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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Sonnet CII. Vain gallants! whose much longing spirits tickle
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
VAIN gallants! whose much longing spirits tickle;
  Whose brains swell with abundance of much wit,
  And would be touched fain with an amorous fit:
  O lend your eyes, and bend your fancies fickle!
You, whom Affection’s dart did never prickle!        5
  You, which hold lovers, fools; and argue it!
  Gaze on my Sun! and if tears do not trickle
  From your much mastered eyes (where Fancies sit):
Then, Eagles! will I term you, for your eyes;
  But Bears! or Tigers! for your savage hearts!        10
  But, if it chance, such fountains should arise,
And you made like partakers of my smarts;
  Her, for her piercing eyes, an Eagle, name!
  But, for her heart, a Tiger, never tame!

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