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The Devil's Dictionary: Apothecary

by Ambrose Bierce
APOSTATE
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APOTHECARY

-n.

The physician's accomplice, undertaker's benefactor and grave worm's provider.

When Jove sent blessings to all men that are,
And Mercury conveyed them in a jar,
That friend of tricksters introduced by stealth
Disease for the apothecary's health,
Whose gratitude impelled him to proclaim:
"My deadliest drug shall bear my patron's name!"

-G.J.

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