THE HVNTING OF THE POX:

A PLEASANT DIS­course betweene the Authour, and Pild-Garlicke.

Wherein is declared the nature of the Dissease, how it came, and how it may bee cured.

By J. T. Westminster.

LONDON, Printed by I. W. for I. T. and are to be sold by Philip Birch at the signe of the Bible neere Guildhall-gate. 1619.

THE PREFACE to the Reader.

I Would not wish that any man should here offended be
With any thing that hee shall reade, that written is by me.
Ne did I thinke at first to put in print such idle stuffe;
I writ it for a friend, which did esteeme it well enough:
But after when that Copies were waxt common all about,
And that some men vnknowne to me, in Print would set it out,
I thought it best begin my selfe, since that the Booke was mine;
And now haue brought to this passe, it is not mine, but thine:
And thank Pild-Garlicke if thou find ought worth in this same Booke,
Hee was the second man, I thinke, that on the same did looke.
And how we first acquainted came, There will shew to thee:
For he made mee [...]n [...]a [...]ge my Booke, by conference had with mee.
Ne haue I writ this silly worke vnto the learned sort,
Ye [...] of the twaine I doe submit my selfe to their report.
Now if some Reader finde such fault, himselfe list not to mend;
Let each mend one, for all haue faults, so shall we sooner end.
I. T.

A CONFERENCE BETVVENE THE AV­thour and Pild-Garlicke, con­cerning his Booke called, The Hunting of the Pox and the ori­ginall of the Disease.

