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...at the very sight of physic he would be distempered," though he never so much as smelled to it, the box of physic long after would give him a purge; nay, the very remembrance of it did effect it; "like travellers and seamen," saith Plutarch, "that when they have been sanded, or dashed on a rock, for ever after fear not that mischance only, but all such dangers whatsoever."
SUBSECT. IV.--_Scoffs, Calumnies, bitter Jests, how they cause Melancholy_.
It is an old saying, A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword." and many men are as much galled with a calumny, a scurrilous and bitter jest, a libel, a pasquil, satire, apologue, epigram, stage-play or the like, as with any misfortune whatsoever. Princes and potentates, that are otherwise happy, and have all at command, secure and free, _quibus potentia sceleris impunitatem fecit_, are grievously vexed with these pasquilling libels, and satires: they fear a railing Aretine, more than an enemy in the field, which made most princes of his time... Burton, Robert
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