Author: Nike (---.126.254.80.donpac.ru)
Date: 01-20-06 16:11
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The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. --Albert
The little Love-god lying once asleep,
Laid by his side his heart-inflaming brand,
Whilst many nymphs that vow\'d 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 warm\'d;
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 Love\'s 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,
Love\'s fire heats water, water cools not love.
A false enchantment can all too easily last a lifetime.
W. H. Auden
Some say thy fault is youth, some wantonness;
Some say thy grace is youth and gentle sport;
Both grace and faults are lov\'d of more and less:
Thou mak\'st faults graces that to thee resort.
As on the finger of a throned queen
The basest jewel will be well esteem\'d,
So are those errors that in thee are seen
To truths translated, and for true things deem\'d.
How many lambs might the stern wolf betray,
If like a lamb he could his looks translate!
How many gazers mightst thou lead away,
if thou wouldst use the strength of all thy state!
But do not so; I love thee in such sort,
As, thou being mine, mine is thy good report.