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The Red Dr Bliss.

ON

THE SPIKENARD

OF THE

ANCIENTS.

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See Greswell's Dissertations not.2. pp. 491 – 503.

"The precious unguent (says Greswell) was obtained either wholly or in part, from avegetable production which bore the same name: and though it may be contended point with the learned, whether the rost jízα, or the spike σráxus of this shoul was the most used for the purpose, still whatever uncertainty there may be about the former, there can be none about the latter. "Cacumina," says Pliny in his description of the plant," in aristas se spargunt; ideo genuina dote nardi spicas exfolia celebrant."

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the act of pounding to the the tree meaning apt or fit for pounding so that váglos XIOTInn is intended to denote hard which had undergone, or was proper to undergo, the process of pounding. Spikenard was therefore, such part of the shrub as alone was qualified to yield, when pounded, the best ointment.

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