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The Devil's Dictionary: Bath

by Ambrose Bierce
BASTINADO
BATTLE

BATH

-n.

A kind of mystic ceremony substituted for religious worship, with what spiritual efficacy has not been determined.

The man who taketh a steam bath
He loseth all the skin he hath,
And, for he's boiled a brilliant red,
Thinketh to cleanliness he's wed,
Forgetting that his lungs he's soiling
With dirty vapors of the boiling.

- Richard Gwow

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