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texts related to Alchemy
in the Miskatonic University Library
Tabula Smaragdina
The Table of Emerald
said to be found
in the Sepulchre of Hermes

The Literal Translations

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Two Versions of Translation from the Latin
See also the Original Latin
See also the Translation by John Everard (1640)
See also the Comparison between Translations

Version 1 - a literal translation from the Latin

[1]   It is true, without lies and quite certain.  What is lower is just like what is higher, and what is higher is just like what is lower, for the accomplishment of the miracle of a thing.

[2]  And just as all things come from one and be mediation of one, thus all things have been derived from this one thing by adoption.

[3]  The father of it is the sun, the mother is the moon.  The wind has carried it in his belly.  The earth has nourished it. 

[4]  It is the father (the cause) of all completion of the whole world.  His power is undiminished, if it has been turned towards the earth.

[5] You will separate the earth from the fire, the fine from the coarse, gently and with great skill.
It ascends from the earth to the sky, again descends to the earth, and receives the powers of what is higher and what is lower.  Thus you will have the glory of the whole world, and all darkness will depart from you.
It is the strength of all strength, because it will conquer all the fine and penetrate all the solid.

[6]  Thus the world was created.  From this will be wonderful applications of which it is the pattern.

[7]  And so I have been called Hermes, thrice greatest, possessing three parts of the knowledge of the whole world.

[8]  Finished is what I have said about the work of the sun.

Version 2 - a slightly interpretative translation

[1]  True, without falsehood, certain and most true, that which is above is as that which is below, and that which is below is as that which is above, for the performance of the miracles of the One Thing. 

[2]  And as all things are from One, by the mediation of One, so all things have their birth from this One Thing by adaptation. 

[3]  The Sun is its father, the Moon its mother, the Wind carries it in its belly, its nurse is the Earth. 

[4]  This is the father of all perfection, or consummation of the whole world.  Its power is integrating, if it be turned into earth. 

[5]  Thou shalt separate the earth from the fire, the subtle from the gross, suavely, and with great ingenuity.   It ascends from earth to heaven and descends again to earth, and receives the power of the superiors and of the inferiors.  So thou hast the glory of the whole world; therefore let all obscurity flee before thee.   This is the strong force of all forces, overcoming every subtle and penetrating every solid thing. 

[6]  So the world was created.  Hence were all wonderful adaptations, of which this is the manner. 

[7]  Therefore am I called Hermes Trismegistus, having the three parts of the philosophy of the whole world.

[8]  What I have to tell is completed, concerning the Operation of the Sun.


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