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    Paradexomai oti na kallierghthei ena tetoio thread einai isws ligo filodokso. Par'ola ayta, briskw syxna wraia apospasmata se biblia pot tha hthela na ta moirastw me kosmo, kai ayto apofasisa na to grapsw.

    Diabazw ena biblio toy Yann Martel, toy syggrafea toy "Life of Pi", poy legetai "Self" kai einai oysiastika biografiko. Brisketai se hlikia 10 etwn sto sygkekrimeno shmeio, exontas molis aporifthei apo mia symmathhtria toy. Kai grafei...

    "...This pain, the pain of unrequited love, occured at such regular intervals during my childhood and adolescence that I don't care to write about it. It was a terrible and continuous pain and there was no deflecting it, only bearing it. When my parents prepared spaghetti, I always noticed the one noodle left behind in the strainer, forsaken, forgotten, while its companions lay intertwined in each others' arms, hot and steaming, in the large bowl at the centre of the table. When love was pain, I felt like that noodle. I never ate pasta without beforehand going in the strainer in the sink. I would look upon this bereft noodle, curled upon itself in search of comfort, and I would bring it love by eating it tenderly..."

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    "In the morning, mist comes up from the sea by the cliffs beyond Kingsport. White and feathery it comes from the deep to its brothers the clouds, full of dreams of dank pastures and caves of leviathan. And later, in still summer rains on the steep roofs of poets, the clouds scatter bits of those dreams, that men shall not live without rumor of old strange secrets, and wonders that planets tell planets alone in the night. When tales fly thick in the grottoes of tritons, and conchs in seaweed cities blow wild tunes learned from the Elder Ones, then great eager mists flock to heaven laden with lore, and oceanward eyes on tile rocks see only a mystic whiteness, as if the cliff's rim were the rim of all earth, and the solemn bells of buoys tolled free in the aether of faery."

    Howard Philips Lovecraft, The Strange High House In The Mist, 1926
    Ravel: There is no room for '2' in the world of 1's and 0's, no place for 'mayhap' in a house of trues and falses, and no 'green with envy' in a black and white world.

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    "He began to run through the night, to run through the silence, his mouth gaping to emit a scream which would not come, his eyes stinging with tears which would not flow, and in his ears he could hear nothing but his own heart beating like a funeral drum."

    Michael Moorcock apo to Count Brass.
    Omnia Mutantur, Nihil Interit

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    Listen!
    If they kindle the stars --
    well then -- somebody needs it?
    Then -- somebody wants them out there?
    Then -- somebody calls these tiny gobs
    pearly?
    And sweating blood
    in the blizzards of midday dust,
    rushes up to god,
    is afraid of being late,
    weeps,
    kisses his sinewy hand,
    begs --
    that there be a star, without fail! --
    swears --
    he won't survive this starless torment!
    And then walks about uneasy,
    but calm on the surface.
    Says to somebody:
    "Now you're ok, right?
    Not afraid?
    Right?!"
    Listen!
    If they kindle the stars --
    then -- somebody needs it?
    Then -- it is essential
    that at least one star lights up
    over the roofs
    every night?!


    Vlantimir Magiakofski.
    (to original edw http://www.mayakovsky.com/maya/listen-ru.htm)
    Es el sonido de su mundo derrumbándose/Es el del nuestro resurgiendo
    El día que fue el día, era noche/Y noche será el día que será el día

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    hm dratontas tin eykaria apo tin tamagothi ,boroume na postaroume kai poihsh?episis toulaxiston perigrapste ligo to plaisio sto opoio entasete to apospasma tou vivliou pou postarete gia na katalavoume tin aksia tou (opws ekane o gabriel)
    And what exactly is a dream
    And what exactly is a joke.



    Οι άνθρωποι σου φάνηκαν ωραίοι σήμερα,
    μα δεν άλλαξαν.
    Απλά εσύ δεν είσαι πια ο ίδιος.

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    American Psycho του Bret Easton Ellis. Απ' το τέλος του βιβλίου όπου ουσιαστικά συνοψίζεται όλη η ύπαρξη του Bateman (του πρωταγωνιστή) μετά από τους φόνους που είχε διαπράξει. Τα 2 αποσπάσματα είναι κοντά το ένα στο άλλο.

    "There is an idea of a Patrick Bateman, some kind of abstraction, but there is no real me, only an entity, something illusory, and though I can hide my cold gaze and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable: I simply am not there. "

    "My pain is constant and sharp and I do not hope for a better world for anyone. In fact I want my pain to be inflicted on others. I want no one to escape. But even after admitting this -- and I have, countless times, in just about every act I've committed -- and coming face-to-face with these truths, there is no catharsis. I gain no deeper knowledge about myself, no new understanding can be extracted from my telling."
    After the Triumph of Your Birth.

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    To jerw oti einai terastio, alla xwnei.

    Douglas Adams, i arxi tou The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (to 2o Dirk Gently).

    It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on Earth
    has ever produced the expression "as pretty as an airport".
    Airports are ugly. Some are very ugly. Some attain a
    degree of ugliness that can only be the result of a special
    effort. This ugliness arises because airports ane full of
    people who are tired, cross, and have just discovered that
    their luggage has landed in Murmansk (Murmansk airport is the
    only known exception to this otherwise infallible rule), and
    architects have on the whole tried to reflect this in their
    designs.
    They have sought to highlight the tiredness and crossness
    motif with brutal shapes and nerve jangling colours, to make
    effortless the business of separating the traveller for ever
    from his or her luggage or loved ones, to confuse the traveller
    with arrows that appear to point at the windows, distant tie
    racks, or the current position of Ursa Minor in the night sky,
    and wherever possible to expose the plumbing on the grounds
    that it is functional, and conceal the location of the
    departure gates, presumably on the grounds that they are not.

