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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Sonnet CIII. I slept, when (underneath a laurel shade
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
 
I SLEPT, when (underneath a laurel shade,
  My face upreared aloft unto the heaven)
  Methought I heard this spoken in a sweaven,
  “Nature, on earth, Love’s miracle hath made!”
With this, methought, upon a bank was laid        5
  An earthly body which was framed in heaven,
  To whom, such graces (by the Graces given)
  Sweet music in their several organs played.
In chief, the silent music of her eye
  Softly recorded, with heaven’s harmony,        10
  Drew down URANIA from celestial sphere;
Who mazed, at mazy turning of her ey’n,
  (To make Divine perfection) glazed there
  Those eyes, with clearest substance crystalline.
 
 
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