Anonymous - The Hermetic Arcanum the Secret Work of the Hermetic Philosophy (265.0 Kb)
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The beginning of this Divine Science is the fear of the Lord and its end is charity and love toward our Neighbour the all-satisfying Golden Crop is properly devoted to the rearing and endowing of temples and hospices for whatsoever the Almighty freely bestoweth on us, we should properly offer again to him. So also Countries grievously oppressed may be set free prisoners unduly held captive may be released, and souls almost starved may be relieved.The light of this knowledge is the gift of God, which by His will H... More >>>
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The beginning of this Divine Science is the fear of the Lord and its end is charity and love toward our Neighbour the all-satisfying Golden Crop is properly devoted to the rearing and endowing of temples and hospices for whatsoever the Almighty freely bestoweth on us, we should properly offer again to him. So also Countries grievously oppressed may be set free prisoners unduly held captive may be released, and souls almost starved may be relieved.
The light of this knowledge is the gift of God, which by His will He bestoweth upon whom He pleaseth. Let none therefore set himself to the study hereof, until having cleared and purified his heart, he devote himself wholly unto God, and be emptied of all affection and desire unto the impure things of this world.
Authors of this note have discoursed both acutely and truly of the secrets of Nature and hidden Philosophy, Hermes and Morienus Romanus amongst the Ancients are in my
judgment of the highest esteem amongst the Moderns, Count Trevisan, and Raimundus Lullius are in greatest reverence with me for what that most acute Doctor hath omitted, none almost hath spoken let a student therefore peruse his works, yea let him often read over his Former Testament, and Codicil, and accept them as a Legacy of very great worth. To these two volumes let him add both his volumes of Practice, out of which works all things desirable may be collected, especially the truth of the First Matter, of the degrees of Fire, and the Regimen of the Whole, wherein the final Work is finished, and those things which our Ancestors so carefully laboured to keep secret. The occult causes of things, and the secret motions of nature are demonstrated nowhere more clearly and faithfully. Concerning the first and mystical Water of the Philosophers he hath set down few things, yet very pithily.
"Anonymous" of course means "without a name" and is used when the author is not known--or sometimes, when a story develops out of an oral tradition over generations with possibly many storytellers contributing to and revising the tale before it is finally written down and becomes literature.
A notable amount of ancient and medieval literature is anonymous. This is not only due to the lack of documents from a period, but also due to an interpretation of the author's role that differs considerably from the romantic interpretation of the term in use today. Ancient and Medieval authors were often overawed by the classical writers and the Church Fathers and tended to re-tell and embellish stories they had heard or read rather than invent new stories. And even when they did, they often claimed to be handing down something from an auctor instead. From this point of view, the names of the individual authors seemed much less important, and therefore many important works were never attributed to any specific person.