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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Madrigal 15. Nature’s pride, Love’s pearl, Virtue’s perfection
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
NATURE’s pride, Love’s pearl, Virtue’s perfection,
        In sweetness, beauty, grace,
  Of body, face, affection
        Hath glory, brightness, place
  In rosy cheeks, clear eyes, and heavenly mind;        5
  All which, with wonder, honour, praise, take race
To charm, to shine, to fly, with Fame’s protection.
  Mine heart the first, mine eyes next, third my thought
        Did wound, did blind, did bind;
        Which grieved, obscured, and wrought        10
Heart, eyes, and senses with such imperfection,
  That in their former comfort, sight, and kind
        They moved, gazed, and sought,
  Yet found not, in what order, sort, and case
Of tears, plaints, sighs, with seas, with murmur, wind        15
  To find, to get, t’ embrace
Nature’s pride, Love’s pearl, Virtue’s perfection.

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