Is this like something William Mowett would have come up with?
From the Laudator:
Max Beerbohm on Thomas Hardy and A.E. Housman:
How compare either of these grim two?
Each has an equal knack,
Hardy supplies the pill that’s blue,
Housman the draught that’s black.
Readers of the Aubrey/Maturin novels will catch the reference to "blue pill" … no, nothing to do with The Matrix… and "black draught".
Might we substitute for the names of the poets, perhaps, Dawkins and Hitchens?