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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Sonnet XII. Vext with th’assaults of thy conceivèd beauty
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
VEXT with th’assaults of thy conceivèd beauty,
  I restless, on thy favours meditate!
  And though despairful love, sometimes, my suit tie
  Unto these faggots (figures of my state),
Which bound with endless line, by leisure wait        5
  That happy moment of your heart’s reply!
  Yet by those lines I hope to find the gate;
  Which, through love’s labyrinth, shall guide me right.
Whiles (unacquainted exercise!) I try
  Sweet solitude, I shun my life’s chief light!        10
  And all because I would forget thee quite.
And (working that) methinks, it’s such a sin
  (As I take pen and paper for to write)
  Thee to forget; that leaving, I begin!

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