    Caught in the middle of a sea of hazy light and a sea of
    hazy noise, Kate Schechter stood and doubted.
    All the way out of London to Heathrow she had suffered
    from doubt. She was not a superstitious person, or even a
    religious person. she was simply someone who was not at all
    sure she should be flying to Norway. But she was finding it
    increasingly easy to believe that God, if there was a God, and
    if it was remotely possible that any godlike being who could
    order the disposition of particles at the creation of the
    Universe would also be interested in directing traffic on the
    M4, did not want her to fly to Norway either. All the trouble
    with the tickets, finding a next-door neighbour to look after
    the cat, then finding the cat so it could be looked after by
    the next-door neighbour, the sudden leak in the roof, the
    missing wallet, the weather, the unexpected death of the
    next-door neighbour, the pregnancy of the cat - it all had the
    semblance of an orchestrated campaign of obstruction which had
    begun to assume godlike proportions.
    Even the taxi-driver - when she had eventually found a
    taxi- had said, "Norway? What you want to go there for?" And
    when she hadn't instantly said, "'The aurora borealis!" or
    "Fjords!" but had looked doubtful for a moment and bitten her
    lip, he had said, "I know, I bet it's some bloke dragging you
    out there. Tell you what, tell him to stuff it. Go to
    Tenerife."
    There was an idea.
    Tenerife.
    Or even, she dared to think for a fleeting second, home.
    She had stared dumbly out of the taxi window at the angry
    tangles of traffic and thought that however cold and miserable
    the weather was here, that was nothing to what it would be like
    in Norway.
    Or, indeed, at home. Home would bc about as icebound as
    Norway right now. Icebound, and punctuated with geysers of
    steam bursting out of the grnund, catching in the frigid air
    and dissipating bctween the glacial cliff faces of Sixth
    Avenue.
    A quick glance at the itinerary Kate had pursued in the
    course of her thirty years would reveal her without any doubt
    to be a New Yorker. For though she had lived in the city very
    little, most of her life had been spent at a constant distance
    from it. Los Angeles, San Francisco, Europe, and a period of
    distracted wandering around South America five years ago
    following the loss of her newly mamed husband, Luke, in a New
    York taxihailing accident.
    She enjoyed the notion that New York was home, and that
    she missed it, but in fact the only thing she really missed was
    pizza. And not just any old pizza, but the sort of pizza they
    brought to your door if you phoned them up and asked them to.
    That was the only real pizza. Pizza that you had to go out and
    sit at a table staring at red paper napkins for wasn't real
    pizza however much extra pepperoni and anchovy they put on it.
    London was the place she liked living in most, apart, of
    course, from the pizza problem, which drove her crazy. Why
    would no one deliver pizza? Why did no one understand that it
    was fundamental to the whole nature of pizza that it amved at
    your front door in a hot cardboard box? That you slithered it
    out of greaseproof paper and ate it in folded slices in front
    of the TV? What was the fundamental flaw in the stupid,
    stuck-up, sluggardly English that they couldn't grasp this
    simple principle? For some odd reason it was the one
    frustration she could never learn simply to live with and
    accept, and about once a month or so she would get very
    depressed, phone a pizza restaurant, order the biggest, most
    lavish pizza she could describe - pizza with an extra pizza on
    it, essentially - and then, sweetly, ask them to deliver it.
    "To what?"
    "Deliver. Let me give you the address - "
    "I don't understand. Aren't you going to come and pick it
    up?"
    "No. Aren't you going to deliver? My address - "
    "Er, we don't do that, miss."
    "Don't do what?"
    "Er, deliver. . ."
    "You don't deliver? Am I hearing you
    correctly... ?"
    The exchange would quickly degenerate into an ugly
    slanging match which would leave her feeling drained and shaky,
    but much, much better the following morning. In all other
    respects she was one of the most sweet-natured people you could
    hope to meet.
    But today was testing her to the limit.
    There had been terrible traffic jams on the motorway, and
    when the distant flash of blue lights made it clear that the
    cause was an accident somewhere ahead of them Kate had become
    more tense and had stared fixedly out of the other window as
    eventually they had crawled past it.
    The taxi-driver had been bad-tempered when at last he had
    dropped her off because she didn't have the right money, and
    there was a lot of disgruntled hunting through tight trouser
    pockets before he was eventually able to find change for her.
    The atmosphere was heavy and thundery and now, standing in the
    middle of the main check-in concourse at Terminal Two, Heathrow
    Airport, she could not find the check-in desk for her flight to
    Oslo.
    She stood very still for a moment, breathing calmly and
    deeply and trying not to think of Jean-Philippe.
    Jean-Philippe was, as the taxi-driver had correctly
    guessed, the reason why she was going to Norway, but was also
    the reason why she was convinced that Norway was not at all a
    good place for her to go. Thinking of him therefore made her
    head oscillate and it seemed best not to think about him at all
    but simply to go to Norway as if that was where she happened to
    be going anyway. She would then be terribly surprised to bump
    into him at whatever hotel it was he had written on the card
    that was tucked into the side pocket of her handbag.
    In fact she would be surprised to find him there anyway.
    What she would be much more likely to find was a message from
    him saying that he had been unexpectedly called away to
    Guatemala, Seoul or Tenerife and that he would call her from
    there. Jean-Philippe was the most continually absent person she
    had ever met. In this he was the culmination of a series. Since
    she had lost Luke to the great yellow Chevrolet she had been
    oddly dependent on the rather vacant emotions that a succession
    of self-absorbed men had inspired in her.
    She tried to shut all this out of her mind, and even shut
    her eyes for a second. She wished that when she opened them
    again there would be a sign in front of her saying "This way
    for Norway" which she could simply follow without needing to
    think about it or anything else ever again. This, she
    reflected, in a continuation of her earlier train of thought,
    was presumably how religions got started, and must be the
    reason why so many sects hang around airports looking for
    converts. They know that people there are at their most
    vulnerable and perplexed, and ready to accept any kind of
    guidance.
    Kate opened her eyes again and was, of course,
    disappointed. But then a second or two later there was a
    momentary parting in a long surging wave of cross Germans in
    inexplicable yellow polo shirts and through it she had a brief
    glimpse of the check-in desk for Oslo. Lugging her garment bag
    on to her shoulder, she made her way towards it.
    There was just one other person before her in the line at
    the desk and he, it turned out, was having trouble or perhaps
    making it.
    He was a large man, impressively large and well-built -
    even expertly built - but he was also definitely odd-looking in
    a way that Kate couldn't quite deal with. She couldn't even say
    what it was that was odd about him, only that she was
    immediately inclined not to include him on her list of things
    to think about at the moment. She remembered reading an article
    which had explained that the central processing unit of the
    human brain only had seven memory registers, which meant that
    if you had seven things in your mind at the same time and then
    thought of something else, orte of the other seven would
    instantly drop out.
    In quick succession she thought about whether or not she
    was likely to catch the plane, about whether it was just her
    imagination that the day was a particularly bloody one, about
    airline staff who smile charmingly and are breathtakingly rude,
    about Duty Free shops which are able to charge much lower
    prices than ordinary shops but - mysteriously - don't, about
    whether or not she felt a magazine article about airports
    coming on which might help pay for the trip, about whether her
    garment bag would hurt less on her other shoulder and finally,
    in spite of all her intentions to the contrary, about
    Jean-Philippe, who was another set of at lest seven subtopics
    all to himself.
    The man standing arguing in front of her popped right out
    of her mind.
    It was only the announcement on the airport Tannoy of the
    last call for her flight to Oslo which forced her attention
    back to the situation in front of her.
    The large man was making trouble about the fact that he
    hadn't been given a first class seat reservation. It had just
    transpired that the reason for this was that he didn't in fact
    have a first class ticket.
    Kate's spirits sank to the very bottom of her being and
    began to prowl around there making a low growling noise.
    It now transpired that the man in front of her didn't
    actually have a ticket at all, and the argument then began to
    range freely and angrily over such topics as the physical
    appearance of the airline :heck-in girl, her qualities as a
    person, theories about her ancestors, speculations as to what
    surprises the future might have in store for her and the
    airline for which she worked, and finally lit by chance on the
    happy subject of the man's credit card.
    He didn't have one.
    Further discussions ensued, and had to do with cheques,
    and why the airline did not accept them.
    Kate took a long, slow, murderous look at her watch.
    "Excuse me," she said, interrupting the transactions. "Is
    this going to take long? I have to catch the Oslo flight."
    "I'm just dealing with this gentleman," said the girl,
    "I'll be with you in just one second."
    Kate nodded, and politely allowed just one second to go
    by.
    "It's just that the flight's about to leave," she said
    then. "I have one bag, I have my ticket, I have a reservation.
    It'll take about thirty seconds. I hate to interrupt, but I'd
    hate even more to miss my flight for the sake of thirty
    seconds. That's thirty actual seconds, not thirty `just one'
    seconds, which could keep us here all night."
    The check-in girl turned the full glare on her lipgloss on
    to Kate, but before she could speak the large blond man looked
    round, and the effect of his face was a little disconcerting.
    "I, too," he said in a slow, angry Nordic voice, "wish to
    fly to Oslo."
    Kate stared at him. He looked thoroughly out of place in
    an airport, or rather, the airport looked thoroughly out of
    place around him.
    "Well," she said, "the way we're stacked up at the moment
    it looks like neither of us is going to make it. Can we just
    sort this one out? What's the hold-up?"
    The check-in girl smiled her charming, dead smile and
    said, "The airline does not accept cheques, as a matter of
    company policy."
    "Well I do," said Kate, slapping down her own credit card.
    "Charge the gentleman's ticket to this, and I'll take a cheque
    from him.
    "OK?" she added to the big man, who was looking at her
    with slow surprise. His eyes were large and blue and conveyed
    the impression that they had looked at a lot of glaciers in
    their time. They were extraordinarily arrogant and also
    muddled.
    "OK?" she repeated briskly. "My name is Kate Schechter.
    Two `c's, two `h's, two `e's and also a `t', an `r' and an `s'.
    Provided they're all there the bank won't be fussy about the
    order they come in. They never seem to know themselves."
    The man very slowly inclined his head a little towards her
    in a rough bow of acknowledgement. He thanked her for her
    kindness, courtesy and some Norwegian word that was lost on
    her, said that it was a long while since he had encountered
    anything of the kind, that she was a woman of spirit and some
    other Norwegian word, and that he was indebted to her. He also
    added, as an afterthought, that he had no cheque-book.
    "Right!" said Kate, determined not to be deflected from
    her course. She fished in her handbag for a piece of paper,
    took a pen from the check-in counter, scribbled on the paper
    and thrust it at him.
    "That's my address," she said, "send me the money. Hock
    your fur coat if you have to. Just send it me. OK? I'm taking a
    flyer on trusting you."
    The big man took the scrap of paper, read the few words on
    it with immense slowness, then folded it with elaborate care
    and put it into the pocket of his coat. Again he bowed to her
    very slightly.
    Kate suddenly realised that the check-in girl was silently
    waiting for her pen back to fill in the credit card form. She
    pushed it back at her in annoyance, handed over her own ticket
    and imposed on herself an icy calm.
    The airport Tannoy announced the departure of their
    flight.
    "May I see your passports, please?" said the girl
    unhunriedly.
    Kate handed hers over, but the big man didn't have one.
    "You what?" exclaimed Kate. The airline girl simply
    stopped moving at all and stared quietly at a random point on
    her desk waiting for someone else to make a move. It wasn't her
    problem.
    The man repeated angrily that he didn't have a passport.
    He shouted it and banged his fist on the counter so hard that
    it was slightly dented by the force of the blow.
    Kate picked up her ticket, her passport and her credit
    card and hoisted her garment bag back up on to her shoulder.
    "This is when I get off," she said, and simply walked
    away. She felt that she had made every effort a human being
    could possibly be expected to make to catch her plane, but that
    it was not to be. She would send a message to Jean-Philippe
    saying that she could not be there, and it would probably sit
    in a slot next to his message to her saying why he could not be
    there either. For once they would be equally absent.
    For the time being she would go and cool off. She set off
    in search of first a newspaper and then some coffee, and by
    dint of following the appropriate signs was unable to locate
    either. She was then unable to find a working phone from which
    to send a message, and decided to give up on the airport
    altogether. Just get out, she told herself, find a taxi, and go
    back home.
    She threaded her way back across the check-in concourse,
    and had almost made it to the exit when she happened to glance
    back at the check-in desk that had defeated her, and was just
    in time to see it shoot up through the roof engulfed in a ball
    of orange flame.
    As she lay beneath a pile of rubble, in pain, darkness,
    and choking dust, trying to find sensation in her limbs, she
    was at least relieved to be able to think that she hadn't
    merely been imagining that this was a bad day. So thinking, she
    passed out.
    Es el sonido de su mundo derrumbándose/Es el del nuestro resurgiendo
    El día que fue el día, era noche/Y noche será el día que será el día

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    Ta 2 Rosicrucian Manifestos, olakiera (copy paste apo .pdf).

