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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Ode 1. When I walk forth into the Woods
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
WHEN I walk forth into the Woods,
With heavy Passion to complain
I view the trees with blushing buds
Ashamed, or grieved at my pain!
There amaranthe, with rosy stain        5
(Me pitying) doth his leaves ingrain!
  When I pass pensive to the Shore,
The water birds about me fly,
As if they mourned! when rivers roar,
Chiding thy wrathful cruelty;        10
Halcion watcheth warily
To chide thee, when thou comest by!
  If to the City, I repair
Mine eyes thy cruelty betray!
And those which view me, find my care:        15
Swoll’n eyes and sorrows it betray!
Whose figures in my forehead are,
These curse the cause of mine ill fare!
  When I go forth to feed my Flocks
As I, so they hang down their heads!        20
If I complain to ruthless Rocks,
(For that it seems, hard rocks her bred)
Rocks’ ruth, in rivers may be read!
Which from those rocks down tricklèd.
  When shepherds would know how I fare,        25
And ask, “How doth PARTHENOPHIL?”
“Ill,” ECHO answers, in void air;
And with these news, each place doth fill!
Poor herdgrooms, from each cottage, will
Sing my complaints, on every hill!        30

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