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The Discovery Of Tobacco.
_A SAILOR'S VERSION_. They were three jolly sailors bo...

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

Sublime Tobacco.
But here the herald of the self-same mouth Came breath...

Seasonable Sweets.
"_DON'T BE FLOWERY, JACOB._"--CHARLES DICKENS. When th...

Smoke And Chess.
We were sitting at chess as the sun went down; And he,...

In The Ol' Tobacker Patch.
I jess kind o' feel so lonesome that I don't know what to...

Tobacco Is An Indian Weed.
Tobacco's but an Indian weed, Grows green at morn, cut...

On A Broken Pipe.
Neglected now it lies, a cold clay form, So late with ...

In Wreaths Of Smoke.
In wreaths of smoke, blown waywardwise, Faces of o...

Edifying Reflections Of A Tobacco-smoker.
_SET TO MUSIC BY JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH. AUTHOR UNKNOWN. TRANS...

My Three Loves.
When Life was all a summer day, And I was under twenty...

Sweet Smoking Pipe.
Sweet smoking pipe; bright glowing stove, Companion ...

The Scent Of A Good Cigar.
What is it comes through the deepening dusk,-- Somethi...

The Duet.
I was smoking a cigarette; Maud, my wife, and the te...

The Dreamer's Pipe.
Meerschaum, thing with amber tip, Clutched between the...

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

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

Virginia's Kingly Plant.
_BY AN "OLD SALT."_ Oh, muse! grant me the power (I...

The Last Pipe.
When head is sick and brain doth swim, And heavy hangs...

Cannon Song.
Come, seniors, come, and fill your pipes, Your richest...



MY CIGAR.








In spite of my physician, who is, _entre nous_, a fogy,
And for every little pleasure has some pathologic bogy,
Who will bear with no small vices, and grows dismally prophetic
If I wander from the weary way of virtue dietetic;

In spite of dire forewarnings that my brains will all be scattered,
My memory extinguished, and my nervous system shattered,
That my hand will take to trembling, and my heart begin to flutter,
My digestion turn a rebel to my very bread and butter;

As I puff this mild Havana, and its ashes slowly lengthen,
I feel my courage gather and my resolution strengthen:
I will smoke, and I will praise you, my cigar, and I will light you
With tobacco-phobic pamphlets by the learned prigs who fight you!

Let him who has a mistress to her eyebrow write a sonnet,
Let the lover of a lily pen a languid ode upon it;
In such sentimental subjects I'm a Philistine and cynic,
And prefer the inspiration drawn from sources nicotinic.

So I sing of you, dear product of (I trust you are) Havana,
And if there's any question as to how my verses scan, a
Reason is my shyness in the Muses' aid invoking,
As, like other ancient maidens, they perchance object to smoking.

I have learnt with you the wisdom of contemplative quiescence,
While the world is in a ferment of unmeaning effervescence,
That its jar and rush and riot bring no good one-half so sterling
As your fleecy clouds of fragrance that are now about me curling.

So, let stocks go up or downward, and let politicians wrangle,
Let the parsons and philosophers grope in a wordy tangle,
Let those who want them scramble for their dignities or dollars,
Be millionnaires or magnates, or senators or scholars.

I will puff my mild Havana, and I quietly will query,
Whether, when the strife is over, and the combatants are weary,
Their gains will be more brilliant than its faint expiring flashes,
Or more solid than this panful of its dead and sober ashes.

ARTHUR W. GUNDRY.





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