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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Front Matter
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
 
Parthenophil and Parthenophe.
Sonnets, Madrigals, Elegies, and Odes.

To the right noble and virtuous gentleman,
M. WILLIAM PERCY, Esq., his dearest friend.

[The lower part of the Title-page is torn away in the only copy at present known (in the library of the Duke of Devonshire); but there is the following entry in the Stationers’ Registers in 1593.

10 Maij.
JOHN WOLF.  Entred for his copies twoo bookes aucthorised by master HARTWELL vnder his hand. th[e]one … th[e]other intituled. PARTHENOPHIL and PARTHENOPHE &c. By B. BARNES … xijd S.
Transcript &c. 11. 631. Ed. 1875.]    
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To the Learned Gentlemen Readers, the Printer

  GENTLEMEN!
THESE labours following, being come of late into my hands barely, without title or subscription; partly moved by certain of my dear friends, but especially by the worth and excellency of the Work, I thought it well deserving my labour, to participate them to your judicial views: where, both for variety of conceits, and sweet Poesy, you shall doubtless find that which shall be most commendable, and worth your reading.
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  The Author, though at the first unknown (yet [has been] enforced to accord to certain of his friends’ importunacy herein, to publish them, by their means, and for their sakes) [is] unwilling, as it seemeth, to acknowledge them, for their levity; till he have redeemed them, with some more excellent work hereafter. Till when, he requesteth your favourable and indifferent censures of these his over-youthful Poems; submitting them to your friendly patronages.

Farewell! this      of May, 1593.
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