In Scotland it was a popular belief that a few hairs of the dog that bit you applied to the wound will prevent evil consequences. Applied to drinks, it means, if overnight you have indulged too freely, take a glass of the same wine next morning to soothe the nerves.

    "If this dog do you bite, soon as out of your bed, take a hair of the tail in the morning."

    "Take the hair, it's well written,
    Of the dog by which you're bitten;
    Work off one wine by his brother,
    And one labour with another ...
    Cook with cook, and strife with strife:
    Business with business, wife with wife."
    Athenæus (ascribed to Aristophanes).

    "There was a man, and he was wise,
    Who fell into a bramble-bush
    And scratched out both his eyes;
    And when his eyes were out, he then
    Jumped into the bramble-bush
    And scratched them in again."