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Ipocras this book made yare / And sente it to the emperor…
A rhymed preface to an English prose tract on medicine — five couplets
Note: Cf. 2687 and 6710; a prose version occurs in Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.10.44, f. 114.
Subjects: introductions, to prose texts; medicine
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. A.106 (SC 29003), f. 139
First Lines:
Ipocras þis buke sent ȝare
To þe emperowre cesare
Wytte þe well þat þis buke is gude leche
Wit all thyng it wyll teche…
Last Lines:
…Man or woman þat haues nat
How þai sall be taken in cure
Note: Written as prose.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 553, f. 30v
First Lines:
Ypocras this boke made ȝare
And sende to þe Emperour…
Last Lines:
…Of eche maner yuel wat hit he
as here after sone þou myt se
Man oþer womman þat haþ mater
He schal be take in to cure
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 3383, f. 85v
4.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2584, f. 9
Editions:
Pettigrew, Thomas Joseph. “Observations upon the Extracts from an Ancient English Medical MS. in the Royal Library of Stockholm.” Archaeologia 30 (1844): 419-29: 420-1.
5.Source: London, Wellcome Historical Medical Library 405, f. 21v
First Lines:
Þis is þe bok þat ypocras sent
To þe king his newueþ…
Last Lines:
…Now loke þeron wiþ gode wil
Eueri man boþe lowde & stille
Note: In rubric.
Editions:
Keiser, George R. “Verse Introductions to Middle English Medical Treatises.” English Studies 84 (2003): 301-17: 312.