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DIMEV 590
As Holy Scripture maketh mention
Verses attached to a figure of a sphere in George Ripley’s Compound of Alchemy — six stanzas rhyme royal
Note: See 975.
Author(s): George Ripley
Title(s): Compound of Alchemy
Subjects: alchemical poems
Versification: — seven-line — seven-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.2.23, f. 32
Note: Stanzas 1-2 only; transcribed by Thomas Knyvet, 1545.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.2.16 (1120), Part I, f. 127v
First Lines:
As holy script maketh mencion
In þe wombe of a virgin immacvlat…
Last Lines:
…& to god both nyght & day
ffor grace & for thy auctor praye
Note: Written on, around, and below a figure of a sphere.
Attributed Title: thys ffygure conteynyth all our secrettes both gret & small (f. 127v)
3.Source: Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh Anonyma 2, Vol. V, Part II, f. 28v
4.Source: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library Db.II.18
Editions:
Laing, David. Select Remains of the Ancient Popular and Romance Poetry of Scotland. Edinburgh: 1822; rev. J. Small , Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1885; rev. W. C. Hazlitt , “Early Popular Poetry of Scotland” , London: Reeves and Turner, 1895.
5.Source: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library La.III.164 [olim Laing 164], pp. 109-111
First Lines:
As holy scrypture makythe mension
in to þe wombe off a wyrgyn immaculate
Chryste dessendyd for owr redemcion
fro his hye trone to be incarnate…
Last Lines:
…to his fyrste glory renyuyd with youthe
assendythe to be intronyȝate in þe sowthe
Note: Copied 1510; four stanzas only, interspersed with English prose and some Latin verses not translated (those for sun, moon, venus, mercury).
Editions:
Laing, David. Select Remains of the Ancient Popular and Romance Poetry of Scotland. Edinburgh: 1822; rev. J. Small , Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1885; rev. W. C. Hazlitt , “Early Popular Poetry of Scotland” , London: Reeves and Turner, 1895.