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The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz

The Fifth Day

The night was over, and the dear wished for day broken, when hastily I got me out of the Bed, more desirous to learn what might yet insue, than that I had: sufficiently slept; Now after that I had put on my Cloaths, and according to my custom was gone down the Stairs, it was still too early, and I found no body else in the Hall, wherefore I intreated my Page to lead me a little about in the Castle, and shew me somewhat that was rare, who was now (as always) willing, and presently lead me down certain steps under ground, to a great iron Door, on which the following Words in great Copper Letters, were fixed.

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This I thus copied, and set down in my Table-Book. NOW after this Door was opened, the Page led me by the hand though a very dark Passage, till we came again to a very little Door, that was now only put too, For (as the Page informed me) it was first opened but yesterday when the Coffins were taken out, and had not been since shut. Now as soon as we stepped in, I espied the most pretious thing that Nature ever created: For this Vault had no other light but from certain huge great Carbuncles; And this (as I was informed) was the King's Treasury. But the most glorious and principal thing, that I here saw, was a Sepulcher (which stood in the middle) so rich that I wondred it was no better guarded: whereunto the Page answered me, That I had good reason to be thankful to my Planet, by whose influence it was, that I had now seen certain pieces which no humane Eye else (except the King's Family) had ever had a view of. This Sepulcher was triangular, and had in the middle of it a Kettle of polished Copper, the rest was of pure Gold and pretious Stones; In the Kettle stood an Angel, who held in his Arms an unknown Tree, from which it continually dropped Fruit into the Kettle; and as oft as the Fruit fell into the Kettle, it turned into Water too, and ran out from thence into three small Golden Kettles standing by. This little Altar was supported by these three Animals, an Eagle, and Ox and a Lyon, which stood on an exceeding costly Base. I asked my Page what this might signifie; "Here," said he, "lies Buried Lady Venus, that Beauty which hath undone many a great Man, both in Fourtune, Honour, Blessing and Prosperity." After which he shewed me a Copper Door on the Pavement. "Here (said he) if you please, we may go further down"; "I still follow you" (replyed I) so I went down the steps, where it was exceeding dark, but the Page immediately opened a little Chest, wherein stood a small ever-burning Taper, at which he Kindled one of the many Torches which lay by. I was mightily terrified, and seriously asked how he durst do this? He gave me for answer. As long as the Royal Persons are still at rest, I have nothing to fear. Herewith I espied a rich Bed ready made, hung about with curious Curtains, one of which he drew, where I saw the Lady Venus stark-naked for he heaved up the Coverlets too) lying there in such Beauty, and a fashion so surprizing, that I was almost besides my self, neither do I yet know whether it was a piece thus Carved, or an humane Corps that lay dead there; For she was altogether immoveable, and yet I durst not touch her. So she was agin covered, and the Curtain drawn before her, yet she was still (as it were) in my Eye. But I soon espyed behind the Bed a Tablet, on which it was thus written.


