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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Sonnet IX. So did Parthenophe release mine Heart!
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
SO did PARTHENOPHE release mine Heart!
  So did She rob me of mine heart’s rich treasure!
Thus shall She be his bail before they part!
  Thus in her love She made me such hard measure!
  Ay me! nor hope of mutual love by leisure,        5
Nor any type of my poor Heart’s release
  Remains to me. How shall I take the seizure
Of her love’s forfeiture? which took such peace
  Combinèd with a former love. Then cease
  To vex with sorrows, and thy griefs increase        10
’Tis for PARTHENOPHE! thou suffer’st smart.
  Wild Nature’s wound ’s not curable by Art.
Then cease, which choking sighs and heart-swoll’n throbs,
  To draw thy breath, broke off with sorrow’s sobs!

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