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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Sonnet XXXIV. But when, in May, my world’s bright fiery sun
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
BUT when, in May, my world’s bright fiery sun
  Had past in Zodiac, with his golden team,
  To place his beams, which in the Twins begun:
  The blazing twin stars of my world’s bright beam,
My Mistress’ Eyes! mine heaven’s bright Sun and Moon!        5
  The Stars by which, poor Shepherd I, am warned
  To pin in late, and put my flocks out soon;
  My flocks of Fancies, as the signs me learned:
Then did my love’s first Spring begin to sprout,
  So long as my sun’s heat in these signs reigned.        10
  But wandering all the Zodiac throughout,
  From her May’s twins, my sun such heat constrained:
That where, at first, I little had complained;
  From Sign to Sign, in such course he now posteth!
  Which, daily, me, with hotter flaming toasteth.        15

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