I asked my Page concerning this Writing, but he laughed, with promise that I should know it too. So he putting out the Torch, we again ascended: Then I better viewed all the little Doors, and first found, that on every corner there burned a small Taper of Pyrites, of which I had before taken no notice; for the Fire was so clear, that it looked much liker a Stone than a Taper. From this heat the Tree was forced continually to melt, yet it still produced new Fruit. "Now behold (said the Page) what I heard revealed to the King by Atlas, When the Tree (said he) shall be quite melted down, Then shall Lady Venus awake, and be the Mother of a King." Whilst he was thus speaking, in flew the little Cupid, who at first was somewhat abashed at our presence, but seeing us both look more like the Dead then the Living, he could not at length refrain from Laughing, Demanded what Spirit had brought me thither, whom I with trembling answered, that I had lost my way in the Castle, and was by chance come hither, and that the Page likewise had been looking up and down for me, and at last lited upon me here, I hoped he would not take it amiss. "Nay then 'tis well enough yet," said Cupid, "my old busie Gransir, but you might lightly have served me a scurvy trick, had you been aware of this Door. Now I must look better to it," and so he put a strong Lock on the Copper Door, where we before descended. I thanked God that he lited upon us no sooner, my Page too was the more jocond, because I had so well helped him at this pinch. "Yet can I not (said Cupid) let it pass unrevenged, that you were so near stumbling upon my dear Mother;" with that he put the point of his Dart into one of the little Tapers, and heating it a little, pricked me with it on the hand, which at that time I little regarded, but was glad that it went so well with us, and that we came off without further danger. Meantime my Companions were gotten out of Bed too, and were again returned into the Hall. To whom I also joyned my self, making as if I were then first risen. After Cupid had carefully made all fast again, he came likewise to us, and would needs have me shew him my hand, where he still found a little drop of blood, at which he heartily laughed, and bad the rest have a care of me, I would shortly end my days. We all wondred how Cupid could be so merry, and have no sence at all of the yesterday's sad passages. But he was no what troubled. Now our President had in the mean time made her self ready for the Journey, coming in all in black Velvet, yet she still bare her branch of Laurel, her Virgins too had their Branches. Now all things being in readiness, the Virgin bid us first drink somewhat, and then presently prepare for the procession: wherefore we made no long tarrying, but followed her out of the Hall into the Court. In the Court stood six Coffins, and my Companions thought no other but that the six Royal Persons lay in them, but I well observed the device. Yet I knew not what was to be done with these other. By each Coffin were eight muffled Men. Now as soon as the Musick went (it was so mournful and dolesome a tune, that I was astonished at it) they took up the Coffins, and we (as we were ordered) were fain to go after them into the formentioned Garden, in the midst of which was erected a wooden Edifice, having round about the Roof a glorious Crown, and standing upon seven Columns; within it were formed six Sepulchers, and by each of them a stone, but in the middle it had a round hollow rising stone: In these Graves the Coffins were quietly and with many Cerimonies layed: The stones were shoved over them, and they shut fast. But the little Chest was to lie in the middle. Herewith were my Companions deceived, for they imagined no other but that the Dead Corps were there. Upon the top of all there was a great Flag, having a Phoenix painted on it, perhaps therewith the more to delude us. Here I had great occasion to thank God that I had seen more than the rest. Now after the Funerals were done, the Virgin, having placed her self upon the middle-most Stone, made a short Oration, That we should be constant to our ingagements, and not repine at the pains we were hereafter to undergo, but be helpful in restoring the present buried Royal Persons to Life again, and therefore without delay to rise up with her, to make a Journey to the Tower of Olympus, to fetch from thence Medicines useful and necessary for this purpose. This we soon agreed to, and followed her through another little door quite to the Shore. There the seven fore-mentioned Ships stood all empty; on which all the Virgins stuck up their Laurel Branches, and after they had distributed us in the six Ships, they caused us in Gods name thus to begin our Voyage, and looked upon us as long as they could have us in sight, after which they with all the Watch-men returned into the Castle. Our Ships had each of them a peculiar device. Five of them indeed had the five regular Bodies, each a several one, but mine in which the Virgin too sate, carried a Globe. Thus we sailed on in a singular order, and each had only two Mariners. Foremost went the Ship a, [16] in which, as I conceive the Moor lay, in this were twelve Musitians, who played excellent well, its device was a Pyramid. Next followed three a breast, b, c, and d, in which we were disposed, I sate in c. In the midst behind these came the two fairest and stateliest Ships, e and f, stuck about with many Branches of Laurel, having no Passengers in them; their Flags were the Sun and Moon. But in the rear only one Ship g, in this were Forty Virgins. Now being thus passed over this Lake, we first came through a narrow Arm, into the right Sea, where all the Syrens, Nymphs, and Sea-Goddesses had attended us; wherefore they immediately dispatched a Sea-Nymph to us to deliver their Present and Offering of Honour to the Wedding.


It was a costly, great, set, round, and Orient Pearl; the like to which hath not at any time been seen, either in ours, or yet in the new World. Now the Virgin having friendly received it, the Nymph further intreated that audience might be given to their Divertisements, and to make a little stand, which the Virgin was content to do, and commanded the two great Ships to stand into the middle, and with the rest to incompass them in Pentagon.[17] After which the Nymphs fell into a ring about them, and with a most delicate sweet voice began thus to sing.


There is nothing better here below,
Than beauteous, noble, Love;
Whereby we like to God do grow,
And none to grief do move.
Wherefore let's chant it to the King,
That all the sea thereof may ring.
We question; answer you.


What was it that at first us made
It was Love.
And what hath Grace afresh conveyed?
It is Love.
Whence wasn't (pray tell us) we were born?
Of Love
How came we then again forlorn?
Sans Love.


Who was it (say) that us conceived?
It was. Love.
Who Suckled, Nursed, and Relieved?
It was Love.
What is it we to our parents owe?
It is Love.
What do they us such kindness show?
Of Love.


Who gathers in the Victory?
It is Love.
Can Love by search obtained be?
By Love.
How may a Man good works perform?
Through Love.
Who into one can two transform?
It is Love.


Then let our Song sound,
Untill it's Eccho rebound.
To Loves honour and praise,
Which may ever increase
With our noble Princes, the King,
and the Queen,
The Soul is departed,
Their bodies are within.


And as long as we live,
God graciously give;
That as great love and Amity,
They bear each other mightily;
So we likewise, by Loves own Flame,
May reconjoyn them once again.


