V. The Chemical Marriage of Christian Rosenkreutz

HISTORY OF THE ROSICRUCIANS_waite_Seite_107_Bild_0001

V. The Chemical Marriage of Christian Rosenkreutz


THE whole Rosicrucian controversy centres in this publication,
which Buhle describes as “a comic romance of extraordinary
talent.” It was first published at Strasbourg in
the year 1616, but, as will be seen in the seventh chapter,
it is supposed to have existed in manuscript as early at
1601-2, thus antedating by a long period the other Rosicrucian
books. Two editions of the German original are
preserved in the Library of the British Museum, both bearing
the date 1616.1 It was translated into English for the
first time in 1690, under the title of “The Hermetic
Romance: or The Chymical Wedding. Written in High
Dutch by Christian Rosencreutz. Translated by E. Foxcroft,
late Fellow of King’s Colledge in Cambridge.
Licensed and entered according to Order. Printed by A.
Sowle, at the Crooked Billet in Holloway-Lane, Shoreditch;
and Sold at the Three-Keys in Nags-Head-Court, Gracechurch-
street.” It is this translation in substance, that
is, compressed by the omission of all irrelevant matter and
dispensable prolixities, which I now offer to the reader.

1 “Chymische Hochziet: Christiani Rosencreutz. Anno 1459.
Erstlick Gedrucktzor Strasbourg. Anno N.DC.XVI.” The second
edition was printed by Conrad Echer.

page 100

The Chymical Marriage of Christian Rosencreutz. Anno 1459.
Arcana publicate vilescunt, et gratiam prophanata amittunt.
Ergo: ne Margarita objice porcis, seu Asino substernere rosas.


The First Day.

On an evening before Easter day, I sate at a table, and
having in my humble prayer conversed with my Creator and
considered many great mysteries (whereof the Father of
Lights had shewn me not a few), and being now ready to
prepare in my heart, together with my dear Paschal Lamb,
a small, unleavened, undefiled cake, all on a sudden ariseth
so horrible a tempest, that I imagined no other but that, through
is mighty force, the hill whereon my little house was
founded would fly all in pieces. But inasmuch as this, and
the like, from the devil (who had done me many a spight)
was no new thing to me, I took courage, and persisted in
my meditation, till somebody touched me on the back,
whereupon I was so hugely terrified that I durst hardly look
about me, yet I shewed myself as cheerful as humane frailty
would permit. Now the same thing still twitching me
several times by the coat, I glanced back and behold it was
a fair and glorious lady, whose garments were all skyecolour,
and curiously bespang1ed with golden stars. In her
right hand she bare a trumpet of beaten gold, whereon a
Name was ingraven which I could well read. but am forbidden
as yet to reveal. In her left hand she had a great bundle of
letters in all languages, which she (as I afterwards understood)
was to carry into all countries. She had also large and
beautiful wings, full of eyes throughout, wherewith she

page 101
could mount aloft, and flye swifter than any eagle. As soon
as I turned about, she looked through her letters, and at
length drew out a small one, which, with great reverence,
she laid upon the table, and, without one word, departed
from me. But in her mounting upward, she gave so
mighty a blast on her gallant trumpet that the whole hill
echoed thereof, and for a full quarter of an hour afterward
I could hardly hear my own words.
In so unlooked for an adventure I was at a loss how to
advise myself, and, therefore, fell upon my knees, and besought
my Creator to permit nothing contrary to my eternal
happiness to befall me, whereupon, with fear and trembling,
I went to the letter, which was now so heavy as almost to
outweigh gold. As I was diligently viewing it, I found a
little Seal, whereupon was ingraven a curious Cross, with
this inscription IN HOC SIGNO VINCES
As soon as I espied this sign I was comforted, not being
ignorant that it was little acceptable, and much less useful,
to the devil. Whereupon I tenderly opened the letter, and
within it, in an azure field, in golden letters I found the
following verses written:—

“ This day, this day, this, this
The Royal Wedding is.
Art thou thereto by birth inclined,
And unto joy of God design’d?
Then may’st thou to the mountain tend
Whereon three stately Temples stand,
And there see all from end to end.
Keep watch and ward,
Thyself regard;
Unless with diligence thou bathe,
The Wedding can’t thee harmless save:
He’ll damage have that here delays;
Let him beware too light that weighs.”

page 102
Underneath stood Sponsus and Sponsa.
As soon as I read this letter, I was like to have fainted
away, all my hair stood on end, and cold sweat trickled
down my whole body. For although I well perceived that
this was the appointed wedding whereof seven years before
I was acquainted in a bodily vision, and which I had with
great earnestness attended, and which, lastly, by the account
and calculation of the plannets, I found so to be, yet could
I never fore-see that it must happen under so grievous
and perilous conditions. For whereas I before imagined
that to be a well-come guest, I needed onely to appear at
the wedding, I was now directed to Divine Providence, of
which until this time I was never certain. I also found
the most I examined myself, that in my head there was
onely gross misunderstanding, and blindness in mysterious
things, so that I was not able to comprehend even those
things which lay under my feet, and which I daily conversed
with, much less that I should be born to the searching
out and understanding of the secrets of Nature, since,
in my opinion, Nature might everywhere find a more vertuous
disciple, to whom to intrust her precious, though
temporary and changeable treasures. I found also that my
bodily behaviour, outward conversation, and brotherly love
toward my neighbour was not duly purged and cleansed.
Moreover, the tickling of the flesh manifested itself, whose
affection was bent only to pomp, bravery, and worldly
pride, not to the good of mankind, and I was always contriving
how by this art I might in a short time abundantly
increase my advantage, rear stately palaces, make myself
an everlasting name, and other like carnal designs. But
the obscure words concerning the three Temples did
particularly afflict me, which I was not able to make out by

page 103
any after-speculation. Thus sticking between hope and
fear, examining myself again and again, and finding only
my own frailty and impotency, and exceedingly amazed at
the fore-mentioned threatening, at length I betook myself
to my usual course. After I had finished my most fervent
prayer, I laid me down in my bed, that so perchance my
good angel by the Divine permission might appear, and (as
it had formerly happened) instruct me in this affair, which,
to the praise of God, did now likewise fall out. For I was
yet scarce asleep when me-thought I, together with a numberless
multitude of men, lay fettered with great chains in
a dark dungeon, wherein we swarmed like bees one over
another, and thus rendered each other’s affliction more
grievous. But although neither I, nor any of the rest,
could see one jot, yet I continually heard one heaving himself
above the other, when his chains or fetters were become
ever so little lighter. Now as I with the rest had continued
a good while in this affliction, and each was still
reproaching the other with his blindness and captivity, at
length we heard many trumpets sounding together, and
kettle-drums beating so artificially thereto, that it rejoyced
us even in our calamity.
During this noise the cover of the dungeon was lifted up,
and a little light let down unto us. Then first might truly
have been discerned the bustle we kept, for all went peslemesle,
and he who perchance had too much heaved up himself
was forced down again under the others’ feet. In
brief, each one strove to be uppermost, neither did I linger,
but, with my weighty fetters, slipt from under the rest, and
then heaven myself upon a Stone; howbeit, I was several
times caught at by others, from whom, as well as I might,
I guarded myself with hands and feet. We imagined that

page 104
we should all be set at liberty, which yet fell out quite
otherwise, for after the nobles who looked upon us through
the whole had recreated themselves with our struggling, a
certain hoary-headed man called us to be quiet, and,
having obtained it, began thus to say on:

If wretched mortals would forbear
Themselves to so uphold,
Then sure on them much good confer
My righteous Mother would:
But since the same will not issue,
They must in care and sorrow rue,
And still in prison lie.
Howbeit, my dear Mother will
Their follies over-see,
Her choicest goods permitting still
Too much in Light to be.
Wherefore, in honour of the feast
We this day solemnize,
That so her grace may be increast,
A good deed she’ll devise;
For now a cord shall be let down,
And whosoe’er can hang thereon
Shall freely be releast.

He had scarce done speaking when an Antient Matron
commanded her servants to let down the cord seven times
into the dungeon, and draw up whomsoever could hang upon
it. Good God! that I could sufficiently describe the hurry
that arose amongst us; every one strove to reach the cord,
and only hindered each other. After seven minutes a little
bell rang, whereupon at the first pull the servants drew up
four. At that time I could not come near the cord, having
to my huge misfortune betaken myself to the stone at the
wall, whereas the cord descended in the middle. The cord
was let down the second time, but divers, because their chains
were too heavy, and their hands too tender, could not keep
hold on it, and brought down others who else might have

page 105
held on fast enough. Nay, many were forcibly pulled off
by those who could not themselves get at it, so envious were
we even in this misery. But they of all most moved my
compassion whose weight was so heavy that they tore their
hands from their bodies and yet could not get up. Thus it
came to pass that at these five times very few were drawn
up, for, as soon as the sign was given, the servants were so
nimble at the draught that the most part tumbled one upon
another. Whereupon, the greatest part, and even myself,
despaired of redemption, and called upon God to have pitty
on us, and deliver us out of this obscurity, who also heard
some of us, for when the cord came down the sixth time,
some hung themselves fast upon it, and whilst it swung from
one side to the other, it came to me, which I suddenly
catching, got uppermost, and so beyond all hope came out;
whereat I exceedingly rejoyced, perceiving not the would
which in the drawing up I received on my head by a sharp
stone, till I, with the rest of the released (as was always
before done) was fain to help at the seventh and last pull, at
which, through straining, the blood ran down my clothes.
This, nevertheless, through joy, I regarded not.
When the last draught, whereon the most of all hung,
was finished, the Matron caused the cord to be laid away,
and willed her aged son to declare her resolution to the rest
of the prisoners, who thus spake unto them.

Ye children dear
All present here,

What is but now compleat and done
Was long before resolved on;
Whate’er my mother of great grace
To each on both sides here hath shown;
May never discontent misplace!
The joyful time is drawing on.

page 106
When every one shall equal be–
None wealthy, none in penury.
Whoe’er receiveth great commands
Hath work enough to fill his hands
Whoe’er with much hath trusted been,
’Tis well if he may save his skin;
Wherefore, your lamentations cease,
What is’t to waite for some few dayes?

The cover was now again put to and locked, the trumpets
and kettle-drums began afresh, yet the bitter lamentation
of the prisoners was heard above all, and soon caused my
eyes to run over. Presently the Antient Matron, together
with her son, sate down, and commanded the Redeemed
should be told. As soon as she had written down their
number in a gold-yellow tablet, she demanded everyone’s
name; this was also written down by a little page. Having
viewed us all, she sighed, and said to her son—“Ah, how
hartily am I grieved for the poor men in the dungeon! I
would to God I durst release them all.” Whereunto her
son replied—“Mother, it is thus ordained by God, against
Whom we may not contend. In case we all of us were lords,
and were seated at table, who would there be to bring up
the service!” At this his mother held her peace, but soon
after she said—“Well, let these be freed from their fetters,”
which was presently done, and I, though among the last.
could not refrain, but bowed myself before the Antient
Matron, thanking God that through her he had graciously
vouchsafed to bring me out of darkness into light. The
rest did likewise to the satisfaction of the matron. Lastly,
to every one was given a piece of gold for a remembrance,
and to spend by the way On the one side thereof was
stamped the rising sun; on the other these three letters
D L S; therewith all had license to depart to his own
business, with this intimation, that we to the glory of God should

page 107
benefit our neighbours, and reserve in silence what we had been
intrusted with, which we promised to do, and departed one
from another. Because of the wounds the fetters had caused
me, I could not well go forward, which the matron presently
espying, calling me again to her side, said to me—“My son,
let not this defect afflict thee, but call to mind thy infirmities,
and thank God who hath permitted thee, even in this
world, to come into so high a light. Keep these wounds
for my sake.
Whereupon the trumpets began again to sound, which so
affrighted me that I awoke, and perceived that it was onely
a dream, which yet was so impressed on my imagination
that I was perpetually troubled about it, and methought I
was still sensible of the wounds on my feet. By all these
things I well understood that God had vouchsafed me to be
present at this mysterious and hidden Wedding, wherefore
with childlike confidence I returned thanks to His Divine
Majesty, and besought Him that He would preserve me in
His fear, daily fill my heart with wisdom and understanding,
and graciously conduct me to the desired end. Thereupon
I prepared myself for the way, put on my white
linnen coat, girded my loyns, with a blood-red ribbon
bound cross-ways over my shoulder. In my hat I stuck
four red roses, that I might the sooner by this token be
taken notice of among the throng. For food I took
bread, salt, and water, which by the counsel of an understanding
person I had at certain times used, not without
profit, in the like occurrences. Before I parted from my
cottage, I first, in this my wedding garment, fell down upon
my knees, and besought God to vouchsafe me a good issue.
I made a vow that if anything should be His Grace be revealed
to me, I would imploy it neither to my own honour

page 108
nor authority in the world, but to the spreading of His
name, and the service of my neighbour. With this vow I
departed out of my cell with joy.

The Second Day.

I was hardly got out of my cell into a forest when methought
the whole heaven and all the elements had
trimmed themselves against this wedding. Even the birds
chanted more pleasantly then before, and the young fawns
skipped so merrily that they rejoiced my old heart, and
moved me also to sing with such a loud voice throughout
the whole forrest, that it resounded from all parts, the
hills repeating my last words, until at length I espyed a
curious green heath, whither I betook myself out of the
forrest. Upon this heath stood three tall cedars, which
afforded an excellent shade, whereat I greatly rejoyced, for,
although I had not gone far, my earnest longing made me
faint. As soon as I came somewhat nigh, I espyed a tablet
fastened to one of them, on which the following words were
written in curious letters:—
God save thee, Stranger! If thou hast heard anything
concerning the nuptials of the King, consider these words.
By us doth the Bridegroom offer thee a choice between
foure ways, all of which, if thou dost not sink down in the
way, can bring thee to his royal court. The first is short
but dangerous, and one which will lead thee into rocky
places, through which it will be scarcely possible to pass.
The second is longer, and takes thee circuitously; it is
plain and easy, if by the help of the Magnet, thou turnest
neither to left nor right. The third is that truly royal way
which through various pleasures and pageants of our

page 109
King, affords thee a joyful journey; but this so far has
scarcely been allotted to one in a thousand. By the fourth
shall no man reach the place, because it is a consuming way,
practicable onely for incorruptible bodys. Choose now,
which thou wilt of the tree, and persevere constantly
therein, for know whichsoever thou shalt enter, that is the
one destined for thee by immutable Fate, nor canst thou go
back therein save at great peril to life. These are the
things which we would have thee know:, but ho, beware!
thou knowest not with how much danger thou dost commit
thyself to this way, for if thou knowest thyself by the
smallest fault to be obnoxious to the laws of our King, I
beseech thee, while it is still possible, to return swiftly to
thy house by the way which thou camest.
As soon as I had read this writing all my joy vanished,
and I, who before sang merrily, began inwardly to lament.
For although I saw all three ways before me, and it was
vouchsafed me to make choice of one, yet it troubled me
that in case I went the stony and rocky way, I might get a
deadly fall; or, taking the long one, I might wander
through bye-ways and be detained in the great journey.
Neither durst I hope that I, amongst thousands, should be
the one who should choose the Royal way. I saw likewise
the fourth before me, but so invironed with fire and exhalation
that I durst not draw near it, and, therefore, again
and again considered whether I should turn back or take
one of the ways before me. I well weighed my own unworthiness,
and though the dream, that I was delivered out
of the tower, still comforted me, yet I durst not confidently
rely upon it. I was so perplexed that, for great weariness,
hunger and thirst seized me, whereupon I drew out my
bread, cut a slice of it, which a snow-white dove, of whom

page 110
I was not aware, sitting upon the tree, espyed and therewith
came down, betaking herself very familiarly to me, to
whom I willingly imparted my food, which she received,
and with her prettiness did again a little refresh me. But
as soon as her enemy, a most black Raven, perceived it, he
straight darted down upon the dove, and taking no notice
of me, would needs force away her meat, who could not
otherwise guard herself but by flight. Whereupon, both
together flew towards the South, at which I was so hugely
incensed and grieved, that without thinking, I made haste
after the filthy Raven, and so, against my will, ran into one
of the fore-mentioned ways a whole field’s length. The
Raven being thus chased away, and the Dove delivered, I first
observed what I had inconsiderately done, and that I was
already entered into a way, from which, under peril of punishment,
I durst not retire, and though I had still wherewith
to comfort myself, yet that which was worst of all was,
that I had left my bag and bread at the Tree, and could
never retrieve them, for as soon as I turned myself about,
a contrary wind was so strong against me that it was ready
to fell me, but if I went forward, I perceived no hindrance,
wherefore I patiently took up my cross, got upon my feet,
and resolved I would use my utmost endeavour to get to my
journey’s end before night. Now, although many apparent
byways showed themselves, I still proceeded with my compass,
and would not budge one step from the meridian line.
Howbeit, the way was oftentimes so rugged that I was in
no little doubt of it. I constantly thought upon the Dove
and Raven, and yet could not search out the meaning, until
upon a high hill after off I espyed a stately Portal, to which,
not regarding that it was distant from the way I was in, I
hasted, because the sun had already hid himself under the

