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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Sonnet LXV. O that I had no heart! as I have none
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
O THAT I had no heart! as I have none.
  (For thou, mine heart’s full spirit hast possessed!)
Then should mine Argument be not of moan!
  Then under Love’s yoke, should I not be pressed!
O that without mine eyes I had been born!        5
  Then had I not my Mistress’ beauty viewed!
  Then had I never been so far forlorn!
  Then had I never wept! Then, never rued!
O that I never had been born at all!
  Or being, had been born of shepherds’ brood!        10
  Then should I not in such mischances fall!
Quiet, my water; and Content, my food!
  But now disquieted, and still tormented;
  With adverse fate, preforce, must rest contented!

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