virus: Re: virus-digest V1 #111

Ken Pantheists (
Thu, 12 Dec 1996 08:37:09 +0000

Richard transcribed Sonnet 154 in response to my point about its sexual
content. I will insert notes. (Forgive me if you are already familiar
with the material-- I don't mean to be pedantic)

> In case anyone else was curious...

> Sonnet 154

> The little Love-god lying once asleep,
> Laid by his side his heart-inflaming brand,
He's sleeping and his "sword" is beside him.
> Whilst many nymphs that vowed chaste life to keep,
> Came tripping by, but in her maiden hand,
> The fairest votary took up that fire,
The virgins, who have to remain virginal, come by and see the "sword"
> Which many legions of true hearts had warmed,
> And so the general of hot desire,
> Was sleeping by a virgin hand disarmed.
Starts off with a hand job
> This brand she quenched in a cool well by,
> Which from Love's fire took heat perpetual,
followed by oral sex
> Growing a bath and healthful remedy,
> For men diseased,
(Meaning Horny)
> but I my mistress' thrall,
> Came there for cure
Please live by that example and take care of my "disease"
> and this by that I prove,
> Love's fire heats water, water cools not love.

Elizabethan view of elements and humours placed blood and fire on equal
levels having the properties of Hotness and Dryness.

Water and Phlegm are equal and have the properties of coolness and

Elizabethan medicine held that health is achieved in balancing the

Too Hot? Cool down with a little moist phlegm.

BTW. we still use these models in modern speech.

A person who is sanguine is passionate whereas a phlegmatic person is

  Ken Pantheists