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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
Fair Hebe
By John West, Earl De La Warr (1693–1766)
FAIR Hebe I left, with a cautious design
To escape from her charms, and to drown them in wine,
I tried it; but found, when I came to depart,
The wine in my head, and still love in my heart.
I repaired to my Reason, intreated her aid;        5
Who paused on my case, and each circumstance weighed,
Then gravely pronounced, in return to my prayer,
‘That Hebe was fairest of all that was fair!’
‘That’s a truth,’ replied I, ‘I’ve no need to be taught;
I came for your counsel to find out a fault.’        10
‘If that’s all,’ quoth Reason, ‘return as you came;
To find fault with Hebe, would forfeit my name.’
What hopes then, alas! of relief from my pain;
While, like lightning, she darts through each throbbing vein!
My Senses surprised, in her favour took arms;        15
And Reason confirms me a slave to her charms.

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