Sonnet 153: Cupid Laid By His Brand And Fell Asleep Poem by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 153: Cupid Laid By His Brand And Fell Asleep

Rating: 3.3

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;
Which borrowed from this holy fire of Love
A dateless lively heat still to endure,
And grew a seeting bath, which yet men prove
Against strange maladies a sovereign cure.
But at my mistress' eye Love's brand new-fired,
The 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' eyes.

Fabrizio Frosini 02 February 2016

.. Were it not for the other 152 sonnets, we would consider these two final sonnets as fairly standard and belonging to the derivative tradition of sonnet writing which had been established and developed since the days of Petrarch (1304-1374) . It was quite common to take a snippet from Greek mythology and work it into a poem.

21 0 Reply
Brian Jani 26 April 2014

Awesome I like this poem, check mine out

0 2 Reply
Laura Barron 24 March 2010

Very good poem. But why re-write them on here is what i ask?

1 1 Reply
Error Success