page 111
hills, and I could elsewhere see no abiding place, which I
verily ascribe only to God, Who might have permitted me
to go forward, and withheld my eyes so that I might have
gazed beside this gate, to which I now made mighty haste,
and reached it by so much daylight as to take a competent
view of it. It was an exceeding Royal, beautiful Portal,
whereon were carved a multitude of most noble figures and
devices, every one of which (as I afterwards learned) had it
peculiar signification. Above was fixed a pretty large
Tablet, with these words, “Procul hinc procul ite profani,” and
more that I was forbidden to relate. As soon as I was
come unto the portal, there streight stepped forth one in a
sky-coloured habit, whom I saluted in friendly manner.
Though he thankfully returned my greeting, he instantly
demanded my Letter of Invitation. O how glad was I
that I had brought it with me! How easily might I have
forgotten it as chanced to others, as he himself told me. I
quickly presented it, wherewith he was not only satisfied,
but showed me abundance of respect, saying, “Come in,
my Brother, an acceptable guest you are to me,” withal
entreating me not to withhold my name from him.
Having replied that I was a Brother of the RED ROSIE
CROSS, he both wondred and seemed to rejoyce at it, and then
proceeded thus:—“My brother, have you nothing about you
wherewith to purchase a token?” I answered my ability was
small, but if he saw anything about me he had a mind to,
it was at his service. Having requested of me my bottle of
water, and I granting it, he gave me a golden token, whereon
stood these letters, S.C., entreating me that when it stood
me in good stead, I would remember him. After which
I asked him how many were got in before me, which he
also told me; and lastly, out of meer friendship, gave me a

page 112
sealed letter to the second Porter. Having lingered some
time with him, the night grew on, whereupon a great
beacon upon the gate was immediately fired, that if any
were still upon the way, he might make haste thither.
The road where it finished at the caste was enclosed with
walls, and planted with all sorts of excellent fruit trees.
On every third tree on each side lanterns were hung up,
wherein all the candles were lighted with a glorious torch
by a beautiful Virgin, habited in skye-colour, which was so
noble and majestic a spectacle that I delayed longer than
was requisite. At length, after an advantageous instruction,
I departed from the first porter, and so went on the
way, until I came to the second gate, which was adorned
with images and mystick significations. In the affixed
Tablet stood—Date et dabitur vobis. Under this gate lay a
terrible Lyon, chained, who, as soon as he espied me, arose
and made at me with great roaring, whereupon the second
porter, who lay upon a stone of marble, awaked, and wishing
me not to be troubled nor affrighted, drove back the
lyon, and having received the letter, which I reached him
with trembling hand, he read it, and with great respect
spake thus to me:—“Now well-come in God’s name unto
me the man whom of long time I would have gladly seen!”
Meanwhile, he also drew out a token, and asked me whether
I could purchase it. But I, having nothing else left but
my salt, presented it to him, which he thankfully accepted.
Upon this token again stood two letters, namely, S.M.
Being just about to discourse with him, it began to ring in
the castle, whereupon the porter counselled me to run
apace, or all the paines I had taken would serve to
no purpose, for the lights above began already to be
extinguished, whereupon I dispatched with much haste

page 113
that I heeded not the porter; the virgin, after whom all the
lights were put out, was at my heels, and I should never
have found the way, had she not with her torch afforded
me some light. I was more over-constrained to enter the
very next to her, and the gates were so suddenly clapt to
that a part of my coate was locked out, which I was forced
to leave behind me, for neither I nor they who stood ready
without and called at the gate could prevail with the porter
to open it again. He delivered the keys to the virgin, who
took them with her into the court. I again surveyed the
gate, which now appeared so rich that the world could not
equal it. Just by the door were two columns, on one of which
stood a pleasant figure with this inscription, Congratulor.
On the other side was a statue with countenance veiled,
and beneath was written Condoleo. In brief, the inscriptions
and figures thereon were so dark and mysterious that
the most dextrous man could not have expounded them,
yet all these I shall e’er long publish and explain. Under
this gate I was again to give my name, which was written
down in a little vellum-book, and immediately with the
rest dispatched to the Lore Bridegroom. Here I first received
the true guest-token, which was somewhat less than
the former, but much heavier; upon this stood the letters
S. P. N. Besides this, a new pair of shoes were given me,
for the floor of the castle was pure shining marble. My
old ones I was to give to one of the poor who sate in
throngs under the gate. I bestowed them on an old man,
after which two pages with as many torches conducted me
into a little room, where they willed me to sit down upon
a form, and, sticking their torches in two holes made in the
pavement, they departed, and left me sitting alone. Soon
after I head a noise but saw nothing; it proved to be cer-

page 114
tain men who stumbled in upon me, but since I could see
nothing I was fain to suffer and attend what they would do
with me. Presently finding that they were barbers I intreated
them not to jostle me, for I was content to do
what they desired, whereupon one of them, whom I yet
could not see, gently cut away the fair from the crown of
my head, but on my forehead, ears, and eyes he permitted
my ice-grey locks to hang. In this first encounter I was
ready to despair, for, inasmuch as some of them shoved me
so forceably, and were still invisible, I could onely think
that God for my curiosity had suffered me to miscarry.
The unseen barbers carefully gathered up the hair which
was cut off, and carried it away. Then the two pages reentered
and heartily laughed at me for being so terrified.
They had scarce spoken a few words with me when again
a little bell began to ring, which (as the pages informed me)
was to give notice for assembling, whereupon they willed
me to rise, and through many walks, doors, and winding
stairs lighted me into a spacious hall, where there was a
great multitude of guests—emperors, kings, princes, and
lords, noble and ignoble, rich and poor, and all sorts of
people, at which I hugely marvelled, and thought to myself,
“Ah! how gross a fool hast thou been to ingage upon
this journey with so much bitterness and toil, when here
are fellows whom thou well knowest, and yet hadst never
any reason to esteem, while thou, with all thy prayer and
supplications, art hardly got in at last.”
This and more the devil at that time injected. Meantime
one or other of my acquaintance spake to me:—“Oh!
Brother Rosencreutz, art thou here too?” “Yea, my
brethren,” I replied, “The Grace of God hath helped me in
also,” at which they raised a mighty laughter, looking upon

page 115
it as ridiculous that there should be need of God in so
slight an occasion. Having demanded each of them concerning
his way, and finding most of them were forced to
clamber over the rocks, certain invisible trumpets began to
sound to the table, whereupon all seated themselves, every
one as he judged himself above the rest, so that for me
and some other sorry fellows there was hardly a little nook
left at the lowermost table. Presently the two pages
entered, and one of them said grace in so handsom and
excellent a manner as rejoyced the very heart in my body.
Howbeit, some made but little reckoning of them, but
fleired and winked one at another, biting their lips within
their hats, and using like unseemly gestures. After this,
meat was brought in, and albeit none could be seen, everything
was so orderly managed that it seemed as if every
guest had his proper attendant. Now my Artists having
somewhat recruted themselves, and the wine having a little
removed shame from their hearts, they presently began to
vaunt of their abilities. One would prove this, another
that, and commonly the most sorry idiots made the loudest
noise. When I call to mind what preternatural and impossible
enterprises I then heard, I am still ready to vomit
at it. In fine, they never kept in their order, but whenever
possible a rascal would insinuate himself among the
nobles. Every man had his own prate, and yet the great
lords were so simple that they believed their pretences, and
the rogues became so audacious, that although some of
them were rapped over the fingers with a knife, yet they
flinched not at it, but when any one perchance had filched
a gold-chain, then all would hazard for the like. I saw one
who heard the movements of the Heavens, the second could
see Plato’s Ideas, a third could number the atoms of Demo-

page 116
critus. There were not a few pretenders to perpetual
motion. Many an one (in my opinion) had good understanding,
but assumed too much to himself to his own destruction.
Lastly, there was one who would needs persuade
us that he saw the servitors who attended, and would
have pursued his contention, had not one of those invisible
waiters reached him so handsom a cuff upon his lying
muzzle, that not only he, but many who were by him, became
mute as mice. It best of all pleased me that those of
whom I had any esteem were very quiet in their business,
acknowledging themselves to be misunderstanding men for
whom the mysteries of nature were too high. In this
tumult I had almost cursed the day wherein I came
hither, for I could not but with anguish behold that
those lewd people were above at the board, but I in my
sorry place could not even rest in quiet, one of these
rascals scornfully reproaching me for a motley fool. I
dreamed not that there was one gate behind through which
we must pass, but imagined during the whole wedding I
was to continue in this scorn and indignity which I had at no
time deserved, either of the Lord Bride-groom or the Bride.
And therefore, I opined he would have done well to seek
some other fool than me for his wedding. To such impatience
doth the iniquity of this world reduce simply hearts.
But this was really one part of the lameness whereof I had
The longer all this clamour lasted, the more it increased.
Howbeit, there sate by me a very fine, quiet man, who discoursed
of excellent matters, and at length said:—“My
Brother, if any one should come now who were willing to
instruct these blockish people in the right way, would he
be heard?” “No, verily,” I replyed. “The world,” said

page 117
he, “is now resolved to be cheated, and will give no ear to
those who intend its good. Seest thou that Cock’s-comb,
with what whimsical figures and foolish conceits he allures
others. There one makes mouths at the people with unheard
of mysterious words. Yet the time is now coming
when those shameful vizards shall be plucked off, and the
world shall know what vagabond impostors were concealed
behind them. Then perhaps that will be valued which at
present is not esteemed.”
While he was thus speaking, and the c1amour was still
increasing, all on a sudden there began in the hall such excellent
and stately musick of which, all the days of my life, I
never heard the like. Everyone held his peace, and attended
what would come of it. There were all stringed
instruments imaginable, sounding together in such harmony
that I forgot myself, and sate so unmovably that
those by me were amazed. This lasted nearly half an hour,
wherein none of us spake one work, for as soon as anyone
was about to open his mouth, he got an unexpected blow.
After that space this musick ceased suddenly, and presently
before the door of the hall began a great sounding and
beating of trumpets, shalms, and kettle-drums, all so
master-like as if the Emperor of Rome had been entring.
The door opened of itself, and them the noise of the trumpets
was so loud that we were hardly able to indure it.
Meanwhile, many thousand small tapers came into the hall,
marching of themselves in so exact an order as amazed us,
till at least the two fore-mentioned pages with bright
torches entered lighting in a most beautiful Virgin, drawn
on a gloriously gilded, triumphant self-moving throne.
She seemed to be the same who on the way kindled and
put out the lights, and that these her attendants were the

page 118
very ones whom she formerly placed at the trees. She
was not now in skye-colour, but in a snow-white, glittering
robe, which sparkled of pure gold, and cast such a lustre
that we durst not steadily behold it. Both the pages were
after the same manner habited, albeit somewhat more
slightly. As soon as they were come into the middle of
the hall, and were descended from the throne, all the small
tapers made obeisance before her, whereupon we all stood
up, and she having to us, as we again to her, shewed all
respect and reverence, in a most pleasant tone she began
thus to speak:—

“ The King my Lord most gracious,
Who now’s not very far from us,
As also his most lovely Bride,
To him in troth and honour tied,
Already, with great joy indued,
Have your arrival hither view’d;
And do to every one and all
Promise their grace in special;
And from their very heart’s desire
You may the same in time acquire,
That so their future nuptial joy
May mixed be with none’s annoy.”

Hereupon, with all her small tapers, she again courteously
bowed, and presently began thus:—

“ In th’Invitation writ you know
That no man called was hereto
Who of God’s rarest gifts good store
Had not received long before.
Although we cannot well conceit
That any man’s so desparate,
Under conditions so hard,
Here to intrude without regard,
Unless he have been first of all
Prepared for this Nuptial,
And, therefore, in good hopes do dwell
That with you all it will be well;

page 119
Yet men are grown so bold and rude,
Not weighing their ineptitude,
As still to thrust themselves in place
Whereto none of them called was.
No cock’s comb here himself may sell,
No rascal in with others steal,
For we resolve without all let
A Wedding pure to celebrate.
So then, the artists for to weigh,
Scales shall be fixt th’ensuing day;
Whereby each one may lightly find
What he hath left at home behind.
If there be any of that rout,
Who have good cause themselves to doubt,
Let him pack quickly hence aside,
Because in case he longer bide,
Of grace forelorn, and quite undone,
Betimes he must the gauntlet run.
If any now his conscience gall,
He shall to-night be left in th’hall,
And be again releast by morn,
Yet so he hither ne’er return.
If any man have confidence,
He with his waiter may go hence,
Who shall him to his chamber light,
Where he may rest in peace to-night.”

As soon as she had done speaking, she again made
reverence, and sprang chearfully into her throne, after
which the trumpets began again to sound, and conducted
her invisibly away, but the most part of the small tapers
remained, and still one of them accompanied each of us.
In our perturbation, ’tis scarcely possible to express what
pensive thoughts and gestures were amongst us, yet most
part resolved to await the scale, and in case things sorted
not well to depart (as they hoped) in peace. I had soon
cast up my reckoning, and seeing my conscience convinced
me of all ignorance and unworthiness, I purposed to stay
with the rest in the hall, and choose rather to content myself

page 120
with the meal I had taken than to run the risk of a future
repulse. After every one by his small taper had been
severally conducted to a chamber (each, as I since understood,
into a peculiar one), there staid nine of us, including
he who discoursed with me at the table. Although our
small tapers left us not, yet within an hours time one of
the pages came in, and, bringing a great bundle of cords
with him, first demanded whether we had concluded to
stay there, which when we had with sighs affirmed, he
bound each of us in a several place, and so went away with
our tapers, leaving us poor wretches in darkness. Then
first began some to perceive the imminent danger, and
myself could not refrain tears, for, although we were not
forbidden to speak, anguish and affliction suffered none of
us to utter one word. The cords were so wonderfully
made that none could cut them, much less get them off his
feet, yet this comforted me, that the future gain of many
an one who had now betaken himself to rest would prove
little to his satisfaction, but we by one night’s pennance
might expiate all our presumption. At length in my
sorrowful thoughts I fell asleep, during which I had a
dream which I esteem not impertinent to recount. Methought
I was upon an high mountain, and saw before me
a great valley, wherein were gathered an unspeakable
multitude, each of whom had at his head a string by which
he was hanging. Now one hung high, another low, some
stood even quite upon the earth. In the air there flew
up an down an ancient man, who had in his hand a pair
of sheers, wherewith here he cut one’s and there another’s
thread. Now he that was nigh the earth fell without noise,
but when this happened to the high ones the earth quaked
at their fall. To some it came to pass that their thread

page 121
was so stretched they came to the earth before it was cut.
I took pleasure at this tumbling, and it joyed me at the
heart when he who had over-exalted himself in the air, of
his wedding, got so shameful a fall that it carried even
some of his neighbours along with him. In like manner
it rejoyced me that he who had kept so near the earth
could come down so gently that even his next men perceived
it not. But in my highest fit of jollity, I was unawares
jogged by one of my fellow-captives, upon with I
waked and was much discontented with him. Howbeit, I
considered my dream and recounted it to my brother, who
lay by me on the other side, and who hoped some comfort
might thereby be intended. In such discourse we spent
the remaining part of the night, and with longing expected
the day.

The Third Day.

