De Cera. cap. 61.
WAre is the draste or dregs of hour, & within the substance therof Bees gather the licours of hony spedled with the drast• of wa•e. as Aristotle saith li. 8. Therefore who that will keep hony in dip purenesse, that depen• if by time from the substaunce of War•. And 〈…〉 hath this propertye, that among •••rustes of 〈…〉, it fla•s•th aboue, and fleiketh not to the bossome when it is ••f, but com∣meth vpward & storeth aboue, and that maketh the parth of fire & of ayre. that hard the ma•••y therin. And to ••le•e molten in spa•e• bra••th down ye water & o•teth aboue, for that in so much light∣nesse of ayre, and ••••leth vpwarde be∣cause therof, and the more new waxe is ye better it smelleth, & to the more pure & ye better to work, & the more able to take impression & printing of diuerse •gened ye shapes: and both figures printed and letters written therein doieth & lesseth the longer time, and such Waxe is called Uirgins waxe. Also Waxe is good and néedfull to many doinges, for it is good in medicinen and in diuers ointmentes and confections: For it heateth & resol∣deth, tempereth, openeth, ripeth, & draw∣eth and wasteth vapours: And is also good to féeding of light, and therefore waxe serueth on temples & on Altars of Gods, and on tables of Lorde or and cer∣teine doings and vsages be called Cere∣monie, & haue ye name of Cera, waxe,* or of Cereis, waxe tapers, for in ye Ceremo∣nies of ye temples, waxe tapers were of∣fered, & yet be, as Hugutlon saith. And so they yt serue in churches of waxe can∣dles be called Ceroserarij, as they yt ser∣ueth Page 404 in halls of kings and of Bishoppes be called Primicerij,* as be sayth. Also letters be sealed with waxe cloased & pa∣tent: And priuitie is hidde vnder Waxe, & priuiledges be confirmed with Waxe. Tables be filled and dressed with waxe, simple or coloured, and therein be letters & diuers figures or shapes written or planed by the office of p••ntlls. And for diuers vse linnen clothes be waxed: And waxe keepeth & saueth bookes frō raine & frō water, for waxe is some •eale vnctu∣ous, & sucketh in moisture, & suffereth it not to perish, & fell by the •o•ses of s•a∣red chord. Waxe melteth and •ayleth in heat, & daies ended in colde yt seemeth not to wet things and tough And therefore seales the wet, for ye waxe shuld not 〈…〉 to the waters and priuies thereof.