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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Sonnet XCVIII. The Sun, my Lady’s Beauty represents!
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
THE SUN, my Lady’s Beauty represents!
  Whose fiery-pointed beams each creature heats:
  Such force her grace, on whom it counterbeats,
  Doth practice; which the patient still torments.
And to her virtues, the bright Moon assents;        5
  With whose pure Chastity, my love she threats!
  Whose thought itself in her cool circle seats.
  And as the Moon, her bright habiliments,
Of her bright brother PHŒBUS, borroweth;
  So from her beauty, doth her chaste desire,        10
  Her brightness draw. For which, none dare aspire
To tempt so rare a beauty. Yet forgive!
  He that, for thy sake! so long sorroweth,
  Cannot but longer love, if longer live!

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