❧The eyght Booke of Notable thinges.
[ 1] YOu shal make Vi∣negar by and by, if you powre pure & good Wine halfe sodde, into a newe earthen vessell, then well couered and stopte: and so the same Potte set in hotte scalding water.
[ 2] A Woolfe fyrst seeing a Man, doth lyfte vp his voyce, and as a vyctor, doth despyse him. But if he perceyue that the Man hath espyed him fyrst, he laies away his fiercenes, and can not run. D. Ambrosius. Virgil. Plato. Sextus. Platon. And other.
[ 3] THere is deadlye warre betweene the Hawke and the Eagle, who, sometymes are so fast together in theyr fyght: that they are both taken or catcht ther∣by. Plynius.
[ 4] TO take the Byrdes that eates the seedes that are sowne. Seethe Garlicke, that it may not growe againe: for it is sayde to profyte maruelously, if it be throwne vnto them: for they that shall eate of it, wyl be taken with your hand. Mizaldus.
HE that takes his iourney on the Sea, in the houre of Saturne: he shall haue many waues, and diuers [ 5] wyndes, which wyll cast him to vnknowen places. Haly Abenragel.
Page 190 [ 6] YF you geue one of these Pylles following euerye nyght going to bed, to him that hath the palsey: it wyll helpe him, for it is proued. Take of hearbe Iue, Cowslops, Bettony, of the flowres of Sticados arabi∣ci, of each one dram: let them be dryed in the shadow, and make them in fyne powder, then take good Tur∣byth, one dram, of the best Agarick, two drams, Co∣loquyntyda, halfe a dram, Gynger, Salgem, of eyther ten graynes, good and chosen Rewbarbe, one dram and a halfe, Spykenarde, seuen graines, the powder of Hiera simplex galeni. halfe an ounce, Scamony pre∣pared, one dram: let them all be made in fyne pow∣der, and with the iuyce of hearbe Iue, make a masse of Pylles. The weyght to be geuen at one tyme is, one Pyll of one scruple. And marke, if he that hath the palsey, take this ordinary Pylle, (not once euerie day, but) twyse in the weeke at the least: you shall see a sudden helpe in the palsey. These Pylles maye worthely bee called gloryous Pylles in the palsey. Emperica benedicti victorij fauentini.
[ 7] A Certaine man fynding or catching a Mowse, dyd hyt his wife therwith on ye left cheeke, being with chylde, who after was delyuered of a Wench: which Wench had, and yet hath, the marke of a Mowse on her left cheeke. This was tolde by a credible womā, who sayd moreouer, that the name of this Wenches Father was, Thomas Bucknam, dwelling at ye tyme in Northfolke, in a certayne Towne called Dysse. This affyrmes my other wryting hereof.
YOu may turne white Wine into redde, without a∣ny hurt or detryment, by and by, if the powder of Page 191 Honny, (that is fyrst sod vnto a stony substaunce, and then dryed, & so made in powder,) be cast into whyte Wyne, and myxing it well in the same with rowlyng it vp and downe together. The rootes of any kinde of Dockes, eyther new or dryed, put into the Wine: wyll perfourme the same with lesse busynes.
[ 9] GArlycke being stampt with Hogs, or Barrowes grease, and made something thycke lyke an oynt∣ment: doth maruelously helpe them that haue the coughe, and haue taken colde: if theyr soles of theyr feete, and theyr backe bone before the fyre, be annoin∣ted therewith.
[ 10] WHosoeuer hath any fyxed Starre of the fyrst ho∣nor, or magnitude, in the degree of theyr Horos∣cope, or in the degree of theyr Cuspe of the tenthe house, or in the degree of the Sunne by day, or in the degree of the Moone by nyght: he shall possesse great rytches, and honors, then his Auncestors haue done: of the Nature of that fyxed Starre. In deede this is true, if that fyxed Starre be of a small Latitude: but if it be of a great Latitude, his strength wyll smallie appeare in the Natiuitie of the Chylde. Thus much Taisnier.
[ 11] THis water following is excellent good to cleare a dym syght, if two or three drops therof be put into the eyes at a tyme, vsyng it certayne dayes together. Take of the water of Uarueyn, the water of Ro∣ses, and the water of Fennell, of eache fowre ounces, whyte strong wine, three ounces, Tuty preparate, & Page 192 Sugar candy, of either three drams, Aloes Hepatick, two drams: let al them be beaten in fine powder that are to be powdred, and put them into the waters & Wine, mixing all together, and let them remaine and stand a whole day, then streine them easely, and keepe that lycquor in a fayre glasse, & vse it as is before said. This is a precious thing for the syght and the eyes.
[ 12] A Maruelous medicine for woundes & sores. Take a handfull of Arsmart, wette in fayre water: then laye it in the wounde or sore. After burye the same Arsemart in some moyst ground: and the said wound or sore, wyll afterwarde myraculously heale, as the same hearbe doth rotte, and consume. This I had of one that affyrmed it to be true. I thinke it is writ∣ten by Paracellus.
[ 13] THe bodyes of drownd or dead men, do fleete on the water with theyr faces and bellies vpward: but dead Women, do fleete on the water grouelyng, or with theyr faces downward: cōtrary to theyr pro∣creation. But they do not fleete or swym aboue the water: out of whome the Lunges is taken. &c. Mi∣zaldus.