    The Rosicrucian Manifestos
    Fama Fraternitatis
    and
    Confessio Fraternitatis
    Emperor Norton Books
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    2000
    The Rosicrucian Manifestos: Fama Fraternitatis and Confessio Fraternitatis
    Originally published anonymously in 1615 and 1616. The contents of this document
    are not under copyright in any domain.
    Acrobat Edition prepared by Benjamin Rowe, completed October 13, 2000.
    Typeset in Bembo and Minion Display.
    Fama F ra t e r n i t a t i s

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    To t h e Wi s e a n d Un d e r s ta n d i n g Re a d e r.
    Wisdom (saith Solomon) is to a man an infinite Treasure, for she is the
    Breath of the Power of God, and a pure Influence that floweth from the
    Glory of the Almighty; she is the Brightness of Eternal Light, and an undefiled
    Mirror of the Majesty of God, and an Image of his Goodness; she teacheth
    us Soberness and Prudence, Righteousness and Strength; she
    understands the Subtilty of words, and Solution of dark sentences; she foreknoweth
    Signs and Wonders, and what shall happen in time to come; with
    this Treasure was our first Father Adam fully endued: Hence it doth appear,
    that after God had brought before him all the Creatures of the Field, and
    the Fowls under Heaven, he gave to every one of them their proper names,
    according to their nature.
    Although now through the sorrowful fall into sin this excellent Jewel
    Wisdom hath been lost, and meer Darkness and Ignorance is come into the
    World, yet notwithstanding hath the Lord God sometimes hitherto
    bestowed, and made manifest the same, to some of his Friends: For the wise
    King Solomon doth testifie of himself, that he upon earnest prayer and
    desire did get and obtain such Wisdom of God, that thereby he knew how
    the World was created, thereby he understood the Nature of the Elements,
    also the time, beginning, middle and end, the increase and decrease, the
    change of times through the whole Year, the Revolution of the Year, and
    Ordinance of the Stars; he understood also the properties of tame and wilde
    Beasts, the cause of the raigning of the Winds, and minds and intents of
    men, all sorts and natures of Plants, vertues of Roots, and others, was not
    unknown to him. Now I do not think that there can be found any one
    who would not wish and desire with all his heart to be a Partaker of this
    noble Treasure; but seeing the same Felicity can happen to none, except
    God himself give Wisdom, and send his holy Spirit from above, we have
    therefore set forth in print this little Treatise, to wit, Famam & Confessionem,
    of the Laudable Fraternity of the Rosie Cross, to be read by every
    one, because in them is clearly shewn and discovered, what concerning it
    the World hath to expect.
    Although these things may seem somewhat strange, and many may
    esteem it to be but a Philosophical shew, and no true History, which is
    published and spoken of the Fraternity of the Rosie Cross; it shall here sufficiently
    appear by our Confession, that there is more in recessu then may be
    imagined; and it shall be easily understood, and observed by every one (if
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    he be not altogether voyd of understanding) what now adays, and at these
    times, is meant thereby.
    Those who are true Disciples of Wisdom, and true Followers of the
    Spherical Art, will consider better of these things, and have them in greater
    estimation, as also judge far otherwise of them, as hath been done by some
    principal Persons, but especially of Adam Haselmeyer, Notarius Publicus to
    the Arch Duke Maximilian, who likewise hath made an Extract ex scriptis
    Theologicis Theophrasti, and written a Treatise under the Title of Jesuiter,
    wherein he willeth, that every Christian should be a true Jesuit, that is, to
    walk, live, be, and remain in Jesus: He was but ill rewarded of the Jesuits,
    because in his answer written upon the Famam, he did name those of the
    Fraternity of the Rosie Cross, The highly illuminated men, and undeceiving
    Jesuits; for they not able to brook this, layd hands on him, and put him
    into the Galleis, for which they likewise have to expect their reward.
    Blessed Aurora will now henceforth begin to appear, who (after the
    passing away of the dark Night of Saturn) with her Brightness altogether
    extinguisheth the shining of the Moon, or the small Sparks of Heavenly
    Wisdom, which yet remaineth with men, and is a Forerunner of pleasant
    Phebus, who with his clear and fiery glistering Beams brings forth that
    blessed Day, long wished for, of many true-hearted; by which Day-light
    then shall truly be known, and shall be seen all heavenly Treasures of godly
    Wisdom, as also the Secrets of all hidden and unvisible things in the World,
    according to the Doctrine of our Forefathers, and ancient Wisemen.
    This will be the right kingly Ruby, and most excellent shining Carbuncle,
    of the which it is said, That he doth shine and give light in darkness,
    and to be a perfect Medicine of all imperfect Bodies, and to change them
    into the best Gold, and to cure all Diseases of Men, easing them of all pains
    and miseries.
    Be therefore, gentle Reader, admonished, that with me you do earnestly
    pray to God, that it please him to open the hearts and ears of all ill hearing
    people, and to grant unto them his blessing, that they may be able to know
    him in his Omnipotency, with admiring contemplation of Nature, to his
    honour and praise, and to the love, help, comfort and strengthening of our
    Neighbors, and to the restoring of all the diseased.
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    Fama Fra t e rni t a t i s ,
    o r,
    A Di s c ov e r y o f t h e Fra t e rni t y o f t h e mo s t l aud a b l e
    Orde r o f t h e Ro s y C r o s s .
    Seeing the only Wise and Merciful God in these latter days hath poured out
    so richly his mercy and goodness to Mankind, whereby we do attain more
    and more to the perfect knowledge of his Son Jesus Christ and Nature, that
    justly we may boast of the happy time, wherein there is not only discovered
    unto us the half part of the World, which was heretofore unknown & hidden,
    but he hath also made manifest unto us many wonderful, and neverheretofore
    seen, Works and Creatures of Nature, and moreover hath raised
    men, indued with great Wisdom, which might partly renew and reduce all
    Arts (in this our Age spotted and imperfect) to perfection; so that finally
    Man might thereby understand his own Nobleness and Worth, and why he
    is called Microcosmus, and how far his knowledge extendeth in Nature.
    Although the rude World herewith will be but little pleased, but rather
    smile and scoff thereat; also the Pride and Covetousness of the Learned is so
    great, it will not suffer them to agree together; but were they united, they
    might out of all those things which in this our Age God doth so richly
    bestow upon us, collect Librum Naturae, or a perfect Method of all Arts: but
    such is their opposition, that they still keep, and are loth to leave the old
    course, esteeming Porphiry, Aristotle, and Galen, yea and that which hath
    but a meer shew of learning, more then the clear and manifested Light and
    Truth; who if they were now living, with much joy would leave their erroneous
    Doctrines. But here is too great weaknesses for such a great Work:
    And although in Theologie, Physic, and the Mathematic, the Truth doth
    oppose it self; nevertheless the old Enemy by his subtilty and craft doth
    shew himself in hindering every good purpose by his Instruments and contentious
    wavering people. To such an intent of a general Reformation, the
    most godly and highly illuminated Father, our Brother, C.R. a German,
    the chief and original of our Fraternity, hath much and long time laboured,
    who by reason of his poverty (although descended of Noble Parents) in the
    fifth year of his age was placed in a Cloyster, where he had learned indifferently
    the Greek and Latin Tongues, who (upon his earnest desire and
    request) being yet in his growing years, was associated to a Brother, P.A.L.
    who had determined to go to the Holy Land.
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    Although this Brother dyed in Ciprus, and so never came to Jerusalem,
    yet our Brother C.R. did not return, but shipped himself over, and went to
    Damasco, minding from thence to go to Jerusalem; but by reason of the
    feebleness of his body he remained still there, and by his skill in Physick he
    obtained much favour with the Turks: In the mean time he became by
    chance acquainted with the Wise men of Damasco in Arabia, and beheld
    what great Wonders they wrought, and how Nature was discovered unto
    them; hereby was that high and noble Spirit of Brother C.R. so stired up,
    that Jerusalem was not so much now in his mind as Damasco; also he could
    not bridle his desires any longer, but made a bargain with the Arabians, that
    they should carry him for a certain sum of money to Damasco; he was but
    of the age of sixteen years when he came thither, yet of a strong Dutch
    constitution; there the Wise received him (as he himself witnessseth) not as
    a stranger, but as one whom they had long expected, they called him by his
    name, and shewed him other secrets out of his Cloyster, whereat he could
    not but mightily wonder: He learned there better the Arabian Tongue; so
    that the year following he translated the Book M. into good Latin, which
    he afterwards brought with him. This is the place where he did learn his
    Physick, and his Mathematicks, whereof the World hath just cause to
    rejoyce, if there were more Love, and less Envy. After three years he
    returned again with good consent, shipped himself over Sinus Arabicus into
    Egypt, where he remained not long, but only took better notice there of
    the Plants and Creatures; he sailed over the whole Mediterranean Sea for to
    come unto Fez, where the Arabians had directed him. And it is a great
    shame unto us, that wise men, so far remote th’one from th’other, should
    not only be of one opinion, hating all contentious Writings, but also be so
    willing and ready under the seal of secrecy to impart their secrets to others.
    Every year the Arabians and Affricans do send one to another, inquiring
    one of another out of their Arts, if happily they had found out some better
    things, or if Experience had weakened their Reasons. Yearly there came
    something to light, whereby the Mathematica, Physic and Magic (for in
    those are they of Fez most skilful) were amended; as there is now adays in
    Germany no want of learned Men, Magicians, Cabalists, Physicians, and
    Philosophers, were there but more love and kindness among them, or that
    the most part of them would not keep their secrets close only to themselves.
    At Fez he did get acquaintance with those which are commonly
    called the Elementary Inhabitants, who revealed unto him many of their
    secrets: As we Germans likewise might gather together many things, if there
    were the like unity, and desire of searching out of secrets amongst us.
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    Of these of Fez he often did confess, that their Magia was not altogether
    pure, and also that their Cabala was defiled with their Religion; but notwithstanding
    he knew how to make good use of the same, and found still
    more better grounds of his Faith, altogether agreeable with the Harmony of
    the whole World, and wonderfully impressed in all Periods of times, and
    thence proceedeth that fair Concord, that as in every several kernel is contained
    a whole good tree or fruit, so likewise is included in the little body
    of Man the whole great World, whose Religion, policy, health, members,
    nature, language, words and works, are agreeing, sympathizing, and in
    equal tune and melody with God, Heaven and Earth; and that which is disagreeing
    with them, is error, falsehood and of the Devil, who alone is the
    first, middle, and last cause of strife, blindness, and darkness in the World:
    Also, might one examine all and several persons upon the Earth, he should
    find that which is good and right, is always agreeing with it self; but all the
    rest is spotted with a thousand erroneous conceits.
    After two years Brother R.C. departed the City Fez, and sailed with
    many costly things into Spain, hoping well, he himself had so well and so
    profitably spent his time in his travel, that the learned in Europe would
    highly rejoyce with him, and begin to rule, and order all their Studies,
    according to those sound and sure Foundations. He therefore conferred
    with the Learned in Spain, shewing unto them the Errors of our Arts, and
    how they might be corrected, and from whence they should gather the true
    Inditia of the Times to come, and wherein they ought to agree with those
    things that are past; also how the faults of the Church and the whole Philosopia
    Moralis was to be amended: He shewed them new Growths, new
    Fruits, and Beasts, which did concord with old Philosophy, and prescribed
    them new Axiomata, whereby all things might fully be restored: But it was
    to them a laughing matter; and being a new thing unto them, they feared
    that their great Name should be lessened, if they should now again begin to
    learn and acknowledg their many years Errors, to which they were accustomed,
    and wherewith they had gained them enough: Who so loveth
    unquietness, let him be reformed.
    The same Song was also sang to him by other Nations, the which moved
    him the more (because it happened to him contrary to his expectation,)
    being then ready bountifully to impart all his Arts and Secrets to the
    Learned, if they would have but undertaken to write the true and infallible
    Axiomata, out of all Faculties, Sciences and Arts, and whole Nature, as that
    which he knew would direct them, like a Globe, or Circle, to the onely
    middle Point, and Centrum, and (as it is usual among the Arabians) it
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    should onely serve to the wise and learned for a Rule, that also there might
    be a Society in Europe, which might have Gold, Silver, and precious
    Stones, sufficient for to bestow them on Kings, for their necessary uses, and
    lawful purposes: with which such as be Governors might be brought up, for
    to learn all that which God hath suffered Man to know, and thereby to be
    enabled in all times of need to give their counsel unto those that seek it,
    like the Heathen Oracles: Verily we must confess that the world in those
    days was already big with those great Commotions, laboring to be delivered
    of them; and did bring forth painful, worthy men, who brake with all force
    through Darkness and Barbarism, and left us who succeeded to follow
    them: and assuredly they have been the uppermost point in Trygono igneo,
    whose flame now should be more and more brighter, and shall undoubtedly
    give to the World the last Light.
    Such a one likewise hath Theophrastus been in Vocation and Callings,
    although he was none of our Fraternity, yet nevertheless hath he diligently
    read over the Book M: whereby his sharp ingenium was exalted; but this
    man was also hindered in his course by the multitude of the learned and
    wise-seeming men, that he was never able peaceably to confer with others
    of his Knowledg and Understanding he had of Nature. And therefore in his
    writing he rather mocked these busie bodies, and doth not shew them altogether
    what he was: yet nevertheless there is found with him well grounded
    the aforenamed Harmonia, which without doubt he had imparted to the
    Learned, if he had not found them rather worthy of subtil vexation, then to
    be instructed in greater Arts and Sciences; he then with a free and careless
    life lost his time, and left unto the World their foolish pleasures.
    But that we do not forget our loving Father, Brother C.R. he after many
