October 4th, 2011
Six of forty emblems from Daniel Cramer’s 1617 The Rosicrucian Emblems of Daniel Cramer, each presenting a contemplative exercise working upon the heart process of a Rosicrucian meditator. Prefaces Cramer:
“And so, Reader, you have the work of death and life,
The embossings of the Holy page, and a short epigram.
These will be able to show and teach your mind
What your state was once and what it may become today” (p16).
Emblem 2: I INCREASE
“‘But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it and bring forth fruit with patience.’ (Luke 8:15)
“I am not a road, or a thorn, or a stone, but the best earth;
And sweet ears of corn will rise from the bossom of my heart” (p25).
Emblem 6: I AM ILLUMINATED
“‘In thy light shall we see light.’ (Psalms 36:9)
“I see the light in your light, let darkness be far away,
He is wise who gains wisdom from the book of the Lord” (p29).
Emblem 15: I MEDITATE
“‘As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men.’ (Galatians 6:9)
“The centuries fly by, the days pass away,
Every man must work for the good, while there is an hour of time” (p40).
Emblem 33: SUFFER AND LEARN
“‘The words of the Lord are pure words as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.’ (Psalms 12:6)
“The brick and hearth witness to the quality of gold;
The same may testify to the goodness of the mind” (p62).
Emblem 34: NEITHER ON THIS SIDE, NOR ON THE OTHER
“‘…we will not turn to the right hand nor to the left.’ (Numbers 20:17)
“Not in this place, not in that;
The heart will go more safely in the middle.
He who rushes from the mean, runs to destruction” (p63).
Emblem 35: SIMPLE WISDOM
“‘By ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.’ (Matthew 10:16)
“He whose heart is saved by simplicity, whose eye by wisdom,
Will be both serpent and dove to God” (p64).