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wine; do this thrice, then put to the wine, of wormwood water, and of- scurvy-grass water, each a pint; of aqua mirabilis, two ounces (or, instead of them all, a quart of compound radishwater);

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senna, an ounce and half; of cremor tartary, three dráms; of saffron, a dram; of cinnamon, a dram; let it stand in a warm place three days (oft shaking it), Take two ounces, (four or five spoonfuls,) fasting, many weeks, together, and walk or labour after it.

Or, after sufficient purging, fresh succory roots, made into a conserve, and taken with a little prepared steel, for poor people that have obstructions, may do well; half an ounce of conserve with half a scruple of steel.

8. If they be costive, so as to affect the head, the more; else let them do as followeth,

1. Fast not, especially in the mornings, but take some light breakfast, and eat the less at dinner, either half a dish of panado, with four or five spoonfuls of white wine in it, (when they eat it,) or gruel, or broth made of veal or chicken, or an old cock, with a sheep's head, boiled till it will jelly, and a little white wine put in at the eating, and the same at supper, unless the stomach be clogged with crudities, and then forbear supper or dinner.

2. Some find a little saffron in broth cure costiveness, and it is one of the truest cordials known in the world.

3. With some, a dram of cremor tartary in broth, will do it, in the morning.

4. Sit not down nor walk as soon as you rise in the morning, but stand still upright a quarter of an hour when you are dressed, and as long after dinner; it helpeth the excrements to descend. And if you feel the least possibility, go to stool, and make not too much haste away.

5. If you have no rheum or cold windiness of stomach, eat sometimes ten or twelve stewed prunes, and sometimes four or five roasted pippins, before dinner.

6. Take Chio turpentine of Venice, (or Venice turpentine if that cannot be had,) wash it well, and make it into hard pills with powder of epithyme, as much as you can get it to take up. Let the pills be small, and take a dram, or more or less, as you are able to get them down at a swallow, covered in a spoonful of sirop of apples, or of balm, or of mallows, a little before a late supper, to work the next morning; or turpentine with liquorice powder, of itself, in an egg, or any way got down, may


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8. Their drink is of great moment, that unless in cold bodies, they take no strong wines nor claret, but either ale or good beer, with a little white wine, or posset drinks made with but little milk, and some strong ale and white wine, or posset made drink with cider, ale, and a little white wine.

Or take a quart of the juice of balm, with a little ground ivy, and put it into a vessel of good ale or beer, of about three or four gallons, and drink this at meat. Or, sometimes, some wormwood ale, but not long.

But cold, dull bodies may drink good strong beer or ale, that is not hard, and fat, cold persons may endure sack.

The devil hath another cure for the sad and melancholy than such as I have here prescribed, which is to cast away all belief of the immortality of the soul, and the life to come, or at least not to think of it; and for to take religion to be a superstitious, needless fancy; and for to laugh at the threatenings of the Scripture, and to go to play-houses, and cards, and dice, and to drink and play away melancholy; honest recreations are very good for melancholy persons, if we could get them to use them ; but, alas ! this satanical cure is but like the witches' bargain with the devil, who promiseth them much, but payeth them with shame and utter misery. The end of that mirth is incurable sorrow, if timely repentance cure not the cause.

The garrison of Satan in the hearts of sinners, is strongly kept when they are in peace, but when they have fooled away time, and mercy, and hope, die they must, there is no remedy; and to go merrily and unbelievingly to hell, after all God's calls and warnings, will be no abateinent of their torment; to go out of the world in the guilt of sin, and to end life before they would know the use of it, and to undergo God's justice for the mad contempt of Christ and grace, will put a sad end to all their mirth, for “ there is no peace to the wicked, saith

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my God.” (Isa. xlviii. 22, and lvii. 21.) But Christ saith to his mourners, (Matt. v. 4,) “Blessed are you that mourn, for you shall be comforted ;" and, (John, xvi. 20, “ Ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice; and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.” And Solomon knew that the house of mourning was better than the house of feasting; and that the heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth, (Eccles. vii. 2, 3, 4,) but holy joy of faith and hope is best of all.

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