What a glorious creature was he who first discovered the use of tobacco!the industrious retires from businessthe voluptuous from pleasurethe lover from a cruel mistressthe husband from a cursed wifeand I from all the world to my pipe. Fielding.The Grub Street Opera, Act III. Scene 1.
Sublime tobacco! which, from east to west, Cheers the tars labour or the Turkmans rest; Which on the Moslems 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 tippd 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 beautiesgive me a cigar! Byron.The Island, Canto II. Stanza 19.
A good vomit, I confess, a virtuous herb if it be well qualified, opportunely taken, and medicinally used; but as it is commonly abused by most men, which take it as tinkers do ale, tis a plague, a mischief, a violent purger of goods, lands, health, hellish, devilish and damned tobacco, the ruin and overthrow of body and soul. Burton.Anat. of Melancholy, Part II. Sect. IV. Memb. 2. Subs. 1.
Among other regulations it would be very convenient to prevent the excess of drinking; with that scurvy custom among the lads, and parent of the former vice, the taking of tobacco where it is not absolutely necessary in point of health. Swift.On the advancement of Religion. (Roscoes Ed. of his Life, Page 277.)