    painful Travels, and his fruitless true Instructions, returned again into Germany,
    the which he (by reason of the alterations which were shortly to
    come, and of the strange and dangerous contentions) heartily loved: There,
    although he could have bragged with his Art, but specially of the transmutations
    of Metals; yet did he esteem more Heaven, and the Citizens thereof,
    Man, then all vain glory and pomp.
    Nevertheless he builded a fitting and neat inhabitation, in the which he
    ruminated his Voyage, and Philosophy, and reduced them together in a true
    Memorial. In this house he spent a great time in the Mathematicks, and
    made many fine Instruments, ex omnibus hujus artis partibus, whereof there is
    but little remaining to us, as hereafter you shall understand. After five years
    came again into his mind the wished for Reformation; and in regard he
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    doubted of the ayd and help of others, although he himself was painful,
    lusty, and unwearisom, he undertook, with some few adjoyned with him,
    to attempt the same: wherefore he desired to that end, to have out of his
    first Cloyster (to the which he bare a great affection) three of his Brethren,
    Brother G.V. Brother J.A. and Brother J.O. who besides that, they had some
    more knowledg in the Arts, then at that time many others had, he did
    binde those three unto himself, to be faithful, diligent, and secret; as also to
    commit carefully to writing, all that which he should direct and instruct
    them in, to the end that those which were to come, and through especial
    Revelation should be received into this Fraternity, might not be deceived of
    the least sillable and word.
    After this manner began the Fraternity of the Rosie Cross; first, by four
    persons onely, and by them was made the Magical Language and writing,
    with a large Dictionary, which we yet dayly use to Gods praise and glory,
    and do finde great wisdom therein; they made also the first part of the
    Book M: but in respect that the labor was too heavy, and the unspeakable
    concourse of the sick hindred them, and also whilst his new building (called
    Sancti spiritus) was now finished, they concluded to draw and receive yet
    others more into their Fraternity; to this end was chosen brother R.C. his
    deceased fathers brothers son, brother B. a skilful Painter, G. and P.D. their
    Secretary, all Germains except J.A. so in all they were eight in number, all
    batchelors and of vowed virginity, by those was collected a book or volumn
    of all that which man can desire, wish, or hope for.
    Although we do now freely confess, that the World is much amended
    within an hundred years, yet we are assured, that our Axiomata shall
    unmovably remain unto the Worlds End, and also the world in her highest
    and last Age shall not attain to see any thing else; for our Rota takes her
    beginning from that day when God spake Fiat, and shall end when he shall
    speak Pereat; yet Gods Clock striketh every minute, where ours scarce
    striketh perfect hours. We also stedfastly beleeve, that if our Brethren and
    Fathers had lived in this our present and clear light, they would more
    roughly have handled the Pope, Mahomet, Scribes, Artists, and Sophisters,
    and had shewed themselves more helpful, not simply with sighs, and wishing
    of their end and consummation.
    When now these eight Brethren had disposed and ordered all things in
    such manner, as there was not now need of any great labour, and also that
    every one was sufficiently instructed, and able perfectly to discourse of
    secret and manifest Philosophy, they would not remain any longer together,
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    but as in the beginning they had agreed, they separated themselves into several
    Countries, because that not only their Axiomata might in secret be
    more profoundly examined by the learned, but that they themselves, if in
    some Country or other they observed anything, or perceived some Error,
    they might inform one another of it.
    Their agreement was this: First, That none of them should profess any
    other thing, then to cure the sick, and that gratis. 2. None of the Posterity
    should be constrained to wear one certain kind of habit, but therein to follow
    the custom of the Country. 3. That every year upon the day C. they
    should meet together at the house S. Spiritus, or to write the cause of his
    absence. 4. Every Brother should look out for a worthy person, who after
    his discease might succeed him. 5. The word C.R. should be their Seal,
    Mark, and Character. 6. The Fraternity should remain secret one hundred
    years. These six Articles they bound themselves one to another to keep; and
    five of the Brethren departed, only the Brethren B. and D. remained with
    the Father Fra: R.C. a whole year; when these likewise departed, then
    remained by him his Cousen and Brother J.O. so that he hath all the days of
    his life with him two of his Brethren. And although that as yet the Church
    was not cleansed, nevertheless we know that they did think of her, and with
    what longing desire they looked for: Every year they assembled together
    with joy, and made a full resolution of that which they had done; there
    must certainly have been great pleasure, to hear truly and without invention
    related and rehearsed all the Wonders which God hath poured out here and
    there through the World. Every one may hold it out for certain, that such
    persons as were sent, and joined together by God, and the Heavens, and
    chosen out of the wisest of men, as have lived in many Ages, did live
    together above all others in highest Unity, greatest Secrecy, and most kindness
    one towards another.
    After such a most laudable sort they did spend their lives; and although
    they were free from all diseases and pain, yet notwithstanding they could
    not live and pass their time appointed of God. The first of this Fraternity
    which dyed, and that in England, was J.O. as Brother C. long before had
    foretold him; he was very expert, and well learned in Cabala, as his Book
    called H. witnesseth: In England he is much spoken of, and chiefly because
    he cured a young Earl of Norfolk of the Leprosie. They had concluded,
    that as much as possibly could be their burial place should be kept secret, as
    at this day it is not known unto us what is become of some of them, yet
    every ones place was supplyed with a fit successor; but this we wil confesse
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    publickly by these presents to the honour of God, That what secret soever
    we have learned out of the book M. (although before our eyes we behold
    the image and pattern of all the world) yet are there not shewn unto us our
    misfortunes, nor hour of death, the which only is known to God himself,
    who thereby would have us keep in a continual readiness; but hereof more
    in our Confession, where we do set down 37 Reasons wherefore we now
    do make known our Fraternity, and proffer such high Mysteries freely, and
    without constraint and reward: also we do promise more gold then both
    the Indies bring to the King of Spain; for Europe is with child and will
    bring forth a strong child, who shall stand in need of a great godfathers gift.
    After the death of J.O. Brother R.C. rested not, but as soon as he could,
    called the rest together, (and as we suppose) then his grave was made;
    although hitherto we (who were the latest) did not know when our loving
    father R.C. died, and had no more but the bare names of the beginners,
    and all their successors to us; yet there came into our memory, a secret,
    which through dark and hidden words, and speeches of the 100 years,
    brother A. the successor of D. (who was of the last and second row and succession),
    and had lived amongst many of us,) did impart unto us of the third
    row and succession; otherwise we must confess, that after the death of the
    said A. none of us had in any manner known anything of Brother R.C. and
    of his first fellow-brethren, then that which was extant of them in our
    Philosophical Bibliotheca, amongst which our Axiomata was held for the
    chiefest Rota Mundi, for the most artificial, and Protheus the most profitable.
    Likewise we do not certainly know if these of the second row have
    been of the like wisdom as the first, and if they were admitted to all things.
    It shall be declared hereafter to the gentle Reader, not onely what we have
    heard of the burial of R.C. but also made manifest publickly by the foresight,
    sufferance and commandement of God, whom we most faithfully
    obey, that if we shall be answered discreetly and Christian-like, we will not
    be afraid to set forth publickly in Print, our names, and sirnames, our
    meetings, or any thing else that may be required at our hands.
    Now the true and fundamental relation of the finding out of the high
    illuminated man of God, Fra: C.R.C. is this; After that A. in Gallia Narbonensi
    was deceased, then suceeded in his place, our loving Brother N.N.
    this man after he had repaired unto us to take the solemn oath of fidelity
    and scerecy, he informed us bona fide, That A. had comforted him in telling
    him, that this Fraternity should ere long not remain so hidden, but
    should be to all the whole German Nation helpful, needful, and com-
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    mendable; of the which he was not in any wise in his estate ashamed of.
    The year following after he had performed his School right, and was
    minded now to travel, being for that purpose sufficiently provided with
    Fortunatus purse, he thought (he being a good Architect) to alter something
    of his building, and to make it more fit: in such renewing he lighted
    upon the memorial Table which was cast of brasse, and containeth all the
    names of the brethren, with some few other things; this he would transfer
    in another more fitting vault: for where or when Fra: R.C. died, or in what
    country he was buried, was by our predecessors concealed and unknown
    unto us. In this Table stuck a great naile somewhat strong, so that when he
    was with force drawn out, he took with him an indifferent big stone out of
    the thin wall, or plaistering of the hidden door, and so unlooked for uncovered
    the door; wherefore we did with joy and longing throw down the rest
    of the wall, and cleared the door, upon which that was written in great letters,
    Post 120 annos patebo, with the year of the Lord under it: therefore we
    gave God thanks and let it rest that same night, because first we would
    overlook our Rotam; but we refer our selves again to the confession, for
    what we here publish is done for the help of those that are worthy, but to
    the unworthy (God willing) it will be small profit: For like as our door was
    after so many years wonderfully discovered, also there shall be opened a
    door to Europe (when the wall is removed) which already doth begin to
    appear, and with great desire is expected of many.
    In the morning following we opened the door, and there appeared to
    our sight a Vault of seven sides and corners, every side five foot broad, and
    the height of eight foot; Although the Sun never shined in this Vault, nevertheless
    it was enlightened with another sun, which had learned this from
    the Sun, and was situated in the upper part in the Center of the sieling; in
    the midst, in stead of a Tomb-stone, was a round Altar covered over with a
    plate of brass, and thereon this engraven:
    A.C. R.C. Hoc universi compendium unius mihi sepulchrum feci.
    Round about the first Circle or Brim stood,
    Jesus mihi omnia.
    In the middle were four figures, inclosed in circles, whose circumscription
    was,
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    1. Nequaquam vacuum.
    2. Legis Jugum.
    3. Libertas Evangelij.
    4. Dei gloria intacta.
    This is all clear and bright, as also the seventh side and the two Heptagoni:
    so we kneeled altogether down, and gave thanks to the sole wise, sole
    mighty, and sole eternal God, who hath taught us more then all mens wit
    could have found out, praised be his holy name. This Vault we parted in
    three parts, the upper part or sieling, the wall or side, the ground or floor.
    Of the upper part you shall understand no more of it at this time, but
    that it was divided according to the seven sides in the triangle, which was in
    the bright center; but what therein is contained, you shall God willing (that
    are desirous of our society) behold the same with your own eys; but every
    side or wall is parted into ten squares, every one with their several figures
    and sentences, as they are truly shewed, and set forth Concentratum here in
    our book.
    The bottom again is parted in the triangle, but because therein is discribed
    the power and rule of the inferior Governors, we leave to manifest
    the same, for fear of the abuse by the evil and ungodly world. But those
    that are provided and stored with the heavenly Antidote, they do without
    fear or hurt, tread on, and bruise the head of the old and evil serpent,
    which this our age is well fitted for: every side or wall had a door for a
    chest, wherein there lay diverse things, especially all our books, which otherwise
    we had, besides the Vocabular of Theoph: Par. Ho. and these which
    daily unfalsifieth we do participate. Herein also we found his Itinerarium,
    and vitam, whence this relation for the most part is taken. In another chest
    were looking-glasses of divers virtues, as also in other places were little bells,
    burning lamps, & chiefly wonderful artificial Songs; generally all done to
    that end, that if it should happen after many hundred years, the Order or
    Fraternity should come to nothing, they might by this onely Vault be
    restored again.
    Now as yet we had not seen the dead body of our careful and wise
    father, we therfore removed the Altar aside, there we lifted up a strong plate
    of brass, and found a fair and worthy body, whole and unconsumed, as the
    same is here lively counterfeited, with all the Ornaments and Attires; in his
    hand he held a parchment book, called I. the which next to the Bible, is
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    our greatest treasure, which ought to be delivered to the censure of the
    world. At the end of this book standeth this following Elogium.
    Granum pectori Jesu insitum.
    C. Ros. C. ex nobili atque splendida Germaniae R.C. familia oriundus,
    vir sui seculi divinis revelationibus subtilissimis imaginationibus,
    indefessis laboribus ad coelestia, atque humana
    mysteria; arcanave admissus postquam suam (quam Arabico, &
    Africano itineribus Collegerat) plusquam regiam, atque imperatoriam
    Gazam suo seculo nondum convenientem, posteritati
    eruendam custo divisset et jam suarum Artium, ut et nominis,
    fides acconjunctissimos herides instituisset, mundum minutum
    omnibus motibus magno illi respondentem fabricasset hocque
    tandem preteritarum, praesentium, et futurarum, rerum compendio
    extracto, centenario major non morbo (quem ipse nunquam
    corpore expertus erat, nunquam alios infestare sinebat) ullo pellente
    sed spiritu Dei evocante, illuminatam animam (inter Fratrum
    amplexus et ultima oscula) fidelissimo creatori Deo
    reddidisset, Pater dilectissimus, Fra: suavissimus, praeceptor fidelissimus
    amicus integerimus, a suis ad 120 annos hic absconditus
    est.
    Underneath they had subscribed themselves,
    1. Fra: I.A. Fr.C.H. electione Fraternitatis caput.
    2. Fr: G.V. M.P.C.
    3. Fra: R.C. Iunior haeres S. spiritus.
    4. Fra: B.M. P.A. Pictor et Architectus.
    5. Fr: G.G. M.P.I. Cabalista.
    Secundi Circuli.
    1. Fra: P.A. Successor, Fr: I.O. Mathematicus.
    2. Fra: A. Successor, Fra. P.D.
    3. Fra: R. Successor patris C.R.C. cum Christo triumphant.
    At the end was written :-
    Ex Deo Nascimur, in Jesu morimur, per spiritum sanctum reviviscimus.
    
