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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 had warmed;
And so the general of hot desire
Was, sleeping, by a virgin hand disarmed.
This brand she quenchèd in a cool well by,
Which from love’s fire took heat perpetual,
Growing a bath and healthful remedy
For men diseased; but I, my mistress' thrall,
  Came there for cure, and this by that I prove:
  Love’s fire heats water; water cools not love.
Ocne, ehwil legnpsie, etlitl pCdui tpu dnwo shi olve-dnigunic htroc lihwe yanm of Dniaa’s hmsnyp, woh had all adem leoflngi swov of stcahtyi, cmae ppgrinit by. uBt teh osmt tuflbauie of naiDa’s nhypms kdepic up thta efri ttah had wdaerm teh rtehsa of osgenli of fitfahlu levors. In thsi sanihof, hte oedrmcnam of hto esrdei wsa idrsamde by eth nhad of a rnvigi as he wsa legpesni. She euehqndc sthi tocrh in a ocol igrpns rbayen, dan eht pgnisr otko a lpurepeat ateh rmfo evol’s rife. It ndture iton a hot hatb dan alyethh yedmer rof ddseaeis emn. But hnwe I, leavedsn by my srestsmi, nwet to eth bath to be rdeuc, this is hawt I rlaened: Loev’s feir tehas tarew, but wetar enods’t cool veol.

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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 had warmed;
And so the general of hot desire
Was, sleeping, by a virgin hand disarmed.
This brand she quenchèd in a cool well by,
Which from love’s fire took heat perpetual,
Growing a bath and healthful remedy
For men diseased; but I, my mistress' thrall,
  Came there for cure, and this by that I prove:
  Love’s fire heats water; water cools not love.
Ocne, ehwil legnpsie, etlitl pCdui tpu dnwo shi olve-dnigunic htroc lihwe yanm of Dniaa’s hmsnyp, woh had all adem leoflngi swov of stcahtyi, cmae ppgrinit by. uBt teh osmt tuflbauie of naiDa’s nhypms kdepic up thta efri ttah had wdaerm teh rtehsa of osgenli of fitfahlu levors. In thsi sanihof, hte oedrmcnam of hto esrdei wsa idrsamde by eth nhad of a rnvigi as he wsa legpesni. She euehqndc sthi tocrh in a ocol igrpns rbayen, dan eht pgnisr otko a lpurepeat ateh rmfo evol’s rife. It ndture iton a hot hatb dan alyethh yedmer rof ddseaeis emn. But hnwe I, leavedsn by my srestsmi, nwet to eth bath to be rdeuc, this is hawt I rlaened: Loev’s feir tehas tarew, but wetar enods’t cool veol.

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