Three books of occult philosophy written by Henry Cornelius Agrippa of Nettesheim ... ; translated out of the Latin into the English tongue by J.F.
Agrippa von Nettesheim, Heinrich Cornelius, 1486?-1535., French, John, 1616-1657.
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CHAP. LXXI. Of many words joyned together, as in sentences, and verses, and of the vertues, and astrictions of charms.

BEsides the vertues of words, and names, there is also a greater vertue found in sentences, from the truth contain∣ed in them, which hath a very great power of impressing, changing, binding, and establishing, so that being used it doth shine the more, and being resisted is more confirmed, and con¦solidated; which vertue is not in simple words, but in senten∣ces, by which any thing is affirmed, or denyed, of which sort are verses, inchantments, imprecations, deprecations, orations, in∣vocations, obtestations, adjurations, conjurations, and such like. Therefore in composing verses, and orations, for the at∣tracting the vertue of any Star, or Deity, you must diligently consider what vertues any Star contains, as also what ef∣fects, and operations, and to infer them in verses, by praising, extolling, amplifying, and setting forth those things which such a kind of Star is wont to cause by way of its influence, and by vilifying, and dispraising those things which it is wont to destroy, and hinder, and by supplicating, and begging for that which we desire to get, and by condemning, and detesting that which we would have destroyed & hindred: and after the same manner to make an elegant oration, and duly distinct by Articles, with competent numbers, and proportions. More∣over Magicians command that we call upon, and pray by the names of the same Star, or name, to them to whom such a verse belongs, by their wonderfull things, or miracles, by their courses, and waies in their sphear, by their light, by the dig∣nity of their Kingdome, by the beauty, and brightness that is in it, by their strong, and powerfull vertues, and by such like as these. As Psyche in Apuleius prayes to Ceres; saying, I beseech thee by thy fruitfull right hand, I intreat thee by the joyfull Ceremonies of harvests, by the quiet silence of thy chests, by the winged Chariors of Dragons thy servants, by the Page  156 furrows of the Sicilian earth, the devouring Wagon, the clam∣my earth, by the place of going down into cellars at the light Nuptials of Proserpina, and returns at the light inventions of her daughter, and other things which are concealed in her temple in the City Eleusis in Attica. Besides, with the divers sorts of the names of the Stars, they command us to call upon them by the names of the Intelligencies, ruling over the Stars themselves, of which we shall speak more at large in their proper place. They that desire further examples of these, let them search into the hymns of Orpheus, then which nothing is more efficatious in naturall Magick, if they together with their circumstances, which wise men know, be used according to a due harmony, with all attention. But to return to our purpose. Such like verses being aptly, and duly made according to the rule of the Stars, and being full of signification, & mean∣ing, and opportunely pronounced with vehement affection, as according to the number, proportion of their Articles, so ac∣cording to the form resulting from the Articles, and by the violence of imagination, do confer a very great power in the inchanter, and sometimes transfer it upon the thing inchant∣ed, to bind, and direct it to the same purpose for which the af∣fections, and speeches of the inchanter are intended. Now the instrument of the inchanters is a most pure harmoniacall spirit, warm, breathing, living, bringing with it motion, affection and signification, composed of its parts, endued with sence, and conceived by reason. By the quality therefore of this spi∣rit, and by the Celestiall similitude thereof, besides those things which have already been spoken of, verses also from the opportunity of time, receive from above most excellent vertues, and indeed more sublime, and efficatious then spirits, & vapors exhaling out of the Vegetable life, out of hearbs, roots, gums, aromaticall things, and fumes, and such like. And therefore Magicians inchanting things, are wont to blow, and breath-up∣on them the words of the verse, or to breath in the vertue with the spirit, that so the whole vertue of the soul be directed to the thing inchanted, being disposed for the receiving the said vertue. And here it is to be noted, that every oration, writting, Page  157 and words, as they induce accustomed motions by their accu∣stomed numbers, and proportions, and form, so also besides their usuall order, being pronounced, or wrote backwards, more unto unusuall effects.