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68 FAMA FRATERNITATIS

works and creatures of Nature, and, moreover, hath raised men, indued with
great wisdom, which might partly renew and reduce all arts (in this our spotted
and imperfect age) to perfection, so that finally man might thereby understand
his own nobleness and worth, and why he is called Microcostrms, and how far
his knowledge extendeth in Nature.

Although the rude world herewith will be but little pleased, but rather smile
and scon* thereat ; also the pride and covetousness oif the learned is so great, it
will not suffer them to agree together; but were they united, they might, out of
all those things which in this our age God doth so richly bestow on us, collect
Librum Naturae, or, a Perfect Method of all Arts. But such is their opposition
that they still keep, and are loath to leave, the old course, esteeming Porphyry,
Aristotle, and Galen, yea, and that which hath but a meer show of learning,
more than the clear and manifested Light and Truth. Those, if they were now
living, with much joy would leave their erroneous doctrines; but, here is too
great weakness for such a great work. And although in Theologie, Physic, and
the Mathematic, the truth doth oppose it itself, nevertheless, the old Enemy,
by his subtilty and craft, doth show himself in hindering every good purpose
by his instruments and contentions wavering people.

To such an intention of a general reformation, the most godly and highly-
illuminated Father, our Brother, C. R. C, a German, the chief and original of
our Fraternity, hath much and long time laboured, who, by reason of his poverty
(although descended of noble parents), in the fifth year of his age was placed in
a cloyster, where he had learned indifferently the Greek and Latin tongues, and
(upon his earnest desire and request), being yet in his growing years, was
associated to a Brother, P. A. L., who had determined to go to the Holy Land.
Although this Brother dyed in Ciprus, and so never came to Jerusalem, yet our
Brother C. R. C. did not return, but shipped himself over, and went to Damasco,
minding from thence to go to Jerusalem. But by reason of the feebleness of his
body he remained still there, and by his skill in physic he obtained much favour
with the Turks, and in the meantime he became acquainted with the Wise Men
of Damcar in Arabia, and beheld what great wonders they wrought, and how
Nature was discovered unto them.

Hereby was that high and noble spirit of Brother C. R. C. so stired up, that
Jerusalem was not so much now in his mind as Damasco ;* also he could not bridle
his desires any longer, but made a bargain with the Arabians that they should
carry him for a certain sum of money to Damcar.

He was but of the age of sixteen years when he came thither, yet of a
strong Dutch constitution. There the Wise Men received him not as a stranger
(as he himself witnesseth), but as one whom they had long expected; they called
him by his name, and shewed him other secrets out of his cloyster, whereat he
could not but mightily wonder.

He learned there better the Arabian tongue, so that the year following he
translated the book M into good Latin, which he afterwards brought with him,
This is the place where he did learn his Physick and his Mathematics, whereof
the world hath much cause to rejoice, if there were more love and less envy.

After three years he returned again with good consent, shipped himself over
Sinus AraMcus into Egypt, where he remained not long, but only took better
notice there of the plants and creatures. He sailed over the whole Mediterranean
Sea for to come unto Fez, where the Arabians had directed him.

It is a great shame unto us that wise men, so far remote the one from the
other, should not only be of one opinion, hating all contentious writings, but also

1 Damascus and the unknown city denominated Danncar are continually confused in
the German editions. Brother C. R. C. evidently did not project a journey to Damascus,
which he had already reached ; nevertheless this is the name appearing in this place, and
I have decided on retaining it for reasons which will subsequently be made evident.

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be so willing and ready, under the seal of secresy, to impart their secrets to
others. Every year the Arabians and Africans do send one to another, inquiring
one of another out of their arts, if happily they had found out some better things,
or if experience had weakened their reasons. Yearly there came something to
light whereby the Mathematics, Physic, and Magic (for in those are they of Fez
most skilful) were amended. There is now-a-days no want of learned men in
Germany, Magicians, Cabalists, Physicians, and Philosophers, were there but
more love and kindness among them, or that the most part of them would not
keep their secrets close only to themselves.

At Fez he did get acquaintance with those which are commonly called the
Elementary inhabitants, who revealed unto him many of their secrets, as we
Germans likewise might gather together many things if there were the like unity
and desire of searching out secrets amongst us.

Of these of Fez he often did confess, that their Magia was not altogether
pure, and also that their Cabala was defiled with their Religion; but, notwith-
standing, he knew how to make good use of the same, and found still more
better grounds for his faith, altogether agreeable with the harmony of the whole
world, and wonderfully impressed in all periods of time. Thence proceedeth that
fair Concord, that as in every several kernel is contained a whole good tree or
fruit, so likewise is included in the little body of man, the whole great world,
whose religion, policy, health, members, nature, language, words, and works, are
agreeing, sympathizing, and in equal tune and melody with God, Heaven, and
Earth ; and that which is disagreeing with them is error, falsehood, and of the
devil, who alone is the first, middle, and last cause of strife, blindness, and
darkness in the world. Also, might one examine all and several persons upon
the earth, he should find that which is good and right is always agreeing with
itself, but all the rest is spotted with a thousand erroneous conceits.

After two years Brother R. C. departed the city Fez, and sailed with many
costly things into Spain, hoping well, as he himself had so well and profitably
spent his time in his travel, that the learned in Europe would highly rejoyce with
him, and begin to rule and order all their studies according to those sure and
sound foundations. He therefore conferred with the learned in Spain, shewing
unto them the errors of our arts, and how they might be corrected, and from
whence they should gather the true Inditia of the times to come, and wherein
they ought to agree with those things that are past; also how the faults of the
Church and the whole Philosophic Moralis were to be amended. He shewed
them new growths, new fruits, and beasts, which did concord with old philosophy
and prescribed them new Axiomata, whereby all things might fully be restored'
But it was to them a laughing matter, and being a new thing unto them, they
feared that their great name would be lessened if they should now again begin
to learn, and acknowledge their many years' errors, to which they were
accustomed, and wherewith they had gained them enough. Who so loveth
unquietness, let him be reformed (they said). The same song was also
sung to him by other nations, the which moved him the more because it happened
to him contrary to his expectation, being then ready bountifully to impart all
his arts and secrets to the learned, if they would have but undertaken to write
the true and infallible Axiomata, out of all faculties, sciences, and arts, and
whole nature, as that which he knew would direct them, like a globe or circle, to
the onely middle point and centrum, and (as it is usual among the Arabians) it
should onely serve to the wise and learned for a rule, that also there might be a
society in Europe which might have gold, silver, and precious stones, sufficient
for to bestow them on kings for their necessary uses and lawful purposes, with
which [society] such as be governors might be brought up for to learn all that
which God hath suffered man to know, and thereby to be enabled in all times of
need to give their counsel unto those that seek it, like the Heathen Oracles.

Verily we must confess that the world in those days was already big with
those great commotions, labouring to be delivered of them, and did brimr forth
painful, worthy men, who brake with all force through darkness and bnrbarism
and left us who succeeded to follow them. Assuredly they have been the upper-

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