March 2nd, 2008
Four emblems from The Hermetic Garden of Daniel Stolcius. This 1620 collection includes 160 emblems appearing in Mylius‘s Opus Medico Chymicum, each accompanied by a four line Latin verse composed by Stolcius. The present edition was hand-colored and -made by Adam McLean.
The selection of emblems below concerns the Philosophical Stone.
Emblem 27: Mitigo, the Philosopher.
However men and beasts despise the Stone, yet it is loved by the wise.
However men and beasts trample the Stone,
It still takes no notice of them all.
For only at the hands of philosophers is it investigated;
These it loves and delights in them especially.
Emblem 62: Author of the Philosophical Rhymes.
You shall visit the interior of the Earth.
He who seeks the Stone shall search the interior of the Earth.
And there shall find where the Medicine lies hidden,
There recognize the many headed Dragon,
There see what may become the Lion by our Art.
Emblem 100: Petrus, Monk and Philosopher.
The fiery little light lives in the Earth, and water cannot extinguish it, for it is heavenly.
This heavenly radiance is hidden in caverns in the ground.
Yet still the moist wave cannot put it out.
Seek it. Revolve the whole world, like Atlas, in your mind.
Perhaps you will find it.
Emblem 107: Hortulanus, Philosopher and Chemist.
Only he who knows how to make the Philosopher’s Stone, understands what they say concerning the Stone.
Only he who knows how to produce our Stone,
Hears the mystic words of the hidden chorus.
Then, in the amazing, different cycle of the Elements, he perceives,
And obtains by entreaty, the longed for riches of Hermogenes.