Of the three folde consideration of Elements.
WWherefore there are foure Ele∣ments as we haue faide,* without whose perfect knowledge w•e can bring forth no effect in Magike: & euery of thē are thrée folde, yt so the number of foure may fil vp the number of .12. and so pro∣céeding by the number of 7 to the num∣ber of .10. one may come to ye vppermost vnitie, whereof all vertue & wonderfull worke do depend. Wherfore in the first order, are the pure Elements, which are neither compounded nor chaunged, nor suffer mixing together but are incorrup∣tible, & not from the which, but by the which, the vertues of all naturall thinge are brought to effect: none is able to ex∣presse their vertues, because they can do Page [unnumbered] all in all. He that knoweth not this can∣not attaine to any worke of meruailous effects: The compounded Elements are manifold, diuers, & vnpure, yet apt to bée brought by art to a pure simplicitie: which being then returned to their sim∣plicitie, their vertue is aboue all things, giuing a full perfection of all hidden o∣peration, and woorkes of nature, and these thinges are the foundation of all naturall magike.
The Elements of the thirde order first and by themselues are not Ele∣ments, but compounded againe, diuerse, manifolde, and apt to bée chaunged one into another. They are the infallible meane, and therefore are called the mid∣dle nature, or the soule of the middle na∣ture, there are very few that vnderstand theyr profound mysteryes. In them bée certaine measures, degrées, and orders, as a full perfection of euery effect in each thing naturall, celestiall, and supercele∣stiall. The things are wonderfull and full of mysteries, which maybe wrought by magike, as well naturall as diuine, for by them the bindings, loosings, and transmutations of all things are made, and the knowledge and foretelling of things to come: Also the banishment of naughtie spirits, and the winning or obtaining of good spirites, doth descende from them: Wherefore without these thrée fold Elements, and the knowledge of them, let no man trust that he is able to worke anything in the hidden science of Magike and nature, and whosoever knoweth howe to reduce one into a∣nother, the impure into the pure, the manyfolde into the simple, and kno∣weth howe to discerne the nature, ver∣tue, and power of them, in number, degrées, and order, without diuisi∣on of substaunce, he without doubt shall obtaine the perfect knowledge and wor∣king of all naturall things, and heauen∣ly secrets.