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In William Shakespeare, His Life and Work Anthony Holden writes: writes: "capitalising a letter - Bath - could see 24 year-old on the road with the Queen's men in 1588."

in The Life and Times of William Shakespeare Peter Levi informs us: "The last two sonnets are translations from a Greek original in the Palatine Anthology, perhaps by way of a Latin version."

Cupid laid by his brand and fell asleep:
A maid of Dian's this advantage found,
And his love-kindling fire did quickly steep
In a cold valley-fountain of that ground;
Which borrow'd from this holy fire of Love,
A dateless lively heat, still to endure,
And grew a seething bath, which yet men prove
Against strange maladies a sovereign cure.
But at my mistress' eye Love's brand new-fired, 
The boy for trial needs would touch my breast;
I, sick withal, the help of bath desired,
And thither hied, a sad distemper'd guest,
  But found no cure, the bath for my help lies
  Where Cupid got new fire; my mistress' eyes.
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