APOTHECARY

APOTHECARYn. 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.