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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Sonnet XX. These Eyes (thy Beauty’s Tenants!) pay due tears
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
 
THESE Eyes (thy Beauty’s Tenants!) pay due tears
  For occupation of mine Heart, thy Freehold,
  In Tenure of Love’s service! If thou behold
  With what exaction, it is held through fears;
And yet thy Rents, extorted daily, bears.        5
  Thou would not, thus, consume my quiet’s gold!
  And yet, though covetous thou be, to make
  Thy beauty rich, with renting me so roughly,
And at such sums: thou never thought dost take,
  But still consumes me! Then, thou dost misguide all!        10
  Spending in sport, for which I wrought so toughly!
When I had felt all torture, and had tried all;
  And spent my Stock, through ’strain of thy extortion;
  On that, I had but good hopes, for my portion.
 
 
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