VPon an idle day it chaun [...]t
I walkt to see a Play,
And as I went, I ouertooke
Pild-Garlike on the way,
Who all alone a Plimmouth horse
went leading in his hand,
And as a man thats Male-content,
his Hatt without a band:
A Sattin Dublet somewhat torne, with bootes and bretch vs sutable,
He seemd a Gentleman, whose minde to fashions was not mutable.
A falling Band, God dambe me call'd, a Rapi [...]r by his side,
He ware no Cloke for comelinesse a Cloake doeth often hide.
He had of Spanish Buttons store vpon his forehead mixt;
And where that they were falne away, there Stooles in place were fixt.
This is the man then did I thinke, perhaps hath read my Booke;
If not, I will perswade him too, that he thereon will looke.
God saue you Sir, good Sir, said I, make bold to craue your name.
Pild-Garlike, answered he, and s [...]nd, waxe angry at the same.
Nay gentle Sir, I would not wish your anger any way,
I meant but speake a word or two, if you would please to stay.
Speake what thou wilt, Pild-Garlike said, I haue no haste, quoth he,
So thou no money matters aske; for that go [...]s low with me.
[Page]Why then [...]ir will you [...] a Booke, a very fine Booke indeed,
And such a Booke perhaps the like you scarce shall seldome reade.
What is thy Booke, my honest friend, is it a Booke of Newes?
I Sir, and true translated out of French, and new sent from the Starres.
The Hunting of the Pox, good Sir, and pleasant for to reade,
And if you keepe it all your life, 'twill nere once you nob [...]ad.
Ha, ha, thou art a merry Knave, couldst them perswade me so,
Thy Newes is new, no, it is stale, I read i [...] long agoe:
And two I gaue a Waiting Mayd, to reade on now and than;
And shee did giue her Master one, the other to his man:
And so farewell, my honest friend, to reade the Pox is cost,
Thrice haue I read it all my selfe, and glad now it is lost.
Nay, stay good sir, If that you please, and drinke a pince of Wine,
And I will tell a merry iest hope to a friend of mine.
Of [...]ee at Winch [...]st [...]r the old, where Ʋ [...]us Temple stood:
The Stewes, men say, was founded there, and now of late as good
A Brothell house, and to the same resorted this my friend.
The Matron of the house which knew his minde, and [...]o what end
Hee vsde to haunt her vnchaste d [...]nes, she counseld one straightway,
To feast him with a towne-bred Goose, if he would please to stay.
He was content, and offered too his helpe this Goose to dresse,
And some was bro [...]lde, some ros [...], some boylde, three dishes to a messe.
Is this a Winchester Goose, quoth he, when he had fed his fill:
If ere I feast it so againe, shall be against my will.
The Kitchen was too hote he said, the Cooke-roome doores were bar'd,
His Goose and gyblets scal [...] and burnt, and all the feast was mar'd:
In fine, he tooke his towne-bred Goose, as shee did giue it him,
And brought it to a Barbers man, that was both neat and t [...]im:
A fine young fellow full of skill, and aske him if hee could
Tell him what vncouth shapen thing it was he did behold.
Well, quoth the Barber, what say you? you know best what it is;
As for my part I oft haue s [...]ene a fayrer beast then this.
A beast said he, nay then thou l [...]est, I soe thou hast no skill,
I bought it for a towne-bred Goose, though now against my will,
As it falles out to my hard hap. Well, quoth the Barber then,
It is no Fowle in forme nor shape, no Goose nor Turky-Hen;
But a plaine French Coulstaffe you haue goe, where with [...]ou sore haue fought:
Your weapon which your selfe hath beat, it seens your selfe had brought.
[Page]A Coul-staffe said Pild-Garlike then, is this the warres in France
Then haue I had some blowes therewith, by fortune, not by chance▪
Yet haue recouerd well enough, so might this friend of thi [...]e,
And so I pray thee end this tale, vntill another time;
For I haue other things to speake, since thou hast made me stay,
Faine would I know this French-disease, which raigneth at this day,
And which is found in euery Land, how might that first beginne,
For sure if Purgatory be, or penance due for sinne:
Then he who doth endure this paine, need feare no other hell,
He hath enough, who hath the Pox, that in his bones doe dwell.
Pild-Garlike▪ I perceiue you speake, by great experience sure,
Doe reade my Booke, and see what paines poore Morbu [...] did endure,
For there was euen plaine hell indeed, if hell on earth might bee,
For light and darknesse, heate and cold, did to his paines agree:
But now to satisfie your minde how this Disease first came.
So farre as Stories make record, Ile doe the best I can;
One thousand foure hundred ninty three, the French with pusant power
Besieging Naples at that time, till Charles the fifth Emperour
Came there, and brake the siege perforce, and in time of his stay,
Columbus to the Emperour did, present vpon a day
A company of Indians, which the Pox had naturally,
And they disperst it in the campes of France and Italy:
Columbus was an Italian borne, and first that did discouer
West-India sho [...], and people there, and brought of one and other
To shew to Christian Princes, what strange Countries they had found,
What fertill Lands; what fruits, what mines, did in each place abound,
To moue them for to goe possesse, such riches offered them,
Since in those Countries there was none, but naked sauage men:
The souldiers which that time lay there, did couet for to lye
With those strange womē which were brought, but what they got therby
Too many know, to their much griefe; the French did put the blame
Vpon the Spaniards, that brought it to Naples when they came;
The Neapolitans did say, the French did bring it them,
For they this painfull sore disease, did neuer know till then:
The Flammings call it Spanish Pox, and sure they brought it first
To Christendome, as you haue heard, and therefore most are cu [...]st:
The Scots likewise, when they haue met, some part of this Disease,
They vse in iest to say that they are bit with Spanish Fleas,
[Page] [...] behinde, as Fleas doe vse to doe,
[...], belike they vse it too.
[...] sport, and loue know and than,
[...] hath [...], is not a Gentleman:
[...] withall, the Pox of Rome,
[...] doth staine and [...] their clothes, the other foules the bone [...]
[...] they in plaine good troth, will sweare it came to vs
[...], and therefore takes the name of Morbur Gallicus.
Pild-Garlike, now I thinke, I haue full satisfied your minde,
And if you search a thousand bookes, more truth you shall not finde.
You see what posting off there is, the Pox is no mans friend,
And since that none will father it, I heere will make an end.
Nay, doe not so, Pild-Garlike said, lets heere a little more
The Hunting of the Pox, which you did speake of first before.
Content, good Syr, and therewithall he made no longer stay,
But tooke his booke, and turn'd the lease, and thus began to say.

The Hunting of the Pox: with the Life and Death of Morbus Gallicus.