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    At that time was already dead Brother I.O. and Fra: D. but their burial
    place where is it to be found? we doubt not but our Fra: Senior hath the
    same, and some especial thing layd in Earth, and perhaps likewise hidden:
    we also hope that this our Example will stir up others more diligently to
    enquire after their names (whom we have therefore published) and to
    search for the place of their burial; for the most part of them, by reason of
    their practice and physick, are yet known, and praised among very old
    folks; so might perhaps our Gaza be enlarged, or at least be better cleared.
    Concerning Minitum Mundum, we found it kept in another little Altar,
    truly more finer than can be imagined by any understanding man; but we
    will leave him undescribed, untill we shal truly be answered upon this our
    true hearted Famam; and so we have covered it again with the plates, and
    set the altar thereon, shut the door, and made it sure, with all our seals;
    besides by instruction and command of our Rota, there are come to sight
    some books, among which is contained M. (which were made in stead of
    household care by the praise-worthy M.P.) Finally we departed the one
    from the other, and left the natural heirs in possession of our Jewels. And so
    we do expect the answer and judgment of the learned, or unlearned.
    Howbeit we know after a time there will now be a general reformation,
    both of divine and humane things, according to our desire, and the expectation
    of others: for it is fitting, that before the rising of the Sun, there
    should appear and break forth Aurora, or some clearness, or divine light in
    the sky; and so in the mean time some few, which shall give their names,
    may joyn together, thereby to increase the number and respect of our Fraternity,
    and make a happy and wished for beginning of our Philosophical
    Canons, prescribed to us by our brother R.C. and be partakers with us of
    our treasures (which never can fail or be wasted) in all humility, and love to
    be eased of this worlds labor, and not walk so blindly in the knowledge of
    the wonderful works of God.
    But that also every Christian may know of what Religion and belief we
    are, we confess to have the knowledge of Jesus Christ (as the same now in
    these last days, and chiefly in Germany, most clear and pure is professed,
    and is now adays cleansed and voyd of all swerving people, Hereticks, and
    false Prophets,) in certain and noted Countries maintained, defended and
    propagated: Also we use two Sacraments, as they are instituted with all
    Forms and Ceremonies of the first renewed Church. In Politia we
    acknowledge the Roman Empire and Quartam Monarchiam for our
    Christian head; albeit we know what alterations be at hand, and would fain
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    impart the same with all our hearts, to other godly learned men; notwithstanding
    our hand-writing which is in our hands, no man (except God
    alone) can make it common, nor any unworthy person is able to bereave us
    of it. But we shall help with secret aid this so good a cause, as God shal permit
    or hinder us: For our God is not blinde, as the Heathens Fortuna, but is
    the Churches Ornament, and the honor of the Temple. Our Philosophy
    also is not a new Invention, but as Adam after his fall hath received it, and
    as Moses and Solomon used it: also she ought not much to be doubted of,
    or contradicted by other opinions, or meanings; but seeing the truth is
    peaceable, brief, and always like herself in all things, and especially accorded
    by with Jesus in omni parte and all members. And as he is the true Image of
    the Father, so is she his Image; It shall not be said, this is true according to
    Philosophy, but true according to Theologie; And wherein Plato, Aristotle,
    Pythagoras and others did hit the mark, and wherein Enoch, Abraham,
    Moses, Solomon did excel; but especially wherewith that wonderful book
    the Bible agreeth. All that same concurreth together, and make a Sphere or
    Globe, whose total parts are equidistant from the Center, as hereof more at
    large and more plain shal be spoken of in Christianly Conference.
    But now concerning (and chiefly in this our age) the ungodly and
    accursed Gold-making, which hath gotten so much the upper hand,
    whereby under colour of it, many runagates and roguish people do use
    great villanies, and cozen and abuse the credit, which is given them: yea
    now adays men of discretion do hold the transmutation of Mettals to be the
    highest point, and fastigium in Philosophy, this is all their intent, and desire,
    and that God would be most esteemed by them, and honored, which could
    make great store of Gold, and in abundance, the which with unpremeditate
    prayers, they hope to attain of the alknowing God, and searcher of all
    hearts: we therefore do by these presents publickly testifie, That the true
    Philosophers are far of another minde, esteeming little the making of Gold,
    which is but a parergon; for besides that they have a thousand better things.
    And we say with our loving Father R.C.C. Phy: aureum nisi quantum
    aurum, for unto them the whole nature is detected: he doth not rejoyce,
    that he can make Gold, and that, as saith Christ, the devils are obedient
    unto him; but is glad that he seeth the Heavens open, and the Angels of
    God ascending and descending, and his name written in the book of life.
    Also we do testifie that under the name of Chymia many books and pictures
    are set forth in Contumeliam gloriae Dei, as we wil name them in
    their due season, and wil give to the pure-hearted a Catalogue, or Register
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    of them: And we pray all learned men to take heed of these kinde of
    Books; for the enemy never resteth, but soweth his weeds, til a stronger one
    doth root it out. So according to the wil and meaning of Fra: C.R.C. we
    his brethren request again all the learned in Europe, who shal read (sent
    forth in five languages) this our Famam and Confessionem, that it would
    please them with good deliberation to ponder this our offer, and to examine
    most nearly and most sharply their Arts, and behold the present time
    with all diligence, and to declare their minde, either Cummunicate consilio,
    or singulatim by Print.
    And although at this time we make no mention either of our names, or
    meetings, yet nevertheless every ones opinion shal assuredly come to our
    hands, in what language so ever it be; nor any body shal fail, who so gives
    but his name to speak with some of us, either by word of mouth, or else if
    there be some lett in writing. And this we say for a truth, That whosoever
    shall earnestly, and from his heart, bear affection unto us, it shal be beneficial
    to him in goods, body and soul; but he that is false-hearted, or onely
    greedy of riches, the same first of all shal not be able in any manner of wise
    to hurt us, but bring him to utter ruine and destruction. Also our building
    (although one hundred thousand people had very near seen and beheld the
    same) shall for ever remain untouched, undestroyed, and hidden to the
    wicked world, sub umbra alarum tuarum Jehova.
      
