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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
[Dedicatory Sonnets]
To the Right Noble Lord Henry, Earl of Northumberland
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
DEIGN, mighty Lord! these verses to peruse,
  Which my black mournful Muse presenteth here!
  Blushing, at her first entrance, in for fear;
  Where of herself, her self She doth accuse,
And seeking Patronage, bold means doth use        5
  To shew that duty, which in heart I bear
  To your thrice noble House! which shall outwear
  Devouring Time itself, if my poor Muse
Divine aright: whose virtuous excellence
  She craves, her ruder style to patronise.        10
  Vouchsafe, then, noble Lord! to give defence:
Who, when her brighter glory shall arise,
  Shall fly to fetch Fame, from her Fort of Brass;
  Which, with your virtues, through the world shall pass!

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