The head is like a barrel, which will break
If th’liquor be too strong; but if’t be2 weak,
It3 will the riper grow by lying long,
For4 kept from vent, the spirits grow more strong.
So wit, which Nature tuns up in the brain,5 5
Never leaves working, if it close remain.6
’Twill7 through discretion8 burst and run about,
Unless a pen and ink do tap it out.
But if the wit be small, then let it lie,
For9 broached too soon, the spirits quickly die. 10
- Comparing the Head to a Barrel of Wine] Nature’s Cellar. 1664; Nature’s Cellar. 1668. The title of 1664 and 1668 exists as a marginal note in Cavendish’s 1653 text.
- th’liquor be too strong; but if’t be] Liquors be too strong; but if they’re 1653
- It] They 1653
- For] Close 1653
- tuns up in the brain,] in a Braine tuns up, 1653
- remain.] be shut: 1653
- ’Twill] Will 1653
- discretion] Discretions 1653
- For] If 1653