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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vol. XV: Greek—Roman—Oriental
 
Temper
By Nabegat Ben Jaid (542–662)
 
YES, Leila, I swore by the fire of thine eyes
  I ne’er could a sweetness unvaried endure;
The bubbles of spirit, that sparkling arise,
  Forbid life to stagnate, and render it pure.
 
But yet, my dear maid, though thy spirit’s my pride,        5
  I’d wish for some sweetness to temper the bowl;
If life ne’er be suffered to rest or subside,
  It may not be flat, but I fear ’twill be foul.
 
 
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