[ 14] THe water of Marygooldes doth helpe all diseases of the eyes, and takes away all paines of the head. And the smoake of the flowres therof taken or recey∣ued by a Fundyble into the secrete partes of a Wo∣man, or else otherwyse taken: doth bring forth easelie the after burthen. This secrete, Mizaldus dyd get of an olde Mydwyfe, which had neede of his helpe o∣therwyse.
Page 193 [ 15] THe heade of a Gleade vnfeathered, burned, and so much thereof taken with water, and droonke, as you maye take vp with three fyngers: helpes them that haue the gowte. Galenus.
[ 16] IF any come or send to thee in the howre of Iupiter, it is for no harme: but rather for good. Therefore doubt it not, and though it should seeme to be some harme or losse at the fyrst: yet at length it wyll turne to good. The oftner one tryes it, the truer he shall fynde it: so that he be not Retrograde or Combust.
[ 17] OKe ferne, (called Polipodium,) stampt and pla∣stred vpon the feete of the Woman traueling of chylde: causeth the byrth of the chylde, eyther a lyue or dead. This was tolde me for a great secrete.
[ 18] TAke the grease of a Swyne or a Hogge, and rubbe therewith the body of any that is sycke, against the harte, or ye soles of his feete: then geue that grease to a Dogge, which if he eate, the partye wyll escape: if not, it is a token that he wyll dye thereof.
[ 19] THis following, wyll helpe them that be deaffe. Take a peece of greene Elme, or Ashe, and laye it in the fyre, and receyue the water that commeth out of the endes thereof: and take also a spoonefull of the iuyce of Syngreene, and a spoonefull of Aqua vite, and a spoonefull of the grease of an Eele that is redde beneathe the nauell: boyle all these together a lytle on the fyre, and put it into a glasse, and when he goeth to bedde, put some thereof into his eare luke warme, Page 194 and in two or three dayes, he wyll be hole, and heare well. This is proued.
[ 20] TO drawe out a toothe without any payne. Take the goom of Iuy, and greene Iuy leaues, of each a lyke weyght, and burne them to powder, in a newe earthen potte, and when it is made in fyne powder, myxe it together with the mylke of Spurge, and put some thereof into the toothe that you woulde haue out, if it be hollow, if not, touch the toothe therwith, and it wyll fall out: but beware you touch none other toothe therwith.
[ 21] AElianus dooth report, that no sycke person of the Locrenses, should vpon payne of death: drynke any Wyne without the consent & knowledge of the Phi∣sition, or any other geue it them, without the com∣maundement of the Phisition.
[ 22] IF you wyll proue whether there be any water mix∣ed with Wyne or not, put an Egge into the Wyne: and if the Egge synke into it, there is water myxt with it: if the Egge swym, then it is pure Wyne.
[ 23] IF the scull of an aged man, be hanged in a Dooue∣house: Pygions wyll be encreased there, and wyl lyue quietly. Albertus, as Mizaldus doth wryte.
[ 24] THe iuyce of Baye leaues distylled into the cares: doth not permytte deafnesse, nor other straunge soundes to abyde in the eares. Petrus Hispanus.
[ 25] A Question was asked of ye state of a certayn person being sycke, & of what condition the disease was, Page 195 and whether they should recouer therof, or not. &c: It seemed at the fyrst syght, that the party was hole for whome the question was made, because the Sunne was in the tenth house, and the parte Fortune in the Ascendent, but many other testymonies shewed the contrary: And also Mars dyd corrupt Venus, Lady or Alumten of the Ascendēt, and Venus also was vnder the beames of the Sunne, and began to be Combust, distaunt from the Sun ten degrees: for Venus was in the .xxviii. degree of Sagitary, and the Sun in the .viii degree of Capricorne: which two degrees in Sagitary dyd sygnify two monthes, (being a common sygne,) and the .viii. degrees in Capricorne being a moueable sygne, dyd sygnify .viii. dayes: therfore it was to be doubted of the death of the sicke personne, about two monthes and .viii. daies after the questiō was made: as God would ordaine, and so it hapned ryght by the appoyntment of God, to whome it belonges onely to cure, infyrmities & griefes, to raise vp the dead, and to moderate the earthly bodies, by the heauenly bodies: and to dispose inferyor thinges by meanes: to whom be glory. Amen. Guilelmus Anglicus in suo tractatu de vrina non visa.
[ 26] AN excellent medicine for the ache in the bones, or armes, or any other place of the body. Annoynt the place where the payne or ache is, with good and pure Aqua Composita by the fyre, and let it drinke in: doo thus three or fowre tymes together, then at the last tyme whyle it is wette, cast vpon the wette place where the ache is, the powder of Olibanum, (which is the fairest and the whitest of the Franken∣sence,) and so laye a lynnen cloath vpon the powder, Page 196 and sowe it fast, and so let it lye three or fowre dayes, vntyll it be well and whole. (Which wyll be by that tyme, God wylling.) Proued.
[ 27] ENuches, (that is, they that be gelded,) be neuer balde nor gowtye. Hippocr.
[ 28] IT is a thing worthy of memory, that Lampridius wrytes of Heliogabalus, the Romaine Emperour: who sayth, he had fowre Hartes in his Charret that carryed him: and so many Dogges, calling him selfe Diana: and fowre Tygers, calling himselfe Bacchus: and fowre Lyons, calling him selfe Cibel: and he ioygned fowre Women to his Charret, as Sesostris King of Egipt, dyd with fowre Kings. O prowde, presumptuous Prince: he might ryde a good whyle in that Charret, ere it woulde bring him to heauen.
