Capitulum sextum decimum.
EGIPTE toke the name of hit of Egyptus, broþer off Danay, which was callede somme tyme Aeria, hauenge on the este parte to hit the Redde see, of the sowthe Nilus and men of Ynde, of the northe the grete see and the superior parte*. [Ægyptus.] of Syria, of the weste parte the mownte of Libanus. This region of Egipte is not vsede to reyne, hauenge water oonly of that floode callede Nilus, plentuous of corne and copious of marchandise. Petrus, capitulo nonagesimo quarto. When Egipte is plentuous of corne, hit is bareyne in pastures, ageyne the nature of other regiones and in contrary wyse; for the taryenge of þat floode callede Nilus on the londe lettethe the tymes of plowenge, other destryethe cornes and then hit noryschethe pastures. Cocodrilles be habundaunte there and horses of the floode, callede hippotauri.*. [ypotauri, Harl. MS.] Egipte hathe at the este parte of hit waste deserte, conteynenge Page 133, vol.1 diuerse wonders, at the weste parte of whom is a region callede Canopia, whiche yle is the ende of Egipte and the begynnenge of Libia, where the durre of the floode callede Nilus is, where hit fallethe in to the grete see. ℞. Nilus or Gyon thauȝhe hit be affermede to haue begynnenge from paradise, hit is seyde to haue his originalle in þe weste partes of the end of Ethiop, not ferre from the mownte Atlantike, whiche compassenge Ethioppe descendethe by Egipte, the pleyne cuntres of whom hit dothe watre and makethe the londe plentuous thro slycche that hit drawethe with hit. And so, after seynte Ierom super Amos prophetam, that floode called Nilus thro the disposicion of God, watrethe alle Egipte, the grete hepes of gravelle schuttenge the durre of hit, that hit scholde not descende soone in to the grete [folio 30b] see: after the seyde waterenge, the hepes of the gravelle loosede, hit descendenge nye to Canopea and Libia is re|ceyvede of the grete see. Neuerþelesse Isoder wille, libro 13o, that Nilus swellethe thro northe wyndes waters mak|enge grete stryvenge behynde hit; but Beda, de Naturis Page 135, vol.1 rerum, seyethe in this wise, that the sowthe wynde blawenge in the monethe of May makethe hepes of gravelle, þro whom the durres of that floode callede Nilus be stoppedde, þro whiche stoppenge the pleyne growndes of Egipte be replete with water; that wynde seasenge and the gravelles y-loosede hit returnethe in to his place, by whom hit descendethe in to the grete see.