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In 1865, Hennig Brand thought that gold
Could be distilled from human urine, old,
Perhaps noting a similarity in color,
So he kept fifty buckets in his cellar.

By some method he converted urine
Into a noxious paste of some kind,
Then into some translucent waxy substance,
But so far there was no gold, and none hence.

However, after a time the substance began to glow,
And when exposed to the air burst as an inferno.
The substance soon became known as phosphorus,
But was too costly to make its business prosperous,

But an ounce of the flaming stuff sold
For way more than the price of gold!