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Those who think that the lotus is nothing but a tree only, can easily be refuted, if upon the authority of Homer1 only; for that poet names the lotus first of all among the herbs which grow to administer to the pleasures of the gods. The leaves of this plant,2 mixed with honey, disperse the marks of sores, argema,3 and films upon the eyes.

1 Il. xiv. 347.

2 The Melilotus officinalis of Linnæus. See B. xiii. c. 32, and the Notes.

3 White specks in the black of the eye, with a red tinge.

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