Ivy (Maplet)

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


Ivie sayth Isidore, is so called, for that it creepeth all about, and cleaveth fast to the tree, some say (as it may be also) that it was so called, for that at the first it was given to theKid and the Deere as nourishment & meate. For Hædra is the Latine word, and we may fetch it as it were word out of word, Hædra quasi Hædis data. It is plentifull in giving Milke, wherewith the Kids were more full of Milke. It is a token and signe with the Philosophers of colde and moyst earth.