Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.
Sweet Basil (Ocymum Basilicum)
I pray your Highness mark this curious herb: Touch it but lightly, stroke it softly, Sir, And it gives forth an odor sweet and rare; But crush it harshly and youll make a scent Most disagreeable. LelandSweet Basil.