for What Ails Ye
When all else fails, have a Scotch because:
Beying moderatelie taken, it sloweth age; it stregthenth youthe;
it helpeth digestion; it cutteth fleume; it abandoneth melancholie;
it relisheth the harte; it lighteneth the mynde; it quickeneth
the spirites; it cureth the hydropsis; it healeth the stranguary;
it preserveth the head from whyrling - the eyes from dazelyng
- the tongue from lispyng - the mouth from snafflyng - the teethe
from chatteryng - the throte from ratlyng - the weasan from
stieflyng - the stomach from wamblyng - the harte from swellyng
- the bellie from wirthchyng - the guts from rumblyng - the
hands from shiveryng - the sinowes from shrinkyng - the veynes
from crumplyng - the bones from soakyng - trulie it is a soverainge
liquor if it be orderlie taken.
Found in Holinshed's 1578 Chronicles of England,
Scotland and Ireland (which Shakespeare was to "mine"
so successfully a few years later).
(From: The Century Companion to
Whiskies by Derek
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