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“ before they contract, to see one another naked. “ This they dislike; for they think it a scorn to give “ a refusal after so familiar knowledge: but because “ of many hidden defects in men and womens bodies,

they have a more civil way; for they have near

every town a couple of pools, which they call Adam " and Eve's pools, where it is permitted to one of the “ friends of the man, and another of the friends of " the woman, to see them severally bathe naked.”

And as we were thus in conference, there came one that seemed to be a messenger, in a rich huke, that spake with the Jew : whereupon he turned to me and said; “ You will pardon me, for I am “ commanded away in haste.” The next morning he came to me again joyful, as it seemed, and said, “ There is word come to the governor of the city, " that one of the fathers of Solomon's House will be “ here this day seven-night: we have seen none of

them this dozen years. His coming is in state; “ but the cause of his coming is secret. “ vide you and your fellows of a good standing to

see his entry." I thanked him, and told him, I was most glad of the news. The day being come, he made his entry. He was a man of middle stature and age, comely of person, and had an aspect as if he pitied men. He was clothed in a robe of fine black cloth, with wide sleeves and a cape. His under garment was of excellent white linen down to the foot, girt with a girdle of the same; and a sindon or tippet of the same about his neck. He had gloves that were curious, and set with stone; and shoes of peachcoloured velvet. His neck was bare to the shoulders, His hat was like a helmet, or Spanish Montera; and his locks curled below it decently: they were of colour brown. His beard was cut round, and of the same colour with his hair, somewhat lighter. He was carried in a rich chariot without wheels, litter-wise, with two horses at either end, richly trapped in blue velvet embroidered ; and two footmen on each side in the like attire. The chariot was all of cedar, gilt, and adorned with crystal; save that the fore-end had pannels of sapphires, set in borders of gold, and the hinder-end the like of emeralds of the Peru colour. There was also a sun of gold, radiant upon the top, in the midst; and on the top before a small cherub of gold, with wings displayed. The chariot was covered with cloth of gold tissued upon blue. He had before him fifty attendants, young men all, in white sattin loose coats to the mid-leg, and stockings of white silk; and shoes of blue velvet; and hats of blue velvet; with fine plumes of divers colours, set round like hat-bands. Next before the chariot went two men bare headed, in linen garments down to the foot, girt, and shoes of blue velvet, who carried the one a crosier, the other a pastoral staff, like a sheephook ; neither of them of metal, but the crosier of balm-wood, the pastoral staff of cedar. Horsemen he had none, neither before nor behind his chariot: as it seemeth, to avoid all tumult and trouble. Behind his chariot went all the officers and principals of the companies of the city. He sat alone, upon cushions of a kind of excellent plush, blue; and under his foot curious carpets of silk of divers colours, like the Persian, but far finer. He held up his bare hand as he went, as blessing the people, but in silence. The street was wonderfully well kept;, so that there was never any army had their men stand in better battlearray, than the people stood. The windows likewise were not crouded, but every one stood in them as if they had been placed. When the shew was past, the Jew said to me; “I shall not be able to attend you “ as I would, in regard of some charge the city “ hath laid upon me, for the entertaining of this great

Three days after the Jew came to me again, and said ; “ Ye are happy men; for the father “ of Solomon's House taketh knowledge of your “ being here, and commanded me to tell you, that he “ will admit all your company to his presence, and “ have private conference with one of you that ye “ shall choose : and for this hath appointed the next

day after to-morrow. And because he meaneth to give you his blessing, he hath appointed it in the


“ forenoon.” We came at our day and hour, and I was chosen by my fellows for the private access. We found him in a fair chamber, richly hanged, and carpeted under foot, without any degrees to the state; he was set upon a low throne richly adorned, and a rich cloth of state over his head, of blue sattin embroidered. He was alone, save that he had two pages of honour, on either hand one, finely attired in white. His under-garments were the like that we saw him wear in the chariot ; but instead of his gown, he had on him a mantle with a cape, of the same fine black, fastened about him. When we came in,as we were taught, we bowed low at our first entrance; and when we were come near his chair, he stood up, holding forth his hand ungloved, and in posture of blessing; and we every one of us stooped down, and kissed the hem of his tippet. That done, the rest departed, and I remained. Then he warned the pages forth of the room, and caused me to sit down beside him, and spake to me thus in the Spanish tongue:



“ GOD bless thee, my son; I will give thee the

greatest jewel I have. For I will impart unto “ thee, for the love of God and men, a relation of " the true state of Solomon's House. Son, to make

you know the true state of Solomon's House, I will

keep this order. First, I will set forth unto you the “ end of our foundation. Secondly, the preparations " and instruments we have for our works. Thirdly, “ the several employments and functions whereto our “ fellows are assigned. And, fourthly, the ordinances “ and rites which we observe.

