from Abdera, in Thrace, the birthplace of Democritus, who was much given to laughter, and who was styled the Abderite
“…T’obvaricate his dearest health, and vary
His armes from Temple into Mortuary.
His mirth’s Abderian laughter; does but tend
To make him agelastick in the end…”
From: Ἐπιλοιμια ἐπη
Or, The Anatomy of the Pestilence.
A Poem, In three Parts.
The deplorable Condition of the City of London under its merciless dominion, 1665
By William Austin, 1666