On the disputes about tar-water

by George Berkeley


To drink or not to drink! that is the doubt,

With pro and con the learn'd would make it out.

Briton, drink on! the jolly prelate cries:

What the prelate persuades the doctor denies.

But why need the parties so learnedly fight,

Or choleric Jurin so fiercely indite?

Sure our senses can tell if the liquor be right.

What agrees with his stomach, and what with his head,

The drinker may feel, though he can't write or read.

Then authority's nothing: the doctors are men:

And who drinks tar-water will drink it again.