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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s 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 you’ll make a scent
Most disagreeable.
        Leland—Sweet Basil.
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