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IMEV 4182
NIMEV 4182
Wit thou well that this book is leech
The Preface to a prose book of Medical Receipts — in couplets
Note: Cf. 2688, of which this is the last eight lines; usually occurs with ‘Ipocras þis bok sende to þe emperour sesar’ preceding, and followed by a prose treatise on urines.
Subjects: introductions, to prose works; recipes, medical; medicine
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 84 (SC 21658), f. 1
Note: 10 lines.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 95.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College B.15 (37), Part II, f. 10v
3.Source: London, British Library Sloane 3285, ff. 73-73v
First Lines:
Wytith wel this book is good leche
With alle thynge that hit doth tech…
Last Lines:
…Now man tak thow right good ȝeme
Hou thou maist thi body queme
Note: 10 lines. Folio number reflects the most recent foliation.
4.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Yale Medical Library 27, f. 7v