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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. I–V: American
 
To My Meerschaum
College Humor
 
P. D. R., in “Acta Columbiana”

THERE’S a charm in the sun-crested hills,
  In the quivering light of a star,
In the plash of a silvery rill,
  Yet to me thou art lovelier far,
                My meerschaum!        5
 
There’s a love in her witching dark eye,
  There’s a love in her tresses at play,
Yet her love would be worth not a sigh,
  If from thee she could call me away,
                My meerschaum!        10
 
Let revelers sing of their wine,
  As they toss it in ecstasy down,
But the bowl I call for is thine,
  With its deepening amber and brown,
                My meerschaum!        15
 
For when trouble would bid me despair,
  I call for a flagon of beer,
And puff a defiance to care,
  Till sorrows in smoke disappear,
                O meerschaum!        20
 
Though ’mid pleasures unnumbered I whirl,
  Though I traverse the billowy sea,
Yet the waving and beautiful curl
  Of thy smoke’s ever dearer to me,
                My meerschaum!        25
 
 
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