A Young Italian Gentleman, of birth descended well,
Of stature comely, faire & proud, as those know him could tell;
His father died, and hauing got his wealth all in his hands,
To trauaile now was his desire, to see some forraine lands:
His name Sup [...]i [...]u [...] Publicus: and was a Romane borne;
He hated those despisde his name, or Country had in scorne.
To France he now his iourney tooke, to see the pleasant soile,
The fashions there to know and learne, he meant to stay a while:
And finding of the Country sweet, and women that were faire,
The store of Vineyards, and of fruits, withall a holesome ayre:
Meant there to set his staffe, and rest, and gan acquaintance seeke,
And such acquaintance as himselfe, he thought could loue and like.
At length he met a Curtesan, an old Dogge at the game,
Her name was Veneris, people said, the Diuell ought him shame;
And made this foole to fall in loue, when first he heard her name.
Shee painted was, both face and brests, and hands with azure veines,
[Page]And for to set her flesh to sale, shee sparde no skill nor paines:
He thought an Angell he had met, when first he saw her face,
So mayden-like behaued her selfe in gesture and in pace,
With words so fitting to his minde, set out with comely grace:
Yet had the Pox so bither bones, and Hounds which on her tended,
Fell on at length Saperbus flesh, till that his life they ended.
This Ve [...]eris, was [...] Hound most faire, by Arte and Nature made,
A Neapolitan by birth, a Curtesan by trade:
Her Syer [...]a Dog [...] of India breed, her Dam in stewes brought vp,
And shee her selfe [...] into France, where quickly shee was put
Into an honest Brothel-house, for that must be the name,
Therefor to learne, and be brought vp, till shee be past all shame.
Shee was the first that sea [...]de vpon Superbus in his sport,
And made him poore and se [...]e, God knowes as men of him report;
And altered all his body cleane, that strangers where he came
Did call him Morbus Gallicus, or French-diseased man:
Yet Morbus was not then his name, but shee did giue it him,
And for because he would be knowne, to be one of her kin,
Shee left a token and a marke, that stucke fast to his skin.
At length this Hound, with all her Whelpes, he entertain'd at last,
Though in the end he would haue run, away from them full fast:
M [...]ch like Actr [...] whom his Hounds, their Master eate vnknowne,
Because he like a Hart with hornes, and haire was ouergrowne,
And yet the Huntsman knew full well the Hounds were all his owne,
And would haue spoke, if that he could, and calde each by his name,
Whereby they should haue ceast to bite, if Dogges had any shame.
But these Dogges; which I tend to speake, was of another kinde;
Of other nature and of forme, and of another minde:
For first they caught Superbus purse, and eate the bottome out,
Then on his gay and silken clothes, and lapt him in a clout.
And thus in passing by degrees, they thought best to begin
To strippe him first, and so they might come better to his skin.
Thus was Superbus Publican so lapt and wrapt with shame;
That he was malecontent, perforce to leaue his publike name.
Not one good part was in these Hounds, though he his wealth thē gaue,
Saue that they shewde their loue in this, they brought him to his graue.
It resteth now to speake in briefe, the storie as I finde,
The hunting with the Hounds, their names, and natures of their kinde:
[Page]That each good man that [...] C [...]s, may draw his sword at them,
And stolne no do [...]sse to kill such beasts as would kill men.
Now after Veneris had [...] Morbu [...] to the quicke,
And like a Horse-l [...]nd [...] [...] him, and to his downe did sticke,
That he was faine [...]o b [...]y againe, much like a new faine Deere,
Which when the other Dogges and Hounds did sent and ouer-heare,
The Kennell all ca [...] in at once, more then a man would thinke,
Whose breathes like Carrin did infect the ayre with lothsome stinke:
There was no sounding of retreate by winding horne was heard,
For euery Dogge ran for his part, as if he had been staru'd.
First Go [...]ra, that alwaies still in running had delight,
Did sea [...] vpon his raynes and backe, and there did gnaw and bight;
This Go [...]ra an olde [...]eade Hound, some say in Sodom bred,
Would neuer leaue, if that shee might, vntill her prey were dead.
Then B [...]bo, with her stealing pace vpon his groyne did fast,
And if shee suffered might haue been, would eate his guts at last.
This B [...]bo had to Sire a Curre, from Portugals he came,
A Curtesan in Lisbone Towne, was said to be her Damme:
Shee had of Puppyes two or three, Amorous some them call,
Because that like to Mulberies, vpon the skinne doe fall,
These seazde vpon the Virgo top, and stucke fast to his skinne,
Which growing ripe and turnde to seed, like warts they doe beginne.
Then came Car [...]cula, a Brache, her Dam and Sier of Spaine,
A wicked Whelpe it was, and put poore Morbus to great paine,
Shee would not come into his house, nor scratch his garden-plot,
But in his Yeard both day and night a kennell there shee got:
At length he tooke her for a Witch, for euery time that hee
Came there his water for to make, which heretofore went free,
It now came forkedly with paine, and suddenly would stop,
Till that an vlcer like proud flesh, was in his Yeard begot.
