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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
No Medicine to Mirth
By Francis Beaumont (1584–1616)
 
’TIS 1 mirth that fills the veins with blood,
More than wine, or sleep, or food;
Let each man keep his heart at ease;
No man dies of that disease.
He that would his body keep        5
From diseases, must not weep;
But whoever laughs and sings,
Never he his body brings
Into fevers, gouts, or rheums,
Or lingeringly his lungs consumes;        10
Or meets with aches in his bone,
Or catarrhs, or griping stone:
But contented lives for aye;
The more he laughs, the more he may.
 
Note 1. From The Knight of the Burning Pestle, 1611, act ii. sc. 1. [back]
 
 
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