riphiun by the sea-side, as a fit medicine for the ho.
dies of those that live near it.
Lastly, it is known to all that know any thing in
the course of nature, that the liver delights in sweet
things, if so, it abhors bitter; then if your liver he
weak it is none of the wisest things to plague it with
an enemy. If the liver be weak a consumption fol¬
lows. Would you know the reason? It is this; a
man's flesh is repaired by blood, by a third concoc¬
tion, which transmutes the blood into flesh; it is well
I said concoction, say I, if I had said boiling, every
cook would have understood me. The liver makes
blood, and if it be weakened that it makes not enough,
the flesh wastelh; and why must flesh always be re¬
newed ? Because the eternal God, when he made the
creation, made one part of it in continual dependency
upon another. And why did he so? Because himself
only is permanent to teach us, that we should not fix
our affections upon what is transitory, but what en¬
dures for ever. The result of this is, if the liver be
weak and cannot make blood enough (i would have
said sanguify if I had only written to scholars) the se-
riphian, which is the weakest of wormwoods, is bet¬
ter than the best. I have been critical enough, if not
Place.—It grows familiarly in England by the sea¬
Bescrip.—It starts up out of the earth with many
round, woody,hairy stalks from one root. Its height
is four feet, or three at least. The leaves in longitude
are long, in latitude narrow, in colour white, in form
hoary, in similitude like southern wood, only broader
and longer; in taste rather salt than bitter, because
it grows near the salt water. At the joints with the
leaves towards the tops, it bears little yellow flowers.
The root lies deep and is woody.
Common Wormwood I shall not describe, for
every boy that cau eat an egg knows it.
Roman Wormwood: and why Roman, seeing it