¶Of Pice. chap. 123.
PItch is called Pix, and is dropping of the Pine trée, and is made hard & blacke séething on the fire, as Isid. saith. Of Pitch is double manner of kinde, the one is called ship pitch, for ships bée pitched therewith, and chins and crasing of ships be stopped therewith, to keepe that water should not come into ye ship; & pitch molten, is called pitch Liquida, & either kinde of pitch is hot and dry, and the hard pitch is compouned in one ma∣ner, and the fléeting or softe in another maner. And many call this fléeting pitch Colophora, or Pix Greca, Pitch of Gréece: for in Gréece is much thereof found, and either manner pitch is medi∣cinable, and dissolueth and consumeth, & wasteth, and helpeth against stopping & euill of the splene, and is put in many o∣ther medicines and in playsters.
And Dioscorides saith, that Pitche helpeth against venime and venemous biting, stamped with salte, and pitch ma∣keth fire burne lightly, and defileth and smorcheth hands by cleauing too, that it toucheth, and namely, if it be molten, & defileth white coulour, and white cloathes and cleane, and such defiling is vn∣neth taken away from cloathes, as tou∣ching the colour and sauour.