mountebanks contended for a
spruce young gallant, t’other well in age.
brags that furthered this contention
4Are too too tedious in this place to mention.
5The governor of the town did thus decide
6That by their antidotes they should be
7Each of them poison should the other give,
8And he that by
preparatives did live
9Should have the present stage and future glory,
10And the defunct should live in this
11The lots were drawn, the young man first did
12An ugly toad in
sippets for his
verdigris for sauce, this he presents,
14Which the old mountebank sadly
15Yet he with many
ate it up.
16The sauce he most unwilling did sup,
17For the young
quacksalver would never
18Till, like Jack Sprat, he licked the platter clean.
19Then, looking that he should have fall’n and died,
20His young antagonist he did
21Saying, “You gave to me a
22But I will neatly satisfy your wish.
23I’ll offer what is pleasing to your sight,
24Naught but this little piece of
25Which, as philosophers do all presume,
26Had its original from
Alcides drew him up to Earth
His foam gave hellish aconite its birth.”
29The young man
fain would have this bit refused;
30The old man to
baffling being not used,
31Gave him the root, which he no sooner ate
32But his sad heart and every vein did beat,
33His mouth to either ear did stretch so wide,
34And in this horrid posture straight he died.
35Then let this teach all in their youthful age
36Not to contest with
those are old and
37Nor like this
gallant on their wit rely,
38Lest they, like him, ere long do grinning lie;
This bold young quack, his proud attempts did feild;
40Then let me ever to my betters yield.