Jonson’s Comical Satire: The Alchemist
this pen Did never aime to grieve, but better men; How e’er the age he lives in doth endure The vices that she breeds, above their cure. But, when the wholsome remedies are sweet, And in their working, gaine, and profit meet, He hopes to find no spirit so much diseas’d But will, with such faire correctives, be pleas’d.3
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