I speak not of fictitious things, but that which is certain and true.
What is below is like that which is above, and what is above is like that which is below, to accomplish the miricles of one thing.
And as all things were produced by the one word of one Being, so all things were produced from this one thing by adaptation.
Its father is the sun, its mother the moon; the wind carries it in its belly, its nurse is the earth.
It is the father of perfection throughout the world.
The power is vigorous if it be changed into earth.
Seperate the earth from the fire, the subtle from the gross, acting prudently and with judgement.
Ascend with the greatest sagacity from the earth to heaven, and then again descend to earth, and unite together the powers of things superior and inferior. Thus you will obtain the glory of the whole world, and obscurity will fly away from you.
This has more fortitude than fortitude itself, because it conquers every subtle thing and can penetrate every solid.
Thus was the world formed.
Hence proceed wonders, which are here established.
Therefore I am called Hermes Trismegistus, having three parts of the philosophy of the whole world.
That which I had to say concerning the operation of the sun is completed.