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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Madrigal 5. Such strange effects wrought by thought-wounding Cupid
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
 
SUCH strange effects wrought by thought-wounding CUPID,
        In changing me to fish, his baits to swallow;
        With poison choking me, unless that you bid
        Him to my stomach give some antidote!
              Fly, little god, with wings of swallow!        5
              Or if thy feathers fast float,
        That antidote from my heart’s Empress bring!
              My feeble senses to revive:
        Lest (if thou wave it with an eagle’s wing)
Too late thou come, and find me not alive!        10
 
 
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