As soon as the lovely day was broken, and the bright
sun, having raised himself above the hills, had betaken
himself to his appointed office, my good champions began
to rise and leisurely make themselves ready unto the
inquisition. Whereupon, one after another they came
again into the hall, and giving us a good morrow, demanded
how we had slept; and having espied our bonds, some
reproved us for being so cowardly, that we had not, as
they, hazarded upon all adventures. Howbeit, some,
whose hearts still smote them, made no loud cry of the
business. We excused ourselves with our ignorance,
hoping we should soon be set at liberty and learn wit by
this disgrace, that they also had not altogether escaped, and
perhaps their greatest hanger was still to be expected.
At length all being assembled, the trumpets began again to

page 122
sound and the kettle-drums to beat, and we imagined that
the Bridge-groom was ready to present himself, which,
nevertheless, was a huge mistake, for again it was the
Virgin, who had arrayed herself all in red velvet, and
girded herself with a white scarfe. Upon her head she had
a green wreath of laurel, which much became her. Her
train was no more of small tapers, but consisted of two
hundred men in harness, all cloathed, like herself, in red
and white. As soon as they were alighted from the throne,
she comes streight to us prisoners, and, after she had
saluted us, said in few words:—“That some of you have
been sensible of your wretched condition is pleasing to my
most mighty Lord, and he is also resolved you shall fare
the better for it.” Having espied me in my habit, she
laughed and spake:—“Good lack! Hast thou also submitted
thyself to the yoke! I imagined thou wouldst have
made thyself very snug,” which words caused my eyes to
run over. After this she commanded we should be unbound,
cuppled together, and placed in a station where we
might well behold the scales. “For,” said she, “it may
fare better with them than with the presumptuous who yet
stand at liberty.”
Meantime the scales, which were intirely of gold, were
hung up in the midst of the hall. There was also a little
table covered with red velvet, and seven weights thereon—
first of all stood a pretty great one, then four little ones,
lastly, two great ones severally, and these weights in proportion
to their bulk were so heavy that no man can
believe or comprehend it. Each of the harnised men
carried a naked sword and a strong rope. They were distributed
according to the number of weights into seven
bands, and out of every band was one chosen for their

page 123
proper weight, after which the Virgin again sprung up into
her high throne, and one of the pages commanded each to
place himself according to his order, and successively step
into the scale. One of the Emperors, making no scruple,
first bowed himself a little towards the Virgin, and in all
his stately attire went up, whereupon each captain laid in
his weight, which (to the wonder of all) he stood out.
But the last was too heavy for him, so that forth he must,
and that with such anguish that the Virgin herself seemed
to pitty him, yet was the good Emperor bound and
delivered to the sixth band. Next him came forth another
Emperor, who stept hautily into the scale, and, having a
thick book under his gown, he imagined not to fall; but,
being scarce able to abide the third weight, he was unmercifully
slung down, and his book in that affrightment
slipping from him, all the soldiers began to laugh, and he
was delivered up bound to the third band. Thus it went
also with some others of the Emperors, who were all shamefully
laughed at and made captive. After these comes
forth a little short man, with a curled brown beard, an
Emperor too, who, after the usual reverence, got up and
held out so stedfastly that methought had there been more
weights he would have outstood them. To him the Virgin
immediately arose and bowed before him, causing him to
put on a gown of red velvet, then reaching him a branch of
laurel, whereof she had good store upon her throne, on the
steps of which she willed him to sit down. How after him
it fared with the rest of the Emperors, Kings, and Lords,
would be too long to recount; few of those great personages
held out, though sundry eminent vertues were found
in many. Everyone who failed was miserably laughed at
by the bands. After the inquisition had passed over the

page 124
gentry, the learned and unlearned, in each condition one,
it may be, two, but mostly none, being found perfect, it
came to those vagabond cheaters and rascally Lapidem
Spitalanficum makers, who were set upon the scale with such
scorn, that for all my grief I was ready to burst my belly
with laughing, neither could the prisoners themselves
refrain, for the most part could not abide that severe trial,
but with whips and scourges were jerked out of the scale.
Thus of so pert a throng so few remained that I am
ashamed to discover their number. Howbeit, there were
persons of quality also amongst them who, notwithstanding,
were also honoured with velvet robes and wreaths of
The inquisition being finished, and none but we poor
coupled hounds standing aside, one of the captains stept
forth, and said:—“Gratious madam, if it please your ladyship,
let these poor men, who acknowledged their misunderstanding,
be set upon the scale also without danger of
penalty, and only for recreation’s sake, if perchance anything
right be found among them.” At this I was in great
perplexity, for in my anguish this was my only comfort,
that I was not to stand in such ignominy, or be lashed out
of the scale. Yet since the Virgin consented, so it must
be, and we being untied, were one after another set up.
Now, although the most part miscarried, they were neither
laughed at nor scourged, but peaceably placed on one side.
My companion was the fifth, who held out bravely, whereupon
all, but especially the captain who made the request
for us, applauded him, and the Virgin showed him the
usual respect. After him two more were despatched in an
instant. But I was the eighth, and as soon as (with
trembling) I stepped up, my companion, who already sat

page 125
by in his velvet, looked friendly upon me, and the Virgin
herself smiled a little. But, for as much as I outstayed
all the weights, the Virgin commanded them to draw me up
by force, wherefore three men moreover hung on the otherside
of the beam, and yet could nothing prevail. Whereupon
one of the pages immediately stood up, and cryed out exceeding
loud, “THAT IS HE,” upon which the other
replyed:—“Then let him gain his liberty!” which the
Virgin accorded, and being received with due ceremonies,
the choice was given me to release one of the captives,
whomsoever I pleased, whereupon I made no long deliberations,
but elected the first Emperor, whom I had long
pittied, who was immediately set free, and with all respect
seated among us. Now, the last being set up the weights
proved to heavy for him; meanwhile the Virgin espied my
roses, which I had taken out of my hat into my hands, and
thereupon by her page graciously requested them of me,
which I readily sent her. And so this first act was finished
about ten in the forenoon.
The trumpets again began to sound, which, nevertheless,
we could not as yet see. Meantime the bands were to step
aside with their prisoners, and expect the judgment, after
which a council of the seven captains and ourselves was set,
with the Virgin as president, whereat it was concluded that
all the principal lords should with befitting respect be led
out of the castle, that others should be stripped and caused
to run out naked, while others yet with rods, whips, or
dogs, should be hunted out. Those who the day before
willingly surrendered themselves might be suffered to depart
without any blame, but those presumptuous ones, and
they who had behaved themselves so unseemly at dinner,
should be punished in body and life according to each

page 126
man’s demerit. This opinion pleased the Virgin well, and
obtained the upper hand. There was moreover another
dinner vouchsafed them, the execution itself being deferred
till noon. Herewith the senate arose, and the Virgin, together
with her attendants, returned to her usual quarter.
The uppermost table in the room was allotted to us till the
business was fully dispatched, when we should be conducted
to the Lord Bridge-groom and Bride, with which we
were well content. The prisoners were again brought into
the hall, and each man seated according to his quality.
They were enjoyned to behave somewhat more civilly than
they had done the day before, which admonishment they
needed not, for they had already put up their pipes, and
this I can boldly say, that commonly those who were of
highest rank best understood how to comport themselves in
so unexpected a misfortune. their treatment was but indifferent,
yet with respect, neither could they see their
attendants, who were visible to us, whereat I was exceeding
joyful. Although fortune had exalted us, we took not
upon us more than the rest, advising them to be of good
cheer, and comforting them as well as we could, drinking
with them to try if the wine might make them cheerful.
Our table was covered with red velvet, beset with drinking
cups of pure silver and gold, which the rest could not behold
without amazement and anguish. Ere we had seated
ourselves in came the two pages, presenting each one, in
the Bride-groom’s behalf, the Golden Fleece with a flying
Lyon, requesting us to wear them at the table, and to
observe the reputation and dignity of the order which his
Majesty had vouchsafed us and would ratify with suitable
ceremonies. This we received with profoundest submission,
promising to perform whatever his Majesty should

page 127
please. Beside these, the noble page had a schedule wherein
we were set down in order. Now because our entertainment
was exceeding stately, we demanded one of the pages
whether we might have leave to send some choice bit to
our friends and acquaintances who making no difficulty,
every one sent by the waiters; howbeit the receivers saw
none of them; and forasmuch as they knew not whence
it came, I was myself desirous to carry somewhat to one
of them, but, as soon as I was risen, one of the waiters was
at my elbow, desiring me to take friendly warning, for in
case one of the pages had seen it, it would have come to
the King’s ear, who would certainly take it amiss of me;
but since none had observed it save himself, he purposed
not to betray me, and that I must for the time to come
have better regard to the dignity of the order. With
these words, the servant did really so astonish me that for
long I scarce moved upon my seat, yet I returned him
thanks for his faithful warning as well as I was able. Soon
after the drums began to beat, wherefore we repaired outselves
to receive the Virgin, who now came in with her
train, upon her high seat, one of the pages bearing before
her a very tall goblet of gold, and the other a patent in
parchment. Being now after a marvellous artificial manner
alighted from her seat, she takes the goblet from the page
and presents it in the King’s behalf, saying that it was
brought from his Majesty, and that in honour of him we
should cause it to go round. Upon the cover of this goblet
stood Fortune curiously cast in gold, who had in her hand
a red flying ensign, for which cause I drunk somewhat the
more sadly, as having been too well acquainted with Fortune’s
waywardness. But the Virgin who was also adorned
with the Golden Fleece and Lyon, hereupon began to dis-

page 128
tinguish the patent which the other page held into two
different parts, out of which thus much was read before the
first company:—
That they should confess that they had too lightly given
credit to false, fictitious books, had assumed too much to
themselves, and so come into this castle uninvited, and
perhaps designing to make their markets here and afterwards
to live in the greater pride and lordliness. Thus one
had seduced another, and plunged him into disgrace and
ignominy, wherefore they were deservedly to be soundly
punished—all which they with great humility, readily
acknowledged, and gave their hands upon it, after which a
severe check was given to the rest, much to this purpose:—
That they were convinced in their consciences of forging
false, fictitious books, had befooled and cheated others,
thereby diminishing regal dignity amongst all. They knew
what ungodly, deceitful figures they had made use of, not
even sparing the Divine Trinity. It was also clear as day
with what practices they had endeavoured to ensnare the
guests; in like manner, it was manifest to all the world
that they wallowed in open whoredom, adultery, gluttony,
and other uncleannesses. In brief, they had disparaged
Kingly Majesty, even amongst the common sort, and therefore
should confess themselves to be convicted vagabondcheats,
and rascals, for which they deserved to be cashiered
from the company of civil people, and severely to be
The good Artists were loath to come to this confession,
but inasmuch as the Virgin not only herself threatned, and
sware their death, but the other party also vehemently
raged at them, crying that they had most wickedly seduced
them out of the Light, they at length, to prevent a huge

page 129
misfortune, confessed the same with dolour, yet alledged
their actions should not be animadverted upon in the worse
sense, for the Lords were resolved to get into the castle,
and had promised great sums of money to that effect, each
one had used all craft to seize upon something, and so
things were brought to the present pass. Thus they had
disserved no more than the Lords themselves. Their books
also sold so mightily that whoever had no other means to
maintain himself was fain to ingage in this consonage.
They hoped, moreover, they should be found no way to
have miscarried, as having behaved towards the Lords, as
became servants, upon their earnest entreaty. But answer
was made that his Royal Majesty had determined to punish
all, albeit one more severely than another. For although
what they had alleged was partly true, and therefore the
Lords should not wholly be indulged, yet they had good
reason to prepare themselves for death, who had so presumptuously
obtruded themselves, and perhaps seduced the
ignorant against their will. Thereupon many began most
piteously to lament and prostrate themselves, all which
could avail them nothing, and I much marvelled how the
Virgin could be so resolute, when their misery caused our
eyes to run over. She presently dispatched her page, who
brought with him all the cuirassiers which had been
appointed at the scales, who were each commanded to take
his own man, and, in an orderly procession, conduct him
into her great garden. Leave was given to my yesterday
companions to go out into the garden unbound, and be
present at the execution of the sentence. When every man
was come forth, the Virgin mounted up into her high
throne, requesting us to sit down upon the step; and
appear at the judgment. The goblet was committed to the

page 130
pages’ keeping, and we went forth in our robes upon the
throne, which of itself moved so gently as if we had passed
in the air, till we came into the garden, where we arose
altogether. This garden was not extraordinarily curious,
only it pleased me that the trees were planted in so good
order. Besides there ran in it a most costly fountain,
adorned with wonderful figures and inscriptions and strange
characters (which, God willing, I shall mention in a future
book). In this garden was raised a wooden scaffold, hung
with curiously painted figured coverlets. There were four
galleries made one over another; the first was more glorious
than the rest, and covered with a white Taffata curtain,
so that we could not perceive who was behind it. The
second was empty and uncovered, while the two last were
draped with red and blew Taffata. As soon as we were
come to the scaffold the Virgin bowed herself down to the
ground, at which we were mightily terrified, for we could
easily guess that the King and Queen must not be far off.
We also having duely performed our reverence, the Virgin
led us by the winding stairs into the second gallery, where
she placed herself uppermost, and us in our former order.
But how the emperor whom I had released behaved
towards me, I cannot relate for fear of slander, for he might
well imagine in what anguish he now should have been,
and that only through me he had attained such dignity
and worthiness. Meantime, the virgin who first brought
me the invitation, and whom I had hitherto never since
seen, stepped in, and giving one blast upon her trumpet
declared the sentence with a very loud voice:—
The King’s Majesty, my most gratious Lord, could
from his heart wish that all here assembled had, upon his
Majestie’s invitation, presented themselves so qualified that

page 131
they might have adorned his nuptial and joyous Feast.
But since it hath otherwise please Almighty God, he hath
not wherewith to murmur, but is forced, contrary to his
inclination, to abide by the antient and laudable constitutions
of this Kingdom, albeit, that his Majesty’s clemency
may be celebrated, the usual sentence shall be considerably
lenified. He vouchsafes to the Lords and Potentates not
only their lives intirely, but also freely dismisses them,
courteously intreating your Lordships not to take it in evil
part that you cannot be present at his Feast of Honour.
Neither is your reputation hereby prejudiced, although you
be rejected by this our Order, since we cannot at once do
all things, and forasmuch as your Lordships have been
seduced by base rascals, it shall not pass unrevenged.
Furthermore, his Majesty resolveth shortly to communicate
with you a Catalogue of Hereticks, or Index Expurgatorius,
that you may with better judgment discern between good
and evil. And because his Majesty also purposeth to rummage
his library, and offer the seductive writings to Vulcan,
he courteously entreats every one of you to put the same
in execution with your own, whereby it is to be hoped that
all evil and mischief may be remedied. And you are
admonished never henceforth so inconsiderately to covet
entrance hither, least the former excuse of seducers be taken
from you. In fine, as the estates of the Land have still
somewhat to demand of your Lordships, his Majesty hopes
that no man will think it much to redeem himself with a
chain, or what else he hath about him, and so, in friendly
manner, depart from us.
“The others who stood not at the first, third, and fourth
weight, his Majesty will not so lightly dismiss, but that
they also may experience his gentleness, it is his command

page 132
to strip them naked, and so send them forth. Those who
in the second and fifth weight were found too light shall,
besides stripping, be noted with one or more brands, according
as each was lighter or heavier. They who were
drawn up by the sixth or seventh shall be somewhat more
gratiously dealt with, and so forward, for unto every combination
there is a certain punishment ordained. They
who yesterday separated themselves of their own accord
shall go at liberty without blame. Finally, the convicted
vagabond-cheats, who could move up none of the weights,
shall be punished, in body and life, with sword, halter,
water, and rods, and such execution of judgement shall be
inviolably observed for an example unto others.
Herewith one virgin broke her wand; the other, who
read the sentence, blew her trumpet, and stepped with profound
reverence towards the curtain. Now this judgment
being read over, the Lords were well satisfied, for which
cause they gave more than they were desired, each one
redeeming himself with chains, jewels, gold, monies, and
other things, and with reverence they took leave. Although
the King’s servants were forbidden to jear any at his
departure, some unlucky birds could not hold laughing,
and certainly it was sufficiently ridiculous to see them pack
away with such speed, without once looking behind them.
At the door was given to each of them a draught of FORGETFULNESS,
that he might have no further memory of
misfortune. After these the volunteers departed, who, because
of their ingenuity, were suffered to pass, but so as
never to return in the same fashion, albeit if to them (as
likewise to the others) anything further were revealed,
they should be well-come guests.
Meanwhile, others were stripping. in which also an

page 133
inequality, according to demerit, was observed. Some
were sent away naked, without other hurt; others were
driven out with small bells; some again were scourged
forth. In brief, the punishments were so various, that I
am not able to recount them all. With the last a somewhat
longer time was spent, for whilst some were hanging,
some beheading, some forced to leap into the water, much
time was consumed. Verily, at this execution my eyes
ran over, not indeed in regard of the punishment which impudency
well deserved, but in contemplation of human blindness,
in that we are continually busying ourselves over that
which since the first fall hath been sealed to us. Thus the
garden which lately was quite full was soon emptied.
As soon as this was done, and silence had been kept for
the space of five minutes, there came forward a beautiful
snow-white Unicorn, with a golden collar, ingraved with
certain letters, about his neck. He bound himself down
upon his fore-feet, as if hereby he had shown honour to the
Lyon, who stood so immoveably upon the fountain that I
took him to be stone or brass, but who immediately took
the naked sword which he bare in his paw, brake it into
two in the middle, the two pieces whereof sunk into the
fountain, after which he so long reared until a white Dove
brought a branch of olive in her bill, which the Lyon
devoured in an instant, and so was quieted. The Unicorn
returned to his place with joy, while our Virgin lead us
down by the winding staires from the scaffold, and so we
again made our reverence towards the curtain. We washed
our hands and heads in the fountain, and thereby waited
in order till the King through a secret gallery returned
into his hall, and then we also, with choice musick, pomp,
state, and pleasant discourse, were conducted into our for-

page 134
mer lodging. Here, that the time might not seem too long
to us, the Virgin bestowed on each of us a noble Page, not
only richly habited but also exceeding learned, and able
aptly to discourse on all subjects, so that we had reason to
be shamed of ourselves. These were commanded to lead
us up and down the castle, yet only in certain places, and,
if possible, to shorten the time according to our desire.
Meantime, the Virgin took leave, promising to be with us
again at supper, and after that to celebrate the ceremonies
of hanging up the weights, while on the morrow we should
be presented to the King. Each of us now did what best
pleased him, one part viewing the excellent paintings,
which they copied for themselves, and considered what the
wonderful characters might signify, others recruiting themselves
with meat and drink. I caused my Page to conduct
me, with my Companion, up and down the castle, of which
walk it will never repent me so long as I live. Besides
many other glorious antiquities, the Royal Sepulcher was
shewed me, by which I learned more than is extant in all
books. There in the same place stands the glorious Phoenix,
of which two years since I published a small discourse,
and am resolved, in case this narrative prove useful, to set
forth several treatises concerning the Lyon, Eagle, Griffon,
Falcon, &c., together with their draughts and inscriptions.
It grieves me also for my other consorts that they neglected
such pretious treasures. I indeed reaped the most benefit
by my Page, for according as each one’s genius lay, so he
led his intrusted one into the quarters pleasing to him.
Now the kyes hereunto belonging were committed to my
Page, and, therefore, this good fortune happened to me
before the rest, for though he invited others to come in,
yet they imagining such tombs to be only in the church-