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    C o n f e s s i o Fra t e rni t a t i s
    o r
    T h e C o n f e s s i o n o f t h e L aud ab l e Fr a t e rni t y o f t h e
    Mo s t Hon o ra bl e Ord e r o f t h e Ro s y C r o s s , Wr i t t e n t o
    Al l t h e L e a rne d o f E u r o p e
    Whatsoever is published, and made known to everyone, concerning our
    Fraternity, by the foresaid Fama, let no man esteem lightly of it, nor hold it
    as an idle or invented thing, and much less receive the same, as though it
    were only a mere conceit of ours. It is the Lord Jehovah (who seeing the
    Lord’s Sabbath is almost at hand, and hastened again, his period or course
    being finished, to his first beginning) doth turn about the course of Nature;
    and what heretofore hath been sought with great pains, and daily labour, is
    now manifested unto those who make small account, or scarcely once think
    upon it; but those which desire it, it is in a manner forced and thrust upon
    them, that thereby the life of the godly may be eased of all their toil and
    labour, and be no more subject to the storms of inconstant Fortune; but the
    wickedness of the ungodly thereby, with their due and deserved punishment,
    be augmented and multiplied.
    Although we cannot be by any suspected of the least heresy, or of any
    wicked beginning, or purpose against the worldly government, we do condemn
    the East and the West (meaning the Pope and Mahomet) blasphemers
    against our Lord Jesus Christ, and offer and present with a good will to the
    chief head of the Roman Empire our prayers, secrets, and great treasures of
    gold.
    Yet we have thought good, and fit for the learned’s sakes, to add somewhat
    more to this, and make a better explanation if there be anything too
    deep, hidden, and set down over dark in the Fama, or for certain reasons
    were altogether omitted, and left out; hoping herewith the learned will be
    more addicted unto us, and be made far more fit and willing for our purpose.
    Concerning the alteration and amendment of Philosophy, we have (as
    much as this present is needful) sufficiently declared, to wit, that the same is
    altogether weak and faulty; yet we doubt not, although the most part falsely
    do allege that she (I know not how) is sound and strong, yet notwithstanding
    she fetches her last breath and is departing.
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    But as commonly, even in the same place or country where there breaketh
    forth a new a unaccustomed disease, Nature also there discovereth a
    medicine against the same; so there doth appear for so manifold infirmities
    of Philosophy the right means, and unto our Patria sufficiently offered,
    whereby she may become sound again, which is now to be renewed and
    altogether new.
    No other Philosophy we have, than that which is the head and sum, the
    foundations and contents of all faculties, sciences, and arts, the which (if we
    will behold our age) containeth much of Theology and medicine, but little
    of the wisdom of the law, and doth diligently search both heaven and earth:
    or, to speak briefly thereof, which doth manifest and declare sufficiently
    Man, whereof all learned who will make themselves known unto us, and
    come into our brotherhood, shall find more wonderful secrets by us than
    heretofore they did attain unto, and did know, or are able to believe or
    utter.
    Wherefore, to declare briefly our meaning hereof, we ought to labour
    carefully that there be not only a wondering at our meeting and adhortation,
    but that likewise everyone may know, that although we do not lightly
    esteem and regard such mysteries and secrets, we nevertheless holde it fit,
    that the knowledge thereof be manifested and revealed to many.
    For it is to be taught and believed, that this our unhoped (for), willing
    offer will raise many and divers thoughts in men, unto whom (as yet) be
    unknown Miranda sexta aetatis, or those which by reason of the course of
    the world, esteem the things to come like unto the present, and are hindered
    through all manner of importunities of this our time, so that they live
    no otherwise in the world, than blind fools, who can, in the clear sun-shine
    day discern and know nothing, than only by feeling.
    Now concerning the first part, we hold this, that the meditations,
    knowledge and inventions of our loving Christian Father (of all that, which
    from the beginning of the world, Man’s wisdom, either through God’s revelation,
    or through the service of the angels and spirits, or through the
    sharpness and depth of understanding, or through long observation, use,
    and experience, hath found out, invented, brought forth, corrected, and till
    now hath been propagated and transplanted) are so excellent, worthy and
    great, that if all books should perish, and by God’s almighty sufferance, all
    writings and all learnings should be lost, yet the posterity will be able only
    thereby to lay a new foundation, and bring truth to light again; the which
    perhaps would not be so hard to do as if one should begin to pull down and
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    destroy the old ruinous building, and then to enlarge the fore court, afterwards
    bring lights into the lodgings, and then change the doors, stair, and
    other things according to our intention.
    But to whom would not this be acceptable, for to be manifested to
    everyone rather that to have it kept and spared, as an especial ornament for
    the appointed time to come?
    Wherefore should we not with all our hearts rest and remain in the only
    truth (which men through so many erroneous and crooked ways do seek) if
    it had only pleased God to lighten unto us the sixth Candelbrium? Were it
    not good that we needed not to care, not to fear hunger, poverty, sickness
    and age?
    Were it not a precious thing, that you could always live so, as if you had
    lived from the beginning of the world, and, moreover, as you should still
    live to the end thereof? Were it not excellent you dwell in one place, that
    neither the people which dwell beyond the River Ganges in the Indies
    could Hide anything, nor those which in Peru might be able to keep secret
    their counsels from thee?
    Were it not a precious thing, that you could so read in one only book,
    and withal by reading understand and remember, all that which in all other
    books (which heretofore have been, and are now, and hereafter shall come
    out) hath been, is, and shall be learned and found out of them?
    How pleasant were it, that you could so sing, that instead of stony rocks
    you could draw the pearls and precious stones, instead of wild beasts, spirits,
    and instead of hellish Pluto, move the might princes of the world.
    O ye people, God’s counsel is far otherwise, who hath concluded now to
    increase and enlarge the number of our Fraternity, the which we with such
    joy have undertaken, as we have heretofore obtained this great treasure
    without our merits, yea without our hopes, and thoughts, and purpose
    with the like fidelity to put the same in practice, that neither the compassion
    nor pity of our own children (which some of us in the Fraternity have)
    shall draw us from it, because we know these unhoped for goods cannot be
    inherited, nor by chance be obtained.
    If there be somebody now, which on the other side will complain of our
    discretion, that we offer our treasure so freely, and without any difference to
    all men, and do not rather regard and respect more the godly, learned, wise,
    or princely persons, than the common people; those we do not contradict,
    seeing it is not a slight and easy matter; but withal we signify so much, that
    our Arcana or secrets will no ways be common, and generally made
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    known. Although the Fama be set forth in five languages, and is manifested
    to everyone, yet we do partly very well know that the unlearned and gross
    wits will not receive nor regard the same; as also the worthiness of those
    who shall be accepted into our Fraternity are not esteemed and known of
    us by Man’s carefulness, but by the Rule of our Revelation and Manifestation.
    Wherefore if the unworthy cry and call a thousand times, or if they
    shall offer and present themselves to us a thousand times, yet God hath
    commanded our ears, that they should hear none of them: yea God hath so
    compassed us about with his clouds, that unto us his servants no violence or
    force can be done or committed; wherefore we neither can be seen or
    known by anybody, except he had the eyes of an eagle. It hath been necessary
    that the Fama be set forth in everyone’s mother tongue, because those
    should not be defrauded of the knowledge thereof, whom (although they
    be unlearned) God hath not excluded from the happiness of this Fraternity,
    the which shall be divided and parted into certain degrees; as those which
    dwell in the city of Damascus in Arabia, who have a far different politick
    order from the other Arabians. For there do govern only wise and understanding
    men, who by the king’s permission make particular laws; according
    unto which example also the government shall be instituted in Europe
    (whereof we have a description set down by our Christianly Father) when
    first is done and come to pass that which is to precede. And thenceforth
    our Trumpet shall publicly sound with a loud sound, and great noise, when
    namely the same (which at this present is shown by few, and is secretly, as a
    thing to come, declared in figures and pictures) shall be free and publicly
    proclaimed, and the whole world shall be filled withal. Even in such manner
    as heretofore, many godly people have secretly and altogether desperately
    pushed at the Pope’s tyranny, which afterwards, with great, earnest,
    and especial zeal in Germany, was thrown from his seat, and trodden underfoot,
    whose final fall is delayed, and kept for our times, when he also shall
    be scratched in pieces with nails, and an end be made of his ass’s cry, by a
    new voice. The which we know is already reasonable manifest and known
    to many learned men in Germany, as their writings and secret congratulations
    do sufficiently witness the same.
    We could here relate and declare what all the time, from the year of Our
    Lord 1378 (in which year our Christian Father was born) till now, hath
    happened, where we might rehearse what alterations he hath seen in these
    one hundred and six years of his life, which he hath left to our breathren
    and us after his decease to peruse. But brevity, which we do observe, will
    not permit at this present to make rehearsal of it, till a more fit time. At this
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    time it is enough for those which do not despise our declaration, having
    therefore briefly touched it, thereby to prepare the way for their acquaintance
    and friendship with us.
    Yet to whom it is permitted that he may see, and for his instruction use,
    those great letters and characters which the Lord god hath written and
    imprinted in heaven and earth’s edifice, through the alteration of government,
    which hath been from time to time altered and reviewed, the same is
    already (although as yet unknown to himself) ours. And as we know he will
    not despise our inviting and calling, so none shall fear any deceit, for we
    promise and openly say, that no man’s uprightness and hopes shall deceive
    him, whosoever shall make himself known unto us under the seal of
    secrecy, and desire our Fraternity.
    But to the false hypocrites, and to those that seek other things than wisdom,
    we say and witness by these presents publicly, we cannot be made
    known, and be betrayed unto them; and much less they shall be able to hurt
    as any manner of way without the will of God; but they shall certainly be
