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ON ONE, WHO SAID, HE DRANK TO CLEAR HIS EYES, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: As phoebus, crawling to his western seat
Last Line: He'd scap'd the tree, and drunk to clear his eyes.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


As Phoebus, crawling to his Western seat,
His shining face bedew'd with beamy sweat,
His flaming eyes at last grown blood-shot red,
By atoms sprung from his hot horses' speed,
Drives to that sea-green bosom of his Love's,
And in her lap his fainting light improves;

So Thyrsis, when at th' unresisted flame
Of thy fair Mistress's eye, thine dull became,
In sovereign sack thou did'st an eye-salve seek,
And stol'st a blest dew from her rosy cheek:
When straight thy lids a cheerful vigour wore,
More quick and penetrating than before.

I saw the sprightly grape in glory rise,
And with her day thy drooping night surprise,
So that, where now a giddy darkness dwells,
Brightness now breaks through liquid spectacles.

Had Adam known this cure in Paradise,
He'd scap'd the Tree, and drunk to clear his eyes.





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