De Sanguisuga. ca. 93.
A Water léeche is called Sanguisuga, and is a water worme, & hath that name for he loueth and sucketh bloud, & lieth in a wait vpon them that drink, and when he falleth to the iaws, or clea∣ueth to any place, he sucketh & drinketh bloud, and when he hath dronke ouer∣much, he casteth it out againe, and suck∣eth newe bloud yet againe, as Isidore sayth, lib. 12. and is a worme with some part browne colour, distinguished with some deale red strakes, & is soft of body euenlong, and plyaunt, and his mouth is thrée cornered, and in his mouth is a pipe, with the which he sucketh bloud: and he sitteth vppon venimous things, and therefore when he shall bée set to a member because of medicine, first he shal be wrapped in nettles and in Salt, & is thereby compelled to cast out of his bo∣dy, if he haue tasted any venimous thing in warme water. And in hot time he ap∣plieth & setteth himselfe soone to a mem∣ber for to sucke. A horse léech.