This Bitches Beldam was a Whelpe, when Charles the fift first came
Vnto the siege of Naple [...] there, with Go [...]ora her Dam.
Then M [...]rdeo a subtill Hound, that had a Wolfe to Syer,
Did feed on Glans and eate it off, and made it burne like fier.
This was an Irish Curre some say, and grumled as he ran,
Thence into England he was brought, from thence to France he came▪
At Winchester he eate a Goose, all wholly sane the rumpe,
The which without all feathers cleane, appeared like a stumpe.
[Page]But now this while poore Morbus head was neuer toucht with greefe,
Till Alop [...]ce, that shagged Cur, came stealing like a theefe
Behinde, and bit off all his haire, euen to the very skin,
As if that neuer haire had growne, or on his head had bin.
A pybalde Priest brought vp this Dogge to licke off all his haire,
For of a Barbers rasor he did euer stand in feare.
Then little Formica came in, as busie as a Bee,
And all her Beagle Whelpes with her, as nimble limbde as shee:
These for their short and nimble legges, at receipt vsde to lye,
For that they must aduantage take to gaine coape ground thereby;
Which when they had their prey espied, and they poore Morbus found,
That sore had hunted been of late, and layde him on the ground
To rest himselfe; these Whelpes came in, like little Ants a pace,
Some ran into his necke and breech, some bit him by the face,
And as a man should naked be, roulde in a nettle bed,
So did they stinge and bite his skin, like vnto fier red.
Then came in Pustill spotted red, and on his fore-head light
Like Tauerne tokens, all bespread and set themselues in sight;
Or like to Starres which in the heauens doe shine in frostie night,
Some men doe call them Spanish-fleas, for that they leaue behinde
Red spots or stalles where they haue been, as Fleas doe leaue by kinde:
A Leopard sure was thought to be, the Syer of this foule Hound,
For that neere Arden-forrest he, at Lyons first was found.
Then Talpa set on by the rest, crept vnderneath the skin,
And as a Mole heaues vp the earth, and so runnes deeper in:
So did this Curre creepe to the skull of silly Morbus head,
And foulde the bone, and raisde it vp, and made therein his bed,
And lay therein so secretly, as if he had been dead.
This Talpa was a lazie Curre, and loued to take his rest,
Which had a Dam, that Tophos hight, as wicked as the best:
This Tophos at this time fell lame, and could not goe, nor stand,
And lay in Ro [...]n, amongst her kin, vnder a Surgeons hand.
But Pollypus who had to Syer a M [...]ungie Flemmish Curre,
Did come and creepe vp Morbus nose, and there stucke like a burre,
Yet could not hide her selfe; for why, her taile was seene hang downe,
Much like a Turky-cock, whose combe hangs dangling from his crowne,
And like a Polcats stinke, or worse, this Pollypus did make,
That Morbus friends, such as he had, began him to forsake
[Page] [...] [...]ound, bit him behinde the eares,
And [...] Dogge, downe to the skull him teares.
This Fissure was a [...], and had two Puppies more,
Ma [...] and [...] Dogges, that plagu'd poore Morbus sore:
This Ma [...] was a [...] Curre, and ouer vsde to scratch,
And neuer left, till that the bloud his nailes did ouer match.
And Scuruy crept into his ioynts, and made his body lame,
And raisde his [...] his teeth, and brought all out of frame,
This Scuruy had a [...] sometime, in Rome not long agoe,
That dwelt in Cardinall Corpus house, and rested in his toe;
Her name was P [...]d [...]gra, they say, Rich men doe know her well,
And shee made choise of Morbus fo [...]te, therein to bide and dwell.
Then eating [...] came with speed, this was of barbarous kinde,
But more accursed Dogge then this, could neuer Morbus finde,
Shee eat his throate and [...] and made his nose to fall,
And sent out [...], which perfu [...] his chamber, house, and all:
So that poore Morbus had no speech, nor voice to cry or call.
Then Nodus, [...], and Harp [...] came, and Paine all bred in France,
Of foure such Dogges you neuer heard, as these, all came by chance.
First Nodus bit him by the shinnes, and sometimes on the brow,
And raisde vp bunches, knots and bumpes, with aches ioyn'd [...]now.
And Crust, that came of Ma [...]gies kinde, both of the Syer and Dam
All ouer Morbus [...] skin, full suddenly he ran,
And neuer left, till that his crowne he conquered had and wan.
And Herpes, hee with creeping pace, went eating all the way,
And cast vp furrowes like a Mole, with feeding night and day,
And crau'd of Cr [...]st, where he had fed, to hide it if he may.
At length came Paine, that hunts by night, and bit him skin and bone;
And though he biteth many a man, yet chose he him alone,
To feed vpon in bed a nights, that Morbus could not sleepe,
But tend the feeding of his Hounds, as Shepherds doe their sheepe.
Then Furs [...]r, hee, a Bakers Dogge, and bred in Britaine Land,
But yet a man-kinde Curre to feed, and bite men by the hand;
Did raise vp branny scales and dust, vpon poore Morbus skin,
That of a creature wrapt in woe, was none found like to him:
Yet was he rich in precious stones, but not in gold nor fee,
That longs to Lords of great estate, not such a man as hee:
But yet a Rich Pearle in his eye, a Ruby on his nose,
And in his tayle an Emrod faire, and so he stately go [...]s.

