The Emerald Tablet – Smaragdine Table – Tabula Smaragdina

— Isaac Newton. « Keynes MS. 28″. The Chymistry of Isaac Newton. Ed. William R. Newman June 2010. Retrieved March 4, 2013 – Author: Isaac Newton – From the Newton Project Catalogue: f. 2r-v ‘Tabula Smaragdina Hermetis Trismegistri [sic] Philosophorum patris’.

English translation of the Tabula Smaragdina A translation by Isaac Newton is found among his alchemical papers that are currently housed in King’s College Library, Cambridge University — from: —


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– Tis true without lying, certain & most true.
– That which is below is like that which is above & that which is above is like that which is below to do the miracles of one only thing
– And as all things have been & arose from one by the mediation of one: so all things have their birth from this one thing by adaptation.
– The Sun is its father, the moon its mother, the wind hath carried it in its belly, the earth is its nurse.
– The father of all perfection in the whole world is here.
– Its force or power is entire if it be converted into earth.
– Separate thou the earth from the fire, the subtle from the gross sweetly with great industry.
– It ascends from the earth to the heaven & again it descends to the earth & receives the force of things superior & inferior.
– By this means you shall have the glory of the whole world
& thereby all obscurity shall fly from you.
– Its force is above all force. For it vanquishes every subtle thing & penetrates every solid thing.
– So was the world created.
– From this are & do come admirable adaptations whereof the means (or process) is here in this. Hence I am called Hermes Trismegist, having the three parts of the philosophy of the whole world
– That which I have said of the operation of the Sun is accomplished & ended. 

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