    partakers of all the punishment spoken of in our Fama; so their wicked
    counsels shall light upon themselves, and our treasures shall remain
    untouched and unstirred, until the Lion doth come, who will ask them for
    his use, and employ them for the confirmation and establishment of his
    kingdom. We ought therefore here to observe well, and make it known
    unto everyone, that God hath certainly and most assuredly concluded to
    send and grant to the world before her end, which presently thereupon
    shall ensue, such a truth, light, life, and glory, as the first man Adam had,
    which he lost in Paradise, after which his successors were put and driven,
    with him, to misery. Wherefore there shall cease all servitude, falsehood,
    lies, and darkness, which by little and little, with the great world’s revolution,
    was crept into all arts, works, and governments of men, and have
    darkened the most part of them. For form thence are proceeded an innumerable
    sort of all manner of false opinions and heresies, that scarce the
    wisest of all was able to know whose doctrine and opinion he should follow
    and embrace, and could not well and easily be discerned; seeing on the one
    part they were detained, hindered, and brought into errors through the
    respect of the philosophers and learned men, and on the other part through
    true experience. All the which, when it shall once be abolished and
    removed, and instead thereof a right and true rule instituted, then there will
    remain thanks unto them which have taken pains therein. But the work
    itself shall be attributed to the blessedness of our age.
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    As we now willingly confess, that may principal men by their writings
    will be a great furtherance unto this Reformation which is to come; so we
    desire not to have this honour ascribed to us, as if such work were only
    commanded and imposed upon us. But we confess, and witness openly
    with the Lord Jesus Christ, that it shall first happen that the stones shall
    arise, and offer their service, before there shall be any want of executors and
    accomplishers of God’s counsel; yea, the Lord God hath already sent before
    certain messengers, which should testify his will, to wit, some new stars,
    which do appear and are seen in the firmament in Serpentario and Cygno,
    which signify and give themselves known to everyone, that they are powerful
    Signacula of great weighty matters. So then, the secret his writings and
    characters are most necessary for all such things which are found out by
    men. Although that great book of nature stands open to all men, yet there
    are but few that can read and understand the same. For as there is given to
    man two instruments to hear, likewise two to see, and two to smell, but
    only one to speak, and it were but vain to expect speech from the ears, or
    hearing from the eyes. So there hath been ages or times which have seen,
    there have also been ages that have heard, smelt, and tasted. Now there
    remains yet that which in short time, honour shall be likewise given to the
    tongue, and by the same; what before times hath been seen, heard, and
    smelt, now finally shall be spoken and uttered forth, when the World shall
    awake out of her heavy and drowsy sleep, and with an open heart, barehead,
    and bare-foot, shall merrily and joyfully meet the new arising Sun.
    These characters and letters, as God hath here and there incorporated
    them in the Holy Scriptures, the Bible, so hath he imprinted them in all
    beasts. So that like as the mathematician and astronomer can long before
    see and know the eclipses which are to come, so we may verily foreknow
    and foresee the darkness of obscurations of the Church, and how long they
    shall last. From the which characters or letters we have borrowed our magic
    writing, and have found out, and made, a new language for ourselves, in
    the which withal is expressed and declared the nature of all things. So that it
    is no wonder that we are not so eloquent in other languages, the which we
    know that they are altogether disagreeing to the language of our forefathers,
    Adam and Enoch, and were through the Babylonical confusion
    wholly hidden.
    But we must also let you understand that there are yet some Eagles’
    Feathers in our way, the which do hinder our purpose. Wherefore we do
    admonish everyone for to read diligently and continually the Holy Bible,
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    for he that taketh all his pleasures therein, he shall know that he prepared
    for himself an excellent way to come to our Fraternity. For as this is the
    whole sum and content of our rule, that every letter or character which is
    in the world ought to be learned and regarded well; so those are like unto
    us, and are very near allied unto us, who do make the Holy Bible a rule of
    their life, and an aim and end of all their studies: yea to let it be a compendium
    and content of the whole world. And not only to have it continually
    in the mouth, but to know how to apply and direct the true understanding
    of it to all times and ages of the world. Also, it is not our custom to prostitute
    and make so common the Holy Scriptures; for there are innumerable
    expounders of the same; some alleging and wresting it to serve for their
    opinion, some to scandal it, and most wickedly do like it to a nose of wax,
    which alike should serve the divines, philosophers, physicians, and mathematicians,
    against all the which we do openly witness and acknowledge,
    that from the beginning of the world there hath not been given unto men a
    more worthy, a more excellent, and more admirable and wholesome Book
    than the Holy Bible. Blessed is he that hath the same, yet more blessed is he
    who reads it diligently, but most blessed of all is he that truly understandeth
    the same, for he is most like to God, and doth truly understandeth the
    same, for his most like to God, and doth come most near to him. But
    whatsoever hath been said in the Fama concerning the deceivers against the
    transmutation of metals, and the highest medicine in the world, the same is
    thus to be understood, that this so great gift of God we do in no manner set
    at naught, or dispise it. But because she bringeth not with her always the
    knowledge of Nature, but this bringeth forth not only medicine, but also
    maketh manifest and open unto us innumerable secrets and wonders.
    Therefore it is requisite, that we be earnest to attain to the understanding
    and knowledge of philosophy. And moreover, excellent wits ought not to
    be drawn to the tincture of metals, before they be exercised well in the
    knowledge of Nature. He must needs be an insatiable creature, who is
    come so far, that neither poverty nor sickness can hurt him, yea, who is
    exalted above all other men, and hath rule over that, the which doth
    anguish, trouble and pain others, yet will give himself again to idle things,
    as to build houses, make wars, and use al manner of pride, because he hath
    gold and silver infinite store.
    God is far otherwise pleased, for he exalteth the lowly, and pulleth down
    the proud with disdain; to those which are of few works, he sendeth his
    holy Angel to speak with them, but the unclean babblers he driveth in the
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    wilderness and solitary places. The which is the right reward of the Romish
    seducers, who have vomited forth their blasphemies against Christ, and as
    yet do not abstain from their lies in this clear shining light. In Germany all
    their abominations and detestable tricks have been disclosed, that thereby
    he may fully fulfill the measure of sin, and draw near to the end of his punishment.
    Therefore one day it will come to pass, that the mouth of those
    vipers will be stopped and the triple crown will be brought to nought, as
    thereof at our meeting shall more plain and at large be discoursed.
    For conclusion of our Confession, we must earnestly admonish you, that
    you put away, if not all, yet the most books written by false Alchemists,
    who do think it but a jest, or a pastime, when they either misuse the Holy
    Trinity, when they do apply it to vain things, or deceive the people with
    most strange figures, and dark sentences and speeches, and cozen the simple
    of their money; as there are nowadays too many such books set forth,
    which the Enemy of man’s welfare doth daily, and will to the end, mingle
    among the good seed, thereby to make the Truth more difficult to be
    believed, which in herself is simple, easy, and naked, but contrarily Falsehood
    is proud, haughty, and coloured with a kind of lustre of seeming
    godly and of humane wisdom. Ye that are wise eschew such books, and
    turn unto us, who seek not your moneys, but offer unto you most willingly
    our great treasures. We hunt not after your goods with invented lying tinctures,
    but desire to make you partakes of our goods. We speak unto you by
    parables, but would willingly bring you to the right, simple, easy and
    ingenuous exposition, understanding, declaration, and knowledge of all
    secrets. We desire not to be received by you, but invite you unto our more
    than kingly houses and palaces, and that verily not by our own proper
    motion, but (that you likewise may know it) as forced unto it, by the instigation
    of the Spirit of God, by his admonitions, and by the occasion of this
    present time.
    What think you, loving people, and how seem you affected, seeing that
    you now understand and know, that we acknowledge ourselves truly and
    sincerely to profess Christ, condemn the Pope, addict ourselves to the true
    Philosophy, lead a Christian life, and daily call, entreat and invite many
    more unto our Fraternity, unto whom the same Light of God likewise
    appeareth? Consider you not at length how you might begin with us, not
    only by pondering the Gifts which are in you, and by experience which
    you have in the word of God, beside the careful consideration of the imperfection
    of all arts, and many other unfitting things, to seek for an amend-
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    ment therein; to appease God, and to accommodate you for the time
    wherein you live. Certainly if you will perform the same, this profit will
    follow, that all those goods which Nature hath in all parts of the world
    wonderfully dispersed, shall at one time altogether be given unto you, and
    shall easily disburden you of all that which obscureth the understanding of
    man, and hindereth the working thereof, like unto the vain eccentrics and
    epicycles.
    But those pragmatical and busy-headed men, who either are blinded
    with the glittering of gold, or (to say more truly) who are now honest, but
    by; thinking such great riches should never fail, might easily be corrupted,
    and brought to idleness, and to riotous proud living, those we desire that
    they would not trouble us with their idle and vain crying. But let them
    think, that although there be a medicine to be had which might fully cure
    all diseases, nevertheless those whom God hath destined to plague with diseases,
    neverthelesss those whom God hath destined to plaque with diseases,
    and to keep under the rod of correction, such shall never obtain any such
    medicine.
    Even in such manner, although we might enrich the whole world, and
    endue them with learning, and might release it from innumerable miseries,
    yet shall we never be manifested and made known unto any many, without
    the especial pleasure of God; yea, it shall be so far from him whosoever
    thinks to get the benefit and be partaker of our riches and knowledge,
    without and against the will of God, that he shall sooner lose his life in
    seeking and searching for us, than to find us, and attain to come to the
    wished happiness of the Fraternity of the Rosy Cross.
      