THE MANNER OF CVRING THE French Disease, according to the constitution of diuers Countries.

NOw list we not no more to speake of Dogs, nor yet of Hounds,
Poor Morbus feels the least of them, as deep as deadly wounds:
And leaue him in his bed poore man, that cannot go nor stand,
Nor scarse alone can feed himselfe, so weake in lim and hand.
But yet a fained helpe at last, a friend of his profest,
And promist, if he would be rulde, he should be dispossest
Of all these Dogges and scuruy Curres, that did him so molest.
And therewith brought in Medicus, that was a Florintine,
Of Ʋenis, Naples, and of Rome, and euery where sometime;
Howbeit, well knowne a Mountebank, that went from towne to towne
With Venis-Treacle, and with Drugges, that he sould vp and downe:
With him came Pharmacus, High-Dutch, a Pothecaries man,
And Leech, a German Quacksaluer, that from his Master ran,
For three such knaues, if hel were sought, more worse could not be foūd:
Yet in those Countries euery where, such stragauants abound.
And these did all with one consent, him promise helpe with speed;
So he could money purchase them, to recompence their meed.
Which being done, they fell to worke, all like a packe of knaues,
For many a hundred they had sent aliue into their graues:
And therefore knew the way full well, to helpe this crasie man;
And Medicus to countenance all, he was the first began,
And Noynted Morbus ouer all, about with Vygoes grease,
And sweat him in a tubbe, whereby that all his paines should cease.
What followed next is shame to tell, but so he brought about,
Poore Morbus tongue and gumbes did swell, and all his teeth fell out.
Then Pharmacus with glisters, and Horse-leaches in a glasse,
Began his Musicke, and applied his Bagpipes to his arste.
Yet all this while poore Morbus head did neuer take no rest,
For day and night his new-made paines, each hower did him molest.
Then Leech he tooke a wimble vp, and borde him through the skull,
This wimble he a Trepan call'd, and out a peece did pull,
And powr'd in Kyst, and made him drinke, Spruse-Beere his belly full,
Till that they laid him in a trance, and whilst that did endure,
They stole away, and left report, that he was past all cure.
[Page]Now when all hopes were past and gone, and Art no more could try,
And he growne sicke and faint, and lookt each hower for to dye;
He counselled was to seeke a Priest, and haue minde of his soule,
Lest sudden death should take him hence before his bell could toule:
The Priest was sent for out of hand, a little poore old man,
And prayde make haste, I will (quoth he) make all the haste I can▪
Belike the Priest had vnderstood before of Morbus name,
And would haue posted off to goe, had it not been for shame;
And more, for being spoken to, he may not it denie,
And therefore [...] with more speed, before the man should die:
So when he came and entred in the chamber where he lay,
And saw poore Morbus looke on him, and neuer a word did say;
S [...]l [...] Domin [...], said the Priest, be answered soft, & [...],
The Priest was angry at that word, and thought he calde him Iew;
And would haue gone away in rage, had not some for Gods sake
Requested him to stay; for why, he did the sicke mistake,
And tolde him that his throate was sore, and all his teeth were out,
He could not speake, and stinke perfumde his chamber round about:
Then did this Priest thinke with himselfe, he should commit great sin,
If that the sacred blessed Host he should giue vnto him,
To swallow downe by stinking mouth, and throate filde with the Pox,
He turnde about, and secretly [...]ulde out a little box,
That in his wide gowne sleeue had hid, and that of purpose thought,
As some doe thinke, for in the same a Turnep he had brought,
And priuately cut off a slice thereof, and somewhat thin,
And after ceremonies done, the vile Priest gaue it him;
Poore Morbus [...]oulde it in his mouth, because his throate was rough,
And through his nose hee tolde the Priest, his God was very tough:
The Priest then bade him swallow it downe, though it put him to paine,
The merit of his owne free-will in heauen should finde a gaine:
With that poore Morbus forst himselfe to swallow downe the Host,
And in that doing choakt himselfe, and so gaue vp the ghost:
Requi [...] in pace, said the Priest, so rest thy soule in peace,
For now by death thy sinnes and paines shall heere for euer cease.
Twas well done, said Pild-Garlike then, to ease him of his greefe,
But yet I wish a better cure should come for my releefe:
And for the tale which thou hast tolde, I like it passing well,
But thou therein hast been too bold, as now I will thee tell.
[Page]The Gonoraea perhaps thou knowest by diuers waies may come,
And Alopece by sicknesse long, and Scorbute which doth run
Amongst the Ioynts and maketh lame, and likewise for the Goute,
The which belongs vnto great Lords, not for to iest or floute:
Tis knowne Pope Sixtus dyed thereof, and Lewes the twelfth of France;
And many Princes of great state, whom Honor did aduance,
And had no Pox at all men know, therefore who made the same
Did want of matter for to write, or else he was too blame.
Pild-Garlick you are much deceiude, and that for want of skill
The Pox is master of all griefes, where he may haue his will:
Who hath the Skuruy, Alopece, or running of the Raynes,
Serpigo, Hemrods, or the Piles, or whatsoere breeds paynes.
If that the Pox be there before, he master is of all;
See Parraselsus, which hath writ, of Poxes great and small,
And he will say a pockie Goute, and dropsies of that kinde,
And more diseases which some men by paynes doe chance to finde [...]
The Pox will breede, and Naturalize by law of Propinquinitie,
And double all their force and paynes, by neerenesse of Affinitie.
Well answered then, Pild-Garlicke said, thy iudgement likes me well,
Ile grace thy Booke where ere I goe, as also where I dwell.
But, Honest friend, after all this, one thing doth yet remaine,
To helpe poore Morbus in this case, and how to cure his paine,
And kill or poyson all his Dogges, for sure there is a way;
For I my selfe haue thrise bin curde, as thou hast heard me say:
Yet know I not, for want of skill, in this what course to take,
For diuers I doe see doth marre, the cures which others make.
Master Pild-Garlicke, I am disposde to satisfie your minde:
I see you gentle in your speech, and in correction kinde,
Where you finde fault, I take it well, but some no words can please,
I would such men our words distaste, might taste our Spanish-Fleas.
And now, Sir, since you me request, and for some are abusde,
Ile write you Medicens of the best, and how they may be vsde,
And which shall cure all griefes thereof, conseruing your intent,
If the Disease be not confinnde, or Nature too much spent.