[ 29] IT is not good to burye any too hastely, especially: such as haue had the Apoplexy, the falling sycknes, and that are suffocate with the Strangulation of the wombe, called the moother. For such may seeme to be deade, and yet reuyue againe within three dayes: for it was the fowrth daye after Lazarus dyed, ere Christe dyd rayse him from death to lyfe: least any should falsely report, that Lazarus had had the Apo∣plexy, or the falling sycknes, or such lyke, and therfore but in a traunce, or not perfectly dead: whereby the iust meryte of Christes maruelous myracle thereof myght be darkned. This is the meaning of Lemnius in his seconde Booke of the secrete myracles of Na∣ture. Therefore it is very meete to know, whether any such be perfectly dead or not, which you may doo Page 197 by holding a lytle burning candle at the parties nose, whose mouth is open: or else by setting some lytle cuppe or glasse full of water to the brymme, vpon the sayde partyes belly or nauell, for by the mouing of the flame of the candle, or of the vessell with water: you shall perceyue his secrete breathing, and whe∣ther there be any lyfe in him or not. Camillus.
[ 30] AN approued medicine dooth follow for the short∣nes of breath, & doth maruelously helpe the same: for if halfe an ounce thereof be geuen to the patient, thryse in a naturall daye, that is three howres before dynner, two howres before supper, and about myd∣nyght: continewing the same three or fowre dayes and no moe: you shall see the diseased healed. Take of Manna elect or chosen, called Manna Granata, two ounces, the flowre of Cassia newly drawne, halfe an ounce, Penyedes three ounces, oyle of sweete Al∣mondes being new, one ounce, the Lyghts or Lungs of a Foxe, fynely beaten and powdred, two ounces, (make the rest in powder that are to be powdred,) then myxe all together, and make therof a Lectuary with the syrrup of Hysop. Emperica benedicti victori• fauent. You maye haue it well made at the Apothe∣caryes. I haue tryed it to be an excellent thing in this case.
[ 31] YF you wyll breake the great heate of Wyne in the vessell, cast into the same a lytle peece of cheese: and then you shall see a maruelous thing. And why that is, Georgius valla placentinus, doth teache.
[ 32] YF you annoynt your hands, or other parts of your body with a Linement made of Nettels, oyle, and Page 198 a lytle Salt: it wyll defende the party therwith an∣noynted, from the bytterest colde that is. Mizaldus.
[ 33] THere be braunches of a Bay tree, wrapt vp or layd among cloathes and bookes: wyll keepe the same safe from mothes, woormes, and other corrupcion. Dioscorides.
[ 34] IF you stampe Ants egges, & strayne them through a cloath, and put therevnto the iuyce of Swynes grasse, or Knot grasse, and distyll it into the eares: it helpes a long continewed deafnes.
[ 35] A Powder to conserue the syght. Take Bettony, Rewe, Celondine, Saxifrage, Louache, Annyse seedes, Cynamom, Eyebryght, of each one handfull, Cardamomum, Gynger, Fennell, Petroselyne, Hysop, Organy, Syler mountaine, of each one dram, Galin∣ga, one ounce, Sugar, one ounce: Let a powder be made of these, and let it be taken continually with meate, and the syght wyll be restored and kept. This powder was ordeyned by Maister Geralde: whose tryall an olde man dyd proue, which vsed spectacles twelue yeares, so that without them he could not see great letters: but after he had vsed this powder onely one forty dayes, he was free, in so much that all the tyme of his lyfe, he dyd see, and read the least let∣ter that was. This Trotula hath written in the later ende of his Booke, De passionibus mul•erum.
[ 36] AN excellēt way to get out ye water out of swolne legges, wherby to make them as slender as they were before. Seethe Otes in water vntyll they be Page 199 tender: then let the party diseased, hold his legge that is swolne ouer the vessell, that it maye receyue the fume or smoake of the sodde Otes, and couer the par∣tye with some thing that it may go downe rounde a∣bout the vessell, and then blysters wyll come vpon the legge or swolne place: out of which wyll runne much water and corruption, then after annoynt the place with butter. Doo thus fowre or fyue seuerall tymes if neede be. This is well proued.
[ 37] TWo or three drops of pure Aqua Composita, put into the eyes, morning and euening, euery other daye, for the space of fowre or fyue dayes: wyll cleare the syght, and helpe the eyes, of a colde cause marue∣lously. An olde Gentlewoman that tryed it on her selfe, dyd reueale it to me.
[ 38] THe hearbe Dandelyon, well sodde in water, is counted to be a chiefe helpe for the ioygning, or knytting of woundes. It is good for Ruptures, or for them that be broken or brusten. &c. Mizaldus.
[ 39] A Maruelous Water that soone and easily may be prepared, more precious then Golde, is made as followeth. Put fayre and cleare water into a vessell wherein there was neuer before any lycquor, or be∣fore neuer occupyed: and when the water is verye hotte, powre it to quicke Lyme, being before in ano∣ther newe and cleane vessell: and let it remayne, and rest so long, vntyll you haue taken all the fowle spume that fleetes aboue from the same: and that all the Lyme bee settled to the bottome, and the wa∣ter verye cleare: then powre out the water very Page 200 softlye, without mouing the Lyme in the bottome, and keepe the same water in a fayre cleane glasse, or some other cleane vessell well couered, or stopt vntyll you vse the same. It wyll scantly be beleeued, what a myraculous vertue and power it hath in all kynde of Ulcers, and chiefly, such as springes of the Frenche Pockes: For the same being bathed or moystned with a lynnen cloath dypt or wet in the sayde water something warme, a prety whyle: and then a lynnen cloath well wet in the same, and so layde vpon the Ul∣cer or sore in manner of a plaster, and after renewed againe: it wypes cleane away all the fylthe or cor∣ruption: it ceaseth the paynes: it fylles the Ulcer with flesh: and it quyte quencheth the heate or infla∣mations in a small tyme. Not without a great my∣racle, for otherwyse quicke Lyme dooth burne with vehemencie of his heate. Let them enioye this most excellent secrete: which for great prayer and pryse to many, I haue refused to vtter. Thus much Mizaldus.
