Of Iride. chap. 55.
IRis is a sixe cornered stone, as Isidore saith, and was first found in Arabia, by the red sea, and is now found in ma∣ny a place, as in Germany, in Ireland, and many lands of the North, & is bright and cléere in colour, & like to Christall, as Isid. saith, and hath name Iris of the likenesse of the raine bow, for if it be in a house in the Sunne, it maketh the like∣nesse of ye colour of the raine bow, in the wals of the next house, as Isi. saith. Men suppose that this stone hath the same vertue that Berill hath, but that is not found in quantitie, as Dioscorides saith. Also it is sayde, that this stone helpeth women that trauell of childe, that they may the sooner be deliuered, & better suf∣fer their throwes, and dread perill the lesse.