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THE ART OF PRESERVING HEALTH: BOOK 2. RUSTIC INTERIOR, by            
First Line: Nothing so foreign but th' athletic hind
Last Line: Grow wiser, lesson'd by the dropping teeth.
Subject(s): Athletes; Food & Eating; Health


NOTHING so foreign but th' athletic hind
Can labour into blood. The hungry meal
Alone he fears, or aliments too thin;
By violent powers too easily subdued,
Too soon expelled. His daily labour thaws,
To friendly chyle, the most rebellious mass
That salt can harden, or the smoke of years;
Nor does his gorge the luscious bacon rue,
Nor that which Cestria sends, tenacious paste
Of solid milk. But ye of softer clay,
Infirm and delicate! and ye who waste
With pale and bloated sloth the tedious day!
Avoid the stubborn aliment, avoid
The full repast; and let sagacious age
Grow wiser, lesson'd by the dropping teeth.





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