„Pernicious weed! whose scent the fair annoys,
Unfriendly to society's chief joys,
Thy worst effect is banishing for hours
The sex whose presence civilizes ours.“

—  William Cowper, Line 251.
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Thither my baby I lead.
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There all strife and passion cease.
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