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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Ode 15. Vulcan, in Lemnos Isle
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
 
VULCAN, in Lemnos Isle,
Did golden shafts compile
  For CUPID’s bow.
Then VENUS did, with honey sweet,
To make it please, anoint the pile.        5
    CUPID below
Dipped it in gall, and made it meet
Poor wounded creatures to beguile.
 
When MARS returned from war,
Shaking his spear afar;        10
    CUPID beheld!
At him, in jest, MARS shaked his spear!
Which CUPID, with his dart did bar
    (Which millions quelled).
Then, MARS desired his dart to bear:        15
But soon the weight, his force did mar!
 
Then MARS subdued, desired
(Since he was with it tired)
    CUPID to take it.
“Nay, you shall keep it!” CUPID said;        20
“For first to feel it you required.
    Wound I will make it
As deep as yours! You me did fear;
And for that, you shall be fired!”
 
 
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