Shakespeare's Sonnets: Cupid laid by his brand and fell asleep,

Sonnet 153

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): i4v.
3And his love-kindling fire did quickly steep
4In a cold valley-fountain of that ground,
5Which borrow'd from this holy fire of love
6A dateless lively heat still to endure,
7And grew a seething bath which yet men prove
10The boy for trial needs would touch my breast.
11I, sick withal, the help of bath desired,
12And thither hied, a sad distemper'd guest,
13    But found no cure: the bath for my help lies
14    Where Cupid got new fire, my mistress' eye.


1] Cupid] classical god of love, son of Venus and Mercury. brand] torch. Back to Line
2] Diane] goddess of virginity. Back to Line
8] strange] strang Q. sov'reign] soueraigne Q. Back to Line
9] The eye and the brand have sexual connotations here. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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