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 drop. cap. 27.

A Drop is a right little part of the sea, or of water, or of raine, departed by some violence from the whole: & is called Gutta, when it standeth or hangeth on euesings or on trées, as it wer beglewed, as Isid. saith. And when a drop falleth, it is called Stilla, & thereof commeth Stilli∣cidum, as it were a falling drop. A drop whether it be called Stilla or Gutta, when it is departed frō a watry clowde, by the vertue of heat, or by strength of winde: then it falleth downwarde by his owne heauinesse & weight. And a drop is called Stilla, while it falleth, & Gutta while it standeth or hangeth. A drop hanging, fal∣ling, or standing, is in substaunce most cléere, round in shape, little in quantity, & great in vertue. For it moisteth the earth that it falleth vpon, & maketh it plente∣ous & fruitfull: and féedeth & nourisheth roots & séeds, and maketh them grow, and quickneth & saueth gréenenesse in trees, hearbes, and grasse. And féedeth and nou∣risheth fish in the sea: and maketh Oy∣sters fat, and bréedeth in them pearls and precious stones, as Isidore saith, & name∣ly the drop of dewe. And though a drop be most soft, yet by oft falling it pearceth that thing that is right hard, as this verse sayth, Gutta cauit lapidem, non vi, sed sepe cadendo. That is, a drop pearceth a stone, not by strength, but by oft fal∣ling.