Book of Lambspring

1. Two Fish

1556 Manuscript at Zentralbibliothek Zürich:

BE WARNED AND UNDERSTAND TRULY THAT TWO FISHES ARE SWIMMING IN OUR SEA.
The Sea is the Body, the two Fishes are Soul and Spirit.

1607 Manuscript at Universitätsbibliothek Salzburg:

The sea is the body, the two fish are Spirit and soul.

1678 Included in the Musaeum Hermeticum, published by Lucas Jennis in Frankfurt

1892 Hermetic Museum A.E.Waite (uses images from 1678 Musaeum Hermeticum):

BE WARNED AND UNDERSTAND TRULY
THAT TWO FISHES ARE SWIMMING IN OUR SEA.

The Sea as the Body,
the two Fishes are Soul and Spirit.

The Sages will tell you
That two fishes are in our sea
Without any flesh or bones.
Let them be cooked in their own water;
Then they also will become a vast sea,
The vastness of which no man can describe.
Moreover, the Sages say
That the two fishes are only one, not two;
They are two, and nevertheless they are one,
Body, Spirit, and Soul.
Now, I tell you most truly,
Cook these three together,
That there may be a very large sea.
Cook the sulphur well with the sulphur,
And hold your tongue about it:
Conceal your knowledge to your own advantage,
And you shall be free from poverty.
Only let your discovery remain a close secret.

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