De Mure. cap. 73.
THe Mouse is called Mus, & is a little beast, as Isido. sayeth, and hath that name of Humus earth: for he breadeth and is gendered of humors of the earth, for earth is called Mus and Humus. Al∣so the the lyuer of this beast wexeth in the full of the Moone, lyke as a certaine fish of the sea increaseth then, and wa∣neth againe in the waning of the Moone: and Mice are called Sorices also, for they fret and gnaw things as it were a saw. Huc vsque Isid. lib. 12. And libro septi∣mo Arist. saith, that the mouse drinketh not, and if he drinketh he dyeth: and is a gluttonous beast, and is therefore be∣guiled with a little meate when he smel∣leth it, and will taste thereof. His vrine stinketh, and his biting is venemons: and his vrine is contagious, and also his taile is venemous accounted. Also lib. 8. cap. 38. Plinius speaketh of Mice & sai∣eth, that some Mice are wittie, and ga∣ther meate into their dennes, and hide themselues in dennes in winter time, & their palate is perfect in taste, and also their nose in smell. In haruest the male and female gather corne, and charge ey∣ther other vppon the wombe, and the male draweth the female so charged, by the taile to hir denne, and dischargeth hir, and layeth vp that stuffe in a place in the denne: and then they goe againe to trauaile, and gather eares of corne, & the male layeth himselfe on his owne Page 374 backe, and his female chargeth him, and taketh his taile in hir mouth, and dra∣weth him so home to the denne, and so they beare their burthens and charge, & chaunge course, & ste••s, and times. Also he saith, of Mice is diuers maner kinds, for some mice liueth in houses, & some in fields, & some in banks & brims of wa∣ters, and some depart the yeare atwaine in sléeping, for they sléepe halfe the yere, as Glires doe, which be a certaine ma∣ner of Mice, as Plin. saieth. And though Mice be full grieuous & noyfull beasts, yet they are in many things good & pro∣fitable in medicines: for as Plin. saith lib. 29. cap. 7. Ashes of Mice, with honye and with oyle dropped into the eares, doth away ache and griefe: and if any worme entreth and commeth into the •are, the chiefe remedie is the gall of Mice tempered wt wine, dropped warme into the eares. Dioscorides sayth, that Mice durt brused with vineger, cleanseth that euill Allopicia, and kéepeth and sa∣〈…〉 from falling of haire. Also that durt stamped with wine, and taken in drinke, softneth the wombe wonder∣fully 〈…〉 skinne laid all about the héele, heleth and saueth kybes & wounds therefrom.
(*Many be the kindes of Mice, as in Gesnes is depressed, the field Mouse: the Farie with a long snoute: the sleeper, that is of a •un coulour, and will runne on the edge of a sword, and sléepe vpon the payne.