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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Sonnet VIII. Then to Parthenophe, with all post haste
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
THEN to PARTHENOPHE, with all post haste
  (As full assurèd of the pawn fore-pledged),
I made; and, with these words disordered placed,
  Smooth (though with fury’s sharp outrages edged).
Quoth I, “Fair Mistress! did I set mine Heart        5
  At liberty, and for that, made him free;
That you should arm him for another start,
  Whose certain bail you promisèd to be!”
“Tush!” quoth PARTHENOPHE, “before he go,
  I’ll be his bail at last, and doubt it not!”        10
“Why then,” said I, “that Mortgage must I show
  Of your true love, which at your hands I got
  Ay me! She was, and is his bail, I wot:
But when the Mortgage should have cured the sore
  She passed it off, by Deed of Gift before.        15

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