In this passage stalactites are likened to bacon, while the sparkling stones on the ceiling of the cave are compared to stars.
About De Mirabilibus Pecci
This poem, entitled 'De Mirabilibus Pecci', was writen by the Enlightenment philosopher Thomas Hobbes. Hobbes toured the Peak District in 1626, and the poem describes the wonders of his experiences.
The poem was first published in 1636. This version includes the original Latin and an English translation by 'a Person of Quality'. It appeared in 1678.
The 'Wonders' include Chatsworth House, Peak Cavern (popularly known as the Devil's Arse), St Anne's Well, Buxton, Eldon Hole and Tideswell.