CHAP. XXV. Of the Lizzard.
VOlatteranus writes, That there was a Lizzard 8. cubits long brought to Rome from Aethiopia, by the command of a Cardinal of Lisbone, and the mouth of it was so wide, that a Child might be put into it. Lerius c. 10. hist. saw one in Brasil, 7. foot long, as thick as a mans arm. If you strike it on the soal, and cut it in two pieces with a twig, neither part will dye, but it parts, and first goes, then joyns together, Aelian. The green ones are friends to man, that they will gaze upon him obliquely, and follow him when he goes; they will lick up his spittle, and Childrens urine, Erasmus in colloq. de amicitia. Putt alive into a new earthen vessell, and boyl'd with 3. Sextaryes of wine to one Cyathus, it is excellent good for one sick of the P•hisick, if he drink of it in the morning fasting, Marcell. Seven of them suffo∣cated Page 226 in half a measure of oyl▪ and set in the Sun for 3. dayes, will so alter it, that by anointing therewith, it will cure the Rose, Gesn. A water Lizzard, if he be angry, and as it were puffed up, will stand upright on his feet, and look terribly with open mouth on him that hurt him, and will by degrees send forth a venomous white swear, till he become all white, Agricola. When he is old and cannot see, he lies by a hole in the wall, against the East, and looking toward the Sun rising, he regains his sight, Isidor. To conclude, 'tis a won∣der that Aelian speaks in his history. There was (saith he) a man that catcht a great Lizzard, and with a brazen point he put out the eyes thereof, then he put it into an Earthen pot full of holes, that it might have breath, yet not come forth; he put in also de•y earth, and an herb, whose name he mentions not: then with an Iron ring, wherein the stone Sogates was set, in which was cut the picture of a Lizzard he made 9 seals, and every day he blotted out one: Lastly, when he took off the 9th. seal, and opened the p•t, I saw the Lizzard, and his sight was restored.