To Aesculapius

THE PHYSICIAN, APOTHECARY, SURGEON, ACCOUCHEUR, AND BILL-MAKER .

D EAR Thomas , didst thou never pop
Thy head into a Tinker's shop?
There, Thomas , didst thou never see,
('Tis just by way of simile,)
The Kettle-mender, deep and wise,
Employ his penetrating eyes!
The leak or swelling bump he sees,
The wants or superfluities;
And when he has to this attended,
He knows the way it should be mended.
If you , dear Tom , had seen this man,
You must have chang'd your tinkering plan.
You have some talents we could spare,
But elbow-room for SKILL and CARE .
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