[ 40] MYrre geuen to drynke in warme Wyne, the quan∣tity of a bygge Nut: causeth the delyueraunce of the the chylde, eyther quicke or dead. Petrus Hispanus.
[ 41] HEre followeth a blessed water for the Gowte. Take of Romaine Uitryall, two poundes, of di∣stylled Honny, fowre pyntes: distyll these together, (making the Uitryall fyrst in powder,) and when it is distylled, adde to the same the thyrde part thereof, of Aqua vite rectifyed: which dillygently my•ed, keepe to your vse, and annoynt the sore or grieued place therwith: Doo thus morning and euening, vn∣tyll you feele your selfe well, which wyl be (God wyl∣lyng,) Page 201 within seuen or eyght dayes at the furthest. I wrote this out of an olde Booke. I thinke it be also in the new Iewell of Health: which is a worthy booke and full of many straunge and excellent things.
[ 42] THe smoake of Iuy burned, doth driue away Backs or Reremyse, from that place, where the same smoake is. Anatolius.
[ 43] IF any doth aske thee, (hauing knowledge in Astro∣logie) for any thing wherin he hath a hope to haue: marke if the Lorde of the eleuenth house, apply to the Lorde of the Ascendent, or the Lord of the fyrst house, to the Lord of the eleuenth house: Iudge that he shall haue the thing, which he hopes to get or haue, and he shall come to it. And if the Aspect be of a Tryne or Sextyle, he shall quickly and easilye, and by a good meane obtayne it: but if it be by a quartyle or oppo∣syte Aspect, he shall get it with tediousnes and labor. Furthermore, if thou doost fynde the Lorde of the ele∣uenth house in an Angle & receyued: then iudge that he shall haue the thing which he so hopes to haue, e∣uen as he desyres. Haly Abenragel.
[ 44] A Peece of the roote of Craw foote, eyther put into the hollowe toothe (if there be any,) or applyed to the toothe that aketh: wyll helpe the same presently. A sure proued, and often tryed medicine.
[ 45] WHosoeuer hath a sorenes in the throate, or else a∣ny harde swelling there, called the Squinancie, or Angina, and perhappes thereby doth hardly draw his breath: let them apply this following often times Page 202 in a day, and it wyll soften it and resolue it. For it is proued. Take of the rootes of Hollyock cut in small peeces, and made cleane, Camamell, the flowres of Uyolets, the flowres of Mallowes, with the rootes, of each one handfull, let them boyle all in a sufficient quantitye of water, vntyll the water be consumed: then put to the same, the flowre of barley, Lynseede, and Fenecreeke, well stampt and beaten, of each one handfull, the grease of a Hen, one ounce, oyle of Ca∣mamell, and oyle of sweete Almonds, of eyther a lyke much: which wyl be inough to make the plaster •atte. This I knowe to be an excellent remedy in this case: which I learned of Benedictus victorius •auentinus, in his booke called Emperica benedicti.
[ 46] THis medicine following, wyll helpe any paynes or weaknes of the backe. Take a quart of Malm∣sey, of Balme, Neppe and Maydweede, (which Maydweede is a stynking hearbe, hauing a flowre lyke a Daysie,) of eache one handfull: stampe the hearbes well, and strayne them well into the Malm∣sey, or put some of the Malmsey in the stamping, to them, and strayne it into the rest of the Malmsey, and drinke a good draught therof euery morning fasting, and at night when you go to bed: and within three or fowre dayes, it wyl helpe you perfectly, (God wyl∣ling.) A notable and often proued medicine.
[ 47] DRinke the iuyce of Centorie, once euery morning, fowre dayes together, and it wyll make thee syng cleare, and speake with a good voyce. It cleanseth the breast maruelously. Often proued.
Page 203 [ 48] MYntes doth abhorre yron, as Rew doth Basyll: for if Mynt be geuen to one that is wounded, he wyll not easily waxe hole: if Myntes be myxt with mylke: and after taken from the same, and the Ren∣net or Cheslyp put to the same mylke, the same mylke wyll neuer gather together, or come to crudde. Flo∣rentinus in suo Georgico.
[ 49] WHosoeuer falles sicke in the howre of Saturne, his infirmity or disease wyl be prolonged, (or he wyll be long sycke,) and after wyll dye: (of the same syck∣nes.) Haly Abenragel.
[ 50] FYll a hollowe toothe with Crowes dung: and it wyll breake the toothe, and take away the payne. Petrus Hispanus.
