To the Sour Reader
by Robert Herrick (1591-1674)
If thou dislik’st the piece thou light’st on first,
Think that of all, that I have writ, the worst:
But if thou read’st my book unto the end,
And still do’st this and that verse, reprehend;
O perverse man! if all disgustful be,
The extreme scab take thee, and thine, for me.