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Open Access Poems

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This chapter of the book Verse and Transmutation contains poems, which are recipes for the philosophers' stone and were written, circulated and received in connection with each other throughout the early modern period. The poems were circulated as works of famous authors and alchemical authorities, often contributing to a pseudoepigraphic tradition. The corpus' poems include "Verses upon the Elixir", "Boast of Mercury", "Mystery of Alchemists", "Liber Patris Sapientiae", "Exposition", "Wind and Water", "Richard Carpenter's work", "ShortWork", and Texts from the Ripley Scroll, "Trinity".

Keywords: alchemical authorities; corpus' poems; early modern period; philosophers' stone; pseudoepigraphic tradition; transmutation



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