page 135
yard, thought they should well enough get thither when
ever anything was to be seen there. Neither shall these
monuments be with-held from my thankful schollars. The
other thing that was shewed us two was the noble Library
as it was altogether before the Reformation, of which I
have so much the less to say, because the catalogue is
shortly to be published. At the entry of this room stands
a great Book the like whereof I never saw, in which all the
figures, rooms, portals, writings, riddles, and the like, to be
seen in the whole castle are delineated. In every book stands
its author painted, whereof many were to be burnt, that even
their memory might be blotted out from amongst the righteous.
Having taken a full view, and being scarce gotten forth, there
comes another Page, and having whispered somewhat in our
Page’s ear, he delivered up the kyes to him, who immediately
carried them up the winding stairs; but our Page was very
much out of countenance, and we, setting hard upon him
with intreaties, he declared to us that the King’s Majesty
would by no means permit that either the library or
sepulchers should be seen by man, and he besought us as
we tendered his life to discover it not to anyone, he having
already utterly denied it; whereupon both of us stood
hovering between joy and fear, yet it continued in silence,
and no man made further inquiry about it. Thus in both
places we consumed three hours, and now, although it had
struck seven, nothing was hitherto given us to eat, but our
hunger was abated by constant revivings, and I could be
content to fast all my life with such an entertainment.
About this time the curious fountains, mines, and all kind
of art shops were also shown us, of which there was none
but surpassed all our arts even if melted into one mass.
Every chamber was built in semi-circle, that so they might

page 136
have before their eyes the costly clock-work which was
erected upon a fair turret in the centre, and regulate themselves
according to the course of the planets which were to
be seen on it in a glorious manner. At length I came into
a spacious room, in the middle whereof stood a terestrial
globe, whose diameter contained thirty foot, albeit near
half, except a little which was covered with the steps, was
let into the earth. Two men might readily turn it about,
so that more of it was never to be seen but so much as was
above the horizon. I could not understand whereto those
ringlets of gold (which were upon it in several places)
served, at which my Page laughed, and advised me to view
them more narrowly, when I found there my native country
noted with gold also, whereupon my companion sought his
and found that too. The same happened to others who
stood by, and the Page told us that it was yesterday
declared to the King’s Majesty by their old astronomer
Atlas, that all the gilded points did exactly answer to their
native countries, and, therefore, he, as soon as he perceived
that I undervalued myself, but that nevertheless there
stood a point upon my native country, moved one of
the captains to intreat for us to be set upon the scale
at all adventures, especially seeing one of our native
countries had a notable good mark. And truly it was not
without cause that he, the Page of greatest power, was bestowed
on me. For this I returned him thanks, and looking
more diligently upon my native country, I found that,
besides the ringlets, there were also certain delicate streaks
upon it. I saw much more even upon this globe than I
am willing to discover. Let each man take into consideration
why every city produceth not a philosopher. After
this he led us within the globe, for on the sea there was a

page 137
tablet (whereon stood three dedications and the author’s
name) which a man might gently lift up, and by a little
board go into the center, which was capable of four
persons, being nothing but a round board whereon we
could sit and at ease by broad daylight (it was now already
dark) contemplate the stars, which seemed like mere carbuncles
glittering in an agreeable order, and moving so
gallantly that I had scarce any mind ever to go out again,
as the Page afterwards told the Virgin, and with which she
often twitted me, for it was already supper time and I was
almost the last at table. The waiters treated me with so
much reverence and honour that for shame I durst not
look up. To speak concerning the musick, or the rest of
that magnificent entertainment, I hold needless, because it
is not possible sufficiently to express it. In brief there was
nothing there but art and amenity. After we had each to
other related our employment since noon (howbeit, not a
word was spoken of the library and monuments), being
already merry with wine, the Virgin began thus:—“My
Lords, I have a great contention with one of my sisters.
In our chamber we have an eagle. whom we cherish with
such diligence that each of us is desirous to be the best
beloved, and upon that score have many a squabble. On
a day we concluded to go both together to him, and toward
whom he should show himself most friendly, hers should he
properly be. This we did, and I, as commonly, bare in my
hand a branch of lawrel, but my sister had none. As soon
as be espyed us both, he gave my sister another branch
which he had in his beak, and offered at mine, which I gave
him. Each of us hereupon imagined herself best beloved
of him. Which way am I to resolve myself?
This modest proposal pleased us mightily well, and each

page 138
one would gladly have heard the solution, but inasmuch as
all looked upon me, and desired to have the beginning
from me, my mind was so extreamly confounded that I
knew not what to do but propound another in its stead,
and said, therefore:—“Gracious Lady, your Ladyship’s
question were easily to be resolved if one thing did not
perplex me. I had two companions who both loved me
exceedingly; they being doubtful which was most dear to
me, concluded to run to me unawares, and that he whom I
should then embrace should be the right; this they did,
yet one of them could not keep pace with the other, so he
staid behind and wept; the other I embraced with amazement.
When they had afterwards discovered the business
to me, I knew not how to resolve, and have hitherto let it
rest in this manner till I may find some good advice
The Virgin wondered at it, and well observed where
about I was, upon which she replied, that we should both
be quit, and then desired, the solution from the rest. But
I had already made them wise, wherefore the next began
thus—“In my city a Virgin was condemned to death, but
the judge, being pitiful towards her, proclaimed that if any
man desired to be her champion, he should have free leave.
Now she had two lovers; one made himself ready, and
came into the lists to expect his adversary; afterwards the
other presented himself, but coming too late, resolved
nevertheless to fight, and suffer himself to be vanquished
that the Virgin’s life might be preserved, which succeeded
accordingly. Thereupon each challenged her, and now, my
lords, instruct me to which of them of right she belongeth.”
The Virgin could hold no longer, but said:—“I thought to
have gained much information, and am myself gotten into

page 139
the net; yet I would gladly hear whether there be any
more behind.” “Yes, that there is, answered the third,
“a stranger adventure hath not been recounted then that
which happened to myself. In my youth I loved a worthy
maid, and that my love might attain its end I made use of
an ancient matron, who easily brought me to her. Now it
happened that the maid’s brethren came in upon us as we
three were together, and were in such a rage that they
would have taken my life, but, on my vehement supplication,
they at length forced me to swear to take each of them
for a year to my wedded wife. Now, tell me, my Lords,
should I take the old or the young one first?” We all
laughed sufficiently at this riddle, yet none would undertake
to unfold it, and the fourth began. “In a certain
city there dwelt an honourable lady, beloved of all, but
especially of a noble young man, who would needs be too
importunate with her. At length she gave him this determination,
that in case he would, in a cold winter, lead
her into a fair green garden of Roses, then he should obtain,
but if not be must resolve never to see her more. The
noble man travelled into all countries to find one who might
perform this, till at length he lite upon a little old man who
promised to do it for him, in case he would assure him of
half his estate, which he having consented to the other was
as good as his word. Whereupon he invited the Lady
home to his garden, where, contrary to her expectation,
she found all things green, pleasant, and warm; and
remembering her promise, she only requested that she
might once more return, to her lord, to whom with sighs
and tears she bewailed her lamentable condition. Her
lord, sufficiently perceiving her faithfulness, dispatched her
back to her lover, who had so dearly purchased her, that

page 140
she might give him satisfaction, when the husband’s
integrity so mightily affected the noble man that he
thought it a sin to touch so honest a wife, and sent her
home with honour to her lord. The little man, perceiving
such faith in all these, would not, how poor soever he were,
be the least, but restored the noble man all his goods, and
went his way. Now, my lords, which of these persons
showed the greatest ingenuity?” Here our tongues were
quite cut off, neither would the Virgin make any reply but
that another should go on; wherefore the fifth began:
“I desire not to make long work. Who hath the greater
joy, he that beholdeth what he loveth, or he that only
thinketh on it?” “He that beholdeth it,” said the Virgin.
“Nay,” answered I, and hereupon rose a contest till the
sixth called out:—“My lords, I am to take a wife; I have
before me a maid, a married wife, and a widdow; ease me
of this doubt, and I will help to order the rest.” It goes
well there,” replied the seventh, “when a man hath his
choice, but with me the case is otherwise. In my youth I
loved a fair and virtuous virgin, and she me in like
manner; howbeit, because of her friends’ denyal, we could
not come together in wedlock, whereupon she was married
to another, who maintained her honourably and with
affection, till she came into the pains of childbirth, which
went so hard with her that all thought she was dead, so
with much state and mourning she was interred. Now, I
thought with myself, daring her life thou couldst have no
part in this woman, but dead as she is, thou mayst
embrace her sufficiently, whereupon I took my servant
with me, who dug her up by night. Having opened the
coffin and locked her in my arms, I found some little
motion in her heart, which increased from my warmth, till

page 141
I perceived she was indeed alive. I quietly bore her home,
and after I had warmed her chilled body with a costly bath
of herbs, I committed her to my mother until she brought
forth a fair son, whom I caused faithfully to be nursed.
After two days (she being then in a mighty amazement) I
discovered to her all the affair, requesting that for the
time to come she would live with me as a wife, against
which she excepted thus, in case it should be grievous to
her husband, who had maintained her well and honourably,
but if it could otherwise be, she was the present obliged in
love to one as well as the other. After two months (being
then to make a journey elsewhere) I invited her husband
as a guest, and amongst other things demanded of him
whether if his deceased wife should come home again he
could be content to receive her, and he affirming it with
tears and lamentations, I brought him his wife and son,
recounting all the fore-passed business, and intreating him
to ratifie with his consent my fore-purposed espousals.
After a long dispute he could not beat me from my right,
but was fain to leave me the wife. But still the contest
was about the son.” Here the Virgin interrupted him and
said:—“It makes me wonder how you could double the
afflicted man’s grief.” Upon this there arose a dispute
amongst us, the most part affirming he had done but right.
“Nay,” said he, “I freely returned him both his wife and
son. Now tell me, my lords, was my honesty or this
man’s joy the greater?” These words so mightily cheared
the Virgin that she caused a health to go round, after
which other proposals went on somewhat perplexedly, so
that I could not retain them all; yet this comes to my
mind, that one told how a few years before he had seen a
physitian, who bought a parcel of wood against winter,

page 142
with which he warmed himself all winter long; but as soon
as spring returned he sold the very same wood again, and
so had the use of it for nothing. “Here must needs be
skill,” said the Virgin, “but the time is now past.”
“Yea,” replyed my companion, “whoever understands how
to resolve all the riddles may give notice of it by a proper
messenger; I conceive he will not be denied.” At this
time they began to say grace, and we arose altogether
from the table rather satisfied and merry than glutted; it
were to be wished that all invitations and feastings were
thus kept. Having taken some few turns up and down
the hall, the Virgin asked us whether we desired to begin
the wedding. “Yes,” said one, “noble and vertuous
lady;” whereupon she privately dispatched a Page, and,
meantime, proceeded in discourse with us. In brief, she
was become so familiar that I adventured and requested
her Name. The Virgin smiled at my curiosity, and
replyed:—“My name contains six and fifty, and yet hath
only eight letters; the third is the third part of the fifth,
which added to the sixth will produce a number, whose
root shall exceed the third itself by just the first, and it is
the half of the fourth. Now the fifth and seventh are
equal, the last and first also equal, and make with the
second as much as the sixth hath, which contains four
more than the third tripled. Now tell me, my lord, how
am I called?”
The answer was intricate enough, yet I left not off, but
said:—“Noble and vertuous Lady, may I not obtain one
only letter?” “Yes,” said she, “that may well be done.”
“What, then,” I proceeded, “may the seventh contain?”
“It contains,” said she, “as many as there are lords here.”
With this I easily found her Name, at which she was well

page 143
pleased, saying that much more should yet be revealed to
us. Meanwhile certain virgins had made themselves ready,
and came in with great ceremony. Two youths carried
lights before them, one of whom was of jocund countenance,
sprightly eyes, and gentile proportions, while the other lookt
something angerly, and whatever he would have must be, as
I afterwards perceived. Four Virgins followed them; one
looked shamefully towards the earth; the second also was
a modest, bashful Virgin; the third, as she entered, seemed
amazed at somewhat, and, as I understood, she cannot well
abide where there is too much mirth. The fourth brought
with her certain small wreaths, to manifest her kindness
and liberality. After these four came two somewhat more
gloriously apparelled; they saluted us courteously. One of
them had a gown of skeye-colour, spangled with golden
stars; the other’s was green, beautified with red and white
stripes. On their heads, they had thin flying white tiffaties,
which did most becomingly adorn them. At last came one
alone, wearing a coronet, and rather looking up towards
heaven than towards earth. We all took her for the Bride,
but were much mistaken, although in honour, riches,
and state she a much surpassed the bride, and afterwards
ruled the whole Wedding. On this occasion we all followed
our Virgin, and fell on our knees; howbeit, she
shewed herself extreamly humble, offering each her hand,
and admonishing us not to be too much surprized at this,
which was one of her smallest bounties, but to lift up our
eyes to our Creator and acknowledge his Omnipotency, and
so proceed in our enterprised course, employing this grace
to the praise of God and the good of man. In sum her
words were quite different from those of our Virgin, who
was somewhat more worldly. They pierced even through my

page 144
bones and marrow. “Thou,” said she further to me,
“hast received more than others; see that thou also make
a larger return.”
This to me was a very strange sermon, for as soon as we
saw the Virgins with the musick, we imagined we should
fall to dancing. Now the weights stood still in the same
place, wherefore the Queen (I yet know not who she was)
commanded each Virgin to take up one, but to our Virgin
she gave her own, which was the largest, and commanded
us to follow behind. Our majesty was then somewhat
abated, for I observed that our Virgin was but too good for
us, and that we were not so highly reputed as we ourselves
were almost willing to phantsie. We were brought into
the first Chamber, where our Virgin hung up the Queen’s
weight, during which an excellent spiritual hymn was
sung. There was nothing costly in this room save certain
curious little Prayer-Books which should never be missing.
In the midst was a pulpit, convenient for prayer, where in
the Queen kneeled down, and about her we also were fain
to kneel and pray after the Virgin, who read out of a book,
that this Wedding might tend to the honour of God, and
our own benefit. We then came into the second chamber,
where the first Virgin hung up her weight also, and so forward
till all the ceremonies were finished, upon which the
Queen again presented her hand to every one, and departed
with her Virgins. Our president staied awhile with us, but
because it had been already two hours night she would then
no longer detain us, and, though methought she was glad
of our company, she bid us good night, wishing us quiet
rest. Our Pages were well instructed, and shewed every
man his chamber, staying with us in another pallet, in case
we wanted any thing. My chamber was royally furnished

page 145
with rare tapistries, and hung about with paintings; but
above all things I was delighted in my Page, who was so
excellently spoken, and experienced in the arts, that he yet
spent me another hour, and it was half an hour after three
when I fall asleep. This was the first night that I slept in
quiet, and yet a scurvy dream would not suffer me to rest,
for I was troubled with a Door which I could not get open,
though at last I did so. With these phantasies I passed
the time, till at length, towards day, I awaked.

The Fourth Day.
I still lay in my bed, and leisurely surveighed the noble
images and figures about my chamber, during which, on a
sudden, I heard the musick of coronets, as if already they had
been in procession. My Page skipped out of the bed as if he
had been at his wits’ end, and looked more like one dead
than living. “The rest are already presented to the King,”
said he. I knew not what else to do but weep outright,
and curse my own sloathfulness. I dressed myself, but my
Page was ready long before me, and ran out of the chamber
to see how affairs might yet stand. He soon returned with
the joyful news that the time was not past, only I had
over-slept my breakfast, they being unwilling to waken me
because of my age, but that now it was time for me to go
with him to the Fountain, where most were assembled.
With this consolation my spirit returned, wherefore I was
soon ready with my habit, and went after the Page to the
Fountain in the Garden, where I found that the Lyon, instead
of his sword, had a pretty large tablet by him.
Having well viewed it, I found that it was taken out of the
ancient monuments, and placed here for some especial
honour. The inscription was worn with age, and, therefore,

page 146
I am minded to set it down here, as it is, and give every
one leave to consider it.


