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When Sol is in Aries and Phoebus shineth bright
George Ripley, The Mystery of Alchymysts — in quatrains
Note: All texts show variations; see Singer (1928), 812; edition with source unattributed is Ashmole (1652), 380-88 (shorter version).
Author(s): George Ripley
Subjects: Alchemy
Versification: — four-line
Bibliographic Ghosts: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 18 [formerly MS 22], ff. 1-28v: prose version.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 759 (SC 6954), ff. 106v-113v
Note: 448 lines.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1382, Part II (SC 7577), p. 254
Note: 65 lines; ends imperfectly.
3.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1098, ff. 5-7
Note: Shorter version.
4.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1098, ff. 47v-48
Note: Variant version; c. 100 lines.
5.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1423, ff. 37v-39v
6.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1787, ff. 111-117
7.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2036, ff. 22-25
8.Source: London, British Library Sloane 3747, ff. 110-115v
9.Source: Boston, MA, Massachusetts Historical Society Winthrop 20 C, ff. 21-28
First Lines:
When sol in Ariete and phebus shynes bryght
The Elementes reviuing the new yere spryngyng…
Last Lines:
…Elles may ye lyghtie fayle
Wythout ye haue good counsaylle
Note: 132 stanzas, usually cross-rhymed quatrains but occasional stanzas of six lines, aabbcc, including the last.
Attributed Title: Of the Secretes of Nature (f. 21)