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Confession Of A Cigar Smoker.
I owe to smoking, more or less, Through life the whole...

Too Great A Sacrifice.
The maid, as by the papers doth appear, Whom fifty tho...

Her Brother's Cigarette.
Like raven's wings her locks of jet, Her soft eyes tou...

To My Cigar.
The warmth of thy glow, Well-lighted cigar, Makes h...

In Favor Of Tobacco.
Much victuals serves for gluttony To fatten men like s...

A Warning.
HE. I loathe all books. I hate to see The world a...

My Pipe.
When love grows cool, thy fire still warms me; When fr...

My Cigar.
In spite of my physician, who is, _entre nous_, a fogy, ...

Smoking Spiritualized.
The following old poem was long ascribed, on apparently...

Ode To Tobacco.
Thou, who when fears attack Bidst them avaunt, and Bla...

The True Leucothoe.
Let others praise the god of wine, Or Venus, love, a...

Mortals say their heart is light When the clouds aroun...

The Betrothed.

A Bachelor's Soliloquy.
I sit all alone with my pipe by the fire, I ne'er kn...

In Rotten Row.
In Rotten Row a cigarette I sat and smoked, with no re...

"keats Took Snuff."
"Keats took snuff.... It has been established by the ...

The Ballad Of The Pipe.
Oh, give me but Virginia's weed, An earthen bowl, a st...

Wrapped in a sadly tattered gown, Alone I puff my brie...

What I Like.
To lie with half-closed eyes, as in a dream, Upon the ...

To My Cigar.
Yes, social friend, I love thee well, In learned doc...


Some sombre evening, when I sit
And feed in solitude at home,
Perchance an ultra-bilious fit
Paints all the world an orange chrome.

When Fear and Care and grim Despair
Flock round me in a ghostly crowd,
One charm dispels them all in air,--
I blow my after-dinner cloud.

'Tis melancholy to devour
The gentle chop in loneliness.
I look on six--my prandial hour--
With dread not easy to express.

And yet for every penance done,
Due compensation seems allow'd.
My penance o'er, its price is won,--
I blow my after-dinner cloud.

My clay is _not_ a Henry Clay,--
I like it better on the whole;
And when I fill it, I can say,
I drown my sorrows in the bowl.

For most I love my lowly pipe
When weary, sad, and leaden-brow'd;
At such a time behold me ripe
To blow my after-dinner cloud.

As gracefully the smoke ascends
In columns from the weed beneath,
My friendly wizard, Fancy, lends
A vivid shape to every wreath.

Strange memories of life or death
Up from the cradle to the shroud,
Come forth as, with enchanter's breath,
I blow my after-dinner cloud.

What wonder if it stills my care
To quit the present for the past,
And summon back the things that were,
Which only thus in vapor last?

What wonder if I envy not
The rich, the giddy, and the proud,
Contented in this quiet spot
To blow my after-dinner cloud?



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