Seven Bodies in Alchemy

Sun is gold, moon silver, Mars iron, Mercury quicksilver, Saturn lead, Jupiter tin, and Venus copper.

The bodies seven, eek, lo hem heer anoon;
Sol gold is, and Luna silver we threpe;
Mars yren, Mercurie quyksilver we clepe;
Saturnus leed, and Jubitur is tyn;
And Venus coper, by my fader kyn.

Chaucer: Prol. of the Chanounes Yemanes Tale.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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