DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING SYRUPS, &C. 401
The flower, which is the beauty of the plant, and
of none of the least use in physic, groweth yearly
and is to be gathered when it is in its prime.
2. As for the time of gathering them, let the plan¬
etary hour, and the plant they come off be observed,
as we shewed you in the foregoing chapter: as for
the time of the day, let it be when the sun shines upon
them, that so they may be dry: for if you gather
either flowers or herbs when they are wet ordewy, they
will not keep.
3. Dry them well in the sun, and keep them in pa¬
pers near the fire, as I shewed you in the foregoing
4. So long as they retain the smell and colour, they
arc good; either of them being gone, so is their vir¬
1. The seed is that part ofthe plant which is en¬
dowed with a vital faculty to bring forth its like, and
it contains potentially the whole plant in it.
2. As for the place, let them be gathered from the
place where they most delight to grow.
3. Let them be full ripe when they are gathered,
and forget not the celestial harmony before mentioned;
for I have found by experience that their virtues
are twice as great at such times as others: " There
is an appointed time for every thing under the sun."
4. When you have gathered them, dry them a lit¬
tle, and but a very little, in the sun before you lay
5. You need not be so careful of keeping thern so
near the fire as the other before mentioned, because
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