|The Rhyme Maker
Rhyme List: Now That's Funny!
stanza]: Phoebus, the sun-god.
stanza]: “Sack” is a name for a wine popular for many years,
made in Spain or the adjacent Canary Islands.
S. H. Bass
One, Who Said, He Drank To Clear His Eyes
Cotton (1630-1686), English writer/poet
Phoebus, crawling to his Western seat,
shining face bedew’d with beamy sweat,
flaming eyes at last grown blood-shot red,
atoms sprung from his hot horses’ speed,
to that sea-green bosom of his Love’s,
in her lap his fainting light improves;
Thyrsis, when at th’ unresisted flame
thy fair Mistress’s eye, thine dull became,
sovereign sack thou did’st an eye-salve seek,
stol’st a blest dew from her rosy cheek;
straight thy lids a cheerful vigor wore,
quick and penetrating than before.
saw the sprightly grape in glory rise,
with her day thy drooping night surprise,
that, where now a giddy darkness dwells,
now breaks through liquid spectacles.
Adam known this cure in Paradise,
scap’d the Tree, and drunk to clear his eyes.