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herbs: he that understands it not, is unfit in my opin¬
ion, to give physic. This shall live when I am dead •
arid thus I leave it to the world, not caring a farthing
whether they like or dislike it. The grave equals all
men, and therefore shall equal me with all princes •
until which time the eternal providence is over me •
then the ill tongue of a prating fellow, or one that
hath more tongue than wit, or more proud than ho¬
nest, shall never trouble me, Wisdom is justified by
her children. And so much for wormwood.
YARROW, CALLED NOSE-BLEED, MILFOIL
Bescrip.—It hath many long leaves spread upon
the ground, finely cut, and divided into many small
parts; its flowers are white, hut not all of a whiteness
and stayed in knots, upon divers green stalks which
rise from among the leaves.
Place.—It is frequent in all pastures.
Time.—It flowereth late, even at the end of August.
Government and Virtues.— It is under the influ¬
ence of Venus. An ointment of tnem cures wounds,
and is mostfit forsuch as have inflammations, it being
an herb ofdame Venus ; it stops the terms in women,
being boiled in white wine, and the decoction drank ;
as also the bloody flux; the ointment of it is not only
good for green wounds, but also for ulcers and fistu¬
las, especially such as abound with moisture ; it stays
the shedding of hair, the head being bathed with the
decoction of it; inwardly taken it helps the reten¬
tive faculty of the stomach ; it helps the running of
the reins in men, and the whites in women, and helps
such as cannot hold their water; and the leaves chew¬
ed in the mouth easeth the tooth-ache ; and these
virtues being put together, shew the herb to be dry¬
ing and binding. Achilles is supposed to be the first
that left the virtues of it to posterity, having learned
them of his master, Chiro, the Centaur : and cer¬
tainly a very profitable herb it is in cramps, and
therefore called Miltaris.