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8z Therefore a matter duly fitted, then According unto nature well difpos'd, And govern'd rightly, doth from fecrerden A contrail fire flir up, which beinglos'd, Urceffantly its cask doth never ceafe, Unleffe fome errour9arecotiipleafe. 83 And thus no doubt I have made to appear That Alchemy is not a feigned Art But reali, which its grounds hath firm, that bear Thettfelves on Nature, of which but a patt Ihave produe,and chofe more generall, 1I due place other Reafons finde you fhall The End of the Firfj Bok3 7- I
(2t THE SECOND BOO ,n He Noble Art of fecret Alchemi We undertaken have to vindk fe. And have defi'd the flouteft enemy With reafon it for to calumniate, ear Andfor this caufe we have by To prove its poffibility our foh resien t bear 2 Its witneffes almoft innumerale Of fuch who Artifts were, and not a few, Who to attain the skill were never able, Have by the eye convinc't been that its tru, And not as forne rafh cenfors it efteem, Who groundlefly it for a fancy deem. 3 And for that Argument doth moft convince, Which from experience for proof is brough, I by the fame this truth can well evince Unto my felf, for it is vot bare thought, But witneffe of the eye doth meengag. Which to deny is nothing elfe then rage. 4 An Artift once I faid, I knew him well, And oft and long with him I did converfe, He in this skill did many men excell, Of whom I from my knowledge can rehearfe, That he had both Elixer white and red, So much aswoldireTaic