The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
Found Records:
London, British Library Harley 2407
Linguistic note: McIntosh, Samuels, and Benskin (1986) and Benskin, Laing, Karaiskos, and Williamson (2013) LP 5210; Grid 366 140 (Somerset).
Number 5102-3
1.   f. 2v   Take Mercury from Mercury which is his wife
On Mercury — four monorhyming lines
Number 1980-2
2.   f. 7   Here is an herb men call lunary
An alchemical poem on the herb ‘Lunary’ (Moonwort) — twenty-two couplets; see Singer (1928), 853.
Number 2277-1
3.   f. 17   I shall you tell with hearty mood
On the Three Kings of Cullen, applied to the Alchemical Art — fifteen couplets [Singer (1928), 854]
Number 3759-1
4.   ff. 29v-31v   Now I shall here begin
Arnaldus de Villa Nova — fifty-three couplets
Number 1985-1
5.   f. 54v   Here is the root of philosophy
Four couplets prefixed to a Latin text, ff. 58-64v, ‘De lapide Philosophorum’ [Singer (1928), 855]
Number 5567-3
6.   f. 67v   There is a body of a body
‘The Whole Science’ (alchemical verses) — ten or eleven lines in couplets
Number 2615-1
7.   f. 75   In the name of the Holy Trinity
Alchemical verses: the order of God’s universe a justification for the Philosopher’s Stone — eleven couplets (Singer (1928), 856)
Number 2418-1
8.   f. 75v   If thou wilt this work begin
Geber, On the Virtue of the Planets and of the Philosopher’s Stone — eighteen lines [Singer (1928), 792]
Number 4420-8
9.   f. 76   Problems of old likeness and figures
John Lydgate, ‘The Chorle and the Birde’ — fifty-four stanzas rhyme royal including 2-stanza envoy, plus one 8-line ‘Verba translatoris’ (ababbcbc)
Number 5567-4
10.   f. 90v   There is a body of a body
‘The Whole Science’ (alchemical verses) — ten or eleven lines in couplets
Number 4210-23
11.   ff. 91-93   Of Spain take the clear light
On preparing the Philosopher’s Stone, ascribed in Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.2.16 (1120) to Richard Carpenter (cf. Thorndike (1934), 4.351-3) — generally forty-eight couplets, but numerous variants