Mysteries of the Rosie Cross: Or, The History of that Curious Sect of the Middle Ages, Known as the Rosicrucians; with Examples of the Pretensions and Claims as Set Forth in the Writings of Their Leaders and Disciples

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A. Reader, 1891 - Rosicrucians - 134 pages
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Page 11 - Of airy Elves by moonlight shadows seen, The silver token, and the circled green, Or virgins visited by Angel-pow'rs, With golden crowns and wreaths of heav'nly flow'rs ; Hear and believe!
Page 29 - Upon the report of this adventure, the country people soon came with lights to the sepulchre, and discovered that the statue, which was made of brass, was nothing more than a piece of clock-work ; that the floor of the vault was all loose, and underlaid with several springs, which upon any man's entering, naturally produced that which had happened.
Page 33 - A palmer's amice wrapped him round, With a wrought Spanish baldric bound, Like a pilgrim from beyond the sea: His left hand held his Book of Might, A silver cross was in his right; The lamp was placed beside his knee.
Page 10 - For they say, any mortals may enjoy the most intimate familiarities with these gentle Spirits, upon a condition very easy to all true Adepts, an inviolate preservation of Chastity. As to the following Cantos, all the passages of them are as fabulous, as the Vision at the beginning, or the Transformation at the end; (except the loss of your Hair, which I always mention with reverence). The Human persons are as fictitious as the Airy ones ; and the character of Belinda, as it is...
Page 16 - ... admitted into their society ; that they had the same knowledge then which they would have possessed if they had lived from the beginning of the world, and had been always acquiring it ; that they had a volume in which they could read all that ever was or ever would be written in other books till the end of time ; that they could force to, and retain in their service the most powerful spirits and demons ; that, by the virtue of their songs, they could attract pearls and precious stones from the...
Page 29 - The man had no sooner set one foot within the vault than the statue erected itself from its leaning posture, stood bolt upright, and upon the fellow's advancing another step, lifted up the truncheon in his right hand. The man still ventured a third step ; when the statue with a furious blow broke the lamp into a thousand pieces, and left his guest in a sudden darkness.
Page 23 - ... rendered insurmountable, and navigation totally forbidden. Cato, who seems to be the wisest of the party, wishes that God in his mercy would be pleased to wash away all women from the earth by a new deluge, and at the same time to introduce some new arrangement* for the continuation of the excellent male sex without female help.
Page 12 - For mystic learning wondrous able In magic, talisman, and cabal, Whose primitive tradition reaches As far as Adam's first green breeches; Deep-sighted in intelligences, Ideas, atoms, influences, And much of Terra Incognita, Th...
Page 22 - World, and is a tale not without some wit and humour. The Seven Wise Men of Greece, together with M. Cato and Seneca, and a secretary named Mazzonius, are summoned to Delphi by Apollo at the desire of the Emperor Justinian, and there deliberate on the best mode of redressing human misery. All sorts of strange schemes are proposed. Thales...
Page 14 - I WAS once engaged in discourse with a Rosicrucian about " the great secret." As this kind of men (I mean those of them who are not professed cheats) are overrun with enthusiasm and philosophy, it was very amusing to hear this religious adept descanting on his pretended discovery. He talked of the secret as of a spirit which lived within an emerald, and converted every thing that was near it to the highest perfection it is capable of. " It gives a lustre," says he, "to the sun, and water to the diamond.

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