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1 WELCOME to Baiae's streams, ye sons of spleen,
2 Who rove from spa to spa to shift the scene.
3 While round the steaming fount you idly throng,
4 Come, learn a wholsome secret from my song.
5 Ye fair, whose roses feel th' approaching frost,
6 And drops supply the place of spirits lost:
7 Ye 'squires, who rack'd with gouts, at heav'n repine,
8 Condemn'd to water for excess in wine:
9 Ye portly cits, so corpulent and full,
10 Who eat and drink 'till appetite grows dull:
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11 For whets and bitters then unstring the purse,
12 Whilst nature more opprest grows worse and worse:
13 Dupes to the craft of pill-prescribing leaches:
14 You nod or laugh at what the parson preaches:
15 Hear then a rhyming quack, who spurns your wealth,
16 And gratis gives a sure receipt for health.
17 No more thus vainly roam o'er sea and land,
18 When lo! a sovereign remedy at hand:
19 'Tis Temperance stale cant! 'Tis Fasting then;
20 Heaven's antidote against the sins of men.
21 Foul luxury's the cause of all your pain:
22 To scour th' obstructed glands, abstain! abstain!
23 Fast and take rest, ye candidates for sleep,
24 Who from high food tormenting vigils keep:
25 Fast and be fat thou starveling in a gown:
26 Ye bloated, fast 'twill surely bring you down.
27 Ye nymphs that pine o'er chocolate and rolls,
28 Hence take fresh bloom, fresh vigour to your souls.
29 Fast and fear not you'll need no drop nor pill:
30 Hunger may starve, excess is sure to kill.


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Title (in Source Edition): PANACEA: Or, The Grand RESTORATIVE.
Themes: illness; injury; drugs; food; drink
Genres: heroic couplet; satire
References: DMI 26717

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Dodsley, Robert, 1703-1764. A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. IV. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 326-327. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.004) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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