Bibat ex me qui potest: lavet, qui vult: turbet, qui audet:
HISTORY OF THE ROSICRUCIANS_waite_Seite_154_Bild_0001
This writing might well be read and understood, being
easier than any of the rest. After we had washed ourselves
out of the Fountain, and every man had taken a
draught out of an intirely golden cup, we once more followed
the Virgin into the hall, and there put on new
apparel, all of cloth of gold gloriously set out with flowers.
There was also given to everyone another Golden Fleece,
set about with pretious stones, and various workmanship
according to the utmost skill of each artificers. On it hung
a mighty medal of gold, whereupon were figured the sun
and moon in opposition, but on the other side stood this
poesie:—“The light of the moon shall be as the light of
the sun, and the light of the sun shall be seven times
brighter than at present.” Our former jewels were laid in
a little casket, and committed to one of the waiters.
After this the Virgin led us out in our order, where the
musitians waited ready at the door, all apparelled in red
velvet with white guards. After which a door, that I

page 147
never before saw, was unlocked; it opened on the
Royal winding-stairs. There the Virgin led us, together
with the musick, up three hundred sixty-five stairs; we
saw nothing but what was of extream costly and artificial
workmanship; the further we went, the more glorious still
was the furniture, until at the top we came under a painted
arch, where the sixty virgins attended us, all richly apparelled.
As soon as they had bowed to us, and we as
well as we could had returned our reverence, the musitians
were dispatched away down the winding-stairs, the Door
being shut after them. Then a little Bell was told, when
in came a beautiful Virgin, who brought every one a wreath
of lawrel, but our Virgins had branches given them.
Meanwhile, a curtain was drawn up, where I saw the King
and Queen as they sate in their majesty, and had not the
yesterday queen warned me I should have equalled this
unspeakable glory to Heaven; for besides that the room
glittered of meer gold and pretious stones, the Queen’s
robes were so made that I was not able to behold them.
In the meantime the Virgin stept in, and then each of the
other virgins, taking one of us by the hand, with most profound
reverence presented us to the King. Whereupon
the Virgin began thus to speak:—“That to honour your
most gratious, royal Majesties, these Lords have adventured
hither with peril of body and life, your Majesties have
reason to rejoyce, especially since the greatest part are
qualified for inlarging your Majestie’s dominions, as you
will find by a most gratious particular examination of each.
Herewith I was desirous thus to have them in humility
presented to your Majesties, with most humble suit to discharge
me of my commission, and to take information
from each of them concerning my actions and omissions.”

page 148
Hereupon she laid her branch on the ground. It would
have been fitting for one of us to have spoken somewhat on
this occasion, but, seeing we were all troubled, with the
falling of the uvula, old Atlas stept forward and spoke on
the King’s behalf:—“Their Royal Majesties most gratiously
rejoyce at your arrival, and will that their grace be assured
to all. With thy administration, gentle Virgin, they are
most gratiously satisfied, and a Royal Reward shall be
provided for thee; yet it is their intention that thou shalt
this day also continue with them, inasmuch as they have
no reason to mistrust thee.”
Here, the Virgin humbly took up the branch, and we for
this first time were to step aside with her. This room was
square on the front, five times broader than it was long,
but towards the West it had a great arch like a porch, where
stood in circle three glorious thrones, the middlemost being
somewhat higher than the rest. In each throne sate two
persons—in the first sate a very antient King with a gray
beard, yet his consort was extraordinarily fair and young.
In the third throne sate a black King of middle age, and
by him a dainty old matron, not crowned, but covered
with a vail. But in the middle sate the two young
persons, who though they had likewise wreaths of lawrel
upon their heads, yet over them hung a large and costly
crown. Now albeit they were not at this time so fair as I
had before imagined to my self, yet so it was to be.
Behind them on a round form sat for the most part antient
men, yet none had any sword or other weapon about him.
Neither saw I any life-guard but certain Virgins which
were with us the day before, and who sate on the sides of
the arch. I cannot pass in silence how the little Cupid
flew to and again there, but for the most part he hovered

page 149
about the great crown. Sometimes he seated himself in
between the two lovers, somewhat smiling upon them with
his bow. Sometimes he made as if he would shoot one of
us; in brief, this knave was so full of his waggery, that
he would not spare even the little birds, which in multitudes
flew up and down the room, but tormented them all
he could. The virgins also had their pastimes with him,
and when they could catch him it was no easie matter for
him to get from them again. Thus this little knave made
all the sport and mirth. Before the Queen stood a small
but inexpressibly curious altar, wherein lay a book covered
with black velvet, only a little overlaid with gold. By this
stood a taper in an ivory candlestick which, although very
small, burnt continually, and stood in that manner, that
had not Cupid, in sport, now and then puffed upon it, we
could not have conceived it to be fire. By this stood a
sphere or celestial globe, which of itself turned about.
Next this was a small striking-watch, by that a little
christal pipe or syphon-fountain, out of which perpetually
ran a clear blood-red liquor, and last of all there was a scull
or death’s head, in which was a white serpent, of such a
length, that though she crept circle-wise about the rest of
it, yet her taile still remained in one of the eye-holes until her
head again entered at the other; so she never stirred from
her scull, unless Cupid twitched a little at her, when she
slipt in so suddenly that we could not choose but marvel at
it. Thee were hung up and down the room wonderful
images, which moved as if alive. Likewise, as we were
passing out, there began such marvellous vocal musick that
I could not tell whether it were performed by the virgins
who yet stayed behind, or by the images themselves. We,
being for this time satisfied, went thence with our virgins,

page 150
who, the musitians, being already present, led us down the
winding stars, the door being diligently locked and bolted.
As soon as we were come again into the hall, one of the
virgins began:—“I wonder, Sister, that you durst adventure
yourself amongst so many persons.” “My Sister,”
replyed our president, “I am fearful of none so much as of
this man,” pointing at me. This speech went to my heart,
for I understood that she mocked at my age, and indeed I
was the oldest of all; yet she comforted me by promising,
that in case I behaved myself well towards her, she would
easily rid me of this burden.
Meantime a collation was again brought in, and every
one’s Virgin seated by him, who well knew how to shorten
the time with handsom discourses, but what these and
their sports were I dare not blab out of school. Most of
the questions were about the arts, whereby I could lightly
gather that both young and old were conversant in the
sciences. Still it run in my thoughts how I might become
young again, whereupon I was somewhat the sadder. This
the Virgin perceived, and, therefore, began:—“I dare lay
anything, if I lye with him to-night, he shall be pleasenter
in the morning.” Hereupon they began to laugh, and
albeit I blushed all over, I was fain to laugh too at my
own ill-luck. Now there was one. then, that had a mind to
return my disgrace upon the Virgin, whereupon he said:—
“I hope not only we but the virgins themselves will bear
witness, that our Lady President hath promised herself to
be his bed-fellow to-night.” “I should be well content
with it,” replyed the Virgin, “if I had not reason to be
afraid of these my sisters; there would be no hold with
them, should. I choose the best and handsomest for myself.”
“My Sister,” presently began another, “we find hereby

page 151
that thy high office makes thee not proud, wherefore if by
thy permission we might by lot part the Lords here present,
thou shouldst, with our goodwill, have such a prerogative.”
We let this pass for a jest, and began again to discourse
together, but our Virgin could not leave tormenting
us, and continued:—“My lords, how if we should permit
fourtune to decide which of us must be together to-night?”
“Well,” said I, “if it may be no otherwise, we cannot
refuse such a proffer.” Now because it was concluded to
make this trial after meat, we resolved to sit no longer at
table, so we arose and each walked up and down with his
Virgin. “Nay,” said the president, “it shall not be so
yet, but let us see how fortune will couple us,” upon which
we were separated. Now first arose a dispute how the
business should be carried out, but this was only a premeditated
device, for the Virgin instantly proposed that
we should mix ourselves in a ring, and that she beginning
to count from herself, the seventh was to be content with
the following seventh, were it a virgin or man. We were
not aware of any craft, and therefore permitted it so to be;
but when we thought we had very well mingled ourselves,
the Virgins were so subtil that each knew her station
before-hand. The president began to reckon, the seventh
next her was a Virgin, the third seventh a Virgin likewise,
and this continued till, to our amazement, all the Virgins
came forth and none of us was hit. Thus we poor wretches
remained standing alone, and were forced to confess that
we had been handsomely couzened, albeit, whoever had
seen us in our order might sooner have expected the sky to
fall then that it should never have come to our turn.
Herewith our sport was abandoned. In the interim the
little wanton Cupid came also unto us, but because he

page 152
presented himself on behalf of their Royal Majesties, and
deliverd us a health from them out of a golden cup, and
was to call our Virgin to the King, withal declaring he
could not at this time tarry, we could not sport ourselves
with him, so with a due return of our most humble thanks
we let him flye forth again. Now because the mirth began
to fall into my consort’s feet, and the Virgins were nothing
sorry to see it, they lead up a civil dance which I rather
beheld with pleasure then assisted, for my mercurialists
were so ready with their postures, as if they had been long
of the trade. After some few dances, our president came
in again, and told us how the artists and students had
offered themselves to their Royal Majesties before their
departure to act a merry comedy, and if we thought good
to be present thereat, and to waite upon their Royal
Majesties to the House of the Sun, it would be acceptable
to them. Hereupon we returned our humble thanks for
the honour vouchsafed us, and most submissively tendered
our small service, which the Virgin related, and presently
brought word to attend their Royal Majesties in the gallery,
whither we were soon led, and staid not long there, for the
Royal Procession was just ready, yet without musick. The
unknown Queen who was yesterday with us went foremost
with a small and costly coronet, apparelled in white satin,
and carrying nothing but a small crucifix made of a pearl,
and this very day wrought between the young King and
his Bride. After her went the six fore-mentioned Virgins
in two ranks, carrying two King’s jewels belonging to the
little altar. Next to these came the three Kings. The
Bridegroom was in the midst of them with a plain dress of
black sattin, after the Italian mode. He had on a small
round black hat with a little black painted feather, which

page 153
he courteously put off to us, thereby to signify his favour
towards us, To him we bowed, as we had been before
instructed. After the King came the three Queens, two
whereof were richly habited; she in the middle went likewise
all in black, and Cupid held up her train. Intimation
was given us to follow, and after us the Virgins, old Atlas
bringing up the rear. Through many stately walks we
came to the House of the Sun, there next to the King and
Queen, upon a richly furnished scaffold, to behold the foreordained
comedy. We, though separated, stood on the
right hand of the Kings, but the Virgins on the left, except
those to whom the Royal Ensignes were committed. To
them was allotted a peculiar standing at top of all, but the
rest of the attendants were content to stand below between
the columns. Now because there are many remarkable
passages in this Comedy, I will in brief run it over.
First of all came forth a very antient King with some
servants; before his throne was brought in a little chest, with
mention that it was found upon the water. Being opened,
there appeared in it a lovely babe, together with certain
jewels, and a small parchment sealed, and superscribed to
the King. This the King presently opened, and having
read it, he wept and declared to his servants how injuriously
the King of the Moores had deprived his aunt
of her country, and had extinguished all the royal seed even
to this infant, with the Daughter of which country he had
purposed to match his Son. Hereupon he swore to maintain
perpetual enmity with the Moore and his allies, and to
revenge this on him. He commanded that the Child
should be tenderly nursed, and to make preparations against
the Moore. This provision, and the discipline of the
young lady (who after she was a little grown up was com-

page 154
mitted to an ancient tutor), continued all the first act, with
many laudable sports beside. In the interlude a Lyon and
Griffon were set at one another, and the Lyon got the
victory; this was also a pretty sight.
In the second act, the Moore, a black, treacherous fellow,
came forth, who having with vexation understood that his
murder was discovered, and that a little lady was craftily
stollen from him, began to consult how by stratagem he
might encounter so powerful an adversary, whereof he was
at length advised by certain fugitives who fled to him
through famine. So the young lady, contrary to all
expectation, fell again into his hands, whom had he not
been wonderfully deceived by his own servants, he had
like to have slain. Thus this act was concluded with a
mervelous triumph of the Moore.
In the third act a great army on the King’s part was
raised against the Moore, and put under the conduct of an
antient, valiant knight, who fell into the Moore’s country,
till he forceably rescued the young Lady from a tower, and
apparelled her anew. After this they erected a glorious
scaffold and placed her upon it; presently came twelve
royal embassadors, amongst whom the Knight made a
speech, alledging that the King, his most gracious Lord,
had not only heretofore delivered her from death, and
caused her to be royally brought up, though she had not
behaved herself altogether as became her but, moreover,
had, before others, elected her as a spouse for the young
Lord, his Son, most gratiously desiring that the espousals
might be really executed in case they would be sworn to his
Majesty upon the following articles. Hereupon out of a
patent he caused certain glorious conditions to be read;
the young Lady took an oath inviolably to observe the

page 155
same, returning thanks in most seemly sort for so high a
grace. Whereupon they began to sing to the praise of
God, of the King, and the young Lady, and for this time so
departed. In sport, meanwhile, the four beasts of Daniel,
as he saw them in the vision, were brought in, all which
had its certain signification.
In the fourth act the young Lady was restored to her
lost kingdom and crowned, being in this array conducted
about the place with extraordinary joy. After various
embassadors presented themselves not only to wish her
prosperity but also to behold her glory. Yet it was not
long that she preserved her integrity, but began to look
wantonly about her, and to wink at the embassadors
and lords. These her manners were soon known to the
Moore, who would by no means neglect such an opportunity;
and because her steward had not sufficient regard
to her, she was easily blinded with great promises, so that
she had no good confidence in her King, but privily submitted
herself to the intire disposal of the Moore, who
having by her consent gotten her into his hands, he gave
her words so long till all her kingdom had subjected itself
to him; after which, in the third scene of this act, he
caused her to be led forth, stript naked, and then upon a
scurvy wooden scaffold bound to a post, well scourged, and
at last sentenced to death. This woful spectacle made the
eyes of many to run over. Naked as she was, she was cast
into prison, there to expect death by poison, which, however,
killed her not, but made her leprous all over. Thus
this act was for the most part lamentable. Between they
brought forth Nebuchadnezzar’s image, which was adorned
with all manner of arms on the head, breast, legs, and feet,
of which more shall be spoken in the future explication.

page 156
In the fifth act the young King was acquainted with
all that had passed between the Moore and his future
spouse, who interceded with his father for her, intreating
that she might not be left in that condition, and embassadors
were dispatched to comfort her, but withal to give
her notice of her inconsiderateness. She nevertheless,
would not receive them, but consented to be the Moore’s
concubine, and the young King was acquainted with it.
After this comes a band of fools, each of which brought a
cudgel, wherewith they made a great globe of the world,
and undid it again, the which was a fine sportive
In the sixth act, the young King resolved to bid battle
to the Moore, which was done, and albeit the Moore was
discomfited, yet all held the young King for dead, but he
came again to himself, released his spouse, and committed
her to his steward and chaplain, the first whereof tormented
her mightily, while the priest was so insolently wicked
that he would needs be above all, till the same was
reported to the young King, who dispatched one to break
the neck of the priest’s mightiness, and adorn the bride in
some measure for the nuptials. After this act a vast artificial
elephant was brought in, carrying a great tower with
musitians, which was well pleasing to all.
In the last act the bride-groom appeared in such pomp as
is not well to be believed. The bride met him in the like
solemnity, whereupon all the people cried out:—VIVAT
SPONSUM, VIVAT SPONSA, so that by this comedy they did
withal congratulate our King and Queen in the most stately
manner, which pleased them most extraordinary well. At
length they made some paces about the stage, till at last
they altogether began thus to sing.

page 157
This time full of love
Does our joy much approve
Because of the King’s Nuptial;
And, therefore, let’s sing,
Till from all parts it ring,
Blest be he that granted us all!
The Bride most exquisitely faire,
Whom we attended long with care,
To him in troth is plighted;
We fully have at length obtain’d
The same for which we did contend—
He’s happy that’s fore-sighted.
Now the parents kind and good
By entreatises are subdued;
Long enough in hold was she mew’d;
So in honour increase
Till Thousands arise
And spring from your own proper blood.

