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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Sonnet XCIX. This careful head, with divers thoughts distressed
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
THIS careful head, with divers thoughts distressed,
  My Fancy’s Chronicler! my Sorrow’s Muse!
  These watchful eyes, whose heedless aim I curse,
  Love’s Sentinels! and Fountains of Unrest!
This tongue still trembling, Herald fit addressed        5
  To my Love’s grief! (than any torment worse!)
  This heart, true Fortress of my spotless love,
  And rageous Furnace of my long desire!
  Of these, by Nature, am I not possessed
(Though Nature, their first means in me did move)        10
  But thou, dear Sweet! with thy love’s holy fire,
  My head, Grief’s Anvil made! with cares oppressed;
Mine eyes, a Spring! my tongue, a Leaf wind-shaken!
  My heart, a wasteful Wilderness forsaken!

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