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-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.

Shakespeare's Sonnets Navigator Summary of Sonnet 153 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 153

Shakespeare's Sonnet 153


  1    Cupid laid by his brand, and fell asleep;
  2    A maid of Dian's this advantage found,
  3    And his love-kindling fire did quickly steep
  4    In a cold valley-fountain of that ground;
  5    Which borrow'd from this holy fire of Love
  6    A dateless lively heat, still to endure,
  7    And grew a seething bath, which yet men prove
  8    Against strange maladies a sovereign cure.
  9    But at my mistress' eye Love's brand new fired,
 10    The boy for trial needs would touch my breast;
 11    I sick withal the help of bath desired,
 12    And 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' [eyes].

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