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ODE TO TOBACCO.

THOU who, when fears attack, Bid'st them avaunt, and Black Care, at the horseman's back

Perching, unseatest; Sweet when the morn is gray ; Sweet, when they've cleared away Lunch; and at close of day

Possibly sweetest :

I have a liking old
For thee, though manifold
Stories, I know, are told,

Not to thy credit;

How one (or two at most)

Drops make a cat a ghost

Useless, except to roast

Doctors have said it:

How they who use fusees
All grow by slow degrees
Brainless as chimpanzees,

Meagre as lizards;
Go mad, and beat their wives ;
Plunge (after shocking lives)
Razors and carving knives

Into their gizzards.

Confound such knavish tricks ! Yet know I five or six Smokers who freely mix

Still with their neighbours ; Jones—who, I'm glad to say,

Asked leave of Mrs. J.)

Daily absorbs a clay

After his labours.

Cats may have had their goose
Cooked by tobacco-juice ;
Still why deny its use

Thoughtfully taken ?
We're not as tabbies are :
Smith, take a fresh cigar!
Jones, the tobacco-jar!

Here's to thee, Bacon !

DOVER TO MUNICH.

TAREWELL, farewell! Before our prow

Leaps in white foam the noisy channel, A tourist's cap is on my brow,

My legs are cased in tourist's flannel :

Around me gasp the invalids

(The quantity to-night is fearful) I take a brace or so of weeds,

And feel (as yet) extremely cheerful.

The night wears on :-my thirst I quench

With one imperial pint of porter ; Then drop upon a casual bench

(The bench is short, but I am shorter)

Place 'neath my head the havre-sac

Which I have stowed my little all in, And sleep, though moist about the back,

Serenely in an old tarpaulin.

Bed at Ostend at 5 A.M.

Breakfast at 6, and train 6.30,

Tickets to Königswinter (mem.

The seats objectionably dirty).

And onward thro' those dreary flats

We move, with scanty space to sit on, Flanked by stout girls with steeple hats,

And waists that paralyse a Briton ;

By many a tidy little town,

Where tidy little Fraus sits knitting ; (The men's pursuits are, lying down,

Smoking perennial pipes, and spitting ;)

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