Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Not poppy, nor mandragora,
Nor all the drowsy syrups of the world
Shall ever medicine thee to that sweet sleep
Which thou owed'st yesterday.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 3, sc. 3, l. 330-3.
Opiates were derived from poppy (opium) and mandragora (mandrake, of the deadly nightshade family).