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Of this matter to you most clear
Alchemical verses on the Exposition of Earth of Earth — in couplets
Note: Cf. 5095 and 5113.
Subjects: alchemy
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 759 (SC 6954), ff. 128v-129v
First Lines:
Nowe of this matter to you most clere
An exposicoun I do make here…
Last Lines:
…His grace to vs therwith he leve
To sawles helth vs to meve
Note: 68 lines; follows 5095.
Attributed Title: Here folowith thexposicoun of erth of erth is (f. 128v)
Editions:
Ashmole, Elias. Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum. London: J. Grimond, 1652: 428-30.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1441 (SC 7624), pp. 82-83
First Lines:
Of this matter darke & nothinge clere
a playne descripsion I do make here…
Last Lines:
…which is our tincture & our sulphur [viue?]
the soule of Saturne & the gold of life
Note: 49 lines.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1450, Part VII (SC 7628), pp. 27-30
First Lines:
Of this matter to you moste cleare
an exposicion I do make here…
Last Lines:
…his grace therwith he vs geve
to soules healthe vs to meve
Note: 69 lines; immediately follows 5095 as if part of same work.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1487, Part II (SC 7654), ff. 72v-73v
First Lines:
Nowe of this matter to you moste cleere
an exposition I do make heere…
Last Lines:
…His grace to vs therwithe he leaue
To our soules healthe vs to meave
Note: At the end: finis.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1492 (SC 7657), pp. 129-130
First Lines:
of this matter to you most cleere
An Exposition I doe make heere…
Last Lines:
…His Grace therewith he vs giue
To Soules health vs to moue
Note: 69 lines; immediately follows 5095 as if part of same work.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.2.15 (1119), ff. 82v-83v
First Lines:
Of this matter to you most cleare
An exposition I doe make heare…
Last Lines:
…His grace therwith he vs giue
To soules health vs to move
Note: 69 lines; immediately follows 5095 as if part of same work.
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.14.56 (925), ff. 87v-88v
First Lines:
Of this matter to you most dere
An exposition I doo make here…
Last Lines:
…His grace with us therwith he lefte
To soules healthe us to meve
Note: Written by hand of the sixteenth century; immedietely follows 5095 as if part of same work, and followed by 5113.
8.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1092, ff. 5v-6v
First Lines:
Of this matter to yow most deere
An exposition I do make heere…
Last Lines:
…his grace with vs therwith he leaue
To soules helth vs to meve
Note: 68 lines; immedietely follows 5095 as if part of same work.
9.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1098, ff. 21-21v
First Lines:
Of this matter to yowe moste deere
an exposicyon I do make heere…
Last Lines:
…his grace with vs therewith he leave
to sowles healthe vs to meeve
Note: 68 lines; immedietely follows 5095 as if part of same work.
10.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1842, ff. 18v-20
First Lines:
of this matter to you most deare
an exposition I do make here…
Last Lines:
…his grace therewith hee leaue
to sowles helth vs to meaue
Note: 70 lines; immedietely follows 5095 as if part of same work.
11.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2170, ff. 75v-76v
First Lines:
of this mattier to yowe moste deere
an exposition I do make heer…
Last Lines:
…his grace wth vs therwth he leave
to owr sowles healthe vs to meave
Note: 69 lines; immedietely follows 5095 as if part of same work.
12.Source: London, British Library Sloane 3580 B, ff. 182-183
First Lines:
Of this matter to you moste clere
an Exposityon I doe make here…
Last Lines:
…his grace with vs praie hym to leave
to soules hellthe vs to meave
Note: 68 lines; at the end: Explicit.
13.Source: London, British Library Sloane 3667, ff. 182-183
First Lines:
Of this matter darke & nothyng clere
A playne exposicion I do mak here…
Last Lines:
…his grace to vs tharwith he geue
to our soules helth vs forto meue
Note: 68 lines; immedietely follows 5095 as if part of same work.
14.Source: London, British Library Sloane 3747, ff. 108-109v
First Lines:
Of this matter to you most clere
an exposicon I do make here…
Last Lines:
…his grace with vs therwith he leve
To sawles helth vs to meve
Note: 68 lines; immedietely follows 5095 and immediately followed by 5113.
15.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library Osborn fa.16, ff. 3rb-3va
First Lines:
Off this matter to you most cle[re]
an exposition I will make heare
Wherin I chardge you secret to be
that frend ne foo do yt see…
Last Lines:
…his grace wyth vs praye hym to leave
to soules health vs to meve
Note: With portions of 5095; pages numbered 37, 38; written by a sixteenth-century hand; ends ‘explicit’.
16.Source: Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Library Codex 111 [formerly Smith 4], ff. 51v-52
First Lines:
Of this mater darke & nothinge clyer
playne discription I do make heare…
Last Lines:
…There is a body & a ody & a soule & a spirite
With ayer & fyer muste be knitte
17.Source: Copenhagen, Royal Library, Copenhagen Gl. kgl. S. 3500 8o , ff. 18-20
First Lines:
of this matter darke and nothing clee[r]
a playne exposicion I do make here…
Last Lines:
…now thanked be god most gracious
which hath this secrett lente to us
Note: Immediately follows 5095.