Why weavers, gardeners, and gladiatorsor a man with a pined leg (proceeding from some ailment in the foot)should ever have had some tender nymph breaking her heart in secret for them, are points well and duly settled and accounted for, by ancient and modern physiologists.
A water-drinker, provided he is a professd one, and does it without fraud or covin, is precisely in the same predicament: not that, at first sight, there is any consequence, or show of logic in it, That a rill of cold water dribbling through my inward parts, should light up a torch in my Jennys
The proposition does not strike one; on the contrary, it seems to run opposite to the natural workings of causes and effects
But it shews the weakness and imbecility of human reason.
And in perfect good health with it?
The most perfect,Madam, that friendship herself could wish me
And drink nothing!nothing but water?
Impetuous fluid! the moment thou pressest against the flood-gates of the brainsee how they give way!
In swims Curiosity, beckoning to her damsels to followthey dive into the center of the current
Fancy sits musing upon the bank, and with her eyes following the stream, turns straws and bulrushes into masts and bow-spritsAnd Desire, with vest held up to the knee in one hand, snatches at them, as they swim by her, with the other
O ye water drinkers! is it then by this delusive fountain, that ye have so often governed and turnd this world about like a mill-wheelgrinding the faces of the impotentbepowdering their ribsbepeppering their noses, and changing sometimes even the very frame and face of nature
If I was you, quoth Yorick, I would drink more water, EugeniusAnd, if I was you, Yorick, replied Eugenius, so would I.
Which shews they had both read Longinus
For my own part, I am resolved never to read any book but my own, as long as I live.
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