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Enoch, his prayer
« on: February 26, 2020, 11:33:06 PM »
[Saturday, 7 July 1584. Cracow.]

[Dee.] Afterward, [the angel Ave] came again, and (after a pause) said as followeth.

Ave ...... My brother, I see thou dost not understand the mystery of this Book, or work thou hast in hand. But I told thee it was the knowledge that God delivered unto Enoch. I said also, that Enoch laboured 50 dayes. Notwithstanding, that thy labour be not frustrate, and void of fruit, Be it unto thee, as thou hast done.

[Dee.] O Lord, I did the best that I conceive of it.

Ave. ...... I will tell thee, what the labour of Enoch was for those 50 dayes.

[Dee.] O Lord I thank thee.

He made, (as thou hast done, thy book) Tables, of Serpasan and plain stone: as the Angel of the Lord appointed him; saying tell me (O Lord) the number of the dayes that I shall laobour in. It was answered him 50.

Then he groaned within himself, saying, Lord God the Fountain of true wisdom , thou that openeth the secrets of thy own self unto man, thou knoweth mine imperfections, and my inward darknesse: How can I (therefore) speak unto them that speak not after the voice of man; or worthily call on thy name, considering that my imagination is variable and fruitlesse, and unknown to my self? Shall the Sands seem to invite the Mountains: or can the small Rivers entertain the wonderful and unknown waves?

Can the vessel of fear, fragility, or that of a determined proportion, lift up himself, heave up his hands, or gather the Son into his bosom? Lord it cannot be: Lord my imperfection is great: Lord I am lesse than sand: Lord, thy good Angels and Creatures excell me far: our proportion is not alike; our sense agreeth not: Notwithstanding I am comforted; For that we have all one God, all one beginning from thee, that we respect thee a Creatour: Therefore will I call upon thy name, and in thee, I will become mighty. Thou shalt light me, and I will become a Seer; I will see thy Creatures, and will magnifie thee amongst them.

[¶] Those that come unto thee have one gate, and through the same gate, descend, such as thou sendest. Behold, I offer my house, my labour, my heart and soul, If it will please thy Angels to dwell with me, and I with them; to rejoyce with me, that I may rejoyce with them; to minister unto me, that I may magnifie thy name.

[¶] Then, lo the Tables (which I have provided, and according to thy will, prepared) I offer unto thee, and unto thy holy Angels, desiring them, in and through thy holy names: That as thou art their light, and comfortest them, so they, in thee will be my light and comfort. Lord they prescribe not laws unto thee, so it is not meet that I prescribe laws unto them: What it pleases thee to offer, they receive; So what it pleaseth them to offer unto me, will I also receive. Behold I say (O Lord) If I shall call upon them in thy name, Be it unto me in mercy, as unto the servant of the Highest. Let them also manifest unto me, How, by what words, and at what time, I shall call them.

[¶] O Lord, Is there any that measure the heavens, that is mortal? How, therefore, can the heavens enter into mans imagination? Thy Creatures are the Glory of thy countenance: Hearby thou glorifiest all things, which Glory excelleth and (O Lord) is far above my understanding. It is great wisdom, to speak and talke according to understanding with Kings: But to command Kings by a subjective commandment, is not wisdom, unlesse it come from thee.

[¶] Behold Lord, How shall I therefore ascend into the heavens? The air will not carry me, but resisteth my folly, I fall down, for I am of the earth. Therefore, O thou very Light and true Comfort, that canst, and mayst, and dost command the heavens; Behold I offer these Tables unto thee, Command them as it pleaseth thee: and O you Ministers, and true lights of understanding, Governing this earthly frame, and the elements in which we live, Do for me as for the servant of the Lord: and unto whom it hath pleased the Lord to talk of you

Behold, Lord, thou hast appointed me 50 times; Thrice 50 times will I lift my hands unto thee. Be it unto me as it pleaseth thee, and thy holy Ministers. I requre nothing but thee, and through thee, and for thy honour and glory: But I hope I shall be satisfied, and shall not die, (As thou hast promised) until thou gather the clouds together, and judge all things: when in a moment I shall be changed, and dwell with thee forever.

These words were thrice a dayes talk, betwixt Enoch and God: And in the end of 50 dayes, there appeared unto him, which are not now to be manifested nor spoken of: he enjoyed the fruit of God his promisse, and received the benefit of his faith. Here may the wise learn wisdom: for what doth man that is not corruptible?

[Transcribed from Casaubon's, A True and Faithful -- pp 196-197, reprint, Portmeirion, 1974 -- second hour of Venus, 29 June 2012.]