THE MANNER OF CVRING THE French [...]ease, according to the constitution of [...] Countries.

THe Indians of the Western parts, whēce this Disease first came,
Doth vse Tobacco diuers wayes, to cure and helpe the same:
They eate [...] to purge the bloud, and sternu [...]ation make
For head ache paynes, and then the smoak to draw the rhume they take.
The Spaniards forty years ago that into Flanders came,
And brought the Pox, or got them there, to ease them now and than
Of their sore pain [...] [...] Sena [...]ake, which into poulder small
They did reduce, [...] Tartar white, the dose a dram was all,
Which eu'ry morning they would take, goe where soere they will,
This did them ease [...] those, the which did vse it still.
The Spaniards and the Portugals, that came from new found Spaine,
Doth vse to boyle them Sassafras, to ease them of their paine;
And taking of no other drinke, for this they thinke most sure,
Saue that each other fourth day, whilst this drinke doth endure,
They purge them with Mecho [...]can and so performe the cure.
In Italy the Curtesans, and those of better sort,
Doe take the Chyma-roote for helpe, as some of them report,
The which with Salsa, and nought else, a faire decoction make,
And for their cure while that doth dure, no other drinke they take,
Saue that some Rubarbe now and then, they vse for pleasures sake.
The French doth vse the Holly-wood, which from Domingo came,
Which causeth vomit, and doth purge with ease to euery man,
And since they are most cunning in decoctions of all kindes,
With purging, sweats, and dyet rules, as best shall please their mindes.
The Scots to cure their Spanish-Fleas, doe make of dyet drinkes,
Some for to purge, to sweate, and drie, each man as best he thinkes.
The Irish they scarce know this griefe, till they abroad doe roame,
And if they poysoned be therewith, they heale when they come home.
If they be sicke, or Feuor-like, or what disease doth fall,
Their Shamrok and their Bonny-Clabb, is medicen good for all.
The Flemmings and the Hollanders, doe Lignum vitae take,
And with the Cortex of the same, a drying dyet make:
[Page]And sometimes vse a purging drinke, some strong, another small,
Sometime a drinke of both effects, to drie and purge withall.
Thus doe we see that God hath sent, a salue for eu'ry sore,
And eu'ry Country to their kinde, is fit with Medicens store.
But since we meane to make compleate, this worke wee haue begun,
And leaue the worke of Nature out, and vnto arte to run.
And lest that other men should iudge vs simple in the same,
Weele speake the truth of A [...]te we know, so shall we voyd the blame.
The Germanes with their Spagirike and Chymick Doctors say,
That they in curing of the Pox, haue found a better way,
Then heretofore hath practisde bin, and how that Mercury
Is Lord and Patron of the Pox, as euery man may try.
For whereas eu [...]ry Planet else, in Mutocosmos raignes
And rules the Heart, the Lungs and Braynes, the Artiers and the v [...]ines.
This Mercury hath no certaine place, but doth vsurpe of all,
As we doe see how that the Pox, in eu'ry place doth fall
About the body of a man, which makes our iudgement sure,
As Mercury is the Lord of it, so Mercury makes the cure.
And therefore some take Argent vi [...]e, which Mercury they call,
The which with Spirits of Vitriale, a Turpet makes withall;
And of the same, forme little Pills, with pulpe of Apples rost,
And giue ten graines thereof at once, twelue graines must be the most;
And oft to drinke hot Postell Whaye, that hath decoct therein,
Of C [...]rdus Benedictus toppes, to helpe the Flux, begin.
Then in the Intrim now and then, with Ʋenis Treacle sweate,
And see each thing he take be warme, which he shall drinke or eate,
And wash his mouth with Vineger, that hath Rose-water mixt,
That tween his tongue, his teeth and cheeks, there lyes no filth betwixt:
And giue the pills but till you see, the Flux begins to come;
And keepe him from colde ayer and winde, vntill the Flux be done:
Then make a dyet drinke which shall reuert the matter downe,
And you shall cure as well as the best Barber in the Towne:
Prouided that no Nodes remaine, on Periostion fixt,
For they are tumors full of paine, by tarterous humors mixt:
Nor doe not the disease mistake, in vsing Mercury,
