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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
Sonnet LXXXXVIII
V. Barnaby Barnes
 
WHERE shall I, vexde, my sinfull head repose?
  If that in errour and conceived vice,
  Which with deceitful blandishments intice
My feeble nature, mortified with sinne;
Then Hope shall gates of my salvation close        5
  Against my soule, and my despaire beginne:
  If that in open sight, then open shame
The scarlet of my conscience will disclose,
  And sound the shameful trumpet of my fame:
Where shall I then my vexed soul dispose?        10
  If not in blind obscuritie nor light,
Then there, even there, in penitence with those
  Which weepe downe teares of comfort, to delight
  Their soule enlarged from eternall night.
 
 
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