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Their malice aforethought risks enkindling Syria's pyre, fuel for the smouldering inferno whether or not they press the trigger.
Catherine sees demons crowding around them and enkindling a "dreadful fire" in their souls.
Consume" has the opposite potentials for Swinburne of exaltation, of enkindling life and of utterly devouring it--both manifestations of passion.
In more Southwellian terms, Jesus' blood shed in the garden and on the mount is the visible flame of His love and oil of His mercy, enkindling and feeding our hearts and so uniting us to Him.