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Right noble lord and prelate dear
Wylliam Bolosse, ‘The Marrow or Pithe of Alkymy’, an alchemical tract — nineteen stanzas rhyme royal
Author(s): William Bolosse
Title(s): ‘The Marrow or Pithe of Alkymy’,
Subjects: alchemy
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc
Bibliographic Ghosts: Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Library Codex 111 [formerly Smith 4], ff. 1-10: this is a prose treatise.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1479 (SC 7643), ff. *32-*34v
First Lines:
Ryght noble lorde & prelat deare
wouchesafe of me thes versys take…
Last Lines:
…& in syche force thy worke displaye
as sownde maye to thy laude all waye
Attributed Author: Here after folowythe thes versys in ynglysshe & put in mytter by William Bolosse (f. *32)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson B.306 (SC 11645), ff. 53-54v
First Lines:
Right noble Lord & prelate deare
voutch safe of me thes verses take…
Last Lines:
…And in such sorte this worke displaye
As sownd may to this Lourde all waye
Attributed Title: The preface to Ryples Marye (f. 53)
Editions:
Ashmole, Elias. Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum. London: J. Grimond, 1652: 389-92 (mistaken for the Prologue of Ripley’s Medulla).
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.2.33 (1137), Part I, ff. 1-3
First Lines:
Right noble lord and prelate deare
Vouchsafe of me these versis take…
Last Lines:
…and in such sort the worcke display
as sounde to thy laude alway
Attributed Title: The marrow or pithe of Alkymye (f. 1)
4.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1787, f. 107
5.Source: London, British Library Sloane 3667, f. 92