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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.
cenO, wlieh eeilpsgn, ielltt uidCp put odwn hsi ovle-iinducng rhtco wheli mnay of aanDi’s hnmsyp, ohw dah all adme lenigofl sovw of httyacsi, aecm gintippr by. Btu hte osmt ealfuiutb of Daina’s spyhmn eikpdc up hatt rfei atht had wramed hte thrsae of genilos of afifuhtl olserv. In stih ahfosni, teh cnammrdoe of tho iseedr saw sddimrae by het adhn of a gnviir as he saw ngseepli. heS udenchqe thsi cthro in a oclo sginrp renyba, dna teh rpgsni ookt a ealpterpu tahe rmof vloe’s frei. It edtunr tnoi a hto hatb and lahhtye eymedr rfo aidsdsee nem. Btu when I, lveanesd by my mirsetss, entw to the btha to be ceudr, itsh is thwa I edealnr: veoL’s fier teash wreat, but erwta sndoe’t oocl eolv.

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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.
cenO, wlieh eeilpsgn, ielltt uidCp put odwn hsi ovle-iinducng rhtco wheli mnay of aanDi’s hnmsyp, ohw dah all adme lenigofl sovw of httyacsi, aecm gintippr by. Btu hte osmt ealfuiutb of Daina’s spyhmn eikpdc up hatt rfei atht had wramed hte thrsae of genilos of afifuhtl olserv. In stih ahfosni, teh cnammrdoe of tho iseedr saw sddimrae by het adhn of a gnviir as he saw ngseepli. heS udenchqe thsi cthro in a oclo sginrp renyba, dna teh rpgsni ookt a ealpterpu tahe rmof vloe’s frei. It edtunr tnoi a hto hatb and lahhtye eymedr rfo aidsdsee nem. Btu when I, lveanesd by my mirsetss, entw to the btha to be ceudr, itsh is thwa I edealnr: veoL’s fier teash wreat, but erwta sndoe’t oocl eolv.

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