The art of longevity, or, A diæteticall instition written by Edmund Gayton.
Gayton, Edmund, 1608-1666.

CHAP. XXIII. Of Pidgeons, their young ones, and Ducks.

THe infant-Pidgeon, and the sucing Dove,
Emblem of Innocence, of Lust, of Love,
Are a most high and filling diet, hot
And inflaming, thence are Feaves got;
'Ware Pidgeon therefore, till his early flight
Hath purg'd his heavinesse, and made it light;
To these invite your flegmaticks, a scholar,
Men sedentary, but not a man of choler.
Ducks of aquatick fowl are far the worst,
Whether Fen-fed, or in your own moats nurst;
Hot is their blood, and of a Saturn die,
Gives nauseas and superfluity,
Yet nourishing enough, if it were good,
(He don't prescribe a copious, but sound food;)
Of all the fowl which on the lakes do wander,
From the wild Duck unto the Goose and Gander,
Page  46There's none but are repletive, if it smell
Amisse 'tis naught, though 'twere a Barnacle:
This hinders not the profits of the Coy,
The smell of gain is sweet, Bon par ma foy.