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Art. 10, Vorte make cynople


ABBREVIATIONS: AND: Anglo-Norman Dictionary; ANL: Anglo-Norman Literature: A Guide to Texts and Manuscripts (R. Dean and Boulton); BL: British Library (London); Bodl.: Bodleian Library (Oxford); CCC: Corpus Christi College (Cambridge); CUL: Cambridge University Library (Cambridge); IMEV: The Index of Middle English Verse (Brown and Robbins); IMEV Suppl.: Supplement to the Index of Middle English Verse (Robbins and Cutler); MED: Middle English Dictionary; MWME: A Manual of the Writings in Middle English, 1050–1500 (Severs et al.); NIMEV: A New Index of Middle English Verse (Boffey and Edwards); NLS: National Library of Scotland (Edinburgh).

incipit cynople. See MED, sinopre (n.), “A red ocher used in making a vermilion coloring material; also the color vermilion, red.”
1 brasyl. See MED, brasile (n.), sense (b), “a dye, dye-solution, or pigment from brazilwood.”
seoth. This verb refers to the process of reducing a liquid by boiling it down. See MED, sethen (v.(1)).


Tac brasyl ant seoth in dich watur to the halfendel other to the thridde partie. Ant
seththe tac a ston of chalk ant mak an hole i the chalk, as deop ant as muche as thu
wenest that thi watur wol gon in, ant held it therin. Ant seththe anon, riht quicliche,     
tak a bord other a ston, ant keover hit that non eyr ne passe out, ant let hit stonde
vorte hit beo colt.
Take brazilwood pigment and boil it in ditch water to reduce it by one-half to one-
third. And then take a chalkstone and make a hole in the chalk, as deep and as big
as you think your water will fit into, and pour it therein. And then immediately, very
quickly, take a board or a stone, and cover it so that no air may pass out, and let it
stand until it is cold.

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