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First Line: Books are alcohol to me
Last Line: From the contact of the cover.
Subject(s): Books; Reading

Books are alcohol to me,
Vice reformers should prohibit,
Cause of each deficiency
That you see my life exhibit.

Books have made me fretful, odd,
Soured my in-born good nature,
Made me disbelieve in God,
And abhor my fellow creature.

Books have made me pale and lame,
Weak of back, of a digestion
That find eating but a game
For some hygienic question.

Lay a book upon my breast,
When life's agony is over:
I shall find a strange dead zest
From the contact of the cover.

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