Young Damon was a model son,
With wit and art aglow,
Till he partook in curious fun
His active senses, quickly pleas'd,
As speedily were cloy'd;
And soon, that they might more be eas'd,
He try'd an alkaloid.
C10H14 and N2
The stripling first inhal'd,
But outrag'd Nature takes her due,
And worse desires prevail'd.
O3 + H2O
The hapless youth took now and then,
And knew De Quincey's woe.
But still his tortur'd brain-cells whirl'd
With cosmic retribution,
So one dark night he quit this world
With KCN solution!