1Those that the hidden
chemic art profess
2And visit Nature in her
mercury and sulphur
4That they, consumed with love, may live
posterity and in them shine
6Though they their being unto them resign;
7Glorying to shine in silver and in gold
9Forgetting quite that they were once
10By time and fate to dust are all
obliviated in their urn
12Till they to their great ancestors return.
13So man, the universe’s chiefest glory,
primitive’s dust (alas) doth end his story.