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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Elizabethan Verse. 1907.

No Medicine to Mirth

Francis Beaumont (1584–1616)

’TIS 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

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;

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.