Excerpt from “The Proheme” of “The Ordinall of Alchimy” by Thomas Norton

For he that shulde all a common people teache,
He must for them use plaine and common speache;
Though that I write in plaine, and hoemely wise
No good-Man then shulde such writenge dispise.
All Masters that write of this Soleme werke
They made their Bokes to many Men full derke,
In Poyses, Parables, and in Metaphors alsoe,
Which to Shollers causeth peine and woe:
For in their practise whan they would it assay,
They leese their Costs, as men see aldaye.

From: Norton, Thomas; Ashmole, Elias and Holmyard, Eric John, The Ordinall of Alchimy, 1929, The Willliams & Wilkins Co: Baltimore, pp. 7-8.

Date: 1477

By: Thomas Norton (c1433-c1513)

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