The two Christians met on the way many people who were going to their towns, women and men, with a firebrand in the hand, and herbs to drink the smoke thereof, as they are accustomed. The first certain reference in history to smoking tobacco.
But they'll nor pinch,
Fright me with urchin-shows, pitch me i' th' mire,
Nor lead me, like a firebrand, in the dark
Out of my way, unless he bid 'em; but
For every trifle are they set upon me;
Sometime like apes that mow and chatter at me,
And after bite me; then like hedgehogs which
Lie tumbling in my barefoot way, and mount
Their pricks at my footfall; sometime am I
All wound with adders, who with cloven tongues
Do hiss me into madness.
When Musa said to his family Surely I see fire I will bring to you from it some news, or I will bring to you therefrom a burning firebrand so that you may warm yourselves.