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the cone sharper. But then I take it if the glass had been first placed at the same distance to which it is after drawn, it would not have had that force. And yet that had been all one to the sharpness of the angle. Qu.
So in that the sun's beams are hotter perpendicularly than obliquely, it may be imputed to the union of the beams, which in case of perpendicularity reflect into the very same lines with the direct; and the further from perpendicularity the more obtuse the angle, and the greater distance between the direct beam and the reflected beam.
The sun-beams raise vapours out of the earth, and when they withdraw they fall back in dews.
The sun-beams do many times scatter the mists which are in the mornings.
The sun-beams cause the divers returns of the herbs, plants, and fruits of the earth; for we see in lemon-trees and the like, that there is coming on at once fruit ripe, fruit unripe, and blossoms; which may shew that the plant worketh to put forth continually, were it not for the variations of the accesses and recesses of the sun which call forth and put back.
The excessive heat of the sun doth wither and destroy vegetables, as well as the cold doth nip and blast them.
The heat or beams of the sun doth take away the smell of flowers, specially such as are of a milder odour.
The beams of the sun do disclose some flowers, as the pimpernel, marigold, and almost all flowers else, for they close commonly morning and evening or in over-cast weather, and open in the brightness of the sun; which is but imputed to dryness and moisture which doth make the beams heavy or erect, and not to any other propriety in the sun-beams. So they report not only a closing but a bending or inclining in the heliotropium and calendula. Qu.
The sun-beams do ripen all fruits, and addeth to them a sweetness or fatness, and yet some sultry hot days overcast are noted to ripen more than bright days.
The sun-beams are thought to mend distilled waters, the glasses being well stopped, and to make them more virtuous and fragrant.
The sun-beams do turn wine into vinegar; but quæ. whether they would not sweeten verjuice?
The sun-beams doth pall any wine or beer that is set in them.
The sun-beams do take away the lustre of any silks or arras There is almost no mine but lieth some depth in the earth; gold is conceived to lie highest and in the hottest countries; yet Thracia and Hungary are cold, and the hills of Scotland have yielded gold, but in small grains or quantity.
If you set a root of a tree too deep in the ground that root will perish, and the stock will put forth a new root nearer the superficies of the earth.
Some trees and plants prosper best in the shade, as the bayes, strawberries, some wood-flowers.
Almost all flies love the sun-beams, so do snakes; toads and worms contrary.
The sun-beams tanneth the skin of man; and in some places turneth it to black.
The sun-beams are hardly endured by many, but cause headach, faintness, and with many they cause rheums, yet to aged men they are comfortable.
The sun causes pestilences which with us rage about autumn, but it is reported in Barbary they break up about June and rage most in the winter.
The heat of the sun and of fire and living creatures agree in some things which pertain to vivification; as the back of a chimney will set forward an apricock-tree as well as the sun; the fire will raise a dead butterfly as well as the sun and so will the heat of a living creature; the heat of the sun in sand will hatch an egg: qu.
The heat of the sun in the hottest countries nothing so violent as that of fire, no not scarcely so hot to the sense as that of a living creature.
The sun a fountain of light as well as heat. The other celestial bodies manifest in light, and yet non constat whether all borrowed as in the moon', but obscure in heat.
The southern and western wind with us is the warmest, whereof the one bloweth from the sun the other from the sea, the northern and eastern the more cold; qu. whether in the coast of Florida or at Brasil the east wind be not the warmest
and the west the coldest, and so beyond the antarctic tropic the southern wind the coldest.
The air useth to be extreme hot before thunders.
The sea and air ambient appeareth to be hotter than that at land; for in the northern voyages two or three degrees farther at the open sea they find less ice than two or three degrees more south near land: but qu. for that may be by reason of the shores and shallows.
The snows dissolve fastest upon the sea-coasts yet the winds are counted the bitterest from the sea, and such as trees will bend from. Qu.
The streams or clouds of brightness which appear in the firmament, being such through which the stars may be seen, and shoot not but rest, are signs of heat.
The pillars of light which are seen upright and do commonly shoot and vary are signs of cold, but both these are signs of drought.
The air when it is moved is to the sense colder, as in winds, fannings, ventilabra.
The air in things fibrous, as fleeces, furs, &c. warm, and those stuffs to the feeling warm.
