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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Sonnet XXXII. Sarce twice seven times had Phœbus’ waggon wheel
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
SARCE twice seven times had PHŒBUS’ waggon wheel
  Obliquely wandered through the Zodiac’s line,
  Since Nature first to OPS did me resign,
  When in mine youthful vein, I well could feel
A lustful rage, which, Reason’s chains of steel        5
  (With headstrong force of Lust) did still untwine.
  To wanton Fancies I did then incline;
  Whilst mine unbridled PHÆTON did reel
With heedless rage, till that his chariot came
  To take, in fold, his resting with the Ram.        10
  But bootless, all! For such was his unrest
That, in no limits, he could be contained!
  To lawless sports and pleasures, ever prest;
  And his swift wheels, with their sweet oil distained!

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