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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VI. Fancy.  1904.
 
Poems of Sentiment: II. Life
The Indian Weed
Anonymous (Seventeenth Century)
 
THIS Indian weed, now withered quite,
Though green at noon, cut down at night,
      Shows thy decay,—
      All flesh is hay:
  Thus think, and drink 1 tobacco.        5
 
The pipe, so lily-like and weak,
Does thus thy mortal state bespeak;
      Thou art e’en such,—
      Gone with a touch:
  Thus think, and drink tobacco.        10
 
And when the smoke ascends on high,
Then thou behold’st the vanity
      Of worldly stuff,—
      Gone with a puff:
  Thus think, and drink tobacco.        15
 
And when the pipe grows foul within,
Think on thy soul defiled with sin;
      For then the fire
      It does require:
  Thus think, and drink tobacco.        20
 
And seest the ashes cast away,
Then to thyself thou mayest say
      That to the dust
      Return thou must:
  Thus think, and drink tobacco.        25
 
Note 1. The current phrase for smoking, in the XVII. Century. [back]
 
 
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