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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Sonnet XV. Where, or to whom, then, shall I make complaint?
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
 
WHERE, or to whom, then, shall I make complaint?
  By guileful wiles, of mine heart’s guide deprived!
  With right’s injustice, and unkind constraint:
  Barred from her loves, which my deserts achieved!
This though thou sought to choke, far more revived        5
  Within mine restless heart, left almost senseless.
  O, make exchange! Surrender thine, for mine!
  Lest that my body, void of guide, be fenceless.
So shall thou pawn to me, sign for a sign
  Of thy sweet conscience; when I shall resign        10
  Thy love’s large Charter, and thy Bonds again.
  O, but I fear mine hopes be void, or menceless!
No course is left, which might thy loves attain,
  Whether with sighs I sue, or tears complain!
 
 
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