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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
[Dedicatory Sonnets]
To the most virtuous, learned and beautiful Lady, Mary, Countess of Pembroke
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
 
PRIDE of our English Ladies! never matched!
  Great Favourer of PHŒBUS’ offspring!
  In whom, even PHŒBUS is most flourishing!
  Muse’s chief comfort! Of the Muses, hatched!
On whom, URANIA hath so long time watched        5
  In Fame’s rich Fort, with crown triumphing
  Of laurel, ever green in lusty Spring,
  After thy mortal pilgrimage, despatched
Unto those planets, where thou shalt have place
  With thy late sainted Brother, to give light!        10
  And with harmonious spheres to turn in race.
Vouchsafe, sweet Lady! with a forehead bright,
  To shine on this poor Muse; whose first-born fruit,
  That you (of right) would take, she maketh suit!
 
 
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