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Indian cigar
*O God, O Venus, O Mercury, patron of thieves,
             Give me in due time, I beseech you, a little
                tobacco-shop,
             With the little bright boxes
                             piled up neatly upon the shelves
              And the loose fragrent cavendish
                              and the shag,
               And the bright Virginia
                              loose under the bright glass cases,
                And a pair of scales
                               not too greasy,
And the votailles dropping in for a word or two in a 
        passing,
For a flip word, and to tidy their hair a bit.
     O. God, O Venus, O Mercury, patron of thieves,
Lend me a little tobacco-shop,
                        or install me in any profession
Save this damn'd profession of writing,
                        where one needs one's brains all the time. 
  
*Note: poetry by Ezra Pound "The Lake Isle"- This poem is an invocation used to call forth or make a request/wish  like a prayer which was common in the  ancient poetry of the Greeks and Romans.  
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