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.
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Of Enidros. chap. 42.

ENidros is a little stone, and drop∣peth alway, and melteth not, nor it is neuer the lesse in any wise, and so it is sayde in Lapidario: Enidros that stone, weepeth alwaye as it were by springing of a full well with dropping teares and welleth alway. And there it is sayd, that it is hard to tell the cause of these doings. For if the drops were of the substance of ye stone, why is not the stone lesse, or mel∣teth awaye? And if a thing entereth into the stone, why is it that that thing that entereth, putteth not againe that thing yt goeth out, but as séemeth me, it maye be, that the vertue of the stone maketh the aire thicke that is nigh thereto, and turneth it into water. And so it seemeth that it commeth out of the substaunce of the stone. Neuerthelesse it commeth of the substance of the aire that is about the stone.

*Perpetui fletus lacrimis distillat Eni∣dros.
Qui velut ex pleni fontis scaturigine manat.
Dissoluing drops and teares full oft, that Enidros the stone doth drop,
Which as out of a fountaine full, doth alwaies runne and neuer stop.