Suitably, the essay ends with a pharmacological metaphor: "It is not dangerous, as in a medicinable
drug, whether an old tale or report, be it thus or thus, so or so." No one ever died from hearing a tall story, though there could be side effects.
I turn its medicinable
leaves In London now till, as in Florence erst, A spirit laughs and leaps through every limb, And lights my eye, and lifts me by the hair, Letting me have my will again with these --How title I the dead alive once more?
In them the passage switches from a generalized poetic landscape that sweeps across the Indian Ocean with its fabled "pearl" divers, to Arabia with its mythic "medicinable
" gum, suddenly to a particularly identified place, Aleppo.
Then must you speak Of one that loved not wisely, but too well; Of one not easily jealous, but, being wrought, Perplexed in the extreme; of one whose hand Like the base Indian, threw a pearl away Richer than all his tribe; of one whose subdued eyes, Drops tears as fast as the Arabian trees Their medicinable
Gentle fingers had applied to hands and feet, to all those passage-ways of the senses, through which the world had come and gone for him, now so dim and obstructed, a medicinable
into a dew," Shakespeare, Hamlet (1600-1601); "of one whose subdued eyes, Albeit unused to the melting mood, Drops tears as fast as the Arabian trees Their medicinable
gum," Shakespeare, Othello (1603-4); "restoration hang Thy medicine on my lips ...
The Friend does not indeed exclude from his plan occasional interludes; and vacations of innocent entertainment and promiscuous information, but still in the main he proposes to himself the communication of such delight as rewards the march of Truth, rather than to collect flowers which diversify its track, in order to present them apart from the homely yet foodful or medicinable
herbs, among which they have grown.
Like the base Indian, threw a pearl away Richer than all his tribe; of one whose subdued eyes, Albeit unused to the melting mood, Drops tears as fast as Arabian trees Their medicinable
The generals put on a "form of strangeness," changing their customary respect for Achilles to disregard in order to apply "derision medicinable