James Howell's Lexicon Tetraglotton (1660) frontispiece,
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Mercurialis. This is called Mercury. His vertue is good yf a man haue akynge in his wombe / gyue hym to drynke the ioyce and he shalbe hole. It wyll clense the stomake / & the sede wyll do the same. Also the ioyce tempred with whyte wyne / is good to hele sore eyes. Also yf a worme or other vermyne haue byten a man / take the ioyce and warme it & wasshe it. Also yf there be ony wormes cropen into a mannes eeres / take the ioyce and warme it & put it into his eeres and he shall be hole. This is hote and dry.
Banckes's Herbal (1525)

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