Posted by Rur42 on March 15, 2003
"Elegy on a Quid of Tobacco"
The only place I've seen this poem is an illustration in Newton's Amenities.
It's a copy of a manuscript of a poem purportedly by Charles Lamb called "Elegy on a Quid of Tobacco" I was able to transcribe most of it, but the last stanza has a mystery word I can't decipher, namely "Suspect some ambush in the ****** hid". Googled to no avail.
This Elegy doesn't appear to have been collected. --except the poem is referenced in Robert Southey's 1799 Annual Anthology.
Let not temptation
mortal, ere come nigh--
Suspect some ambush in the [[pastry ??]] hid, --
From the first kiss of Love, ye maidens fly!
Ye youths avoid the Tobacco Quid.
... ambush in the parley hid.......