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Take Mercury from Mercury which is his wife
On Mercury — four monorhyming lines
Title(s): On Mercury
Subjects: alchemy
Versification: — monorhyme — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1445 (SC 7630), Part VIII, f. 36
Transcription:
Take {Mercury} from {Mercury} which is his wife
For {Mercury} wife to {Mercury} maketh greate strife
But {Mercury} wyfes wyfe
To {Mercury} maketh no stryfe
2.Source: London, British Library Egerton 845, f. 16v
Transcription:
Take Mercury frome Mercury whiche is his wyfe
ffor a Mercury wyfe to Mercury makythe great stryfe
But Mercury wyfes wyfe
To Mercury makythe no stryfe
Note: ‘Mercury’ always (6 times) represented by the alchemical symbol for mercury rather than spelled out.
Editions:
Singer, Dorothea Waley. Catalogue of Latin and Vernacular Alchemical Manuscripts. 3 vols. Brussels: Lamertin, 1928-31: 2.579.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 2407, f. 2v
Note: Variant.
Editions:
Ashmole, Elias. Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum. London: J. Grimond, 1652: 434.