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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
Sonnet II
V. Barnaby Barnes
SWEETE 1 Saviour! from whose fivefold bleeding wound
  That comfortable antidote distilde,
  Which that ranck poyson hath expeld and kild,
In our old wretched father Adam found
In Paradise, when he desertlesse crown’d        5
  Receav’d it as th’ envenomde Serpent willde;
  Insteede of lustfull eyes with arrowes fillde
Of sinful loves, which from their beames abound,
  Let those sweete blessed wounds with streams of grace
Aboundantly sollicite my poor spirite,        10
  Ravishde with love of Thee, that didst debase
Thyselfe on earth, that I might heaven inherite.
  O blessed sweet wounds! fountains of electre!
  My wounded soul’s balm, and salvation’s nectre.
Note 1. V. Barnaby Barnes.—He was a younger son of Dr. Richard Barnes, bishop of Durham. He was born in Yorkshire, about the year 1569, and at the age of seventeen he became a student of Brasenose College, Oxford. He left the university without a degree, and Wood says that he knew not what became of him afterwards. It appears, however, that in 1596 he accompanied a military expedition into Normandy, to aid the king of France, in which country he remained until 1594. Barnes wrote “A Divine Centurie of Spiritual Sonnets,” which work issued from the press in 1595. [back]

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