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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
The Excellency of Wine
By Roger Boyle, Earl of Orrery (1621–1679)
 
    ’TIS 1 wine that inspires,
    And quencheth Love’s fires;
Teaches fools how to rule a state.
    Maids ne’er did approve it;
    Because those that love it,        5
Despise, and laugh at, their hate.
 
    The drinkers of beer
    Did ne’er yet appear
In matters of any weight;
    ’Tis he whose design        10
    Is quickened by wine,
That raises things to their height.
 
    We then should it prize;
    For never black eyes
Made wounds, which this could not heal.        15
    Who then doth refuse
    To drink of this juice,
Is a foe to the common weal.
 
Note 1. Appeared in Henry Lawes’ Ayres, I, 1653. [back]
 
 
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