For feare Ioynt Aches, or worse paines, you doe procure thereby;
Nor see that no obstructions be, or fragments let remaine,
For then there will a relaps call the French-man backe againe.
[Page]And one thing more, obserue the Moone, at Change or Full begin,
And purge not in a fixed Signe, if thou wouldst credit win:
And for that preparation must in all things goe before,
Seeke to the learn'd Physition for, his counsell euermore.
I haue beene heere too large in speech, I feare I shall be shent,
But that a rule I thought to forme, and that was my intent:
For all these Turpets which are giuen, must worke but one effect,
Therefore be constant in your cure, that Nature be not checkt,
Which if you doe, he dyes for it; this Item take of mee,
The daintier that the body is, the sooner dead is he.
The yellow Turpets which are made, with spirit of Vitriall,
And gold with Mercury constant fixt, which some iudge best of all:
The Petr [...] [...]ade by Phirouant, which he extols so hie,
Of Mercury, gold, and yron fixt, which I thinke few doe trie,
The Diafortick Mercuries, and how to vse the same,
Mercurius vitae and his vse, that beares so great a name:
The fume or smoake of Synaber the Vnction for to sweat;
Of euery thing somewhat is spoke, or need of to intreat.
For heere in briefe I leaue them out, and send you to the Booke,
Where you shall finde them eu'ry one, at leasure if you looke:
Nor doe I meane in Chirurgery to spend heere any time,
To speake of Ca [...]sti [...]kes which corrodes the Buboes of the groyne:
Of Poulders, Lotions, and such like, which Virga doth requier:
Of Squirts, and waters for't in vse, which smarts and burnes like fier:
Of Launcets nor Incission Kniues, nor Candles made of waxe,
To proabe the sore, Caruncula, with diuers other knackes:
The laying bare of Cranium, the Nodes vpon the shinnes,
Then for to raspe and scale the bones, the Surgeons gaine beginnes:
Ne doe we heere deny such things, when we haue cause to vse them;
But he that hath no need thereof, were better to refuse them.
The last are Women-Surgeons, which doe carry dyet drinke,
And Oyntments in a boxe, to smeare their Patients till they stinke;
And will compare with Surgeons all, what ranke so ere they bee;
Against Physitians sheele accept, and be as good as hee;
Shee hath of Medicens which shee knowes, we haue no vse of them,
Nor neuer will her skill reueale to such vnskilfull men:
Shee hath a Lady which will beare her out in any thing,
Sheele smell and licke their waters all, which people to her bring:
[Page]And she's the Cunning-woman calde, and where some gets a peny,
Sheele haue a shilling from their purse, if money they haue any:
Assarabacca, and the seeds calde Cattapuse of them;
The Stibbium and the Colliquint, and some Eleboris then:
Spurge-Comfits, Aloes, and a drinke, shall women get with childe,
And set a Mayden free, which doubts some man hath her beguilde:
Her Fucus and her Blaunching-pots and glasses with complection,
Her Talcum and her Spaude preparde, all of her owne direction:
These are the secret Medicens, which they hold so deare of prise,
A Iew did bid her keepe them safe, from learned and vnwise.
Ne doe I heere of Ladies speake, nor Gentry in this land,
Who in their Countries doe great cures, performed by their hand;
The which in Christian charity, and for no hope of gaine,
Refuse no counsell, nor no cost, nor spares for any paine.
Enough, enough, Pild-Garlicke said, tis time that I were gone,
To speake of Women-Surgeons now, I thinke there's ten for one
That rationall Surgeons be, but who can it redresse;
The more they threate to put them downe, the more they doe increase:
For some are backt by mightie men, and Ladies, as they say,
Therefore to make an end of them, lets now no longer stay.
One word or two, and so an end, quoth he that made the Booke,
Wish each good man comes to the hedge, before he leape, to looke:
And let him not that hath the Pox, thinke for to weare it out,
But first to seeke for helpe in time, for feare of further doubt.
Who happens in a Surgeons hand, where Arte and Vertue dwell,
Such Patients they are blest of God, the others liue in hell.
Giue mee thy Booke Pild-Garlicke said, and lend to me thy hand,
I neuer met a merryer Knaue, in any Realme or Land.
FINIS.

