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Eisell

Wormwood wine. Hamlet says to Laertes, Woul't drink up eiselli.e. drink wormwood wine to show your love to the dead Ophelia? In the Troy Book of Ludgate we have the line “Of bitter eysell and of eager [sour] wine.” And in Shakespeare's sonnets;

I will drink
Potions of eysell, gainst my strong infection 
No bitterness that I will bitter think,
Nor double penance to correct correction.

Sonnet cxi.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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