DEATH and the DOCTOR.
Occasioned by a Physician's lampooning a Friend of the AUTHOR.
1 AS Doctor ** musing sate,
2 Death saw, and came without delay:
3 Enters the room, begins the chat
4 With, "Doctor, why so thoughtful, pray?"
5 The Doctor started from his place,
6 But soon they more familiar grew:
7 And then he told his piteous case,
8 How trade was low, and friends were few.
9 "Away with fear," the phantom said,
10 As soon as he had heard his tale:
11 "Take my advice and mend your trade,
12 "We both are losers if you fail.
13 "Go write, your wit in satire show,
14 "No matter, whether smart, or true;
15 "Call ** names, the greatest foe
16 "To dullness, folly, pride, and you.
17 "Then copies spread, there lies the trick,
18 "Among your friends besure you send 'em:
19 "For all who read will soon grow sick,
20 "And when you're call'd upon, attend 'em.
21 "Thus trade increasing by degrees,
22 "Doctor, we both shall have our ends:
23 "For you are sure to have your fees,
24 "And I am sure to have your friends.
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Title (in Source Edition): DEATH and the DOCTOR. Occasioned by a Physician's lampooning a Friend of the AUTHOR.
Author: David Garrick
Themes: medicine; death
References: DMI 22578
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