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Here begins all medicines both sooth and true
Verse introduction to an equine remedy book, Medicines for Horses — three couplets aabbcc
Subjects: verse introductions; Equine medicing
Versification: — six-line — aabbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Wood empt. 18 (SC 8606), f. 62v
Transcription:
Her begynnis all medesynis bothe sothe and trewy
To knowe & to hele all sores both olde & newy
Whych hath bene prouyde by a man of pryce
Þat hath wrytyn in thyse wyse
For þe whyche a lorde of grete renowne
Gave hym þe hors schoo wyth þe crowne
Editions:
Keiser, George R. “Verse Introductions to Middle English Medical Treatises.” English Studies 84 (2003): 301-17: 316.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Wood D.18, f. 65v
First Lines:
Her endyth þe medesynes soth and trew
To hele all horses both old & new…
Note: The verses serve as an epilogue in this MS.
Editions:
Keiser, George R. “Verse Introductions to Middle English Medical Treatises.” English Studies 84 (2003): 301-17: 316, n. 31.
3.Source: London, British Library Sloane 686, f. 65v
First Lines:
Here endeth þe medicynes soth & trwe
To hele all hors sorys both old & newe…
Note: The verses serve as an epilogue in this MS.
Editions:
Keiser, George R. “Verse Introductions to Middle English Medical Treatises.” English Studies 84 (2003): 301-17: 316, n. 31.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 20439.5. The Proprytees & Medicynes of Hors, Emprynted at Westmester by Wynkyn De Worde, [ca. 1497-8]
Last Lines:
…For whome ye shall both bydde & pray
To saue his soule he that best may
Of hym that fyrste this boke dyde make
God saue hym from the fendys blake
And brynge hym to that hyghe see
There god is in his mageste
And vs to see that same syght
That graunt vs Ihesu full of myght
Note: The verses serve as an epilogue, to which de Worde adds nine additional couplets.
Editions:
Keiser, George R. “Verse Introductions to Middle English Medical Treatises.” English Studies 84 (2003): 301-17: 316.