EMERALD TABLET VIII :
The Key of Mysteries
Aye, when the blood was offered, forth came they to dwell among men.
In the form of man moved they amongst us, but only to sight where they as are men.
Serpent-headed when the glamour was lifted but appearing to man as men among men.
Crept they into the Councils, taking forms that were like unto men.
Slaying by their arts the chiefs of the kingdoms, taking their form and ruling o'er man.
Only by magic could they be discovered.
Only by sound could their faces be seen.
Sought they from the kingdom of shadows to destroy man and rule in his place.
But, know ye, the Masters were mighty in magic,
able to lift the Veil from the face of the serpent,
able to send him back to his place.
Came they to man and taught him the secret,
the Word that only a man can pronounce.
Swift then they lifted the Veil from the serpent and cast him forth from place among men.
Yet, beware, the serpent still liveth in a place that is open at times to the world.
Unseen they walk among thee in places where the rites have been said.
Again as time passes onward shall they take the semblance of men.
Called may they be by the master who knows the white or the black,
but only the white master may control and bind them while in the flesh.
Seek not the kingdom of shadows, for evil will surely appear.
For only the master of brightness shall conquer the shadow of fear.
Know ye, O my brother, that fear is an obstacle great.
Be master of all in the brightness, the shadow will soon disappear.
Hear ye and heed my wisdom, the voice of Light is clear.
Seek not the valley of shadow, and Light only will appear.