[ 51] GVido Bonatus, wrytes a straunge thing, which he founde out by the science of Astrology, in the Re∣uolution of Henry the Emprour: who had of the sayd Emprour a yearely stypende, for that he was a man of famous knowledge: which Emprour had many Astrologyans, as well Phisitions, as other in his owne house. Who for a certayne yeare dyd trauell for the Calculation of the Reuolution of the sayde Nati∣uity of the sayde Emprour. And euery one of them dyd draw out a Fygure therof a lyke, and they found Mars in the same Fygure of the Reuolution in the Angle of the earth, which is the fowrth house vn∣der the earth: and they iudged Mars then to be of an euyll influence, and thereby they iudged that the Emprour that yeare shoulde haue hotte Feuers of the nature of Mars. And they agreed all in that Page 204 opinion to the Emprour. Guydo Bonatus being there, had drawn the Emprours Reuolucion lykewise, & he foūd Mars going towards ye fourth house, being then of an euyll influence: iudged thereby ye poyson should be mynistred to the Emprour to kyll him. Therfore he counsayled the Emprour, that if any dyd whysper, or had any priuie talke together, or were found mee∣ting or hauing conferēce together in his Court, they should be apprehended: Or if any should come to the Kytchin not woont, or appoynted, that some faythfull man of his Court should watche the same. Which charge, was commytted to the Maister of the Em∣prours housholde: which being very dillygent ther∣in, espyed and founde two Knights of the Emprours Court, that were very busye in talke together, and had not only mutuall conference together, more then they were woont: but also oftentymes requyred to come into the Kytchin. Whervpon the Maister of the housholde committed them to prison, and then one of them called Iohannes Franciscus, was sore tormented: but yet he would confesse nothing. So that they de∣uised a letter in the name of the sayde Iohannes Fran∣ciscus, confessing therin the matter, and shewed it to his fellowe: which when he saw, strayte way sayde, that the sayd Iohannes Franciscus was the chiefe pro∣curer therof, & entysed him to it. Which vttered, they had theyr desyre: wherfore they were secretly execu∣ted. Iohannes Ganiuetus, lykewise discribes it.
[ 52] A Certaine Womā that vsed Mizaldus for her Phi∣sition, had a belly dyd so swell, that it seemed shee was not able to carry her burthen: from whome (a∣bout the ende of nyne monthes,) there came an euyll Page 205 shapen masse or peece: wherevnto were two eares lyke the handles of a cuppe fastned, lyke armes, with feeling: after that there dyd fall from her wombe, a monster with a crooked byll or beake, with a long & rounde necke, with brandishing eyes, a sharpe tayle, maruelous quicke of foote: and as soone as it sawe any light, it filled the Parlor or place with noyse, and so it dyd runne from place to place: but at the last, the Women following it, dyd smoolder or chooke it to death with pyllowes. After the woman almost wer∣ryed, not without great daunger of her lyfe, did bring forth a Boye, which was so tormented of the Mon∣ster: that they had much to doo to christen it with lyfe. Leuinus Lemnius is the Author.
[ 53] IF Saturne be in the tenth house, in a watry sygne, and hath any dignity in the Ascendent: the Chylde then borne wyll be a Shypman, or a Sayler, or else he wyll abyde gladly on the water, and wyll delyght in fyshing. Taisnier.
[ 54] CUluer dung sodden in Wyne, tyll the Wyne be cō∣sumed, and then emplastred hotte to the gowte: healeth the same perfectly. Use it morning & euening fowre or fyue dayes together. Petrus Hispanus.
[ 55] TO restore the deaffe to hearing. Take the roote of Houndstung out of the earth, and make a hoale in the roote, as long and deepe as you can, and fyll the same hoale with Salt, and couer it wel that nothing can come within it: then set it in the earth againe as it was, and couer it with earth, and let it be there so three dayes: and at the thyrde dayes ende, take it vp, Page 206 and that which you finde therein, keepe it in some cleane glasse, and put some therof into the deaffe eare. Let him vse it euery euening at his going to bedde, vntyll he heare clearly: which wyll be within a fort∣nyght at the furthest, (God wylling.) And when you do it into his eare, let him lye in his bedde, that the lycquor may enter. This I had out of an olde wryt∣ten booke. Prayse it as it proues.
[ 56] TAke two lytle peeces of good Lycqueres (the bark scraped awaye,) of the length of a pyn, and of the bygnes of two barley strawes, & put eyther of them into your mouth, betweene your gooms and your cheekes, that is on eyther syde one, and so let them lye all the whole nyght. Use this euery nyght for a fort∣nyght at the least: and without doubt it wyll stop or stay the rewme. For it conieales the thyn rewme in∣to thyck fleame: so yt you may spyt it out. This helpt one that was without all hope to be helpt.
[ 57] TO helpe the Pocks in the eyes. Take Saffern, and lay it in a •awcer with fayre water, and let it stande whyles it be yallow, and then droppe some of it into the eye with a sether: and it wyll destroye the Pockes, and saue the sight. This I had out of an olde booke.
[ 58] WHen thou doost fynde the seuenth house, and the Lorde of the same to be afflicted or Impedite, in the tyme of the question for the sycke: chaunge the Phisition, for he shall not profyte the sicke party, ey∣ther through his owne error, or through the necly∣gence of the sycke person, or through them that be a∣bout Page 207 the sycke body. The house is afflicted, if Saturne or Mars be therin, or being beholden of theyr quartyle or opposyte Aspect: and contrary, if the seuenth house be well affected, as if Iupiter or Venus is there, take ye Phisition to whome you make the questiō, or whome you are determined to take: for he shall profyt the syck much, and he wyll quickly cure the sycke to his great prayse. Therfore marke ye fyrst, or soddayne calling or sending for the Phisition, for if at yt tyme the seuenth house, and the Lord therof be euyll affected, the Phi∣sition then called, or sent for, wyll not profyt the sicke: But it followes not therefore that the sycke shall dye. But the Phisition if he take him in hande, shall go a∣way without honour. Therefore as soone as thou art called to go to the sycke, take counsayle of thy E∣phemerides, and the celestiall Fygure being erected, marke where the seuenth house be well or euyll affec∣ted: and so thou mayst eyther refuse, or take the sycke in hande. Iatromath. Guat. Ryff.