“ The end of our foundation is the knowledge of causes, and secret motions of things; and the enlarging of the bounds of human empire, to the effecting of all things possible.

“ The preparations and instruments are these. “ We have large and deep caves of several depths : " the deepest are sunk six hundred fathom ; and some of them are digged and made under great “ hills and mountains : so that if you reckon to

gether the depth of the hill, and the depth of the

cave, they are, some of them, above three miles “ deep. For we find that the depth of an hill, and “ the depth of a cave from the flat, is the same thing; “ both remote alike from the sun and heavens beams, “ and from the open air. These caves we call the “ lower region. And we use them for all coagu6 lations, indurations, refrigerations, and conserva“ tions of bodies. We use them likewise for the “ imitation of natural mines : and the producing also “ of new artificial metals, by compositions and ma66 terials which we use and lay there for many years. “ We use them also sometimes, which may seem “ strange, for curing of some diseases, and for pro

longation of life, in some hermits that choose to “ live there, well accommodated of all things neces“ sary, and indeed live very long ; by whom also we “ learn many things.

6 We have burials in several earths, where we put “ divers cements, as the Chineses do their porcellane. “ But we have them in greater variety, and some of 6 them more fine. We have also great variety of

composts, and soils, for the making of the earth “ fruitful.

“ We have high towers; the highest about half a “ mile in height; and some of them likewise set upon

high mountains; so that the vantage of the hill “ with the tower, is in the highest of them three 66 miles at least. And these places we call the upper “ region: accounting the air between the high places " and the low, as a middle region. We use these “ towers, according to their several heights and situa

tions, for insolation, refrigeration, conservation, and “ for the view of divers meteors; as winds, rain, • snow, hail, and some of the fiery meteors also. “ And upon them, in some places, are dwellings of “ hermits, whom we visit sometimes, and instruct “ what to observe.

“ We have great lakes both salt and fresh, where

- of we have use for the fish and fowl. We use them

also for burials of some natural bodies : for we find " a difference in things buried in earth, or in air " below the earth; and things buried in water. We " have also pools, of which some do strain fresh “ water out of salt; and others by art do turn fresh

water into salt. We have also some rocks in the “ midst of the sea : and some bays upon the shore " for some works, wherein is required the air and

vapour of the sea. We have likewise violent streams " and cataracts, which serve us for many motions : " and likewise engines for multiplying and enforcing 5 of winds, to set also on going divers motions.

“ We have also a number of artificial wells and “ fountains, made in imitation of the natural sources “and baths; as tincted upon vitriol, sulphur, steel, “ brass, lead, nitre, and other minerals. And again,

we have little wells for infusions of many things, " where the waters take the virtue quicker and bet"ter, than in vessels or basons. And amongst them

we have a water, which we call water of paradise, " being, by that we do to it, made very sovereign for "health, and prolongation of life.

“ We have also great and spacious houses, where we imitate and demonstrate meteors; as snow, hail, " rain, some artificial rains of bodies, and not of "water, thunders, lightnings; also generations of bodies in air; as frogs, flies, and divers others. “ We have also certain chambers, which we call chambers of health, where we qualify the air as we " think good and proper for the cure of divers diséases, and preservation of health.

“ We have also fair and large baths, of several “mixtures, for the cure of diseases, and the restoring " of man's body from arefaction: and others, for the "confirming of it in strength of sinews, vital parts, * and the very juice and substance of the body.

We have also large and various orchards and gardens, wherein we do not so much respect

beauty, aš variety of ground and soil, proper for “ divers trees and herbs : and some very spacious,


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