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First calcine and after that putrify
An English verse extract from the pseudo-Democritus, ‘Secretum super corpus spiritum et animam’ — twenty lines in rough quatrains with irregular rhymes
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 411; cf. 5696; sometimes used as a conclusion to 4236; see also Singer (1928), 8.
Title(s): Secretum super corpus spiritum et animam
Subjects: alchemy
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 759 (SC 6954), ff. 78-78v
First Lines:
ffyrst calcyn and after that putrefie
dissolue distille sublyme destende and frye…
Last Lines:
…And that he can by craft hym so bake
Truly at thende his werk shall hym not rewe
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1487, Part II (SC 7654), Part II, f. 74v
First Lines:
ffirst Calcyne, and after putrefie
dissolue, distill, sublyme, discend, and frye…
Last Lines:
…and that he can bye craft so hyme bake
Trulye at the ende, his worke shall hyme not rewe
Note: Heading, ‘An other Conclusion’ (f. 74v); 19 lines only.
Editions:
Ashmole, Elias. Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum. London: J. Grimond, 1652: 33.