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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Sestine 1. When I waked out of dreaming
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
WHEN I waked out of dreaming,
Looking all about the garden,
Sweet PARTHENOPHE was walking:
O what fortune brought her hither!
She much fairer than that Nymph,        5
Which was beat with rose and lilies.
  Her cheeks exceed the rose and lilies.
I was fortunate in dreaming
Of so beautiful a Nymph.
To this happy blessèd garden,        10
Come, you Nymphs! come, Fairies! hither.
Wonder Nature’s Wonder walking!
  So She seemèd, in her walking,
As she would make rose and lilies
Ever flourish. O, but hither        15
Hark! (for I beheld it dreaming)
Lilies blushed within the garden,
Stained with beauties of that Nymph.
  The Rose for anger at that Nymph
Was pale! and, as She went on walking,        20
When She gathered in the garden,
Tears came from the Rose and Lilies!
As they sighed, their breath, in dreaming
I could well perceive hither.
  When PARTHENOPHE came hither.        25
At the presence of that Nymph,
(That hill was heaven! where I lay dreaming)
But when I had espied her walking,
And in hand her Rose and Lilies
As sacrifice given by that garden;        30
  (To Love, stood sacred that fair garden!)
I dared the Nymphs to hasten hither.
Make homage to the Rose and Lilies!
Which are sacred to my Nymph.
Wonder, when you see her walking!        35
(Might I see her, but in dreaming!)
  Even the fancy of that Nymph
Would make me, night and day, come hither,
To sleep in this thrice happy garden.

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