"Wisdom unseals charm'd Reason's drowsy eyes."

— Pye, Henry James (1745-1813)

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"Wisdom unseals charm'd Reason's drowsy eyes."
Metaphor in Context
Rome's legal Code at length on Naples' coast
By chance recover'd, as by ravage lost,
Soon wiser laws, the work of many an age,
Plann'd by the Prince, the Statesman, and the Sage,
Mix with the edicts fram'd in Error's school,
And smooth the rigid form of Gothic rule;
Wisdom unseals charm'd Reason's drowsy eyes,
And once again Astræa leaves the skies.
Themis abash'd, her folly taught to feel,
Less frequent makes to heaven the rash appeal,
And blushes to decide the doubtful right
By burning Ordeal, or the listed fight.
The haughty noble quits the civil sword,
And the gown'd Judge succeeds the feudal Lord,
Impartial Justice curbs the oppressive deed,
And Science smiles from savage licence free.
Searching in HDIS (Poetry)
Only 1 entry in the ESTC (1787).

See Poems on Various Subjects. By Henry James Pye, 2 vols. (London: John Stockdale, 1787). <Link to ECCO> <Link to vol. ii in Google Books>
Mind's Eyes
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.