Chapter XVIII.—Charming of the Serpent.
“Wherefore, as to the matter in hand, although in ten thousand ways the serpent that lurks in you suggesting evil reasonings and hindrances, wishes to ensnare you, therefore so much the more ought ye to resist him, and to listen to us assiduously. For it behoves you, consulting, as having been grievously deceived, to know how he must be charmed. But in no other way is it possible. But by charming I mean the setting yourselves by reason in opposition to their evil counsels, remembering that by promise of knowledge he brought death into the world at the first. 1131
[At this point the first discourse in the Recognitions (v. 36) ends; the following chapters (19–33) agrees with the discourse in Recognitions, vi. 4–14.—R.]