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JOHN ERSKINE (1)
Scottish reformer
(1509 - 1591)

The Indian weed, withered quite,
  Green at noon, cut down at night,
    Shows thy decay.
      All flesh is hay.
        Thus think, then drink tobacco.
          . . . .
            And when the smoke ascends on high,
              Then thou behold'st vanity
                Of worldly stuff,
                  Gone at a puff.
                    Thus think, then drink tobacco.
      - attributed to
        Gospel Sonnets--Meditations on Tobacco
         (pt. I),
        printed in a collection "Two Broadsides against Tobacco" (1672)
        [Tobacco]


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