|Author:||Starkey, George, 1627-1665.|
|Title:||An exposition upon Sir George Ripley's preface. Written by Æyrenæus Philalethes, anglus, cosmopolita.|
|Publication info:||Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Library
2011 December (TCP phase 2)
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An exposition upon Sir George Ripley's preface. Written by Æyrenæus Philalethes, anglus, cosmopolita.
Starkey, George, 1627-1665.
London: Printed for William Cooper ..., MDCLXXVII. 
Ripley, George, d. 1490?
Alchemy -- Early works to 1800.
An Exposition UPON THE PREFACE OF Sr GEORGE RIPLEY, Canon of Bridlington.
In the Beginning, when thou madest all of nought, a globous matter, and dark, un∣der confusion, by him the beginning, &c.
For as of one Mass was made all things, right so in our practice must it be.
All our Secrets of one Image must spring.
As in Philosophers Books, whoso list to see.
Our Stone is called the Lesser World.
One and Three.
Of Sulphur and Mercury.
Proportionate by Nature most perfectly.
But many one marvelleth, and marvel may, and museth on such a marvellous thing.
What is our Stone, &c.
For Fowls and Fishes to us do it bring, eve∣ry Man it hath: And it is in every place, in thee, in me, &c.
To this I answer, That Mercury it is I wis.
But not the Common, called Quick-silver by name.
But Mercury, without which nothing be∣ing is.
All Philosophers record and truly sain the same.
But simple Searchers putteth them in blame, saying they hid it.
But they be blame-worthy which be no Clerks, and meddle with Philosophy.
But though it Mercury be.
Yet wisely understand wherein it is, and where thou shalt it seek.
Else I counsel thee take not this work in hand.
For Philosophers flatter Fools with fair speech.
But listen to me, for truly I will thee teach.
Which is this Mercury most profitable.
Being to thee nothing deceiveable.
It is more near in some things than in some.
Take heed therefore what I to thee write.
For I will truely now thee excite to under∣stand well Mercuries three.
The Keys which of this Science be.
Reymund his Menstrues doth them call.
Without them truly no Truth is done.
But two of them be superficial.
The third Essential to Sun and Moon.
Their Properties I will declare right soon.
In Sol and Luna our Menstrues are not seen.
It appeareth not but by effect to sight.
It is a Soul and Substance bright.
Of Sol and Luna a subtile Influence.
Whereby the Earth receiveth resplendence.
The whole Compound is called our Lead.
The quality of Clearness from Sol and Lu∣na doth come.
These are our Menstrues, both all and some.
Bodies with the first we Calcine naturally, perfect.
But none which been unclean.
As Geber thereunto beareth witness.
Both Principles Materials must loosed be.
And Formals, else they stand in little stead.
These Menstrues therefore know, I thee reed.
With the third Humidity most permanent.
Incombustible and unctuous in his Nature.
Hermes Tree unto Ashes is burnt.
It is our natural Fire most sure.
Our Mercury, our Sulphur, our Tincture pure.
Then is that Menstruum visible to sight.
An Oyl is drawn out in the colour of Gold.
Or like thereto out of fine red Lead.