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 a sparkle. Cap. 8.

A Sparkle is a lyttle particular of fire, broke of fierie matter, by vertue and réese of fire, that departeth it. Therefore the mouing of sparckles is sodaine mo∣uing: for it is sodainly departed & dea∣led, and moued vpward, but by heauines of the earthie matter, it falleth to ye mid∣dle downward, at last. Also for ye mouing thereof is cléere and bright as a starre, by shedding of fire, and sparcklyng in the earth, it séemeth gréene with beames of light: and therfore the mouing ther∣of, is as the mouing of fire worketh and is vertuous. For of a lyttle sparckle in a heape of towe or of tinder, commeth sodainly a great fire. By chaunging of aire, sparkles vanish sodainly & be quen∣ched, and abideth nothing of them but ashes. By temperate blast of wind, spar∣kles he kindled, and quenched by strong blast, and thirleth the ayre by putting: but in thirling ye aire, it changeth & soin∣deale altereth it: the stronger the fire is, the mouing of sparkles and swiftnesse is yt more. Of gréene matter & of moist, commeth great sparckles and strong, thirling and pearcing in the toing and working: but they be fewe, & not right many in number.