¶Of Eleboro. cap. 55.
ELeborus hath the name of the Riuer Eleborus,* for there groweth much thereof, as Isi. sayeth. And the Romanes call this hearbe Veratrum, for it bring∣eth wit that is moued, into good dispositi∣on and health, if it be eaten or dronke: and thereof is two maner kindes, white and black, and is called white Eleborus, for it hath white rootes, & cleanseth and pourgeth white and fleumatick humors: & the blacke hath black rootes, and clean∣seth blacke and melancholike humours. Dioscorides and other Authours meane, that it is a full violent hearbe, and shall be taken readely and warely, for it grie∣ueth sore and slayeth soone, if it be vnrea∣dely taken of any person, and helpeth ne∣uerthelesse against manye euills, if it be taken in due manner, as Dioscori, saith. For it destroieth the feauer quartane, & Anieth wormes of the eares, & els where, and pouder thereof helpeth them yt haue the falling euil, & them that haue the Li∣turgie, the sléeping euill, if it be meddeled with bread, and flayeth mice if they eate thereof, as Diosc. saith and Plat. also. Of the two manner kinds of this hearb, the white Eleborus is the better, & is hot and drie of complection in the fourth degree, and groweth in mountaines & in moyst places, & hath leaues like to the leaues of plant ••ne, but they be more long & more sharpe in the ende, and the stalke is a cu∣bite long or more, and the roote thereof laxeth both vpward & downwards. And we shall neuer vse Eleborus, but ye mas∣ter be digested and made readye before hand, & yet then fall wiselye. Therefore Hippocrates saith, if thou wilt take Ele∣borus,Page [unnumbered] moue thy body, least that thou o∣uer sléepe: and hath vertue to resolue moyst matter, and to tourne it to vento∣sitie, and thereof commeth stopping of spirites, and death, as Dioscor. saith, and Platea also. And the blacke Eleborus, is much more perilloua.
(*Read Fuchsius, Mattheolus, Tur∣dar, or Dodoneus. This is a daūgerous hearbe, to cause a deadly sléepe, whereof are two kindes, blacke and white.)