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Music from 'Atalanta fugiens' emblem 6

Michael Maier's alchemical emblem book Atalanta fugiens was first published in Latin in 1617. It was a most amazing book as it incorporated 50 emblems with a motto, an epigram and a discourse, but extended the concept of an emblem book by incorporating 50 pieces of music the 'fugues' or canons. In this sense it was an early example of multimedia.

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Atalanta Fugiens

Emblem 6

Sow your gold in the white foliated earth.

Epigram 6

The farmers entrust their seed to the fat earth.
After having foliated it with their mattocks.
The philosopher have taught that gold must be scattered over white fields
Which react like a light leaf.
When you undertake this, pay good attention to it,
For from the wheat you see, as in a mirror, that gold germinates.

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