The original, called THE ARGUMENT, from Ben Johnson (edited by G. E. Bentley) goes as follows...
T he sickness hot, a master quit, for fear,
H is house in town, and left one servant there.
E ease him corrupted, and gave means to know
A Cheater and his punk, who now brought low,
L eaving their narrow practice, were become
C oz'ners at large; and only wanting some
H ouse to set up, with him they here contract,
E each for a share, and all begin to act.
M uch company they draw, and much abuse,
I in casting figures, telling fortunes, news,
S elling of flies, flat bawdry, with the stone;
T ill it, and they, and all in fume are gone.
... and this is the planksip® interpretation of The Alchemist, updated to the Scientist...
T he sick is raging, doG is dead,
H is oikos, for the house and forme-like justice
E dification means regression,
S Town and a hormone hotline
C heats, thugs and liars; another victim
I set up, with indemnity,
E ach for a share, and thus begins the extraction.
N udge the cause they effect
T o the Corporations they flock, flounder and peddle function fictions
I n bias, opinions without structure
S elling chaos to the highest bidder
T ill death due us part, is ephemeral...