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Aequam memento rebus in arduis
Servare mentem.
1 WHEN Colin's good dame, who long held him a tug,
2 And defeated his hopes by the help of the jug,
3 Had taken too freely the cheeruping cup,
4 And repeated the dose till it laid her quite up;
5 Colin sent for the doctor: with sorrowful face
6 He gave him his fee, and he told him her case.
7 Quoth Galen, I'll do what I can for your wife;
8 But indeed she's so bad, that I fear, for her life.
9 In counsel there's safety e'en send for another;
10 For if she shou'd die, folks will make a strange pother,
11 And say that I lost her for want of good skill
12 Or of better advice or, in short, what they will.
13 Says Colin, your judgment there's none can dispute;
14 And if physic can cure her I know yours will do't.
15 But if, after all, she shou'd happen to die,
16 And they say that you kill'd her I'll swear 'tis a lye:
17 'Tis the husband's chief business, whatever ensue;
18 And whoever finds fault I'll be shot if I do.


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Title (in Source Edition): True RESIGNATION.
Themes: illness; injury; marriage
Genres: comic verse
References: DMI 27907

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Dodsley, Robert, 1703-1764. A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. VI. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], p. 280. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.006) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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