Batman vppon Bartholome his booke De proprietatibus rerum, newly corrected, enlarged and amended: with such additions as are requisite, vnto euery seuerall booke: taken foorth of the most approued authors, the like heretofore not translated in English. Profitable for all estates, as well for the benefite of the mind as the bodie. 1582.
Bartholomaeus, Anglicus, 13th cent., Trevisa, John, d. 1402., Batman, Stephen, d. 1584.

Of December. chap. 20.

THE twelfth moneth is December, so called because hée is the tenth after the reinie time. And December is a wa∣ter month: and is called Thubeth among the Ebrewes, and Epileos among the Gréeks, and hath .31. dayes: his night hath 18. houres, & his day hath .6. And in this month is Solsticial: for in ye middle ther∣of the Sun entreth into the signe of Ca∣pricorno. And when it is so farre from our dwelling, yt it may no farther passe toward the South: then it tourneth a∣gaine little and little from the South circles, and styeth vp by the North cir∣cles, and the end of Haruest is the begin∣ning of Winter: and stretcheth vnto Page  [unnumbered] the xvii. daye of March, and then begin∣neth growing time. And in that month for sharpnesse of colde, fowles & beastes that be fed in house be quiet and of lit∣tle mouing, and therefore they wexe fat, and therefore that time they be slaine. And of these monthes, a yeare is made, as well of the Sunne, as of the Moone.

FOrasmuch as the learned by theyr obseruations,* haue written of diuers perilous dayes to happen in euery mo∣neth: and considering how necessarye it is that those dayes bee expressed, for the auoyding of manye daungers, notwithstanding, the Ordinaunce of God, can alter both the times and sea∣sons.

Ianuarie hath eight such dayes, the 1. the 2. the 4. the 5. the 10. the 15. the 17. the 19. Drinke white wine this month, if thou bée able: or els vse temperate dyet.

Februarie hath thrée dayes, the 8. the 10. the 17. these not so euill. Be circum∣spect of the 26. daye, the 27. and the 28. Eate no broathes, wherein is Mal∣lowes, &c.

March hath thrée dayes, the 15. the 16. the 19. not so euill as the 28. daye. Swéete meales are good to eate this moneth, young Lambe, Meale, and Pullaine.

Aprill hath two dayes, the 16. the 21. The 7. daye and the 8. the 10. the 20. vse hot and comfortable meates of light digestion.

Maye hath thrée dayes, the 7. the 15. the 20. These not so euill, the thirde the sixt, rise early, and breake thy fast in a measure.

Iune hath two, the 4. the 7. These not so euill, the 10. the 15. the 22. Sage and Lettuce are good in Sallets: and sometime to drinke colde water, is not hartfull.

Iuly hath two dayes, the 15. the 20. Abstaine thy bodie, beware of lust, and lecherie.

August two dayes, the 19. the 20. The 29. and 30. Mesraine strong drinks and hot spices.

September hath two dayes, the 6. the 7. The 3. the 4. the 21. and 22. eate good fruites that nourish.

October one daye, that is the 6. The 3. the 16. the 24. Drinke good wine and auoyd discord.

Nouember hath two dayes, the 15. the 19. Beware ye bl••de not the 5. day, the 6. the 28. the 29.

December hath thrée dayes, the 6. the 7. the 9. Take héede of the 15. 17. 22. Warme not thy féete too hot, nor let not thy selfe bloud, except an extremitie vrgeth: frequent the Temples for thy Religion, and obay thy Lord God, and make much of the Phisition.