After this thanks were returned, and the comedy was
finished with joy to the particular liking of the Royal
Persons, who, the evening being already hard by, departed
in their fore-mentioned order, we attending them up the
winding stairs into the previous hall, where the tables were
already richly furnished. This was the first time that we
were invited to the King’s table. The little altar was
placed in the midst of the hall, and the six royal ensignes
were laid upon it. The young King behaved himself very
gratiously towards us, yet he could not be heartily merry;
he discoursed a little with us, yet often sighed, at which
the little Cupid only mocked, and played his waggish tricks.
The old King and Queen were very serious, but the wife
of one of the ancient Kings was gay enough, the cause

page 158
whereof I understood not. The Royal Persons took up the
first table, at the second we only sate; at the third some
of the principal Virgins placed themselves. The rest were
fain to wait. This was performed with such state and
solemn stillness that I am afraid to make many words of it.
All the Royal Persons, before meat, attired themselves in
snow-white glittering garments. Over the table hung the
great golden crown, the pretious stones whereof, without
other light, would have sufficiently illuminated the hall.
All the lights were kindled at the small taper upon the
altar. The young king frequently sent meat to the white
serpent, which caused me to muse. Almost all the prattle
at this banquet was made by Cupid, who could not leave
us, and me especially, untormented, and was perpetually
producing some strange matter. However, there was no
considerable mirth, from whence I could imagine some
great imminent peril. There was no musick heard, and if
we were demanded anything, we were fain to give short
answers, and so let it rest. In short, all things had so
strange a face that the sweat began to trickle down over
my body, and I believe that the stoutest-hearted man
would have lost courage. Supper being almost ended, the
young King commanded the book to be reached him from
the altar. This he opened and caused it again to be propounded
to us by an old man whether we resolved to abide
with him in prosperity and adversity, which we having
with trembling consented to, he further caused us sadly to
be demanded whether we would give our hands on it,
which, when we could fain no reason, was fain so to be.
One after another rose and with his own hand writ himself
down in this book, after which the little christal fountain
was brought near, together with a very small christal glass,

page 159
out of which all the Royal Persons drank; afterwards it
was reached to us, and so forward to all, and this was
called the Draught of Silence. Hereupon all the Royal
Persons presented us their hands, declaring that in case we
did not stick to them we should never hereafter see
them, which verily made our eyes run over. But our
president engaged herself and promised largely on our
behalf, which gave them satisfaction. Mean time a little
bell was tolled, at which all the Royal Persons waxed so
mighty bleak that we were ready utterly too despair. They
quickly put off their white garments and assumed intirely
black ones; the whole hall was hung with black velvet, the
floor covered with the same, with which also the ceiling
was overspread. The tables were also removed, all seated
themselves upon the form, and we also had put on black
habits. Our president, who was before gone out, comes in
again, bearing six black taffeta scarffs, with which she
bound the six Royal Persons’ eyes, and there were immediately
brought in by the servants six covered coffins, which
were set down, a low black seat being placed in their
midst. Finally, there stept in a cole-black, tall man, who
bare in his hand a sharp ax. Now after that the old King
had been brought to the seat, his head was instantly whipt
off and wrapped in a black cloth, the blood being received
in a great golden goblet, and placed with him in the coffin
that stood by, which, being covered, was set aside. Thus
it went with the rest, so that I thought it would have come
to me too, but as soon as the six Royal Persons were
beheaded, the black man retired, another following who
just before the door beheaded him also, and brought back
his head, which, with the ax, was laid in a little chest.
This indeed seemed to me a bloody Wedding, but, because

page 160
I could not tell what the event would be, I was fain to
captivate my understanding until I were further resolved.
The Virgin, seeing that some of us were faint-hearted and
wept, bid us be content, saying:—“The life of these
standeth now in your hands, and in case you follow me,
this death shall make many alive.”
Herewith she intimated we should go sleep and trouble
ourselves no further, for they should have their due right.
She bade us all good night, saying that she must watch the
dead corps. We then were conducted by our Pages into
our lodgings. My Page talked with me of sundry matters,
and gave me cause enough to admire his understanding,
but his intention was to lull me asleep, which at last I
observed, whereupon I made as though I was fast asleep,
but no sleep came to my eyes, and I could not put the
beheaded out of my mind. Now my lodging was directly
over against the great lake, so that I could look upon
it, the windows being nigh the bed. About midnight I
espied on the lake a great fire, wherefore I quickly opened
the window to see what would become of it. Then from
far I saw seven ships making forward all full of light.
Above each of them hovered a flame that passed to and
fro, and sometimes descended, so that I could lightly judge
that it must needs be the spirits of the beheaded. The
ships gently approached to land, and each had no more
than one mariner. When they were gotten to shore, I
espied our Virgin with a torch going towards them, after
whom the six covered coffins, together with the little
chest, were carried, and each was privily laid in a ship.
Wherefore I awaked by Page, who hugely thanked me,
for having run much up and down all day, he might
quite have over-slept this, though he well knew it. As

page 161
soon as the coffins were laid in the ships, all the lights
were extinguished, and the six flames passed back together
over the lake, so that there was but one light for a watch
in each ship. There were also some hundreds of watchmen
encamped on the shore, who sent the Virgin back again
into the Castle, she carefully bolting all up again; so that
I could judge that there was nothing more to be done this
night. We again betook ourselves to rest. I only of all
my company had a chamber towards the lake and saw
this. Then being extream weary I fell asleep in my manifold

The Fifth Day.
The night was over, and the dear wished-for day broken,
when hastily I got me out of bed, more desirous to learn
what might issue than that I had sufficiently slept. After
I had put on my cloathes, and according to my custom was
gone down stairs, it was still too early, and I found nobody
else in the hall, wherefore I entreated my Page to lead me
a little about the castle, and shew me somewhat that was
rare, who now (as always) willing, presently lead me down
certain steps underground to a great iron door, on which
the following words were fixed in large copper letters:
HISTORY OF THE ROSICRUCIANS_waite_Seite_169_Bild_0001

page 162
These I copied and set down in my table-book. After this
door was opened, the Page lead me by the hand through
a very dark passage till we came to a little door now only
put too, for, as the Page informed me, it was first opened
yesterday when the coffins were taken out, and had not
since been shut. As soon as we stepped in I espied the
most pretious thing that Nature ever created, for this
vault had no other light but from certain huge carbuncles.
This was the King’s Treasury, but the most glorious and
principal thing was a sepulchre in the middle, so rich that
I wondered it was no better guarded, whereunto the Page
answered me, that I had good reason to be thankful to my
planet, by whose influence I had now seen certain pieces
which no humane eye (except those of the King’s family)
had ever viewed. This sepulcher was triangular, and had in
the middle of it a kettle of polished copper, the rest was of
pure gold and pretious stones. In the kettle stood an
angel, who held in his arms an unknown tree, whose fruit
continually falling into the kettle, turned into water
therein, and ran out into three small golden kettles standing
by. This little altar was supported by an eagle, and ox,
and a lion, which stood on an exceeding costly base. I
asked my Page what this might signifie. “Here, said he,
“lies buried Lady Venus, that beauty which hath undone
many a great man, both in fourtune, honour, blessing, and
prosperity”; after which he showed me a copper door in
the pavement, saying, “Here, if you please, we may go
further down.” We descended the steps, where it was
exceeding dark, but the Page immediately opened a little
chest in which stood a small ever-burning taper, wherefrom
he kindled one of the many torches that lay by. I was
mightily terrified and asked how he durst do this. He

page 163
gave me for answer, “so long as the Royal Persons are still
at rest I have nothing to fear.” Herewith I espied a rich
bed ready made, hung about with curious curtains, one of
which he drew, and I saw the Lady Venus stark naked
(for he heaved up the coverlets too), lying there in such
beauty, and a fashion so surprising, that I was almost
besides myself, neither do I yet know whether it was a
piece thus carved, or an humane corps that lay dead there,
for she was altogether immoveable, and yet I durst not
touch her. So she was again covered, yet she was still, as
it were, in my eye. But I soon espyed behind the bed a
tablet on which it was thus written.

HISTORY OF THE ROSICRUCIANS_waite_Seite_171_Bild_0001

I asked my Page concerning this writing, but he laughed,
with promise that I should know it too, and, he putting
out the torch, we again ascended. Then I better viewed
all the little doors, and found that on every corner there
burned a small taper of pyrites of which I had before taken
no notice, for the fire was so clear that it looked much
liker a stone than a taper. From this heat the tree was
forced continually to melt, yet it still produced new fruit.
“Now, behold,” said the Page, “when the tree shall be

page 164
quite melted down, then shall Lady Venus awake and be
the mother of a King.” Whilst he was thus speaking, in
flew the little Cupid who at first was somewhat abashed at
our presence, but seeing us both look more like the dead
then the living, he could not refrain from laughing, and
demanded what spirit had brought me thither, whom I
with trembling answered, that I had lost my way in the
castle, and was by chance come hither, that the Page had
likewise been looking up and down for me, and at last
lited upon me here, and that I hoped he would not take it
amiss. “Nay, then, ’tis well enough yet,” said Cupid, “my
old busie gransir, but you might lightly have served me a
scurvy trick, had you been aware of this door. I must
look better to it,” and so he put a strong lock on the copper
door where we before descended. I thanked God that
he lited upon us no sooner; my Page, too, was the more
jocond because I had so well helped him at this pinch.
“Yet can I not,” said Cupid, “let it pass unrevenged that
you were so near stumbling upon my dear mother.” With
that he put the point of his dart into one of the little tapers,
and heating it somewhat, pricked me with it on the hand,
which at that time I little regarded, but was glad that it
went so well with us. Meantime my companions were gotten
out of bed and were come into the hall, to whom I joyned
myself, making as if I were then first risen. After Cupid
had carefully made all fast again, he came likewise to us,
and would needs have me shew him my hand, where he still
found a little drop of blood, at which he heartily laughed,
and had the rest have a care of me, as I would shortly end
my days. We all wondered how he could be so merry and
have so sense of yesterday’s sad passages. Our President
had meantime made herself ready for a journey, coming in

page 165
all in black velvet, yet she and her Virgins still bare their
branches of lawrel. All things being in readiness, she bid
us first drink somewhat, and then presently prepare for the
procession, wherefore we made no long tarrying, but
followed her out of the hall into the court, where stood six
coffins, and my companions thought no other but that the
six Royal Persons lay in them, nut I well observed the
device, though I knew not what was to be done with these
other. By each coffin were eight muffled men. As soon as
the musick went, it was so doleful a tune that I was
astonished at it, they took up the coffins, and we followed
them into the Garden, in the midst of which was erected a
wooden edifice, have round about the roof a glorious crown,
and standing upon seven columns. Within it were formed
six sepulchers; by each of them was a stone, but in the
middle it had a round hollow rising stone. In these graves
the coffins were quietly, and with many ceremonies, laid;
the stones were shoved over them, and they shut fast, but
the little chest was to lie in the middle. Herewith were
my companions deceived, for they imagined that the dead
corps were there. On the top of all was a great flag, having
a Phoenix painted on it, perhaps the more to delude us.
After the funerals were done, the Virgin, having placed
herself upon the midmost stone, made a short oration,
exhorting us to be constant to our ingagements, not to
repine at the pains we must undergo, but be helpful in
restoring the buried Royal Persons to life and therefore,
without delay, to rise and make a journey with her to the
Tower of Olympus, to fetch thence the medicines necessary
for this purpose.
This we soon agreed to, and followed her through another
little door to the shore, when the seven ships stood empty,

page 166
and on them all the Virgins stuck up their Laurel branches,
and, having distributed us in the six ships, they caused us
in God’s name to begin our voyage, and looked upon us as
long as we were in sight, after which they, with all the watchmen,
returned into the Castle. Our ships had each of them a
peculiar device; five of them, indeed, had the five regular
bodies, each a several one, but mine, in which the Virgin
too sate, carried a globe. Thus we sailed on in a singular
order, and each had only two mariners. Foremost went the
ship a in which, as I conceive, the Moor lay. In this were
twelve musitians who played excellently well, and its device
was a pyramid. Next followed three abreast, b, c, and d,
in which we were disposed; I sate in c. Behind these
came the two fairest and stateliest ships, e and f, stuck about
with many branches of lawrel, and having no passengers in
them; their flags were the sun and moon. But in the rear
was only one ship, g, and in this were forty Virgins.
Having passed over this lake, we came through a narrow
arm into the right sea, where all the sirens, nymphs, and
sea-goddesses attended us, and immediately dispatched a
sea-nymph unto us to deliver their present of honour to the
Wedding. It was a costly, great, set, round, and orient
pearl, the like to which hath not at any time been seen,
HISTORY OF THE ROSICRUCIANS_waite_Seite_174_Bild_0001either in ours or in the new
world. The Virgins having
friendly received it, the nymph
intreated that audience might be
given to their divertisements, which
the Virgin was content to give, and
commanded the two great ships to
stand into the middle, and to the rest to incompass them in
pentagon, after which the nymphs fell into a ring about them,
and with a most delicate sweet voice began thus to sing:

page 167
There’s nothing better here below
Than beauteous, noble Love,
Whereby we like to God do grow,
And none to grief do move;
Wherefore let’s chant it to the King,
That all the sea therewith may ring.
We question, answer you!
What was it that at first us made?
’Twas Love.
And what hath grace afresh conveigh’d?
’Twas Love.
And whence (pray tell us!) were we born?
Of Love.
How came we then again forlorn?
Sans Love.
Who was it, say, that un conceived?
’Twas Love.
Who suckled, nursed, and relieved?
’Twas Love.
What do we to our parents owe?
’Tis Love.
Why do they us such kindness show?
Of Love.
Who gets us herein the victory?
’Tis Love.
Can Love by search obtained be?
By Love.
How may a man good works perform?
Through Love.
Who into one can two transform?
’Tis Love.

page 168
Then let our song sound,
Till its eccho rebound,
To Love’s honour and praise;
May it ever increase.
With our noble Princes, the King and the Queen,
The soul is departed, their body’s within.
And as long as we live
God gratiously give,
That as great love and amity
They bear each other mightily,
So we, likewise, by love’s own flame
May reconjoyn them once again.
Then this annoy Into great joy
(If many thousand younglings deign)
Shall change, and ever so remain.
These having, with most admirable concent and melody,
finished this song, I no more wondred at Ulisses for
stopping the ears of his companions; I seemed to myself
the most unhappy man alive that Nature had not made me
too so trim a creature. But the Virgin soon dispatched
them, and commanded to set sail; wherefore the nymphs,
having been presented with a long red scarff for a gratuity,
dispersed themselves in the sea. I was at this time sensible
that Cupid began to work with me too, which tended little
to my credit; but as my giddiness is likely to be nothing
beneficial to the reader, I am resolved to let it rest. This
was the wound that in the first book I received on my head
in a dream. Let every one take warning by me of loitering
about Venus’ bed, for Cupid can by no means brook it.
After some hours, we came within ken of the Tower of

page 169
Olympus; wherefore the Virgin commanded by the discharge
of some pieces to give signal of our approach, and
immediately we espyed a great white flag thrust out, and a
small gilded pinnace sent forth to meet us, wherein was a
very antient man, the Warder of the Tower, with certain
guards in white, by whom we were friendly received, and
conducted to the Tower, which was situated upon an island
exactly square,1 and invironed with a wall so firm and
thick that I counted two hundred and sixty paces over.
On the other side was a fine meadow with certain little
gardens, in which grew strange, and to me unknown fruits.
There was an inner wall about the Tower which itself was
as if seven round towers had been built one by another,
yet the middlemost was somewhat higher, and within they
all entered one into another. Being come to the gates of
the Tower, we were led a little aside on the wall, that so
the coffins might be brought in without our notice, but of
this the rest knew nothing. We were conducted into the
Tower at the very bottom, which was an excellently
painted laboratory, where we were fain to beat and wash
plants, precious stones, and all sorts of things, extract
their juice and essence, put up the same in glasses, and
deliver them to be laid up. Our Virgin was so busie with
us, and so full of directions, that she knew not how to give
us employment enough, so that in this island we were
meer drudges till we had atchieved all that was necessary
for restoring the beheaded bodies. Meantime, as I afterwards
learned, three Virgins were in the first apartment
washing the corps with diligence. Having at length
almost done our preparation, some broath, with a little

1 See additional note, No. 4.

page 170
draught of wine, was brought us, whereby I observed that
we were not here for pleasure. When we had finished our
day’s work, everyone had a mattress laid on the ground
for him, wherewith we were to content ourselves. For my
part I was not much troubled with sleep, and walking out
into the garden, at length came as far as the wall, where,
the heaven being very clear, I could well give away the
time in contemplating the stars. By chance I came to a
great pair of stone stairs leading to the top of the wall, and
because the moon shone very bright, I was so much the
more confident, and, going up looked too a little upon the
sea, which was exceeding calm. Thus having good opportunity
to consider better of astronomy, I found that this
night there would happen such a conjunction of the
planets, the like to which was not otherwise suddenly to be
observed. Having looked a good while into the sea, and
it being just about midnight, I beheld from far the seven
Flames passing over sea hitherward, and betakeing themselves
to the top of the spire of the tower. This made me
somewhat affraid; for as soon as the Flames had settled
themselves, the winds rose, and made the sea very tempestuous.
The moon also was covered with clouds, and my
joy ended with such fear that I had scared time enough to
hit upon the stairs again, and betake myself to the Tower,
where I laid me down upon my mattress, and there being
in the laboratory a pleasant and gently purling fountain, I
fell asleep so much the sooner. And thus this fifth day
too was concluded with wonders.

page 171
The Sixth Day.
Next morning, after we had awaked another, we sate
together to discourse what might be the wont of things.
Some were of opinion that the corps should all be inlivened
again together. Others contracted this, because
the decease of the ancients was not only to restore life but
increase too to the young ones. Some imagined that they
were not put to death, but that others were beheaded in
their stead. Having talked a pretty while in comes the
old man, and first saluting us, looks about to see if all
things were ready. We had herein so behaved ourselves
that he had no fault to find with our diligence, whereupon
he placed all the glasses together, and put them into a
case. Presently come certain youths, bringing ladders,
roapes, and large wings, which they laid before us and
departed. Then the old man began thus:—“My dear
Sons, one of these three things must each of you this day
constantly bear about with him. It is free for you to
make choice of one of them, or to cast lots.” We replied
that we would choose. “Nay,” said he, “let it rather go
by lot.” Hereupon he made three little schedules, writing
on one Ladder, on the second Rope, on the third Wings.
These he laid in an hat; each man must draw, and whatever
he happened on was to be his. Those who got ropes
imagined themselves in the best case; but I chanced on a
ladder which hugely afflicted me, for it was twelve-foot
long, pretty weighty, and I must be forced to carry it,
whereas the others could handsomely coyle their ropes
about them, and as for the wings, the old man joyned
them so nearly on to the third sort as if they had grown
upon them. Hereupon he turned the cock, and the

page 172
fountain ran no longer, and we were fain to remove it out
of the way. After all things were carried off, he, taking
with him the casket and glasses, took leave, and locked
the door after him, so we imagined that we had been
imprisoned in this Tower; but it was hardly a quarter of
an hour before a round hole above was observed, where
we saw our Virgin, who bad us good morrow, desiring us
to come up. They with the wings were instantly through
the hole; only they with the ropes were in an evil plight,
for as soon as ever one of us was up, he was commanded to
draw up the ladder to him. At last each man’s rope was
hanged on an iron hook, and he climbed up as well as he
could, which indeed was not compassed without blisters.
When we were all well up, the hole was again covered, and
we were friendly received by the Virgin. This room was
the whole breadth of the Tower itself, having six very
stately vestries a little raised and reached by three steps.
In these we were distributed to pray for the life of the
King and Queen. Meanwhile the Virgin went in and out
at the little door a till we had done. As soon as our
process was absolved, there was brought in through the
little door by twelve persons, which were formerly our
musitians, a wonderful thing of longish shape, which my
companions took to be a fountain, and which was placed in
the middle. I well observed that the corps lay in it, for
the inner chest was of an oval figure, so large that six
persons might well lie therein one by another. After this
they again went forth, fetched their instruments, and conducted
in our Virgin, with her she-attendants, to a most
delicate voice of musick. The Virgin carried a little
casket, the rest only branches, and small lamps or lighted

page 173
torches, which last were immediately given into our hands,
and we stood about the fountain in this order.

