Of Heremo. chap. 52.
HEremus is a wayles wildernesse, and there dwell but fewe, excepte wilde beasts and fierce. Therfore men that de∣sire to dwell in wildernesse and out of mens sight and company, be called Her∣mites. And Heremus is declined He∣remus, Heremi, and hath that name of contrary meaning: For Hereo, heres, is for to say, to tarry and abide: For fewe men tarry & abide therein. Or Heremus is said, as it were cleaning land: for com∣monly land that is called Heremus, and Solitudo, is hard, fast, and sadde. In her∣mites place and solitarye, wilde beastes walke more freely, and abide more surely then in other places: for thicknesse of bushes and many woods, wild foules and Birdes sing there most sweetly, and also make their neasts. And for manye wilde beasts & foules haunt such places, though they bee solitarye: yet sometime hunters come thereto: and also there fowlers hide otten their grinnes and their nettes. Also men that inhabite in that place liue in much trauaile. For now they bée gree∣ued with Frost, and now with burning of heate, now falleth vppon them dewe, now raine, now hoare frost, and nowe Snowe. And they bee selde ouerset but haply by theeues or by hunters. Therfore these places of Hermits haue much gree∣uaunce & trauaile, neuerthelesse it hath a vauntage of commoditie and rest.