Smoking & Smokers, an antiquarian, historical, comical, veritable and narcotical disquisition, etc. [By George T. Fisher.] (Illustrated by W. A. Delamotte. Engraved by F. G. Delamotte.).

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Joseph Baker, 1845 - 96 pages
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Page 79 - Some few vapours thou mayst raise The weak brain may serve to amaze, But to the reins and nobler heart Canst nor life nor heat impart. Brother of Bacchus, later born, The old world was sure forlorn Wanting thee, that aidest more The god's victories than before All his panthers, and the brawls Of his piping Bacchanals.
Page 82 - CRITICS avaunt ! Tobacco is my theme ; Tremble like hornets at the blasting steam. And you, court-insects, flutter not too near Its light, nor buzz within the scorching sphere. Pollio, with flame like thine my verse inspire, So shall the Muse from smoke elicit fire. Coxcombs prefer the tickling sting of snuff; Yet all their claim to wisdom is a puff: Lord Foplin smokes not — for his teeth afraid : Sir Tawdry smokes not — for he wears brocade.
Page 78 - Sublime tobacco ! which from east to west Cheers the Tar's labour or the Turkman's rest; Which on the Moslem's ottoman divides His hours, and rivals opium and his brides; Magnificent in Stamboul, but less grand, Though not less loved, in Wapping or the Strand ; Divine in hookas, glorious in a pipe, When tipp'd with amber, mellow, rich, and ripe; Like other charmers, wooing the caress More dazzlingly when daring in full dress [ Yet thy true lovers more admire by far Thy naked beauties— Give me a...
Page 47 - LITTLE tube of mighty power, Charmer of an idle hour, Object of my warm desire, Lip of wax and eye of fire ; And thy snowy taper waist, With my finger gently braced ; And thy pretty swelling crest, With my little stopper prest, And the sweetest bliss of blisses, Breathing from thy balmy kisses.
Page 48 - When agen the cricket's gay, (Little cricket, full of play,) Can afford his tube to feed With the fragrant INDIAN weed : Pleasure for a nose divine, Incense of the god of wine. Happy thrice, and thrice agen, Happiest he of happy men.
Page 22 - A custom loathsome to the Eye, hateful to the Nose, harmful to the Brain, dangerous to the Lungs, and in the black stinking fume thereof, nearest resembling the horrible Stygian smoke of the pit that is bottomless.
Page 81 - A new-found vanity, which days of old Ne'er knew : a vanity that has beset The world, and made more slaves than Mahomet : That has condemn'd us to the servile yoke Of slavery, and made us slaves to smoke.
Page 79 - All his panthers, and the brawls Of his piping Bacchanals. These, as stale, we disallow, Or judge of thee meant : only thou His true Indian conquest art ; And, for ivy round his dart, The reformed god now weaves A finer thyrsus of thy leaves. Scent to match thy rich perfume Chemic art did ne'er presume Through her quaint alembic strain, None so sovereign to the brain.
Page 10 - O thou, matur'd by glad Hesperian suns, Tobacco, fountain pure of limpid truth, That looks the very soul ; whence pouring thought Swarms all the mind ; absorpt is yellow care, And at each puff imagination burns...
Page 38 - Of all the various ways in which tobacco is used in England, none has made a more striking advance within the last few years than cigars. However much this form of the plant may be used in Spain and in the tropical regions of America, it was till a few years ago scarcely known in England, except to the higher class of smokers ; but now every stripling who is just shooting up into manhood thinks a cigar indispensable, as a symbol whereby the world may know that he has at length become a man; and lest...

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