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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Sonnet LXIV. If all the Loves were lost, and should be found
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
IF all the Loves were lost, and should be found;
  And all the Graces’ glories were decayed:
  In thee, the Graces’ ornaments abound!
  In me, the Loves, by thy sweet Graces laid!
And if the Muses had their voice foregone;        5
  And VENUS’ husband’s forge had lost his fire:
  The Muses’ voice should, by thy voice, be known!
  And VULCAN’s heat be found in my Desire!
I will accuse thee to the gods, of theft!
  For PALLAS’ eye, and VENUS’ rosy cheek,        10
  And PHŒBE’s forehead; which thou hast bereft!
Complain of me, to CUPID! Let him seek
  In vain, for me, each where, and in all parts
  For, ’gainst my will, I stole one of his darts.

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