DIRECTIONS for making syrups, &c. 41fi
also; I shall then prescribe one common way, the
same with the former, viz. first boil them whole till
they be soft, then make a syrup with sugar and the
liquor you boil them in, and keep the barks in the
5. They are kept in glasses or in glazed pots.
6. The preserved flowers will keep a year, if you
can forbear eating of them; the roots and barks much
7. This art was plainly and first invented for deli¬
cacy, yet came afterwards to be of excellent use in
1st. Hereby medicines are made pleasant for sick
and squeamish stomachs, which would else loath
2dly. Hereby they are preserved from decaying a
1. That which the Arabians call lohocks, and the
Greeks eclegmia, the Latins call linctus, and in plain
English signifies nothing else but a thing to be licked
2. Their first invention was to prevent and remedy
afflictions of the breast and lungs, to cleanse the lungs
of phlegm, and make it fit to be cast out.
3. They are in body thicker than a syrup, and not
so thick as an electuary.
4. The manner of taking them is often to take a
little with liquorice stick, and let it go down at leisure.
5. They are easily thus made : Make a decoction of
pectoral herbs, and the treatise will furnish you with
enough, and when you have strained it with twice
its weight of honey or sugar, boil it to a lohock ; if
you are molested with much phlegm, honey is much
better than sugar, and if you add a little vinegar to
it you will do well ; if not, I hold sugar to be bettei