|Seccombe and Arber, comps. Elizabethan Sonnets. 1904.|
|Parthenophil and Parthenophe|
|Barnabe Barnes (1569?1609)|
Parthenophil and Parthenophe.
Sonnets, Madrigals, Elegies, and Odes.
To the right noble and virtuous gentleman,
M. WILLIAM PERCY, Esq., his dearest friend.
[The lower part of the Title-page is torn away in the only copy at present known (in the library of the Duke of Devonshire); but there is the following entry in the Stationers Registers in 1593.
10 Maij.JOHN WOLF. Entred for his copies twoo bookes aucthorised by master HARTWELL vnder his hand. th[e]one
th[e]other intituled. PARTHENOPHIL and PARTHENOPHE &c. By B. BARNES
Transcript &c. 11. 631. Ed. 1875.]
To the Learned Gentlemen Readers, the Printer
THESE labours following, being come of late into my hands barely, without title or subscription; partly moved by certain of my dear friends, but especially by the worth and excellency of the Work, I thought it well deserving my labour, to participate them to your judicial views: where, both for variety of conceits, and sweet Poesy, you shall doubtless find that which shall be most commendable, and worth your reading.
| The Author, though at the first unknown (yet [has been] enforced to accord to certain of his friends importunacy herein, to publish them, by their means, and for their sakes) [is] unwilling, as it seemeth, to acknowledge them, for their levity; till he have redeemed them, with some more excellent work hereafter. Till when, he requesteth your favourable and indifferent censures of these his over-youthful Poems; submitting them to your friendly patronages.|
Farewell! this of May, 1593.