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William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare: Poems.  1914.

Sonnet CLIII.

“Cupid laid by his brand and fell asleep”

CUPID laid by his brand and fell asleep 
A maid of Dian’s this advantage found, 
And his love-kindling fire did quickly steep 
In a cold valley-fountain of that ground; 
Which borrow’d from this holy fire of Love         5
A dateless lively heat, still to endure, 
And grew a seething bath, which yet men prove 
Against strange maladies a sovereign cure. 
But at my mistress’ eye Love’s brand new-fired, 
The boy for trial needs would touch my breast;  10
I, sick withal, the help of bath desired, 
And thither hied, a sad distemper’d guest, 
  But found no cure: the bath for my help lies 
  Where Cupid got new fire, my mistress’ eyes. 



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