1 7..^ [ij. L3i.1T. uttimm pag.j6.L74:. 

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201. 1. 2*r.Cgw p.2 13 .1. io.r. ludicum [p.21 S.l.i4*r. <wwerfow p., 
r. K4g<3tt«w.pag*22j 4 L2^.r.rtf»«j'^c pag.214.L1 2. r.r&rec |« 


f«ai p. H7.L1 6.r.««Jtet&wfgfe p.nS.l.ii.r.Wierc U^r* friend p^ 
>;1.2.t.C0fttfo'«/ p ij4.I.i8.r.p<i/>er« LiS.r. crude pag. 

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