Verse > Anthologies > Elizabethan Sonnets > Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Sonnet VI. Him when I caught, what chains had I provided!
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
HIM when I caught, what chains had I provided!
  What fetters had I framed! What locks of Reason!
What Keys of Continence had I devised
  (Impatient of the breach) ’gainst any treason!
But fair PARTHENOPHE did urge me still        5
  To liberal pardon, for his former fault;
Which, out alas! prevailèd with my will.
  Yet moved I bonds, lest he should make default:
Which willingly She seemed to undertake,
  And said, “As I am virgin! I will be        10
His bail for this offence; and if he make
  Another such vagary, take of me
  A pawn, for more assurance unto thee!”
“Your love to me,” quoth I, “your pawn shall make!
So that, for his default, I forfeit take.”        15

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