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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes. 1906.

José Morell (17th Century)

Advice to an Innkeeper

“MINGLE the sweet and useful,” says a sage,

Whose name, perchance, is lost in history’s page,

But whose advice withal is good and wise.

It caught a tavern-keeper’s busy eyes,

And he exclaimed, “Delightful! That’s for me!

I see the sense, I read the mystery;

This is its meaning, I can well divine:

‘Mix useful water with your luscious wine.’”