Cowley, Abraham . The Third Part of the Works of Mr. Abraham Cowley
Being his Six Books of Plants
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Upon the same.
SEE how with Pride the groveling Pot-herb swells, 59 [image] [image]
And sawcily the generous Vine repells:
Her, that great Emperours oft in Triumph drew,
A base, unworthy Colewort does subdue.
But though o'r that the wretch victorious be,
It cannot stand, puissant Plant! near Thee [Latin: 880]
For Meat to Medicines still must give the place,
That feeds Diseases, which away these chase.
You bravely Men and other Plants outvie,
Who no kind Office do, until they die;
Thy Virtues thou, yet living, do'st impart,
And ev'n to thy own Garden Physick art.
 The Colewort is said to kill the Vine, and it self kill'd by this Herb.