Of Cipio. cap. 25.
OF Ciprus it is written Can. 4. Ci∣pricum nardo, &c. Li. 12. ca. 26. Pli∣nius saith, yt the Cipre is a trée in Ae∣gypt lyke to Oliue in leaues, but the leaues bee more gréene and more fatte, with blacke flowres and white séede, swéete smelling. And if the seede be sod or confect with Oile, out therof in wrong an ointment for kings, which smelleth wel, and is most delicious, and is called Ciprus. Also Isidore, lib. 17. & the Glose Super Can. and Plinius meaneth, that the best of the kinde of this Trée grow∣eth in Aegypt vpon the riuer Nilus, in the region of Canopia: and the second in Alcalone, and the third in Ciprus. And thereof the smell is wonderfully swéete. And as the sayeth, to this Trée another Trées is like, which is called Aspalatos, and is lyke to the Rose in flowre. And of the root & flowre thereof is made a no∣table ointment. Also he saith, that in eue∣ry schrub, where the Rainebowe shineth straight thereon, is the same swéetnesse of sauour and smell, all the while that the Bowe shineth there, and if the bowe shineth on the same Tree, it maketh the smell & fairenesse of it increase more then we man tell, & is like to a white thorne and hauing the colour of fire, or is redde, & smelleth some deale as Castorium: and some men call it Elizeus Scyepter, as hée saith there. Héereto Diosc. saith, that Ci∣prus is a medicinable Trée, of couenable and giuing vertue. The leaues thereof shewed abateth swelling of the mouth. The broth thereof flaieth wormes of the head, & infedeth the haire, if it bée washed there with. The flowre thereof sod with vineger, doth away head ach, as he saith. Ciprus is a trée yt is called Lentiscus by another name. Looke the vertue thereof in littera L.
(*Cuparisos, sorth of the Lentiske tree commeth the excellent gum or Ro∣seu called Masticke, it is in smal grains, as big as wheat cornes, & it is brought from ye Ile cyo, it is fayre, cleere, white, brittle, and of a sweet sauour.)