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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Madrigal 4. There, had my Zeuxis place and time, to draw
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
 
THERE, had my ZEUXIS place and time, to draw
  My Mistress’ portrait; which, on platane table,
  (With Nature, matching colours), as he saw
  Her leaning on her elbow; though not able,
        He ’gan with vermil, gold, white, and sable        5
  To shadow forth; and with a skilful knuckle
        Lively set out my fortunes’ fable.
  On lips, a rose; on hand, a honeysuckle.
For Nature framed that arbour, in such orders
        That roses did with woodbines buckle;        10
  Whose shadow trembling on her lovely face,
  He left unshadowed. There Art lost his grace!
  And that white lily leaf, with fringèd borders
        Of angels’ gold, veiled the skies
  Of mine heaven’s hierarchy, which closed her eyes.        15
 
 
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