HISTORY OF THE ROSICRUCIANS_waite_Seite_181_Bild_0001

First stood the Virgin A, with her attendants in a ring
round about, with the lamps and branches c. Next stood
we with our torches b, then the musitians in a long rank;
last of all, the rest of the Virgins d, in another long rank.
Whence the Virgins came, whether they dwelt in the
Castle, or were brought in by night, I know not, for their
faces were covered with delicate white linnen. The
Virgin opened the casket, in which was a round thing
wrapped in a piece of green double taffeta. This she laid
in the uppermost kettle, and covered it with the lid, which
was full of holes, and had besides a rim, on which she
poured in some of the water which we had the day before
prepared; the fountain began immediately began to run,
and through four small pipes to drive into the little
kettle. Beneath the undermost kettle were many sharp

page 174
point, on which the Virgins stuck their lamps, that the
heat might come to the kettle and make the water seeth
which, when it began to simper, by many little holes at a,
fell in upon the bodies, and was so hot that it dissolved
them all, and turned them into liquor. What the abovesaid
round wrapt-up thing was, my companions knew not,
but I understood that it was the Moor’s head, from which
the water conceived so great heat. At b, round about the
great kettle, there were again many holes, in which they
stuck their branches, but whether this was done of necessity
or for ceremony I know not. However, these branches
were continually sprinkled by the fountain, whence it
afterwards dropt somewhat of a deeper yellow into the
kettle. This lasted for near two hours, the fountain still
running, but more faintly. Meantime the musitians went.
their way, and we walked up and down in the room, which
truly was so made that we had opportunity enough to pass
away our time. There were images, paintings, clock-works,
organs, springing fountains, and the like. When it was
near the time that the fountain ceased, the Virgin commanded
a golden globe to be brought. At the bottom of
the fountain was a tap, by which she let out all the matter
dissolved by those hot drops (whereof certain quarts were
then very red) into the globe. The rest of the water above
in the kettle was poured out, and so this fountain was
again carried forth. Whether it was opened abroard, or
whether anything of the bodies that was useful yet remained,
I dare not certainly say, but the water emptied
into the globe was much heavier than six or more of us
were able to bear, albeit for its bulk it should have seemed
not too heavy for one man. This globe being with much
ado gotten out of doors, we again sate alone, but I, per-

page 175
ceiving a trampling over head, had an eye to my ladder.
After one quarter of an hour, the cover above was lifted, and
we commanded to come up, which we did as before, with
wings, ladders, and ropes, and it did not a little vex me that
whereas the Virgins could go up another way, we were fain
to take so much toil; yet I could judge there must be some
special reason for it, and we must leave somewhat for the old
man to do too. The hole being again shut fast, I saw the
globe hanging by a strong chain in the middle of the room, in
which there was nothing but windows, with a door between
every two, which was covered with a great polished lookingglass.
These windows and looking-glasses were so optically
opposed that although the sun, which now shined exceeding
bright, beat only upon one door, yet (after the windows
towards the sun were opened, and the doors before the
looking-glasses drawn aside) in all quarters of the room
there was nothing but suns, by which artificial refractions
beat upon the whole golden globe hanging in the midst,
which, being polished, gave such a lustre that none of us
could open our eyes, but were forced to look out at
windows till the globe was well heated, and brought to the
desired effect. In these mirrors I saw the most wonderful
spectacles that ever nature brought to light, for there were
suns in all places, and the globe in the middle shined
brighter yet. At length the virgin commanded to shut up
the looking-glasses and make fast the windows to let the
globe cool a little, wherefore we thought good, since we
might now have leisure, to refresh ourselves with a breakfast.
This treatment was again right philosophical, and
we had no need to be afraid of intemperance, though we
had no want, while the hope of the future joy, with which
the virgin continually comforted us, made us so jocond that

page 176
we regarded not any pains or inconvenience. I can truly
say concerning my companions of high quality that their
minds never ran after their kitchen or table, but their
pleasure was only to attend on this adventurous physic, and
hence to contemplate the Creator’s wisdom and omnipotency.
After our refection we settled ourselves to work,
for the globe was sufficiently cooled, which with toil and
labour we were to lift off the chain and set upon the floor.
The dispute then was how we were to get the globe in
sunder, for we were commanded to divide it in the midst.
The conclusion was that a sharp-pointed diamond would be
best to do it, and when we had thus opened the globe,
there was no redness to be seen, but a lovely great snowwhite
egg, and it mightily rejoyced us that this was so well
brought to pass, for the virgin was in perpetual care least
the shell might still be too tender. We stood around about
this egg as jocund as if we ourselves had laid it, but the
Virgin made it presently be carried forth, and departed
herself, locking the door behind her. What she did
abroad with the egg, or whether it were privately handled,
I know not, neither do I believe it. We were again to
pause for one quarter of an hour, till the third hole opened,
and we, by means of our instruments, came upon the fourth
stone or floor. In this room we found a great copper
kettle filled with silver sand, which was warmed with a
gentle fire, and afterwards the egg was raked up in it, that
it might therein come to perfect maturity. This kettle was
exactly square. Upon one side stood these two verses writ
in great letters—

1 This letter is omitted in one of the German editions.

page 177
On the second side were these three words—
The third had but this one word—
But on the hindmost part stood an entire inscription,
running thus—
Ignis: Aer: Aqua: Terra:
Eripere non potuerunt.
Fidelis Chymicorum Turba

HISTORY OF THE ROSICRUCIANS_waite_Seite_185_Bild_0001

Now, whether the sand or egg were hereby meant I leave
the learned to dispute. Our egg, being ready, was taken
out, but it needed no cracking, for the Bird soon freed himself,
looking very jocond, though bloody and unshapen.
We first set him on the warm sand, the Virgin commanding
that before we gave him anything to eat we should be sure
to make him fast, otherwise he would give us all work
enough. This being done, food was brought him, which
surely was nothing but the blood of the beheaded deluted
with prepared water, by which the Bird grew so fast under
our eye that we well saw why the Virgin gave such
warning of him. He bit and scratched so devilishly that,
could he have had his will upon any of us, he would soon

page 178
have dispatched him. Now he was wholly black and wild,
wherefore other meat was brought him, perhaps the blood
of another of the Royal Persons, whereupon all his black
feathers moulted and were replaced by snow-white ones.
He was somewhat tamer too, and more tractable, though
we did not yet trust him. At the third feeding his feathers
began to be curiously coloured that I never saw the like
for beauty. He was also exceedingly tame, and behaved
himself so friendly with us that, the Virgin consenting, we
released him from captivity. “’Tis now reason,” she began,
“since by your diligence, and our old man’s consent, the
Bird has attained with his life and the highest perfection,
that he be also joyfully consecrated by us.” Herewith she
commanded to bring in dinner, since the most troublesome
part of our work was now over, and it was fit we should
begin to enjoy our passed labours. We began to make
merry together. Howbeit, we had still our mourning
cloaths on, which seemed somewhat reproachful to our
mirth. The Virgin was perpetually inquisitive, perhaps to
find to which of us her future purpose might prove serviceable,
but her discourse was, for the most part, about
Melting. and it pleased her well when any one seemed
expert in such compendious manuals as do peculiarly
commend an artist. This dinner lasted not about threequarters
of an hour, which we yet, for the most part, spent
with our Bird, whom we were fain constantly to feed with
his meat, though he continued much at the same growth.
After Dinner we were not long suffered to digest our food,
for the Virgin, together with the Bird, departed from us,
and the fifth room was opened, which we reached after
the former manner, and tendred our service. In this
room a bath was prepared for our Bird, which was so

page 179
coloured with a white powder that it had the appearance
of milk. It was cool when the Bird was set into
it, and he was mighty well pleased with it, drinking of
it, and pleasantly sporting in it. But after it began to heat,
by reason of the lamps placed under it, we had enough to
do to keep him in the bath. We, therefore, clapt a
cover on the kettle, and suffered him to thrust out
his head through a hole, till he had lost all his feathers
in this bath, and was as smooth as a new-born babe,
yet the heat did him no further harm. In this bath the
feathers were quite consumed, and the bath was thereby
turned into blew. At length we gave the Bird air, who of
himself sprung out of the kettle, and was so glitteringly
smooth that it was a pleasure to behold him. But because he
was still somewhat wild, we were fain to put a collar,
with a chain, about his neck, and so led him up and down
the room. Meantime a strong fire was made under the
kettle, and the bath sodden away till it all came to a blew
stone, which we took out, and, having pounded it, we
ground it on a stone, and finally with this colour painted
the Bird’s whole skin over, who then looked much more
strangely, for he was all blew except the head, which
remained white. Herewith our work in this story was
performed, and we, after the Virgin with her blew Bird
was departed from us, were called up a hole to the sixth
story, were we were mightily troubled, for in the midst a
little altar, every way like that in the King’s hall, was
placed. Upon it stood the six forementioned particulars,
and he himself (the Bird) made the seventh. First of all
the little fountain was set before him, out of which he
drunk a good draught; afterward he pecked upon the
white serpent till she bled mightily. This blood we re-

page 180
ceived in a golden cup, and poured down the Bird’s throat,
who was mighty averse from it; then we dipt the serpent’s
head in the fountain, upon which she again revived, and
crept into her death’s head, so that I saw her no more for
a long time. Meanwhile the sphere turned constantly on
until it made the desired conjunction. Immediately the
watch struck one, upon which there was going another
conjunction. Then the watch struck two. Finally, whilst
we were observing the third conjunction, and the same
was indicated by the watch, the poor Bird of himself submissively
laid down his neck upon the book, and willingly
suffered his head to be smitten off by one of us, thereto
chosen by lot. Howbeit he yielded not one drop of blood
till he was opened on the breast, and then the blood spun
out so fresh and clear as if it had been a fountain of rubies.
His death went to the heart of us, yet we might well judge
that a naked bird would stand us in little stead. We
removed the little altar, and assisted the Virgin to burn
the body, together with the little tablet hanging by, to
ashes, with fire kindled at the little taper, afterwards to
cleanse the same several times, and to lay them in a box of
cypress wood. Here I cannot conceal what a trick, I, with
three more, was served. After we had diligently taken up
the ashes, the Virgin began to speak thus:—“My Lords,
we are here in the sixth room, and have only one more
before us, in which our trouble will be at an end, and we
shall return home to our castle to awaken our most gratious
Lords and Ladies. Now albeit I could heartily wish that
all of you had behave yourselves in such sort that I might
have given your commendations to our most renowned King
and Queen, and you have obtained a suitable reward, yet
because, contrary to my desire, I have found amongst you

page 181
these four”—pointing at me and three others—“lazy and
sluggish labourators, and yet according to my good-will to
all, I am not willing to deliver them to condign punishment.
However, that such negligence may not remain
wholly unpunished, I purpose that they shall be excluded
from the future seventh and most glorious action of all the
rest, and so they shall incur no further blame from their
Royal Majesties.
In what a case we now were I leave others to consider,
for the Virgin so well knew how to keep her countenance
that the water soon ran over our baskets, and we esteemed
ourselves the most unhappy of all men. The Virgin by one
of her maids, whereof there were many always at hand,
caused the musicians to be fetcht, who were with cornets to
blow us out of doors with such scorn and derision that they
themselves could hardly sound for laughing. But it did
particularly afflict us that the Virgin vehemently laughed
at our weeping, and that there might be some amongst our
companions who were glad of our misfortune. But it
proved otherwise, for as soon as we were come out at the
door the musitians bid us to be of good cheered, and follow
them up the winding stairs to the eighth floor under the roof,
where we found the old man standing upon a little round
furnace. He received us friendly, and heartily congratulated
us that we were hereto chosen by the Virgin;
but after he had understood the fright we had conceived,
his belly was ready to burst with laughing that we had
taken such good fortune so heinously. “Hence,” said he,
“my dear sons, learn that man never knoweth how well
God intendeth him.” The Virgin also came running in,
who, after she had sufficiently laughed at us, emptied her
ashes into another vessel, filling hers again with other

page 182
matter, saying, she must now cast a mist before the other
artist’s eyes, that we in the mean time should obey the old
lord, and not remit our former diligence. Herewith she
departed from us into the seventh room, whither she called
our companions. What she first did with them I cannot
tell, for they were not only most earnestly forbidden to
speak of it, but we, by reason of our business, durst not
peep on them through the ceiling. Our work was to
moisten the ashes with our fore-prepared water till they
became like a very thin dough, after which we set the
matter over the fire till it was well heated; then we cast it
into two little forms or moulds, and so let it cool a little,
when we had leisure to look on our companions through
certain crevises in the floor. They were busie at a furnace,
and each was himself fain to blow up the fire with a pipe,
till he was ready to lose his breath. They imagined they
were herein wonderfully preferred before us. This blowing
lasted till our old man rouzed us to work again. We
opened our little forms, and there appeared two bright and
almost transparent little images, a male and a female, the
like to which man’s eye never saw, each being but four
inches long, and that which most mightily surprised me
was that they were not hard, but limber and fleshy as other
human bodies; yet they had no life, so that I assuredly
believe that Lady Venus’ image was made after some such
way. These angelically fair babes we laid upon two little
sattin cushonets, and beheld them till we were almost
besotted upon so exquisite an object. The old lord warned
us to forbear, and continually to instill the blood of the
bird, which had been received in a little golden cup, drop
after drop into the mouths of the little images, from whence
they apparently encreased, becoming according to propor-

page 183
tion much more beautiful. They grew so big that we
lifted them from the little cushonets, and were fain to
lay them upon a long table covered with white velvet.
The old man commanded us to cover them up to the breast
with a piece of fine white double taffata, which, because of
their unspeakable beauty, almost went against us. Before
we had in this manner quite spent the blood, they were in
their perfect full growth, having gold-yellow curled hair,
and the figure of Venus was nothing to them. But there
was not yet any natural warmth or sensibility in them;
they were dead figures, yet of a lively and natural colour,
and since care was to be taken that they grew not too
great, the old man would not permit anything more to be
given them, but covered their faces too with the silk, and
caused the table to be stuck round about with torches.
Let the reader imagine not these lights to have been of
necessity, for the old man’s intent was that we should not
observe when the Soul entred into them, as indeed we
should not have taken notice of it, in case I had not twice
before seen the flames. However, I permitted the other
three to remain in their belief, neither did the old
man know that I had seen anything more. Hereupon
he bid us sit down on a bench over against
the table. The Virgin came in with the musick and all
furniture, and carried two curious white garment the like
to which I had never seen in the Castle. I thought no
other but that they were meer christal, but they were
gentle and not transparent. These she laid upon a table,
and after she had disposed her Virgins upon a bench round
about, she and the old man began many leger-de-main tricks
about the table, which were done only to blind. All this
was managed under the root, which was wonderfully

page 184
formed, for on the inside it was arched into seven hemispheres,
of which the middlemost was somewhat the highest,
and had at top a little round hole, which was shut and was
observed by none but myself. After many ceremonies
stept in six Virgins, each of which bare a large trumpet,
rouled about with a green, glittering, and burning material
like a wreath, one of which the old man took up and after he
had removed some of the lights at top, and uncovered their
faces, he placed one of the trumpets upon the mouth of one
of the bodies in such manner that the upper and wider part
of it was directed towards the fore-mentioned hole. Here
my companions always looked upon the images, but as soon
as the foliage or wreath about the shank of the trumpet
was kindled, I saw the hole at top open and a bright stream
of fire shoot down the tube and pass into the body, whereupon
the bole was again covered, and the trumpet removed.
With this device my companions were deluded into imagining
that life came to the image by the fire of the foliage,
for as soon as he received his Soul he twinckled his eyes
though scarcely stirring. The second time he placed
another tube upon its mouth, kindled it again, and the
Soul was let down through the tube. This was repeated
upon each of them three times, after which all the lights
were extinguished and carried away. The velvet carpets
of the table were cast together over them, and immediately
a travelling bed was unlocked and made ready, into which,
thus wrapped up, they were born, and, after the carpets
were taken off them, neatly laid by each other, where, with
the curtains drawn before them, they slept a good while.
It was now time for the Virgin to see how the other artists
behaved themselves; they were well pleased because they
were to work in gold, which is indeed a piece of this art,

