Of Mist. Chap. 12.
MIst is impression made of resolution and falling of clowds that be fallen into reiny water, as Arist. saith. For va∣pours so resolued & fallen & shed & spred into all the parts of the aire, breed & gen∣der must; and ye neerer mist is to ye earth, the more thicke and darke and cold it is found. And when it is high from ye earth, it is more cleere & more nigh the Sun: and therfore it is more colde and darke. And when mist is all smitten with the beames of the Sunne, it falleth downe & Page [unnumbered] turneth againe into the matter that it tame of, and vanisheth and falleth. And so the aire is purged, and then it betoke∣neth faire weather and cléere. And some∣time mist is corrupt by vapours, of the which it is gendered, and is ful gréeuous and corrupteth veynes that burgen, and breedeth in beasts diuerse sicknesses and euilles. Mist is friend of théeues, and to euill doers, for it hideth their spiers and waitings. And myst letteth waye-fa∣ring men and Pilgrimes, for in greate mistes waies be vnknowen and vncer∣teine. Mist withdraweth from vs light and beames of the Sun, and other stars, and therefore it is full heauy & perilous to shipmen, as Beda sayth. For while darke mist couereth the sea, & occupyeth it, the sternman doubteth, and cannot know whetherward he shall stir the ship a right.