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Here is an herb men call lunary
An alchemical poem on the herb ‘Lunary’ (Moonwort) — twenty-two couplets; see Singer (1928), 853.
Note: For a Latin version see London, British Library Sloane 692, f. 79; and for an English prose version see London, British Library Harley 2407, f. 5v.
Subjects: alchemy
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.2.33 (1137), Part I, ff. 24-24v
First Lines:
There is an hearbe men call lunaire
I blessed might his maker be…
Last Lines:
…and of his mother yt is so free
Amen good lord for charitye
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 2407, f. 7
3.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1098, f. 9
Note: 40 lines.
Editions:
Ashmole, Elias. Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum. London: J. Grimond, 1652: 348-9.
4.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library Osborn fa.16, f. 4va
First Lines:
There is a herbe þat men call lunari
Blesed may his maker be…
Last Lines:
…to wich blis god bryng the & me
Amen for charite
Note: Page numbered ‘40’; written by a sixteenth-century hand; ends ‘Explicit’.