virus: Shakespeare's Sonnet 154

Richard Brodie (
Wed, 11 Dec 1996 14:22:56 -0800

Ken Pantheists wrote:

>I think that yes, memes appear to be transmitted through media. But the
>transmitter actually causes a new meme to be spawned in the mind of the
>reader- this new meme is informed by the reader's experience and
>cultural biases. Therefore it is entirely plausible that Shakespeare'
>sonnet 154 can be read and the reader not even *suspect* that it's
>asking for a blow job. (which it is)

In case anyone else was curious...

Sonnet 154

The little Love-god lying once asleep,
Laid by his side his heart-inflaming brand,
Whilst many nymphs that vowed 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 warmed,
And so the general of hot desire,
Was sleeping by a virgin hand disarmed.
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 discased, but I my mistress' thrall,
Came there for cure and this by that I prove,
Love's fire heats water, water cools not love.

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