The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 5920
IMEV 3721
NIMEV 3721
Thus cold and moist hot and dry
George Ripley(?), alchemical verses ascribed to George Ripley — in couplets
Note: Sometimes incorporated in 4210; all texts show considerable variation; ed. Ashmole (1652), 393-96
Author(s): George Ripley (attrib.)
Subjects: alchemy
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1445 (SC 7630), Part VIII, I, ff. 45-46v: confused with 5095.

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 759 (SC 6954), f. 55
First Lines:
Thus cold and moist hotte and drie
byn put togeder all for so did I…
Last Lines:
…And all is don in houres thre
Wherfore it is callid Godis prenyte
Note: 8 lines.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1416 (SC 7611), f. 150v
First Lines:
And yf ye will to this medcyn applie
make hem hote and drie…
Last Lines:
…cold & moiste drie & weet
Do evenly I mete
Note: 10 lines. At the end: ‘Telos’. The poem has interlineary corrections in a different hand.
Black, William Henry. Catalogi Codicum Manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae…Pars X, A…Catalogue of the Manuscripts bequeathed…by Elias Ashmole. Oxford: Clarendon, 1845.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1448 (SC 7627), p. 77
First Lines:
Herd hevy hote & dry
put to gedir for so did I …
Last Lines:
…Than art þou richer þan the kynge
But if he haue the same þinge
Note: 7 lines only.
Singer, Dorothea Waley. Catalogue of Latin and Vernacular Alchemical Manuscripts. 3 vols. Brussels: Lamertin, 1928-31: 2.583.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1479 (SC 7643), ff. 217-218
First Lines:
Tak hevi softe collde & drye
clense hym & callce grynde suttelly…
Last Lines:
…for I tell þe Ryght well
Thare ys te dyademe of our crafte
Note: On f. 217: ‘Here folowyth a work very schort but not so schort as yt ys true’. At the end: ‘finis laudes deo prorsum’.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson B.306 (SC 11645), f. 43v
First Lines:
Take heuy soffte could & dry
Clense him & callce grind suttly…
Last Lines:
…for I tell you ryght well
There is the dyadem of our crafte
Note: Variant; 96 lines.
Attributed Title: Hear followeth a worke very short but not so shorte as it is new (f. 43v)
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.2.16 (1120), part I, f. 72
First Lines:
…yf ye wolle to þys medycyn a plye
make furst hevy hard hotte & drye…
Last Lines:
…þus may ye spend more þanne þe kynge
yf ye have connynge of suche a þynge
Note: Last six lines of prologue only, ending, ‘Explicit prologus’.
7.Source: London, British Library Sloane 288, ff. 73-74
8.Source: London, British Library Sloane 3688, f. 66v
9.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1842, ff. 10v-22
10.Source: London, British Library Sloane 3688, f. 66v
11.Source: London, Lincoln’s Inn Hale 90, ff. 48v-50
First Lines:
Take heauye soft cold and drye
Esense him and to Calx grind him subtilly…
Last Lines:
…Looke thou dispise them not
ffor I tell thee right well
There is the Dyadem of our Craft
Attributed Author: Ge Ripley (f. 48v)
Attributed Title: A short and very true worke of the same Authore (f. 48v)
Mooney, Linne R. “Middle English Verse in London, Lincoln’s Inn, MS Hale 90.” Journal of the Early Book Society 2 (1999): 182-3.
12.Source: London, Wellcome Historical Medical Library 519, f. 65v
First Lines:
Take of hard heuy soft & dry
& do togeher for so did I…
Last Lines:
…he þat takethe moore or lesse
is like to lose all as I gesse