This imprint concerns itself with “the evils of intemperance” and begins with this anecdote:
Cyrus, when quite a youth, at the court of his grandfather, Astyages, undertook one day to perform the office of cup bearer. He delivered the cup very gracefully; but omitted the usual custom of first tasting it himself. The king reminded him of it, supposing he had forgotten.
“No, Sir,” replied Cyrus; “but I was afraid there might be poison in it; for I have observed that the lords of your court, after drinking, become noisy, quarrelsome, and frantic; and that even you, Sir, seem to have forgotten that you were a king.”
The king goes on to ask if the same thing did not happen to Cyrus’s father:
“Never,” answered Cyrus…. ”Why, when he has taken what wine he chooses, he is no longer thirsty, that is all.”
Happy the man, who shall live in those days, in which the practice of excessive drinking shall be universally laid aside, and detested!