Then this annoy
Into great Joy
(If many thousand younglings deign)
Shall change, and ever so remain.

They having with most admirable concent and melody finished this Song, I no more Wondred at Ulisses for stopping the liars of his Companions; for I seemed to my self the most unhappy man alive, that Nature had not made me too so trim a creature. But the Virgin soon dispatched them, and commanded to set Sail from thence; wherefore the Nymphs too after they had been presented with a long red Scarff for a gratuity; went off, and dispersed themselves in the Sea. I was at this time sensible, that Cupid began to work with me too, which yet tended but very little to my Credit, and for as much as my giddiness is likely to be nothing beneficial to the Reader, I am resolved to let it rest as it is. But this was the very wound that in the first Book I received on the head in a Dream: and let every one take warning by me of loitering about Venus's Bed, for Cupid can by no means brook it. After some Hours, having in friendly discourses made a good way, we came within Ken of the Tower of Olympus, wherefore the Virgin commanded by the discharge of some Pieces to give the signal of our approach, which was also done; And immediately we espyed a great white Flag thrust out, and a small gilded Pinnace sent forth to meet us. Now as soon as this was come to us, we perceived in it a very ancient man, the Warden of the Tower, with certain Guards cloathed in white, of whom we were Friendly received, and so conducted to the Tower. This Tower was Situated upon an Island exactly square, which was invironed with a Wall so firm and thick, that I my self counted two hundred and sixty passes over. On the other side of the wall was a fine Meadow with certain little Gardens, in which grew strange, and to me unknown, Fruits; and then again an inner Wall round about the Tower. The Tower of it self was just as if seven round Towers had been built one by another, yet the middlemost was somewhat the higher, and within they all entred one into another, and had seven Storys one above another. Being thus come to the Gates of the Tower, we were led a little aside on the Wall, that so, as I well observed, the Coffins might be brought into the Tower without our taking notice; of this the rest knew nothing. This being done, we were conducted into the Tower at the very bottom, which albeit it were excellently painted, yet we had here littil recreation, for this was nothing but a Laboratory, where we were fain to beat and wash Plants, and pretious Stones, and all Sorts of Things, and extract their Juice and Essence, and put up the same in Glasses, and deliver them to be laid up. And truly our Virgin was so busie with us, and so full of her directions, that she knew how to give each of us employment enough, so that in this Island we were fain to be meer drudges, till we had atcheived all that was necessary for the restoring of the Beheaded Bodies. Meantime (as I afterwards understood) three Virgins were in the first Apartment washing the Corps with all diligence. Now having at length almost done with this our preparation, nothing more was brought us, but some broath with a little draught of Wine, whereby I well observed, that we were not here for our pleasure; for when we had finished our days work too, every one had only a Mattress laid on the Ground for him, wherewith we were to content our selves. For my part I was not very much troubled with sleep, and therefore walked out into the Garden, and at length came as far as the Wall; and because the Heaven was at that time very clear, I could well drive away the time in contemplating the Stars; By chance I came to a great pair of Stone-Stairs, which led up to the top of the Wall. And because the Moon shone very bright, I was so much the more confident, and went up, and looked too a little upon the Sea, which was now exceeding calm; and thus having good opportunity to consider better of Astronomy, I found that this present Night there would happen such a conjunction of the Planets, the like to which was not otherwise suddenly to be observed. Now having looked a good little into the Sea, and it being just about Midnight, as soon as it had struck Twelve, I beheld from far the Seven Flames passing over Sea hitherward, and betaking themselves to the top of the Spire of the Tower. This made me somewhat affraid; for as soon as the Flames had setled themselves, the Winds arose, and began to make the Sea very Tempestuous. The Moon also was Covered with clouds, and my joy ended with such fear, that I had scarce time enough to hit upon the Stairs again, and begake my self again to the Tower. Now whether the Flames tarried any longer, or passed away again, I cannot say: For in this obscurity I durst no more venture abroad: So I laid me down upon my Mattress, and there being besides in the Laboratory a pleasant and gently purling Fountain, I fell a Sleep so much the sooner. And thus this fifth day too was concluded with Wonders.


[14] This inscription, which translation is found in the paragraph that follows it, reads:
"Here Lies Buried
that Beauty which hath undone
many a great man
both in fortune, honor, blessing
and prosperity."

[15] Again, this inscription's translation is found in the paragraph that follows it. It reads:
"When the fruit of my
tree shall be quite melted down
then I shall awake and
be the mother of a

[16] The translator's note on this page depicts the ships in the following order:

The following graph shows today's common symbolical representation of the ships.


[17] The pentagon can be rendered as: