100 DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING SYRUPS, &C.
4. Dry them well in tlie sun, and not in the shade,
as the saying of the physician is; for if the sun draw
away the virtues of the herb, it mustneedsdo the like
by hay, by the same rule, which the experience of
every country farmer will explode for a notable piece
5. Such us are astrologers (and indeed none else
are fit to make physician-) such I advise; let the
planet that governs the herb be angular, and the
otronger the better; if they can, in herbs of Saturn,
let Saturn be in the ascendant; in the herb of Mars,
let Mars be in the Mid-heaven, for in those houses
they delight; let the Moon apply to them by good as¬
pect, and let her not be in the houses of her enemies;
if \ou cannot well stay till she apply to them, let ln-r
apply to a planet of the sametriplicity ; if you cannot
wait that time neither, let her be with a fixed star of
6. Having well dried them, put them up in brown
paper, sewing the paper up like a sack, and press
i hem not too hard together, and keep them in a dry
place near the fire.
7. As for the duration of dried herbs, a just time
cannot be given, let authors prate at their plea-
1st. Such as grow upon dry grounds will keep bet¬
ter than such as grow on moist.
2dly. Such herbs as are full of juice will not keep
so long as such as are dryer.
3dly. Such herbs as are well dried, will keep long¬
er than such as are slack dried. Yet you may know
when they are corrupted by their loss of colour, or
smell, or both: and, if they be corrupted, reason will
tell you that they must needs corrupt the bodies of
those people that take them.
8 Gather all leaves in the hour of that planet
that governs them.