Art helpeth nature by her ministering ripe Gold to Mercury, in which is ripe and welldigested Sulphur, but from nature by the work of nature.
Whosoever would come to the knowledge of this Art and is not a Philosopherwill prove a fool, because this Science is only of the Secrets of Philosophers.
This Art is reserved in the power of God and is an enemy to the lay people.
Therefore this Art is not necessary for poor and needy men but is rather an enemyto them.
Aristotle in the Second Book of his Politics:
It is impossible for a poor man to be aPhilosopher.There is a double way in this art according to the Philosophers, that is --- universal andparticular. The universal way is easy and rare, and it is that which is brought forth fromtrue and natural beginnings, by which a speedy and reformative virtue doth presently andin a moment hardens Mercury, and it tinctureth any metal that is duly prepared, into trueGold or Silver.But the second way is called particular and it is hard and laboursome. Note this, althoughAlchemy in the universal way be partly natural and partly artificial, yet it is more naturalthan otherwise, because by nature no strange or foreign thing is brought in the way of trueAlchemy, for nature hath whereon to work because actives are joined to passives by acompetent union and application, but the rest nature worketh by herself.
Our stone is a thing which hath not touched the fire, nor the fire touched it, fromwhich our mercury riseth.There are three sorts of labourers according to the art of Alchemy, that is the Alchimist,the Lauchimist, and the Lachrymist. Not every one who sayeth "Take, Take", shall enterinto this art, because it is one only receipt, and one body entereth not into another.
Take this and this and do thus and thus, and you shall have this, and this is acommon thing among all Philosophers.Whereupon the Philosopher said, the first word, "Take, Take", hath made many errors,therefore, the first work is to dissolve the matter of the stone, that is, not commonMercury.
Fools understanding the sayings of the Philosophers according to the letter dofind out no truth, and they say it is a false science because they have tried it and found