THE MEANING OF CER­TAINE WORDS OR NAMES, which seemeth to some hard to vnder­stand in this Booke.

CVrte [...]an, a Whore by licence.

Veneris, Lechery.

Superbus Publicus, a common noted [...]roud man.

Moth [...]s Gallicus, the French-Disease.

Act [...]n, a [...] in Ouids Metam [...]epho [...]s.

Gonorea gallica, the ru [...]ing of the Rey [...]s in that Disease.

Caruncula, [...] Excrece [...]segr-wing in the Yard of a man, by lying with vncleane women.

Bubo venerius, is a b [...]tch in the Groyn, which commeth by a sudden stopp [...]ng the flux of the Reynes.

Amorons, are certaine fleshie excrecenses, at the beginning like Mulberries, and as they drie like Warts, and grow on the head of a mans Yard

Glans, is the Acorne or head of a mans Yard.

Alope [...]ia gallica, is meant the falling of the haire in this Disease.

Spanish-Buttons, Pustills, and Spanish Fleas, are drie Scabbes appearing in the head and forhead, and when they fall away, they leaue red stooles be [...]inde, like Fl [...]a-b [...]ing [...].

Talpa, is a virulent Disease, and fouleth the vpper table of the Cranium or Scull, and raiseth vp the bone, as a Mole heaueth vp the earth before him.

Tophi, are grosse humors and viscon [...]lying vpon Cranium vnder Petiosti­on, and maketh one part of the head or forhead seeme bigger than the other part.

Periostion, is a skinne that couereth all the bones of the body of man, and groweth to the same, and on that the fl [...]sh.

Fissurae, are chappes or clifes sometime happening behinde the eares, the toes, the fundements.

Scorbutum, the Scuruie.

Canker, is a venemous eating vlcer, and may be sister to Noli me tangere, differing onely in the cure.

[Page] Nodus, are bunches on the brow or shin-bones, they differ from Tophi in this, that Tophi lyeth vnder the Periostion, and this lyeth vpon it, and therefore most painfullest.

Crust, is a Scabbe, which in this Disease runneth all the body ouer, like a le­perous Scall.

Herpes and Serpigoes, are Tetters and Ring-wormes, ingendred of salt-flegme or tumor Erisipelas.

Formica, is a pricking or stinging in the skinne, as if a man were bitten with Ants.

Furfur, is a dust like vnto Branne, ingendred of vapoures breathing out of the body, and drying on the skinne, and after falleth off in scales.

Hemrods, are a painfull Disease, breaking out about the Fundement from the Hemrode veines.

THE AVTHOVRS WHICH haue written of this Disease are diuers and many, neither need I to trouble my selfe with searching the multitude of them: some for the Names, Nature, and Medicaments needfull, I follow.

DOctor Lowe, Scotchman, in his Booke De morbo Hispanico.

Philip Hermanus, vpon Paracelsus, in his Booke De Morbus gallico, and Doctor Monardus of Ciuil.

The Method of Physicke, by Philip Barrow.

Penotus a French-man, in his Booke De Medicamentis Chymicis, and his Denarium.

Crollius in his Booke Basillica Medicamentis.

Quercitanus in his Pharmacopaea.

Phyrouant in his Booke of Secrets.

Tyrocinium Chymicum.

Iohannes de Vigo.

FINIS.

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