Book of Lambspring

11. Father and Son

1556 Manuscript at Zentralbibliothek Zürich:

THE FATHER AND THE SON HAVE LINKED THEIR HANDS WITH THOSE OF THE GUIDE:
KNOW THAT THE THREE ARE BODY, SOUL, AND SPIRIT.

1607 Manuscript at Universitätsbibliothek Salzburg:

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

Here is an old father of Israel,
Who has an only Son,
A Son whom he loves with all his heart.
With sorrow he prescribes sorrow to him.
He commits him to a guide,
Who is to conduct him whithersoever he will.
The Guide addresses the Son in these words:
Come hither! I will conduct thee everywhere,
To the summit of the loftiest mountain,
That thou mayest understand all wisdom,
That thou mayest behold the greatness of the earth, and of the sea,
And thence derive true pleasure.
I will bear thee through the air
To the gates of highest heaven.
The Son hearkened to the words of the Guide,
And ascended upward with him;
There saw he the heavenly throne,
That was beyond measure glorious.
When he had beheld these things,
He remembered his Father with sighing,
Pitied the great sorrow of his Father,
And said: I will return to his breast.

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