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Music from 'Atalanta fugiens' emblem 10

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 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 10

Give fire to fire, Mercury to Mercury, and it is enough for you.

Epigram 10

The entire Machina Mundi, riveted together, depends on this chain,
That everything alike rejoices in the like:
In this way Mercury is connected with Mercury and fire with fire,
May this be given to you as the ultimate object for your art.
Vulcan sets Hermes in motion, but the winged Hermes,
Dissolves you, O Cynthia, but she, your sister, decomposes you, O Apollo.

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