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IMEV 1364.5
NIMEV 1364.5
In the sea withouten lease
George Ripley(?), alchemical poem on the Ripley scrolls — six couplets
Note: Formerly included under 2278.
Author(s): George Ripley (attrib.)
Title(s): Emblematical Scroll
Subjects: illustrations, verse accompanying; alchemical poems
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 8 (SC 8465A): contains 5746 only.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley Rolls 1 (SC 2974)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 52 (SC 6936), fourth item on roll
First Lines:
In the See wythe outen lese
Standith the Bride of Ermes…
Last Lines:
…Vnderstande nowe well and rigthe
and thanke yow God of this syete
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole Rolls 40 (SC 8447), second item on roll
First Lines:
In the See withouten lees
Stode the Byrd of hermes…
Last Lines:
…Vnderstand non well A Right
And thanck god of this Sight
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum 276*, roll
First Lines:
In the see wythe outten lese
Standith the bride of ermes
Etynge his wynges variabelle
And maketh hem selfe þe full stabill…
Last Lines:
…vnder stande nowe well and rygthe
And thanke þou god of this syete
Note: Six couplets accompanying illustration of and eagle on a globe; follows 5107.
5.Source: Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh Ripley Scroll, fourth item
First Lines:
In the se[ ] withoutten lese
standes the birde of hermes…
Last Lines:
…vnderstande [ ] well a right
& thanke thou god of this sighte
Note: Six couplets in two columns of 3 x 2 each; fourth verse on scroll; word rubbed so illegible.
Editions:
McCallum, R. I. “The Ripley Scroll of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.” Vesalius 2:1 (June, 1996): 39-49: 39-46.
6.Source: London, Wellcome Historical Medical Library 693, roll
7.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library Mellon 41, roll
8.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library 93, third item
First Lines:
In The see wythe owtyn lese
Stonte the bryde off ermes…
Last Lines:
…Vnder stond now ffull and reyght
And thanke þov god off thys same seyte
Note: 6 couplets, each line alternating red and black.
9.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 30313 [olim Dyson Perrins, Sotheby’s Dec. 1958, lot 42; Sotheby’s Sale, 29 Nov. 1960, Lot 147; Kraus Cat. 100, item 32], roll
First Lines:
In the sea withouten lees
Stoude the Byrd of Hermes…
Last Lines:
…Vnderstand now well A Right
& thancke God of this Sight
Note: 12 lines, third among four under this number.