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There is a body of a body
‘The Whole Science’ (alchemical verses) — ten or eleven lines in couplets
Note: Printed Ashmole (1652), 434.
Title(s): ‘The Whole Science’
Subjects: alchemy
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1445 (SC 7630), Part VIII, F, f. 36
First Lines:
There ys a body of a body
And a Saule & a spiryt …
Last Lines:
…And all it cometh out of one kynde
Marke þis well man & beare it in mynde
Note: 11 lines.
Attributed Title: The holi Science (f. 36)
2.Source: London, British Library Egerton 845, f. 16v
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 2407, f. 67v
Note: 3 lines only.
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 2407, f. 90v
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.309.
5.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1098, f. 14v