[ 59] PUt the powder of redde Corrall, in the hoale of the toothe: and it wyll fall out by the roote. Petr. Hisp.
[ 60] AN excellent medicine, and a noble restoratyue for Man or Woman, that is brought very lowe with sycknes. Take two pounde of Dates, and washe them cleane in fayre Ale, then cutte them, and take out the stones, and the whyte skynnes, then cutte them small, and beate them in a morter, tyll they begynne to woorke lyke waxe: then take a quarte of claryfyed Honny, or Sugar, and halfe an ounce of the powder of long Pepper, as much of Mace, of Cloaues, Nutmugges, and Cynamom, of Page 208 each one dram, as much of the powder of Lignum A∣loes: beate all these spyces together, and seethe the Dates with the Sugar or Honny with an easy fyre, and let it seethe, and as it seethes, cast in thereto a lytle of the powder, by lytle & lytle: and sturre it with a Splatter of wood, and so do vntyll it come to an E∣lectuary, and then eate euery morning and euening therof, one ounce at one tyme, and it wyll renew and restore againe his complexion: be he neuer so lowe brought. This hath bene proued, and it hath done good to many a man and woman.
[ 61] A Noble Receyte for the blacke Iaundise. Take a gallon of Ale, a pynt of Honny, and two handful of redde Nettelles, and take a penny worth or two of Saffern, and boyle it in the Ale, (the Ale being fyrst skymmed,) and then boyle the Honny, and the Net∣tels therin altogether, and strayne it well: and drinke euery morning a good draught thereof, for the space of a fortnight. For in that space (God wylling,) it wyll cleane and perfectly cure the black Iaundyse.
[ 62] WHosoeuer in the fyrst nine dayes in May, drinks euery morning fasting, a lytle dyshe full of the iuyce of Bettony: it wyll doo him maruelous much good for the gowte. Which he shall perceyue the next yeare following, (if he lyue so long.)
[ 63] YF any that hath the Pluresie, or is stuffed in the stomacke, with tough or harde fleame: Let him take a s•ru•le, (that is the weyght of .xxiiii. barlye 〈◊〉 of the powder of the seed•s of Nettels, with the 〈◊〉 of Uyolets, and swallow the same, as by Page 209 lycking it by litle & lytle: and he shal spyt out the Uys∣cus and tough humor easily. A secrete of a Parisian Phisition.
[ 64] GOates wyll geue much mylke: if you tye Dyttany about theyr bellyes. Africanus.
[ 65] IF Saturne be in the tenth house, in an earthy sygne, and hath power or dygnity in the Ascendent, and is Orientall of the Sunne: he that is then borne, wyll be a Maister Carpenter, or else he wyll delyght in Carpenter shyp: but if he be Occidentall, he wyll be a cleanser of Welles or pyts, or else a dygger. Taisnier.
[ 66] IF the griefe of ye gowte, or ache be too outragious, Take of Opiū, one dram, of Saffern, three drams, myngle them with fowre or fyue yolkes of Egs, and plaster the same vpō the griefe: for it mightely asswa∣geth the paines, and restrayneth the corruption.
[ 67] A Most approued medicine for ye Emrods or Pyles. Take two or three brycks, and burne them redde hotte, and put them in some pan vnder a close stoole, and sprinckle them with vineger, & let the party grie∣ued syt vpon the sayd stoole, that the fume therof may ascend vpward to his fundament. Doo thus three or fowre times if neede be: and certainly it wyll helpe it.
[ 68] IF you wyll make Byrdes drunke, that you maye catch them with your hands. Take such meate as they loue, as Wheate, or Beanes, or such lyke: and laye the same to stiepe in leese of Wine, or in the iuyce of Humlocks, and sprinckle the same in ye place where the Byrdes vse to haunt: and if they do eate thereof, Page 210 strayght wayes they wyll be so gyddy, that you may take them with your handes. I wrote this out of an olde wrytten booke, wherein I knowe many true things was written.
[ 69] A Present helpe for a Woman yt trauelleth of chyld. Take Hysop, Uerueyn, and Dyttany, of eache one handfull, stampe them small, and temper them with olde Ale, then straine it, and wryng out the iuyce, and geue a good draught therof, to her that trauelleth of chyld to drinke: and she wil be deliuered with speede, and the chyld saued and she both: so that the chyld be alyue when she drynkes it.
[ 70] A True medicine for the gowte. Take the iuyce of ye flowres of Broome, and the iuyce of Scali celi, and Honny, as much of one as of an other, and seethe it all together, tyll it be of the thycknes of Honny, and an∣noynt the gowty place therwith. I knew (sayth the wryter hereof,) a good Priest in London that healed all men and women therwith: for the most part that came to him. And truely I wyst it neuer fayle. This, for the great good lykelyhood of the medicine, and for the faythful affyrming: I thought good to regester it among the rest.
[ 71] IF one pound of Waxe, two ounces of quicke Brym∣stone, and as much of quicke Lyme, (putting therto a lytle ounce of the oyle of Nuts:) a Candle be made with a week of Bumbase, & so put into the water, as soone as euer the quick Lime begins to burne: it wyl moue the rest of things apt for the fyre, to burne, euen in the myddes of the water. Mizaldus.
