Full text: Bacon, Francis: Sylva sylvarum

Natural Hiſtory; alike unto it, as it is ever in motion of Nexe; inſomuch, as I have ſeen the
Glaſs, being held by the hand, hath lifted up the Baſon, and all: The motion
of Nexe did ſo claſp the bottom of the Baſon. That Experiment, when the
Baſon was lifted up, was made with Oyl, and not with Water. Nevertheleſs
this this is true, that at the very firſt ſetting of the Mouth of the Glaſs, upon
the bottom of the Baſon, it draweth up the Water a little, and then ſtandeth
at a ſtay, almoſt till the Candles going out, as was ſaid. This may ſhew ſome
Attraction at firſt; but of this we will ſpeak more, when we handle Attracti-
ons by Heat.


touching the
Riſe of Water
by Means of

OF the Power of the Celeſtial Bodies, and what more ſecret in ſlucences
they have, beſides the two manifeſt in fluences of Heat and Light, we
ſhall ſpeak, when we handle Experiments touching the Celeſtial Bodies: Mean
while, we will give ſome Directions for more certain Tryals of the Vertue
and Influences of the Moon, which is our neareſt Neighbor.


in Conſort,
tcuching the
Influences oſ
the Moon.

The Influences of the Moon (moſt obſerved) are four; the drawing
forth of Heat; the Inducing of Putrefaction; the increaſe of Moiſture; the
exciting of the Motions of Spirits.

For the drawing forth of Heat, we have ſormerly preſcribed to take
Water warm, and to ſet part of it againſt the Moon-beams, and part of it
with a Skreen between; and to ſee whether that which ſtandeth expoſed to
the Beams will not cool ſooner. But becauſe this is but a ſmall interpoſition,
(though in the Sun we ſee a ſmall ſhade doth much) it were good to try it
when the Moon ſhineth, and when the Moon ſhineth not at all; and with
Water warm in a Glaſs-bottle as well as in a Diſh, and with Cinders, and
with Iron red-hot, & c,



For the inducing of Putrefaction, it were good to try it with Fleſh or
Fiſh expoſed to the Moon-beams, and again expoſed to the Air when the
Moon ſhineth not, for the liketime, to ſee whether will corrupt ſoor [?] ter; and try it alſo with Capon, or ſome other fowl laid abroad, to ſee whether it
will mortifie and become tenderſooner. Try it alſo with dead Flies or dead
Worms, having a little Water caſt upon them, to ſee whether will putrefie
ſooner. Try it alſo with an Apple or Orenge, having holes made in their
tops, to ſee whether will rot or mould ſooner. Try it alſo with Holland
Cheeſe, having Wine put into it, whether it will breed Mites ſooner or



For the increafe of Moiſture, the opinion received is, that Seeds will
grow ſooneſt, and Hair, and Nails, and Hedges, and Herbs, cut, & c. will
grow ſooneſt, if they be ſet or cut in the increaſe of the Moon: Alſo, that
Brains in Rabits, Wood-cocks, Calves, & c. are ſulleſt in the Full of the
Moon; and ſo of Marrow in the Bones, and fo of Oyſters and Cockles; which of all the reſt are the eaſieſt tried, if you have them in Pits.



Take ſome Seeds or Roots (as Onions, & c.) and ſet ſome of them im-
mediately after the Change, and others of the ſame kinde immediately after
the Full: Let them be as like as can be, the Earth alſo the ſame as near as
may be, and therefore beſt in Pots: Let the Pots alſo ſtand where no Rain
or Sun may come to them, leſt the difference of the Weather conſound the
Experiment. And then ſee in what time the Seeds ſet, in the increaſe of the
Moon, come to a certain height, and how they differ from thoſe that are ſet
in the decreaſe of the Moon.



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