Of coughs and colds these pages treat
To save you from a winding sheet
Take first, a recipe for cough,
At which, who heed it not may laugh.
Well powdered snakeroot first obtain
An hour in boiling water lay,
Three drams to half a pint, then strain
Thro’ paper thin the dregs away.
An ounce and half, when thus refined
A drachm of simple oxymel,
With poppy syrup well combined
Just half a drachm, and thou’lt be well.
Yet in six parts the draught divide
At morn, at noon, at night, to swallow —
A fasting hour on either side,
And rosy health will surely follow
A fane there is in Oxford Street
To Hebe sacred, served by Bel:
Lo! Dragon sickness licks his feet
For recipes he mixes well 1
For colds, another doctor — pills
Administers of friendly squills
With Ipecacuanha joined
And a mild opiate well combined
But in what portions mingled — he
Will tell you for a moderate fee.
Tho’ I’ve not seen it, I divine
Bel and the Dragon, are the sign. ↩