1597: Brief Commentary of Hortulanus the Philosopher, Upon the Smaragdine table of Hermes of Alchemy

(included in Roger Bacon, The mirror of alchimy, London 1597) The praier of Hortulanus. Laude, honour, power and glorie, be given to thee, O Almightie Lorde God, with thy beloved sonne, our Lord Iesus Christ, and the holy Ghost, the comforter. O holy Trinitie, that art the onely one God, perfect man, I give thee thankes that having the knowledge of the transitorie things of this worlde (least I should bee provoked with the pleasures thereof) of thy abundant mercie thou hast taken mee from it. But forsomuch as I have knowne manie deceived in this art, that have not gone the right way, let it please thee, O Lord my God, that by the knowledge which thou hast given me, I may bring my deare friends from error, that when they shal perceive the truth, they may praise thy holy and glorious name, which is blessed for ever. […] Read More

1697: On the Philadelphian Gold

A Conference betwixt Philochrysus and Philadelphus On the Philadelphian Gold. Philochrysus: This was upon me to ask you. You may remember then that you told me how the description of your city which we then read, was more literal, than is easy to be believed, and withal more mystical than it is possible for the wisest of mortals to comprehend. And in particular you told me that it was built first of true and substantial Gold; secondly of fine Gold; thirdly of transparent or glassy Gold; and fourthly of living Gold. I desire now that you would answer me to all these particulars in order. Do you then say that this city is built of true Gold, and that it is not only metaphorically said to be built of Gold? Is it as real and substantial, is it as visible and palpable, and has it as many good qualities as […] Read More

1572: The Practise of Mary

THE PROPHETESS IN THE ALCHYMICALL ART. (source: Alchemy Virtual Library – www.levity.com/alchemy) (British Library MS. Sloane 3641 folios 1-8. Also in Auriferae artis 1572, Alchymia vera 1604, Arnaldus de Villa Nova Opus Aureum 1604, Lumen chymicum novum 1624 and Theatrum chemicum 1659) Aros the Philosopher had a meeting with Mary the Prophetess the Sister of Moyses, and approaching to her, he paid her respect and said unto her. O Prophetess, I have truly heard many say of you that you whiten the Stone in one day. And Mary said, Yea, Aros, even in a part of one day. Aros said: O Lady Mary, when will the Work be which you affirm? How shall we whiten and afterwards add blackness? Mary said; O Aros, oftentimes Nations have dyd about this part. Know you not, O Aros; that there is a water or a thing which whitens Hendragem? Then Aros answering […] Read More