page 185
but not the most principal, necessary, and best. They had
too a part of these ashes, so that they imagined that the
whole Bird was provided for the sake of god, and that life
must thereby be restored to the deceased. Mean time we
sate very still, attending when our married couple would
awake, and thus about half an hour was spent. Then the
wanton Cupid presented himself, and, after he had saluted
us all, flew to them behind the curtain, tormenting them
till they waked. This happened to them with very great
amazement, for they imagined that they had slept from the
hour in which they were beheaded. Cupid, after he had
awaked them, and renewed their acquaintance one with
another, stepped aside and permitted them to recruit their
strength, mean time playing his tricked with us, and at
length he would needs have the musick fetcht to be somewhat
the merrier. Not long after the Virgin herself comes,
and having most humbly saluted the young King and
Queen, who found themselves somewhat faint, and having
kissed their hands, she brought them the two fore-mentioned
curious garments, which they put on, and so stepped forth.
There were already prepared two various curious chaires,
wherein they placed themselves, and were by us with most
profound reverence congratulated, for which the King in
his own person most gratiously returned his thanks, and
again re-assured us of all grace. It was already about five of
clock, wherefore they could make no longer stay; but as soon
as ever the chiefest of their furniture could be laden, we were
to attend the young Royal Persons down the stairs, through
all doors and watches unto the ship, in which they inbarqued,
together with certain Virgins and Cupid, and sailed so
swiftly that we soon lost sight of them, yet they were met,
as I was informed, by certain stately ships, and in four

page 186
hours time had made many leagues out at sea. After five
of clock the musitians were charged to carry all things
back to the ships, and to make themselves ready for the
voyage, but because this was somewhat long a doing, the
old lord commanded forth a party of his concealed soldiers,
who had hitherto been planted in the wall so that we had
taken no notice of any of them, whereby I observed that this
tower was well guarded against opposition. These soldiers
made quick work of our stuff, so that no more remained to
be done but to go to supper. The table being completely
furnished, the Virgin brings us again to our companions,
where we were to carry ourselves as if we had truly been
in a lamentable condition, while they were always smiling
one upon another, though some of them too simpathized
with us. At this supper the old lord was with us, who was
a most sharp inspector over us, for none could propound
anything so discreetly but that he knew how to confute or
amend it, or at least to give some good document upon it.
I learned most by this lord, and it were good that each
would apply himself to him, and take notice of his procedure,
for then things would not so often and untowardly
miscarry. After we had taken our nocturnal refection, the
old lord led us into his closets of rarities, dispersed among
the bulworks, where we saw such wonderful productions of
nature, and other things which man’s wit in imitation of
nature had invented, that we needed a year sufficiently to
survey them. Thus we spent a good part of the night by
candle-light. At last, because we were more inclined to
sleep then see many rarities, we were lodged in rooms in
the wall, where we had not only costly good beds but
extraordinary handsome chambers, which made us the
more wonder why we were forced the day before to under-

page 187
go so many hardships. In this chamber I had good rest,
and, being for the most part without care, and weary with
continual labour, the gentle rushing of the sea helped me
to a sound and sweet sleep, for I continued in one dream
from eleven of clock till eight in the morning.

The Seventh Day.
After eight of dock I awaked, and quickly made myself
ready, being desirous to return again into the tower, but
the dark passages in the wall were so many that I wandered
a good while before I could find the way out. The same
happened to the rest, till we all meet in the nethermost
vault, and habits intirely yellow were given us, together
with our golden fleeces. At that time the Virgin declared
to us that we were Knights of the Golden Stone, of which
we were before ignorant. After we had made ourselves
ready, and taken our breakfast, the old man presented each
of us with a medal of gold. On the one side stood these
On the other these
exhorting us to enterprize nothing beyond and against this
token of remembrance. Herewith we went forth to the
sea, where our ships lay so richly equipped that it was not
well possible but that such brave things must first have
been brought thither. The ships were twelve in number,
six of ours and six of the old lord’s who caused his to be
freighted with well-appointed soldiers. But he betook
himself to us in our ship, where we were all together. In
the first the musitians seated themselves, of which the old

page 188
lord had also a great number. They sailed before us to
shorten the time. Our flags were the twelve celestial signs,
and we sate in Libra. Besides other things our ship had a
noble and curious clock which showed us all the
minutes. The sea was so calm that it was a
singular pleasure to sail, but that which surpassed all
was the old man’s discourse, who so well knew how
to pass away our time with wonderful histories that I
could have been content to sail with him all my life long.
The ships passed on, and before we had sailed two hours
the mariner told us that he saw the whole lake almost
covered with ships, by which we conjectured they were
come out to meet us, which proved true, for as soon as we
were gotten out of the sea into the lake of the forementioned
river, there stood in to us five hundred ships, one of which
sparkled with gold and pretious stones, and in it saw the
King and Queen, with lords, ladies, and virgins of high
birth. As soon as they were well in ken of us the pieces
were discharged on both sides, and there was such a din of
trumpets, shalms, and kettle-drums, that all the ships upon
the sea. capered again. As soon as we came near, they
brought about our ships together and so made a stand.
Old Atlas stepped forth on the King’s behalf, making a
short but handsom oration, wherein he welcomed us, and
demanded whether the royal Presents were in readiness.
The rest of my companions were in an huge amazement
whence this King should arise, for they imagined no other
but that they must again awaken him. We suffered them
to continue in their wonderment, and carried ourselves as
if it seemed strange to us too. After Atlas’ oration out
steps our old man, making somewhat a larger reply, wherein
he wished the King and Queen all happiness and increase,

page 189
after which he delivered a curious small casket, but what
was in it I know not. It was committed to the custody of
Cupid, who hovered between them both. After the oration
they again let off a joyful volle of shot, and so we sailed
on a good time together, till we arrived at another shore,
near the first gate at which I first entred. At this place
there attended a great multitude of the King’s family,
together with some hundreds of horses. As soon as we
were come to shore and disembarqued, the King and
Queen presented their hands to all of us, one with another,
with singular kindness, and so we were to get up on horseback.
Here I desire to have the reader friendly entreated
not to interpret the following narration to any vain glory
of mine, but to credit me that had there been not a special
necessity in it, I could well have concealed the honour
which was shewed me. We were all distributed amongst
the lords, but our old lord and I, most unworthy, were to
ride even with the King, each of us bearing a snow-white
ensign with a Red Cross. I indeed was made use of
because of my age, for we both had long grey beards and
hair. I had besides fastened my tokens round about my
hat, of which the young King soon took notice, and
demanded if I were he who could at the gate redeem these
tokens. I answered yes in the most humble manner, but
he laughed on me, saying there henceforth needed no
ceremony, I was HIS Father. Then he asked me wherewith
I had redeemed them. I answered, “With Water
and Salt,” whereupon he wondred who had made me so
wise, upon which I grew somewhat more confident, and
recounted how it had happened to me with my Bread, the
Dove, and the Raven; he was pleased with it, and said
expressly, that it must needs be that God had herein

page 190
vouchsafed me a singular happiness. Herewith we came
to the first gate, where the porter with the blue cloaths
waited, bearing in his hand a supplication. As soon as he
spied me even with the king, he delivered me the supplication,
most humbly beseeching me to mention his ingenuity
before me towards the King; so, in the first place, I
demanded of his majesty what the condition of this porter
was, who friendly answered me, that he was a very famous
and rate astrologer, always in high regard with the Lord
his Father, but having on a time committed a fault against
Venus, and beheld her in her bed of rest, this punishment
was imposed upon him, that he should so long wait at the
gate till some one should release him from thence. I
replyed, “May he then be released?” “Yes,” said the
King, “if anyone can be found that hath as highly
transgressed as himself, he must stand in his stead, and the
other shall be free.” This word went to my heart; conscience
convinced me that I was the offender, yet I held my peace
and delivered the supplication. As soon as the King had read
it, he was mighty terrified, so that the Queen, who, with our
virgins and that other queen whom I mentioned at the hanging
of the weights, rid behind us, asked him what the letter
might signifie; but he, putting up the paper, began to discourse
of other matters, till in about three hours we came
quite to the Castle, where we alighted and waited upon the
King into his hall, who called immediately for the old Atlas
to come to him in a little closet, and showed him the writing.
Atlas made no long tarrying, but rid out to the porter to
take better cognizance of the matter, after which the young
King, with his spouse and other Lords, Ladies, and Virgins
sate down. Then began our Virgin highly to commend the
diligence we had used, and the pains and labour we had un-

page 191
dergone, requesting we might be royally rewarded, and that
she henceforward might be permitted to enjoy the benefit
of her commission. The old lord stood up too, and attested
the truth of all that the Virgin had spoken, and that it was
but equity that we should on both parts be contented.
Hereupon we were to step out a little; it was concluded
that each man should make some possible wish, and were
to consider of it till after supper. Meantime the King and
Queen, for recreation’s sake, began to play together. It
looked not unlike chesse, only it had other laws, for it was
the vertues and vices one against another, where it might
be ingeniously observed with what plots the vices lay in
wait for the vertues, and how to re encounter them again.
This was so properly and artificially performed that it were
to be wished that we had the like game too. During the
game in comes Atlas again, and makes his report in private,
yet I blushed all over, for my conscience gave me no rest.
The King presented me the supplication to read, the contents
whereof were to this purpose: First, the writer wished
the King prosperity and peace, and that his seed might be
spread far and wide. Afterwards he remonstrated that the
time was now come wherein, according to the royal promise,
he ought to be released; because Venus was already uncovered
by one of his guests, for his observations could not lie to
him, and that if his Majesty would please to make strict
and diligent enquiry, in case this should not prove to be,
he would remain before the gate all the days of his life.
Then he humbly sued that, upon peril of body and life, he
might be present at this night’s supper, being in good hopes
to spye out the offender and obtain his wished freedom.
This was handsomely indited, and I could well perceive his

page 192
ingenuity, but it was too sharp for me, and I could well
have endured never to have seen it. Casting in my mind
whether he might perchance be helped through my wish, I
asked the King whether he might not be released some
other way, but he replyed no, because there was special
consideration in the business, but for this night we might
gratifie his desire, so he sent one forth to fetch him in.
Mean time the tables were prepared in a spatious room, in
which we had never before been, which was so compleat
that it is not possible for me to describe it. Into this we
were conducted with singular ceremony. Cupid was not
present, for the disgrace which had happened to his mother
had somewhat angered him. In brief, my offence, and the
supplication which had been delivered, were the occasion of
much sadness, for the King was in perplexity how to make
inquisition amongst his guests. He caused the porter himself
to make his strict surveigh, and showed himself as
pleasant as be was able. Howbeit, at length they began
again to be merry, and to bespeak one another with all
sorts of recreative, profitable discourses. The treatment
and other ceremonies then performed it is not necessary to
declare, since it is neither the reader’s concern nor serviceable
to my design, but all exceeded more in invention than
that we were overcharged with drinking. This was the
last and noblest meal at which I was present. After the
bancket the tables were suddainly taken away, and certain
curious chairs placed round in circle, in which we, together
with the King and Queen, both their old men, the Ladies
and Virgins, were to sit. After this a very handsom Page
opened the above mentioned glorious little book, when
Atlas, immediately placing himself in the midst, bespoke

page 193
us to the ensuing purpose:—That His Royal Majesty had
not yet committed to oblivion the service we had done him,
and therefore by way of retribution had elected each of us
Knights of the Golden Stone. That it was, therefore,
further necessary not only once again to oblige ourselves
towards his Royal Majesty, but to vow upon the following
articles, and then His Royal Highness would likewise
know how to behave himself towards his high people.
Upon which he caused the Page to read over these
I. You, my Lords the Knights, shall swear that you will
at no time ascribe your order either unto any Devil or
Spirit, but only to God, your Creator, and His hand-maid
II. That you will abominate all whoredom, incontinency,
and uncleanness, and not defile your order with such
III. That you, through your talents, will be ready to
assist all that are worthy and have need of them.
IV. That you desire not to employ this honour to worldly
pride and high authority.
V. That you shall not be willing to live longer than God
will have you.
At this last article we could not choose but laugh, and it
may well have been placed there for a conceit. Now, being
sworn them all by the Kings sceptre, we were afterwards,
with the usual ceremonies, installed Knights, and amongst
other privileges, set over ignorance, poverty, and sickness,
to handle them at our pleasure. This was afterwards ratified
in a little chappel, whither we were conducted in procession,
and thanks returned to God for it. There I also at
that time, to the honour of God, hung up my golden fleece

page 194
and hat, and left them for an eternal memorial. And because
every one was to write his name there, I writ thus:—

Summa Scientia nihil Scire,
Eques aurei Lapidis.
Anno. 1459.

Others writ differently, each assumed him good; after
which we were again brought into the hall, where, being
sate down, we were admonished quickly to bethink ourselves
what every one would wish. The King and his
party retired into a little closet to give audience to our
wishes. Each man was called in severally, so that I cannot
speak of any man’s proper wish; but I thought
nothing could be more praiseworthy than, in honour of my
order, to demonstrate some laudable vertue, and found that
none at present could be more famous and cost me more
trouble than gratitude; wherefore, not regarding that I
might well have wished somewhat more agreeable to myself,
I vanquished myself, and concluded, even with my
own peril, to free to porter, my benefactor. Being called
in, I was first demanded whether, having read the supplication,
I had suspected nothing concerning the offender,
upon which I began undauntedly to relate how all the business
had passed, how, through ignorance, I fell into that
mistake, and so offered myself to undergo all that I had
thereby demerited. The King and the rest of the Lords
wondred mightily at so un-hoped for confession, and wished
me to step aside a little; and as soon as I was called in
again, Atlas declared to me that, although it were griveous
to the King’s Majesty that I, whom he loved above others,
was fallen into such a mischance, yet, because it was not

page 195
possible for him to transgress his ancient usages, he knew
not how else to absolve me but that the other must be at
liberty and I placed in his stead; yet he would hope that
some other would soon be apprehended, that so I might be
able to go home again. However, no release was to be
hoped for till the marriage feast of his future son. This
sentence near cost me my life, and I first hated myself
and my twatling tongue in that I could not hold my
peace; yet at last I took courage, and, because I considered
there was no remedy, I related how this porter
had bestowed a token on me and commended me to the
other, by whose assistance I stood upon the scale, and so
was made partaker of all the honour and joy already received.
And therefore it was now equal that I should show
myself grateful to my benefactor, and was willing gently
to sustain inconvenience for his sake, who had been helpful
to me in coming to so high place; but if by my wish anything
might be effected, I wished myself at home again,
and that so he by me, as I by my wish, might be at liberty.
Answer was made me, that the wishing stretched not so far,
yet it was very pleasing to his Royal Majesty that I had
behaved myself so generously, but he was afraid I might
still be ignorant into what a miserable condition I had
plunged myself through this curiosity. Hereupon the
good man was pronounced free, and I, with a sad heart,
was fain to step aside. The rest were called for after me,
and came jocundly out again, which was still more to my
smart, for I imagined no other but that I must finish my
life under the gate. I had also many pensive thoughts
running in my head as to what I should yet undertake, and
wherewith to spend the time. At length I considered that
I was no old, and, according to the course of Nature, had

page 196
few more years to live, that this anguish and melancholy
life would easily dispatch me, and then my doorkeeping
would be at an end, and that by a most happy sleep I
might quickly bring myself into the grave. Sometimes it
vexed me that I had seen such gallant things, and must be
robbed of them; sometimes it rejoyced me that before my
end I had been accepted to all joy, and should not be forced
so shamefully to depart. Thus this was the last and worst
shock that I sustained. During these my cogitations the
rest were ready, wherefore, after they had received a good
night from the King and Lords, each was conducted into
his lodging, but I, most wretched man, had nobody to show
me the way, and yet must suffer myself to be tormented.
That I might be certain of my future function, I was fain
to put on the Ring which the other had worn. Finally,
the King exhorted me that, since this was the last time I
was like to see him in this manner, I should behave myself
according to my place, and not against the Order, upon
which he took me in his arms and kissed me, all which I
understood as if in the morning I must sit at my gate.
After they had all spoken friendly to me, and at last presented
their hands, committing me to the divine protection,
I was by both the old men—the Lord of the Tower and
Atlas—conducted into a glorious lodging, in which stood
three beds, and each of us lay in one of them, where yet
spent almost two, &c.

Here are wanting about two leaves in quarto, and he (the
author hereof), whereas he imagined he must in the morning be doorkeeper,
returned home.