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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
 
VIII. Wedded Love
The Fire of Love
Charles Sackville, Earl of Dorset (1638–1706)
 
From the “Examen Miscellaneum,” 1708

THE FIRE of love in youthful blood,
Like what is kindled in brushwood,
      But for a moment burns;
Yet in that moment makes a mighty noise;
It crackles, and to vapor turns,        5
      And soon itself destroys.
 
But when crept into agèd veins
It slowly burns, and then long remains,
      And with a silent heat,
Like fire in logs, it glows and warms ’em long,        10
And though the name be not so great,
      Yet is the heat as strong.
 
 
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