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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Tobacco
 
        Thou through such a mist dost show us,
That our best friends do not know us.
Charles Lamb.    
  1
        Pernicious weed; whose scent the fair annoys,
Unfriendly to society’s chief joys,
Thy worst effect is banishing for hours
The sex whose presence civilizes ours.
Cowper.    
  2
        The pipe with solemn interposing puff,
Makes half a sentence at a time enough;
The dozing sages drop the drowsy strain,
Then pause, and puff—and speak, and pause again.
Cowper.    
  3
        Tobacco, an outlandish weed,
Doth in the land strange wonders breed;
It taints the breath, the blood it dries,
It burns the head, it blinds the eyes;
It dries the lungs, scourgeth the lights,
It ’numbs the soul, it dulls the sprites;
It brings a man into a maze,
And makes him sit for other’s gaze;
It mars a man, it mars a purse,
A lean one fat, a fat one worse;
A white man black, a black man white,
A night a day, a day a night;
It turns the brain like cat in pan,
And makes a Jack a gentleman.
Fairholt.    
  4
        Thou in such a cloud dost bind us,
That our worst foes cannot find us,
And ill fortune, that would thwart us,
Shoots at rovers, shooting at us;
While each man, through thy height’ning steam,
Does like a smoking Etna seem.
Charles Lamb.    
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