Roasting the Great Cain Nubis Salamander

On the Wings of his Healing Blood

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Book of Lambspring


Nicholas Barnaudís version, 1599                             Latin/German version, 1607


In all fables we are told
That the Salamander is born in the fire;
In the fire it has that food and life
Which Nature herself has assigned to it.
It dwells in a great mountain
Which is encompassed by many flames,
And one of these is ever smaller than anotheró

Herein the Salamander bathes.



The third is greater, the fourth brighter than the restó

In all these the Salamander washes, and is purified.
Then he hies [hastens] him to his cave,
But on the way is caught and pierced
So that it dies, and yields up its life with its blood.



But this, too, happens for its good:
For from its blood it wins immortal life,
And then death has no more power over it.
Its blood is the most precious Medicine upon earth,
The same has not its like in the world.
For this blood drives away all disease


From it the Sages derive their science,
And through it they attain the Heavenly Gift,
Which is called the Philosopher's Stone,
Possessing the power of the whole world.
This gift the Sages impart to us with loving hearts,
That we may remember them for ever.



Image Latin/German version, 1607:


In the color imagefrom The Book of Lambspring (1749 edition) of an alchemist roasting a salamander:

the salamander is green. So is the Great Cain when ripe with crystal clear spheres of heavenly dew.