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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Sonnet XCIII. Begs Love! which whilom was a deity?
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
 
BEGS LOVE! which whilom was a deity?
  I list no such proud beggars at my gate!
  For alms, he, ’mongst cold Arctic folk doth wait;
  And sunburnt Moors, in contrariety:
Yet sweats, nor freezes more! Then is it piety        5
  To be remorseful at his bare estate!
  His reach, he racketh at a higher rate.
  He joins with proudest in society!
His eyes are blind, forsooth! and men must pity
  A naked poor boy, which doth no man harm!        10
  He is not blind! Such beggar boys be witty!
For he marks, hits, and wounds hearts with his arm;
  Nor coldest North can stop his naked race;
  For where he comes, he warmeth every place!
 
 
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