Since today is Shakespeare’s [approx birthday] and death-day, here he is explaining alcohol.
Was it so late, friend, ere you went to bed,
That you do lie so late?
‘Faith sir, we were carousing till the second cock;
and drink, sir, is a great provoker of three things.
What three things does drink especially provoke?
Marry, sir, nose-painting, sleep, and urine.
Lechery, sir, it provokes, and unprovokes; it provokes
the desire, but it takes away the performance. There-
fore, much drink may be said to be an equivocator
with lechery: it makes him, and it mars him; it sets him
on, and it takes him off; it persuades him, and dis-
heartens him; makes him stand to, and not stand to; in
conclusion, equivocates him in a sleep, and, giving him
the lie, leaves him.
- April 23 1564 and 1616 Birth and Death of William Shakespeare (chinadailymail.com)
- On the Occasion of Mr Shakespeare’s Birthday – or – Me and Will (actorsgreenroom.net)
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