Peel the pears, and cut a thin slice from the base of each so that they will stand upright in a heavy saucepan. Trickle the honey over the pears, and add the water and the sage sprigs. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Remove the pears, and place them in individual bowls. Reduce the liquid until syrupy, and pour a little over each pear. Decorate with fresh sage leaves.