Page 211 [ 72] A Ram wyl not put or runne at one: if his hornes be boorde through, nye vnto his eares. Mizaldus.
[ 73] WHo soeuer falles sycke in the howre of Iupiter, he wyll recouer his health quickly. Haly Abenragel. This haue I proued to be true many tymes: and the howre of Iupiter is an excellent howre to doo any thing, or to take any good thing in hande.
[ 74] A Lytle Gunpowder put into a peece of fyne lynnen cloath, and the same put into the hollowe toothe, or holden betweene the teethe, so that it touch the aking toothe: It puts away the toothe ache present∣ly. This is very true.
[ 75] IF you distyll hearbe Iue, and geue the water ther∣of to be drunken of them that are grieued, or tor∣mented with the gowte, annoynting also therewith the gowty or grieued place: it wyll heale or helpe them assuredly. Great warrantyse was made of this medicine: where I had it.
[ 76] A Speciall medicine for all suddayne sycknes, and especiall of the stomack or breast. Take a spoone∣full of Aqua vite, and put therein halfe a spoonefull of the powder of Lycqueres, and let it remayne ther∣in three howres, & drynke it fasting, or at euen when you go to bedde. It is a soueraigne thing for the sto∣macke, or breast.
[ 77] LAye Saffern on the Nauell of them that haue the yallowe Iaundyse: and it wyll helpe them. This was affy•med to me as proued.
Page 212 [ 78] THis following is an excellent medicine to purge the head of naughty humors, & to helpe the head∣ache, the swymming of the head, and the mygrym. Washe the rootes of Beetes, and cutte away the vp∣permost backe, then stampe the same, and wryng out the iuyce therof, then snuffe some of it out of a spoone into your nose: and a maruelous effect wyll followe, and a speedy remedy therof. A Gentleman a friende of myne tolde mee this, as a most sure and proued thing in this case.
[ 79] COckes that eates Garlycke, are made stoute to fyght: therefore trauellors do often byte thereof, and also such as followes warres: because it encrea∣seth agylytie, strengthneth them, and makes them bolde. It is geuen to Horsses with bread and Wyne, at the howre of the battell or conflyct: to make them more fierce, lyuely, and to suffer more easily theyr la∣bour and trauayle. Mizaldus.
[ 80] THere were young Mise found with the Persians, in the bellyes of Myse, that had young Myse in theyr bellyes. Aristoteles, as Mizaldus wrytes.
[ 81] IF the feete of a great lyuing Tode be cutte off, the Moone voide of course, that is aspecting none, and hastens towards the coniunction of the Sunne, and hangd about the necke of him or her that hath the Kings Euyll: it so profytes, that oftentymes it dely∣uers the party from the disease. Hieronimus Cardan.
[ 82] IF Iupiter be in the eleuenth house well affected, and not Retrograde, nor Combust, nor in his fall, (as in Page 213Capricorne) but in Cancer, Sagitary, or Pisces: it syg∣nifyes (the Chylde then borne,) shall be fortunate, happy, and haue a common loue in all thinges, chief∣ly: if he haue any dignity in the Ascendent, or in the place of the Sunne, in the Natiuity of the daye, or in the place of the Moone in the Natiuitie of the night. Taisnier.
[ 83] THis maruelous Water following, wyll recouer the syght againe, hyndred of any cause: wherwith Constantine the Emprour receyued his syght. Take three drams of Tutie, made in very small powder, as much of Aloe Epaticum in powder, two drams of fyne Sugar, syxe ounces of Rosewater, as much of pure whyte Wyne, myxe all together, and put it in some cleane vessell of glasse, and being well closed and stopt, set it in the Sunne a month together, sturring it together once euery daye: Then take of the same water fowre or fyue droppes in your eyes morning and euening, and with thus continewing a certayne space: it wyll cause the syght to come againe as fayre as euer it was before. This I knowe is proued for an excellent water for the eyes, for it cleareth them maruelously. I knew one that coulde not threede a needle without spectacles, which put not past two or three drops of the same into theyr eyes at nyght: and the next morning, the same partie dyd see well to threede a needle without spectacles.
[ 84] TO make a lyght that neuer shall fayle. Take the Woormes that shynes in the nyght, called Gloo∣woormes, stampe them, and let them stande tyll the shyning matter be aboue: then, with a fether take of Page 212 the same shyning matter, and myngle it with some quycksyluer, and so put it into a Uyall, and hang the same in a darke place: and it wyll geue lyght. This I had out of an olde booke, which is not much vnlike to the discription of Mizaldus.
[ 85] IF the Lyuer of a Mowse be geuen in a Fygge, to a Swyne: that Swyne wyll follow the geuer ther∣of. Mizaldus.
[ 86] THe sounde of an Eccho, is thought to dryue away Bees. Therefore theyr Hyues ought to be plaste, where the Eccho or the voyce doth not sound againe. M. Varro.
[ 87] WHosoeuer takes his iourney, in the howre of Iu∣piter, he shall haue good gaine in his substaunce, and in his busynes: and he shal haue profyt and glad∣nes in things vnlooked for. Haly.
[ 88] IF a Spider be put in a lynnen cloath a lytle brused, and holden to the nose that bleedes, (but touch not the nose therwith, but smell to the same,) by & by the bloud wil stay, and the nose will leaue bleeding. This is very true. For the venemous Spyder is so contra∣ry, and such an enemie to mans bloud, that the bloud drawes backe, and shunnes the Spyder presently. A maruelous thing.
