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Take wind water white and green
Alchemical verses, ascribed (in 1652) to Pearce the Black Monk, nine lines in English, with occasional Latin words, and four lines of Latin — in couplets
Note: For a prose redaction see San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HU 1051, f. 132v. Sometimes follows 4236; sometimes preceded by 482. Singer (1928), 849, 849A.
Author(s): Pearce the Black Monk (attrib.)
Title(s): ad mineralia alteranda in terram cristallinam
Subjects: alchemy
Versification: — two-line — aa
Macaronic: Latin
Bibliographic Ghosts: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1280 (SC 8216), p. 31: see Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1450, Part VII (SC 7628) version.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1450, Part VII (SC 7628), p. 31
First Lines:
Take wynde and water white & grene
and drawe therof lac virginis
Last Lines:
Sublimatio attractio & etiim fixatio
& sulphuris nostri sine foliati creatio
Note: At the end: ‘finis’.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1487, Part II (SC 7654), f. 74v
First Lines:
Take wynde and water white and greene
and therof drawe a Lac virgine
Last Lines:
Sublimatio attractio et etiam fixatio
et sulphuris nostri siue foliati creatio
Note: Immediately followed by 6731.
Attributed Title: An other conclusion (f. 74v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1492 (SC 7657), p. 146
First Lines:
Take winde water white & greene
And drawe therof a Lac virgine
Last Lines:
sublimatio et fixatio et sulphuris
[nostri] sive foliate creatio
Note: Follows immediately after 4236.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.2.15 (1119), f. 83v
First Lines:
Tak wind and water whit and green
And draw thereof Lac Viregine…
Last Lines:
sublimatio Attractio & etiam fixa-
tio & sulphuris nostri sine foliatio
Note: 9 lines; at end, ‘finis’.
5.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1092, ff. 6v-7
First Lines:
Take winde water white & greene
And draw therof lac virginis
Last Lines:
sublimatio attractio & etiam fixatio
Et Sulphuris nostri siue foliati creatio
Note: Preceded by 5095 and 4236.
6.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1098, ff. 21v-22
First Lines:
Take wynde water white & greene
& drawe thereof lac virginis
Last Lines:
dissolutio et congelatio sublimatio, attractio
et etiam fixatio et sulphuris nostri foliati creatio
Note: Eight lines of English and four of Latin; preceded by 5095 and 4236.
7.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1842, f. 16
First Lines:
Take winde water white & greene
and drawe thereof a lac virginis
Last Lines:
nostra dissolutio et congelatio sublimatio attractio
et etiam fixatio et sulphuris nostri siue foliati creatio
Note: At end, ‘finis’.
8.Source: London, British Library Sloane 3580 B, f. 183
First Lines:
Take wynde water white & grene
& drawe therof a Lac virgyne
Last Lines:
…so mayntayninge still your fier
till all be come þat you desire
Note: Variant of ten lines English; see also a prose version on f. 185.
9.Source: London, British Library Sloane 3667, f. 120v
First Lines:
Take wynde water whit & gryne
& drawe thar of a lak vergene
Last Lines:
…cintynewe & a lyttill encrise your fire
tyll he be red & full of yere
Note: Abbreviated version of 8 lines English only, preceded by 5095 and 4236.
10.Source: London, British Library Sloane 3747, f. 15
Transcription:
To the makyng of this preciouse medecyn ye must.
take wynde and water white and grene
And drawe therof a lac virgene
Note: Three lines only, immediately followed by 4236.
11.Source: London, British Library Sloane 3747, f. 109v
First Lines:
Take wynde water white and grene
And drawe therof a lac virgene
Last Lines:
soblimato altato & intiam fixato
& sulphuris nostri sine tere foliate [creaco]
Note: Preceded by 4236.
Editions:
Ashmole, Elias. Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum. London: J. Grimond, 1652: 431.
12.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library Osborn fa.16, f. 4rb
First Lines:
Tak wynd watter wit & grene
& draw ther of a lack virgen…
Last Lines:
…& so mayntayn them still your fyer
tell alle com that you desire
Note: Eleven lines in couplets; page numbered 39; written by a hand of the sixteenth century; ends ‘Explicit’.
13.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library Osborn fa.16, f. 4rb
First Lines:
Tak wynd watter whit & grene
do them to gether as I meane…
Last Lines:
…the child thus for me at one generation
all shall haue & mak them of his awn fassio[n]
Note: Second occurrence in this MS; page numbered 39; written by a hand of the sixteenth century; ends ‘Explicit’.