The water to man's body seemeth colder than the air, and so in summer in swimming it seemeth at the first going in; and yet after one hath been in a while at the coming forth again the air seemeth colder than the water.
The snow more cold to the sense than water, and the ice than snow, and they have in Italy means to keep snow and ice for the cooling of their drinks: qu. whether it be so in froth in respect of the liquor.
Baths of hot water feel hottest at the first going in.
The frost dew which we see in hoar frost and in the rymes upon trees or the like accounted more mortifying cold than snow, for snow cherisheth the ground and any thing sowed in it, the other biteth and killeth.
Stone and metal exceeding cold to the feeling more than wood, yea more than jet or amber or horn which are no less smooth.
The snow is ever in the winter season, but the hail which is more of the nature of ice is ever in the summer season; whereupon it is conceived that as the hollows of the earth are
warmest in the winter, so that region of the air is coldest in the summer, as if they were a fugueo f. the nature of either from the contrary, and a collecting itself to an union and so to a further strength.
So in the shades under trees in the summer which stand in an open field, the shade noted to be colder than in a wood.
Cold effecteth congelation in liquors so as they do consist and hold together which before did run.
Cold breaketh glasses if they be close stopped in frost, when the liquor freezeth within.
Cold in extreme maketh metals that are dry and brittle cleft and crack, Æraque dissiliunt; so of pots of earth and glass.
Cold maketh bones of living creatures more fragile.
Cold maketh living creatures to swell in the joints and the blood to clot and turn more blue.
Bitter frosts do make all drinks to taste more dead and flat. Cold maketh the arters and flesh more asper and rough. Cold causes rheums and distillations by compressing the brain, and laxes by like reason.
Cold increases appetite in the stomach and willingness to
Cold maketh the fire to scald and sparkle.
Paracelsus reporteth that if a glass of wine be set upon a tarras in a bitter frost it will leave some liquor unfrozen in the centre of the glass, which excelleth spiritus vini drawn by fire.
Cold in Muscovy and the like countries causes those parts which are voidest of blood, as the nose, the ears, the toes, the fingers, to mortify and rot; specially if you come suddenly to fire after you have been in the air abroad, they are sure to moulder and dissolve. They use for remedy as is said washing in snow water.
If a man come out of a bitter cold suddenly to the fire he is ready to swoon or overcome.
So contrariwise at Nova Zembla when they opened their door at times to go forth he that opened the door was in danger to overcome.1
The quantity of fish in the cold countries, Norway, &c. very abundant.
See Three Voyages, &c. Hackl, Soc. 1853, p. 130.
The quantity of fowl and eggs laid in the cliffs in great abundance.
In Nova Zembla they found no beast but bears and foxes, whereof the bears gave over to be seen about September, and then the foxes began.'
Meat will keep from putrifying longer in frosty weather, than at other times.
In Iceland they keep fish by exposing it to the cold from putrifying without salt.
The nature of man endureth the colds in the countries of Scricfinnia, Biarmia, Lappia, Iceland, Gronland; and that not by perpetual keeping in in stoves in the winter time as they do in Russia, but contrariwise their chief fairs and intercourse is written to be in the winter, because the ice evens and levelleth the passages of waters, plashes, &c.
A thaw after a frost doth greatly rot and mellow the ground. Extreme cold hurteth the eyes and causes blindness in many beasts, as is reported.
The cold maketh any solid substance, as wood, stone, metal, put to the flesh to cleave to it and to pull the flesh after it, and so put to any cloth that is moist.
Cold maketh the pilage of beasts more thick and long, as foxes of Muscovy, sables, &c.
Cold maketh the pilage of most beasts incline to grayness or whiteness, as foxes, bears, and so the plumage of fowls, and maketh also the crests of cocks and their feet white, as is reported.
Extreme colds will make nails leap out of the walls and out of locks and the like.
Extreme cold maketh leather to be stiff like horn.
In frosty weather the stars appear clearest and most sparkling.
In the change from frost to open weather or from open weather to frosts, commonly great mists.
In extreme colds any thing never so little which arresteth the air maketh it to congeal; as we see in cobwebs in windows, which is one of the least and weakest thrids that is and yet. drops gather about it like chains of pearl.
1 "Before the sun began to decline we saw no foxes, and then the bears used to go -Hackl. Soc. 1853, p. 120.
2 even in MS,
3 Qu. whether lockes or lockers.