Of the dawning. chap. 22.
THE dawning is end of the night, that passeth, and is beginning of the daye, that commeth after: and is called Aurora, as Isi. saith, as it were a golden horne: for if sendeth shining coulour, as it were coulour of gold: And therefore in the dawning, the Gréekes call the Sun Crilodomus, that is to vnderstand, the house of golde. For his beames shining, doe shewe golden creastes. Or els he is called Aurora, as it were wether dew∣ing. For in the dawning dew is gende∣red: and by the moisture therof the earth is watred and sprong, and the heat of the ayre tempered: and the dawning hath light of the Sunne, & is more cleere then the night, and more darke then the day. The day exciteth cleane birds, and daye foules to dye and to sing, and driueth & feareth away night soules. In the spring∣ing of the dawning, flowres that be clo∣sed, open: and hearbes and grasse, that wither and fade in great heat, arise and reare vp theyr heads. In the dawning vertue and strength of wit and of féeling be comforted. In the dawning sicknesse of beasts is lighted and abated For in ye dawning, sanguine humour hath princi∣pall mastry, as Constantine sayth. The dawning followeth the kinde of spring∣ing time euen to Undern, and middaye followeth the kinde of Summer, and the euentide followeth the kinde of Haruest time, and night is called and lykened to Winter. In the dawning, for mastry of blo•d, sléepe is swéete and wholesome. Also that time most speciallye Cockes be excited to crowe. And in the dawning Lucifer, the starre ariseth, and warneth of the Sunne rising, & of his soone com∣ming. The dawning beginneth from the end of darknesse, and wareth perfect, and passeth to the perfection of light, & chan∣geth his coulour in the arising of the Sunne. For the sheweth, now yeolowe, nowe redde, and nowe golden coulour. This diuersitie commeth of diuerse qua∣litie of vapours or of clowdes, in the which is printing of the Sunne beames, as Beda sayth. Dawning is Aurora: and Aurora and Diluculum, is all one, and is called Diluculum, as the bright and lyght beginneth of the day. For Di∣luculum, as Isidore sayth, is end of the night and beginning of full lyght, relée∣uing and easing of sicknesse, spéeding and deliueraunce from enimyes. For in Di∣luculo, that is the dawning, enimies fly and théeues also, as he sayth. Mane and Diluculum is all one. For Mane is full of lyght, and is called Mane that is good, for nothing is better then lyght, as Isi∣dore sayth. Mane the early dawning, is beginning of trauaile, ende of sléeping, time of sobernesse, and perfect digestion and ended, and maketh an end of yt night lyttle and little, and passeth soone, and sheweth qualities, figures, and shapes of things.