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Hot sun, cool fire (2000)


Part of a series or song cycle:

The Passing of the Year


Hot sun, cool fire

Hot sun, cool fire, temper’d with sweet air,
Black shade, fair nurse, shadow my white hair:
Shine, sun; burn, fire; breathe, air, and ease me;
Black shade, fair nurse, shroud me and please me:
Shadow, my sweet nurse, keep me from burning,
Make not my glad cause, cause of [my] mourning.
Let not my beauty’s fire
Enflame unstaid desire,
Nor pierce any bright eye
That wand’reth lightly.

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