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NIMEV see 1364.5
On the ground there is an hill
George Ripley, alchemical verse on the Ripley scrolls — eighteen couplets
Note: Formerly included under 2278.
Author(s): George Ripley (attrib.)
Title(s): Emblematical Scroll
Subjects: illustrations, verse accompanying; alchemical poem
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 52 (SC 6936), second item on roll
First Lines:
On the gronde ther is an helle
also a Dragene within a well…
Last Lines:
…of the wyth stone and the rede
lo here is the verey troue deede
Note: 36 lines.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole Rolls 40 (SC 8447), first item on roll
First Lines:
On þe ground there is a hill
allsoo A serpent in a well…
Last Lines:
…Of þe [ ] þe red
here truly is þe very dede
Note: Penultimate line written over and partly illegible.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum 276*, roll
First Lines:
On the gronde ther is an helle
All so a sarpene wythyn a welle
Is talle is long wyth wynges wyede
All redy to flee be euerry syde…
Last Lines:
…Of the wythe stone and the rede
Lo here is the verry troue deede
Note: Eighteen couplets in two columns.
4.Source: Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh Ripley Scroll, item 2
First Lines:
One the grownde there is an hill
allsoe a serpente within a well…
Last Lines:
…of þe white stone & the red
heare is trewly the very ded
Note: Eighteen couplets in two columns of 9 x 2 each, second verse on roll.
Editions:
McCallum, R. I. “The Ripley Scroll of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.” Vesalius 2:1 (June, 1996): 39-49: 39-46.
5.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library Mellon 41, a roll
6.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library 93, second item
First Lines:
On the grounede there ys an hell
Also a sarpent wythine a well…
Last Lines:
…of the wyche stone and the rede
her ys the very trew dede
Note: Two columns of nine couplets each, the left rubric, the right black.
7.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:
On the ground there is a hill
Allso a Serpent in a well…
Last Lines:
…Of the White Stone and the red
Here truly is the very deede
8.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library Osborn fa.16, f. 3va
Transcription:
Apon that earthe ther is a hyll
& a serpent in a well
clos then thy well well about
that the serpent get not out
for and the serpent be agone
adew fare well all is forlorne
Note: Page numbered 38; written by a hand of the sixteenth century; ends, ‘fynis’.