Alabaster (Maplet)

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This is the entry for alabaster from Maplet's A Greene Forest

Of Alabaster

Alabaster, as saith Isidore in his .xvi. booke and fift Chapter, is a white kinde of stone died, and bespotted among with divers & sundrie colours. Hereof are made vessels to keepe and contine all Ointements uncorupt, wherein they be most purely and safely preserved. It groweth about Thebis and Damascum, andespeciallye that which is whitest. But the best of this kinde is brought from Indie. It being borne about one, say some, keepeth him in amitie and charitie with all men.