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.