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As the philosopher in meters doth write
An alchemical poem on the red, black and white stones — in 8-line stanzas
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 212; attributed to George Ripley, with Epistle (in Ashmole (1652), 109-11) dedicating 975 to Edward IV [Singer (1928), 810A].
Author(s): George Ripley (attrib.)
Subjects: alchemy; Edward IV, work dedicated to
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc
Bibliographic Ghosts: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 172, ff. 39v-43: epilogue to 975



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 759 (SC 6954), ff. 103-105v
First Lines:
As the philosopher in metheours doith write
That the liknesse of bodies metalline be not transmutable…
Last Lines:
…Thus shall ye haue bothe gret elixer and aurum potabile
By the grace of God to whom be laude and joy eternally
Note: 168 lines; the rest of the text on f. 105v has been erased.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1442, Part VI (SC 7625), pp. 16-19
First Lines:
Take maydens vrine yonge of Age
Ashen burnte bothe salte & lyme…
Last Lines:
…And if I had more tyme & space
better to saye God sende me grace
Note: 124 lines; written two lines of verse per line in MS.
3.Source: London, British Library Sloane 3747, ff. 102-105
4.Source: London, British Library Sloane 3667, ff. 157v-160v
Note: 168 lines.
Editions:
Ashmole, Elias. Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum. London: J. Grimond, 1652: 111-16.