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First Line: Fire, fire, fire, fire!
Last Line: That else must burn, and with me fall.
Subject(s): Desire; Fire; Pain; Rivers; Suffering; Misery


Fire, fire, fire, fire!
Lo here I burn in such desire
That all the tears that I can strain
Out of mine idly empty brain
Cannot allay my scorching pain.

Come Trent, and Humber, and fair Thames,
Drear Ocean, haste with all thy streams;
And, if you cannot quench my fire,
O drown both me and my desire.

Fire, fire, fire, fire!
There is no hell to my desire:
See, all the Rivers backward fly,
And the Ocean doth his waves deny,
For fear my heat should drink them dry.

Come, heavenly showers, then, pouring down;
Came, you that once the world did drown:
Some then you spared, but now save all,
That else must burn, and with me fall.





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