A new disease? I know not, new or old, But it may well be called poor mortals' plague: For, like a pestilence, it doth infect The houses of the brain ... Till not a thought, or motion, in the mind, Be free from the black poison of suspect.
Ben Jonson (c. 1572–1637), British dramatist, poet. repr. In The Complete Plays, vol. 1, ed. G.A. Wilkes, 1981). Kitely, in Every Man in His Humour, act 2, sc. 3, l. 55-67 (performed 1598, published 1616).