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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Sonnet III. He, when continual vigil moved my Watch
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
 
HE, when continual vigil moved my Watch
  Some deal, by chance, with careful guard to slumber:
The prison’s keys from them did slowly snatch;
  Which of the five, were only three in number.
The first was Sight, by which he searched the wards;        5
  The next was Hearing, quickly to perceive,
Lest that the Watchmen heard, which were his guards;
  Third, Touch, which VULCAN’s cunning could deceive.
These (though the springs, wards, bolts, or gimbols were
  The miracles of VULCAN’s forgery)        10
Laid open all, for his escape. Now, there,
  The watchmen grinned for his impiety.
  What crosses bred this contrariety,
That by these keys, my thoughts, in chains be left;
And by these keys, I, of mine heart bereft?        15
 
 
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