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When busy at my book I was upon a certain night
George Ripley, The Vision of Sir George Ripley, Canon of Bridlington — 24 lines
Note: Edition without specified source is Ashmole (1652), 374.
Author(s): George Ripley
Title(s): The Vision of Sir George Ripley, Canon of Bridlington
Subjects: alchemy
Versification: — two-line — couplets



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1480 (SC 7644), Part I, f. 3v
First Lines:
When busi att my booke I was vpon a certayne nighte
this vision heare exprest apered vnto my dimed sight…
Last Lines:
…Then of this venom handled thus a medicine I did make
whiche medicine kylls all venom wilde if any chance to take
Attributed Title: A vision (f. 3v)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1485, Part III.ii (SC 7652), Part III, f. 46v
First Lines:
When busy at my booke I was vppon a certain night
this vision heare exprest appeered to my sight…
Last Lines:
…Glory be to the grauntor of such secreat waies
domynion and honour both with woorship and with prayse
Attributed Title: The vision of Sir George Ripley Channon of Briddlimgton (f. 46v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 121 (SC 14614), f. 35
First Lines:
When busie at my booke I was vppon acertayne night
This vision heare exprest appeared vnto my sighte…
Last Lines:
…Glorye be to hime the graunter of suche secrette waies
Dominion and honour bothe with worshipe and with praise
Note: Post-medieval transcript.
Attributed Title: The vizion of sir George Ripley chanoun (f. 35)