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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Sonnet XCVI. The Sun in Pisces; Venus did intend
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
THE SUN in Pisces; VENUS did intend
  To seek sick FLORA; whose soil (since by Kind
  TITAN to th’Antipodes, his beams resigned)
  No pleasant flowers, to welcome her did send.
To whom, for need, PARTHENOPHE did lend        5
  At Nature’s suit, rich Heliochrise, which shined
  In her fair hair; white lilies which combined
  With her high-smoothed brows, which bent, love bend.
Violets from eyes, sweet blushing eglantine
  From her clear cheeks, and from her lips, sweet roses.        10
  Thus VENUS’ Paradise was made divine
Which such, as Nature in my Lady closes.
  Then, since with her, LOVE’s Queen was glorified!
  Why was not my sweet Lady deified?

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