390 CULPEPEE'S nEEBAL.
The moon looks much after children, and children are
much troubled with the worms; she desired a medi¬
cine of him, he bid her take his own herb, wormwood.
He had no sooner parted with the moon hut he met
with Venus, and she was as drunk as a bitch : alas!
poor Venus, quoth he, what! thou a fortune, and be
drunk? I'll give thee an antipathetical cure; take
my herb, wormwood, and thou shalt never get a sur¬
feit by drinking. A poor silly countryman hath got
an ague, and cannot go about his business; he wishes
he had it not, and so do I; but I will tell him a re¬
medy, where he shall prevent it: take the herb of
Mars, wormwood, and if infortunes will do good,
what will fortunes do ? Some think the lungs are
under Jupiter ; and if the lungs, then the breath;
and though sometimes a man gets a stinking breath,
and yet Jupiter is a fortune, forsooth ; up comes Mars
to him ; come, brother Jupiter, thou knowest I sent
thee a couple of trines to thy house last night, the one
from Aries, and the other from Scorpio ; give me
thy leave by sympathy to cure this poor man with
drinking a glass of wormwood beer every morning.
The moon was weak the other day, and she gave a
man two terrible mischiefs, a dull brain and a weac
sight; Mars laid by his sword, and comes to her!
Sister Moon, said he, this man hath angered thee, but
I beseech thee take notice he is but a fool; prithee
be patient, I will with my herb, wormwood, cure him
of both infirmities by antipathy, for thou knowest
thou and I cannot agree ; with that the Moon began
to quarrel; Mars (not delighting much in women's
tongues) went away, and did it whether she would
He that reads this and understands what he reads,
hath a jewel of more worth than a diamond ; he that
understands it not,isaslittlefittogivephysic. There
lies a key in these words which will unlock (if it be
turned by a wise hand,) thecahinetofphysic. I have
delivered it as plain as I durst ; it is not only upon
wormwood as I wrote, but upon all plants, trees, and