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.

¶Of Taxu. cap. 161.

AN Ewe trée is called Taxus, and is a tree with venime and poyson, and is a strong tree and an high, with great boughes piyant and long; of the which the Parthes make bowes, as Isid. saith li. 17. The Doet speaketh thereof & say∣eth that such trees are burnt, and bowes made thereof. The shadowe thereof is grieuous, and slayeth such as sleepe ther∣vnder. The iuyce thereof is too laxa∣tiue, the substaunce thereof kéepeth the euill that is called Ignis Grecus, that it shall not quench, as Dioscorides affir∣meth and sayth.

(*The Yew trée is a fast wood, wher of, because of the toughnesse, bowes are made for Archers, Ewe or Yew, is al∣together venemous, and against mans nature. The birdes that eate the redde berryes, eyther dye, or cast-theyr fe∣thers.)