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SONNET NO. 154

 

    The little love god lying once asleep,
    Laid by his side his heart inflaming brand,
    Whilst many nymphs that vowed chaste life to keep,
    Came tripping by, but in her maiden hand,
    The fairest votary took up that fire,
    Which many legions of true hearts warmed,
    And so the general of hot desire,
    Was sleeping by a virgin hand disarm'd,
    This brand she quenched in a cool well by
    Which from loves fire took heat perpetual,
    Growing a bath and healthful remedy,
    For men diseas'd but I my mistress thrall,
    Came there for cure and this by that I prove,
    Loves fire heats water-water cools hot love.


The last two Sonnets Nos. 153 and 154 are a pair.   Note in
these two sonnets the repetition of the following words, we find-
Cupid, Cupid, brand, brand, brand, brand, asleep, asleep, fire,
,fire, fire, loves fire, loves fire, bath, bath, bath, bath, cure,
cure, cure, my mistress, my mistress, my mistress, prove, prove.

These two Sonnets Nos. 153 and 154 do not appear to have
any relation to any of the preceding sonnets.    The origin of
these two sonnets has been discovered in a vary rare book-a
Greek anthology " Epigrammata" by Marianus and Zenopotus,
which had been translated into Latin in 1529.    In these two
Sonnets we find the word "bath" five times and the word             
"cure"  three times.  In the original Greek there is no mention
the curative powers of a bath or of water.  The first words on
the 13th line of Sonnet No. 154  are  "Came there for cure,"
which may be a reference to the City of Bath--renowned even
those times for its curative waters.  Bacon in his own writings
reports the benefit he had received from visiting Bath and taking the sulphur waters there.  So when writing these sonnets, he may have taken the opportunity of referring to the Bath waters.

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