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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Sonnet CV. Ah me! How many ways have I assayed
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
AH me! How many ways have I assayed,
  To win my Mistress to my ceaseless suit!
  What endless means and prayers have I made
  To thy fair graces! ever deaf and mute.
At thy long absence, like an errand page,        5
  With sighs and tears, long journeys did I make
  Through paths unknown, in tedious pilgrimage;
  And never slept, but always did awake.
And having found Thee ruthless and unkind;
  Soft skinned, hard hearted; sweet looks, void of pity;        10
  Ten thousand furies ragèd in my mind,
Changing the tenour of my lovely Ditty;
  By whose enchanting Saws and magic Spell,
  Thine hard, indurate heart, I must compel.

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