The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 153

read by Fiona Shaw

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,

5Which borrowed from this holy fire of love

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,

10The boy for trial needs would touch my breast;

I, sick withal, the help of bath desired,

And thither hied, a sad distempered guest,

But found no cure; the bath for my help lies

Where Cupid got new fire: my mistress’ eye.

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