Full text: Bacon, Francis: Sylva sylvarum

Century IV. will not be ſeen; the light confounding the ſmall differences of lightſome
and darkſome, which ſhew the figure. 6. There was the ſhining part
pared off, till you came to that, that did not ſhine; but within two days the
part contiguous began alſo to ſhine, being laid abtoad in the Dew; ſo as it
ſeemeth the putrefaction ſpredeth. 7. There was other dead Wood of
like kinde that was laid abroad, which ſhined not at the firſt; but after a
nights lying abroad, begin to ſhine. 8. There was other Wood that did
firſt ſhine, and being laid dry in the Houſe, within five or ſix days loſt
the ſhining; and laid abroad again, recovered the ſhining. 9. Shining
Woods being laid in a dry room, within a ſeven night loſt their ſhining; but
being laid in a Cellar, or dark room, kept the ſhining. 10. The boring of
holes in that kinde of Wood, and then laying it abroad, ſeemeth to conduce
to make it ſhine; the cauſe is, for that all ſolution of continuity, doth help
on putrefaction, as was touched before. 11. No Wood hath been yet
tryed to ſhine that was cut down alive, but ſuch as was rooted both in Stock
and Root while it grew. 12. Part of the Wood that ſhined, was ſteeped
in Oyl and retained the ſhining a fortnight. 13. The like ſucceeded in
ſome ſteeped in Water, and much better. 14. How long the ſhining will
continue, it the Wood be laid abroad every night, and taken in and ſprinkled
with Water in the day, is not yet tryed. 16. Tryal was made of laying it
abroad in froſty weather, which hurt it not. 16. There was a great piece
of a Root, which did ſhine, and the ſhining part was cut off, till no more
ſhined; yet aſter two nights, though it were kept in a dry Room, it got a
ſhining.

THe bringing ſorth of Living Creatures may be accelerated in two re-
ſpects: The one, if the Embryon ripeneth and perfecteth ſooner; the other, if there be ſome cauſe from the Mothers Body of Expulſion
or putting it down: Where of the former is good, and argueth ſtrength; the latter is ill, and cometh by accident or diſeaſe. And therefore the
Ancient obſervation is true, that the Childe born in the Seventh Moneth, doth
commonly well; but Born in the Eighth Moneth, doth (for the moſt part)
die. But the cauſe aſſigned is fabulous, which is, That in the Eighth
Moneth ſhould be the return of the reign of the Planet Saturn, which
(as they ſay) is a Planet malign; whereas in the Seventh is the reign
of the Moon, which is a Planet propitious. But the true cauſe is, for
that where there is ſo great a prevention of the ordinary time, it is the
luſtineſs of the Childe; but when it is leſs, it is ſome indiſpoſition of the
Mother.

25.1.

353.
Experiment
Solitary,
touching the
Acceleration
of Birth.

TO Accelerate Growth or Stature, it muſt proceed; Either from the
Plenty of the Nouriſhment, or from the Nature of the Nourifhment,
or from the Quickning and Exciting of the Natural heat. For the firſt, Exceſs
of Nouriſhment, is hurtſul; for it maketh the Childe corpulent, and grow-
ing in breadth, rather than in height. And you may take an Experiment
from plants, which if they ſpred much, are ſeldom tall. As for the Nature
of the Nouriſhment; Firſt, it may not be too dry, and therefore Children
in Dairy Countreys do wax more tall, than where they feed more upon
Bread and Fleſh. There is alſo a received tale, that boyling of Dafie-Roots
in Milk (which it is certain are great dryers) will make Dogs little. But ſo much is true, That an over-dry Nouriſhment in Childhood
putteth back Stature. Secondly, The Nouriſhment muſt be of an opening

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