[ 89] WRyte what you wyl, on fayre whyte paper, with the iuyce of a redde Onion, well myxed and tem∣pered with the whyte of an Egge, which being drie: wyll appeare as though it were onely playne paper, Page 514 without any wryting. But if you holde it against the fyre, you maye then easilye reade it, or perceyue the letters.
[ 90] TO gylde Yron or Copper. Take the gall of a Bull, and rubbe the Yron or Copper well therwith, (so that the same before be well burnished) all about, that you woulde haue gylded, and let it after drye in the Sunne, foreseeing that there come no dust therto: and when it is drye, gylde vpon it as you would doo vpon Syluer.
[ 91] SEethe an Egge in strong Uinegar vntyll it be very harde, then let the same Egge lye three dayes in U∣rine, then drye it: and it wyll be maruelous harde. Or let an Egge lye three dayes in Uinegar, then drie the same at the Sunne three dayes, and it wyll be ve∣ry harde.
[ 92] CAst Brymstone into a Chafyngdysh, with hotte burning coales, and holde a redde Rose ouer the smoake therof: and it wyll be whyte.
[ 93] TO seperate Golde from any thing gylded. Seethe pure Sulphurevyue, (called quicke Brymstone,) in water, vntyll halfe the water be consumed, then wette the parte gylded with that water, then drye it at the fyre, then stryke the same gylded place, with a lytle Yron: and the Golde wyll fall from it. This I had out of an olde wrytten Booke: but howe true it is, I knowe not. Therefore as you trye it, so take it.
Page 216 [ 94] TO proue or finde out the euent of any that is sycke. Count the daies from the beginning of his, or her sycknes: and take the roote of an hearbe which hath so many leaues, as the number of the same dayes be: tye it, or hang it vp, and if the disease be curable: the partye wyll be much recreated. If not, then the party wyl be sadde. But if you can not fynde an hearbe that hath so many leaues, put the rootes of diuers hearbs together, the leaues whereof together doo perfectly make vp the number of the sayde dayes, from the be∣gynning of the partyes sycknes, and vse them as be∣fore. This Mizaldus had of a certaine Italyan, which profest that it is true.
[ 95] THe bloud of a Hare dryed, dooth helpe and stay the blouddy fluxe, or any other laske: though it be ne∣uer so sore or extreame. So doth the bones of a Man or Woman made into fyne powder, and taken in red Wyne.
[ 96] AN easye plaster for the Gowte, but not a lytle ef∣fectuall, because I, sayth Iohn Arderne, haue often tymes applyed it as well to Women as to Men, and haue taken away theyr great paynes, with once ap∣plying it as well in the feete as in the knees, & other ioyntes. But take heede it be not perceyued of the patient, nor of any other: but it ought to be kept more secrete, and deare: and let it be reuealed to none: but to thy sonne, or to thy wel beloued friend. I do thinke it preuailes aboue all other medicines for the gowte, & easeth the paine sooner: and it ought to lye fyue or sixe daies without any mouing of it: if it can be so ap∣plyed. It is made thus. Take of blacke sope as much Page 217 as is sufficient, wherevnto adde of the yolkes of raw Egges, halfe as much as the Sope, and myxe them well together in a dyshe, vntyll the Sope hath lost his proper cullour: which done, laye thereof vpon fyne flaxe, and spreade it lyke a plaster, and then apply it to the grieued place, then take the whytes of Egs myxed with Wheate flowre, and wet a lynnen cloath well in the same, & lay the same vpon the sayd plaster, and tye it well vpon it, that the plaster remoue not a∣way of all the sayde tyme: vnlesse there be some great occasion. This I founde in an olde wrytten booke. Which synce I haue oftentymes proued true, for a∣ches.
[ 97] YF you seethe Barlye, drye Beanes, and Lycqueres cutte in peeces, of each a lyke much, all together in fayre water, and drynke a good draught therof with some Sugar, euerye morning fasting, and at nyght when you go to bedde, fyue or syxe dayes together, or more: It wyll destroye any Impostume, and shall thereby auoyde or cast out the same. This was taken out of a Booke of a learned man that had often prac∣tised the same to be true. A medicine of smal coast, and easie to be made at all tymes.
[ 98] HE wyll be a good Phisition, in whose Natiuitye Mars and Venus are corporally: or by any good Aspect coniunct. Euen so if Venus and Mercury be ioygned, or in coniunction together. Also he wyll be a perfect Phisition, in whose Natiuitie Mars & Venus are coniunct in the syxt house. Iatromath.
Page 218 [ 99] A Uery lytle Byrde called Aegithus, doth marue∣lously dysagree with the Asse, who in thorny pla∣ces doth scratche or rubbe his vlcers or sores: wher∣by he doth destroy or breake the nestes of this Byrd: wherevpon it comes, that as soone as this Byrde heares the voyce of the Asse, she doth not onely cast the egges out of her nest: but also her young ones (if she haue any,) do fall from the same, astonyed wyth feare. So that the said Byrde flyes vnto the vlcers or sores of the Asse, and pryckes or thrust at them with her byll: that she maye dryue him away from thence. Aristotil. Plin. et Oppianus.
[ 100] IF the Lorde of the Ascendent be Combust in the fowrth house, or in the eyght house: it sygnifyes, that he that is then borne, shall dye in pryson. And if he be Combust in the fyft house, in a watry sygne: it shewes he wyll be geuen to be droonken. In the syxt house (it showes,) that he wyll dye of a long sycknes. Taisnier.