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Tabula Smaragdina Hermetis Trismegisti

The Emerald Table of Hermes Trismegistos

Latin version of H. Khunrath:

Verba secretorum Hermetis ---
Verum, sine mendacio, certum et verissimum :
Quod est inferius est sicut quod est superius; et quod est superius est sicut quod est inferius, ad perpetranda miracula rei unius.
Et sicut omnes res fuerunt ab uno, mediatione unius, sic omnes res natae fuerunt ab hac una re, adaptatione.
Pater ejus est Sol, mater ejus Luna; portavit illud Ventus in ventre suo; nutrix ejus Terra est.
Pater omnis telesmi totius mundi est hic.
Vis ejus integra est si versa fuerit in terram.
Separabis terram ab igne, subtile a spisso, suaviter, cum magno ingenio.
Ascendit a terra in coelum, iterumque descendit in terram, et recipit vim superiorum et inferiorum.
Sic habebis gloriam totius mundi.
Ideo fugiet a te omnis obscuritas.
Hic est totius fortitudine fortitudo fortis; quia vincet omnem rem subtilem, omnemque solidam penetrabit. Sic mundus creatus est.
Hinc erunt adaptationes mirabiles, quarum modus est hic.
Itaque vocatus sum Hermes Trismegistus, habens tres partes philosophić totius mundi.
Completum est quod dixi de operatione Solis.

I speak not of fictitious things, but that which is certain and true.
What is below is like that which is above, and what is above is like that which is below, to accomplish the miricles of one thing.
And as all things were produced by the one word of one Being, so all things were produced from this one thing by adaptation.
Its father is the sun, its mother the moon; the wind carries it in its belly, its nurse is the earth.
It is the father of perfection throughout the world.
The power is vigorous if it be changed into earth.
Seperate the earth from the fire, the subtle from the gross, acting prudently and with judgement.
Ascend with the greatest sagacity from the earth to heaven, and then again descend to earth, and unite together the powers of things superior and inferior. Thus you will obtain the glory of the whole world, and obscurity will fly away from you.
This has more fortitude than fortitude itself, because it conquers every subtle thing and can penetrate every solid.
Thus was the world formed.
Hence proceed wonders, which are here established.
Therefore I am called Hermes Trismegistus, having three parts of the philosophy of the whole world.
That which I had to say concerning the operation of the sun is completed.

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