The Devil's Dictionary: Meerschaum
(Literally, seafoam, and by many erroneously supposed to be made of it.) A fine white clay, which for convenience in coloring it brown is made into tobacco pipes and smoked by the workmen engaged in that industry. The purpose of coloring it has not been disclosed by the manufacturers.
This woeful tale, may be),
Who bought a meerschaum pipe and swore
That color it would he!
Nor any soul he saw.
He smoke by night, he smoked by day,
As hard as he could draw.
Of winds that blew aloof;
The weeds were in the gravel path,
The owl was on the roof.
The neighbors sadly say.
And so they batter in the door
To take his goods away.
Nut-brown in face and limb.
"That pipe's a lovely white," they say,
"But it has colored him!"
'Tis plain as day to you:
Don't play your game on any thing
That is a gamester too.
- Martin Bulstrode