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The Corpus Hermeticum

translated by G.R.S. Mead

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• I. Poemandres, the Shepherd of Men

• II. To Asclepius
III. The Sacred Sermon
• IV. The Cup or Monad

• V. Though Unmanifest God Is Most Manifest
VI. In God Alone Is Good And Elsewhere Nowhere
• VII. The Greatest Ill Among Men is Ignorance of God

• VIII. That No One of Existing Things doth Perish, but Men in Error Speak of Their Changes as

Destructions and as Deaths
• IX. On Thought and Sense

• X. The Key
XI. Mind Unto Hermes
• XII. About The Common Mind

• XIII. The Secret Sermon on the Mountain

The Corpus Hermeticum

The Corpus Hermeticum are the core documents of the Hermetic tradition. Dating from early in the Christian 
era, they were mistakenly dated to a much earlier period by Church officials (and everyone else) up until the 

15th century. Because of this, they were allowed to survive and we seen as an early precursor to what was to 

be Christianity. We know today that they were, in fact, from the early Christian era, and came out of the 
turbulent religious seas of Hellenic Egypt.

These are all taken from Mead's translations, which are in the public domain at this point.

I. Poemandres, the Shepherd of Men

1. It chanced once on a time my mind was meditating on the things that are, my thought was raised to a great 

height, the senses of my body being held back − just as men who are weighed down with sleep after a fill of 

food, or from fatigue of body.

Methought a Being more than vast, in size beyond all bounds, called out my name and saith: What wouldst 

thou hear and see, and what hast thou in mind to learn and know?

2. And I do say: Who art thou?

He saith: I am Man−Shepherd (Poemandres), Mind of all−masterhood; I know what thou desirest and I'm 

with thee everywhere.

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