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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Ode 20. Asclepiad
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
O SWEET, pitiless eye, beautiful orient
(Since my faith is a rock, durable everywhere),
Smile! and shine with a glance, heartily me to joy!
Beauty taketh a place! Pity regards it not!
Virtue findeth a throne, settled in every part!        5
Pity found none at all, banished everywhere!
Since then, Beauty triumphs (Chastity’s enemy),
And Virtue cleped is, much to be pitiful;
And since that thy delight is ever virtuous:
My tears, PARTHENOPHE! pity! Be pitiful!        10
So shall men Thee repute great! as a holy Saint!
So shall Beauty remain, mightily glorified!
So thy fame shall abound, durably chronicled!
Then, sweet PARTHENOPHE! pity! Be merciful!

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