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ON SNUFF-TAKING, by            
First Line: Custom, in this small article I find
Last Line: Lest custom makes it amiable in time.
Subject(s): Snuff (tobacco)


Custom, in this small article I find
What strong ascendance thou hast o'er the mind.
My friend's advice the first inducements are:
"Take it,: said she, "it will your spirits cheer."
All resolute the offered drug to take,
But in the trial sickened with my hate.
By repetition I was brought to bear,
Then rather liked, now love it too, too dear.
Be careful, oh, my soul! how thou let'st in
The baneful poison of repeated sin;
Never be intimate with any crime,
Lest Custom makes it amiable in time.





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