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Poem for Bernard Gilles Penot

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Source: Tractatus varii, de vera praeparatione et usu medicamentorum chymicorum, ed. Bernard Gilles Penot, Frankfurt am Main: Johann Feyerabend for Peter Fischer, 1594, sig. K8v [BP.Penot.1594-01]

Summary: The poem promises the revelation of alchemical secrets once known only to sages like Hermes Trismegistus. It suggests that the reader, if sufficiently insightful, will gain access to profound wisdom and hidden truths about nature. (generated by ChatGPT)


[sig. K8v] In lvcvbrationes D[omini] Bernhardi a Portv Aquitani philosophi & Chymiatri præstantissimi.

Quæ Tabula Hermetis Chymicorum dia parentis
Clausa, sophis solis nunc patefacta, tenet:
Quicquid apud Gebrum, Bacconem vel Treuisanum
Ryplæum, Lullum, Trittemium, Artephium:
Arnoldus potuit quæ perrimarier arte
Naturæ promens abdita quæque Deæ:
Et quæ diuina Theophrastus voce notauit
Nullam cui similem sæcula nostra ferunt
Hæc tibi, si est animus sollers cognoscere, lector
Iste liber præsens omnia certa dabit.

Modern English Raw Translation

Generated by ChatGPT on 27 February 2024. Attention: This translation is a machine translation by artificial intelligence. The translation has not been checked and should not be cited without additional human verification.
On the nocturnal studies of Bernard [Penot], the most excellent philosopher and chemist.

The Table of Hermes, the divine progenitor of alchemists, once sealed, now disclosed only to the wise, encompasses: whatever among Geber, Bacon, or Trevisanus, Ripley, Lull, Trithemius, Artephius; what Arnaldus could explore with his art, bringing forth the hidden secrets of Nature, the goddess; and what Theophrastus marked with divine voice, the likes of which our era has not seen. This book, if you, reader, possess a keen mind to know, will provide all certainties.

Oswald Crollius of Wetterau.