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TOBACCO
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[ Also see Health Smoking Vice ]

Nay, rather,
  Plant divine, of rarest virtue;
    Blisters on the tongue would hurt you.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia),
        A Farewell to Tobacco

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 (used pseudonym Elia),
        A Farewell to Tobacco

Thou through such a mist dost show us,
  That our best friends do not know us.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia),
        A Farewell to Tobacco

Tobacco, charmer of my mind,
  When like the meteor's transient gleam,
    Thy substance gone to air I find,
      I think, alas! my life's the same.
        [Fr., Tobac! dont mon ame est ravie,
          Lorsque je te vois te perdre en l'air,
            Aussi promptement q'un eclair,
              Je vois l'image de ma vie.]
      - Francois Maximlien Misson,
        Memoirs of his travels over England,
        (translation by Ozell)

Contented I sit with my pint and my pipe,
  Puffing sorrow and care far away,
    And surely the brow of grief nothing can wipe,
      Like smoking and moist'ning our clay;
        . . . .
          For tho' at my simile many may joke,
            Man is but a pipe--and his life but smoke.
      - Old Ballad, Content and a Pipe

Old man, God bless you, does your pipe taste sweetly?
  A beauty, by my soul!
    A ruddy flower-pot, rimmed with gold so neatly,
      What ask you for the bowl?
        O sir, that bowl for worlds I would not part with;
          A brave man gave it to me,
            Who won it--now what think you--of a bashaw?
              At Belgrade's victory.
      - Gottfried Conrad Pfeffel, The Tobacco Pipe

Sir Plume, of amber snuff-box justly vain,
  And the nice conduct of a clouded cane.
      - Alexander Pope, Rape of the Lock
         (canto IV, l. 122)

Just where the breath of life his nostrils drew,
  A charge of snuff the wily virgin threw;
    The gnomes direct, to every atom just,
      The pungent grains of titillating dust,
        Sudden, with starting tears each eye o'erflows,
          And the high dome re-echoes to his nose.
      - Alexander Pope, Rape of the Lock
         (canto V, l. 81)

Tobacco's but an Indian weed,
  Grows green at morn, cut down at eve;
    It shows our decay, we are but clay.
      Think on this when you smoak Tobacco.
      - as quoted Sir Walter Scott, Rob Roy,
        first printed in "Wit and Mirth, or Pills to Purge Melancholy", vol. I, p. 315 (ed. 1707)

He was perfumed like a milliner,
  And 'twixt his finger and his thumb he held
    A pouncet-box, which ever and anon
      He gave his nose, and took't away again;
        Who therewith angry, when it next came there,
          Took it in snuff; and still he smiled and talked'
            And as the soldiers bore dead bodies by,
              He called them untaught knaves, unmannerly,
                To bring a slovenly unhandsome corse
                  Betwixt the wind and his nobility.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Hotspur at I, iii)

Divine Tobacco.
      - Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene
         (bk. III, canto V, st. 32)

Yes, social friend, I love thee well,
  In learned doctor's spite;
    Thy clouds all other clouds dispel
      And lap me in delight.
      - Charles Sprague, To My Cigar

It is not for nothing that this "ignoble tabagie," as Michelet calls it, spreads over all the world. Michelet rails against it because it renders you happily apart from thought or work; . . . Whatever keeps a man in the front garden, whatever checks wandering fancy and all inordinate ambition, whatever makes for lounging and contentment, makes just so surely for domestic happiness.
      - Robert Louis Stevenson,
        Virginibus Puerisque (I)

Look at me--follow me--smell me! The "stunning" cigar I am smoking is one of a sample intended for the Captain General of Cuba, and the King of Spain, and positively cost a shilling! Oh! . . . I have some dearer at home. Yes, the expense is frightful, but--it! who can smoke the monstrous rubbish of the shops?
      - A Veteran of Smokedom, The Smoker's Guide
         (ch. IV)

Am I not--a smoker and a brother?
      - A Veteran of Smokedom, The Smoker's Guide
         (ch. IV, last line)

To smoke a cigar through a mouthpiece is equivalent to kissing a lady through a respirator.
      - A Veteran of Smokedom, The Smoker's Guide
         (ch. V)

Dick Stoype
  Was a dear friend and lover of the pipe.
    He used to say one pipe of Wishart's best
      Gave life a zest.
        To him 'twas meat and drink and physic,
          To see the friendly vapor
            Curl round his midnight taper,
              And the black flume
                Clothe all the room,
                  In clouds as dark as sciences metaphysic.
      - Charles M. Westmacott, Points of Misery

A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can you want?
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde),
        The Picture of Dorian Gray (ch. IV)

Lastly, the ashes left behind,
  May daily show to move the mind,
    That to ashes and dust return we must:
      Then think, and drink tobacco.
      - probably George Wither (Whyther or Withers),
        in a manuscript of the 17th century owned by J. Payne Collier, printed in "My Little Book of Songs and Ballads from Ancient Music Books"


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