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My love is like to ice, and I to fire

Language: English

My love is like to ice, and I to fire;
How comes it then that this her cold so great
Is not dissolv'd through my so hot desire,
But grows the more I her intreat?
 
Or how comes it that my exceeding heat
Is not delay'd by her heart frozen cold,
But that I burn much more in boiling sweat
And feel my flames augmented manifold?
 
What more miraculous thing may be told,
That fire, which all things melts, should harden ice,
And that ice, which is congeal'd with senseless cold,
Should kindle fire by wonderful device?
 
Such is the power of love in gentle mind,
That it can alter all the course of kind.


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Text added to the website: 2004-06-06.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:07
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