Of meruailes in hit to be hade in wondre. Capitulum quadragesimum secundum.
Solinus. Sythe the yle of Briteyne conteynethe in hit mony thynges to be hade in meruayle, neuertheles iiij. thynges ar to be hade in meruayle in hit specially afore other thynges. The firste is at Pectun, where the wynde goethe furthe so faste that hit castethe owte clothes caste in to hit. The secunde is at Stanhenges, nye to Salisbury, where stones of a grete magnitude be exaltede in to the maner of ȝates, that thei seme as ȝates putte on ȝates, where hit can not be clerely perceyvede how and wherefore the stones were sette there. The thrydde is at Sherdehoole, where a holo place is vnder the erthe in to whom mony men haue entrede, seenge waters in hit, cowthe not come to thende of hit in eny wise. The iiijthe is, that reyne is seene to be eleuate from hilles, and to be diffudede anoon thro the Page 25, vol.2 feldes and cuntre nye to theyme. Also there is a water conteynenge lx. yles inhabitable, whiche is compassede abowte with lx. hilles, in eueryche of whom an egle makethe a neste, and lx. waters floo in to hit, of whom there goethe noon to the see but oon. Also there is a water compassede with a walle of ston of tyles, where men be waschen ofte|tymes, whiche is to euery man after his pleasure either hoote other colde. Also there be welles of salte in hit, ferre from the see, the waters of whom be salte by alle the weke vn to the howre of none in Seturday, and then the waters be fresche; of whiche water white salte is made and subtile. Also there is a grete damme in hit, the water of whom makethe moiste the clothes of men hauenge theire siȝhte directe to hit, and drawenge theym towarde hit, [folio 61b] thauȝhe hit were a grete hoste, the water is of suche efficacite; and if the faces of men be turnede from hit, that water schalle not greve theyme. Also there is a welle in whom a ryuer is not, neither a ryuer floethe from hit, in Page 27, vol.2 whom iiij. kyndes of fisches be taken; whiche welle hathe oonly xxti foote in longitude, and xxti foote in brodenes, whiche is not deipe but to the knees of a man, hauenge hye brynkes to hit on euery side. Also in the cuntre callede Wenta is a diche, from whom the wynde blawethe incessantely, in so moche that a man may not stonde afore hit. Also there is a water in that cuntre that turnethe a tre in to a ston if hit tary in þat water, where trees or woode be formede in to whettestones. Also there is a beryalle in the toppe of an hille, where euery man com|mynge schalle fynde his measure and quantite; and if a pilgreme, other elles a wery man, boo his knees þer to hit, he schalle not fele eny disease. Giraldus in Topographia. Also there is a woode fulle of frute nye to the monastery of Wynneburne, not ferre from Bathe; the wodde of hit putte in to a water nye to that place by a yere be turnede in to a ston. Giraldus in Itinerario. Also there rennethe a water vnder the cite of Chestre namede Dee, whiche di|uidethe Page 29, vol.2 Englonde from Wales, whiche is wonte, as hit is seide, to chaunge his furdes in euery monethe; and wheþer hit do drawe more nye to the partes of Englonde other elles of Wales, the peple do prenosticate a falle to the peple to whom hit is more nye. Also this water callede Dee hathe his begynnenge of a water callede Pimbelmere, and this floode of Dee is habundante in salmones, and vn to this tyme presente a samon was not founde in that water from whom the water of Dee commethe. Willelmus de Regi|bus, libro secundo. Hit is to be considerate how that diuine powere hathe lyȝhtede the peple of Englonde sythe that thei toke the feithe of Criste, where so mony seyntes be not founde in eny other prouince as in that; as of Seynte Edwarde, Seynte Edmunde the kynge, Elphegus, Cuthberte, and Seynte Thomas of Cawnterbery, with mony other seyntes; whiche y suppose to be causede by the inspiracion of Godde, that a nacion as putte with owte the worlde thro þe con|sideracion Page 31, vol.2 of that corruptele scholde be more bolde in feithe to the hope of the resurreccion.