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    Αναγνωστάκης Μανόλης - Επιτύμβιον

    Πέθανες- κι έγινες και συ: ο καλός,
    O λαμπρός άνθρωπος, ο οικογενειάρχης, ο πατριώτης.
    Tριάντα έξη στέφανα σε συνοδέψανε, τρεις λόγοι
    αντιπροέδρων,
    Eφτά ψηφίσματα για τις υπέροχες υπηρεσίες που
    προσέφερες.

    A, ρε Λαυρέντη, εγώ που μόνο τόξερα τί κάθαρμα ήσουν,
    Tί κάλπικος παράς, μια ολόκληρη ζωή μέσα στο ψέμα
    Kοιμού εν ειρήνη, δεν θα 'ρθώ την ησυχία σου να ταράξω.
    (Eγώ, μια ολόκληρη ζωή μες στη σιωπή θα την εξαγοράσω
    Πολύ ακριβά κι όχι με τίμημα το θλιβερό σου το σαρκίο.)
    Kοιμού εν ειρήνη. Ως ήσουν πάντα στη ζωή: ο καλός,
    O λαμπρός άνθρωπος, ο οικογενειάρχης, ο πατριώτης.

    Δε θά 'σαι ο πρώτος ούτε δα κι ο τελευταίος


    Αναγνωστάκης Μανόλης - Επίλογος

    Oι στίχοι αυτοί μπορεί και νά 'ναι οι τελευταίοι
    Oι τελευταίοι στους τελευταίους που θα γραφτούν
    Γιατί οι μελλούμενοι ποιητές δε ζούνε πια
    Aυτοί που θα μιλούσανε πεθάναν όλοι νέοι
    Tα θλιβερά τραγούδια τους γενήκανε πουλιά
    Σε κάποιον άλλον ουρανό που λάμπει ξένος ήλιος
    Γενήκαν άγριοι ποταμοί και τρέχουνε στη θάλασσα
    Kαι τα νερά τους δεν μπορείς να ξεχωρίσεις
    Στα θλιβερά τραγούδια τους φύτρωσε ένας λωτός
    Nα γεννηθούμε στο χυμό του εμείς πιο νέοι
    Es el sonido de su mundo derrumbándose/Es el del nuestro resurgiendo
    El día que fue el día, era noche/Y noche será el día que será el día

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    Μπάρας Αλέξανδρος [Αναγνωστόπουλος Μενέλαος]
    H “Kλεοπάτρα”, η “Σεμίραμις” κ’ η “Θεοδώρα”


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    Ένα κάθε βδομάδα,
    στην ορισμένη μέρα,
    πάντα στην ίδιαν ώρα,
    τρία βαπόρια ωραία,
    η “Kλεοπάτρα”, η “Σεμίραμις” κ’ η “Θεοδώρα”,
    ανοίγουνται απ’ την προκυμαία
    στις εννέα,
    πάντα για τον Περαία,
    το Mπρίντιζι και το Tριέστι,
    πάντα.

    Xωρίς μανούβρες κ’ ελιγμούς
    και δισταγμούς
    κι’ ανώφελα σφυρίγματα,
    στρέφουνε στ’ ανοιχτά την πρώρα,
    η “Kλεοπάτρα”, η “Σεμίραμις” κ’ η “Θεοδώρα”,
    σαν κάποιοι καλοαναθρεμμένοι
    που φεύγουν από ένα σαλόνι
    χωρίς ανούσιες χειραψίες
    και περιττές.

    Aνοίγουνται απ’ την προκυμαία
    στις εννέα,
    πάντα για τον Περαία,
    το Mπρίντιζι και το Tριέστι,
    πάντα –και με το κρύο και με τη ζέστη.

    Πάνε
    να μουντζουρώσουν τα γαλάζια
    του Aιγαίου και της Mεσογείου
    με τους καπνούς των.
    Πάνε για να σκορπίσουνε τοπάζια
    τα φώτα τους μέσ’ στα νερά
    τη νύχτα.
    Πάνε
    πάντα μ’ ανθρώπους και μπαγκάζια…

    H “Kλεοπάτρα”, η “Σεμίραμις” κ’ η “Θεοδώρα”,
    χρόνια τώρα,
    κάνουν τον ίδιο δρόμο,
    φτάνουν την ίδια μέρα,
    φεύγουν στην ίδιαν ώρα.

    Mοιάζουν υπάλληλοι γραφείων
    που γίνανε χρονόμετρα,
    που η πόρτα της δουλειάς,
    αν δεν τους δει μια μέρα να περάσουν
    από κάτω της,
    μπορεί να πέσει.

    (Όταν ο δρόμος είναι πάντα ίδιος
    τι τάχα αν είναι σε μια ολόκληρη Mεσόγειο
    ή απ’ το σπίτι σ’ άλλη συνοικία
    H “Kλεοπάτρα”, η “Σεμίραμις” κ’ η “Θεοδώρα”
    είναι καιρός και χρόνια πάνε τώρα
    του βαρεμού που ενοιώσαν την τυράννια,
    να περπατούν πάντα στον ίδιο δρόμο,
    να δένουνε πάντα στα ίδια λιμάνια.

    Aν ήμουν εγώ πλοίαρχος,
    ναι –si j’
    Es el sonido de su mundo derrumbándose/Es el del nuestro resurgiendo
    El día que fue el día, era noche/Y noche será el día que será el día

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